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When I was back in Penang, pass by this shop Hanjan Eatery Soju Bar. The outlook of it certainly attracts me and arrange a gathering round one at this place. One of a new bar in Penang that serve both food and alcohol.

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Love the ambiance of this place. Rustic yet filled with nice furniture and warm lighting. A perfect place for gathering.

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Was told by my friend that their food is not bad. Smells good though when the table next to me order some food. I have not try any of it. Only was over for drinks.

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Started off with simple – Korean Highball @ RM 28. – Soju, Beer, peychaud bitter, and lemon peel. So it is kinda atas soju bomb.

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Tried the cake, Charcoal burnt cheese cake. It is too dense and lack of flavours. RM 20 per piece (if I remember correctly) and quite a small piece though. Certainly the baker can improve on it.

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Will come back to try out their food in the future. Maybe if you are looking for Korean food in Penang to try, can check it out here.

*No ratings cuz no food ordered.

Location:
56, Lebuh Campbell,
10200, Georgetown, Penang.

Operating Hours:
Mon – Saturday 9 am to 12 am.
(Closed on Sundays.)

Contact Number: 017- 479 9423

One of the latest cafe in KL is this Kanteen’s Coffee Bar at Mont Kiara. A cafe that replacing the lot that used to be Wendy’s Mont Kiara. However after I google about this place, it seems that they might have another branch call Kanteen at Plaza Damas too. Not too sure is it related.

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A cafe that is nicely design with its cozy interior. With the coffee counter that looks like the 70’s design that catch most of everyone’s attention.

Planned to hit here for brunch and after read most of the reviews, we decided to leave it and only try coffee and cakes.

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Pistachio Butter Cake @ RM 17. Buffer cake spongue is soft and airy. First few bites with the pistachio cream n nuts are nice. After a few more bites find the cream oily (could be too much butter or wrong mixture of the ingredients)

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Cinnamon Doughnut @ RM 3.50 – dough is too dense.

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Cafe Latte @ RM 10 – not too bad if you want to get your quick fix of coffee.

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They have just operate less than 2 months if I am not mistaken. Food wise maybe will come back to try it out few months later.

Indeed will be a great place to chill out for a cuppa with friends. For Coffee, I would prefer this place which is just down the road.

What’s On Tap which is currently one of my favourite coffee place.

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6/10, so so la. nice ambiance tho !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Kanteen’s Coffee Bar
28, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours:
Sunday – Thursday : 7am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 7am – 12am

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Marimbar The RoofTop Bar sitting high up at level 35 Pinnacle PJ that makes them stand as one of the highest rooftop bar in PJ. A place that you will certainly fell in love with its magnificient PJ skyline. Easily viewing near to 365 degree with both of its side viewing deck.

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Marimbar is the latest addition into The Marini’s Group who has one of the best bar and restaurant like Marini’s on 57, Marble 8, M Marini Grand Caffe & Terrazza, and MariGin Gin Bar.

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Marimbar Happy Hour is from 3pm to 9pm, where

  1. a half pint of Carlsberg @ RM12,
  2. half pint of Kronenbourg Blanc/ Conners @ RM15
  3. half pint of Asahi @ RM17
  4. a pint of Conners for RM23.
  5. wine prices start from RM18 a glass.

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The Red Rimba @ RM 40 – Lemongrass infused Gin, raspberry puree, lemon juice, pandan syrup, ginger & egg white.

Blue Moon @ RM 45 – Gin, sweet & sour, pineapple juice & blue curaçao

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Light food for the day:

  1. Beef Crostini With Jalapeno Pepper & Goat Cheese @ RM 48
  2. Chicken Quesadillas @ RM 32 
  3. Deep Fried Camembert Cheese @ RM 25
  4. Fried Vietnamese Spring Roll @ RM 18 
  5. Duck Salami & Cheese Platter @ RM 38Pizzas
  6. Marimbar Truffle @ RM 42 – Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, arugula, parmesan cheese, truffle oil
  7. Capriciossa @ RM 38 – Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, turkey ham, artichoke, mushrooms

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as night hits, I am just enjoying myself with the wine by enjoying the pretty skyline.

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Certainly a place that I would want to come back and chill with my friends. For weekend, it is best to make a reservation.

Location:
Marimbar The RoofTop Bar
Level 35, Pinnacle PJ Tower A,
Lorong Utara C, Pjs 52,
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: Daily, 3pm to 1am

Phone: 03-2386 6030

Reservations: Visit marimbar.com

Skillet 163 at Fraser Place, KL is pretty well known to many diners for their food and especially their dessert. Recently they have collaborated with Hennessy XO for a food pairing with Marc Boissonnet, Ambassadeur de la Maison from Hennessy Cognac leading the night by sharing his passion about the House’s heritage and collection of cognacs with the guests.

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During the dinner, Boissonnet shared his views on the dynamic Hennessy Maison and spoke of the House’s values of savoir-faire, innovation, creation, excellence, legacy, and sustainable development. Boissonnet too, spoke passionately about Hennessy X.O, the symbolic of the House of Hennessy, which was the main highlight of the evening. The term X.O was coined for this very Cognac by Maurice Hennessy in the 19th century, and it was first bottled in 1870 for family and friends. This blend is composed of over 100 eaux-de-vie which has absorbed wood tannins over a lengthy period, forming a uniquely satisfying character, robust and rich with incredible persistence.

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The night was started off with amazing canapes and their pairing with Hennessy Highball.

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The team working with Chef Raymond Tham to come out with a special crafted menu to pair with this premium cognac, Hennessy V.S.O.P, Hennessy X.O, and Hennessy Paradis.

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Their starter is pretty spot on, simple, flavorful and bursting with flavor with each bite.

Chicken Liver Pate with Spice Prune Compote
Skillet Truffles 
Home cured Salmon 
Foie Gras Custard

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To kick start with our mains, Amuse Bouche – Soft Shell Prawn | Prawn Dusk | White Percik Foam. An interesting combination of local with modern touch. You get hint of spices from percik foam yet you mix every thing in one bite is just filled with explosion of flavours. Paired with Hennessy V.S.O.P

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For the mains, there are two to choose from Aged Bidor Duck Breast | Duck Rillettes| Foie Gras | Cherry Jus. Amont g the 2 mains, the duck is my preferred choice. the meat of aged bidor is pretty good. Skin is slightly crisp and with the cherry jus, it just blends well on the whole flavour. Paired with Hennessy XO to enhance the read meat and flavour of jus. Pretty good!

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Beef Short-Ribs | Ox-Tongue | Summer Truffle is pretty good too. So soft that nearly melt in your mouth, with a unique combination of ox-tongue.

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For dessert is Banana | Semai 72% Chocolate | Coconut to pair with Hennessy Paradis (one of my top favourite from Hennessy Series).

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With the usual group as it had been ages since all group together in a sit down cognac pairing dinner.

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Location:
Skillet 163
163, Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur,
10, Jalan Perak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 11:30am–11pm

Tel: 03-2181 2426

Tiger Beer has long been a champion for unconventional talent, courage and passion – inspiring Malaysians to ‘Uncage’ themselves and create unexpected possibilities. Now, Malaysia’s No. 1 Beer, is taking this to the next level with its new platform, the Tiger ROAR 2019 Tiger ROAR 2019Project. Celebrating raw, emerging talent from the streets of Malaysia, the Tiger ROAR Project champions musicians, artists, fashion designers and chefs who challenge conventions, giving them a community, voice, and the courage to roar for all the world to hear.

Photo by All Is Amazing (www.allisamazing.com)

Four unique talents have been selected by Tiger Beer to helm the Tiger ROAR Project this year – hip-hop artist and rapper Dato’ Maw, musician and chef Kent Lee, fashion designer Yong Sheng, and pyrographer and artist Sonia Luhong. Chosen for their unconventional approach to their work, all four have faced challenges which they’ve had to overcome in order to pursue their passion.

Dato’ Maw has made it his life’s mission to put Malaysian Chinese hip-hop on the map – not an easy feat in a market dominated by the musical powerhouses of China and Taiwan. Taking inspiration from the back alleys of his native Penang to his time as resident club MC in Taiwan, Maw’s multi-lingual hip-hop fuses Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien, English and Bahasa Malaysia together to create something uniquely Malaysian in character.

Photo by All Is Amazing (www.allisamazing.com)

Musician Kent Lee is someone whose creativity know no bounds. At various times a theatre performer, percussion choreographer, and gig venue co-ordinator, his most recent foray has seen him set his sights on a new target: street food. Starting off by cooking for his friends, he constantly refined his technique and now his pop-up Siew Yuk stall has become legendary to those in the know. To Kent, cooking is beyond

just the flavors or the techniques – it’s the ability to create a space where people can enjoy good food together with a sense of community.

Photo by All Is Amazing (www.allisamazing.com)

For fashion designer Yong Sheng, setting up his own clothing label was a childhood dream which seemed out of reach. Despite having no formal training in the fashion industry and with a full-time job to contend with, he spent every waking moment learning everything he could to bring his passion to life. His label, DY/DX, combines traditional Eastern workwear aesthetics with modern fabrics and technologies to create striking high-end streetwear with a style all of its own. Yong Sheng is starting to make an impact internationally, collaborating with local streetwear legends Pestle & Mortar Clothing to kit out Khalid in one of his signature Haori at his performance in KL last year.

Visual artist Sonia Luhong’s choice of medium – fire – already sets her apart from the pack. Pyrography, the art of burning designs onto a surface, is a niche discipline, and Sonia is one of the few female artists in Malaysia to master it. Drawing inspiration from the rich history, culture and wildlife of her native Sarawak, Sonia’s work represents her belief that art is more than just a tool for self-expression; it serves as a bridge between tradition and modernity, youth and experience, civilization and the wild.

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Working in partnership with The Beer Factory in Hartamas, Tiger Beer commissioned each of the four raw talents to create elements which will leave their own mark on the newly-opened outlet. From the bespoke staff outfits designed by Yong Sheng, Dato’ Maw’s music curation, to Sonia’s pyrography and Kent’s collaboration menu with The Beer Factory’s chef, the Tiger ROAR Project has given the talents a platform to show Malaysia what they are made of.

“Tiger Beer has long encouraged Malaysians to Uncage their passion to realize their dreams, and with the Tiger ROAR Project we are taking this to the next level. Our streets are a hotbed of emerging unconventional talent, from art and design to food and music, and as a brand we believe in giving them the spotlight their passion deserves.” said Pearly Lim, Marketing Manager for Tiger.

Photo by All Is Amazing (www.allisamazing.com)

Serving as the official launch of the Tiger ROAR Project, the opening of The Beer Factory Hartamas saw media and guests introduced to the four talents and their work, alongside a host of other performances and activities across two days.

Launched globally in November 2018 at a star-studded event in Seoul, South Korea, the Tiger ROAR Project celebrates unconventional, emerging raw talent from Asia and around the world. Another global event featuring some of Malaysia’s raw talents will take place later in the year – more details will be revealed in the months to come.

For more information on Tiger Beer and the Tiger ROAR Project Malaysia, visit https://www.tigerbeer.com/my/en/tiger-roar-info or www.facebook.com/TigerBeerMy

I have not been to any rooftop bar or rooftop dining in KL for quite a while now. Got invited over to check out this place Ce LA VI in Menara Ilham, KL. A brand which is well known from Singapore that had expanded across the region with presence at Hong Kong and Colombo, now they are in Kuala Lumpur which is just about 6 months old. Little did I know that there is actually a happening spot just right in the heart of the city as this place comes with 3 sections – the dining, lounge and a club! Not only that, it is located on the 37th floor, Sky Terrace in Menara Ilham, with near perfect of 360º views of KL city center.

The challenge of this place upon arrival is to find the lift button. I am not too sure it is a prank or it is just purposely to design in this way. I was stuck at least 5 minutes in the lift lobby before figuring out where the lift button is.

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As you reach the lobby of the building, you will then be usher to the lift and upon reaching 37th floor, a nice smell of aroma therapy just flow into the lift.. It feels that you have reach a luxury spa space. Felt soothing and relax. Then you will be greeted by the lady at the counter to usher you to the right space. (restaurant, lounge or club).

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The place consist of 3 sections. The club, Lounge and dining. As I was there early, head into their Lounge that overlook both KLCC and KL tower while enjoying myself with a glass of cocktail while waiting for others.

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Heading to Ce La Vi, a dining place that offer Japanese Contemporary dining with local twist. The place is modern contemporary with redefine decor. Most of it handpick by the lady boss herself.

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Flipping through the menu, it is rather interesting where 60% is Japanese offering and 40% are on a mix of local food twist. Before we flip further, waiter that is in charge on our table further explain to us on the full menu, offerings and the signature item. Great service to intro us on the food selections.

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Our menu for the night is their upcoming new menu. Our local street food with a twist and uplifted. Starting off with a starter, and mains. follow with a dessert as their upcoming special highlight.

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Starting off with their starter of Ice cold vegetable imported all the way from Japan. The vegetable is indeed quite interesting where felt pluck fresh from the frozen tree, preserve all the way here and serve it. A vegetable which is fresh and crips and shower with only seseame dressing to make it simple and fresh.

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Spiced Kataifi Wrapped prawns @ RM 53 – mango salsa and thai chili jam.

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Char Koey Teow with Lobster is uplifted to another level where not our usual with big prawns but this is even bigger. A whole lobster on the plate. @ RM 198. Something different?

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Star of the night is the Foie Gras fried rice .Never thought that this dish would be so good. Fried rice is not too dry yet slightly moist, serve with sunny side up and foie gras. Poke the egg yolk and let it flow, mix the creamy egg yolk, pinch a small piece of foie gras and eat along with the rice. Gives you a nice harmonies flavour in your mouth that end with a nice creamy salty touch from the foie gras. A sip or red wine or sake would be a perfect combination. @ RM 98

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For dessert, ending it with a cheesecake yuzu, top with a bed of mix fruits and a paper thin twil.

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After dining, we head over to the lounge and chill for a bit before calling it off a night.

Certainly a place for you to chill and hang out with your friends. A dining place which is much design to cater for mostly expats and company functions around the area. Therefore, if you are a hardcore fan of a street food to be dining over here, please remove your expectation of it..

 

Keen to come back here to check out their club in my next visit. Small, simple and cozy. Best of all, Friday and saturday is R&B night. Oh yah, back to uni days.

Location:
CE LA VI
Level 37 Menara Ilham,
No.8 Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
(a building next to Menara Binjai/ Intercon Hotel or 2 mins walk from Ampang Park LRT station)

Tel: +603 2733 3163

Email: [email protected]

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