Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pepelicious @ Desa Sri Hartamas

If you frequently drive around Desa Sri Hartamas, you've probably spotted Pepelicious in the past year; an unassuming, low-profile venue like this can easily get lost in this neighbourhood's crowd of colourful restaurants, but it's still worth pointing out, offering thoughtfully created recipes in a cosy, welcoming setting.

Michelle & Diva, the Malaysian couple who run Pepelicious, have come up with a witty menu that's imbued with flavours close to their hearts. The most intriguing concoctions combine local & Italian inspirations - the Nasi Lemak Gone Italian (RM28.90) seems unique to Pepelicious, showcasing a riff on risotto, distinctively delivered in a claypot, mildly enhanced with the creaminess of coconut milk, crowned with silver anchovies & encircled by fiery devil's curry meat, sambal & hard-boiled egg. Nasi lemak reinterpretations have been all the rage in recent years, & this is another respectable entry to the creative canon.

 Pastas are aplenty here, with this one specifically of note, an homage to curry laksa that may merit investigation for customers who relish the comforting spicy savouriness of Peranakan cooking, bolstered by baby squid, prawns & fish slices, plus melted cheddar to boost the sin factor (RM28.90). Even the typical-seeming aglio olio & carbonara come with Pepelicious' own twists, the former spiked with Thai chillies & the latter with smoked duck.

 Pizzas secure the Pepelicious special treatment too, prepared on a base that's meant to evoke oven-baked naan flatbread. Check out the salted egg & mushroom version, well-proportioned for a clean, unmistakably clear balance of flavours, peppered throughout with yolk morsels for a pleasing graininess - a reasonable order for RM18.90.

Pepelicious is a full-fledged eatery from daytime to night; have your coffee here early, then linger for wine & cocktails past sundown (gin, vodka or whiskey mixed with fresh fruit juice is a house speciality). The restaurant has been known to also host events such as live jazz performances & charity sales from time to time. Many thanks to the Pepelicious team for having us.

Pepelicious
B-G-10, Galeria Hartamas, Jalan 26A/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Sat, 12pm-10pm. Tel: 016-335-6720

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Cali & The Flying Burrito Brothers @ Auckland

Taco Tuesday: Grilled fish tacos with napa slaw, buttered kimchi, baby cilantro & spicy mayo at Cali ...

... & braised beef tacos with cascabel chilli sauce & guacamole at The Flying Burrito Brothers.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Kopitiam Kaki Bukit @ Puchong Hill

As soothing & serene as a kopitiam can be, nestled near the verdant foothills of the Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve hikers' haunt.

The months-old Kopitiam Kaki Bukit remains one of Puchong's best-kept secrets; amble in on a leisurely morning for fuss-free servings of nasi lemak bungkus (RM2), wobbly-yolked roti goyang telur (RM4.50) & roti bakar Nutella (RM3.20), soundtracked by 1990s vintage Oasis, accompanied by piping-hot kopi-o (RM2.50) - a classic brunch that won't break the bank.

Kopitiam Kaki Bukit
41, Jalan Wawasan 5/1, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Selangor. Wed-Mon, 730am-6pm.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Arakataka @ Oslo, Norway

Seasonal Norwegian produce rises to the occasion at this purveyor of globally inspired small plates; each dish promises a flood of fun & a few surprises - chanterelles with smoked sour cream & tarragon; Arctic char with cucumber, sesame seeds & chillies; wild halibut with teriyaki sauce & bonito flakes; lightly seared beef with artichokes; razor clams with grains & parsley; veal sweetbread with tartar sauce; breaded quail with forest mushrooms; & Munkeby cheese made by the monks of Levanger.

Arakataka, Oslo, Norway.

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