Artisanal cheesemaker Annisa Iwan is proving that top-quality cheeses can be made right here in Kuala Lumpur. More than just a novelty, the 41-year-old Annisa has been making cheeses from her home and selling them at farmers’ markets under the brand Milky Whey. Combining foreign cultures, imported rennet, and milk sourced from local farms, she has managed to create a wide variety of cheeses, ranging from the mild and soft mozzarella to the more intense cheeses like Tommes and Tilsit. Aside from selling small batches of cheese, she also conducts cheese-making classes for those curious to know more.
A Nod To Nadodi
Nadodi is the latest entry into KL’s fine dining scene that specialises in multi-course tasting menus. Located in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, Nadodi – named for the Malayalam word for 'wanderer’ – aims to elevate and change the perception of Asian cuisine by taking diners on a gastronomic journey across Tamil Nadu and Kerala regions in India, and the Jaffna Peninsula in Sri Lanka. The tasting menus range from 11 to 15 courses, and change every two or three months, and have included dishes like Chicken biryani; Egg Kalakki made in its shell; Hokkaido scallops served with tamarind froth; and a sous-vide lamb curry that sits in a class of its own.
Manhattan Tops Best Bar List
After a year-long voting process (and plenty of drinking), critics from around the continent have named Singapore’s Manhattan bar as the winner of the second annual Asia’s 50 Best Bars list. The bar, known for its meticulously crafted cocktail menu and glamorous 1920s interior that recalls the golden age of cocktails, leaped four places to dethrone fellow Singaporean bar 28 HongKong Street, which landed in fourth spot. First-timers to Asia’s best bar can opt for the adults-only Sunday Cocktail Brunch at Manhattan, which pairs unlimited craft cocktails, beers, and wines with gourmet bar food such as American oysters, Maine lobsters and barbecue braised beef short ribs.
A World Of Wine
If your ideal night out involves talking with friends over a bottle of wine, be sure to head to Wine Kaki in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Decked out in natural wood, concrete floors and photographic portraits taken by one of its founders during his worldwide travels, the neighbourhood wine bar boasts over 300 labels that span the new world wines of Australia, Chile, South Africa and Argentina, to the best of Old World Wines that come from St-Emilion in France and the Spanish Rioja region. Prices here are set reasonably well, starting from USD20 (RM89) for an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, while you can get a good bottle of French wine for under USD50 (RM200). If you’re feeling peckish, there is a kitchen that cooks up gourmet bar bites such as Iberico pork loin, charred cured duck breast and grilled salmon fillet.
The Delicious chain of restaurants has undergone a complete overhaul following the takeover by the Envictus Group, with the 1 Utama branch being the first outlet to experience the revamp. Close to 90 percent of the menu has been changed, led by its new Group Executive Chef Timothy Sebastian, and now includes more refined dishes like Sawa-Duck-Ka Salad (a Thai-influenced duck confit salad), Country Roast With The Most (a roast chicken dish using 48-hour brined chicken), and Just My Luck Smoked Duck (Brie, turkey ham, smoked duck and cheddar cheese pressed in a grilled panini bread). Those looking for substantial meals shouldn’t miss out on Dibs On The Beef Ribs, a five-hour slow-cooked hearty chunk of beef ribs served with fries, onion rings and coleslaw that really show off what the new Delicious crew can deliver when it comes to quality and taste. Expect the revamp to happen across all Delicious outlets in the coming months.
Lobster lovers and burger buffs can have the best of both worlds at Pince and Pints Restaurant and Bar in Kuala Lumpur, as the restaurant will be serving a limited-edition Lobster Burger in conjunction with Malaysia’s National Day celebration this month. The fresh twist on one of the world’s most popular comfort foods involves a whole fresh lobster made into a juicy, flavour-packed patty, seasoned with spices and then deep-fried to perfection. The patty is then sandwiched between two fluffy potato buns and served with crispy, double-fried sweet potato fries, classic coleslaw and three house-made dipping sauces of wasabi mayo, spicy tomato and garlic sauce. The burger is priced at USD35++ (RM148++) and will be available from 1 August until 30 September.