Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mama San @ Suria KLCC

Mama San blazes into KL with style to burn: Bali's venerated Asian street food restaurant, spearheaded by Scots chef Will Meyrick, has opened its first Malaysian outpost in Suria KLCC, hoping to become one of 2015's hottest new establishments.

Take a table under Mama San's benevolent gaze inside this sultry eye-candy eatery, overlooking KLCC's street-level park, for a feast that explores our region's varied culinary colours, inspired & informed by the warongs of Jakarta & KL, the markets of Hanoi & the backroads of Bangkok, with a side trip to Delhi. 

Mama San's starters take a fowl turn - Indonesia's 'Ayam Tangkap Aceh' with curry leaves, pandan & & green chillies (RM28) channels a tongue-tingling spiciness, but the Vietnamese-inflected duck salad with green mangoes, carrots, shrimp, coriander & 'nuoc cham' sauce (RM30) rules the roost with its tangy-sweet dynamics.

Customers may flow in for a wide range of fish recipes: Wood-roasted barramundi - honouring Mama San's birthplace of Bali - fragrantly wrapped in banana leaves & partnered with kangkung & a trinity of condiments, including sambal matah (RM45), shares the spotlight with the likes of shark meat 'asam rebus' with belimbing wuluh & tandoori snapper with kachumber salad.

For meat: Indonesian 'dendeng balado' caramelised beef short ribs with kaffir lime (RM55) & Thai lamb shoulder massaman curry with pumpkin (RM40), both built with tender, flavoursome flesh. The melting-pot menu goes on, with Peranakan ayam buah keluak, soft-shell crab rojak, lamb murtabak, five-spice chicken lorbak & much more. But there's a notable omission: This is KLCC, so Mama San skips some signature recipes from Bali & Hong Kong, including crispy pork ribs & pork hock confit. 

The catalogue of desserts looks impressive from top to toe, but the stars may be the steamed buns stuffed with Nutella (Mama San's take on tau sar bao) & served with an affogato of vanilla ice cream & Balinese Kintamani espresso (RM18) & condensed milk ice cream with shredded young coconut, toasted coconut, crushed peanuts, sweet corn & sesame seeds (RM18).

Cocktails showcase a tropical fruit bent, from the very distinctively presented Lychee Tiffin Punch (RM28; vodka, lychee, strawberry, vanilla, mint, orange, lemon, lime) to the tequila-based Pineapple Kaffir Lime Margarita (RM28). Wine is available from RM170 a bottle - the Pinot Noir was enjoyable enough to justify its purchase. Service sparkles, with the entire team - from the front of house to the kitchen - working together to ensure a pleasant experience.

Mama San Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
G46, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2166-3088


The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, at least RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

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, 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.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for May-August 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 

Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!
If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Seven Reasons To Use Uber For Riding To Restaurants

In recent weeks, we've relied completely on Uber to take us all across KL & Selangor, visiting restaurants from the city centre to the suburbs. Riding with Uber's drivers has been a brilliant & beneficial experience - so here's why we're endorsing Uber as the way to travel to your next eating escapade.

1. Uber is reliable.

When you're really hungry, or when you're heading for a business lunch appointment or for dinner with friends, the last thing you want is to be late. Rain or shine, you'll find Uber drivers all over the Klang Valley throughout the day (& all the way till the wee hours) - so a pick-up should only be a few minutes away.

It just takes several seconds to summon a friendly driver through Uber's app; once the ride is confirmed, you'll be able to track the driver's movements en route to you. Then simply hop into the car when it arrives & you'll be whisked to your restaurant!

2. Uber puts you in the best mood for a nice meal.

Uber makes for comfortable rides - sit back & relax, without needing to spend energy on driving yourself through KL's traffic. Take a nap. Or get the driver to play your favourite radio station (or connect to your Spotify account for your favourite tunes). Drinking water is available. You'll arrive feeling refreshed & recharged, ready to focus on your meal - with enough energy to take as many Instagram photos as you want of the restaurant & its food!

3. Uber makes parking no longer a problem

Usually, we dread visiting restaurants in neighbourhoods like Subang's SS15, Damansara Uptown & Kota Damansara, since parking's a never-ending problem there. But with Uber, there's no reason to avoid the many excellent eateries in those areas, or your favourite cafes in shopping malls & office buildings where parking can cost a lot. Uber can drop you at your restaurant's doorstep & pick you up when you're ready to go - no need to waddle all the way back to the parking lot on a full belly!

4. Uber gives you extra time to enjoy your meal.

Sometimes during lunchtime, we check our inbox on our phones & sigh at the work-related emails that keep streaming in. This can stress us out & make us feel like leaving to get back on the job - which means no dessert (boo!). But we've found that Uber makes us more efficient & saves us time. Without having to drive, we can spend time in the passenger seat replying emails, making phone calls & being productive, freeing us up for a precious extra 15 minutes of having our cake & eating it too!

5. Uber gives you the human connection to discover where to eat.

Most Uber drivers will welcome you with a cheerful greeting when you step in, but they'll leave you to your thoughts after that - unless you feel like chatting. If you do, you may find your driver to be a treasure trove of valuable information about gastronomic gems you haven't discovered yet. Uber drivers come from all over town - so they might very well be able to direct you to your next great food find. Thanks, Vincent - we may just check out that curry laksa in OUG!

6. Uber gets you back home safely.

At the end of the night, you may have spent more time than expected catching up with your friends. Or you may have enjoyed more than one or two glasses of wine or cocktails. We've been there, & Uber has brought us safely back home. Rides are GPS-tracked, so you can share the status of your trip with your loved ones for them to pinpoint your exact location at all times & track the entire progress of your journey from restaurant to home.

7. Uber can be a cheap - or even free - way to reach your restaurant.


There are always great promotions going on at Uber - for a fortnight until 30 June 2015, for example, Uber offered users free rides worth up to RM30 each, any time between 4pm & 9pm, for Ramadan. There have also been lunchtime deals for free rides from time to time.

Now, Eat Drink KL is teaming up with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!

If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).

We're also partnering with Uber to take EXISTING USERS on rides to recommended restaurants. We'll be updating this page with all our latest promotions, so keep checking back here regularly throughout the year to find out how to ride for free to and from the Klang Valley's best restaurants & cafes.

1. June 29 - July 5: Ramadan Meals
Just apply one of the promo codes below to receive 2 Free Rides, worth RM30 each, to and from each outlet, at any time. 
EDKLTUJO - 2 Free Rides to/from Tujo in Jalan Pinang
EDKLBISQUE - 2 Free Rides to/from Bisque in Damansara Perdana
EDKLCAROLINE - 2 Free Rides to/from La Creperie De Caroline in Bangsar

2. June 22-28, 2015: Brilliant Brunches (EXPIRED). Free rides to & from Thirdwave in Bangsar South, Epicuro in Damansara Uptown & Breadfruits in Desa Sri Hartamas



There are of course many more reasons to use Uber to get to restaurants. We know Uber will keep surprising us; we're excited to continue on our journey with them! Many thanks to the Uber Malaysia team for being the gracious benefactor for our rides.




The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, at least RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

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, 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.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for May-August 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
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 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 charitable organisation every month. The funds will be completely contributed by the restaurants. 

Our first charity for March to May 2015 is the Dignity For Children foundation, which works to help underprivileged Malaysian children break the cycle of poverty through education. 

In March, we raised a total of RM158 for Dignity For Children through your transactions. In April, we raised an additional RM164.

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.

From local fare to 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:

ARA DAMANSARA
Jac's On The 8th
Chai Bar

BANGSAR
KGB Killer Gourmet Burgers
LA/PA
La Creperie De Caroline
Mercat
Piggy Tail
Rendez-Vous
Straits Food Company

BANGSAR SOUTH
Nexo
Thirdwave

BUKIT BINTANG
Boat Noodle (Berjaya Times Square)
Kafe Vietnam Express (Berjaya Times Square)

CHERAS
Boat Noodle (Ikon Connaught)
That Latte Place (Ikon Connaught)

CITY CENTRE
Drift Dining & Bar
Fatboy's The Burger Bar (Avenue K)
Hubba Hubba (Bukit Ceylon)
LOKL Coffee Co (Jalan Tun H.S. Lee)
Salad Atelier (The Intermark & The Weld)
The Front Door (Jalan Sultan, Chinatown)
Tujo (Ascott, Jalan Pinang)

DAMANSARA JAYA
Pizzolo (Atria Shopping Gallery)

DAMANSARA PERDANA
Bisque Cafe
Boat Noodle
Cat In The Box
Epique
Friendscino
Mosano Coffee
Sevencups
Talent Lounge
The Curious Goat

DAMANSARA UPTOWN
Ecole P
Epicuro
Lammeeya
Swich Cafe
Xiao Lao Wang

KLANG
Boat Noodle (Klang Parade)

KOTA DAMANSARA
3 Bags Full
Bmon Cafe
Burger Junkyard
Gyukingu Japanese BBQ

PETALING JAYA
Bangoya (Jaya One)
Boat Noodle (Jaya One)
Go Thai (SS2)
Kissaten (Jaya One)
Robata Monkey (Jaya One)
Strangers At 47 (Section 17)
The Bee (Jaya One)
The Humble Pie Co (Section 17)
Vvaffle (Jaya One)

PUBLIKA / SOLARIS DUTAMAS
Ante
Boat Noodle
Fatboy's The Burger Bar
Swich Cafe
The Bee
The Red Beanbag
Whimsical Gelateria

PUCHONG
Agape Love Your Food
CAFFEine
Kafe Vietnam
Porcupine Place
Ticket To Korea

SHAH ALAM
Boat Noodle (Gamuda Walk)
Kissaten (Setia City Mall)

SRI HARTAMAS
Breadfruits

SOLARIS MONT KIARA
Wanderlust

SUBANG
AMPM Cafe
Brooklyn B Bagel Bakery & Cafe
Map's

Tryst

TAMAN DESA
Encore Patisserie
Riverboat

TAMAN TUN DR ISMAIL
Boathouse
Chequers
D Legends
Frisky Goat
Interlude
Meat Point

Pickle & Fig
Quar/Tet
Topshelf
Torii
Viv's

OTHER AREAS
Bites (Lake Fields, Sungai Besi)
Buns & Meat (Lake Fields, Sungai Besi)
Cielo Dolci (IOI City Mall Putrajaya)
Foodlogy (Viva Residency, Sentul)
Hubba Hubba (Menara CIMB, KL Sentral)
Kissburger (Desa Park City)
Miss Ellie Tea House (Taman Melawati)
Streaky Hot Dogs (Sri Petaling)

Customers can also order from selected restaurants via GoGet.my: See here for more details.

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

BWB Yakitori Bar @ Desa Sri Hartamas

A fun fresh spot for Japanese soul food with contemporary twists, BWB Yakitori Bar replaces Desa Sri Hartamas' more than decade-old Aoyama sushi specialist, though it remains run by the same management (with some new collaborators on board).

This might be a dream destination for fans of 'kushi' skewers - expect a well-prepared selection of juicy, flavoursome meat, seafood & vegetables, spanning chicken-based yakitori (RM4 for the tail or gizzard, RM5 for wing, RM10 for tsukune meatball) to saba (RM6), shishamo (RM4) & even escargot (RM6), plus enoki mushrooms, asparagus, okra, leek & garlic (RM4).

Our favourite though is the skewer of foie gras rolled in duck bacon - a luscious combo, impeccably executed (RM22). But if you're looking for pure, unadulterated meat, you're still in luck, with lots of lamb (RM12), Wagyu beef (RM16), pork neck (RM8) & smoked duck (RM8) in the yakimono section.

The octopus platter (RM40) is filled with bite-sized pieces of octopus that furnish a fleshy chew. Other seafood possibilities here, some on skewers & others on platters, include scallop (RM8), salmon (RM10), tiger prawns (RM18) & squid (RM25).

BWB's other key attraction: Comfort fare in bowls. Check out the Bare Knuckle Don (RM18), which spotlights a 72-hour, slow-braised pork knuckle, prepared in a Chinese kitchen in Kepong, paired with preserved veggies, onsen egg & a scoop of rice.

The fall-off-the-bone knuckle is also the cornerstone of BWB's satisfactory ramen (RM22), soaked in broth that's sweetly savoury, but not too rich or cloying. BTW, BWB's name is a mystery, as far as what the acronym stands for. Bring Wine, Babe?

The ox tongue don, with succulent slices of tongue spiced up with bits of chillies, isn't on the official menu, but ask for it & you'll receive. You can also go simple with a frills-free bowl of garlic fried rice (RM7, like we did) or add foie gras for an extra RM15.

There's only ice cream for dessert, but 'only' might not be the most suitable description for ice cream that comes in premium flavours like Truffle & Chocolate Bailey's (RM15 each). Wine is available by both the bottle (RM145 for a Shiraz) & the glass.

BWB Yakitori Bar
8, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily, 12pm-12am


The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, at least RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

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, 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.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for May-August 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 

Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!
If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
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