Friday, October 21, 2016

Jo's Authentic Fish Market @ Kuchai Maju

Flying fish & Pacific saury sashimi (RM30 & RM40 respectively), alongside sushi draped with everything from salmon to yellowtail & amberjack: Jo's Market is a reasonably pleasant stop for a Japanese meal of seafood. The produce proves satisfactory, the setting is inviting, service is helpful, & both sake & wine are available, the latter by both bottles & glasses. Bonus tip: After you've finished the Pacific saury sashimi, have its head & bones fried to a pleasurable crisp at no extra cost.

Jo's Authentic Fish Market
17, Dinasti Sentral, Jalan Kuchai Maju 18, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur. Open Tues-Sun, lunch & dinner.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Meseta Coffee Malaysia

Enjoying a good espresso at home might be easier than ever, if you have a Meseta coffee machine & biodegradable coffee capsules: Proudly produced in Italy with technology that's been refined through the years, the Meseta range is now available in Malaysia, offering home consumers assurances of both convenience & quality.

We had the opportunity to check out Meseta's line recently: The flagship Attimo coffee machine, completely Italian-made & sold in a signature blue hue, is a visually attractive addition to the home. It feels sturdy but remains essentially transportable, available for purchase at a current promotional price of RM799, which includes two complimentary boxes containing a total of 32 coffee capsules. The coffee can be personally delivered by the Meseta team to your doorstep within the Klang Valley.

Using the machine is a breeze, with its pro-infusion system & auto-capsule eject mechanism. Simply insert the coffee capsule, push a button, & within a minute, your caffeine fix can be satisfied.  The environment-friendly capsules are individually sealed in air-tight foil wrappings, ensuring their flavours & fragrance stay intact - customers can choose from capsule blends like the 100% Arabica (relatively fruity & floral), Espresso (a pure, smooth variant that pays homage to Italy's traditional coffee culture), Intenso (bold & full-bodied) & Decaffeinato (specially roasted decaffeinated coffee).

We like how the machine & capsules can yield the full variety of espresso-based coffee available in cafes - make your own Caffe Americano, or even a latte (Meseta also offers a Cremaccino milk frother separately for RM190). If you have a scoop of ice cream, it'll only take seconds to whip up an affogato. The machines & capsules remove the guesswork out of coffee-brewing, so each cup is consistent in its results. Capsules are also available via delivery, so you'll never run out; a box of 16 capsules is RM39, while a carton of 100 capsules is RM250. Ordering instructions are at

For customers who currently own Nespresso machines & want to try Meseta's coffee capsules, Nespresso-compatible capsule blends are also available, with beans sourced from Brazil & other plantations across Africa & Asia - one recommendation might be the Arabica Fairtrade blend from Peru, Mexico & Bolivia. Our thanks to Meseta Coffee Malaysia for having us over.

Meseta Coffee Malaysia

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Marco Modern Cafe @ 1 Utama

Marco Modern Cafe represents one of 1 Utama's most pleasant surprises, going beyond what might be expected of a mall-based restaurant. Named for the son of its founders Daren & Alice, the cafe also pays tribute to concepts of adventure epitomised by Marco Polo, whose travels paved the path for great cross-border discoveries about cuisine. Marco skillfully weaves together inspirations from across Europe & Asia for a culinary tapestry of distinctive dishes with ambition & artistry. 

The kitchen's secret weapon might be its beautifully presented sous-vide chicken & salmon recipes. We love the roulade of whole chicken thigh (RM26.80), paired with thoughtfully selected nuts & seasonal vegetables (in this case, walnuts & Brussels sprouts) - the flesh is deliciously tender, delicately encased in crisp skin, yielding a pure & clean flavour, enhanced with a well-balanced jus gras that captures the essence of the fowl. For an even meatier bite, the airline chicken breast (RM26.80; featuring a boneless breast with the drumette attached) also comes recommended, with each chunky slice painstakingly prepared to banish impressions of dried-out chicken. We're fans of the fish too - the salmon steak manages to remain irreproachably moist while conveying a light, crunchy skin (RM34.80). Credit goes to Daren, whose years of experience behind the scenes of F&B, both in KL & abroad, have made him a perceptive judge of making the best of technique-driven produce.

Marco's menu is extensive enough to ensure there's something for everyone, whether you're a shopper craving a casual lunch or you've come to 1 Utama specially for a leisurely dinner at Marco. Burgers are popular here - the classic cheeseburger (RM26.80) is constructed with quality ingredients including a house-ground beef patty (smash-cooked for savoury dynamics), cheddar & fry sauce in a fresh & fluffy sesame bun, while the encouragingly hearty soft-shell crab burger is the latest entry in a menu that also spans many fusion-style pastas, most notably several infused with East Asian-inflected components such as Japanese squid ink, shimeji mushrooms, shoyu & tobiko - inventive variations include a bolognese topped with an onsen egg.

Desserts are also aplenty, from French toasts to fondants, cheese or chocolate souffles to puddings & pancakes. Our choice is the flan de caramelo (RM13.80) - lusciously eggy, caramel-coated custard that reminds Daren of his boyhood, served with satisfyingly smooth house-made strawberry ice cream; the combination produces a lovely finish to the meal, washed down with intriguing & invigorating chilled drinks like the Cucumber Cooler (made textured with pickled cucumber & cucumber jelly) & soaked-sorbet 'Limanade' with zesty dimensions (RM14.80 each). Many thanks to Marco Modern Cafe for having us here.

Marco Modern Cafe
G146, Ground Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing), Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Daily, 11am-10pm. Tel: 03-7731-8923

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