Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kirin Ichiban x The Table, Isetan Lot 10

Earlier in December, Kirin Ichiban collaborated with The Table in Isetan Lot 10 to specially curate Japanese cuisine using premium and authentic seasonal ingredients to complement Kirin Ichiban and aiming to bring Japan's winter moments to Kuala Lumpur. The celebration of the finest Japanese beer and cuisine was brought to life in a Japanese cultural setting.

A premium beer crafted in Japan using 100% malt,  Kirin Ichiban's offers a wonderfully smooth and rich flavour as a result of its innovative "First Press" brewing method. "First Press" is a unique technique, whereby only the first press of the malt liquid is used, exuding a pure, crisp taste with no bitter aftertaste. Kirin Ichiban manifests the authentic taste of Japanese beer crafted to appeal to the palate, and it pairs elegantly with Japanese cuisine.

There was Japanese caligraphy

And a chance to dress up n Yukata

The Table in Isetan Lot 10, featuring six restaurants - Toriden, Touan, Yakiniku Toraji, Tonkatsu Anzu, The Tokyo Restaurant and Sushi Azabu - opened its doors in February 2017 and offers sophisticated cuisine representative of Washoku (food of Japan).

Our gourmet safari began at Tonkatsu Anzu, a restaurant specialising in tonkatsu (breaded, deep fried premium pork cutlet). Instead of the usual chicken or pork katsu, we were treated to the plumpest, juiciest scallop katsu, using fresh scallop flown all the way from Aomori, Japan. Light and crispy, it was so so good! A refreshing glass of Kirin Ichiban complements the deep fried goodness perfectly.

The next stop, my favorite, was at Yakiniku Toraji, whereby we were served the most amazing plate of Wagyu beef ribs marbling A5 from Miyazaki Prefecture. The premium meat was marinated in Toraji's specialty sauce made with a mixture of vegetable and fruit. It only took seconds to cook, and we were rewarded with fantastic, melt-in-the-mouth rich marbled beef. Best eaten medium rare, Kirin Ichiban's smooth and rich profile beautifully pairs with the beef by cutting some of the richness and refreshing the palate.

The Tokyo Restaurant is well-known for its contemporary fusion of Italian and Japanese cuisine. Here, we were served their version of Cold Capellini with Sea Urchin, using somen noodles coated with shiso flowers, clam juice, ginger and bonito broth. The noodles are then topped with the best urchin of this winter season, fresh sea urchin from Hokkaido. The delicate flavours of this dish is boosted by the rich Kirin Ichiban.

Chicken is the centrepiece at Toriden. We sampled the Toriden Tamago with Truffle (Soft Boiled Egg with Chicken Miso), Matsukaze Yaki and their signature Collagen Soup with Chicken Dumpling. Originating from Japan's Hakata region, the rich and flavorful stock is created by using farm fresh chicken, boiled for six hours to fully extract its flavours and natural collagen. The chicken dumpling was made using Toriden's secret recipe that combines chicken gizzard with cabbage. The truffled egg was beautifully runny, simply a joy to savour. The matsukaze is a winter-inspired dish of flat meatloaf of minced chicken with burdock root. The rich flavours of these warm dishes complement the contrasting crisp, cold Kirin Ichiban.

Our final stop was at Touan, which we almost missed as we had a tree lighting ceremony to attend. Glad we didn't as the Grilled Yellowtail was simply delicious. Winter brings the best yellowtail to the table as it is fattier. It is marinated in sweet teriyaki sauce and grilled over charcoal and topped on a braised radish. I enjoyed this a lot, and it paired wonderfully with a glass of Kirin Ichiban. Here, we also tried the Snow crab tamagoyaki, the humble Japanese omelette topped with luxurious, lightly seasoned snow crab.  Kudos to the service staff here for being so accommodating - definitely Japanese hospitality at its finest.

Experience the flavours of Kirin Ichiban and the best of Japanese cuisine at The Table at Isetan Lot 10. Opening hours for The Table: 11.00am - 3.00pm; 6.00pm - 11.00pm.

Service: Excellent.

Location: The Table, Level 4F, Isetan the Japan Store, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM6 for first 3 hours)

Tel: 03-2141 7777


GPS Coordinates: 3.146451, 101.712460

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Wan Chun Ting, which translates as "Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion" is the Chinese fine dining restaurant in Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara.  Step into an era of grandeur, with its high ceilings, plush furnishings and elegant setting, and enjoy authentic Cantonese and Imperial cuisine, with specialties from Northern China such as Peking duck and Beggar's Chicken.

The restaurant offers a dim sum and a la carte menu for lunch, and for dinner, the menu is slightly more extensive. Though the dim sum here is pork-free, we certainly did not miss the pork and thoroughly enjoyed our lunch here, thanks to the attentive service and great food.

Siew mai is a must-order everytime we have dim sum with BabySumoKids. The steamed traditional chicken siew mai (RM12) was nice and juicy, topped with crunchy tobiko.. the kids enjoyed it so much that we had this two days in a row.

From the Chef's Recommendation Selection, we tried the Steamed golden black prawn dumpling aka har gau (RM18). The har gau's jet black skin gets it colour from squid ink, with fresh, plump prawns encased within.

My favorite dim sum item from the menu was the Prawn bean curd wrapped in rice roll (RM18), a unique creation of deep fried beancurd roll with prawns, further wrapped in steamed rice rolls aka cheong fun and then garnished with chicken floss and tobiko. Not only does it look super pretty, it tasted amazing too with lovely contrasting textures. For those who prefer a more traditional version, they do offer steamed rice rolls with shrimp or barbecued chicken.

From the deep fried selection, we tried was the Pan fried bean curd roll with mozzarella cheese (RM18). Hot and crispy with juicy prawns and melting cheese, what's not to love?

For dessert, we had the Chef's Recommended Steamed salted egg custard bun (RM15) as well as Baked Egg Tart (RM12). Love the buttery, flaky egg tarts... very enjoyable!

During the same afternoon, we also tried an appetizer from the a la carte menu - the Stir fried squid with salted egg yolk (RM55). This was so so so so delicious, deep fried to crispy perfection with a hint of spiciness from the chillies. So addictive and irresistible, we couldn't stop eating. Highly recommended!

The following day, we returned to sample items off their a la carte menu. First to arrive was the signature Steamed fresh scallop and glass noodles with black bean (RM88). Our scallop-loving family approves of this dish; it came with 5 juicy scallops which was topped on glass noodles and placed in hollowed out hairy gourds. This is available during dinner only.

We also had the Stir fried Hong Kong Kailan, Duo Style (RM35). A popular vegetable dish in Chinese restaurants, this features deep fried crispy kailan shreds as well as crunchy stir fried kai lan and some chicken floss on the side. Simple and good!

We also shared the Braised Hong Kong Yee Mee with shredded mushroom and crab meat (RM48 for small), which is topped with a deep fried soft shell crab.

Had egg tarts again cos the kids loved them!

For dessert, we had the Chilled Mango Puree served with pomelo (RM22), a standard order for us at Chinese restaurants, which was lovely. Not to be missed also is the Cream of avocado topped with vanilla ice cream and banana fritters (RM15). Rich, smooth and creamy, with the right balance of sweetness, this was undoubtedly the best avocado dessert I've had... even the kids loved this (and they don't even like avocado).

We really love the ambiance at Wan Chun Ting, and the dishes we tried here during our visits were delicious and well-executed. Can't wait to return here again!


Opening times: Lunch 12.00pm - 2.30pm; Dinner 6.00pm - 10.00pm. Closed on Mondays both lunch and dinner and Sundays for dinner.

Location: Wan Chun Ting, Level 1, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, No. 6, Jalan Damanlela Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking available in DC Mall)

Tel: 03-2272 6688


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