THE ULTIMATE BRUNCH
Indulge yourself every first Sunday of the month at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur’s Lafite, which in August debuted Beats & Brunch, an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring a selection of contemporary European dishes that the restaurant is best known for, while sipping on a free-flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne, wine and Belvedere spritz cocktails. The long brunch begins with a top-shelf selection of freshly shucked Cadoret oysters, along with eggs with smoked salmon and gratinated lobster Thermidor. The six mains are all made-to-order: Smoked Cohiba grilled wagyu, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, seared Hokkaido scallops, pan-seared Atlantic Cabillaud, eggs parfait and grilled octopus. If, somehow, you still have room for dessert, have the Chocolate Surprise or the rum-soaked Rum Baba, which might literally floor you by the meal’s end.
Malaysia welcomes its first vegan ice cream parlour with the opening of Kind Kones in Kuala Lumpur’s 1 Mont Kiara shopping mall. In making vegan ice cream, owner Serina Singhsachathet, who also owns lifestyle eatery Raisin’ The Roof, used non-dairy ingredients such as almond, cashew or coconut milk as a base to make over 20 ice cream flavours such as dark chocolate, jackfruit and black sesame. Besides that, the ice cream is made without refined sugars, artificial preservatives, stabilisers, emulsifiers or other artificial additives, making it a guilt-free (and dare we say, healthy) indulgence that everyone can enjoy. Aside from ice cream, the kiosk also has a selection of unprocessed, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free desserts, including gluten-free banana and walnut bread, chocolate hazelnut balls and raw orange-chocolate cake.
COFFEE, TEA AND TALK
While the afternoon away at Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Taman Tun Dr Ismail, which introduced its High Tea Set for two (USD15++ / RM65++). Served from Thursday to Friday from 2.30 pm till 5.30 pm, the set includes a serving of tea, coffee or free-flow of the day’s batch brew, along with four types of sweet items and three savoury dishes – just what you need to complement a quality catch-up session with mates. Delectable sweet treats that are freshly made with each order of a High Tea Set include Lychee Coconut Cheesecakes, Profiteroles with Sesame Custard, Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Bars and Fresh Scones with Jam and Cream. On the savoury side are dishes such as Sesame Bagel with Sour Cream, Mini Beef, Chicken or Vegetable Sliders and Beef Rendang Empanadas.
HAPPY TIMES AT NOBU
Spend the magic hour at Nobu Kuala Lumpur’s Kanpai menu, which includes drinks and a chef’s selection of Nobu’s dishes. Diners can pick from either the Regular Kanpai set (USD13++ / RM58++), which includes two regular drinks and two dishes, or the Premium Kanpai set (USD23++ / RM98++), which features two premium drinks and four dishes. Among the drinks available in the Regular set are Calamansi Shiso Mule, Thai Mandarin Martini and Tanqueray London Dry Gin, while the Premium set features a better selection of cocktails and spirits like the Glenmorangie Original, Grey Goose vodka and The Botanist Dry Gin. Available 6 pm to 8 pm, every Sunday to Thursday.
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with uniquely handcrafted mooncakes from the award-winning Shanghai by JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur. Expect out-of-the-box creations such as the Snow Skin Fermented Black Garlic with Salted Egg Yolk, or the delicate Snowskin Shiro Umeboshi with Green Tea. Durian lovers rejoice, as the popular Snow Skin Durian Paste, made from fresh Musang King durians wrapped in a delicate chilled snow skin, will be making a comeback this year. For traditionalists, signature classic flavours such as baked white lotus paste with salted egg yolk and baked black sesame paste are also available. The promotion runs until 10 October.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE FOOD COURT
Penang’s premium retail destination, Design Village Outlet Mall, has opened the doors to its aptly named food hall, The Food Bazaar. Living up to its billing, the new F&B area boasts nostalgic elements that will transport diners back in time. The tastefully designed 1,500-square-metre facility is decorated with lanterns and vintage posters inspired by Penang’s iconic kopitiams. Offering visitors an elevated dining experience, The Food Bazaar carries an extensive variety of signature Malaysian favourites under one roof. Catering to the demands and varied taste buds of its visitors, the food hall boasts signature hawker-style dishes such as char koay teow, assam laksa, prawn noodles as well as a wide selection of international cuisine and speciality dishes from around Malaysia.