Monday, May 22, 2017

Makanhouse @ Bangsar

Bangsar's new hive for local fare brings the neighbourhood together for everything from nasi dagang to fish ball noodle soup in a community-spirited setting filled with rustic touches & fun flourishes (take a seat on the swing or the repurposed bathtubs).

Check out the nasi campur selection, then pile your plate with ayam goreng berempah, beef rendang, sambal ikan bilis with tempoyak & petai, sambal sepat nanas, salted egg, ulam & Malaccan Eurasian favourites like devil's chicken & pei chi salad (each add-on costs between RM2-RM7). The Malaccan influence also prevails in the Nyonya curry laksa (RM10), though the menu stretches as far as the east coast too with the nasi berlauk gulai ikan tongkol Kelantan. Service is friendly & fuss-free.

Makanhouse
5 Jalan Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Currently open for lunch; will operate for dinner eventually.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Dark Gallery @ MyTown Shopping Centre, Cheras

Discover the dark, indeed: Scoops of single-origin chocolate ice cream & glasses of hot chocolate, presented in tasting flights that constitute a canvas of cocoa, showcasing Madagascan, Dominican Republic & Venezuelan varietals for an exploration of chocolate in contrasting shades of fruitiness, bitterness, acidity & intensity (RM21 for the ice cream, RM15 for hot chocolate).

For a more casual but equally enjoyable treat, the Chocolate Rhapsody (RM28; dark, milk & white choc ice cream with choc soil, meringue, tuille, mousse & shavings) is a true chocolate indulgence. Dark fantasies might also be fulfilled by the 66 percent Ecuador dark choc tart (RM14) & milk choc macaron laced with Earl Grey (RM4.50). The Dark Gallery casts a new, relatively refined light on the chocolate experience, allowing for an appreciation of cacao in a nuanced, thoughtful fashion.

The Dark Gallery
L1-K-007, MyTown Shopping Centre, Jalan Cochrane, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

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Solberg & Hansen @ Oslo, Norway

Norway's first-ever coffee roaster, Solberg & Hansen, established in 1879, maintains a modern showroom & cafe in a hip Oslo neighbourhood that boasts street art galore. Try a pour-over - beans from the Murutu commune in the African nation of Burundi offer a rounded, floral perkiness.

Solberg & Hansen, Oslo, Norway.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Table9 @ Telawi, Bangsar

Telawi's latest restaurant marries Mediterranean warm fare with Korean-inspired desserts & drinks - highlights include competent pastas tossed with jalapenos & assorted vegetables (RM24) & savoury-sweet pizzas topped with gorgonzola & honey (RM23), with a Seoul-style tomato bingsu (RM15; an acquired taste), lattes made with Korean-roasted beans (RM9), brown rice green tea (RM10) & juice prepared with pineapple, kale, coconut water & coriander (RM14) waiting in the wings. 

Table 9
21, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, lunch through dinner. Tel: 03-2201-1055

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Steaped @ Pavilion

Speciality tea sometimes seems to take a backseat to coffee & boba milk varieties in Malaysia, but Patrick Wong & Trevor Chung have made it their mission to help change that. Both men currently live in Canada (though Patrick is Malaysian-born), but their new tea boutique, Steaped, is taking root in KL first, with outposts in Pavilion & Sunway Velocity Mall that serve as one-stop hubs for spirit-reviving beverages & retail accessories.

For casual customers, the ideal introduction to Steaped rests in its range of signature iced drinks that rely on teas from multiple continents, sourced from the likes of Japan, Taiwan & South Africa, blended with fruits, juices & spices to produce harmoniously balanced refreshments. The extensive selection spans categories of green or black, matcha, rooibos or herbal - interesting orders include the Silly Ole Bear, which partners green tea with orange juice & hibiscus extract (RM11 for a regular size), Blazin' Orange, with black tea, lemon & orange (RM11), Coco For Matcha, with high-grade matcha & coconut milk (RM13), Sweet Apple Pie Rooibos, with rooibos, apple juice, cinnamon & nutmeg (RM12), Butterfly Lemonade, with herbal tea, butterfly blue pea & lemon (RM12). Each beverage we sampled proved fun & enjoyable, with clear, clean undercurrents of tea.

But our favourite feature of Steaped is its repertoire of more than 50 loose-leaf blends, which can be served hot, cold, sparkling, or as lattes. The scent-erpiece is the showcase of varieties that patrons can sniff before making a choice, with engagingly nuanced aromas that promise new horizons of complex flavours. Select a blend - Yerba Mate, Fujian Milk, Misty Peppermint, Roasted Brown Rice & Nutty Banana, to name merely a few - then have it prepared here, or bring a batch home; prices range between RM10-RM25 for 40 grams, which should suffice for up to 20 cups. Our thanks to Steaped for having us.


Steaped
Pavilion: Level Six, P6.06.00
Sunway Velocity: Fourth Floor, Lot 4-82 & 83

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