Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sparkalite, Forty Licks & The Brew Culture

Here's how to spend a weekend afternoon: It only takes a spark to get a (barbecue) fire going, but the Intercontinental Hotel's Sparkalite Sunday lunch keeps the bubbly flowing for three hours.

Thanks to the Intercontinental's team for inviting us for this spread of meat and seafood on a buffet that targets families seeking a stress-free, stomach-stuffing Sunday.

Slip an extra shrimp on the barbie? No worries, mate (can we call you mate?)!

Beef, lamb and chicken, in their primal form and processed into sausages, alongside prawns, cod fish, slipper lobster and more. Protein-deficient patrons can nurse themselves back into the pinkest of health.

Eggs are served sunny-side-up here, partnered with turkey bacon and cheddar cheese to build an "Egg Buddy" that might be an albumin addict's best friend.

Or coddle your egg to create a palate-pampering mix with sausage and sun-dried tomatoes.

No energy, much less patience, for MyBurgerLab's hour-long queue? Head here to the Intercontinental's Serena Brasserie for Angus beef sliders that should satiate those burger pangs.

If it's not a Sunday without a roast, then rest assured it's a Sunday here.

Oysters, shucked on order. I had 25 of these; wouldn't mind a dozen more.

The fruits of the sea blossom bountifully at The Intercontinental's Serena Brasserie, from salmon and tuna sashimi to cod fish and chips.

Children can be both seen and heard here, laughing out loud at a corner where they can learn to make lamingtons and savor a sugar rush at a Candy Station.

And true to the culinary heritage of the Intercontinental's Aussie executive chef Darrell O'Neill, lamingtons feature prominently on the sweets section.

The Intercontinental won't move our cheese: it's all here, stinky mouse-bait at its finest.

Consenting adults will nonetheless ask, why should we fork out RM198++ for this meal? The answer, my friend, is flowing in the wine ice bucket.

So here's how Sparkalite deserves its name: a free flow of Italian prosecco, Aussie brut and French bubbly ensures that spirits will stay sky-high from noon through 3pm.

Plop in some blueberries or strawberries for a splash of fruity fun.

Or color me bad with monin syrup (we do it all for love!).

With wine waiting in the wings, designated drivers must remain diligently on duty. Housekeeping notes: the buffet's RM120++ for teetotalers, RM60++ for children 6-12.

What to do after 3pm? Check Forty Licks Ice Cream's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FortyLicksIceCream); on some Sundays, they might be operating at Plaza Mont Kiara's flea market.
Main entry on Forty Licks: August 28, 2012.

Forty Licks will also be at Jaya One's Food Bites market Sept. 29, spicing up a "Yellow" theme with non-cowardly flavors like popcorn and, possibly, pineapple with pepper.

For a too-sunny Sunday, the remedy's a Bandung ice cream float. Better than air-conditioning.

And for folks in this neighborhood, cap your weekend with coffee at The Brew Culture in Plaza Damas 3 (that complex opposite Hartamas Shopping Center).

Toasted hazelnut-flavored latte and Columbia Huila single-origin coffee (RM10 each).

House-made chocolate chip cookie. Excellent; we'd toss a steaming-hot cappuccino onto the lap of anyone who claims otherwise.

Books aplenty on The Brew Culture's shelves. Mainly in Mandarin, but there's Life Of Pi here.



Sparkalite Lunch @ Serena Brasserie,
Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
Forty Licks Ice Cream @ Plaza Mont Kiara.
The Brew Culture @ Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
The Brew Culture opens through 9pm but is closed Tuesdays.
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34 comments:

  1. OMG you are fast! I'm impressed - 25 oysters!! You're a champion.

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    1. The Yum List: i feel kinda sorry now for that guy who had to shuck all those oysters! that's a job that requires more patience than i'm equipped with, heh! :D

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  2. sparkalite is fun and definitely a good way to spend the Sunday. What's probably missing was a pool to jump into after all the grill and bubblies:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, I fear that after eating and drinking so much, I might sink straight to the bottom of the pool! =)

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  3. im staying at the hotel now...but unable to try their Sunday Sparkalite...went to Michelin Pilot Experience...own i love the sunny side up..look so subtle must be super runny when burst!

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    1. Cindy: ooh, too bad we didn't manage to meet you at the hotel restaurant. Hope you're enjoying your stay here! And yeah, the egg was very nicely fried. Now i wish I had taken an extra egg! :D

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  4. Sean, did you notice most restaurant have an egg dish? Is that a trend in F&B? I saw many posted on my FB. Just curious.
    Besides the Colour me bad, the Chocolate Chip Cookie caught my eyes most. It's really worth the rm198 after you finish all the bucket. You can call me el...he hehe (love that song)

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    1. We all love our eggs...especially runny eggs...hint hint...haha =)

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    2. River: ya, i think everyone's into eggs! eggs benedict for breakfast, pan mee with egg for lunch, and burgers with eggs for dinner, heheh :D hahah, somehow even after 2.5 hours of drinking, i didn't feel drunk this time. maybe cos had a lot of food together with the alcohol, heh =)

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    3. Ulric: a very clear hint, hahah =)

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  5. I can buddy n coddle those eggs all day long...hehe =)

    25 oysters!!! Looks like we have a oyster monsta on da loose :p

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    1. Ulric: eggs and oysters, i can't resist either =)

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  6. Nice to see you in the flesh for the first time today ;) We missed out on the Angus beef burger! Wendy's pretty bummed out about that..haha

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    1. Drops of Contentment: ermm, uh-oh, adam, you were there! eeks. sorry, i was keeping a low profile and wasn't mingling, since all of us were on separate tables. hopefully we'll actually TALK to each other next time, heh. and hopefully wendy will get another chance at an angus beef burger somewhere else too! :D

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  7. Wow!! What an amazing feast!!!! :D I would gave tonnes of eggs!! and of course, lots of dessert tooooooo hehe

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    1. Vien: heheh, this reminds me that i actually didn't explore the dessert counter very well. i guess we were distracted by the booze most of the time! :D

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  8. so after the oyster, did you feel stronger ... lol

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    1. Simple Person: haha, actually yeah, there was an 'effect' eight hours later :D

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  9. can vouch for the Brew Culture at Plaza Damas 3...I was one of the first customers in there and their coffee's are top notch.

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    1. Mick: thanks for the feedback on Brew Culture. glad to hear they're making their customers happy =)

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  10. That's a very nice buffet @Sparkalite!!!

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    1. Melissa: a nice way to spend three hours on a relaxed sunday! :D

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  11. we'd toss a steaming-hot cappuccino onto the lap of anyone who claims otherwise = wahhhhh... that's so unlike u Sean, sounding so garang suddenly :P

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    1. TNG: heheh, i passionately enjoyed that cookie! i think i liked it more than i liked the coffee even! :D

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  12. I have to agree - those oysters were awesome! Somehow they tasted much better than most others and I think I had half a dozen - that's nothing compared to your 25 lah but then I'm no oyster monster :P

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    1. Pureglutton: ya, maybe we should have asked what kind of oysters they were (hmmm, new zealand oysters maybe, heh). i wish i could have 25 oysters every sunday! :D

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  13. what a glutton you are! 3 outlets in a post! Gosh that's just a lot. I wanna try the fortylicks ice-cream too and everyone is talking about it.

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    1. Eiling: heheh, it was a full sunday of eating and drinking :D but yeah, forty licks is worth trying. you can find it at jaya one's food bites market later this month :D

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  14. is buffet?can i know the price and place?thankyou

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    1. Huipeng: yep this is a buffet at serena brasserie restaurant in jalan ampang's intercontinental hotel, available only on Sunday for lunch, 120++ without alcohol

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  15. Hi Sean,

    Can I ask this cafe -The Brew Culture is it just opposite plaza damas (the new building)?

    Thanks and have a nice day!

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    1. Violet: hi, you're right, the brew culture is in that building, on the first floor =)

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  16. Hi Sean,

    Thanks! got it!!

    thanks and have a nice day!!

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    1. Violet: no worries. hope you enjoy brew culture =)

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