Saturday, August 30, 2014

Offpeak.my: 100 x RM50 Cash Back on Restaurant Bills

Offpeak.mya new platform that helps diners save money & time by making restaurant bookings online, is inviting its users to enjoy up to RM50 cash back each on their food bill (for the first 100 eligible entrants).
Just make a booking, eat at any restaurant listed on Offpeak.my & email your bill/receipt to ilove@offpeak.my from now until 8th Sept. 2014 to be eligible. Eat & Win now! A total of RM5,000 worth of cash-back rewards is available for the first 100 entrants.

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF CONTEST
These Terms and Conditions apply to all participants of The Offpeak.my Eat & Win Up To RM5,000 Cash Back Contest. Participants who take part agree to and are bound by all the terms and conditions as stated below:

Who can enter?
Open to everyone who has a valid bank account in Malaysia.

How do I enter?
All you need to do is make a booking and eat at any of the restaurants listed on Offpeak.my and email your bill/receipt & confirmation booking ID # to ilove@offpeak.my .The bill must clearly show the restaurant name, date and time, and amount.

What is the contest period?

The contest will begin on 26 August 2014 and end on 8 September 2014 at 2359 GMT. Any submissions received after this time will not be accepted. 

Are all the restaurants available for booking?
Yes. You can choose any restaurant on Offpeak.my. However, only 1 (one) winner per 30-minute timeslot per restaurant is available. Valid only for dining during the restaurant's offer periods (0% slots are not eligible).

Can I submit more than once?
Eligible winners can only win once throughout the campaign period.

How do I win?
The first 100 receipts fulfilling the above criteria received will automatically be the winners.

What are the prizes?
100 bookings x RM 50 cashback, or the total amount in the dining receipt, whichever is lower.

How will the winners be notified?
Winners will be contacted via email and will be published on the Offpeak.my Facebook Page or Instagram. Winners will be requested to provide their bank account number, booking email, full name and phone number to verify the Booking ID #.

This is a sponsored post by Offpeak.my

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Wei Kee: Imbi to Subang & Yummy Duck @ Kuchai Lama

It's the end of the road for Wei Kee in Imbi; the respected specialist in duck & goose meat is closing this branch & heading to Subang Jaya at the end of September because of tenancy troubles. 

We bade a fond farewell to Wei Kee's Imbi outpost with a full order of its whole roast duck (RM52) - not as memorable as the juiciest, meatiest & most flavourful ones out there, but customers in Subang can still give this a shot soon. The restaurant has recently faced problems securing a consistent supply of imported goose, so that wasn't available for our visit.

 Wei Kee's other offerings made for a pleasant-enough meal - from vinegar pork (RM16), steamed tilapia (RM30) & egg (RM8) ...

 ... to mustard greens & other assorted veggies (mostly between RM10-RM12). Note: Wei Kee's Pudu outlet on Lorong Yap Hin will continue operating; only the Imbi branch is relocating.

 As this forlorn poster states, Wei Kee will commence business on Oct. 1 at 25, Jalan USJ 9/5N, Subang Business Centre.

Hungry for another fowl feast, we moved on to Yummy Duck, one of Kuchai Lama's seemingly countless Chinese eateries.

The selection is enjoyably extensive & well-prepared, with classics sharing the spotlight with contemporary concoctions. Highlights include smoked duck with black pepper (RM17), spring rolls stuffed with duck & lovely braised goose feet (RM15).

Traditional roast chicken (RM25 for half) or a version of wings stuffed with glutinous rice (RM13)? We like the latter.

Pork's all present: Siu yok (RM22) & char siu (RM19) to spare ribs in Mongolian gravy or honey BBQ sauce (RM19 each).

Yummy Duck takes pride as well in its noodles, which taste pretty good & turn out to be nicely textured too.

Wei Kee (in Imbi until Sept. 30)
10, Medan Imbi, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Yummy Duck
9 Jalan Kuchai Maju 18, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for July-September 2014, including more than 20 new entries for this quarter. 
This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.publ.com/2014C 
Link expires Sept 30, 2014; see blog entries after that date for new link.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Caffeinated Cabin @ Gasing, Petaling Jaya

It might not exactly be a cabin in the woods, but this new cafe - run by a 21-year-old (!) - is pretty well-hidden too, nestled within a leafy compound beside the La Salle secondary school on PJ's Jalan Gasing.

How to head here? Drive past the school on your left (in the direction of Jalan Universiti toward Old Klang Road), then look out immediately for the Chezz hair salon. Free outdoor parking for several cars is available behind the building, which houses both Chezz & its freshly introduced unique extension, Caffeinated Cabin.

Caffeinated Cabin is an appointment-worthy destination for social media junkies; this place is perfect for photography, so expect every nook of it to pop up on Instagram in the weeks ahead, from the air-conditioned interior where lots of sunlight streams in ...

... to the great outdoors, an idyllic space that's ideal for an afternoon's escape, making us wish the weather were much cooler.

Caffeinated Cabin's soft-launch menu marks a solid start; the smoked duck open-face sandwich is generously piled with more meat than expected, carefully prepared & pretty tasty with thick potato wedges (RM20.90). Cafe owner Derry is not a novice in this business - his father runs Touche Pastries at Section 17, so he has the family's backing.

Poached egg with raisin toast, mozzarella cheese, rocket leaves & mango puree (RM19.90). Interesting combo; Caffeinated Cabin has potential. Note though: The kitchen is tiny & still working out the kinks; food orders might take a bit long to emerge.

 No lack of pastries & sweet treats on display here, all sourced from Touche's ovens nearby for maximum practicality.

Passion fruit, mango & other citrus-based desserts; for better or worse, Caffeinated Cabin certainly has a taste for the tangy.

Coffee's Coffex, definitely decent. There's also an unusual lemon-laced iced coffee here that could be an acquired taste.

Affogato, elaborate & extra-creamy, with not only fresh-brewed espresso & ice cream but whipped cream & caramel sauce too.

 For folks who are visiting Caffeinated Cabin this weekend, you might be interested to also check out the Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar Wedding Fair at The Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar hotel, only a 10-minute drive away. The Wedding Fair on Aug. 30-31 showcases the Pullman Grand Ballroom as well as various packages. Twelve service providers in the wedding industry will be present to supply exclusive promotions and wedding tips to visitors.

This is the Pullman KL Bangsar’s first Wedding Fair to provide to-be-wedded love birds with memorable weddings through its sincere services and spacious ballroom.

Caffeinated Cabin
64, Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open 7am-7pm, except Mondays

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for July-September 2014, including more than 20 new entries for this quarter. 
This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.publ.com/2014C 
Link expires Sept 30, 2014; see blog entries after that date for new link.

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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 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

RGB @ The Bean Hive At Damai & GTower

RAW reincarnated: This might look like an nondescript residence in an evergreen neighbourhood, but its placidly innocent facade is deceptive. RGB is poised to become one of KL's buzziest new cafes, run by the caffeine-passionate pioneers who spearheaded the recently closed RAW Coffee in Wisma Equity.
Entries on RAW Coffee: February 2011 & September 2012.

Step boldly through the signboard-free entrance of this bungalow on Ampang's Jalan Damai & breathe easy once you spot the coffee-brewing counter in this spartanly clean, brightly white-walled interior. The team members at RGB - which stands for either 'Roast Grind Brew' or 'Rather Good Beans,' depending on whom you interrogate - were initially taken aback when we popped in as surprise visitors, but they proved thoroughly warm, winning & welcoming.

The place, nicknamed 'The Bean Hive,' still seemed like a work in progress on a recent afternoon; RGB aims to become a full-fledged multifunction venue that'll not only house a coffee bar but a boutique micro-roastery, vegetarian eatery & events space.

Farther inside, here's the comfiest section of RGB, filled with cushy chairs; on a calm occasion, we could linger for hours.

London Calling: Check out the British-themed corner with a couch that's certain to host dozens of derrieres in the week ahead.

Love the choice of novels for browsing; this is the rare place where Goethe's Faust shares shelf space with Sex And The City.

RGB's menu will furnish a sense of comforting familiarity for RAW loyalists: the Tempeh Lettuce Tomato coconut-oil wrap is back, though RGB says the recipe has been fine-tuned even further. It's a terrific treat for fans of tempeh; other wraps available include ones with eggplant & freshly made pesto, hummus & roasted veggies, or four cheeses & tomato.

Bargain-hunters, take note: It's well worth heading to RGB on Thursday or Friday this week (August 28 & 29). As an opening promotion, these wraps - as well as most of RGB's other food offerings - will be sold at RM10 nett per plate. Only about a five-minute drive from KLCC, RGB's the ideal lunchtime oasis for folks working in the city centre.

We polished our plate too for this vegetarian burger; RGB's patties are produced on-site with components that change from time to time. Our patty comprised a chewing-optional blend of broccoli & mushrooms, partnering perfectly with a nice, crisp bun with an enjoyably yeasty flavour. Oh, and for health-watchers, there's no microwave here.

Other options include angel hair pasta, frittata, pumpkin soup & a salad tossed with house-made mayo that's prepared fresh daily, with the selection expected to expand eventually. These past years of experience have done a world of good for the food creators of RAW/RGB; their wholesome recipes are more delicious than ever, with convincingly balanced tastes & textures.

Ask for RGB's chocolate brownie, served with yoghurt & orange zest. Densely gooey, richly nuanced, it's captivating.

 And of course, coffee; RGB baristas Han & May currently strut their stuff with Sumatran Mandheling. Times have changed dramatically for KL's third-wave coffee scene since we first visited RAW years ago, back when it was still an unknown brand in an infrequently patronised location in a city where great coffee remained rare. And here's some more encouraging news: RGB is also scheduled to open another outpost next week at GTower, so watch for that too.

 Housekeeping notes: RGB at Jalan Damai is open Thursday & Friday this week, 8am-4pm. It'll be closed this weekend (Saturday-Sunday), but will officially launch on Monday, Sept. 1, & remain open everyday, closing early in the evening. The other GTower branch will probably also maintain office hours.

'Hidden cafes' & coffee bars at pleasantly unexpected locations or with acronyms for their names have performed very popularly in the Klang Valley throughout this past year; expect RGB to keep the track record running. Thumbs way, way up for this revival of a potentially resurgent favourite. Expect to hear much more about RGB in the weeks to come.

RGB At The Bean Hive
35, Jalan Damai, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2181-1329

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for July-September 2014, including more than 20 new entries for this quarter. 
This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.publ.com/2014C 
Link expires Sept 30, 2014; see blog entries after that date for new link.

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 (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
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Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

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