Sunday, February 28, 2016

Damansara Uptown Food: Tsujiri Green Tea And Dessert Restaurant Opening In Malaysia

The Japanese Art of Tea Drinking is one of the cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha i.e. powdered green tea; This ceremony is also known as in Japanese; it is called the chanoyu. The elaborate and refined Japanese tea ceremony is meant to demonstrate respect through grace and good etiquette.

Tsujiri; a renowned and established green tea brand from Japan with more than 155 years of heritage, continued its mission to promote and convey the beauty of Japanese culture and the splendor of Fine Japanese Tea to Malaysia with the opening of its' first outlet at No. 58 Damansara Uptown Jalan SS21/58 Damasara Utama 47400 Selangor.

Established in 1860, TSUJIRI was founded by green tea specialist Riemon Tsuji, an entrepreneur who sought to improve the tea industry. Through several innovations, he found ways to enhance the flavours and sweetness of green tea, resulting in high-quality Gyokuro tea leaves, which is a breed of shaded green tea from Japan. He has also designed a method of transporting tea leaves so that they could maintain their freshness after harvesting.

Through his techniques, the benefits of green tea, known to be rich in antioxidants and believed to promote anti-aging, are maintained. Thus, TSUJIRI offers green tea rich in Vitamin A, C, E and Beta Carotene, as well as Catechin, which plays a role in burning calories.

Keeping to Riemon’s desire to continue to innovate while sustaining its traditions, TSUJIRI ventured into green tea-based drinks and desserts, but maintains its philosophy of offering the best quality. TSUJIRI products utilises the best green tea selected and preserved from Uji in Kyoto, and uses the traditional grinding method to convey its strong fragrance as well as flavour.

Now, Malaysian can savour this finest quality Japanese Green Tea not only in the many innovative hot and cold drink but also desserts offering at Tsujiri. Currently, Tsujiri has a total of 14 outlets worldwide; which includes in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Canada and now in Malaysia.

According to Mr Dan Osano, Chairman and CEO of MOD's & Kaw Ping Co. Ltd.; consumers today are more informed and are more discerning than ever. They look for quality, taste, and varieties. I believe TSUJIRI meets all these criteria and I am confident that we are able to cater to their needs with our stringent quality control and continuous innovation.

Tsujiri Malaysia offers a total of 48 green tea drinks, desserts such as ice cream and parfaits selections in their menu. Matcha lovers can choose from O-Matcha, tea, latte to desserts, ice blended, shaved ice, floats and not forgetting the delightful Parfait selection with Soft ice cream too.

Some of the Specialty drinks and desserts as offered by Tsujiri Malaysia.

O-Matcha Cappucino
RM 12

O-Matcha Roll Cake
RM 10

Tsujiri O-Matcha Parfait
RM 16.50

Tsujiri O-Matcha Shaved Ice
RM 17

RM 13

O-Matcha Soft Ice Cream
RM 6.50

We hope that Malaysians can enjoy the culture and heritage of Japanese green tea, alongside its health benefits, through our café-style outlet,” shared Karen, Managing Director of TSUJIRI Malaysia during the launch. “Additionally, while keeping cool with our drinks and desserts, we can enjoy the unique and soothing taste and benefits of green tea.”

Business Hours: 12pm to 11pm
FaceBook: Tsujiri Malaysia

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur: Grand Lion Dance to Usher 2016 Chinese New Year - Year of Fire Monkey

This year the Chinese New Year falls in the month of February. Being one of the traditional festivals that are celebrated in Malaysia, Chinese New Year is the grandest and the most important annual event for Chinese people. It marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar.

It is also known as the Lunar New Year and every year is represented by a zodiac animal sign. This year marks the Year of the Monkey. As part of the tradition in Malaysia; the Chinese New Year is never complete without the sounds of gong, drums and cymbals accompanied with the acrobatic lion dancing which ends with a loud and elaborate line of firecrackers going off.

The lion dance has been a traditional part of the Chinese culture for many centuries, and is still  practice till this day. The intensity of the sounds of the gong, drum and the cymbals add to the excitement of the lion dance performance which is believed to bring good fortune, luck, and prosperity. It is known that the loud sounds of the gong, drums, cymbals and the firecrackers are to scare away and ward off evil spirits in addition to bring good fortunes.

Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur had a grand Lion Dance performance at the hotel lobby to usher in the Year of the Monkey with full of prosperity, happiness and good fortune. The performance by Lion Dance troupe on the 18th February 2016 at 11am was well greeted by hotel guests and the hotel team.

 The hotel’s atmosphere was hyped up and many were cheering and enthusiastically as they watch the lion dance performing some of its outstanding acrobat stunts; agilely and gracefully as the “lion” jumped from one pole to another, with multiple amounts of difficult stunts. The performances of the lion dance troupe and the drummers bestow wishes of good fortune and prosperity on the hotel in the Year of the Monkey.

General Manager of Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Ms. Jane Suppiah together with the Executive Chairman, Dato’Tan Chew Piau & Directors also joined to celebrate the performance.

“The “Dance of the Lions” symbolically ushers in good luck and good fortune and we hope the performance is enjoyed by our foreign as well as local guests. It is an opportune for tourists and visitors to Malaysia to experience the many facets of our multi-national culture,” Ms Suppiah said.

May all our readers have a prosperous and Happy Chinese New Year.

"Gong Xi Fa Cai"

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mutiara Damansara Food: Minori Japanese Restaurant Royal Chulan Damansara Hotel - Specialty Japanese Food.

Japanese is fond of eating exotic and prized seafood as it is. Little wonder when +BestRestaurant ToEat was invited to taste some of the special menu offering of MINORI Japanese Restaurant located The Royal Chulan Damansara Hotel 1st Floor No.2 Jalan PJU 7/3 Mutiara Damansara 47810 Petaling Jaya.

Minori Japanese Restaurant is a multiple MIGF award winner restaurant that has showcase some of the authentic and traditional Japanese dishes that captivate its' customer to continue to patronize the restaurant for some seasonal fare from time to time.

Set in a modern Zen style Japanese decorations, the restaurant has an elegant dining ambiance that are suitable for business and family dining. 

For this review; Chef Takahiro will be showcasing four of the dishes under his Omakase set. The first dish on the table was the Cod Fish Sperm Sashimi style which is the best way to eat it as you can taste its natural taste. This is the first time, we are tasting the Cod Fish Sperm. 

This Fish Sperm has a slippery soft white texture which is a popular delicacy during the winter season in Japan. When bitten it; together with a dip of the sauce, you can feel the bursting feel followed by a soft texture tau foo like musky taste of the cod fish. This Sashimi is complemented with chilled shredded radish, seaweed and scallion. 

The second dish is the Foie Gras Chawanmushi. Chawan mushi is one of yours truly favorite dish. The eggs texture are silky soft and was perfectly enhanced with the flavour and taste of the Foie Gras. Topped with a special sauce it was indeed a delight to slurp this velvety savoury egg dish. 

Next comes the in-house signature Minori Rolls. Using fresh ingredients such as soft shell crab and grilled eel was an interesting combination for this maki. Rolled it in with the natural sweetness of the avocados and dressed with a mayo based dressing, it was a delight to be eaten.

For dessert, we had the Fish Collagen Mochi Japanese Rice-Cake Dessert a.k.a Water Mochi. Water Mochi which has a soft and bouncy gelatin like texture; are made from fish bone and fish scales. You can then add in the Japanese Gula Melaka syrup; followed by the Finely Roasted Soya Bean powder and you have a dessert that is simple and delicious.

Make a date with Minori Japanese Restaurant to try out their Omakase style set and be prepared to be surprised with the offering of the chef.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bangsar Food: Rendez-Vous French Restaurant - A Traditional French Food Love Affair

French people are very particular with the quality of ingredients used but also the way the food are prepared and served. A serving dish usually consist of different taste, aroma and texture specifically to tantalize your taste-bud. With that +BestRestaurant ToEat was invited to review this traditional French cuisine at Rendez-Vous French Restaurant located at 100 Lorong Maarof, 59000, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

The concept of the restaurant is to make authentic French cuisine affordable and also to offer a laid-back ambience in a truly relax environment where patrons can enjoy great French food and drinks with family and friends.

To appreciate a full course French meal you first start with a cocktail and the one that we had is the Le Kir Classique (RM26.00). It is a cocktail of white wine & choice of Creme de Cassis, Raspberry and others.

Next we had the Amused Bouche - a single bit size pre-meal appetizer. It is a dish not found from the menu and are served gratis and according to the chef's selection for the day to all present at the table. Our Amused Bouche was the sauteed onion with mushroom.

For starters, the chef recommendation was the Escargot Snails With Parsley and Garlic Butter Sauce in Vol Au Ven (RM34.00). At most restaurant Escargot are commonly served as Baked Cheese Escargot but here we get to taste out this traditional style of cooking with a light crust pastry (Vol Au Ven) which absorb the garlic butter sauce to give a nice texture and taste to the Escargot.

For the Soup, we had the "Soupe De Poissons Facon Laurent" which is Fish Soup Served With Rouille Sauce from Sete (RM26.00). The Rouille is a sauce that consists of olive oil with breadcrumbs, garlic, saffron and chili peppers. It has that special strong taste and when mix with the rich fish soup was excellent that it tasted more like lobster bisque. Served with crouton and extra cheese on the side for those that loves their soup to be extra cheesy with the Rouille Sauce as an add on.

French people have a craving for Pate and the next chef recommendation is non other than the signature Pâté de Chevreuil" Deer Pâté With Hazelnut (RM30.00) - Pâté (French forcemeat) is a mixture of cooked ground meat and fat minced into a spreadable paste and bake in a terrine. The Deer Pate has a firm texture; had a nice flavour and taste which goes well with the gherkin, caramelized onion and fresh cherry tomatoes with lettuce that makes a good companion to the Pâté.

After the Pâté, next comes the special salad, French people has an acquired taste quite similar to the Chinese as they are fond of cooking and appreciating innards dishes. For this salad, we had the "Salade Perigourdine" a.k.a Breast Smoked Duck (in-house made) with artichoke, gizzards, bacon, sundried tomatoes and topped with a thin slice of Foie Gras. The dressing is a mustard with red wine reduction.

For the main course, the chef recommendation is the Mussel in White Wine. There are 3 type of cooking style that you can choose from. This White Wine style comes with a pot enclosure and when it is opened, the aroma of the white wine and steam from the broth exudes out.

We like this style of cooking with garlic, onion and white wine as it brings out the natural flavours of the mussels.

The next dish is the "Filet Mignon De Porc" which is Pork Tenderloin With French Cepes Mushroom Sauce (RM46.00). The Pork Tenderloin is slow cooked in a vacuum pack and then lightly pan fried and topped with the Cepes Mushroom sauce. This way of cooking ensures that the pork tenderloin has a soft texture while it engulf the pork taste into the meat. The Cepes Mushroom sauce which is made in-house using porcini mushroom leaves a taste so wonderful you are still fantasising about it hours afterwards.

To truly enjoy this particular dish, it would be great to chew the pork tenderloin a little longer, so that it gets contact with more of your taste buds.

The next dish according to Chef Flo is a very authentic traditional French delicacy which is the "Boudin noir aux pommes" i.e. Soft Pork Blood Sausage served with apples and French Style mashed potatoes (RM44.00). The pork blood which are specially source are cooked with herbs and spices and stuffed into the sausage. It is then boiled, fried and ready to be eaten. This dish is a real challenge for many Malaysian; I would say it will be an acquired taste to many which will leave you either a love it or hate it after the meal.

For dessert the Chef recommended that we try out the popular "Crepe Suzzette" aka French Crepe flamed with Grand Mariner (RM26.00). When the dessert arrived at our table; the waiter will first flame the Grand Mariner before pouring it into the Crepe.

After the flame is doused off, upon the first bite of the crepe, we can taste the strong Grand Mariner that is embedded into the crepe which is mix with the orange sauce and vanilla ice-cream.

The last dessert that we had is the Marquise au chocolat which is Densed Mousse served with mint ice cream (RM20.00). We love the Chocolate Mousse as the densed version which is firm have a stronger chocolate taste and blended well with the ice-cream.

Not to be left out, Rendez-Vous French Restaurant is celebrating the Year of Fire Monkey with a few specially created dishes with a French flavour to welcome the prosperity.

For this year Rendez-Vous is also having a special Valentine dinner for you to romance with your loved one the French style. Book early for this Valentine Special today.

For me, at Rendez-Vous French Restaurant Bangsar; one can really enjoy the experience of the flavours of the dishes which are prepared using traditional methods and natural ingredients to retain its authenticity of its taste. 

TAMARIND Restaurants Festive Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day 2016

Welcome to the year of the Fire Monkey with the special CNY Festive Menus from now until 22 February 2016 at all Tamarind restaurants. Featuring dishes inspired by the season, each restaurant’s CNY Festive Menu highlights seasonal ingredients and specialties without departing from their unique palettes and cuisine, resulting in a mouth-watering adventure! 

The highlights of Tamarind Hill, Tamarind Spring Restaurant menu; is the in-house made Yee Sang With Fresh Salmon priced at RM68+ (small) or RM88+ (large). Feast in a pack, with every group of 10, and get a complimentary large serving of Yee Sang With Fresh Salmon worth RM88+. 

Also on the menu are favourites such as Sang Choi Pao - Lettuce Cups filled with a Thai twist of Spicy Chicken

Or try out the Crispy Sea Bass With Tom Yum Paste, Himeji Mushrooms And Cherry Tomatoes

Or the succulent and firm texture Tigers Prawns in Orange Sauce with Eryngii Mushrooms

In addition to the homemade Yee Sang With Fresh Salmon found in Tamarind Hill, Tamarind Springs’ delicious festive dishes also include the Fish Maw And Crab Meat Soup, Stir-Fried Sea Cucumber With Mixed Mushrooms, Smoked Duck With Fresh Yoghurt Sauce as well as Assorted Tong Shui (Red Dates), among several other lip-smacking options.

Expect elegant dining in the heart of the city this Chinese New Year at Neo Tamarind, Kuala Lumpur with unexpected combinations specialty dishes, such as the Cold Soft Tofu Served With Shaved Boito, Spring Onion and Soy Jus, Deep-Fried Oyster Mushrooms With Salted Egg Sauce and Bird’s Nest Panna Cotta.

While in Penang, dine like a Chinese tycoon at the turn of the century nowhere else but at Cheong Fatt Tze’s Restaurant, George Town, Penang.  Special dishes specially crafted by the chef are the Winter Melon And Seafood Soup; or try out the Braised Neptune’s Treasure Served In A Golden Pumpkin, where you can feast grandly with the restaurant’s take on exquisite modern Cantonese cuisine.

For Valentine 2016 which happen to fall on the seventh day of Chinese New Year, Tamarind restaurants will feature it's special Valentine’s Day Set Menus. Enjoy an evening filled with romance, ambience and of course, good food.

According to Tiffany Teoh, Sales Manager of TAMARIND Restaurants, “We are excited to share our unique flavour combinations this Chinese New Year. This time of the year gives us the opportunity to use seasonal produce that we have been looking forward to savouring and combine them with our authentic IndoChinese flavours, textures and preparations.

The results are a delicious celebration of what people continue to love about TAMARIND restaurants– a beautiful blend of cultures, coupled with authenticity and innovation, that go on create unexpected and immeasurably delightful experiences.”

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On behalf of +BestRestaurant ToEat , we would like to wish our readers "Gong Xi Fa Cai" and Happy Valentine Day.