Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Appreciation Night at Nicsmann 1940s by Lewre

A fine slow step towards another event which I braved through to see what dinner at Nicsmann offer.

Since TREC is such a new location with Zouk being the main anchor tenant of the place, I cheekily headed to a recently discovered free parking due to that place still have not being fully completed whereby the main tenant at the end of what still is considered TREC is Jupiter Club. Though Jupiter Club had opened it's doors and occupies the ground floor parking area as their valet parking service area, due to those barrier gates still not operational, the parking there is free and that was clearly to my benefit during that time. But of course, Jupiter Club wasn't the place that I was going to. Oh, no. Instead, off I went headed off to Nicsmann 1940s by Lewre to eagerly anticipate on what they had cooked up for dinner on this very fine evening where becomes our main event organizer.

Nicsmann 1940s by Lewre is a part of Friendscino, a name that I'm more familiar with than the former mentioned. It's address is at: TREC Kuala Lumpur Unit E1-02, 436 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the opening hours as follows:
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 5:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

But enough ramblings on the restaurant let's dive right in to what dishes has been offered to us thanks to for providing us a taste of it that night in collaboration with FoodInk.

Our menu for the evening was simple. A usual complete meal course which consisted of an appetizer, a soup, a main course and a dessert with a free flow of Mango Ice Tea to wet your parched throats.

First came the appetizer in the form of the Classic Caesar Salad with Smoked Duck Breast.
Easily identifiable which I simply adore eating smoked duck breast. Some may find it a tad too salty but usually Smoked Duck Breast tends to be that way and can have it's similarity as pork ham. But putting it on a Caesar Salad can balance off by hitting on the greens. In this instance, the greens were adequate but I wish that the cheese provided were a little more spread out rather than concentrated at a layer and an area. Of course you can just push it aside with your fork and spooned it into your mouth when you want to mix it along with what you're eating so that's not much of a problem. Croutons are always a welcome delight for me in any given salad dish.

Soup provided would be the Homemade Wild Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil:
Just tiny 3 dabs of Truffle Oil onto a nice sedimentary mushroom soup where the taste of mushroom was excellent and every scoop tends to send off some good bits to chew on where it's tiny enough to swallow whole should you prefer so. A well made mushroom soup which I adored heartily sipping through it.

Next were the main dish where you have a choice of Grilled Chicken Chop, Fresh Salmon Trout, Grilled Rack of Lamb or Grilled Meltique Beef which I chose to go for the Lamb route.
Due to the variety they're providing and they're cooked to order along with the many guests in the event, this took some real considerable waiting time before they finally dished out to everyone at the event. However, we get the distraction in the form of some live saxophone music to appease our mood as we await for the much anticipated dish of the whole evening.

The Rack of Lamb came and the presentation was impressive. Stacked with some sauteed fresh vegetables that's nicely cooked and some mashed potatoes at the bottom, those are nice and I can tell that it's fresh. The Black Pepper sauce provided that goes along with the lamb was nice but unnecessary for the rack of lamb. If anything, I think it would go better with some mint sauce. A little on the tough side for the rack of lamb but it's still a nice dinner that I had. I managed to savor the Grilled Chicken Chop chop a bit and that one was more delicious and goes really well with the black pepper sauce.

And finally dessert. They cooked up a spectacular dessert display to end our night with glee and celebration:
A sharing 4 items dessert platter that starts off with some fireworks for the pizzazz effect.
There's a Chocolate Lava cake with Vanilla Ice Cream on top, a Bread & Butter Pudding that's soft and almost has the texture of an egg tart, A Chocolate Brownie and also the Creme Brulee. They certainly capture the attention with such a presentation and the dark and light color balance contrast is certainly an amusing sight to behold.

The night ended off rather late due to a lot of waiting in between. Well, what do you expect from such a fine dining establishment. They cooked to order your mains and they ensure everyone finishes and starts off at the same time and I thank you for the experience to taste their food.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Ippudo Malaysia Grand Menu Food Tasting - Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) Outlet

Continuation from the previous post, the next day, I went for the Ippudo BSC outlet for a completely different menu to savor what they have to offer.

Again like the previous night's menu, it consists of 5 appetizers, followed by the main ramen and then conclude with a dessert.

So let's jump right into what we had on this good evening at this very elegant place of dining.
The first starter was the Salmon Mango Salad:
As the name suggests, besides the main ingredient being salmon, the mango too takes on a dominant role in this dish. It's natural sweet flavors tends to stand out and permeates throughout this dish giving it an otherwise missing key feature. The salmon was there for the providence of meat while the other assortment of vegetables along with croutons on yuzu dressing became the necessary filler in order to make this into a complete salad.

Amaebi and Avacado came as the next starter for our very fine dinner for the night:
Sitting atop prettily those avocados, seaweeds were provided where you're supposed to grab one, make a nice cone shape out of it and scoop the sweet shrimp and avocado to dump it in there and eat the whole thing up. This is quite a refreshing taste for me and I quite like it. Dabbed with some wasabi sauce, it gives off a little kick towards the end and the gravy at the bottom propels it to a much more succulent taste.

Next came the Chicken Nanban:
Basically, this is just marinated deep fried chicken served with homemade tartar sauce. But it's excellent in it's flavors. Enough to get it at every bite instead of a dry and bland chicken. Generally, you don't need the tartar sauce at all because the chicken in itself tasted fairly good in each bite and should be considered eating on it's own.

It's time for some sushi and we were given the Salmon Sushi Moriawase:
How can I ever resist eating salmon sushi. That's my favorite type of sushi among all. We were given 3 types of different sushi and you guessed it, all comes from Salmon with one being the Salmon Roe Sushi. A salmon 3 way if you may. This Salmon Sushi Platter costs RM44 though.

Another foil dish like the previous day but this one is the Seafood Foil Yaki:
Just like the previous night's Salmon Foil Yaki, the sauce remains the same and so it looks the same as well but because the ingredient now is seafood, it changes the taste drastically. I find that this seafood pitted against this sauce is a much better mix and makes a much better tasting dish. I also like how they throw in the chili with loads of seed in it so be warned if you aren't able to take spicy. Do not accidentally partake of the chili with seeds because that's really hot. This serves at RM39.50.

With the starters all said and done, we moved on to the main ramen dish.
Though it may look like a dish of raw ingredients being portioned and ready to be cooked, I assure you that this is how it is served. You're supposed to mixed everything up to eat it. It serves with a bowl of soup at the side. The soup is to be had as itself with one Gyoza in it and not to be mixed together with the ramen dish. The pork that's served along with the ramen may be all too fat but I'm sure they'll fix it up the next time with some lean meat in em. All of the ingredient mixed together provide a much exciting taste with a lot going on when you eat it altogether. The price of the ramen (which is called Mazesoba) is RM28.

Finally came the dessert:
Some refreshing Watermelon Sherbet that's served with some strawberries, pineapple preserves and some cheesecake aptly washes down all the grime that was had earlier with the ramen. There's some chocolate chip sprinkled around on the watermelon sherbet which gives off some nice chew to the otherwise soft dessert. This costs RM19.

An overall wonderful experience thanks to the people of Ippudo for providing this tasting menu and I'm truly grateful I'm able to be a part of it.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Ippudo Malaysia Grand Menu Food Tasting - The Gardens Mall Outlet

Over the period of last week, I had the privilege of being invited to Ippudo's Grand Menu tasting at 2 of their outlets with the first one being The Gardens Mall outlet. Located slightly hidden from the more main and heavier walkway of the pedestrian foot traffic, this place still garner quite a crowd when the time strikes dinner time. Here are the delicious items savored during the tasting of the menu at Ippudo, The Gardens Mall.

It started off with a few appetizer, to be exact 5. First came the Peperon Edemame.
I'm sure most of you are familiar with what an Edamame is should you eat Japanese food. They're usually this appetizer that are peas in a pod. Mostly had an exterior that's coated with salt, the one that's called Peperon Edemame is a unique blanched one that's tossed in dry chili, Japanese spice and olive oil. Though the olive oil may prove to me something that gets my hand grimy, the blend of this unique taste has got me addicted in consuming it.

Next came the Hakata Hitokuchi Nigiri:
Hand made rolled nigiri, these rice balls contains sliced omelet and basil topped with mentaiko on top and as you can see, consists of a seaweed as it's base to which the nigiri is placed on top. Perfect for a mouthful of goodness as you pop these babies into your tasting organ. It has that slightly sweet taste with the omelet and such and a nice crunch to it having the seaweed at the bottom.

Further along in this tasting event, the next was this Soft Shell Crab Bun:
This reminded me a little of the Hong Kong Pork Chop Bun where they have a piece of meat in between "mantau" buns. The same concept applies here and the meat at the center was the soft shell crab. It goes very well with the bun where the bun in itself is nice and delicious. Soft in it's texture and once that flavor of the soft shell crab sinks in, the bun tones it down and gives birth to a lovely combination of flavors. This probably was one of my favorite for the evening.

Along came the Takoyaki next:
If ever you eat Japanese food before, Takoyaki is a common well-known Japanese dish. Takoyaki or Octopus Dumpling comes traditionally with the teriyaki sauce for an enhanced taste and some Bonito Flakes on top dancing away to the beat of the heat and steam emitted from the Takoyaki. These are priced at RM14 at Ippudo.

Our final appetizer came in the form of Salmon Foil Yaki:
Bathed in their special spicy ponzu sauce, the steamed salmon has a variety of assorted vegetables to go along with it. I must warn you though, it contains quite a fair bit of bones on their salmon and it's kinda annoying fishing out those bones from the fish. But their sourish spicy sauce is a delight to be had.

The main Karaka-men next were brought to us:
The broth that goes along with the smooth ramen is a joy to me and their chashu would satisfy my meat cravings. They have up to level 3 of spiciness on this dish and though the spiciness increases at level 3, it does not deter the taste nor make it any difference as level one. The heat does cause me to sweat quite a bit but didn't stop me from finishing it up be it level 3 or level 1. Priced at RM27.90 a bowl.

Our dessert came in the form of the Ice-cream Bun:
There's 2 scoops of ice cream served with some deep fried buns and that is the Vanilla and Green Tea ice cream. Just pop them altogether and enjoy a symphony of much going ons. LOL.

The Ippudo at The Gardens Mall is on the 3rd Floor, Lot T218 and opens from 10am - 10pm, daily.

Next, I venture off into the tasting menu of Ippudo's Bangsar Shopping Centre outlet where a completely different set of dishes were eaten.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

5 Top Seaview Port Dickson Hotels That Suitable For Budget Travellers

Malaysia has a lot of states that has beautiful beaches as the main attraction. One of the most famous is Port Dickson. This beach resort located in Negeri Sembilan state - Malay Peninsula that can be reached only 15 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur.

Most people visit Port Dickson to explore and enjoy the beaches. Top 3 tourist favorites in this small town are Pantai Teluk Kemang, Pantai Blue Lagoon, and Pantai Sri Purnama. That’s why staying in the hotel that located close to the beach and has sea view is a must.

Some people still thinking that the seafront or sea-view property is commonly provided in higher class. It’s true if the best seafront or sea-view hotel in Port Dickson comes from 5-star world-class hotels. But, it’s also true if we said that you could spend the night at sea front or sea view hotels on a budget.

Can't you still believe? Then, you can believe it now right after finish read this useful review. All the hotels mentioned on this recommendation from Traveloka are offered with room rates starts from less than RM200 per night!
Langit Langi Hotel @ Port Dickson
Jalan Pantai Taman Mewah, no. 881-883 & 885
Starts from RM88 per night
This 3-star Port Dickson Hotel is the cheapest on this list, yet the most unique. The hotel is amazingly well decorated with traditional charm inspiration within the colorful local pattern. There are more than 51 units of guest rooms that feel so homey and warm. The room features modern facilities to meet the guest need. The facilities on-site also compelling, embraces swimming pool, kids pool, restaurant, meeting room, and parking area. Langit Langi Hotel compromising strategic location, surrounded with foodies spot and only on walking distance to reach the waterfront and nearest beach.

Naam Boutique Lodge
Jalan Pantai Teluk Kemang Lot 1942 Bt.8
Starts from RM119.90 per night
This is the one you have to choice if you wish to immerse among homey nuance. Naam Boutique Lodge welcomes you to its 11 guest rooms and apartment units. All of the units features modern amenities and design perfectly to makes the guest feels like having a home in Port Dickson. The balcony is set overlooking the Malacca Straits to make sure you can feel refresh while hanging out with the others guest. This home sweet home also provided a swimming pool, children’s playground, dining area, food courts, and BBQ areas to maximize your homey experience. Ask the staff if you intend to enjoy watersport or having a team building activities.

Waterfront Boutique Hotel
Persiaran Port Dickson Waterfront 4-G-21
Starts from RM 148.27 per night
Noticeable by its name, the hotel is located facing the open sea, promise you the stunning view every day. Though it’s classified as 2 stars hotel, Waterfront Boutique Hotel is ready to serve you more and welcome you warmly in homely ambiance. There are 52 well-appointed guest rooms, completes with AC, TV, writing desk, bathroom, and Wi-Fi connection. The Executive Room looks more elegant and opulence with wooden furniture and parquet flooring. On-site facilities supported with restaurant and shops.
Bayu Beach Resort Port Dickson
Jalan Pantai Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus 4.5 Miles
Starts from RM174.38 per night
This 3-star hotel invites you to face the scenic open sea while enjoyed your retreat. The hotel built in the contemporary style that couples the charming of traditional wisdom. Featuring 228 guest rooms in studio and apartment types, the hotel is ready to serve you with modern amenities and great service. Most of the room has private balcony facing the wonderful blue ocean blend with the lagoon pool. The on-site facilities also captivating, covers tropical lagoon pool, kids pool with slides, Jacuzzi, restaurant, watersports facilities, boutique, gift shop, and business center.
Paradise Spa Hotel
Jalan Seremban Tanjung Gemok PT 1483, Batu 2
Starts from RM184.84
Paradise Spa Hotel is categorized as a 3-star hotel. This comfy hotel sits only 2 minutes stroll away from Tanjong Gemok Beach. You can see the beautiful view of the sea from the hotel area. But, the best place to enjoy the most beautiful sea panorama is on the rooftop pool. You can dip in the pool or enjoy sunbathing accompanied by that amazing view. Paradise Spa Hotel welcomes you with 83 guest rooms, fully facilitated with modern features.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Discovered: 10 of Malaysia's Finest Emerging Artists

Launched last month, Tiger Beer's latest music and art platform, Tiger Jams, called upon undiscovered, unsigned musical talents to submit a sample original track from them at The initiative further expanded its search to 3 talent recruitment drives at Laundry Bar, Merdekarya and Menu-script.

The large pool of talents acquired provided a significant yet worthy challenge for the initiative's esteemed panel of curators to shortlist it down to 10 of Malaysia's finest undiscovered musicians.
Darren Teh, lead signer of local established band An Honest Mistake, says that an initiative like Tiger Jams is just what undiscovered artists need to let their voices be heard.

"As an artist, I can understand how hard new talents strive to gain recognition. The music industry today is getting more competitive as the pool of untapped talents gets larger. Asia needs more platform like Tiger Jams to help these undiscovered artists to be discovered and provide them the career nudge they've always dreamt about."
Home grown Mandopop duo, ThomasJack says,"It's good to see so many undiscovered artists seizing the opportunity to showcase their talent with such determination and drive for their sound to be heard. Given the right path and platform, we believe that music can transcend cultural boundaries and serve as a common language for the people of Asia."

The 10 finalists will be featured on the website where fans can vote them into the top 3. The selected 3 Malaysian acts will be awarded RM15,000 each to fund their musical ambitions. They will then be paired with acclaimed Asian acts: Singaporean pop band The Sam Willows, Hong Kong's punk pop band ToNick or Malaysia's very own Darren Ashley as well as 3 established visual artists: Donald Abraham Kenji Chai and Flex to produce an original Tiger Jams track and music video each. They will also get to host a gig each. And prior to the big event, a mystery international band will personally handpick one to collaborate on a remix that will be performed at the finale.
Tiger Beer marketing manager Jessie Chuah says: "Tiger Jams is an initiative that hopes to provide emerging talents an opportunity to be discovered and from the welcoming response received I can say with certainty that there are many undiscovered musicians ready to make headlines with their diverse musical talents."

"We hope Asia sees that if given a chance to shine, these artists could do as well as international acts. What they need is the opportunity and we've made the first move. Now it's time for the people to take it further by voting and bringing these emerging talents closer to a chance at being in the limelight."
Tiger Jams sets out to be an epic jam session to celebrate the sights and sounds from Asia. It aspires to bring the freshest talents together in celebration of music and art. Show your support and vote for these emerging talents and help propel them onto a bigger stage where regional and international collaborations await. Voting is open now until June 30 at