Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ri Yakitori Bar @ Gardens Hotel Mid Valley Kuala Lumpur - Happy Hour Japanese Style

Happy hours in every country is different; for the British, they will go to a pub after work to enjoy a cold glass of beers with some snacks while for the Japanese they will normally head over to a Yakitori joint where they can have their drinks together with freshly grilled yakitori.

Best Restaurant To Eat was invited to a special Japanese small meal; Yakitori at Ri Yakitori Bar located at the 7th Floor, Gardens Hotel, Mid Valley.

The decor and ambiance of the restaurant is a simple design with minimal traditional Japanese setting which you find it most Japanese joint; This is so as a Yakitori setup is normally one of a casual dining where the main theme is on the liquor.

This is the first time, we had the experience of how Yakitori meals are served. To start our meal, we had the complimentary chilled cabbage served with sesame and wasabi sauce.

The chilled thinly sliced cabbage is mix with sesame and wasabi sauce which gives out a refreshing treat to start off the dinner with.

We then had an appetizer; which is Fried Garlic Mussel (RM29.00) with steamed sake served with Baguette.

The mussel was very fresh and with the accompanied baguette, all the garlic sauce with sake are wiped off clean from the bowl.

For the Yakitori, the first on the table was the Assorted Grilled Chicken (combo chicken set) (RM42.00) which has the chicken meat ball, chicken thigh meal, followed by chicken breast, chicken skin and chicken wings.

Japanese like to eat all the different parts of the chicken Yakitori style, there are also the liver, gizzard and other parts of the chicken that are served at Ri Yakitori.

The success of a yakitori is in the technique of the marination of the meat and the second one is the BBQ skill; here they use a special Charcoal Brisque which does not have much flame; this is to ensure that the meat does not easily charred.

After that we had the Wagyu Beef on Skewer (RM41.00); the meat was perfectly grilled and retains the full flavours of the premium meat while the meat was still very juicy and succulent.

The next beef dish is the Gyutan Beef Tongue (RM41.00). The beef tongue meat are thinly sliced and BBQ. It has that bouncy, springy texture when eaten. As most of the Yakitori tends to be a little salty, a cold sake would be the best to be taken with it.

After the Yakitori, we had the Tempura Moriawase (RM58.00) which is an assorted tempura set; we had the prawn, sweet potato, pumpkin, brinjal and the mushroom tempura. The accompanied tempura dip sauce was well balance and exudes the flavours of the tempura offering.

After that, we had a Japanese Shake Ochazuke which is Salmon Rice Soup (RM17.00). This is the first time, we had tasted a Japanese Rice soup. The Salmon are cooked and mince to flaky texture and added into the rice plus soup. Added with some wasabi, it has a very special warm feel when it was eaten.

The next rice dish is the Japanese Garlic Fried Rice (RM 17.00). It is served with spring onions and shredded seaweed.

For dessert, we had the Chef Special Matcha Ice Cream (RM20.00). The green tea ice cream is served with Mochi with strawberry, kiwi and grapes all line in. It is then topped with a thinly strip of cotton candy that makes this simple dessert into an elegant eye pleasing dessert to end our Yakitori experience.

Ri Yakitori Bar @ Gardens Hotel Mid Valley kitchen is currently helmed by Chef Isao Hasegawa which has more than 35 years and specializes in Japanese Appetizer, Meat Dishes and Dessert. Have a date with Chef Isao to enjoy his specialities dishes at Ri Yakitori.

If you are in Mid Valley and like to experience and savour the Japanese style happy hour,  head over to Ri Yakitori Bar @ Gardens Hotel Mid Valley.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Piggy Tail Restaurant @ Bangsar Porky and Piggylicious Meal Review

These days, restaurant that serves pork dishes are going upmarket with the offering of specialty pork which ensures premium quality meat. Best Restaurant To Eat was invited by Open Rice for a special piggylicious food review at Piggy Tail Restaurant located at 39, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.

The pork served here is from Sakura Pork where the pigs are raised using traditional and conventional method and are fed with vegetable grain feed only. This ensures that the meat does not have a gamy smell and the quality of the meat is ensured.

At Piggy Tail, it is a food adventure where western dishes are cooked with a twist of oriental flavours, thereby giving your taste bud an enticing experience. The decor at Piggy Tail is one of a leisure and open concept with al fresco dining at the front of the restaurant.

Our food review started off with a special starters/appetizer which is Pork Corn (RM16.00). This is a deep-fried chunks of Sakura Pork which is peppered with secret spices and served with Special BBQ Mayo. The pork meat used were of a special cut which has a balanced thin layer of skin, fat, meat and gives a very crisp texture and best paired with a glass of wine or cold beer.

This is then followed by Wild Mushroom Soup (RM18.00) This soup was cooked with 3 types of chopped mushroom, white cream and topped with a sprinkle of truffle oil to gives it an extra oomph to the mushroom.

Our main started with some pasta offering, the first of which is the Premium Pork Aglio Olio (RM25.00). This spaghetti is served with the Grilled Sakura Pork Neck Meat and cooked with Red Chilli Flakes, Garlic, Olive Oil and Sliced Bacon.

We loved the pork neck meat as it was grilled to the right balance while still retaining the succulent and juicy meat. With the chilli flakes, it gives it a spicy twist and was another nice dish to be paired with the cold beer.

The second pasta that we had was the Snowy Piggy Carbonara (RM22.00) this is a Creamy Bacon Spaghetti topped with an Egg Yolk and laden with overwhelming cheese topping which makes the pasta a little more salty to our taste.

The first main dish for the night was the Piggy Pork Shoulder Steak (RM45.00). This is a  premium Pork Shoulder Meat which is barbecued with a special in house made Piggy BBQ Sauce.

We find the meat extremely juicy, succulent and has a very good tender texture with each bite of the meat. This pork is served with Mash Potatoes and Salad.

Next is the BBQ Long Pork Ribs.(RM55.00) which is another premium meat; this one is long rib with Layers of Thick Meat balanced with some fat. Barbecued with our unique Piggy BBQ Sauce; the meat was tender and juicy and had our finger licking.

This is then followed by the Spicy Short Pork Ribs (RM58.00) which is a rack of premium, lean short ribs. It is then barbecued with the special Piggy Spicy Sauce and served with mash potatoes and salad.

We find this ribs a little too spicy though; but if you take it with a cold beer; that is another story altogether.

After the few pork dishes, the next is the Signature Lamb Chop (RM45.00) it is a grilled NZ Lamb Chop marinated with a specialty homemade Mongolian Sauce and served with chips and vegetable of the day.

Next, we had the Piggy Pork Burger. (RM28.00). An in house made Pork Burger Patty layered with melted cheese and fried onion rings between toasted buns and served with curly fries and salad. We have to say that the pork patties was very thick (before cooking it is 200g) and filled with natural pork flavour.

After that; we had the Mixed Pork Franks (RM30.00) a combination of 3 spiced premium pork frankfurter served with mash potatoes and salad.

The last pork dish is the Signature Pork Knuckles (RM86.00). The Pork Knuckle was pre-cooked and fried to a perfect brown crunchy skin while the inner meat still retains the succulent juicy texture. This pork knuckles is served with mash potatoes and salad with the Supreme Gravy Sauce for some additional taste for those that loved it with a tad of sauce for the pork knuckles meat.

The star of the night is our dessert which is the Truffles Ice Cream (RM18.00). This is a real nice dessert which comprise of a flavourful homemade truffle ice cream drizzled with crispy bacon bits and drowned in chocolate sauce. It gives our tastebud a perfect mix of crisp, sweet and savoury at in one scoop.

There you have it, all the piggylicious meal from start to end. For those that loves pork dishes that can be paired with cold beer or liquor; Piggy Tail @Bangsar will not definitely not disappoint you.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant @Bangsar Shopping Centre - Special Breakfast and New Lunch Menu Review By Best Restaurant

There are many Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that serves German Food, but at Brotzeit, you will be able to taste some of these specially crafted authentic and typical German and European cuisines cooked by German chef. +BestRestaurant ToEat was invited to a special preview of the special Piggylicious breakfast and new lunch menu at Brotzeit German Bier Bar Restaurant & Restaurant located at G130, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, 43200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Brotzeit which is a combination of 2 word Brot which stands for "Bread" and Zeit which stand for "Time" refer to small meal or snack accompanied by beer.

The decor offers a nice ambiance for diners while the unique wall design depicts the beer making process of German Breweries to give you a more German hospitality.

There is also an Alfresco dining area located at the side of the restaurant for those that loves the sunny morning breeze or the evening serene setting.

Our review started with the special Brotzeit Signature Breakfast( RM32.50). This large breakfast plate features a special combinations of a hot and cold breakfast. For the hot breakfast; it has two farm fresh eggs cooked sunny side up with 2 pieces of streaky bacon, 2 pieces of Nurnberger sausages on a creamy mashed potatoes.

 While the cold Breakfast comes with 2 sliders of Honey baked ham, belly bacon, Emmental cheese, onion and tomato on a multigrain bread. This breakfast set comes complete with a free cup of coffee or tea.

This is then followed by the special; one of its kind Hang Over Breakfast; this special breakfast was created especially for those that wants to nurse their previous night drinking session. This breakfast set comprised of a Goulash soup with Laugen Bread roll, accompanied with smoked salmon slice, and a sunny side farm fresh eggs and strips of gypsy belly bacon.

The Hangover Breakfast also comes with a free coffee or tea priced at RM30.50 and top up RM5.50, you get a short glass of Radler ( lager and lemonade). This breakfast set is only available on Sundays and Public Holidays till 3pm.

After the breakfast dishes we move on to the German small bites which is a great appetizer for wine or beer; the first of the small bites dish that we had; was a special Mini Brotzeit Platters (RM35.00) which can be shared by 2 person; 

It is a combo platter of Gouda & Emmental Cheeses, cold cut cuts of belly bacon, and honey baked ham plus 3 special spreads which is, bacon, cream cheese and pork liver pate, topped with pickles and olives.

The second small bites selection is the Spicy Chicken sausage - The Spicy chicken sausages is sauteed with onions, capsicum and chillies in a spicy chilli/tomato sauce (RM17). It has a distinctive spicy flavour that goes well with a sip of beer.

and the last small bites is the Pigs in Blanket (RM20.00)

The Pork Cheese sausages are wrapped in gypsy belly bacon and sear to perfection and served with spicy wedges. The sausage has a firm and bouncy texture. 

The above small bites dishes are best paired with the Paulaner Draft Bier Sampler (RM33.90) which consist of the Original Munchner URTYP, Original Munchner DUNKEL, HEFE-WEISSBIER and DUNKEL HEFE-WEISSBIER.

The beer reference guide of the beer is shown to the customer on each order of this beer sampler. 

After the small bites, we moved on to try out the lunch special menu; which are served daily from 11am to 3pm daily except on Sundays and Public Holidays offering 9 varieties set. Each of the set comes with a free ice lemon tea. Our first set was the Pork Chili Con Carne with German Egg Noodles (RM 16.00) - the sauce is made from corn, kidney beans and minced pork meat. 

Gypsy Belly Bacon Carbonara - (RM 17.50). It is a Carbonara of Bacon and German handmade short egg pasta topped with crispy onions. Diners can opt for a personal portions of soup (RM5) or green mini salad (RM7) for each lunch plate ordered. If either one is ordered, the diner will enjoy a complimentary dessert of the day.

After finishing of lunch selection, we had the Crispy Chicken Salad (Regular : 44.50 Small : RM30.50).

The Crispy chicken strips are served on a bed of salad greens with potato salad, drizzled with house dressing and garnished with sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumber and semi dried tomatoes. A balanced meal all on its own. For a light eater, this can be a complete meal altogether.

And finally it was time for the Brotzeit Signature Pork Knuckle (RM99). A nice special craving of the skin that resembles a cauliflower florets that was still crackling when it was served to us. 

The Pork Knuckles are oven roasted the German way ensuring a crispy crackling skin and served with potato salad, pickles, sauerkraut with a special beer infused knuckle gravy. 

Our food review ends, with a sweet ending with the Knuspriger Schokoladenspeck - which is a sweet and savoury duo of crispy chocolate bacon on a white chocolate mousse with lemon pepper marinated strawberries and apricot sauce.

Overall, we have enjoyed this very special dining experience to taste some really good pork dishes the German way at Brotzeit Bier Bar & Restaurant @Bangsar Shopping Centre.

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