Sunday, March 1, 2015

Eat Drink KL Official Mobile App For iOS & Android


It's here! By restaurant lovers, for restaurant lovers: The new Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available for iOS & Android, connecting restaurants with customers & promoting a positive spirit of community.



Starting 2 March 2015, every restaurant featured on this app will reward users with a 6 percent discount off their receipts, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long, with no advance bookings required. In return, users will share photos of their experiences at these restaurants, creating a new community of food fans across the Klang Valley.

For every transaction made through this app, 20 sen will be channelled to a different charity every month. The funds will be completely contributed by the restaurants. Our first charity for March is the Dignity For Children foundation, which works to help underprivileged Malaysian children break the cycle of poverty through education.

The app offers something for everyone who enjoys eating out. Besides a photo feed that's fully powered by users, it also provides a news feed of the latest promotions & highlights at your favourite restaurants.

And if your shared photo receives the app's highest number of likes from other users on a specific month, you'll receive an extra reward: A complimentary meal worth up to RM100 at any restaurant featured on the app. From Japanese & Thai to French & Spanish, plus plenty of cafes & coffee bars, you'll find it all here.


The EDKL app is a self-funded, independent initiative by a tiny team of Malaysians. Users can now use the app at the following locations. We'll add many more venues in the weeks & months to come, & will continue updating this list on this page as well as on the mobile app:

AMPANG
SOULed OUT 

BANGSAR
Ashley's By Living Food
KGB Killer Gourmet Burgers
LA/PA
Mercat
Piggy Tail
Rendez-Vous
W.I.P.

BANGSAR SOUTH
Nexo
SOULed OUT
Thirdwave

BUKIT BINTANG
Boat Noodle (Berjaya Times Square)

CHERAS
Boat Noodle (Ikon Connaught)

CITY CENTRE
Cherry Bomb (Menara See Hoy Chan)
Drift Dining & Bar
Hubba Hubba (Bukit Ceylon)
Tujo (Ascott, Jalan Pinang)

DAMANSARA PERDANA
Boat Noodle
Cat In The Box
Epique
Friendscino
Mosano Coffee
Sevencups
Talent Lounge

DAMANSARA UPTOWN
Ecole P
Epicuro
Swich Cafe

KLANG
Boat Noodle (Klang Parade)

KOTA DAMANSARA
3 Bags Full
Bmon Cafe
Burger Junkyard

PETALING JAYA
Boat Noodle (Jaya One)
Go Thai (SS2)
Kitchen Creatures (Centrepoint, Bandar Utama)
Strangers At 47 (Section 17)
The Bee (Jaya One)

PUBLIKA / SOLARIS DUTAMAS
Boat Noodle
Swich Cafe
The Bee
The Red Beanbag

SHAH ALAM
Boat Noodle (Gamuda Walk)

SRI HARTAMAS
Breadfruits
SOULed OUT

TAMAN TUN DR ISMAIL
D Legends
Quar/Tet
Torii

OTHER AREAS
Foodlogy (Viva Residency, Sentul)
Hubba Hubba (Menara CIMB, KL Sentral)

Thank you to all readers & restaurants for supporting us on this initiative. We hope you'll have fun exploring the app & its features, & enjoy exploring the featured restaurants.

Here are the THREE easy steps to redeem your discounts at restaurants. Simply (1) TAP, (2) SHOW, & (3) UPLOAD.

1. TAP on the "Activate Discount" button on the restaurant's app profile page, which will take you to a discount coupon page. No advance bookings are required; you only need to activate the discount when you are already physically at the restaurant.



2. SHOW the discount coupon page on your phone (example below) to your server or cashier, either when placing your order or requesting your receipt. The cashier will deduct a 6 percent discount off your receipt before payment. It's as simple as that!



3. On the discount coupon page, tap on the button to UPLOAD your own photo of the restaurant or the food/drinks that you ordered. This photo will be publicly viewable by other users. You must also upload a separate photo of your receipt for administrative purposes; your receipt photo will be private & not viewable by other users. Please complete this final step - otherwise, you cannot activate further discounts, & we cannot channel any contribution to charity for your transaction.

Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

Eat by Jun Chan @ D7 Sentul East

In one elegant, evocative word, Eat issues an impossible-to-ignore imperative to KL's food fans to swarm Sentul's D7 complex.

Eat is only the second F&B outlet to open in D7, more than a full year after Three Little Birds first took flight here. It required months of negotiations for Eat's founders, who include chef Jun & chief operating officer Ming, to secure this small space, with seating limited mainly to two tables in the courtyard so far, but this is a pleasant place to linger, for 20 minutes or two hours.

One of Eat's inspirations is Pret a Manger; you'll find plenty of ready-to-eat offerings here, from salads & egg sandwiches to sweet-&-sour chicken with rice, pan mee pasta & triple-mushroom aglio olio, mostly costing between RM7.50 & RM15. The food's prepared at a Subang central kitchen run by Jun, who also helms the cafeterias at the offices of DiGi & PwC Malaysia.

If it's available, seize the la mian, rich & robust with minced beef, chicken & onsen egg, testifying to Eat's tagline, 'Made With Love'. Props for proportion: There's plenty of meat in this serving, so every strand of the noodles is coated in creamy comfort.

Food that tells a story: Jun found himself missing his gastronomic adventures in Hong Kong, so he whipped up this homage to Mong Kok - pasta with firm-to-the-bite fish balls in tongue-tingling curry sauce. If you're eating here, the food is heated to order.

 Eat's food scores not only for flavour but for freshness too, with everything looking & tasting terrific even in the evening.

 Like various cafes, Eat vows to support home-grown entrepreneurs like Baked By JM, which supplies lemon meringue tarts.

 For a satisfying juice, ask for 'Spongebob' (RM9), a blend of yellow watermelon, orange, mango, pineapple & pear. And while Eat isn't a third-wave coffee bar, it does conveniently offer bottles of 'That Iced Coffee' from That Foodie Place in Mid Valley.

Eat At D7
G13-A, D7 by YTL, Sentul East, Jalan Sentul, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily, currently 10am-9pm

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for January-March 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
This link expires March 31, 2015. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
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Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CoCo Ichibanya Curry House @ 1 Utama

Japan's biggest curry rice restaurant chain has finally embarked on its first Malaysian foray, bolstering a cross-border network that spans more than 1,300 outposts in the U.S., China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand & Singapore.

Coco Ichibanya at 1 Utama sticks to the chain's tried-&-tested formula - customers can customise their curries by selecting toppings, rice quantities, sauce quantities & spice levels (1 is 'medium hot,' 5 is 'crazy hot'), enabling endless permutations.

Pork cutlet's the top recommendation, chunky & tender (RM21); we topped it with grilled pork, kimchi & cheese (RM9 surplus) & chose a sweat-spilling 'Level 5' of spiciness. The curry's creamy & fairly flavoursome, while the rice proves a satisfactory foil.

Clam & tomato curry (RM22) with an extra egg (RM3); seafood options abound, with shrimp, squid & salmon all also available.

Vegetarians can eat their fill too, thanks to the spinach & eggplant platter (RM23), best enjoyed in the mildest, most mellow curry sauce, with a sweet savouriness that caresses the palate without too much tongue-tingling. Pretty basic comfort food.

Curry omurice comes with omelette-wrapped rice surrounded by hashed beef in a tangy gravy, not quite our favourite (RM25).

 Green tea lovers can revel in matcha milkshakes (RM11) or made-in-Thailand matcha lattes (RM8). Service is pleasant & efficient at CoCo Ichibanya Malaysia, which expects to launch its next outlet later this year at Penang's Queensbay Mall.

Curry House CoCo ICHIBANYA Malaysia
LG333A, Lower Ground, New Wing, 1 Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03-7732-8937

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for January-March 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
This link expires March 31, 2015. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

Friday, February 27, 2015

Eat With Mune @ Solaris Mont Kiara

This venue boasts a notable back-story: Chef Mune was overweight for much of his life, but he chose a couple of years ago to get fit. He succeeded, shedding tens of kilograms, & has now opened this restaurant that targets folks who want to eat healthy.

 This first-floor outlet features an unorthodox set-up: At first glance, it's an elegant space with warm, exposed-brick hues & soulful paintings that would fit into an upmarket Italian restaurant. But the shelves signal that this is a quirky eatery, lined with Radiohead CD sleeves alongside men's health magazines, sport shoes & protein powder tubs.

 The menu manages to be both succinct & eclectic, spanning West & East, the former represented unsurprisingly by salmon, pan-fried with grape seed oil & served with a bountiful harvest of avocados, rocket leaves, tomato, capsicum, onions, lemon, parsley & Greek yoghurt, flavoured with liquid amino seasoning (RM30). Nutritional info is furnished: this totals 335 calories, comprising 30 grams of carbs, 23 of protein & 12.7 of fat. Meets the mark; capably executed.

 We like the nasi ulam too - brown rice that's simultaneously fluffy & firm, fragrant with ulam raja, daun salom, bunga kantan, lemongrass, onions, garlic & winged beans, served with a thick slice of chicken breast & some pretty tasty sauces. RM15.

 Desserts could profit from fine-tuning though; the pancakes, built with organic buckwheat flour & chocolate protein powder (!), proved rather dry, aided a bit (but not enough) by bananas, berries, yoghurt, honey & no-added-sugar peanut butter. RM14.

 For fans of grapefruit, have it in a milkshake with honey & vanilla ice cream (RM13) or an ice-blended with red apples & watermelon (RM12). Service here is both efficient & pleasant; all in all, not a bad stop if you live or work in Mont Kiara.

Eat With Mune
Jalan Solaris 5, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Opposite Cold Storage. Daily, 12pm-1030pm. Tel: 03-6211-1308

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for January-March 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
This link expires March 31, 2015. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my