Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Banker's Draught @ Desa Sri Hartamas

Desa Sri Hartamas' latest pub debuts with tasty Southeast Asian temptations that we scarcely see in KL's watering holes - from Malaysia, the Laksa Johor, blanketed with fish-&-prawn gravy & bolstered by can't-fail sambal belacan, is comfort food with a local soulfulness (RM22), while from Indonesia, the croquette-like snack food of risoles boasts a satisfying freshness, its crisp breadcrumb exterior yielding to a hot, moist filling of chicken, potatoes & bechamel sauce, paired with kitchen-made green sambal ijo as a punchy dip (RM15). While most customers head here for a pint, the bar's friendly team obliges requests for cocktails - sip on a classic Old Fashioned or the house signature of The Auntie, a blend of rum, midori & pineapple juice.

The Banker's Draught
41-1 Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Fri, 4pm-1am; Sat-Sun, 12pm-1am. Tel: 016-666-4195

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2017 Menu: Chequers @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Chequers continues to cement its reputation as a cool venue for a fun meal - when the restaurant first opened in 2014, its menu focused on savoury & sweet waffles, but the selection has since expanded exponentially, inspired by the contemporary comfort food you'd find in a casual American joint. Dive in with the drop-dead delicious chilli poppers (RM10), a can't-stop-munching snack of plump, crispy-fried green chilli peppers, stuffed with tender, tasty tuna - we'd happily order two or three servings of this. In a similar Tex-Mex vein, the chili cheese fries (RM13), with skin-on potatoes slathered with chicken chili & cheese sauce, is full of flavour - Chequers' fare is the very definition of a guilty indulgence that ultimately merits the calories.

We love burgers & we like mac-&-cheese, so when you put those two together, it's double the delight - Chequers' flagship burger is a big one, made for monster appetites, boasting an Australian striploin beef patty, layered with beef bacon & a hearty heap of mac-&-cheese, served fresh & hot with a lip-smacking chipotle sauce in a thick sesame bun (RM30 with fries & salad). And while the restaurant isn't currently serving hot dogs, it offers the next best thing - corn dogs, not often spotted in KL's eateries, an all-American street-food classic of chicken or beef sausages coated in light, sweetish cornmeal batter (RM16).

Pizzas & pastas are also available, furnishing a complete feast for every preference - Chequers isn't specifically an Italian specialist, but it performs more than competently with its wild mushroom pizza (one of six pizzas available), earthy & enhanced with truffle oil & pizzaiola sauce, & pesto fettuccine with pan-seared salmon (typically sea bass, but substituted this time because the kitchen had run out of that fish) in sauce vierge & asparagus, one of the restaurant's more wholesome offerings.

Brunch fiends won't be left out; familiar favourites emerge with playful twists, typified by the Savoury Toast (RM17), which takes a regular French toast & turns it around with beef bacon, poached eggs & Mexican-inspired ranchero beans, joyously juggling the salty & sweet. And course, waffles remain on the menu all day long too - the chicken-&-waffle staple also enjoys a Mexican reinterpretation; the waffle is laced with corn & jalapenos, stacked with crunchy-fried fowl & teamed with tomato salsa, grilled capsicums & honey mustard for the heartiest of waffle recipes (RM26). Many thanks to Chequers for having us back.

Chequers TTDI
153, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Open Thurs-Tues, 8am-11pm. Tel: 03-7733-3068

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Neighbourhood Coffee @ Sri Petaling

Neighbourhood Coffee this year introduced its signature dessert of Japanese-inspired 'fuwa fuwa' souffle pancakes, thick but light & fairly airy, prepared fresh to order, served warm & topped with a dollop of house-made cream for a moist indulgence (RM17). Partner the pancakes with Neighbourhood's cold-brewed green tea (RM9) & textured hot black sesame latte (RM13).

Neighbourhood Coffee
12-1, Jalan Radin Bagus 8, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. 
Mon & Wed, 11am-7pm; Thurs, 11am-10pm; Fri & Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 11am-10pm. Tel: 012-721-0307

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Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor! If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
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