Thursday, December 08, 2016

Suria KLCC celebrates Christmas

Suria KLCC and Alamanda shopping malls pledged to raise funds for ANGSANAcare as part of their concerted and continuous efforts in giving back to the community mainly to the underprivileged individuals during this festive season.  ANGSANAcare is a fully registered non-profit Malaysian organization created as a support service to palliative care for underprivileged paediatric patients and their families in government hospitals in Malaysia. 

“ANGSANAcare rely completely on public and corporate donations to continue providing free services to their patients.  Our aim is to raise RM10,000 through the sales of gift boxes from 26 November until 26 December,” said Andrew Brien, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Suria KLCC. He added, “Shoppers and visitors of Suria KLCC can do their part to make a difference in the lives of these children. Donate RM10.00 for a gift box, write down your name on the gift box, and place it at our Christmas art installation decoration on ground floor Park Mall entrance.  100% from the proceeds collected will be channeled to ANGSANAcare.”
Also present at the event was the Chairperson of ANGSANAcare, Ria Thomas. “Paediatric palliative care patients live with fear, stress and uncertainty.  ANGSANAcare psychotherapists assess and support the emotional needs of the children in their care,” explained Ms Thomas.   She added, “They provide play, art and music therapy to these children with the aim of facilitating enjoyment and peace in their last days. Studies prove that these therapies not only allow children to express themselves more freely, but also successfully aid in the reduction of physical pain. Play, art and music therapies help them to focus their minds elsewhere whilst simultaneously creating an outlet for their fragile emotions.”
Suria KLCC and Alamanda would like to urge members of the public to support and help raise awareness about the programme through #SuriaKLCCcares

One of the most anticipated activities among shoppers and visitors during festive celebrations is mall decoration. Thus, every year, Suria KLCC develops new theme to create excitement among shoppers and visitors. This year’s Christmas decoration theme is Santa’s Village. A cluster of small cottages, shops and artisanal buildings with Northern European influenced architecture had been built at Suria KLCC centre court. Christmas trees beautifully adorned with ornaments and brightly colored lightings were fabricated to create a festive atmosphere.

Aside from decoration in the mall, a 32 meter (100 feet) Christmas tree majestically graced the KLCC Esplanade.   This Christmas tree had been recognized by The Malaysia Book of Records as the Tallest Christmas Tree in Malaysia in 2014 and 2015, and is a gift from Suria KLCC to all shoppers and visitors.  The tree will be up at the KLCC Esplanade until 3 January 2017.  Standing at 32 meters in height, 14 meters in width, 12.2 meters in diameter and 41,698 kg in weight, this tree is adorned with 2500 baubles,  3714 garland leaves , 40000 LED bulbs and 319 pieces of star shaped LED lights. Members of the public can tag #tallestXmastreeSuriaKLCC for photos of them at the Tallest Christmas Tree in Malaysia.

It is the season of giving thus Suria KLCC will reward its shoppers with gifts for purchases made from 26 November 2016 until 3 January 2017.  Two exclusive gifts await shoppers who spend a minimum of RM650 and RM3,000 respectively.  For those who spend RM650 and above in a single receipt will receive an exclusive teapot set while, those who spend RM3,000 and above in a single receipt will receive Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater set. Adding more excitement, there will be a variety of dazzling Christmas performances throughout this period.  Among them includes classic and contemporary Christmas caroling, Christmas themed ballet dances, Highland Pipes & Drums, Korean Community Group choir, hip hop, modern and jazz dance, and children string ensemble.  Christmas is incomplete without Santa Claus. Therefore, there will meet & greet sessions with Santa Claus and Miss Claus during this festive season.    To those who enjoy classical Christmas songs, an enthralling performance by the Malaysia Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will be held on 11 December at 8.00pm.  Members of the public can tag #Alliwant4Xmas2016 for photos or videos taken at Suria KLCC to spread the festive cheer.

For more information about the Christmas promotion, performances and the gift box charity effort by Suria KLCC and Alamanda, visit

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Martell Non Chill-filtered Cognac Breaks New Ground

For three centuries, the House of Martell has consistently pioneered new expressions of cognac but none as refreshing as its first Martell NCF (Non Chill- Filtered). Most cognacs are filtered below 0°C but Martell NCF is filtered at room temperature with the specific aim of preserving its full potential to unleash irresistibly smooth, expressive aromas when served with ice.

 “Tonight, Martell invites you to ‘Enjoy the Unsuspected’ at this secret location. We are taking this big step in reaching out to you with Martell Non Chill-Filtered with a different taste, look, and experience. More surprises are in store for you to Light up the Night! Light up the Taste! Light up the Party! Light Up yourself,” shared Sébastien Mouquet, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Malaysia.      
The exclusive by-invitation launch party was kept under wraps, with guests only knowing where the meeting point was. With a welcome drink, they were transported to the secret venue, only to discover a fully transformed Yacht Club. The Martell NCF Dockyard Light Up Party showcased motion sensors in a light tunnel, glow-in-the-dark spray paint, copper mapping imagery and a convoy of Light-Up bikes.

Party-goers used the specially developed Martell Light Up app to officially light up the night and launch the Martell NCF. The night was filled with sensorial performances, completed with an adrenaline-fueled female DJ battle featuring DJ Pennie, DJ Nikki, DJ, DJ Bluwie, Cassie D (Indonesia), DJ Wie (Korea), DJ MissFlorie (Philippines) and DJ Sfefanya Morgan (Indo/US). Guests were also served seven different cocktails, each crafted to bring out the smooth cognac with fresh and fruity notes.
 The light-reflective metallic copper coating of the Martell NCF bottle glowed brightly throughout the night. Translucent at the top, it fades to full transparency at the base of the bottle to reveal the lush amber-gold of the cognac. The transparent label evokes the filtration process with a series of glossy white lines, which glow in the dark under UV lights.

Tasting Notes & Serving Ritual
Martell NCF is smooth with fresh and fruity notes. It can be served on its own, with a mixer (e.g. soda water) or a dash of freshly squeezed orange juice with ice. It offers a refreshing new option for men and women - an easy signature drink.
Two unique serving rituals have been developed to reflect the dynamic style of Martell NCF. The Martell Ice-Pool is a two-tier tray. When a tab is pulled, the Martell NCF shot glasses on the top drop into the mixer on ice in highball glasses at the bottom. The Martell Frappé ritual, meanwhile, focuses on a cutting-edge shaker which lights up when it is shaken.

The development of Martell NCF is a global breakthrough as it is the first time a cognac house is using the Non Chill-Filtered technique to create a cognac revolution.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Hunt for the Ultimate Fan Returns

Here’s some good news for all football enthusiasts in Malaysia. Tiger FC is back yet again to reward 70 walking football encyclopaedias with Samsung 40” LED TV throughout this 2016/17 season. If you are known amongst your friends as a pundit of everything football and have a burning passion for the sport, then take up Tiger FC’s challenge and compete against other footie whizzes in Malaysia to win the coveted crown, Tiger FC’s Ultimate Fan.
This season’s Tiger FC showdown will begin on November 19 at selected outlets in Klang Valley, Penang and Malacca and will continue until the end of 2016/17 football season. Seventy units of Samsung 40” LED TV will be given out to main prize winners who make it through rounds of pop quiz during half-time and full-time of each activation. Tiger FC will be giving away five units of PUMA Pro Training Medium Bags as consolation prizes at every clubhouse event as well. Then as the football season concludes in May 2017, all 70 winners will gather for a final face-off where ONE will be crowned the Ultimate Fan and walk away with a trip for two to watch a football match LIVE.
“Moving into its 13th year of establishment, Tiger FC has proven to be a strong entity of Tiger Beer. We intend to create a connection between fans from all walks of life with unwavering passion for football who gather to celebrate the sport while having our brew, and of course, to eventually identify this season’s Ultimate Fan. So, come join us at any of our clubhouse activations to gather for the passion of the sport and to find out if you have what it takes to win the coveted title,” said Jessie Chuah, Tiger Beer marketing manager. 
To further reward its fans, Tiger FC has created a new program where fans can redeem attractive lifestyle merchandises such as watches, backpacks, speakers and many more this season. Simply download the Tiger FC application, register and scan the QR codes given to you upon purchasing Tiger Beer at selected Tiger FC clubhouses and voila, you can start collecting points and redeem your prizes as you go along.
For more information on Tiger FC and its clubhouses, visit Tiger Beer’s Facebook page today.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Kohler. Bold. Art Exhibition Debuts In Malaysia

A global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, Kohler® is showcasing its support and passion for the arts with an exhibition called “Kohler Bold. Art. Asia” for the first time in Malaysia.The exhibition in Malaysia consists of three parts, each displaying  different aspects of art within the company.
“We have a long standing love affair with art. To continue to expand our involvement, we established Kohler. Bold. Art. Asia. We wanted to create a platform to promote the artworks of established as well as aspiring artists. Our latest edition of the program features six Southeast Asian artists whose inspirational pieces of Asian Contemporary Art will give visitors a unique perspective on how Asia’s roots in the past will drive cultural, economic and technological changes in its future.” said Mr. Adam Quek, Kohler Commercial Director and General Manager, South-East Asia
Taking center-stage is Kohler Bold. Art., a sculpture exhibition showcasing the works of six Southeast Asian artists from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. Under the theme of ‘Asian Contemporary Art: Rooted in the Past, Looking into the Future’, the artists explore cultural contexts and how they see its changes such as continuing urbanization, Asia’s ever-increasing economic power on the world stage and the impact of constant innovation and technologies on societies. The results are art pieces that are as eclectic and interesting as the artists who created them.

The second part of the exhibition features Arts/Industry - a display bringing you back to the last century when Kohler
® launched this program with artists-in-residence in the USA in 1974. Since then, more than 500 local and international artists have participated in this unique initiative. And last but certainly not the least, is a selection of Kohler® Artist Editions - crafted by skilled artisans using methods that have been passed down for generations. Each design is inspired by patterns and color palettes drawn from cultures and landscapes around the world. Balancing artistry and craftsmanship with utility, Artist Editions products invite you to celebrate beauty and creativity each day.
“Throughout our history, Kohler has shown a long-standing dedication and appreciation for culture and the arts. The leaders of the company have supported this, growing and strengthening this relationship with the arts to bringing the arts and industry closer. By bringing ‘Kohler and the Arts’ to Malaysia and launching KOHLER Bold. Art. for the first time here, we hope you too will find inspiration here today in one of these beautiful pieces created by talented Asian artists,”said Mr. Benjamin Chang, Marketing Communications Manager – Kitchen & Bath South-East

The exhibition is open to the general public from 25th – 30th October 2016, at  TPC Kuala Lumpur, from 8.30am to 5.30pm (Mon-Sun). Admission is RM50 per day.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Timberland Reveals Asia's First "Workshop" Concept Store

Kuala Lumpur, 27th September 2016 - As the brand makes a global move to embrace the modern consumer landscape; showing a shift in focus towards providing lifestyle footwear and apparel to the “Outdoor Lifestyler” consumer. Timberland takes a cue from this season’s theme - “Heritage Reimagined” as it relaunched its store last Thursday in Mid Valley. The store features Asia’s first “workshop” integrated store concept which was designed to create a sensory and experiential journey of discovery, intricately crafted to inform, inspire, and engage Timberland fans.
"At the heart of our brand lies our classic yellow boot -- the inspiration for countless collections, and the muse for everything we do," explained Jim Davey, vice president of global brand marketing for Timberland. "We're putting a fresh spin on what has made us iconic and reimagining it for today, getting consumers ready whatever comes next on their Modern Trail - inside the city or out." The upgraded store now features a craft display area and a workbench where customers can gather around as they get their boots customised; customers may select preferred lace colours and even choose to have their initials sewn onto their shoes.
Additionally, another new interesting feature is the social hub where customers are encouraged to engage and interact with the store’s staff. Whom in turn, will be the ones to create the shopper’s journey around the store. Within, the social hub will also feature a social display where current and upcoming events will be communicated to the customer. The heart of the “workshop” however is “The Boot Room”, a semi-defined space that features the bulk of Timberland’s heritage - their footwear. Even showcasing a ‘shoelast’ chandelier hung directly above the ceiling, framing Timberland’s “The Icon” wall which tells the story of how the brand’s iconic yellow boot is crafted.

Launching the store in true Timberland fashion, media were taken by a ‘stomp’ flash mob performance where all the dancers were decked out in all Timberland gear. Once the store was unveiled, media were treated to a preview of Timberland’s latest collection - The Harvest Gold Collection. This collection honours its roots by reimagining its classic silhouettes with quietly expressed technology and newly refined styles. Incorporating varying shades of brown born
from the colour wheat – amber hues and glowing golds to rich caramels. This season puts emphasis on creating pieces that are durable, wearable and highly versatile for days and nights full of new adventures for our outdoor lifestylers.
Finally, to mark the occasion, Timberland collaborated with up and coming Malaysian Tattooist Dick Chua to create exclusive personalized designs on 3 iconic yellow Timberland boots which were given away as lucky draw prizes to the media. Making a special appearance at the event were also Timberland's Friends: Host and Announcer Jeremy Teo, Xandria Ooi and Qi Razali, celebrity violinist Dennis Lau, and composer extraordinaire Yuri Wong. Timberland Friends are influencers chosen based on their contributions in their respective fields.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Passport International Beerfest brings global experiences to you

It is that time of the year where we cheers with our friends and family. Where every pub, bar, tavern, and bistro in town will celebrate beer and cider’s glorious existence. This year, Heineken Malaysia Berhad has got something up its sleeves for beer lovers.

The brewery introduced its brand new initiative, Passport International Beerfest in an extravagant event at TREC KL, today. Passport International Beerfest is an all-out celebration of HEINEKEN Malaysia’s range of beers and ciders from The Netherlands, England, Germany, Ireland and Asia, and a chance to bring to life the experiences and cultures behind each of them.

“We aspire to bring our consumers a bigger, better and improved experience through a virtual reality globe simulator. This digital experience will give our discerning drinkers an opportunity to explore another country and its culture while enjoying our brews at the same time,” said HEINEKEN Malaysia’s head of trade marketing Tai See Wai.

“On top of that, consumers will not only be enjoying attractive promotions but will also be able to own a set of six limited edition Passport International Beerfest collectible mugs as memorabilia throughout the celebration across selected outlets during this campaign period,” added Tai.

The event was filled with exciting activities such as percussionist band, dance performances, stilt walkers, jugglers, magicians and brand ambassadors dressed up in Japanese and German costumes. There were also Irish models who marched around the event grounds making the festival merrier.

To spice things up, festival-goers brought home attractive prizes after participating in stage games conducted during the event. While experiencing different cultures at the virtual reality booth, consumers also took pictures and posted them on their respective social media platforms using the ‘selfie station’.

At the end of the night, guests leveraged on the exclusive promotion by GRAB, the official transport partner for Passport International Beerfest. This event marks the start of the campaign. For more information on Passport International Beerfest and to know more on how to be a part of the celebration, log on to

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Donamarie, Rozella, SOAP are Malaysia’s Top 3 Undiscovered Bands - Tiger Jams

Over 100,000 votes were tabulated following Tiger Jams’ three-week voting period to identify three of Malaysia’s finest emerging artistes that will be moving onto the last leg of Tiger Jams.

Home grown bands Donamarie, Rozella and Son of a Policemen (SOAP) garnered the most number of votes during the online polls held from 13 to 30 June and overcame seven other hopefuls to be one step closer to collaborating with a mystery international act.

Rap rock band Donamarie were ecstatic when they received confirmation that their young band of four years has made it to the final round. Having only performed on small stages thus far, the band said that this journey has been their “biggest milestone” and grateful to have been given the opportunity. “Win or lose, we would’ve been happy either way because we walked away with more than what we’ve asked for walking in,” they said when contacted.

Originating from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, singer Rozella was glad she had the backing and support from family, friends, fellow musicians and fans to help her persevere through the trying competition. When she first got the news, Rozella said her first thoughts were “not only am I working with the most supportive and talented band, I am also surrounded by the most amazing people. It feels so great to know that people genuinely appreciate your hard work and your music. This is only the beginning and I really appreciate the opportunity.
“It’s been such an amazing journey and I am so grateful for everything. My intention when I joined Tiger Jams wasn’t about winning prizes, it was about pushing myself out of my comfort zone and proving to myself that I can do this. I strongly believe that if you desire something, you have to find the courage to pursue it,” she declared.
Also surprised by the news were Son of a Policeman (SOAP). Their song, Fire, got the attention of Tiger Jams’ curators, who voted the “indie rojak” band into the Top 10. Prior to the competition, the band had been focusing on the production of their debut album, and commented that Tiger Jams came at an opportune time.

“The news that we made it to the Top 3 was a little bit of a shocker. It was the perfect icing on the cake. It was also a wakeup call for us, considering how many other talented bands we were up against. Time for us to get off our bums and up our game! We think that’s definitely happened, or at least in the process of happening. We’re all psyched.”

Tiger Beer’s latest music and art platform created the website to house an original track from each of the 10 shortlisted bands, as well as to serve as a polling station for music lovers to cast their votes. There were also three mini gigs held at Laundry Bar (on June 16), VoizsUp (June 18) and Timbre (June 23) for the shortlisted acts to further showcase their talents in hopes of securing more votes.

Up next, the bands will each be paired with one acclaimed Asian act (either Singaporean pop band The Sam Willows, Hong Kong’s punk pop band ToNick or Malaysia’s very own Darren Ashley) and an established visual artist (Donald Abraham, Kenji Chai or Flex) to produce an original Tiger Jams track and music video. This track with be the deciding factor for the mystery international act to handpick one of the three for a collaboration. The three finalists will also receive a cash prize of RM15,000 each, and all three bands have plans to upgrade their equipment and produce an album with the money.

Tiger Beer marketing manager Jessie Chuah says: “Music speaks the mind of the bands and we’re glad to have witnessed their enthusiasm, heard their stories through their songs and observed their unwavering energy for pursuing their dream.

“We’re also pleased that Asia took notice of Tiger Jams and is supportive of the local music scene, which brought to the forefront three of the country’s finest emerging talents to have their chance at being on a bigger stage. We hope that music lovers continue to see potential in local and Asian musicians because with proper backing, they can be as good as or even better than international acts.”
In August, these three bands will be hosting a gig each prior to the big finale event. Check out their individual showcases where they will be accompanied by their music mentors and visual collaborative artists at the following times and venues:
•    Aug 6 - Son of a Policeman (SOAP) at Slate, The Row together with The Sam Willows and Donald Abraham
•    Aug 13 – Rozella at TREC, KL with Darren Ashley and Flex
•    Aug 20 – Donamarie at KL Venue, Fahrenheit 88 with ToNick and Kenji Chai

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. For more information, visit

Sunday, July 31, 2016

OYO - A Promising Branded Network of Hotels, The Story

Once upon a time, in the land of India, lived a young chap by the name of Ritesh Agarwal.
This fellow young chap once had gone far and wide and had traveled extensively starting from the age of 17. During his adventures of wanderlust, he had boarded in more than 150 different places of accommodation ranging from bed and breakfast to guest houses to hotels and many more. On his wide experience of expedition, he found out often not knowing of what to expect on his next place of stay. It is usually a surprise as there were no standardization across hotels especially when it comes to non-chain or unbranded hotels.

Many a times the trolls of unsightly linens and the ghoulish plumbing system with shoddy carpentry work alongside with the monstrous and devilish electrical systems.
And so our young protagonist decided to wield his sharp weapons and take on those shady characters with full-on combat! Away he went on the month of March 2013 with his trusty weapon of choice called OYO.
OYO had once been "Oravel Stays" but had since leveled up to a much powerful weapon rather than just a handy tool. With the weapon being wield, those pesky and unassuming monsters all die by it's hands and soon rooms booked with the OYO system can be assured of a set standard and people know what to expect those bearing the symbol of OYO.
Travelers can expect a clean and spacious rooms with hygienic washrooms, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and 24X7 customer support across every room at any hotel bearing the OYO symbol. And that's not all. It also provides the affordable prices that no other in the budget segment offers today. They also link all it's functions using technology so that the customers can have a seamless experience.
Users can do so through their website as above (at or through their apps.
After vanquishing a many foes from the land of India, they have decided to take their quest in helping other lands in fighting this similar problem. And so, Ritesh with his mighty OYO had since then taken their battle outside of India starting with Malaysia.
Currently, there are 200+ hotels and over 5000 rooms that's setup with the OYO mark of standard across cities in Malaysia, namely, Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Petaling Jaya, Rawang, Seremban, Shah Alam, Subang, Penang, Malacca, Johor Bahru, Langkawi, Ipoh, Taiping, Kuala Kangsar, Kampar, Seri Iskandar, Kota Kinabalu and Cameron Highland and as one by one those notorious shrouds of mystery gets slain by the OYO brand, the expansion to other states and soon to other countries is forthcoming and imminent.
So join in in helping out the standardization throughout boarding places by downloading their app here: Download App Page or have a look at their Facebook Page here.

As we move towards the ending of our story, I hope you will make it a happy one.
My gift to you would be this 20% Discount code that you can use whenever you book a room through the OYO app.
Enter in the discount code:
And you will be given a 20% discount on it.

So what will be the ending to this story? You decide on it. And I hope that I can see you at a happy ending to this story where we're assured of a satisfactory standardized boarding room with seamless and hassle-free bookings all across the world.

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.