Thursday, September 18, 2014

Milkshake Bros @ The School, Jaya One

For milkshake lovers, a bromance is set to bloom in Jaya One, thanks to these macho makers of creamy-cold beverages.

The Bro Code strictly specifies that each milkshake is hand-crafted to order - though it shouldn't take too long; probably five minutes if the outlet isn't too crowded - & made with ice cream from an undisclosed source - the first rule of Milkshake Bros: You do not talk about the secret ice cream supplier.

Milkshake Bros is beginning with the basics: No wild flavours so far, but it takes skill to master the essentials like vanilla, chocolate (RM8.20 for a small), strawberry (RM8.90), vanilla cookie (the pick above, RM9.70) & choco chip mint (RM11.20). Bros before Joes: Coffee milkshakes aren't available for now, but hopefully they'll be someday.

The fresh choice: Fruit milkshakes. Love the blueberry shake (RM11.20 for a small), smooth, thick enough & rich but not cloying, laced with juicy blueberry flesh, showcasing a more natural taste than fast-food shakes. Lemon, lychee, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi & durian shakes are also offered, mostly RM8.90 each for smalls.

There will be waffles: This one's called 'The Carnival' (RM5.90), crowned with vanilla ice cream, choco chips & gummy bears. A very sweet, kid-pleasing treat for visitors to The School, Jaya One's child-friendly complex.

The main men of Milkshake Bros seem very young, exemplifying the surge of F&B entrepreneurs in their twenties. If this one strikes success & spurs some more milkshake outlets to open, our vote will go to whomever makes a mangosteen milkshake.

One more thing: Waffle Pops - a waffle on a stick, coated in chocolate & a choice of sprinkles, powdered sugar or peanuts. The sort of school cafeteria treat (albeit an upmarket one) that we'd probably have loved - but never had - three decades ago.

Milkshake Bros,
P2, The School, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya. Open 10am-9pm daily.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quivo @ Kate Spade, Pavilion

This Pavilion newbie features plenty of potential; helmed by the Valiram Group (the purveyor of TWG tea & Godiva chocolates in this mall), Quivo is a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant & bar that's clearly pushing to become Pavilion's pinnacle of chic.

 Quivo's secret entrance within the mall lies inside the flashily colourful Kate Spade boutique (a Valiram brand in Malaysia too); saunter into the store & search for a passageway at the end. Quivo also has an alfresco section outside, somewhat across the street-level corridor from La Bodega, but that wasn't open when we visited earlier this month.

 Quivo's selection is sweeping, spanning everything from Philadelphia-style Wagyu beef steak sandwiches (RM28++) to bespoke blackened barramundi burgers (RM30++); highlights include paddle board pizzas, hand-tossed with ingredients like Roma vine-ripened tomato sauce, Milano mozzarella cheese & Portofino extra virgin olive oil.

We really like the Greek-inflected lamb kofta pizza (RM33++), layered with eggplant & halloumi cheese, well-balanced in its flavours on a crisp Sicilian semolina dough base prepared in a pine wood-fired oven. Who's the chef? Don't know his name, but he's Jordanian. Wondering what Quivo means? One explanation is that it's a combination of the words 'quirky' & 'nuevo.'

 Quivo's seafood risotto (RM38++) scores for its wealth of fresh, sizeable prawns, its glorious tell-tale hue & aroma of saffron, & a tasty-thick sauce of tomato with mascarpone cream. The arborio rice could've been more al dente but we still enjoyed this.

 Let's skip straight to the cocktails now: The scene-stealer's the Mangosteen Mai Tai, a true tropical treat with gold rum, orange liquor, almond syrup & lime juice, all topped with my absolute favourite fruit. RM29++.

 Mex-Asia Margarita? Another classic with a twist: Reposado Tequila, Triple Sec & Margarita mix with lemongrass & lychee.

 Finish on a spicy note, with this vodka martini blended with a Bloody Mary mix & adorned with a striking whole chilli. RM28++.

 Our sole quibble: Regular water might not be available. We asked for it but were served bottles of Fiji 'natural artesian water' instead, several times more costly than local mineral water. On the bright side though, this tastes beautifully smooth & pure.

Quivo
3.09.02, Level Three, Pavilion, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rendez-Vous French Restaurant @ Bangsar

Returning to Rendez-Vous for another tryst with French fare. Earlier entry on Rendez-Vous: August 17.

Starting with a 'salad' this time, though there's much more protein than fibre on this plate. Rendez-Vous serves a hearty interpretation of the classic 'salade perigourdine' (RM32++), with succulent Parma ham, unctuous semi-cooked foie gras terrine, smoked duck breast, sliced pork bacon, & the surprise star - a ramekin of potently flavoursome chicken liver pate.

Eggs Mimosa (RM19++) are another likely attraction - hard-boiled eggs stuffed with a creamy, mayo-mingled yolk mix.

Fans of scallops, have 'em served on a shell here with a savoury Rivesaltes muscat wine sauce of a vivid hue. RM40++.

Salted cod fish brandade, topped with potato puree in the traditional fashion of Nimes (RM32++). The mash is salted, always the keyword to remember when deciding whether to order brandade; it's enjoyable enough if your threshold for sodium is high.

Dishing out desserts: A bevy of French specialities, from the 'floating island' meringue on a lake of creme anglaise (RM12++) ... 

 ... to this Brittany prune-tinged flan (RM12++), appealingly plated with starfruit & orange slices ...

 ... to the crowd-pleasing creme brulee, served in different flavours each evening - depending on your fortune, you might experience coffee or chocolate or even pistachio or passion fruit (RM12++).

 Sorbet is served too (lime, apple or pear; RM8 for one scoop) - if you like, have it flambeed.

 All manner of liquor is available, including refreshing French-inflected cocktails like the Polignac Mojito - made with Cognac instead of rum - & the Le Cana'rie (Ricard, lemon, bitters, soda; RM26++).

A secret stash: Smirnoff vodka marinated for two weeks with macerated candy for a sweetened sensation.

Rendezvous Traditional French Restaurant
100 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Open for lunch & dinner, except Mondays. Tel: 03-2202-0206
Website: www.rendez-vous.com.my

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Ahmad & Co. Coffee + Cigars @ Kota Damansara

This week's newest cafe attraction: Ahmad & Co, a curiosity-provoking establishment that traffics in both caffeine & cigars on one of Kota Damansara's roads less travelled.

Ahmad & Co's immediate customers might well be Instagram junkies, lured by the persuasively appealing decor here ... 

... which evokes echoes of successful suburban cafes (think Thursdvys meets Wood & Steel), weaving those influences into a refreshed setting that will henceforth be recognisably Ahmad & Co ...

... with a Marxist revolutionary keeping watch over the cigar bar section ...

.... & a Sith Lord commanding the barista's counter (the power of dark side rests in the pitch-black espressos).

We like the calm & well-cooled indoors, currently crowd-free even on weekends (though probably not for long) ...

... but the alfresco area has an irrefutable charm too that'll prove irresistible for social-media sharing.

 The coffee might seem somewhat secondary, but for what it's worth, the beans are Artisan-roasted, turned into a Ahmad & Co house blend of Colombian, Brazilian & Sumatran.

 Iced teas are available too at Ahmad & Co, which seems to be run by a small, friendly team.

 The food menu is still a work in progress, but mini corn dogs could be a fun teatime snack.

We skipped an inspection of the cigars this time, but there looks to be a reasonably well-stocked humidor here.

Ahmad & Co
11G, Jalan PJU 5/20A, The Strand, Kota Damansara, Selangor
Open 10am-11pm, closed Thursdays. Tel: 03-6143-6507

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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 
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