Monday, February 27, 2017

Brasserie 25, Hotel Stripes KL

Hotel Stripes KL is the newest addition to YTL Hotel's impressive portfolio of hotels and resorts in Malaysia. The hotel is also part of the Autograph Collection Hotels (an ensemble of exclusive independent hotels by Marriott International), featuring a distinctive vibe and character with a different perspective on the local scene mixed with a bit of edgy style and adventure.

Located on Level 1 of the hotel is Brasserie 25, a French-style restaurant serving casual French cuisine. The red brick arches showcase the open kitchen while the copper sputnik chandeliers and large windows give the space a classy yet simple elegance. Diners can opt for booth-type seating for a little more privacy, whilst watching the world pass by outside.

Start your meal with a selection of cold or warm appetizers. We went for the Foie Gras Poele (RM50), featuring pan-seared foie gras. It tasted amazing - two pieces of perfectly cooked, luscious foie gras served with warm onion marmalade and spice bread.

We also had the Foie gras terrine (RM40), served with toasted brioche and homemade fig jam. Rich and smooth with a tinge of brandy, it was complemented well by the sweet fig jam.

We ordered three mains to share - the Carre D'Agneau En Croute D'Herbes (RM120) was first to arrive. I was extremely pleased when I cut into the roasted rack of lamb and was greeted by the sight of beautifully cooked, pink meat. Tender and juicy, it was a joy to savour. Furthermore, the accompanying herb, honey and mint mustard sauce was great too. Highly recommended.

The L'Entrecote De Boeuf (RM120) was presented just as a French man would expect in a brasserie in Paris - thin and with fries. The chargrilled 200 days grain fed rib eye was tender, and served with a brandy sauce, which Hubby enjoyed and devoured most of. I personally prefer a thicker cut of rib eye steak... so perhaps entrecote is not the one for me.

The Confit de Canard (RM60) is another must-have here. The duck leg confit arrived piping hot at our table, accompanied by one of our favorite smells - truffle oil. The duck leg confit was tender and moist, with a crispy skin and was served with truffle mash . A mighty fine dish.

Cheese lovers will appreciate the great selection of artisanal cheeses on offer here. The waiter came out with a selection of six cheeses on a tray, from the famed Jean-Yves Bordier. The characteristics of each cheese was explained to us, and we were given the option of choosing any of the cheeses to sample (Les Fromages Fermiers RM50 for 100g of cheese). The cheese all had a distinctive taste (and smell!) - my favorite was the fruity Comte AOP (18 months) while Hubby enjoyed the Fourme d'Ambert AOP from Auvergne best, which had a rich and creamy texture.

A specially prepared cheese platter 

Open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. (12pm-10pm daily)

Service: Excellent.

Location: Brasserie 25, Hotel Stripes KL, 25 Jalan Kamunting, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Valet parking available for RM10)

Tel: 03-2038 0000


GPS Coordinates: 3.157295, 101.700384

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

UMAC House, PJ - Banana Leaf Rice

A couple of weekends ago, we visited UMAC House - which stands for University of Malaya Academic Club - for some banana leaf rice with our friend, PT. Diners can choose to dine in their al fresco dining area or air-conditioned rooms in this old colonial bungalow. We opted for the former, since there was an awning, lots of fans and tall, lush green trees to shade us from the sun and keep us cool.

As soon as we were seated, three banana leaves were swiftly placed before us. The banana leaf rice costs RM6 per person here, and comes with 4 types of vegetables, your choice of curry, rasam, rice (parboiled/white rice), and papadoms. I was disappointed when I saw that they didn't have cabbage during our visit as this was one of the reasons which tempted me to visit:( Nevertheless, the vegetable dishes served to us were decent. We all had the parboiled rice, and I chose mutton and crab curry to go over the rice, which tasted nice and flavourful. The papadums were crisp and the rasam (though a bit watery) was tangy and did its job.

We also ordered some side dishes to try. We were excited to see deep fried brinjal in batter (RM3), but they turned out to be disappointing and soggy. The deep fried bittergourd (RM3) fared a little better as it was crispier. We arrived at the restaurant shortly after they opened, so surely these should taste freshest now?

We also had the mutton varuval (RM7), which was tasty enough but portion was small and quite boney. PT came a couple of months back and she said the portion back then was much bigger. We also had the baby squid (sotong) (RM8) cooked in a sambal sauce, which was good.

Verdict: Prices here are fair, works out to be around RM16 per person. Food is OK, could be better. Nice ambiance and ample parking space. 

Opening times: 11.00am to 3.30pm daily.

Price: Total bill RM47 for 3 pax, inclusive drinks.

Location: University of Malaya Academic Club (UMAC House), 1, Jalan 12/5, 46200 Petaling Jaya.

Tel: Tel:012-952 1822


GPS Coordinates: 3.117171, 101.648838 (Waze: UMAC House)

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