Friday, January 20, 2017

The Raw Kitchen, Scratch Bakers & Best Ugly Bagels @ Auckland

A strawberry chia pudding & 'black lemonade' (made with cold-pressed lemon juice, activated charcoal & naturally alkaline water), while pausing to ponder in the peaceful courtyard of The Raw Kitchen, nestled in a discreet back-lane of Auckland.

Stopping for a snack with Scratch Bakers' deservedly revered pork belly pie, as close to perfect as a fresh, flaky pie might be.

Lingering over Best Ugly Bagels' beautifully crisp bagels, smeared with a house-made chocolate hazelnut spread (other options include Zany Zeus organic cream cheese, Te Horo raspberry jam or Marsh's Central Otago clover honey, NZ$5 each).

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The Filling Station @ Desa Sri Hartamas

The Filling Station is fuelled by a cool concept - a full-fledged cafe with a surprisingly ambitious menu inside a petrol station. You can customise your own platters of rice, pasta or salad here, mixing & matching multiple bases, toppings & drizzles - we had nasi lemak with lamb curry (RM15.90), spaghetti aglio olio with shrimp, zucchini noodles & broccoli (RM21.90) & organic quinoa tabbouleh with poached eggs, grilled sweet potatoes, tempeh & a lime-cilantro hummus-inspired dressing (RM20.90). The caveat of this quick-service fix is that some ingredients may have been prepared too far in advance to taste satisfyingly fresh, & there might be a lack of cohesive flavours in certain combinations; the seasonings & sauces also tasted off-balance for our pasta & quinoa. There's space for fine-tuning, though on the bright side, the service team is genuinely warm & efficient. The Filling Station has plenty of potential, & we hope to see it pop up in more Shell station locations in the months to come.

The Filling Station
Shell Gas Station, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 7am-11pm. Tel: 03-6201-6599

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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).
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Minu @ Ampang

Minu's menu & mise en scene make it one of KL's more idiosyncratic Japanese restaurants; its nearly Nordic aesthetics - clean, white lines, with a focus on natural light & nifty flourishes like a ceiling filled with overhanging chopsticks - complement a menu that extracts inspiration from close to half-a-dozen nations.

Japanese & Mexican culinary cross-breeding often makes for a simple, successful formula when competently executed; the teriyaki beef taco, Japanese curry queso & octopus ceviche (RM18 for each) won't be found lacking for in-your-face flavour.

For lunch, a RM28 set comprising Hawaiian-style loco moco, with white rice topped by a beef patty & fried egg with brown gravy, alongside fun accompaniments like miso-roasted cauliflower, wasabi mashed potatoes, soup, pickles & fruits, seems like solid value for money. For dinner, order the 'Tokyo borscht' (RM18) if the thought of a tangy tomato-chicken soup with garlic sounds tempting. Fettuccine carbonara isn't a bad bet for a main, crowned with lots of unagi & beef bacon & a wobbly egg in a cream sauce that's lighter & far less cloying than feared (RM35).

Cream anmitsu (RM18) - jelly with fruits & ice cream - brings a satisfactory conclusion to the meal; beverage possibilities range from a cold brew sencha (RM18) for teetotalers to a Cesari Merlot (RM108 by the bottle) for day drinkers.

Minu
Greenhouse by Muir, 1 Jalan Nipah, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2630-6728



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The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community. Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers. For every transaction, at least RM0.10 will be channelled to a charity of the month.


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).
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

AirAsia BIG: Bangsar Goes BIG For Dine, Earn & Redeem Points

If you've spotted your friends & fellow foodies recently sharing their photos of tasty pizzas, steaks, shakes & more from their favourite restaurants in Bangsar, with the hashtags #AirAsiaBIG & #AirAsiaBIGBangsar, here's the reason why!

AirAsia BIG, AirAsia’s loyalty programme, has launched a ‘AirAsia BIG Dining Rewards’ initiative for you to earn and/or redeem your BIG Points in-store by using your mobile number for every transaction at 12 restaurants in Telawi.

The process is super-easy: Just visit any of these 12 restaurants, and tell them you’d like to earn AirAsia BIG Points when you’re paying. Enter your mobile number on the merchant tablet to link your AirAsia BIG Account (it’ll only take a few seconds). Points will be awarded into your AirAsia BIG Account 24 hours after the transaction (RM1 spend = 1 AirAsia BIG Point).

You can also redeem your AirAsia BIG Points for a selected range of menu items – or save up your points to redeem flights to over 120 destinations on AirAsia’s network!


 Social media fans can share food pictures at participating restaurants on Instagram with the hashtags #AirAsiaBIG & #AirAsiaBIGBangsar - the most drool-worthy photo each week will win 1,000 AirAsia BIG Points (contest valid from 13 January to 31 March, 2017; the winner will be announced every Sunday). 

Here are just a few of this month's IG photos so far - thanks to wackybecky, alsonccw, wee.ping, gracey4eva & shuks!



For more information, check out: https://goo.gl/EVsBGH

Download the AirAsia BIG Mobile App to redeem flights and keep track of your points earned: 

On Android - https://goo.gl/9AGA6v

This week, we’re highlighting six more outlets participating in the AirAsia BIG programme (for our feature on the six previous restaurants, click here).


The Daily Grind

Bangsar's favourite burger joint is still going strong after all these years.


Three Little Pigs & The Big Bad Wolf

Now entering its fifth year of serving hearty ribs & pork-filled fare.
Click here for EDKL write-up on Three Little Pigs & The Big Bad Wolf


Fatto A Mano

For a well-crafted selection of pizzas, pastas, bread, cheese, cured meat.


Ojo Coffee

For fun, fuss-free cups of joe.


Wafflemeister

For waffles that supply a rich chew. 


Moo Cow
Everyone's favourite frozen yogurt.


Note: The other six participating restaurants are Ashley's by Livingfood, Shelley Yu's, Mikey's Original New York Pizza, Patissez, Maria's Steak Cafe & The X.




Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my