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2017 is coming to an end. Here are my picks for Top 3 Modern Casual Fine Dine in Kl or regard as my top 3 fine dining in KL or top 3 fine dining in PJ. There are no order for this as 3 different chef with 3 different dining experience and taste profile. Do note that for this dinner experience usually takes about 1.5 – 3 hours.

  1. Babe: Japas Fun Dining

One of the most hype restaurant before it opens its door in KL with high expectations flying around from media that BABE is lead by a Michelin Star Chef Jeff Ramsey with a venue that overlook at our magnificent skyline both KL tower and Petronas Twin Tower.

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It is one of a dining experience that is very different compare to the others as it focuses on Fun Dining. The food journey plays with your  senses as you need to smell then taste. You will be surprise with different smell that triges your palate after that.

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Where the 2 masters combine to serve one of the best street food dining experience in Tiger Streats event.

Highly encourage to make reservations before you head over. Click here for my experience.

click here for Babe Japas latest menu 

Location:
Babe: Japas Fun Dining
11th Floor, Work @ Clearwater,
Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights,
Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday for dinner

Tel: +603 2095 8599

2. Dewakan by Chef Darren Teoh

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Among the 3 chefs, this by far impress me the most. A curiosity in my mind, why there are not many chef that uses local ingredients in fine dine where overseas they do showcase most of their local ingredient.

Chef Darren Teoh did it with flying colours where he uses 70-80% of local ingredients in his food that blow my mind away with our local flavour profile in this casual fine dining context.

Click here for my dining experience.

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Usually there are 2 menu for you to choose from and change every quarter. Price tag per person for 10 – 15 course dinner ranges from RM 300 – RM 450. Click here for their menu.

If you are on budget and would like to enjoy a full scale of dining experience, Dewakan is always my top recommendation.

Dewakan
Lower Ground Floor,
KDU University College,
Utropolis Glenmarie,
Jalan Kontraktor U1/14,
Seksyen U1, Shah Alam.
Tel: +03-5565 0767
Lunch: Mon to Fri – 12 Noon to 2:30pm
Dinner: Thur to Sat – 7pm to 9pm

3. DC Restaurant by Chef Darren Chin

In DC Restaurant which is lead by the mastermind Darren Chin himself that he packed his bags and went to train at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, when he was 30. Since then inspired by the skills and culinary there, he came back to Malaysia to establish DC Restaurant in 2014. DC Restaurant serve French-meets-Southeast-Asia flavours. A combination of 2 continents.

(click here to read full blog)

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No doubt that he have his skill set and constant rave of his flavour profile and unique presentation do lift up the expectation. A clever combination with flavours and presentation, hence the price tag for a meal here is not cheap. Easily ranging from RM 300 – RM 800 depending on seasons.

Worth to give it a try? Well, if you are an adventurous person that understand a bit of French taste profile and the dining experience would be added advantage.

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Location:
DC Restaurant
44, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur,

Hours: Open today · 7PM–12AM

Phone: +60 3-7731 0502

Website: restaurant-dc.com

Every exclusive dinner have their own trademark theme, and I must say that second time being invited to Hennessy X.O Appreciation Night 2013 is another memorable night. Looking back at the pictures, I still remember how the food taste when Chef Edward Lee came over last year (click here). Cannot deny that the team really pull the whole event into another level, as when I received their classic invitation card I am already looking forward the event, as it mention are going on little trip “Spirit of Conquest” by taking guests on a specially crafted journey of the past, present and future of the original cognac.

At first, it makes me wonder, how this whole thing would be as the location is at Chin Woo Stadium.

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Upon my arrival, all our cars are taken care by the jockey service and I am totally surprise to see that they actually build up a mock up ship for this dinner. Then only realise this is how we going for a conquest.

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 First of all, of course we have to check in and verify ourselves. .

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 and happy to see Bangsar Babe and her husband Rif are into this cruise. . 😀

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Out of my expecatation, I get to see some Uni friends in this event with Sampson, Vincent and Wife. .

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 Of course first thing first, that we are being treated with unlimited amount of Hennessy X.O.

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As walking into the room, they have converted the whole look and feel into classic old sailing ship

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Leather cushion and classic painting are being place into the room to make up the ambiance even better.

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A world map to show where are we heading later.

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As we were called into the dining area, and walk thru the walkway, this totally caught my attention as we are actually dining above  a stunning floating platform on water, to make it looks like actually we are in a ship.

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With the dinning area are well decorated with huge screens are being place at the side and front to make it like a ship window ..

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Transparent panel as walkway that makes it looks like we are actually sailing on sea and projection images on the screen are showing we are actually docking at a modern city at the moment.

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 Reading at the menu for the  night, its all very unique and cant wait to dip into the dishes.

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 With the official Emceeing is Will Quah which is no stranger to all of us .

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Right before the dinner, we were shown a glimpse of what to expect for the night, with video presentation on the screen, showing little history of Hennessy follow by journey of Chef Lee Anne Wong with Hennessy X.O.

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 Nevertheless, it start off by Chef Lee will introduce us on her dishes, and how do we pair it with X.O after that.

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First to be on the table is Parisian Regalia, a foie gras flan with duck confit, green apple and Frisee lettuce.

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It look rather plain when being serve and I am very curious how does it taste like, and it did surprise me that foie gras is cook to perfection as a simple cut on the cube that makes it burst with flavour in smell and taste. It just melts into the mouth and to drink a sip of neat X.O, it makes the taste even more robust. A remarkable dish to kick start with.

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After first dish, it gets us moving around and sharing with drinks and how do we feel about first dish. Apparently every one is impress that makes it a great kick off. Of course with some photo moments with BangsarBabe and another famous blogger Kinkybluefairy.

Another thing that caught my attention is when the first dish is done, the screen of all the panels change to sea view like we are sailing to another place and it is just right, that we are now sailing to China which is our next destination.

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 Golden Crab and Corn Soup

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 with golden crab and corn soup with caviar, lime and coriander accents.

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Then I put in the whole spoon and stir it into the soup. A great combination that makes the soup sweet, bitting off chunks of crab meat and corn along with ebiko that makes it bursting feeling. Had a sip of X.O mix with a bit water and brings out great aroma after taste.!

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 None the less manage to catch up with the guys that night ..

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 In China we are being pamper with classic Chinese music  .. . and moments after that we set sail again to another new location.

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Done with the first two light dishes, then we are serve with modern-global cuisine Western Allure, a bed of cowboy-style peanuts, with salmon place ontop looks like a  sailing ship for me, and I pair it with neat X.O again. The taste brings the peanut very oak flavour and salmon is sweet after taste. Unique!

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Venetian Ambrosia – Chicken with Porchini Mushroom ravioli, truffle paramesan cream is one of the best dish for the night that prepared to perfection that ravioli is al dante.

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 Then we have our very own little Pavoratti performance.

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Looking at the menu, I am loving it as there are 2 types of dessert that going to be serve, and Mazuka Splendour first to arrive. Filled with Syrimiki Cheeze curd fritters, sour cream and dark fruit sauce. A great combination of taste with light sour berry taste and sugar and its origin from Russia.

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 While we are enjoying this dessert, we were entertain with Russian dance.

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 Last country that we are going to visit is Japan . . .

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 Dark Chocolate Ganache to tantilize our taste bud before nice ending of the last dessert.

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Nihon Grandeur . Grapefruit gelee with cream, Grapfruit Ice, and sesame brandysnap. Taste refreshing as it looks with smooth ice and sour grapefruit gelee taste make it well balance in taste.  Brandysnap is crunchy. A perfect dessert to end our wonderful meal.

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Indeed it is another remarkable night with great food and friends. Chef Lee Ann Wong impress all of us with her master culinary skills  with her well known  modern-global fusion cuisine style. Her creation with Hennessy X.O will live in our memory. . With my friend even commented

“Bok, do you remember when we had fine at overseas? All of them taste so good and back in Malaysia cant taste any till tonight. One of the best fine dine dish she ever come across to dine in Malaysia. ” I must agree with her statement. 😀

With that, only I realize why my friend is a big fan of hers. More about her? (click here)

 Special thanks to Hennessy X.O for the invitation again.

I have heard quite many bloggers rave about this cafe Antipodean, and wanted to pay a visit at their Bangsar Branch, hunting parking around the area is a pain in da ass. After rounds of hunting we gave up. Then found out that Antipodean have another outlet in downtown KL which is at Menara Tan & Tan.

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It was Sunday and head for the event for Somersby Brunch Club that taking place at this cafe. To my excitement I am keen to try the food there especially on their brunch.

With Bangsar Babe, Rif and Anna along for brunch.

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Love the cafe ambiance here. A typical foreign cafe area that many love to hang out especially during summer if they have outdoor area. Definitely not applicable in Malaysia.

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What to order? You can view on their giant chalkboard menu on the wall.

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Quite a huge chunk of deserts to hunt for.

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Well, since they fall into the catagory of Shortlisted for best coffee in Time Out KL, wasnt the best I have tried so far. Still above average.

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In Malaysia, if you drink alcohol for breakfast or lunch, many people will stare at you like you are from another planet or alien. Its just different culture we have here. For me, it doesnt matter as long as I have great friends around, alcohol drinking will starts to kick in. This would be my first time tasting this Somersby Apple Cider that had been rated as one of the favourite drink by a few girl friends of mine.

A drink that is all rounder, easy to drink with apple taste is pretty visible, slightly gassy and perfect that you can drink it at all day long.  For a 4.5% of alcohol, you wont feel it when you have down 1 bottle. The kick will only kicks in when you down at least 4-5 bottle. Then you will be starting to float around. 😀

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Its a unique brunch whereby we have 2 great host in da house with Chelsia Ng and Jeremy Teo. Entertain us with their entertained with their humor and kitchen musical.

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Below is the video of their kicthen musical performance. Apologize for my shaky hand on that day . . . 🙂

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It was a event open to public and patrons were giving samples of Somersby and special bottle price for that day.

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Love this Exotic Fruit Salad with Yoghurt, Honey and Mint. A simple fruit salad that pairs very well with the dressing and some cider. I find it more cider added in it taste much better, that still did not over power the sweet taste of honey. 😀

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Then we got ourselves for All Day Breakfast @ RM29.

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Then after sharing of one plate, we decided to order another plate with extra sausage. Scramble egg and bacon were decently prepare.

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Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes, Green Beans and Balsamic Vinegar @ RM28. Dressing of Balsamic vinegar, definitely stood out in taste along with fresh green beans, just that, the chicken breast find it slightly dry for me. Overall still good.

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Eggs Marlborough with Salmon. Salmon are pretty salty to my liking and luckily it was covered well with the runny yolks. Love the bread as its crips and eat along with the yolk is just something simple and nice.  RM32

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Kiwi Style Lamb Burger with brie and egg

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Lemon Meringue Pie & Chocolate Cake

Antipodean cafe definitely a big hit to many people, and pricing of the breakfast set surely will keep me away.

Location:
Antipodean Cafe
Menara Tan & Tan,
Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2161-0752


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