Friday, July 3, 2015

2015 Menu: The Point @ Damansara Heights

The Point has evolved & matured over the past year into Medan Damansara's best-kept dining secret - head chef Bryan Tan, still only in his twenties, presides over an ambitiously imaginative kitchen that takes bold risks & delivers fascinating rewards.

The dinner menu is diverse - many customers might want to start with something light, like a refreshing angel hair pasta, served chilled with caviar, with an aromatic truffle-powered boost (RM30). But our favourite dish might be the Hokkaido scallops, precisely seared to straddle the balance between raw & cooked; each bite's a textural marvel, richly fleshy (RM36).

For fowl that's tackled with flair & finesse, we're fans of the fried quail with ravishingly nuanced Asian risotto, cucumber-mint salad & tangy coconut tamarind sauce (RM36) & the succulent slow-roasted chicken with potatoes, fried quinoa, French beans & a sumptuous butter sauce infused with curry leaves (RM40). Both underscore The Point's compelling choices in blending Western technique with Eastern flavours to create captivatingly unique masterworks with delicious, dynamic dimensions.

Fish enjoys tender-loving care - if you're looking for lusciousness, try the salmon in thick, citrus-infused sashimi chunks in an elegantly complex combo with creamy coriander-seaweed pesto, pickled daikon, salmon roe & ginger lime vinaigrette (RM32) or cooked with a crisp skin, still retaining its full moisture, partnered with pasta, mentaiko butter sauce & avruga caviar (RM55).

Meat matters: 'Char siew pork ribs' (RM42) prove to be finger-licking fun, illustrating The Point's inventiveness, with ham hock made sticky-sweet with chilli tamarind, coupled with shredded veggies & kimchi dressing. But if you're a carnivore who wants to dig in without handling bones, have the Black Angus tenderloin (RM98) - Herculean cuts of beef, juicily seared & served on a hearty, vibrantly colourful plate of sweet potato puree, braised shiitake, pickled shimeiji, asparagus, baby corn & garlic jus.

The Point is also cultivating a reputation for several very cool artisanal cocktails -  try The Point Warrior (RM45), comprising VSOP, apricot brandy, creme de banana, swirling with clove & cinnamon-infused smoke that adds a delightful depth to the beverage. Other recommendations include Spice Up (RM35; Smirnoff vodka, lychee liquor, orange juice, mango juice, lime juice, tobasco), Peace Maker (RM30; vodka, mint leaves, sugar syrup, lime juice, egg white) & Flavourism (RM35; Gordon Gin, mango juice, orange juice, fresh passion fruit, lemon juice). Many thanks to The Point's terrific team for having us here.

We're really happy to have The Point as one of our recommended restaurants on the new Eat Drink KL mobile app. Enjoy a 6 percent discount off your food cost when you use the app at The Point, any day, any time. Note: The Point closes on Sundays.

The Point 
First & Second Floor, 122, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 1:00 am. Wednesday - Saturday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm.
Tel: 03-2011-8008


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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Casa Cacao @ Telawi, Bangsar

Chocolate forms the cornerstone of Casa Cacao, a destination dedicated to devotees of treats marked 'milk, dark or white.'

Casa Cacao is all about chocolate; its soft-launch menu appears appealing, though its founders acknowledge that they're still fine-tuning their recipe preparations & finalising their supply of ingredients. There's potential for a pleasurable indulgence once the kinks are worked out, with temptations that range from a stack of five chocolate chip pancakes with hazelnut praline cream, bananas, strawberries & vanilla ice cream (RM20) to green tea crepes stuffed with azuki bean creme diplomat & served with fruits, nuts & double chocolate ice cream (RM22) - yep, a dose of chocolate in some fashion is present on nearly every plate.

 The extensive selection seems to represent some sort of greatest-hits compilation of crowd-pleasing desserts, with a twist here & there, like a chocolate lava cake with a soft salted egg yolk centre (RM23). You'll also find the likes of Belgian waffles with thick chocolate dipping sauce (RM23), coconut bavarois with chocolate almond crumble & mango sorbet (RM18), & later this week, chocolate fondue for two with banana bread (RM32).

 Some offerings are outsourced: Pralines by Pastry Pro, choc macarons by The Tiny Temptress, & unmistakable Death By Choc & Durian Chocolate cakes by Just Heavenly. The concept's cool; this is meant to be a one-stop venue for choco-holics.

Beverages fare fairly well - the hot chocolate (RM12) hits the right notes for taste, texture & temperature, while the chocolate shake (RM15) is creamy but not cloying. You'll also find everything from a 'Spicy Mango Iced Chocolate' (RM14) to 'Toffee Milk Chocolate Frappes' (RM14.50). And there is coffee too, both on its own or infused with some manner of chocolate.

Casa Cacao
31, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Open Sunday-Thursday, 11am-12am. Fri-Sat, 11am-1am. Tel: 03-2201-1282


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 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:

ARA DAMANSARA
Jac's On The 8th
Chai Bar

BANGSAR
KGB Killer Gourmet Burgers
LA/PA
La Creperie De Caroline
Mercat
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)

DAMANSARA PERDANA
Bisque Cafe
Boat Noodle
Cat In The Box
Epique
Friendscino
Mosano Coffee
Sevencups
Talent Lounge
The Curious Goat

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)
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
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)
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