Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hanare At The Intermark: 2015 Omakase & Sushi Bar

More than four years after it first opened, Hanare remains one of the city's best bets for an above-average Japanese meal. The restaurant recently introduced a sushi bar where customers can watch the chefs at work & enjoy a top-flight selection of sparkling raw seafood, or better still, go all out with an omakase meal that showcases seasonal produce rarely seen in KL.

Expect the unexpected - Hanare's omakase bounty features an ever-changing selection of delights for Japanese food lovers, with carefully sourced fresh ingredients prepared in revelatory ways that let their natural nuances shine, making us feel almost like we're tasting them for the first time, from boiled broad beans (sora-mame) to 'jelly ear' fungus (kikurage), surf clams with miso vinaigrette (aoyagi) to monkfish liver (ankimo).

Sushi chef Masami Moritomo's million-watt smile lights up Hanare’s counter as he plies his craft with deceptive effortlessness. Masami and his compatriot Akira Yonomoto team up to make the best of wild-caught whelk, Hokkaido oysters & more, hand-picked by the restaurant’s own staff in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market & flown into KL twice weekly.

 If you're in luck, you might encounter 'noresore' - baby sea eels, only a few centimetres long. But if not, no worries, there are certain to be other highlights with a dizzying diversity in terms of provenance - perhaps Hokkaido-origin fish milt (shurako), Yamaguchi dried puffer fish (fugu), Fukuoka spicy cod roe (mentaiko), Chiba whitebait, Shikuoka marinated tuna intestines, Nagasaki mullet roe, Aomori vinegared seaweed, Osaka sesame bean curd, Mie wasabi octopus, Toyama salted baby squid, Akita sand fish & Aichi little neck clams, all of which can be ordered a la carte if you're not indulging in the omakase (which costs RM250 & above). Hanare also offers a very strong selection of whisky; it's nice to note that service is still very much a stand-out here - many thanks to Hanare's terrific team members for their hospitality.

Hanare
Ground Floor, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily for lunch & dinner. Tel: 03- 2164-2133

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, RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

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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

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:

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

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
Cherry Bomb (Menara See Hoy Chan)
Drift Dining & Bar
Fatboy's The Burger Bar (Avenue K)
Hubba Hubba (Bukit Ceylon)
LOKL Coffee Co (Jalan Tun H.S. Lee)
The Front Door (Jalan Sultan, Chinatown)
Tujo (Ascott, Jalan Pinang)

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

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)
Kitchen Creatures (Centrepoint, Bandar Utama)
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

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

Pickle & Fig
Quar/Tet
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

Friday, May 22, 2015

Double A Cafe @ Pacific Place, Ara Damansara

Double A Cafe deserves an 'A' for effort - husband-&-wife team Aiman & Alia have taken a break from their corporate responsibilities to create a wholeheartedly welcoming space that has the potential to become something genuinely special.

You'll likely see a lot of Double A Cafe on Instagram in the months to come - credit is due to interior consultant Adrien Ritzal, whose work is beautifully tasteful & confidently restrained. We've no idea what he charges, but we'd hire him in a heartbeat.

It's crucial to testify though that Double A isn't simply style over substance - this cafe seeks to showcase the work of home-grown Malaysian bakers, with a line-up that's expected to evolve over time. A peek at the counter reveals well-worth-reading stories behind why Double A's founders chose Gateauxlicious, Gulabakery & Sugar Rush for its initial cake suppliers.

Best bets include Gulabakery's moist-textured 'Sekaya Nangka' jackfruit cupcakes, as well as Gateuxlicious' lovely pavlova, mellow in its fruity sweetness & fresh-tasting in its light crispy-crumbliness. There's not much that's savoury to sample here - the chicken pie needs some more experimentation to iron out its too-soft crust (though its filling is pretty delicious).

Double A doubles down on its choice of coffee by going with supplies & training by Johor-based Monsta Cafe. The beverage list is extensive - flat whites (RM11) to rose lattes (RM11), a cereal affogato (RM13) to a sea salted iced caramel latte (RM13), though our parting tip would be to try the Double A Dark Chocolate Mocha with marshmallows (RM12) - it's everything.
P.S. I accidentally left an umbrella here, but that's OK, you guys can discard it - it's in really bad shape anyway (try opening it).

Double A Cafe
E-1-3 (facing main road, next to mamak), Pacific Place Commercial Centre, Jalan PJU 1A/4, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Wednesday, 12pm-7pm; Thursday, 9am-6pm, Friday, 3pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-8pm (for now)

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, 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 


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