Friday, April 20, 2018

PJ's Bar & Grill, New World Petaling Jaya Hotel

For good food, delicious cocktails as well as the finest views of Petaling Jaya and the surrounding cityscape, head up to PJ's Bar & Grill, in the recently opened, swanky New World Petaling Jaya Hotel.

Located on the 30th floor of the hotel, guests can opt to dine in the comfort of the air-conditioned, stylish restaurant during the day. Come night, the al fresco dining area by the rooftop pool is the place to be to enjoy a romantic dinner with a 360-degree view of the city (and perhaps a spot of star gazing).

The menu is a mix of Western and Asian grilled items, as well as tapas-style small plates, specially crafted by Executive Chef Alexander Chong and his kitchen team. We had the pleasure of tasting some of the creations which will be making their way into the new menu soon, as well as some of the existing menu items.

Beautifully vibrant, the Seared tuna with avocado and wasabi dressing appetizer ticked all the right boxes. The tuna, lightly seared so it's still rare in the centre, was paired with arugula, edible flowers and creamy avocado. Light and delicious!

For something a little richer, go for the Seafood Chowder, served in a mini cast iron pot. Creamy and laden with treasures of the sea such as tiger prawns, snapper and clams, this would be a lovely, warming soup for a cold rainy evening.

PJ's Bar & Grill embraces local Malaysian cuisine with its rendition of Malaysian Chicken Satay pizza. The pizza contains all the elements of chicken satay, including chunks of marinated chicken, raw onions, cucumber and chilli on a deliciously cheesy pizza base.

For those who prefer the real deal, there is also Beef and Chicken Satay on the menu. We especially loved the beef satay, which features chunky, tender pieces of well-marinated beef, skewered and then grilled for that lovely char. Served with a spicy, peanut sauce.

You can't go wrong with the Beef Burger.. juicy beef patty, layered with tomatoes, lettuce, Cheddar cheese, gherkins, grain mustard, a fried egg - all between two charcoal buns. Comes with crisp steak fries and mayo.

There will also be daily specials, ask one of the staff or check out the daily boards. Loved the piquant tomato sambal which went extremely well with the seared barramundi. This dish reminded me of the Malaysian ikan bakar (grilled fish) dish.

Baramundi with tomato sambal

For dessert, we recommend the Cameron Highland strawberries which comes with two unique ice cream flavours - aged balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The strawberries, balsamic and olive oil combination is a classic and works brilliantly together. We especially enjoyed the smooth, creamy olive oil ice cream.

The Pineapple dessert was also pretty good, featuring grilled, caramelised pineapple with a hint of spiciness from the chilli, complemented with coconut ice cream which helps mellow out the heat.

While you're here, try one of their signature cocktails - we loved the Pineapple Ginger Margarita and Passionfruit Martini. If you prefer something non-alcoholic, order the refreshing Homemade lemonade or Iced hibiscus tea. 

Night view from PJ's Bar & Grill


Opening times: 11.30am to 11pm daily.

Location: PJ's Bar & Grill, Level 30, New World Petaling Jaya Hotel, Paradigm, 1 Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. (Parking: same entrance as Paradigm Mall, follow signs for hotel).

Tel: 03-7682 0000


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The World is Flat at The Bee, Publika, KL: Pizza, Sandwiches and Light Bites

The Bee at Publika is a well-known venue for music, comedy shows and events. Last year, The World is Flat took over the kitchen at The Bee, churning out innovative pizzas, sandwiches and other brunch items. This is the first overseas venture by the people who oversee a myriad of food concepts in Singapore, including Standing Sushi Bar, Tanuki Raw, Sumo Bar Happy and more.

The Bee offers both an al fresco dining area as well an indoor air-conditioned section. I don't usually do al fresco dining but the ambiance here was too nice to resist, with its vibrant mural and lush green plants. Great vibes and so Instagram-worthy too!

The food menu is available all day, from 11am to 11pm and feature nine types of thin crust and deep dish pizzas, pasta, sandwiches and snacks, with great punny names such as "Nacho Average Chips" and "Spam Wham!"

Snack away while you catch up with friends - we highly recommend the Truffle Fries (RM19) or awesome Curry Popcorn Shrimp (RM29); both great paired with a cold beer.

Instead of regular potato fries, the Truffle Fries are made using sweet potato, fried and then tossed in white truffle oil. Don't forget to eat it dipped in the truffle aioli... so yum!

Undoubtedly our favorite here, the fried lightly battered popcorn shrimp served with a beer cheese dip went down a treat. Crisp and absolutely addictive, we especially loved the curry spices coating the shrimp.

For those who love salted egg (who doesn't?), you'd be happy to find that the menu features quite a few salted egg items. We selected the Salted Egg Fried Chicken sandwich (RM30); one loaded sandwich with crispy herb fried chicken, honey butter, burnt onions, mozzarella and cheddar. We would have loved more of the salted duck egg sauce to make the taste more prevalent though overall, we enjoyed this - messy but sinfully good!

There is also a small brunch menu available (think eggs benedict, croque madame, beef hash, at RM27 each). We had the Pancakes, which comes with 3 large-ish, fluffy pancakes, served with sliced bananas, whipped butter and scrambled eggs. BabySumoKids enjoyed the pancakes, drizzled with lots of syrup and smeared with lots of butter.

Since The World is Flat is essentially known for their pizzas, we ordered both the Black Gold (RM25 for personal) and Fat Samurai (RM30 for personal). They also do a 12" version of all the pizzas. My vote goes to the Black Gold, a thin, charcoal crust pizza topped with crispy squid, seasoned fried prawns, burnt onion, portobello mushroom, salted egg sauce and three types of cheese. The pizza crust was light and the whole combination worked for me. I didnt quite enjoy the Fat Samurai as I found the flavours to be overbusy, but I think those who like okonomiyaki  may appreciate this.

 The Bee Specials

Lychee Oolong Iced Tea

They have a few retro pinball machines indoors..  

The World is Flat Food Menu


Opening times: 11am to 11pm daily.

Location: The World is Flat, 36, Level G2, Publika Mall, 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-7960 2160


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