Saturday, February 25, 2017

Zen House @ Sunway Velocity Mall

This vegetarian-friendly venue offers a comprehensive collection of Japanese fare in meat-free forms, from sushi moriawase (RM36.90) to kushiyaki skewers (RM33.90), tempura to teppanyaki, nabemono to noodle bowls. There's clearly thought & effort in how the food is crafted, but two caveats: A tolerance for mock meat (especially mock ham) seems crucial to enjoy a meal here, & the recipes might not taste more wholesome than regular Japanese fare (the skewers feel oilier than expected).

Zen House
B-27, Basement One, Sunway Velocity Mall, Jalan Cheras, Maluri, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-9286-7118


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Friday, February 24, 2017

Koi Kei Bakery @ Macau

Macau's leading bakery chain boasts outposts across this territory - convenient for customers who want to munch on the renowned Portuguese egg tarts, flaky & crisp, with a centre of warm, soft & sweet custard. Souvenir hunters will be happy to know that samplings before purchase are available for Koi Kei's array of cookies, biscuits & rolls.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ingrained by Ironwoods @ Cellar Eighteen, Tropicana Avenue

If we lived in the Tropicana neighbourhood, this new venue could be our next second home - Ingrained by Ironwoods & Cellar Eighteen herald a collaborative effort that currently promises everything from Australian-roasted coffee to Argentine wine, croissants & bagels by one of KL's best-loved bakeries to salmon & caviar by an award-winning Scottish smokehouse, in a one-stop setting where customers can comfortably shop, eat & drink, enjoying a thoughtfully curated collection of temptations. It's a marriage of gourmet food with exceptional drinks - pair your smoked salmon with Islay whisky or a Chablis, or pick up a bottle of Bordeaux wine or Champagne to go with chocolate truffles.

Ingrained is the restaurant-deli component, hidden inside Cellar 18; order the bagels, sourced from Bukit Tunku's Kenny Hills Bakers & stuffed with a choice of traditionally smoked mackerel or salmon that Ironwoods' founders have exclusively brought into Malaysia from western Scotland's Inverawe smokery, well-assembled for a satisfactory lunch. The kitchen will fire up a fuller range in the weeks to come, with canapes, cold cuts & cooked meat in the works, relying firmly on the philosophy of top-flight produce.

Coffee beans come from Perth's Blacklist roasters; the blend is a pleasantly lighter roast than what most cafes in the Klang Valley offer. If Ingrained's head barista Nathaneal isn't too busy, ask for your latte to be served in a wine glass for a memorably eye-catching effect, complete with the requisite rosetta art, ultimately tasting as agreeable as a cuppa should.

 The Ingrained experience extends to retail therapy - we managed to savour a sampling of excellent seafood, lovely smoked cheddar & brie, intriguing truffle-flavoured vegetarian caviar (basically pearls made with seaweed extract), handmade shortbread biscuits blended with Famous Grouse Scotch Whisky, & drop-dead delicious chocolate truffles tinged with butterscotch & sea salt by British brand Monty Bojangles. And if your larder at home needs a restock, check out Ingrained's range of extra virgin olive oil from the Greek island of Kefalonia, black saffron from Iran's Khorasan province, & so much more.

Sharing a roof with Ingrained, Cellar Eighteen is a hub for wine from across the world, rare whiskies, craft beers & all sorts of artisanal spirits, spearheaded by TWE Fine Wines. We enjoyed browsing the vintages, & the venue's friendly team proved perceptively insightful in helping us choose our bottle - resident sommelier Sebastian is also available to assist with recommending something for every occasion. Prices are very encouraging; sip your drink here (this two-level outlet includes dining spaces upstairs) or bring it back home.

Ingrained by Ironwoods @ Cellar Eighteen
P-G-12, Tropicana Avenue, No.12, Jalan Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Sunday-Friday, 9am-10pm; Saturday, 9am-12am. Tel: 017-671-5525

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2017 Menu: Torii @ Batai, Damansara Heights

Torii has unveiled its new dinner menu, jazzing up modern Japanese cuisine with intriguing creations & combinations; start with chef Nizam's refashioning of a sashimi platter, with toro, kampachi, salmon, amaebi, scallop & uni elegantly unified in a bowl, their sweet, fresh flavours & pristine succulence buoyed by the uplift of yuzu foam - it tastes as lovely as it looks, making for a memorable way to enjoy sashimi (RM42).

It's also well worth whetting the appetite with Torii's chilled soup of blended peas & edamame, beautifully textured & enhanced with a tinge of green tea, poured over salmon tartare & a quail's egg yolk, accented with a little lime, salt & extra virgin olive oil, for bursts of brininess soothed by mellow vegetarian notes - very tasty (RM19).

Bone marrow is forever a treat, but Torii ups the ante by using wagyu bone marrow, buttery & beefy to the max, made even more hedonistic with morsels of foie gras & quail's yolk on each fragment, for the ultimate diet-be-damned indulgence (RM29).

 Fish takes on a twist with Torii's pan-seared tuna paired with honeycomb, which may be an acquired taste for its strange mix of seafood & sweet, complemented by zucchini & curry mayo (RM29). For a safer selection, the baked halibut is impeccably executed, moist & tender, well-matched with mashed halibut & caviar (RM29).

Vegetarians are not neglected - the house salad channels vivid flavours & vibrant textures, with the main components of rocket leaves, cubed apples, a whole mozzarella cheese ball & garlic drizzle working terrifically in tandem, their sum more satisfying than their parts (RM26). And in a nod to wisely curated produce, zucchini flowers should always merit an order on any menu, battered here & stuffed with mixed truffled mushrooms, set over balsamic-laced dashi in a playful revision of tempura (RM25).

Battle of the bowls: Torii's stone bowl rice is built to be a crowd-pleaser, brimming with unagi, shrimp, Japanese scallop, seaweed, tobiko & onsen tamago, layered over firm, hot & crackling rice (RM39). It has plenty of ingredients that a lot of people will relish, but our vote is for the Beef Donburi, which offers mouthful after mouthful of pleasure, with medium-rare beef slices, foie gras, white truffles & a soft-cooked egg, full of flavour & fragrance (RM58). And there's still much more to try - scallop uni ravioli, a smoked duck steak, & wagyu scone sliders, to name a few. Many thanks to Torii for having us back.

Torii Malaysia
Lot 8, Batai Village, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon-Fri, lunch & dinner; Sat-Sun, dinner only. Tel: 03-2011-3798

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