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If there’s one club the whole family will want to be part of, it’s the Joy Lok Club Sunday Brunch happening at Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown. Gathering the area best food and culture forming it into this classic place.

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Held at Quan’s Kitchen, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Joy Lok Club promises traditional Chinatown favorites and Western influences that diners know and love. Featuring heritage fusion fare inspired by a myriad of Malaysian cultures—from the signature Joy Lok Club station that mimics the well-loved street side lok lok experience to the Portugis Ikan Bakar and Wok Fried Hokkien Mee—this Sunday brunch buffet session brings the richness of the Malaysian foodscape into a single setting. Adding to the table rotation is a heartwarming Western line-up of Braised Boeuf de Bourguignon, Roasted Leg of Lamb and a ChocoLok fountain serving up delectable chocolate-bathed desserts, and more, which are sure to delight a party
of varying tastes

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The higlight corner, pick your skewers and pass it to chef. There are 3 types of soup available and I took all.

  1. sate kuah
  2. Lontong
  3. Laksa

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Their Ice cream section is pretty good too. Do not miss out.

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Best of all is this kopitiam corner. Get your toast, half boil egg and coffee to go.

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This is how we do it for our Sunday brunch. Kaya Butter toast, with half boil egg, coffee and white wine.

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Joy Lok Club Sunday Brunch Buffet is available at Quan’s Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown every Sunday starting 23 February 2020 for RM 118 nett. Book now and enjoy a limited time offer of RM 98 nett until 31st March. For unlimited red and white wine, beer, soft drinks and juice, add on RM 78 nett.

For enquires or reservations, call 03-2035-7333 or email [email protected]

I have rarely hit into buffet spread as my capacity of eating it is no longer there. However there are a few ones that I would give exceptional. Like this new buffet spread in Kurata Japanese Fine Dining in Parkroyal Hotel offering shabu-shabu and sukiyaki buffet that offers great spread and especially the quality of sashimi served with pricing as :

  1. Chicken Sukiyaki option, priced @ RM68 per person
  2. Australian beef + Chicken @ RM88 per person
  3. Angus beef + Chicken @ RM128 per person

If customer show this poster (below) to Kurata Japanese Fine Dining ‘s team, they will enjoy our Australian beef buffet at RM68 per person.

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For lunch, Kurata Japanese Fine Dining offer two options for shabu-shabu and sukiyaki lunch buffet from 12pm – 2:30pm :

  1. Australian beef + Chicken @ RM38 per person
  2. Chicken Sukiyaki & Spicy Miso Hotpot @ RM38 per person

Meats such as Chicken and Australian beef are refillable. Sashimi is not refillable. Side dishes are not refillable. It is all subjected to 10% service charge and 6% SST.

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Kurata Japanese Fine Dining is newly renovated and operating just about 6 months in the hotel is gaining its popularity among Japanese diners.

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These are part of the menu, as this Japanese Buffet in KL is offering order from the menu instead of a whole long line of food offerings at the table. They are prepared fresh from the kitchen as you order. Full menu click here

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If you are a good drinker, then you have an option of topping up with RM 100 to enjoy free flow drink.  From 4pm – 10pm (with 2 hours limit)

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There are 3 different types of soup base available:

  1. Sukiyaki – this is bent towards more sweet base
  2. Spicy miso – personal favourite with recommended
  3. Shabu Shabu Original – one of the best option too

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What you can help yourself are these sauces and condiments from the table right in the middle. Including Green Tea too.

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For different package as mention the only difference are: Agnus beef where the quality of meat is nicer and for Australian beef it is also pretty good enough for me (on the right)

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There are plenty of sides that you can order and just do order those you can finish. Try to avoid food wastage. Edamame to start off with.

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and of course how can we miss out the sashimi. They even serve maguro for sashimi, that is where I ate at least 10 pieces. Salmon Carpaccio and Salmon Sashimi are all pretty good too. Fresh and the cut is pretty generous.

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For Sushi, it is pretty good too. I had

  1. Salmon Nigiri Sushi
  2. Spicy Salmon Nigiri Sushi
  3. Seared Salmon Nigiri Sushi
  4. Tamago Nigiri Sushi
  5. Inari Sushi
  6. Spicy Salmon Nigiri Sushi
  7. Crunchy California Roll

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  1. Nanban Fried Chicken with Tartar Sauce
  2. Agedashi Tofu
  3. Kaarage Pepper Chicken Wings – this is recommended as goes so well with beer or sake
  4. Teppan Grilled Spicy Chicken

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Grilled Sanma Saury with Japanese Salt

 

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Some healthy option which is the chef special : Tofu Salad

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Of course we do have our drinks too. I had a few high balls and a few bottles of Cold Sake to go along. It was indeed quite a satisfying dinner.

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The only little problem to find this outlet is you have to walk through this buffet spread restaurant to reach Kurata Japanese Restaurant.

Indeed for RM 68 + buffet spread is quite a good value for me. As easily we eat in any of the Japanese restaurant with gathering, you will be spending around RM 50-RM 80 per head. With this, it is a buffet spread that every one gets to enjoy.

Location:

Lower Lobby, PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 03-2110 0226

operating hours:
Lunch : 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10pm

Restoran Ruby 祖传芝麻糊大王 or to be known as King of Chi Ma Wu at Pudu is one of a Chinese dessert or Chinese Tong Sui in KL to be. Waves of high praise for them upon their Sesame dessert.

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We walk over from our pre-CNY dinner place at Restaurant Sek Yuen to here as just a stone throw away. Was told by my colleague that they are famous for a few dessert and try it out lo.

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The stall looks more like herbal drink stall rather than a dessert stall.

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Price is slightly on the high side.

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Have you ever  seen a nice dessert art on your tong sui instead of those nice latte art. This is the first. A lot of heart and creativity in this.

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The only thing stand out is Black Sesame which suits on the sign board. RM 3.50

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I have high hopes on this Steamed Egg Custard @ RM 3.50.. However it was quite a let down in both taste and texture.

Well a dessert place that I wont return but again really depends on your taste bud. I do see alot people making take away like at least 3-10 per bag. Also again, the build up hype and comments for many people give me this set of expectation.

*Pork FREE

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 5/10, so so only!!!! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Restoran Ruby 祖传芝麻糊大王
Jalan Sayur, Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 012-382 2262

Operating hours: 11am till midnight daily

When I was driving to this place, it seems like the area would not have a bar as it seems out from Old Klang Road. Indeed Sakura Den located at Off Old Klang Road is actually in Kampung Pasir area. After checking this place out, this would be one of a recommended speakeasy bar in Old Klang Road to hunt for.

This hidden bar in KL is head by Arsenio Mariano Jr., better known as Ash. Holding up as winner of the Bar Awards Luminaries 2019. With his vast exploration around South East Asia had is making his drinks quite adventurous.  A local mixologist Sabahan that did pretty outstanding drinks with local infusion.

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A  place where the regulars come often for their usual drink with a glass or two before heading back to their home.

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Cocktail’s Creed, which takes place every Sunday from now until March 2020, sets guests up for a surprise with every drink. Going against the grain, Ash prefers that you tell him the flavours or ingredients you don’t like, and he’ll conjure up a custom cocktail that just might make your favourites list.

Select 2 cocktails for RM70+ or 3 cocktails for RM90+ and journey with Ash through unique flavour profiles derived from using house-made ingredients such as ginseng flower and tongkat ali infusions, peach gum, and jujube syrup. Ask him about Mexican worm salt aka sal de gusano and he’ll be happy to oblige your curiosity.

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For some quick snacks/bites, hit on  their :
1. Tomato Salsa Bruschetta  with feta cheese @ RM16+
2. Chili Garlic Prawns served with garlic bread @ RM18+
3. Fish Metti catfish with coriander, butter and Parmesan cheese baked with garlic bread @ RM18+

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For a start, we try out his signature: Birds Nest Kinsey Gin, Birds Nest, Peach Gum Infused With Longan Jujube Syrup & Ume @ RM 48. Clever mix of flavour that gives you hint of longan jujube along with peach gum gives you the substitute of bird next texture and gin that goes well with it. A nice balance of flavour.

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Twisted Queen – Brugal Blanco, Carpano Antica Formula, Mangosteen Juice, Pandan Syrup, Lime @ RM 36

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For a simple light drink to go with, as I want to maintain my palate for the night simple. Ginza SpritzKinsey Gin, Mathilde Poire Liqueur, Nigori Yuzushu, Shiso leaves, Lemon and a splash of Soda @ RM 38 is one of a right drink to hunt for. Simple yet spot on with few flavours that linger in your mouth.

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This is like the limited edition bottle or its supply is very limited, only 1000 bottles produce a year. Ume Hi One of a very unique flavour. Its kind of must try if you are a gin lover. A clean and refreshing cocktail that uses Benichu 19° – an oak barrel matured umeshu.

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Kopi Jantan – an espresso based cocktail with a local influence using our house-infused Borghetti liqueuer with Tongkat Ali root. A rather interesting cocktail that gives you hint of bitterness yet liquier is not too strong but slightly prominent.

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I am a big fan of Negroni and especally smokey negroni. However for their version  of Sakura Negroni Sakurao Original, Umeshu,Chartreuse Gentiano @ RM 48. There is a slight twist. It is refershing yet, a strong lingering flavour of chartreuse and mild after sourness from umeshu is kinda interesting twist after it.

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Now I really know there is this hidden speakeasy bar that serve pretty good cocktail. Even  better if you are indecisive, just inform Ash on your flavour profile  and ask him to surprise you. I think that would be quite adventurous.

Location:
Sakura Den
First Floor,
24, Jalan Kampung Pasir,
Kampung Pasir,
58200 Kuala Lumpur,

Operating Hours: 5pm – 1am

TeL: 012-393 8627

Just would want to say, it is not good to put your expectation up before dining. One of a reason because of their background. Playte Contemporary Dining is one of the new kids on the block in Bukit Damansara, ,KL that is run by 3 young prominent chef with their establishment started since Aug 2019.

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Run by 3 young culinary chef are Brendon Chen, Kae Huey and Sharina Aidid, who first met while studying in Le Cordon Bleu six years ago. With the talent Brendon, had staged at Taipei’s Mume (ranked seventh this year on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants) and honed his craft at KL’s own Nadodi (which CNN recently described as potentially being the world’s next great Indian restaurant) – this is the part that lifted up my expectation.

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A dining place that is set up in modern interior casual dining space. Divided into 2 dining seating area. My preference is always on the bar bench as you get to enjoy chef in action. If you need some private space, then hit for their floor seating area.

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I believe this is not their permanent menu, as like any other modern dining, their menu is seasonal.

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Looking at the menu, decided to try out

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Next is Squid – king oyster mushroom, mushroom broth, thyme @ RM 34. Squid cut to perfection in slices and in the same order of sizes. Broth is fragrant yet I find that the flavour do not match. Freshness of squid and the broth is quite separated.

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Service here is definitely not top notch as I do have expectation that each plate to be cleared upon arrival of each dish.  However my first 2 dishes plate still sits right next to me before arrival of mains. This is even I am seated at the bench and right in front of the chef’s.

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I did not order the fish, guessing this is Threadfin @ RM 56. – thouchu butter & charred greens. It does looks good though, as the fish looks done to perfect.

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My original order was Waygu Triptip and after seeing the first order went out on the Duck, we decided to go on this instead. The duck believe is sous vide as to keep the colour and the meat cook just right. I just wish the skin is pan seared to crisp. The sauce that comes along is quite interesting, bitter and sourness of it does pairs a little well. The char-grilled cauliflower do give the taste a little lift.

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Duck is a tricky dish, should have stick back to my original order Wagyu as it does look much promising as below when they prep on it.

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For dessert, we try on the recommendation from the floor staff that Gula Melaka Ice Cream is their signature. – warm chocolate mouse and roselle. Warm chocolate nicely done, warm and punch with bitterness. A ring of chocolate biscuti covered ontop to support on the ice cream. However, there is no hint of gula melaka.

Overall, I brought high expectation to this dining experience. A piece of advise is to go in without any and dine accordingly. This place perhaps might suits your palate.

Among other new young chef restaurants that I tried over past 6 months, the 2 below fares better for me.

  1. Little Pig @ The Hub, SS2 – modern Spanish dining
  2. Gooddam @ The Hub, SS2 – modern Italian with local twist
  3. top 3 modern fine dining in KL

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Food Rating 6.5/10, it is alright! -Stamped- is

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

Location:
Playte Contemporary Dining
G.01, Republik, Jalan Medan Setia,
Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours:
Daily: 11:30am–3pm / 6:30p,–11pm

Tel: 011-2698 5562

A  Cocktail bar that gives you a nice vibe is this nice heritage interior at JANN Bar in Four Points by Sheraton, Chinatown, KL. As  for their new opening of the hotel and also this bar, we get to enjoy a 30% off on all their cocktail till 31st January 2020. This is indeed a great bargain.

A place you get to sit outdoor to enjoy the direct view of Petaling Street or the new 4 skytower of KL. KLCC, Petronas Twin Tower, The Exchange 106 and Merdeka PNB118

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check out their menu as all their cocktails are specially crafted out to infuse with inspiration of all the best hawker or a trail of heritage around the area.

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We are trying out quite number of cocktails for the night. One of the must interesting cocktail is this Bak Kwa – Jalan Hang Lekir @ RM 45 – Inspiration from  Jalan Hang  Lekir famous Oloiya meet Jerky artisan, who made this by selling orange juice. Who knows that vodka and blood orange pair well with dried orange.

Interesting combination which turns  out  to work  well.

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One of the girls favourite is this Dear Jann @ RM 50. A drink which is smooth, fragrant and fruity end is indeed a drink that is easy to consume. Gin base and pink Himalayan  Salt.

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To my surprise, Asam Laksa – Madras Lane @ RM 45 turns out to be better than  what I expected. Flavourful, tangy and hint of spicy . A gin base with Olmeca Reposado, ginger flower, asam keping, orange and calamansi. A drink that makes your palate dance.

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Have you ever thought  that our normal dessert taufufa can become a cocktail? Well, Tau Foo Fah, Jalan  Petalin @ RM 40 – an actual taufufa, with grass jelly and infuse with rum. A good taste experience, as a hint of nice aroma of soya infuse well with the rum. Not too overopowering  yet a nice balance of flavour.

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Right next to it is also indeed a unique drink by its own. Rojak – Jalan Sultan RM 40. Baradi Carta Blanca, Rojak Sauce, Ambra, Pineapple, Mango, Calamansi. I would best advise for all of you to share this drink. Not only a strong knock on your palate that gets you confuse but an very interesting drink.

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This is the most unique drink of all. It is a love hate relationship. by the name The Tailor – Jalan Sultan @ RM 45 is indeed a drink that is created to suits on the odor of the shop. A century old tailor shop at Jalan Sultan still uses traditional sewing machine. A drink with Jack Daniel whisky with infusion of bonito flakes. A drink that give you a strong knock on both smell and taste.

Location:
JANN Bar
Four Points by Sheraton, Chinatown
2, Jalan Balai Polis,
City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 03-2035 7333

Operating Hours: 4pm – 1am

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