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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Manhattan Fish Market, Pavilion KL Food Review

Never knew Manhattan Fish Market existed at Pavilion and when I went looking for it at the directory, it's nowhere to be found. About 30 minutes later, I discovered where it was and was greeted by a French Crab as I walked in to the table of bloggers.
The rest were pretty much engrossed with the picture taking while I bemused myself by sneaking up to the table quietly without letting out a peep.

Frankly speaking, I'm not a seafood person but I do take some sort of seafood like boneless fish, oysters, squids and octopuses, some mussels but prawns and crabs were out of my repertoire since I'm lazy to peel shells and the taste just isn't what I like. I do look a tad horrified having a crab to have a staredown with me.

Anyway, I poked a few pokes on the French Crab to just have a little taste of it. By the way, crabs are not on Manhattan Fish Market's new menu. It's only available at Pavilion and Ampang Park for a limited time and limited quantity so, if there is and it's up for sale, you're in luck to order it to try.

Whilst most of us oogle at the crab and it's meat, I went for the taste of the Oyster Roulette (RM14.90):
These are poached oysters with some nice spicy chillies in the mix where you're supposed to squeeze the lemon in and drink the shooter down one shot. One of the shooter is loaded extra in it's spiciness but I just love the mixture of it and this is by far my favorite of the night.

We also had this salad called the Summer Shroom (RM17.50):
Summer Shroom contains marinated mushrooms. Yes, it's not cooked, just marinated and served. Yet, it's tasty enough and not overpowering. There's some roasted sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes and greens and some cranberries as well. I'm not a salad person so this is just okay for me.

This is what's called a Fishy Chicky Bang Bang (RM20.90):
When you're an indecisive person and can't decide whether to eat chicken or fish, now you can have both at one go! Fishy Chicky Bang Bang is a dish that is half chicken fillet and half dory fish all slapped together with some cheddar cheese. It's with a sunny side up egg on a fried spaghetti nest. That fried spaghetti is hard. Fries is sprinkled with some chili powder which is how I like those things. Just not enough. The group took so long to finish photographing this, the egg turned stone cold. Ah well. Can't win em all.

Here's the French Crab all cut up and ready for eating.
I just love that spicy sauce that goes with the crab. It's so addictive. It's a little like sambal, only not as thick a paste as sambal but has that kind of heat to it. There's also another addictive sauce that goes with the crabs and that's in the next picture with the King Crab.
It's the butter sauce. It's so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, addictive! It has a mild garlic taste to it so it's like garlic butter which is one of my favorite thing. I was also educated on the King Crab. The meat section on the body was meh to me. But then I was told to eat the leg section and it totally changed my perception on it. The meaty part at the leg section is sweet just eating on it's own. Add it to the addictive sauce and it becomes a sweet addictive crab. Yummilicious.

This is the Grilled Glory Dory of Manhattan Fish Market:
Unlike other places dory fish which is all limpy, the dory fish at Manhattan Fish Market has a firmer texture and to me is much better tasting. It's served with a fragrant garlic herb sauce and some vegetables. Broccoli and carrots goes well with the dory fish.

Fried Giant Sharing Platter (RM57.90):
Loads of fried goodness. There's prawns (which I don't eat), fish fingers, cherry snapper fillets, battered onion strips (the thing I love the most in this platter) and calamari coated with crushed peanuts. 4 sauces are served with it which are Cajun Honey Mustard, Smoky Chipotle, Tartar sauce and Onion Glory Dip.

Another sharing platter tried.
This is called the Volcano Island. With Slipper Lobster (which is the one above) costs RM57.90 while with prawns will cost RM55.90. What I like about this platter the most is the Murray Curry. It's a curry that tasted like it has Indian influence to it but is not spicy. It's savory to me. Other items in this platter are fried scallops, poached spicy dory nuggets, Volcano Mussels and baguette which is great to dip with the curry.

Desserts! Super Fruit Crumble (RM8.90):
Double scoop of Vanilla ice cream with apple sauce, crunchy crumbled cookies and cranberries on top. Nice.

Strawberry Flamin-Go (RM8.90):
It's mango pudding with fresh strawberries and chocolate sauce. Before serving to you:
The marshmallows on top are torched/flamed for awhile. Well, actually, it didn't do much for the taste for me. Tasted like normal marshmallows without the roasted taste.

Manhattan Fish Market has 50 restaurants in Asia and the Middle East. For the Pavilion KL branch, it's located at:
Lot 1.18.02, Level 1, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 
Usual mall time 10am-10pm.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Guinness Xmas Bold Confessions Media Launch

The year is coming to a close and before it's done, Guinness would like to encourage it's consumers to be bold and that they're made of more by confessing to something, own up to something they've done or to open up and let people in on a secret about themselves that nobody else knows.
During the media launch event last week at The Apartment, KLCC, I was there in participation to support fellow friends of mine.

For this campaign, Guinness Malaysia has set up a Guinness Bold Confessions Booth where Guinness fans and supporters will be able to record their confessions on it where they will be rewarded with vouchers for free pints of Guinness and the chance to win an invite to the exclusive 'Guilty as Charged' Year-End party. The Bold Confessions Booth will be visiting outlets throughout Klang Valley in November and December, appearing at various outlets each week.
At the upcoming 'Guilty as Charged' year-end party, our local personalities, Kyoto Protocol, Paper Plane Pursuit front man John O and comedian Prakash Daniel will be joining in on the fun.
If you're a lazy person like me who dislike to get off your butt and go to the Bold Confessions Booth, you can actually do it from the comfort of your own home through social media. Just record a video confession, post it in Instagram and use the hashtag #BoldConfessions. Remember to tag @GuinnessMY.

Bruce Dallas, Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB) Marketing Director explained the thinking of the campaign during the launch,"As the year draws to a close, thoughts turn to all that has happened over the last 12 months, and ahead to resolutions for the new one. Most of us have done something in the past year to which we’d like to confess and get it off our chest, whether it’s not using that expensive gym membership or admitting a guilty pleasure.

But it’s also a time of year when we like to celebrate and have fun, and that’s what these confessions are – it’s a chance to celebrate who you really are, in a light-hearted and guilt-free way. At Guinness we are all about making bold choices, inspiring our consumers to take a step forward and prove that they are Made of More. With our exciting new Christmas campaign, we’re challenging our consumers to stand up, ‘fess up in our Bold Confessions Booth, and be rewarded for their boldness."
To find out where you can catch the Guinness Bold Confessions Booth, log on to the Guinness facebook page at www.facebook.com/guinnessmalaysia

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bmon Cafe, Kota Damansara Food Review

"It's not a restaurant! It's a cafe!"
Located way up above on the first floor of a Kota Damansara shop outlet at the same area as The Strand Mall, the statement above stuck to my head where they're trying to pull away from the image of a restaurant and to have more of a cafe image in which people would come by and chill and drink rather than have a solid meal for the day.

Nevertheless, I did ate a lot of their food that they introduced to us and again, this does lean towards their image to more of a restaurant instead. LOL.

The interior design has some similarities to some cafes I have seen but seems to incorporate those ideas together, fuse it and bring some unique elements of their own to make it work.
While awaiting for the complete party, I was introduced to their Signature Drink, Bmon Plants (RM13):
The Bmon Plants is a unique coffee drink that resembles the outlook of a plant and that's where the buck stops on the resemblance. It's a drink that includes some nuts for crunch and it's coffee with whipped cream and some powder on top to make it look like a plant. This is by far the most delicious drink in the cafe and rightfully so should be the signature as oppose to the other drinks.

Then came a nice healthy salad to cure my hunger.
I believe this is the FruitMayo Salad (RM8.90). The balance in sweet, sour, salty was great and even though I am not a salad fan, I'm quite drawn to this intricate tasting set of fruits and greens.

About an hour since my arrival and the party is still incomplete with one more lost in transit. That was when I ordered my 2nd coffee.
Their Green Tea Latte which costs RM12 is really thick with green tea unlike other cafes. Other cafes usually you'll get the taste of green tea more towards the top portion and also some dust it onto the sides of the cup but this one is really a very thick taste of green tea. More so than a coffee drink. I find it a little too overpowering the coffee taste but it does taste good.

Here's the All Day Breakfast (RM15.90):
It's okay to me. But nothing out of the ordinary. It contains some greens with a cherry tomato, beef bacon, a sausage, slice of toast bread cut in half, eggs (in this one is scrambled), baked beans, mushrooms and hash brown.

Spaghetti Bolognese (RM11.90):
You can have it either with chicken meat or beef whichever you fancy more. During my tasting of this, I find it not according to my liking and was a little too bland. It needed more seasoning to it. Hope they would improve on this.

Chicken Carbonara (RM11.90):
I love Carbonara. This one is okay. Not great or fantastic but pass my taste test. At least it's not bland like the Bolognese.

Turkey Ham Sandwich (RM11.90):
I would say it's okay lah. I love the croissant. Fluffy, crispy and soft. Fries is also done perfectly. Nicely seasoned.

Chicken Sandwich (RM10.90):
At first glance, I thought it was tuna sandwich. But when tasting the meat, we knew we were mistaken. Just surprised on how the chicken was made this way.

Mushroom Wrap (RM9.90):
It's okay. Nice balanced flavor to it. When I took a bite, I can taste that the mushroom is the star of the wrap for this one. There's also Tuna Wrap and Chicken Wrap which is the same price.

Mushroom Pizza (RM11.90):
Yes, mushroom again but in a pizza, the mushroom taste isn't that apparent. Taste nice but I like the other pizza better.

Hawaiian Pizza (RM11.90):
The pineapple on it provides a tangy taste to it which is what I like about this pizza. That and along with it's thin crust. A bit too floppy though. Makes it a little difficult to just lift one slice to eat.

This is a very interestingly named dish called Hippo in the Pond:
You pour the sauce over it to enjoy this dish. It's with hard boiled egg, and I believe the brown thing is potato that is coated with breadcrumbs and with corns, vegs and stuff in it. There's one kind of taste in there that I don't like but I can't put my finger in it since I couldn't recognize what's that taste. Otherwise, it did taste okay.

We then moved on to dessert and gobbled up this Chocolate Mud Pie with Ice Cream (RM8):
For some reason, the vanilla ice cream looks really yellow and we were caught off guard thinking that it's an out of the ordinary flavor but it's vanilla. Desserts are good.

Waffles:
The best thing about the waffles are......the waffles itself! Nice crispy texture with a thick enough rise to it and airy enough.

Bmon Cafe is located at:
No 8-1, Jalan PJU 5/20B, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Opening Hours:
Mon - Thu:   
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:   
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:   
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Underground Société, Bandar Sunway Media Preview

Before opening it's doors, Underground Société which is located at Bandar Sunway had a launch event to show the media a little sneak peek on how Underground Société is going to be.
Founded by the siblings Choong Kar Wai and Choong Kar Heng, they were also the team that have created CoffeeSociété and Garage 51.

Unlike what Garage 51 is gonna be, Underground Société will also be a cafe that push the boundaries on what a typical cafe sells and hence they have alcohol served as well.
For a person who just wanna chill and relax with a beer at a nice atmosphere and not having a too noisy atmosphere like clubs, a cafe might just be the ideal thing instead of a bar. Hence the presence of Underground Société.
 
During the day of the preview, the signage at the store front is still not up yet and it was merely a black building that kinda looks dodgy and club like. LOL. But of course, it's woody decor had a more cafe welcoming appeal to it and exudes warmth and cosiness.

Underground Société's main feature will be it's cold-brewed coffee-on-tap that dispenses a refreshingly smooth, fragrant and iced-cold signature blend of coffee.
Ya, it does look very much like stout and has it's similarity in taste with the exception of the bubbles flowing downwards instead of up but I assure you, it's coffee. XD

Underground Société also offers its customers the opportunity to experiment with their favorite cup of coffee by transforming it into a unique drink, such as espresso mixed with liquors or latte with a shot of Bailey's or Kahlua, in other words, an Irish coffee.

During the launch, there were pretty canapes served to satiate our little cravings for food.
Course these things that were consumed aren't exactly things that will be sold at Underground Société but rather, dishes such as these will be:
The picture above is a Fried Egg (you can have it scrambled if you want) with US Tenderloin Minute Steak, Mushroom Casserole & Thin Sliced Onion Ring on Underground Bun with a suggested retail price of RM24 and is available on it's Brunch/Lunch menu.

On business lunches, Underground Société carries out from Mondays to Fridays where the lunches will come with a complimentary cup of coffee or a glass of wine. There will also be special daily promotions from 6pm - 9pm for their After Six menu which offers a refined selection of dishes.

Here's one of the dishes from the After Six menu:
It's a Grilled Salmon with Gratin Potato, Roasted Pumpkin, Beetroot, Asparagus and Hollandaise sauce spread on top of it with a suggested price of RM36.

This too is an item on the After Six menu:
A Grilled New Zealand Lamb Rack with Mint Crust, Gratin Potato, Beetroot, Asparagus, Broccoli and Au Jus. With these kind of items on the menu, it looks like the cafe is also looking into a fine dining type of dish to serve. Interesting concept.

Speaking to the media, co-founder of Underground Société states,"When we were planning to introduce a new cafe, we looked at what Malaysia was missing and decided to create something that is completely unique. Underground Société is in line with our aim to remain a game-changer by not conforming to cafe standards, trends and hypes."
Brother and co-founder, Choong Kar Heng, added,"Our utmost focus is on hospitality, quality of coffee and consistency of our food. Coffee is a life-long lesson and we are dedicated to continue to shape and grow the cafe scene in Malaysia."

Underground Société will be opened for business starting tomorrow, 17-Nov-2014.
It's location address is:
No. 68, Jalan PJS 11/7, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya.

Opening Hours:
Daily, 11am-2am.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Are You Creative Enough for #WhatsRefreshing?

A new campaign on Tiger Radler has came up and it's calling all creative and artistic talents for their creativity!

The campaign called #WhatsRefreshing is developed by an aspiring photographer and filmmaker called Melissa Toh, it's making an effort to bring together the creative minds of young, aspiring local talents through their photos and videos submission.
“I’ve lived in Australia and America, and have captured—through my lenses—the wondrous beauty those countries have to offer. The experience of living abroad has opened my eyes to seeing the world differently and I’m interested in Malaysians’ point-of-view on things,” said Toh, a RMIT University and New York Film Academy graduate.

Tai See Wai, Marketing Manager of Tiger Beer said: “We are more than delighted to support Melissa with her experimental initiative. We at Tiger Beer always encourage upcoming local talents, and we hope more creative talents will emerge through this collaboration and #WhatsRefreshing campaign.”

In order to participate, photos and/or 15-seconds videos for the #WhatsRefreshing campaign can be submitted today until November 28 at www.whatsrefreshing.com.my. The theme of it should be a story that tells the observers of what is refreshing from the participant's point of view. The best of the bests that are selected will then be edited into a 2-minute video by Melissa Toh and shared on the official website.
A total of 5 shortlisted participants will each receive a special edition Tiger Radler t-shirt and 2 tickets to the exclusive Pop-up Party by Tiger Radler in December.

For more information, or a sample video of #WhatsRefreshing, simply log on to www.whatsrefreshing.com.my 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heineken Sundown Party at CIMB Classic

Another successful collaboration by Heineken with CIMB Classic for the 2nd year in a row. Last year's champion, Ryan Moore, returns to defend his title once more.

As the 3rd day of the tournament draws to a close, the Heineken Sundown Party that was held on a Saturday, started to take place.
The location of the party was held at a strategic place where it offers a great panoramic view of the whole 14 greens at KLGCC.

The host for the evening was Julie Woon once more:
With DJ Nikki pumping up the beats and starting off everyone in a jovial mood for a casual party.

When the introductions were out of the way, it was time for the award-winning mixologist to do his thing by presenting to the guests specially-created Heineken-infused cocktails served only at the party.
Named Heineken Dark Arts, Heineken Mimosa and a Heineken Passion Sorbet, I can certainly taste the Heineken added to it when drinking and consuming these concoctions.
It certainly was enjoyable seeing it being brought together during the demo:
The mixologist preparing the sorbet with liquid nitrogen was certainly a sight to behold:
I certainly couldn't see much with all the smoke coming out. I wonder how is he gonna see when it's done? Guess he's the expert.
But the cocktails certainly brought me back to the time I tried a Heineken smoothie way back in 2010 at a Heineken Green Space event (http://www.ktheblogger.com/2010/02/heineken-green-space.html). It is absolutely one of the most unforgettable and memorable experience for me and it was my first time ever to have something alcohol related in the morning.

Anyway, after that demo session, when I returned to the stage with DJ Nikki still spinning, the speed painting done by Angel Ng was already done.
The painting was purchased for RM5,000 by Paul Gibbons, Director of MST Golf:
Where the proceeds would be donated to Mobility Social Selangor, an NGO that is dedicated to improving access for the physically challenged, providing transportation to get them to medical services. The artwork was signed by all the pro-golfers at the CIMB Classic 2014 tournament courtesy of Todd Rhinehart, PGA Tour's Executive Director of the CIMB Classic.

The party cruised along further into the night with DJ Blink on the decks after a series of other performances.
Find out more about Heineken’s exciting events and experiences at Heineken’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/heineken or Instagram www.instagram.com/heinekenmy.