Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wild On Waiheke

The great, gorgeous outdoors: Wild On Waiheke is a fun destination on New Zealand's Waiheke vineyard island, barely an hour's ferry ride from Auckland - indulge in a gargantuan platter of sweet, succulent beer-braised lamb ribs with smoked kumara fries & chimichurri, alongside award-winning Ringawera bread & crostini, then savour some of Waiheke's flagship wines & brewery beer (try The Drunken Oyster, with a local Te Matuku oyster marinated for a minute in dark beer). Archery & claybird shooting activities are an added attraction.


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Vibes Bistro & Grab It Soft Serve @ Utropolis Marketplace

Glenmarie's new Utropolis Marketplace mall is beginning to blossom with eateries; Vibes is probably the best-looking of the preliminary lot, serving conventionally familiar fare to satiate the lunchtime crowds, including nasi lemak with sotong sambal (RM13.90) & butter cream spaghettini with curry leaves & baked cherry tomatoes (RM13.90).

Vibes Cafe & Bistro
Lot G-B1, Utropolis Marketplace, Jalan Kontraktor U1/14, Shah Alam, Selangor. Daily, 10am-10pm.



Grab It offers soft serves in Asian flavours like Japanese matcha or Thai cha yen tea; we like the coconut, which is pretty satisfactory for a relatively low RM4.90 per cup, reasonably smooth, with mellow, well-tuned tropical nuances. The cafe also features warm snacks (steamed or fried mantou stuffed with choices like grilled beef or smoked duck) & ice-blended drinks.

Grab It
G- A3a, Utropolis Market Place, Jalan Kontraktor U1/14, Shah Alam, Selangor

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Friday, June 24, 2016

New Pork Belly Dinner Menu @ Ampersand by Culinary Rebels, Damansara Uptown

Fellow fans of pork belly, rejoice: Ampersand is taking our favourite cut of the hog & carving out three distinctive new recipes that make mouthwatering use of 350-gramme portions of German-bred pork. Our favourite might be Rebellion by Ray (RM36+) - achingly tender sous-vide belly, both fatty & fleshy, with potentially sufficient meat for two to share, tastily complemented by three sauces of traffic-light hues (a spicy red capsicum sauce, yellow pineapple mango chutney, & green chimichurri), each richly textured & memorably flavoursome, balanced further with salad leaves, flash-fried cherry tomatoes & crunchy capers.

Also lusciously lust-worthy: The American by The Butcher (RM36+), with honey bourbon brined belly that's beautifully partnered with a crispy-creamy giant potato croquette, grain mustard & apple salad - each enjoyably executed component could stand easily on its own; put together, the ensemble succeeds in creating sweet, satisfying, sumptuous synergy.

The final member of the trio: X-Rated by The Magician (RM36+), tailored for Asian palates, comprising belly glazed in an unmistakable char siew sauce, coupled confidently with tofu puree & peanut butter mustard. We're crossing our fingers that these fun three dishes will receive a warm reception, encouraging the team here to come up with more belly concoctions.

There's also one delicious new dessert to spotlight: Greeny Green (RM18+), a triumphantly snapshot-worthy trilogy of matcha treats - a molten green tea tart (notably, a molten tart instead of the typical cake); vanilla ice cream dusted with green tea powder; & moist, hot slices of green tea fudge cake laced with red beans & cranberries; plated with honey tofu cream sauce.

The pork belly dishes are currently available for dinner only, bolstering Ampersand's existing repertoire of Spanish pork ribs & chicken wings, both of which also welcome debuting entries - crispy ribs marinated with fermented bean curd & served with good old-fashioned mashed potatoes (RM35), alongside Thai/Vietnamese-inflected wings with hints of lemongrass & pennywort (RM16 for four pieces, RM21 for six pieces), made for merry munching. Thanks to Ampersand for having us back.

Ampersand by Culinary Rebels
19M, First Floor, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri, 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm, 5pm-11pm. Tel: 03-7732-9711

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 RM0.10 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: 
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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).
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