Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Balcony, Ampang, KL Grand Opening

A day after a night of party, I went for The Balcony KL's grand launch located at Ampang.
An unusual move by me since I'm a person who's afraid of KL traffic what's more at a location which is known to be highly congested. Not to mentioned the aftermath of a downpour, I would've imagined a massive jam awaits me.

However, with the aid of my GPS, not only had I been guided to it's exact location but to my amazement also victoriously avoided any jam whatsoever.

The Balcony Bar & Grill is just that - a balcony!
Located on the upper floor of the building that it's in, it sports a chill-out approach hidden away from the famed busy street of Jalan Ampang to a somewhat remote, quiet area.
I spotted 2 of my friends already inside the place, the earlybirds! And I thought I was early.
After sitting down and having a chatter with the management of the joint, I learnt that even though this place had just opened, they're already in the process planning for the opening of another in Malacca this year! Talk about fast movers!
Anyway, the night grew darker dimming the lights of the evening sky even more as it progresses where invited guests trickled in filling up the space. As I sip away on coke and whiskey and some beer, the launch event finally got under way with lion dances opening up the grand launch.
Ah yes, the playfulness of the lion dancers, nudging on attendees and passing out items were quite a scene to witness since acrobatic stunts in enclosed space would not be an advisable thing to do.
Later, when the drums and the cymbals had played their role with the lion dancers, a fire eater/juggler/stuntman show had his turn:
A long interval ensued after some lucky draw prizes giveaway where I took the opportunity to say hi to some new friends along with acquaintances I haven't seen in awhile.
A fashion show was the last happening that I remembered seeing before I happily accepted my lucky draw prize of RM150 Food and Beverage voucher and call it a night.
If you're interested in checking this place out, it's opened daily from 6pm-2am.
The address is:
241-B Lorong Nibong, Off Jalan Ampang, Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Friday, April 18, 2014

Heineken Club Bottle Color Series Finale Party

Following its exciting unveiling during Milan Design Week 2013 and its Malaysian debut at Heineken Thirst, the exclusive and limited edition Heineken Club Bottle continues to redefine the after-dark drinking experience with the Heineken Color Series this March and April.
The Heineken Club Bottle was the centrepiece of Heineken’s Maggazzini installation at Milan Design Week. Maggazini was conceived as an experimental creative space that featured collaborations between the brand – world renowned for expanding the boundaries of creative culture – and leaders in the design world. This collection of pioneering designers, artists and publications included Designersblock, PechaKucha, Cool Hunting, Joshua Davis, Tuttobene and Heineken Club Bottle creator, Matt W. Moore.
“The Heineken Club Bottle is one of the latest in a series of global Heineken design initiatives,” comments Jessie Chuah, Heineken Marketing Manager. “In Malaysia, we have a long history of working closely with the creative community on cutting edge art projects. The Heineken Color Series enables us to bring those international and local elements together to create a new experience for our Malaysian consumers.”

In normal daylight the aluminium Heineken Club Bottle features a frosted geometric pattern framing a signature green star. After dark, under ultraviolet (UV) light a new story emerges. A new personality of startling fluorescent greens and blues shines through, vividly lighting up the club space to reveal a stunning piece of hand-held art.
Heineken Club Bottle designer Matt W. Moore is one of the most electrifying graphic designers and installation artists of the last ten years. A pioneer of the Vectorfunk style of graphic design, his work blurs the lines between technology and street art. His Monumental Murals can be found on walls in cities across the world while his work with brands includes collaborations with companies like Heineken and even a design takeover of technology zeitgeist publication Wired.
 
It was awhile back on April 5, 2014 to be exact where the finale party series were held at The Rabbit Hole, an exciting new concept bar and club on Changkat Bukit Bintang with DJs Fordy, Mizzkiya, Tres and Lapsap.
The place easily filled up with people that evening with it's limited space. I chatted away with my friend till the night got later and the morning came nearer. I then proceeded into the Green Room which ironically looks more white than green and is hidden behind heavy wooden doors. The DJ in there was playing some wicked good mixes which I could groove to. Inside the room were significantly fewer people in there but I didn't care. I was in my zone and I continued on partying and pretty soon became a little party starter with people all around the room staring at me move to the beat where they too are inspired to dance along.
A foreign guy soon came in the room and took noticed of a sexy girl at the back of the room. But as I had foreseen, he was rejected hard by her but still had his chin up and some fun and even bought me another drink. LOL. The girl grooved in her own little world with occasional clinking of drinks and dances with me until I decided to call it quits.

Well, it was quite a fantastically fun party for me. Probably due to the fact that for the first time, I started the party going and cared nothing more but the great set that the DJ got me going. Hope to have more great parties like this in the future. :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Rising of Kirin Ichiban

Kirin Ichiban is now one of the beers in GAB's (Guinness Anchor Berhad) portfolio!
If you're unfamiliar with Kirin Ichiban, it is Japan's no. 1 100% Malt beer and is a premium quality beer that uses the innovative "First Press" brewing method or 'Ichiban Shibori' as it is known in Japan.
The "First Press" method is a brewing process that uses only the first pressed malt liquid, the clearest and purest strain of the malt. So only the finest ingredients are used in this process, exuding a crisper, richer and purer taste.
The momentous occasion was held with a Japanese-themed Cultural Festival type of event where it was officiated by Japan's Ambassador to Malaysia, His Excellency Makio Miyagawa. Yatai food stalls were setup where as you enter the hall, you'll have some Japanese cuisine for you to take to go with the Kirin Ichiban beer.

These included some Japanese Skewers:
Some Sushi:
Tempura:
Some nice, delicious, fresh Sashimi:
And some desserts, Mochi and Green Tea Cheesecake:
During the celebration, Bruce Dallas, GAB's Marketing Director, shared that the company is pleased to be able to add Kirin Ichiban into the brewer's portfolio as it further enhances the company's offering to Malaysian consumers.
Hans Essaadi, Managing Director of GAB, gave an opening speech prior to Bruce:
His Excellency, Makio Miyagawa, also said a few words on the super-premium beer at the event:
"I am delighted that a great product like Kirin Ichiban has been added to the portfolio of GAB, the leading brewer in Malaysia. This will provide further opportunity for Japanese culture to be showcased in Malaysia, particularly by generating further appreciation for Japanese food and drinks amongst Malaysians."
By the way, Kirin is a mythical creature that is half dragon, half deer with a tail of an ox, a symbol of wellbeing that symbolizes happiness.
Other features of the event include some dance performances:
Kirin Ichiban is GAB's first Japanese product in its portfolio and it is the company's first new brand in five years. With its addition, GAB plans to increase the distribution network of the 100% Malt, First Press beer giving consumers greater accessibility to the product. The company will also be bringing world class innovative engagements for consumers to experience and enjoy Kirin Ichiban.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tokyo Pastry, Avenue K Food Review

Saturday April 5. An extremely lazy day for me where the sun never showed much of it's glory that morning. When I woke up eventually, it was already way past noon, just in time for me to freshen up and head on down to Avenue K. More specifically, to Tokyo Pastry:
I had not slept past noon for more than a year now and with that happening, it just goes to show a little change in mood. All I can remember during my commute from home to Tokyo Pastry was the relentless drizzles of rain.

As I approach the quaint and dainty looking shop, I just stood at the entrance for a second admiring at the woodwork and letting my brain register the scene into memory. The outside of the shop where most of it's seatings are had an adequate fill of patrons blissfully sipping on their beverage with some pastries to munch on, some tied on a good book or occupied with their gadgets while others chatter away with people they're together:
I headed on into the shop and it felt like I'm in an antique store browsing at items that were once brand new in the 18th and 19th century.
The time ticks away while I sit at the corner watching the busy world passing by until one after the other, the party of 5 had arrived.

Then the commencement of drinks ensued.
Cucumber Latte:
An unusual combination but neither the cucumber nor the coffee taste is overpowering the other.

Ice Blended Matcha:
With the price of RM10

Rose with French Vanilla Special Hot Tea (RM6):
You can taste the rosy taste of the tea which gives off a fragrant kick to it. The Victorian type of cup gives an English feel to me as well as a girly one since it's so flowery in design.

Ice Blended Oreo:
Priced at RM10

The first appetizer that came was the Hearty Mushroom Soup:
Creamy and smooth with bits of mushrooms to chew on, just the way I like it and a toasted bread to go with it. Priced at RM10

Another soup savored was the Salmon Chowder:
In contrast with the Mushroom Soup, this leaves much more to be desired. A watery feel to the soup and some chewy bits of salmon in it which could be better. With it being the same price as the Mushroom Soup, this needs drastic improvement to be on par with the Mushroom Soup.

This dish here is the Salmon Salad:
A tad saltish on the Salmon, I can see why it counteracts it with mango lime salsa to go with it. The greens were a teensy bit bitter. Priced at RM15

Over for the mains, here is what we savored.
This is the Japanese Curry Chicken Burger:
The patty is grilled chicken and there is a splatter of Japanese Curry on top of it. However, it didn't taste much like Japanese Curry but had some slight similar taste to it and as you can see, it's with Charcoal Bun. The grilled chicken patty is nice and juicy. Priced at RM15

This is the Mushroom Garden Spaghetti:
The broth that the mushroom spaghetti comes in is Miso base. There are assorted types of mushrooms in it. Priced at RM15.

Other spaghetti tried is this Prawn and Baby Octopus Spaghetti:
Fresh sauteed prawns with baby octopus in tomato basil sauce. The prawns had it's fresh taste to it. The baby octopus has a sweet taste to it that goes well with the spaghetti. RM19.

This here is the Kikkoman Salmon:
Pan seared salmon glazed with Kikkoman sauce. Nice presentation. It's priced at RM23.

And the last main we had was the RM19 Pan Seared Chicken:
The truffle sauce was great which I dipped it with each bite of the chicken. Recommended to try if ever eating at Tokyo Pastry.

Moving onwards from the main we had a handful of delectable desserts presented to us.
Yamaimo clearly was the most interestingly presented among all the desserts.
Individual strands and strands of cream being laid atop a layer cake which overall has the yam taste. Creamy texture and light tasting.
We also had this Mini Macaroon Cake:
A crusty foundation. Very sweet and sugarish. Too sweet for my taste.
Oreo Crepe Cake:
All I can say is that it's really creamy but surprisingly, not much of the Oreo taste although you can see the flakes of it on the top.

Choko Brownie:
My fave dessert that was served to me that day. Walnuts, ice cream, hot fudge - all of the ingredients worked nicely on the brownie. Priced at RM13.

Matcha Redbean Crepe:
Not bad. Especially loved the crepe itself. Got an egg flavor to it and very soft.

Tokyo Pastry main place is at Kota Damansara while these that I had were at the Avenue K branch.
The full address of the Avenue K branch is at:
M-20 & SAC-M-1, Mezzanine Level, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opened daily from 10am - 10pm.