Monday, May 29, 2017

Festive Celebration @ The Snug, Hotel Stripes KL

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim readers and friends a blessed Ramadan.


On the first day of Ramadan, we were invited to Hotel Stripes KL's first ever Festive Celebration, held in The Snug on Level 2 of the hotel. The Festival Celebration buffet spread will be held daily from 27 May to 23 June 2017, from 7pm to 10pm and is priced at RM80 nett per person.

The festive spread will feature various traditional Malay cuisine, as well as specialties from their neighbourhood friends in the Kamunting neighborhood which dates back over two decades. Some of the specialties include Capitol Cafe's beef rendang, assam pedas, and gulai ayam, Abu's pasembor and mee rebus, MMZ's sup kambing, sup ayam and murtabak kambing, and Cowboy's mee mamak.

Other Malay dishes you will find on the buffet spread are ulam-ulaman, satay, lemang, rojak buah, paru goreng berlada, udang galah masak sambal petai (freshwater prawn with stink bean), pahjeri nenas berempah, roasted lamb, whole roasted fish, nasi biryani with lamb chops and puyuh goreng (fried quail). 

For desserts, not to be missed is the thin, crispy appam balik. Instead of the regular peanut and creamed corn filling, the version at Stripes will include Nestum and creamed corn. Eat it on its own, or with some vanilla ice cream. ;)

There will also be ais kacang, local kuihs, fresh tropical fruits, Western pastries and ice cream.

Location: The Snug, Level 2, Hotel Stripes KL, 25 Jalan Kamunting, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Valet parking available for RM20)

Tel: 03-2038 0000


GPS Coordinates: 3.157295, 101.700384

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Drift Dining & Bar, Kuala Lumpur - Modern Australian Cuisine

Changkat Bukit Bintang is an area we rarely venture to since our return to Malaysia in 2008. We recently discovered Drift Dining & Bar, a modern Australian restaurant and bar which has been around since 2015. Owned by Aussie expat (also an ex-sommelier), Robert Gilliland, the menu at Drift is influenced by a combination of many cultures, with a focus on quality produce.

Drift - "a slow continuous movement with friends from one flavour to the next"..

There is more to Drift Dining & Bar that meets the eye. Come sunset hour, Drift comes alive and patrons are spoilt with an extensive handpicked wine and cocktail list. Drift also often has wine tastings/events to entertain its patrons and keep the scene interesting.

We sampled several items off its a la carte menu as well as from their newly launched Weekend Brunch menu during our visit. They also offer an affordable lunch menu daily, with prices starting from RM19. Every first Sunday of the month, there will be a Boozy Brunch (free flow food and alcohol from 12-4pm) and they also offer Burgers and Beers on the last Sunday of the month, with beer prices starting from RM12 all day.

What better way to start your weekend than with a fantastic eggy brunch. The Eggs Benedict features two beautifully poached eggs, with asparagus, Hollandaise sauce and PORK bacon. There's nothing more pleasurable than cutting through a poached egg and watching the yolk run out. So good!

We loved the Steamed Manila Clams (RM36), a generous portion of clams cooked in a creamy garlic and saffron sauce, and topped with Serrano ham. The clams were fresh and pretty meaty, a must-order for seafood lovers.

The highlight of our meal was this glorious steak platter, 250g of Australian Black Angus striploin (RM115), grilled and sliced. It was tender, juicy and most importantly well-seasoned, a basic thing which many restaurants fail to do these days. The steak was served with these really awesome roasted Australian chat potatoes.... the skin was crispy and the inside fluffy.... absolutely delicious!

Fresh salads are a big part of Australian cuisine. From the lunch menu, We sampled the Fennel, Crab, Green Apple and Orange Salad (RM25) with wasabi mayo dressing, a well-thought out and very tasty salad. A salad I'd happily eat any day. The lunch menu items come with a complimentary iced lemon tea as well.

Lunch Menu

We finished the meal nicely with the Cinnamon spiced Spanish doughnuts served with caramel and Drift strawberry jam (RM24). Crisp and light, dip your churros into either or both of the sauces and enjoy!

A la carte dinner menu

Opening times: Sun - Thurs 12pm - 1am; Fri & Sat 12pm - 3am.

Location: Drift Dining & Bar, 38 Jalan Bedara, Ground Floor Bidara Condo, Off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (You can park at Bidara Condo parking, or at Hotel Istana or at One Residency)

Tel: 03-2110 2079


GPS Coordinates: 3.148800, 101.709782

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