Monday, September 26, 2016

Oktoberfest At Brotzeit BSC

Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest doesn't begin in October, so my mental imagery of October being a hedonistic month of beer guzzling and excess pigging out was shattered, when I found out that it actually begins in Mid September, in Germany.  That means we've already wasted two weeks of revelry.

When Maryanne of Brotzeit invited me to their Oktoberfest preview, I was gutted to learn that I could not attend the Barrel Tapping, which is the highlight and "opening ceremony" of Oktoberfest.  And until the barrel has been tapped, they do not serve that particular beer from the barrel.  Fortunately, although the barrel was untapped, there was still an impressive range of imported German beers for the trying.  But here's the thing about beer, I find that with age, there is only so much volume one can take.

For Paulaner fans, I think Brotzeit has one of the most comprehensive ranges of Paulaner beers in KL.

This Hacker Pschorr was a rich dark ale, that felt like a meal in a bottle.  Love the bottle as well.

The glorious pork loin pizza, with a special crusty base made from a special concoction of brown flour.  Be warned, it's quite filling, and I was reduced to eating just the topping after a third slice. RM39

Iconic Pigs in Blanket, which are basically pork sausages wrapped in bacon, just in case there wasn't enough porkiness in the whole equation.  Actually by this point in the meal, seeing as to how there were only 4 of us, I was quite full, in addition to the two glasses of beer I had chugged.

Then, the star of the night appears...The Oktoberfest Platter, at RM288 nett, the ultimate Pork Paradise....The german pork knuckle, a variety of sausages, including Pork Garlic, Gypsy Belly Bacon, Nuremberger Pork and Spicy Chicken Sausages...

Chef and owner, Helmut deboning the knuckle...actually that bone has all the best bits on it, the cartilage, the bits of crispy crackling

Nothing like a good bone to keep a man happy.  Or is it a keep a woman happy.  Regardless, I enjoyed the bone, and tried unsuccessfully sucking out the marrow.

A beauteous piece of meat such as this deserves a solo close up shot.  The crackling was seriously good, and would put many chinese siu yoke makers to shame.  The layer of fat beneath melts in the mouth, with the most tender of meat.  Ahhh, bliss.

Now the platter is supposed to feed four, but that is four BIG eaters who aren't eating anything else.  I frankly think for the average Malaysian eater, it can EASILY feed 5-6, which makes it damn good value for money.

The Gypsy Pork Belly was also Epig....Chockful of that smoky bacony flavour, with a suitable fat to meat ratio.

The platter comes with a potato salad and sauerkraut accompaniment, which is actually rather generous.

And to wash it all down, (with beer of course), their Apple Fritters, which are so simple but so good.  Actually it would have been better with some ice cream.

And the grand finale, the chocolate lava cakes.  I know lava cakes have been done to death, but for starters, these are made with white chocolate, and the shell is actually crispy and has some nice body to it. Weiber Lavakuchen...

The glorious goodness oozing out.  Usually I find white chocolate desserts too sweet, but this one was okay, and also neutralized somewhat by the tarty berry jam accompaniment.

Brotzeit in BSC fronts the side of BSC, that road that leads to the carpark.  On Wednesdays they have a live band, which is pretty good, playing music that I recognise.

Address: G130, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, 43200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: 03 2282 9516/7

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sanoook, With Three Os - Fun Fun Fun in Thai - Sunway Pyramid West

Sanoook means Fun in Thai, and this is not to be confused with another establishment of similar name, with only two Os.  Anyway, that's no longer around and the extra O represents the Circle of Friendship.  The ever innovative Caleen of Chakri Palace, and previously Hwan, invited us to her new outlet in Sunway Pyramid West, the new wing of the mall, which is already host to quite a number of familiar F&B names.

A cheery truck greets us at the doorway, and the entire ambience of the place does indeed exude the idea of fun, casual, place to meet friends kind of place.  Cuisine is a mixture of Thai and Japanese, kinda like a mixed marriage, (I hate the word fusion so I shall not refer to it as that), incorporating elements from both cultures.

Due to HORRENDOUS traffic from where I come from, heading towards Sunway, I was late and therefore missed out on the starter platters, which you can read about at that charming couple, BROUGHTUPTOSHARE, here...

Thai Coconut Soup With Wontons, RM16.90, a lovely coconutty broth, not overly thick, with crunchy wontons.

Tom Yum Soup With River Prawns, RM23.90, very flavourful and the prawns were fresh and firm.  Nothing like a powdery prawn to totally put you off.

Vegetable Skewers, with Sanoook Sauce, RM28.90.  A variety of vegetables that grill well, like tomato, corn, zucchini, leeks, mushroom, with an interesting sauce, which might be a TAD to rich and neutralizing the "healthy" and "salad" aspect of this dish.

Here's where the marriage elements come in, Tuna with Tom Yam Sauce Sushi, RM27.90.  An interesting combination, and actually more filling than usual sushi so it's great for the hungry ones.  Actually a rather titillating sensation on the palate, the myriad flavours gives the mind a lot to process.

The Sanook Salad, with Japanese Cucumber, Salmon, Avocado, and a bit too much mayonnaise...Baked apple in the salad was a welcome change.  Actually, mayo aside, it was pretty good.

This recurring accompaniment seemed to appear on a number of dishes, and I was intrigued at first, and later on became addicted to it.  Deep fried Burdock root, a family of the arrowroot and whatever other root, it has a unique taste and texture that I really liked.

Their signature beef burger, which comes with a rice "bun" instead of bread.  Very moss burger, and VERY filling.  Order this for yourself and you'll probably be unable to eat anything else.

Beef Skewers With Massaman Sauce, RM34.90.  If memory serves me correctly, massaman sauce is a thai sauce usually reserved for royalty.

When two oldish fat men get together, food fights start...

Salmon Belly  Skewers, With Lime Chilli Sauce.  RM77.90.  Who doesn't love a good salmon belly.  The lime chilli sauce adds a lovely refreshing twist to this rather fatty cut of salmon.

Durian Ice Cream With Coconut Milk, RM21.90.  Does it get any more decadent than this?  The price does sound a bit steep though.

Thai Volcano, which is Thai Iced Tea equivalent of our ABC.  RM18.90.  A nice way to end a meal.

And yes, they do serve alcohol.... This seemingly benign Sanook Cocktail shooter thingie, is actually quite potent.

Lot 4, Ground Floor,
Sunway Pyramid West Hotel,
47500 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel: +603 5650 5196
Business hours:
Mon-Sun: 10am – 11pm

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

WEIL Hotel, Ipoh - Where I'll be Going To Stay Again Soon

Long before I actually visited WEIL Hotel, I had heard about their impressive rooftop bar, with vistas of the city, so when old chum Sharm asked if I would like to check out the hotel, and their F&B outlets, I said, why not.  It was also a recce trip for me, as I will be headed up that way again shortly with a group of friends for a makan weekend.  (is there any other kind? oh, yes, got, a minum weekend.  It's one of those).

Located across the legendary Sam Tet School, and adjoining Ipoh Parade, it's a great location, with all the amenities at hand, and unlike a previous stay of mine in Ipoh, without a car, and where I nearly starved to death, it's unlikely that you'll go hungry even if you do not choose to eat at the hotel outlets.

To be precise, it's located along Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, and is only 10 minutes away from Ipoh Railway Station and airport.  Airport?  They have an airport in Ipoh?  Wow.

Some trivia, it's owned by the family that owns that quintessential Ipoh mali snack, the Pagoda Peanuts, and WEIL is actually the family name spelt backwards.  Rather innovative.  If I were to spell my family name backwards, I'd get something unpronouncable.

We were given a brief tour of the various rooms, from the junior suite, to the Premier King, which has a lovely bathroom, and bathtub.  (and bath salts thrown in for the Premier and above), and overall, adequately spacious.

The rooftop infinity pool is also a great place to chill...with gin and tonic in hand.

Studio Unit...

The spacious lobby
Tiffin, the coffee house on the lobby level, is 100% halal certified, no alcohol is allowed.  If you absolutely must have a tipple or two, then you have to move to the Alfresco Bar outside.

A little private dining nook at Tiffin.

The rooftop garden.
I was particularly looking forward to dining at the Deck, Gastrobar.   We were rather fortunate because we got to sample three different menus, one was the regular Dinner Set, priced at RM118 nett, the upcoming Cape Mentelle degustation menu, and also the Oktoberfest platter.

Tuna Tartare, which I fed back to the chef Dennis Lai, Chef De Cuisine, very innovative, but I didn't think much of the serving in an ice cream cone thing....

Ginger jelly crabmeat amuse bouche, I loved the overall tanginess of the dish, which went well with the marine-ness of the crab meat, and that lovely edible clitoria flower.

The Oktoberfest Platter, a generous schnitzel, sausages, pretzels, sauerkraut, beer food essentially....

Pan Seared Scallops, well seared, not overcooked, and a rather generous portion too. (Cape Mentelle Degustation)

"Garden", heirloom vegetables, soil made from hazelnut and flour...A gorgeous feast for the eyes. (Cape Mentelle Degustation)

Chips for Qasehsu's little boy....But it was also enjoyed by the adults at the table.

Wild mushroom soup done Japanese style, with an addes twist of an onsen egg with a runny yolk. (Cape Mentelle Degustation)

Tenderloin with a citrus boomerang, with vanilla compressed melon, part of the Cape Mentelle wine pairing degustation.

Cream of White Onion Soup, part for the RM118 dinner set.  I personally loved this creamy soup.

Smoked Pumpkin Soup, part of the RM88 dinner set.  Loved the smokiness of the pumpkin, although according to the Chef, some found it too smoky.  I liked it.

Pan Seared Sea Bass..

Chipotle Coulis Sea Bass (RM88 set), a confit of new potatoes, Balsamic and Fennel Salad

White Wine Coq Au Vin, root vegetables, Confirt Cherry Tomatoes, White Wine Chicken Jus.  So glad to have a Coq Au Vin with thigh meat rather than with the usual breast meat the way Mat Salleh chefs are prone to doing it. (The RM118 Set)

A well stocked bar is always a welcome sight.

And there's always room for dessert, a lovely raspberry coulis, Macaron Panna Cotta.  The Panna Cotta sweetness, which wasn't overly so anyway, nicely balanced by the tartness of the coulis. (RM118 set)

Pistachio Panna Cotta, actually no difference from the other set, except strewn with Pistachios.  (RM88 set)

The happy diners for the night.

The next morning, the all you can eat dim sum breakfast buffet, priced at RM32 nett per person at Yuk Sou Hin, the Chinese restaurant at WEIL.

Their lovely XO sauce....I won't mind a jar or two.

Ipoh prices are substantially cheaper than KL prices I have to say.

Their signature char siu buns (the place is pork free, so it's chicken char siu), which were really very good.  It's kinda like roti boy meets char siu sou...

Skewered Siu Mai...
Chive Dumplings

Egg Custard Baos....

The RM32 all you can eat promotion is until 20th September only.

For more information and reservations, please call WEIL Hotel at +605-208 2103