November sees Shangri-La’s Lemon Garden offering a slew of promotions to keep diners coming back for its buffet meals throughout the week. To kick things off, there’s Marvellous Monday, when diners pay only RM119 (USD28) nett per person for the International Dinner Buffet, which is normally priced at RM158 (USD37) nett. On Thirsty Tuesdays, dinner buffet diners get a free flow of soft drinks and chilled juices as well as 50 percent off on beer and house wine, while on Lobster Wednesdays, every adult buffet diner gets a complimentary serving of half-baked lobster. On Thursdays, all senior citizens, comprising Malaysians and foreign passport holders aged 60 and above, enjoy a 50 percent discount on the International Lunch and Dinner Buffet.
KL-based bakery and brunch joint Huckleberry Food & Fare recently introduced a new dessert menu that includes ice cream sandwich cookies, pecan and apple pies, as well as its latest creation: the burnt cheesecake, which is based on the recipe of San Sebastian’s famed tarta de queso. This traditional cheesecake can be roughly described as a cross between a cheesecake and crème brûlée, where the outer layer resembles a burnt brûlée crust, while the inside is a soft and dense cheesecake that’ll leave you fully satisfied.
DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT
Adding to Solaris Mont Kiara’s list of restaurants and bars is Drop Exchange, a Wall Street-themed bar that also specialises in Northern Indian and Persian cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant prides itself on using authentic Northern Indian recipes and spices. According to its owners, close to half of the spices are imported from India, resulting in dishes that packed with flavour, including the Rogan Josh (mutton cooked with shallots and yoghurt); the Berry Pulao rice dish made with basmati rice and chicken or mutton; and the paatra ni macchi, a whole silver pomfret steamed with green coconut chutney.
BRUNCHES AT BIRCH
Hankering for a big satisfying brunch? Be sure to visit Birch, one of KL’s most talked-about restaurants since it opened in DC Mall. The roomy, sun-lit restaurant gets particularly busy during weekend brunches, and for good reason. Start with the brûlée French Toast, which is served with charred pear and vanilla ice cream for a decadent breakfast. Those looking for something lighter will do well by ordering the Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes, served with honeycomb butter, banana and maple syrup. Not to be missed are the Falafel Sandwich Wrap, a deceptively filling vegetarian wrap made with kale, ulam, yoghurt and pickled jalapenos; the Korean Fried Chicken Brioche, a monster-sized burger made with spicy fried buttermilk chicken, young papaya slaw and hot sauce; and the Birch Benedict, a pimped-up version of Eggs Benedict that includes spicy pulled chicken and barbecue sauce. The restaurant also offers separate menus for lunch and dinner during weekdays.
Inspired by the city of New York, with its inhabitants hailing from around the world and bringing with them their culture and food, NY Steak Shack was established with the intention of bringing that NY taste and ambience to Malaysia and Asia. The focus is in serving the best steaks hot and sizzling on their skillets, achieved by inserting a layer of caramelised onions under the meat, keeping it juicy and tender while infusing some flavour as well. NY Steak Shack also serves other American staples with a new or localised twist, including burgers and pastas such as the Big Apple Burger and Creamy Spicy Salsa with Southwestern Chicken Pasta. Recently opening their tenth outlet, at Melawati Mall in Kuala Lumpur, NY Steak Shack can also be found at Mid Valley Megamall, AEON Shah Alam, Alamanda, Sogo and other major malls in the capital city.