Monday, September 25, 2017

Aboard The Flam Line @ Norway

The twenty-kilometre journey aboard the Flam railway is on one of the world's steepest train lines, promising panoramic views characterised by Norwegian officials as 'lush landscapes, steep mountains, spectacular waterfalls and snow-covered mountains.' Pack a shrimp sandwich for the hour-long ride, which then leads most visitors into a voyage on the Naeroyfjord.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Afri Restaurant @ Casa Tropicana

Point & Kill is one of Afri's specialities - it's a popular Nigerian recipe that takes its name literally; choose one of the live catfishes in the restaurant's aquarium & it'll be caught & slaughtered in the kitchen to make a memorably smooth catfish pepper soup, a savoury broth that's rich with some unique flavours of African herbs & spices. RM30 per kilogram of fish.

Afri's Nigerian chef takes pride in plenty of other temptations too - try the tender boiled yam with a very tasty stew of eggplant, crayfish, fried fish & dried prawns (RM30). If you like offal, the hot & hearty pepper soup with beef liver, tripe & intestines should make you pretty happy (RM30); wash down with Orijin, a medicinal-tasting Nigerian liquor (RM30).

We've seen more than a few African restaurants come & go in the Klang Valley over the past decade, but Afri could be the best one so far. Head here if you're willing to stretch past your comfort zone & explore new cuisines.

Afri Restaurant & Bar
B-0-9, Block B, Casa Tropicana, Jalan Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Open Mon-Sat, 11am-2am; Sun, 4pm-2am.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nora @ Melbourne

One of our most magically memorable meals this year was in Melbourne's Nora, where chef-founders Jean Thamthanakorn and Sarin Rojanametin do remarkably wicked work with their excellent team; they've promised to "pull apart, question and reimagine" Thai cuisine, and they successfully fulfill each word. Make this your next dinner if you're visiting this Australian city.

It's best to head here knowing as little as possible, since the thrill rests in the surprises around each corner. The 10-to-12-course menu refashions familiar flavours into new, nuanced creations, showcasing the kitchen's mastery of taste and technique. Dishes bear mysterious names like 'Daft Punk Is Playing In My Mouth,' playing on components like black glutinous rice bread and superb 14-day-aged duck roasted on the bone, spiked with everything from fermented soy bean butter to grilled smoked chillies, for an hours-long epic gastronomic voyage.

Go for the drinks pairing - hand-crafted juices and curated infusions prove nearly as creative and cool as the food. 

156 Elgin Street, Carlton, Melbourne, VIC.