Sunday, August 30, 2015

River Grill @ Casa del Rio, Malacca

Malacca’s now-thriving F&B landscape is luring veteran chefs like Ghazali Hassan, who became the executive chef at Casa del Rio, a top boutique hotel, in March 2015 after two decades of working in other cities in Malaysia and the Maldives.

Casa Del Rio showcases one of Malacca’s most distinctively romantic sites at its flagship restaurant, River Grill, perched beside the state’s main river.

Diners can watch small, tourist-filled boats leisurely cruise by, sometimes followed by rowers in racing vessels, while they feast on River Grill’s upmarket offerings of Black Angus steaks, tuna tataki with ginger shoyu dressing, and smoked salmon sliced at the customer’s tableside.

“Malacca is a special state,” Ghazali says. “I’ve visited and eaten at many places here, and I can assure travellers that their experience in Malacca will be genuinely memorable.”


This spotlight on River Grill is an excerpt of a feature on six of Malacca's soulful eateries; read the full feature in the August 2015 issue of Going Places, Malaysia Airlines' in-flight magazine.

River Grill, Casa del Rio, Malacca

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: 
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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

Chips.my & Burger-mbira @ Damansara Uptown

Down a dark alley in Damansara Uptown, here's a new bright spot for fans of street food: Chips.my offers hand-cut fries, cooked to order, thick & fairly fluffy, made with russet potatoes, served with a choice of sweet-spicy sauce or tangy lemon aioli.

Ideal for midnight munching - Chips.my opens in the evening till at least 1am. Each portion of the fresh, warm & golden-crusted chips costs RM5, plus RM1 per dip. Pretty good stuff, unburdened by the excess oil or salt associated with fast food. Chips.my marks a nice start for its creator Jun Yit & his partners Wye Keat & Ken, childhood friends seeking a foothold in F&B, with hopes for a food truck or full-fledged outlet soon. Catch the Chips.my stall now before its founders move to the next level.

In a stroke of serendipity, Chips.my is located beside a burger stand that also opened this year in Uptown. Jenma & Zam's Burger-mbira is a friendly spot with an extensive menu - the couple take pride particularly in speciality burgers with their own-made patties. Top temptations include the ultimate Mega Big & Taste (RM15; two beef patties with two slices of chicken, lettuce, hash brown, cheese, mayo & dripping sauces), Chicken Spicy Deluxe (RM7; spicy chicken patty with the works) & Lamb Burger Special (RM8, with an omelette-wrapped lamb patty), each a potential hit for patrons who enjoy street burgers.

Chips.my & Burger-mbira
56, Jalan SS21/39, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya.
Chips.my: Mon-Wed, 7pm-1am; Thurs-Sat, 7pm-2am

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Calanthe Art Cafe & Kaya-Kaya @ Malacca

The current boom in Malacca’s café business emerged in 2014, but the trickle of tourists has steadily swelled ever since UNESCO declared the state capital a World Heritage Site in 2008, according to the founders of Calanthe Art Café.

Calanthe is a hugely respected pioneering café, having recently marked its 10th anniversary. Opened by a band of close-knit friends who went to school together, Calanthe remains one of Malacca’s warmest and most welcoming hangouts, specialising in different types of coffee roasted in each of Malaysia’s 13 states.

“Our main objective is to promote an appreciation for our own Malaysian coffee,” Calanthe's Joseph Chia says, noting that some Malaysian states have unique blends of coffee mixed with margarine, salt or even wheat flour. Calanthe is also the ideal stop to refuel with a lunch of deliciously hearty local recipes like turmeric-tinged nasi lemak (coconut milk rice with a yellow hue) and laksa, a bowl of thin noodles in a mildly spicy coconut milk gravy with tofu puffs, fishcakes and beansprouts.

The story of a much newer venue, Kaya-Kaya Café, is a tribute to Malacca’s allure. Kuala Lumpur resident K.C. Choong had long been a frequent visitor to Malacca when he stayed last year at a Jonker Walk guesthouse whose owners had a vacant space nearby. K.C. found out and decided to collaborate with them to create Kaya-Kaya, a cavernous café where customers can relax on rattan chairs and recycled wood-and-metal furniture while marvelling at a two-storey-high mural of multilingual definitions for the word kaya.

Kaya means ‘wealth’ in Malay, and the café’s name is meant to convey a feeling of richness in its patrons’ lives, relationships and food. For a dose of decadence, Kaya-Kaya offers salmon-&-egg open sandwiches & a one-of-a-kind ‘Malacca Elvis’ – a pancake stack that combines Elvis Presley’s favourite ingredients of bananas and peanut butter with Malacca’s kaya, a sugary jam thickened with coconut milk and egg yolks.

 “We want customers to come here for a getaway, to eat and drink and feel like they’ve escaped from the world outside for a few hours,” K.C. says.

This spotlight on Calanthe & Kaya-Kaya is an excerpt of a feature on six of Malacca's soulful new cafes; read the full feature in the August 2015 issue of Going Places, Malaysia Airlines' in-flight magazine.

 Calanthe Art Cafe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Melaka. Tel: 06-292-2960

Kaya-Kaya Cafe, 32, Jalan Tukang Besi, Melaka

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
La Cucina (Pullman uala Lumpur Bangsar)
Link (Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar)
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 (Avenue K, 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
Epicuro
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