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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Premiere Hotel Klang ~ Valentine's Day Set Dinner of Dining Under The Stars @ICHI Sports Bar

A Taste Of True Love
Premiere Hotel Goes All Out For Its Special Valentine's Menu  

Couples all around Malaysia will be dining out on Valentine's Day in search of a special meal to say "I love you." For those opting to dine at Premiere Hotel Klang at ICHI Sports Bar, the poolside breezy bar-restaurant, complete with great music, calm waters of the pool and ambient lighting will certainly set the mood.  

Beautiful Table Set up for a Classy and Romantic Dinner for Two

Auntie Lilly feeling special 

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate your love and romance. Let Premiere Hotel enlighten your sweet whisper of romance as you indulge in a 5-course Western Set Dinner for Two ~ 'Dining Under The Stars'. Priced at RM 168 nett per person (minimum 2 persons), each set menu comes with a glass of complimentary red wine for lovers to wine and dine in style.

In addition, Premiere Hotel's Valentine's Day Romantic Escapade priced at RM 588 nett inclusive 'Dining Under The Stars' for two at ICHI Sports Bar and one night Superior Room stay with breakfast-in-bed for two.

Colourful and Appetising Seafood Starter

Mango Salsa 

 Tasty combination of ocean delight ~ Salmon Rosette with Horse Radish and King Prawn with Mango Salsa

We started off with a combination of Starter ~ Oyster Shooter with Dash of Jalapeno Sauce, King Prawn with Mango Salsa, Salmon Rosette with Horse Radish. Colourful and delectable, this makes a great refreshing start to our review. 

Cream of Smoky Crab Bisque with Crab vol Au Vent

Followed by an intimate interlude of Seafood soup ~  Cream of Smoky Crab Bisque with Crab vol Au Vent

Chilled Delights: Calamansi Sorbet

Next, take a pause to refresh your senses with the tangy and zesty ~ Calamansi Sorbet

Moving on to the mains, you can select one of the burning loves from the main course choices of ...
Stuffed Chicken Breast with Turkey Slice and Peach

Close Shot ~ Peach and Chicken wrapped with Turkey slice

Special chicken dish served grilled with combinations of sweet cranberry and jus sauce, asparagus and house made mashed potato

Delicious looking: Rack of NZ Lamb

Close To Perfection:  Rack of NZ Lamb
 Mint scented sauce, Lyonnais potato with bean and caramelized shallot accompanies this perfectly char grilled NZ lamb rack.

 Pan Seared Atlantic Cod Fish with Ginger Buttered Lemon Sauce

Tender and Fine tasting white fleshed Atlantic Cod fish


Impressively served with house made mashed potato and asparagus, the Cod fish is delicate, sweet flavour with a naturally flaky texture. 

Premium Offering: Chilled Wagyu Beef

Large, meaty chunk of juicy and tenderly grilled Wagyu Beef rests on a bed of roasted new potato and topped with asparagus. Choose to your liking from choices of Cafe De Paris Butter, Sauce Champignon or Sarawak crusted Black Pepper Sauce to go with your smoky melt-in-the-mouth treat.

Dreamy Dessert: Tiramisu with Cinnamon Fruit Compote

All Time Favourite: Tiramisu
Valentine's Day wouldn't be the same without dessert, and Premiere Hotel's Tiramisu with Cinnamon Fruit Compote is perfect for the occasion. The dessert is a fitting end to 'Dining Under The Stars' Valentine's Day Menu, and embodies the romantic and memorable dining experience as a whole. 

Last but not the least, complete your meal with a cup of Coffee or Tea with Cookies.

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ICHI Sports Bar, the poolside breezy bar-restaurant

 'Dining Under The Stars' Venue for Valentine's Day

In conjunction with Valentine's Day, delightful gifts of a stalk of rose and a polaroid photo will be given to diners during their dinner. Rose symbolizes an immortal love that will never fade through time whereby a polaroid photo captures the romantic and unforgettable moment for the couple.

Apart from the 'Dining Under The Stars', you can choose to have Buffet style Valentine's Dinner at The Buzz too. Priced at RM 98+ per person, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, you can savour sumptuous meal and satisfy your cravings with various cuisines offered at the buffet spread.

For enquiries and reservations, please contact Premiere Hotel at +603 3325 6868 or email enquiry@premiere-hotels.wct.my


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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Pipers Restaurant @Mont Kiara ~ The Perfect Place For Food-Wine-Jazz


Jazz Up Your Dinner
~ Pipers Restaurant ~

Pipers Restaurant ~ A new restaurant and bar located at The Fare in Mont Kiara. Hidden and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is a lovely place to dine leisurely with good food over wine or beer, and be serenaded by live performance every Friday and Saturday from 8pm till late.  

A cozy and quiet little restaurant with an alfresco and indoor dining area, great place for to unwind and relax after a hard day's work. Smokers can choose to dine outdoor with a pleasant view of the tranquil Mont Kiara.

Unlike the congested Publika, normally crowded and parking space can be hard to find there, Pipers located in a quiet nook in hidden in Mont Kiara residence area with ample free parking space.

Alfresco seating for smokers with a nice view 

Spacious & Comfortable

Pipers is the place head to if you fancy unique fusion cuisines in a restaurant. This cosy and casual dining place serves an extensive of Western dishes infused with Asian flavours. I was spoilt for choice with selections from its appetizing starters of deep fried calamari fritters with Bali Hai sambal, deep fried Brie cheese with honey and Yuzu to mains of Chicken Cordon Bleu with wasabi mash, sauteed greens and rosemary gravy. 

 Pleasant indoor dining setting

Meat lovers may want to go for the home made beef burger that uses a selection of Australian prime cuts. Other notable dishes includes slow braised lamb shank, grilled Australian beef tenderloin, Australian beef rib eye and New Zealand lamb rack.

If you are dining with your little ones, fret not, because the cafe also offers a special kiddies menu with dishes from spaghetti Napoletana with chicken sausage, lasagna, fish & chips and nuggets & chips.

This place doubles up as pub grub offering a fantastic mix of alcohol available from the bar, making it a popular made it a popular dining and drinking destination for the residents of the adjacent upscale Mont Kiara district - home to many foreigners and luxurious residences. Pipers offers a multifaceted concept, combining a gourmet all-day dining restaurant, with a vibrant bar, and retail wine post. 

Abstract art pieces adorns the wall

We were serenaded by live jamming performance of  Rosey and the Pricks after our mouth watering dinner that night. Everyone was entertained with their repertoire of new wave, alternative and pop acoustic songsCarl Isaac, owner cum chef added that there are live band performances on every Fridays and Saturdays, bringing live entertainment to its diners at Pipers. 

Since this was a private invite food tasting session, my hubby and I were given a free hand to choose our choice of dishes for dinner that night. We decided to check out their seafood range for their salad, soup and appetizer before moving to the meat selections for their mains.

Freshwater Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Cocktail Sauce
RM 24

Good Start ~ Fresh Prawns Salad

Our first course arrives - salad of  Freshwater Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Cocktail Sauce, poached fresh water prawns resting on  hearty portion of crisp lettuce, sliced avocado with cherry tomatoes. Drizzled in house made cocktail sauce,  the salad makes a refreshing start to the menu.    

Seafood Bisque 
RM 24

Pipers' Seafood Bisque with herb croutons and basil oil was definitely an excellent choice if you are into seafood. A very velvety, thick soup that was lusciously creamy and superbly rich in seafood flavours. Simmered in a broth of prawns and salmon heads, you can't go wrong with this full of natural flavour seafood bisque. So tasty that we slurped up it up within minutes as soon as it arrives! 

Good to the last drop -  Seafood Bisque

Deep Fried Calamari Fritters with Bali Hai Sambal
RM 24


Succulent Deep Fried Calamari Fritters

Curious to find what was this "Bali Hai Sambal", we picked this deep fried calamari as our entrée. Hand battered chunky calamari rings fried to perfection making the seafood crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Served mix in a sourish sauce of lime, vinegar, chopped tomatoes and cilantro for an extra kick.

A point to note was that this dish must not be allowed to sit as the sauce might soak up the calamari fritters making soft and not crisp after a while. As for me, I would suggest that they served the calamari fritters with the Bali Hai Sambal as a dipping sauce instead. 


Slow Braised Beef Ribs
RM 42

Wanting to opt  for a healthy dish, I was tempted to order Pipers' grilled salmon fillet with ginger, soy and yuzu glaze on soba noodles in dashi broth. But on second thought, I just simply cannot resists their special offering of slow braised beef ribs with demi-glaze, jacket potato and sour cream with crispy beef bacon and coleslaw.  

My main course is an excellent choice of juicy and tender of full flavour fork tender Australian beef ribs. Chef Carl's love and passion for good fine food drives him to search for a retired chef, whose cooking he grew up eating during his younger days. An aged old recipe from a Hainanese chef in his 90's now, Chef Carl tweaked the recipe that was passed down to him and presented his diners with an authentic and perfect dish of braised beef ribs.

Accompanied by a side dish of jacket potato with sour cream topped with crispy beef bacon, this is one of the most satisfying and delicious beef ribs I've had in a while. Chef Carl definitely brought out all the flavours of the juicy and tender meat in this awesome dish. Well-executed!

Braised Lamb Shank 
RM 52 

My hubby, Uncle Hong's choice for mains ~ an all-time-favourite Lamb Shank which he finds it irresistible not to eat at any dining sessions we had. Pipers serves Braised Lamb Shank on a bed of Polenta mash and sauteed vegetables. 

Can't comment much on this dish. Lamb was never my favourite due to its gamey smell and flavour, both prominent in the meat and the sauce. So this either a love or hate relationship dish for many people like me. 
   
For the Braised Lamb Shank, Chef Carl explained that he braised the lamb for 4 hours with red wine until tender and served on a bed of polenta mash. Polenta mash is a celebrated Italian cornmeal, once just a humble peasant food but has emerged as a versatile, fine-dining style comfort food. 

Creme Brulee
RM 16

Desserts selection at Pipers are limited to two choices - either Creme Brulee or Frozen lemon rind cream with strawberry or raspberry sauce. I opted for the latter but was told it was not available that night. Leaving me with no choice but to end my splendid meal with the traditional Creme Brulee instead.

It was just okay for me, average to say with smooth custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel which was too thick to bite. I needed to knock the harden caramel surface with my spoon to reach into the custard. Hahaha ....

Holding on to a cute battery operated tea candle light

Happy Hours pricing for their Beers

Overall, Pipers Restaurant serves a good selection menu melding Western and Asian culinary techniques into a broad ranging selection of dishes to please all tastes. They has a wide range of wines to suit to the Malaysian palate and range of dishes. 

Pipers pride itself on the authenticity of its dishes as its ingredients are sourced directly from the market. Chef Carl never compromise when it comes to ingredients, stressing only on serving the freshest and best to his customers. He makes sure he get the daily fresh and best by personally handling the marketing at the local wet market and frozen shops. 

If you are looking for a cosy night out to dine with family or friends, to just sit back and relax with some music to help you unwind, do check Pipers out! A huge plus point to add on, parking is absolutely free!


Pipers Restaurant
B3-06 The Fare 10 Mont' Kiara
Jalan Kiara 1
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6206 4196
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Pork-Free

Website: www.pipers.com.my 
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