Monday, September 1, 2014

J&P Magic House @ Berangan

Call it magic, call it true: J&P Magic House levitated straight into Jalan Berangan this month, anxious to awe audiences with daily Italian dinners & Japanese-orchestrated shows that might raise eyebrows over whether a man truly can vanish into thin air.

 J&P - which stands for the mystically suitable moniker of 'Jewel & Planet' - takes over a two-storey shop-house that's been converted into a street-level restaurant & first-floor lounge. The place provides a whirlwind of fun from the beginning, with a trick bookshelf entrance that slides to reveal a secret passage into the chandelier-lit, curtain-draped main hall.

 J&P is owned by Japanese couple Hiroyuki & Taeko Hasegawa, who now call Malaysia their second home. Long enthralled by the mystery of magic, they chose to open a restaurant with a daring difference - every evening, customers can come to enjoy not merely a meal but also colourful performances by a skilled four-man team of young Japanese illusionists.

 There are three showtimes nightly, at 9pm (with admission at 8pm), 11pm (admission at 10pm) & 1am (admission at midnight). For the first hour, diners can eat before being entertained by an enjoyable series of card tricks (one of which left us thoroughly baffled - how did the dude possibly do that without us realising it?).

 The main event is more theatrical, with the music pumping as J&P's magicians (who include twin brothers) perform on-stage. Doves will fly, the dice will roll & people will disappear & reappear. Is it cheesy? Sure. Is it a stress-busting delight? Oh, yeah.

Patrons can either pay RM188 per person for the 9pm showtime - inclusive of an early entry, a five-course dinner & two drinks - or RM88 each for the 11pm & 1am showtimes - inclusive of two drinks & one meal course such as a pizza or pasta. Otherwise, there's also the option to pay a RM50 cover charge & order from the a la carte menu.

 We'd recommend going a la carte, since the selection would be much wider. After tucking into complimentary bread with olive oil & gorgonzola cheese, the choices include satisfactory salads such as this one with grilled octopus & rocket leaves (RM20) ...

 ... & another with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh leaves & balsamic dressing (RM24). J&P's local chef, Zul, honed his skills for some 15 years at various Italian restaurants in the Changkat Bukit Bintang neighbourhood, so this is familiar fare for him.

 We liked the capellini with lamb, carrots, celery & onions (RM32), capably executed & convincingly flavoursome.

 J&P's seafood risotto (RM38) is an interestingly buttery one, blessed with firm rice & fresh-tasting prawns, scallops & mussels.

 No lack of protein-packed platters here; no complaints either about the grilled barramundi with baked tomato (RM48). Everything from spinach-stuffed chicken & pan-seared duck breast to braised lamb shank & grilled steaks is also on the menu, rounded out by a dessert repertoire that spans tiramisu, panna cotta & gelato.

 Cocktails prove potent & pleasurably priced at J&P, from the Sangria (RM26) to the Strawberry Margarita (RM24).

 A well-chosen range of wine by the bottle & the glass is also offered; customers can head upstairs to the lounge to sip this following the show. J&P also hopes to hold weekend magic classes in the near future (both adults & children are welcome).

 Many thanks to J&P's gracious team for hosting us; this is a challenging enterprise, but hopefully, the restaurant's proximity to Changkat Bukit Bintang will help lure the curious & make believers of many.

J&P Magic House Restaurant & Bar
19, Jalan Berangan, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2110-0221 www.jpmagichouse.com

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hyde At 53M @ Damansara Uptown

Introducing the Klang Valley's next speakeasy-style bar that's set to be a smash hit: Hyde At 53M, owned by the savvy folks of The Good Batch cafe, will officially launch this week in the cocktail-starved neighbourhood of Damansara Uptown. It's certain to surface on numerous must-lists in the months ahead, so head here soon before the crowds come.

First up: The all-important location. Hyde At 53M is hidden above The Good Batch; take the stairs up & slide the entrance open.

Slickly outfitted to be the embodiment of cool, the epitome of glamour; this is a lounge unlike any other in Petaling Jaya.

Hyde At 53M is separated into two spacious sections: We prefer the air-conditioned indoors, complete with comfy sofas, low lighting & pre-Sinatra jazz, though some will understandably adore the alfresco area that overlooks Damansara Utama's houses.

Hyde At 53M boasts a sweeping selection of liquor, though its cocktail list is more compact for now. Temptations include the Flying Grasshopper (RM35), comprising Smirnoff Red Label vodka, peppermint liquor, cacao liquor & half-&-half, served with an After Eight Mint Chocolate Thin that it emulates very well, flavour-wise.

An acquired taste: Boston Buillon (RM42), with Maker's Mark Red Top bourbon whiskey, Marmite (!), agave & blueberry syrup.

Old-Fashioned (RM40): Bulleit Straight Bourbon, sugar & angostura bitters. All in all, very capably executed cocktails.

Hyde At 53M has its own finger food too; we kinda like the hot & crisp, fresh-tasting sui kow, stuffed with seafood paste.

With everything from wine to craft beers & absinthe to Japanese malts also available, liquor lovers truly have a new sanctuary.

Hyde At 53M
53M, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7733-2303 (same as The Good Batch's). Open 5pm-2am, Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays)

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

103 Coffee Workshop @ Sri Petaling & Work 31 Shop @ Kepong

It's finally happened: The long-ignored neighbourhood of Sri Petaling rolls out the caffeinated carpet this month for the speciality coffee bar it's never had, welcoming 103 Coffee Workshop on a shop-house street that's better known for steamboat restaurants.

103 Coffee Workshop has the makings of an instant hit, capable of luring customers who hail from outside Sri Petaling.

The look is shrewdly slick; right off the bat, this cafe nails the cool factor. The team here works hard to serve the crowds in a fashion that's professional, polite & efficient. But 103 Coffee Workshop turns out to be more of a mass-market business where genuine human warmth & the desire to extend personal courtesies feel elusive.

Still, it's easy to fall in love with some of the food here: 103 Coffee Workshop offers Japanese-inspired creations like this excellent onigiri, which emerged in a hearty portion for RM13.90. The furikake-seasoned sticky rice proves flavoursome & perfectly prepared, stuffed with plenty of moist salmon, wrapped in fresh, crisp seaweed strips.

Accompanied by Japanese omelette & pickles, it's a platter that makes us believe everything else on the soft-launch menu may be worth sampling, especially the chicken teriyaki rice bowl with onsen egg (RM14.90).

For mindless munching: Ultra-crunchy fried pasta with house-made seasoning (RM3.90), something that many tables ordered.

103 Coffee Workshop serves everything from double-shot flat whites (RM10), made with a Brazil-Colombia-Guatemala blend by Johor's well-respected 'M' Espresso Sporting Club, to hand-brewed coffee that relies on Kenyan & Ethiopian single-origin beans.

Other temptations comprise rose-flavoured ice lattes (pleasantly subtle) & cold brews (RM12). A sweeping range of milk teas will be available soon, including Okinawan matcha milk tea with azuki beans (RM9) & Fuji apple red tea with konnyaku jelly (RM8).

Bonus stop: Here's another new cafe being billed a 'workshop' - Work 31 Shop in Kepong, the other end of the Klang Valley.

Work 31 Shop is a little less distinctive, with a something-for-everyone menu. A sliced bagel with runny fried eggs, potatoes, beef bacon & salad clocks in at a fair RM13.90; other potential orders include basic burgers, hot dogs & pastas & pancakes.

The coffee is agreeably priced too, with a hot latte topping out at RM7.90 (add a ringgit for the iced interpretation). 

103 Coffee Workshop
103 Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. Next to 7-Eleven. Open Tues-Sun, 11am-11pm

Work31Shop
Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 2, Kepong

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Offpeak.my: 100 x RM50 Cash Back on Restaurant Bills

Offpeak.mya new platform that helps diners save money & time by making restaurant bookings online, is inviting its users to enjoy up to RM50 cash back each on their food bill (for the first 100 eligible entrants).
Just make a booking, eat at any restaurant listed on Offpeak.my & email your bill/receipt to ilove@offpeak.my from now until 8th Sept. 2014 to be eligible. Eat & Win now! A total of RM5,000 worth of cash-back rewards is available for the first 100 entrants.

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF CONTEST
These Terms and Conditions apply to all participants of The Offpeak.my Eat & Win Up To RM5,000 Cash Back Contest. Participants who take part agree to and are bound by all the terms and conditions as stated below:

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Open to everyone who has a valid bank account in Malaysia.

How do I enter?
All you need to do is make a booking and eat at any of the restaurants listed on Offpeak.my and email your bill/receipt & confirmation booking ID # to ilove@offpeak.my .The bill must clearly show the restaurant name, date and time, and amount.

What is the contest period?

The contest will begin on 26 August 2014 and end on 8 September 2014 at 2359 GMT. Any submissions received after this time will not be accepted. 

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Eligible winners can only win once throughout the campaign period.

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The first 100 receipts fulfilling the above criteria received will automatically be the winners.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Wei Kee: Imbi to Subang & Yummy Duck @ Kuchai Lama

It's the end of the road for Wei Kee in Imbi; the respected specialist in duck & goose meat is closing this branch & heading to Subang Jaya at the end of September because of tenancy troubles. 

We bade a fond farewell to Wei Kee's Imbi outpost with a full order of its whole roast duck (RM52) - not as memorable as the juiciest, meatiest & most flavourful ones out there, but customers in Subang can still give this a shot soon. The restaurant has recently faced problems securing a consistent supply of imported goose, so that wasn't available for our visit.

 Wei Kee's other offerings made for a pleasant-enough meal - from vinegar pork (RM16), steamed tilapia (RM30) & egg (RM8) ...

 ... to mustard greens & other assorted veggies (mostly between RM10-RM12). Note: Wei Kee's Pudu outlet on Lorong Yap Hin will continue operating; only the Imbi branch is relocating.

 As this forlorn poster states, Wei Kee will commence business on Oct. 1 at 25, Jalan USJ 9/5N, Subang Business Centre.

Hungry for another fowl feast, we moved on to Yummy Duck, one of Kuchai Lama's seemingly countless Chinese eateries.

The selection is enjoyably extensive & well-prepared, with classics sharing the spotlight with contemporary concoctions. Highlights include smoked duck with black pepper (RM17), spring rolls stuffed with duck & lovely braised goose feet (RM15).

Traditional roast chicken (RM25 for half) or a version of wings stuffed with glutinous rice (RM13)? We like the latter.

Pork's all present: Siu yok (RM22) & char siu (RM19) to spare ribs in Mongolian gravy or honey BBQ sauce (RM19 each).

Yummy Duck takes pride as well in its noodles, which taste pretty good & turn out to be nicely textured too.

Wei Kee (in Imbi until Sept. 30)
10, Medan Imbi, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Yummy Duck
9 Jalan Kuchai Maju 18, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur

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Link expires Sept 30, 2014; see blog entries after that date for new link.

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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.
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