Eat Drink KL: September 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019

Chiqui Don, Bukit Damansara

Gastronomic globetrotters can cross culinary borders at Chiqui Don, where the itinerary might include nibbling on a trio of crispy coned tacos, stuffed with Tex-Mex chili con carne, Russian chicken stroganoff and French ratatouille (RM19), and croquettes of red peppers stuffed with fleshy crab meat, spicy enough to set most Malaysian palates ablaze (RM29).

Chiqui Don has intriguing plans for how its repertoire will evolve - its current selection is two-thirds complete, but customers can submit suggestions for recipes that they want the restaurant to serve; the most compatible proposals should eventually make it on the menu.

Bartender Vimuth Joseph's cocktails also showcase multinational flair - the Berlin Wall crumbles with caramelised sugar cubes set aflame over house-made German-inspired mulled wine and cherry brandy and overproof rum (RM32), while Journey To The Port takes us to Portugal and back to Asia with its blend of port wine, lemongrass and jasmine tonic (RM28).

Chiqui Don
9-G, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Daily, 12pm-1am (last call for food at 1130pm). Tel: 03-2302-1111

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Rufous Coffee Roasters, Gabee & Simple Kaffa, Taipei

Three stops for a Taipei caffeine crawl: The charming Rufous Coffee Roasters, for a friendly dose of filter coffee and even Cognac con panna in a warm, intimate space with plenty of character ...

Gabee, one of Taipei's pioneering third-wave coffee bars, for playful pleasures like the signature chilled coffee made creamy with sweet potatoes, plus hot chocolate laced with Baileys ...

Simple Kaffa, whose founder won the 2016 World Barista Championship - the cafe is ultra-popular, so takeaways might be advisable if seating is scarce when you visit.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Jar Coffee, Damansara Perdana

A plate of toast, topped with smoked salmon, smashed avocado and poached eggs (RM15); a vegetarian-friendly bowl of fermented Asian fare, beautifully pairing the juicy tang of Korean kimchi with the earthy bite of Indonesian tempeh (RM15); cups of long blacks (RM6) and lattes (RM9 with a RM3 surcharge for almond milk) that come with crunchy-creamy chocolate chip cookies; a cooling glass of redffogato, a rooibos tea take on affogato (RM12): Jar Coffee dishes out more than enough to make it worth chiselling into your cafe bucket-list. Look for the cute petrol-pump entrance.

Jar Coffee
A1-01, Block Annexe, Menara Mustapha Kamal, PJ Trade Centre, Jalan PJU 8/8A, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Currently open Mon-Fri, 830am-6pm.

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Izzaza Kitchen, Subang Jaya

For a burger in SS15 that costs below RM10 with all the trimmings, Izzaza's Burgizz features a real-meat chicken breast fillet, sufficiently tender, sandwiched with loads of lettuce, cucumber and mayo, accompanied by crisp fries, a filling meal for RM9.90. Complete the gluttony with fried ice cream in flavours like 'rainbow' and raspberry (RM2.50 each), washed down with the Horlicks Bandung, a hybrid of two popular warung beverages (RM9.90).

Izzaza Kitchen
95, Jalan SS15/4C, SS15 Subang Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 12pm-2am.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Golden Sarovar Portico, Amritsar

Golden Sarovar Portico, one of Amritsar's well-recommended hotels, offers a room service selection that's filled with Punjab favourites, from the local tandoor-baked kulcha flatbread stuffed with potatoes to chickpea chole masala, with fish tikka and dal to round out a meal that fully channels the spices and sumptuousness of Indian cuisine.

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