Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yugami Steamboat @ Sri Petaling

This hotpot hangout is steaming up Sri Petaling with specialities of fish-based broths that linger pleasurably in the memory.

 We're instant fans of both the clear fish base & the curry fish alternative (RM29.90 for a small pot, RM39.90 for a large one; splitting of flavours is possible), brimming with fresh grouper slices & veggies. Each conveys clean, well-tuned nuances for a reliable foundation - in a pinch, we'd pick the curry, since its creamy richness makes each spoonful more satisfyingly robust.

The selection of meat & more to toss into the pot is predictably solid - special mention for the pork neck & the lamb (RM15.80 each), sterling specimens of succulence. You'll also find everything from house-made squid balls that supply a textured chew (RM7.80 for four) to commercially produced lobster balls (RM6.80, a budget-friendly possibility), juicy Taiwanese sausages (RM6.80) to crispy fried fish skin (RM9.80), yam & pumpkin to watercress (RM5.80 each), century eggs (RM3) to seaweed (RM4.30); the menu goes on & on - prawns, jellyfish, la-la, abalone, crab sticks, tonnes of tofu & all manner of mushrooms.

 With good components comes good results - a meal here is an enjoyable experience of trying out a variety of tasty ingredients that work well for soup-slurping & stomach-stuffing. Don't skip the excellent sauces - Yugami's attention to detail ensures that everything on the table should be lapped up.

 The restaurant also serves recipes like salted egg yolk sotong (RM19.80), Hong Kong-inspired 'typhoon shelter' garlic prawns (RM31.80) & basic fried rice (RM8.90), but our admiration is solely for the steamboat. Many thanks to Yugami for hosting us.

Yugami Steamboat
107G, Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. 
Daily, 1130am-1130pm (closed alternate Tuesdays). Tel: 03-9544-1990

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.
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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

Monday, July 27, 2015

Lobbee Thai Connection @ Empire Damansara

Tucked on a secluded corner of Empire Damansara, this casual restaurant whips up fun fare to tempt fans of Thai flavours. The outlet is spearheaded by brothers Aiden & Adrian, seeking to recreate the food they love best from the Land of Smiles.

Start with a snack - try a little tenderness with Lobbee's chicken skewers (RM9), a tasty treat that's photogenically bolstered by a leaf-wrapped scoop of sticky rice. Squid cakes (RM12) also prove juicy & flavoursome, while fried crab cakes (RM13) & sesame shrimp (RM8) supply a fresh-from-the-stove crunch that's precisely partnered with Lobbee's variety of punchy sauces.

 The star attraction at Lobbee is this gargantuan seafood tom yum noodle bowl that four customers can comfortably share - this Lobbee Combo (RM98) comprises hearty cuts of lobster, king crab legs, salmon, squid, mussels & soft-boiled eggs with a choice of Thai instant noodles, kuey teow, flat noodles or vermicelli in a tangy-savoury broth. An entirely enjoyable order, with all the seafood prepared perfectly, from the succulent salmon to the springy squid, complemented by firm-to-the-bite noodles.

 There are nonetheless plenty of single-plate orders at more affordable prices - the Noodles in Pink (RM13) showcases a selection of noodles with an assortment of fish balls in a sweet sauce evocative of Chinese-style yong tau foo, while the Peanut Noodles (RM13) do sufficient justice to ideals of Bangkok street-food comfort fare. Pad Thai (RM16) emerges with a crispy twist - fried wantan strips replace the noodles, but the recipe still successfully replicates familiar Pad Thai flavours. We might skip the Green Curry Fried Rice (RM16) though - it was too fiery for us but simultaneously bordered on blandness.

 Lobbee is still finalising its dessert selection - patrons can expect coconut ice cream to feature heavily. For now, complimentary servings of chilled blue rubies with jack fruit will do fine. Beverages are also noteworthy, with strikingly colourful refreshments in the iced butterfly pea milk (RM9), iced tea (RM9) & red lemon sodas (RM8). Many thanks to Lobbee for hosting us - we look forward to the future plans of this restaurant, which include a small alfresco area for DIY Thai barbecues.

Lobbee Thai Connection
LG-07 (below Ground Floor), Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Open 11am-10pm, Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday). Tel: 03-7629-4869

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

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 was the Dignity For Children foundation, which works to help underprivileged Malaysian children break the cycle of poverty through education. In March-May, we raised a total of RM 488 for Dignity For Children.

Our current charity is The Nasi Lemak Project, a young, independent movement to help counter poverty in Malaysia.

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
Palazzo Viva
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 HEIGHTS
The Point

DAMANSARA JAYA
Pizzolo (Atria Shopping Gallery)
Swich (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
Bingsu
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
BWB Yakitori Bar

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)
Kazoku-Ai Modern Teppanyaki Kitchen (Old Klang Road)
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