Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Modi & Rosa, A Pleasantly Italian Experience

Whenever an invite comes from Makan Fairy Godmother, I know that it will be a good meal, for a lady of her stature probably has an inbuilt filter that automatically detects bad food.  And while it may have been a bit of an overkill for me to have two rich meals back to back, (had another decadent dinner the night before), oh well, what a man would do for his art.

Modi & Rosa, from the founders of iconic Modestos, (though that has since changed ownership), and the name refers to the husband and wife.  Some people have names that just call out to be a restaurant name...I can't imagine me opening a cafe or restaurant using the names of wife and me.

Modi & Rosa is in Glo Damansara, that spanking new mall, which at the moment, seems a bit err...dead, which is good for parking, (Parking is only RM1 for the first 3 hours, cheaper than dbkl street parking), but with all the eateries there, I am sure it is a matter of time before the place becomes abuzz with people.

The restaurant has two sections, one is the regular restaurant, and one is a wine bar.   Menus are interchangeable, and there's passageway linking the two.  For lunch, we were seated at the Dining area.

I know, taking pictures of bread is so passe, but I specially liked the flat crispy bread that was served, so I thought I'd feature it.

The Alla Modi Rosa pizza, RM38, which is rocket, truffle oil, tomato, and mozarella cheese.  I know rocket seems to be the durian of vegetables (is it a veg or herb?), some people hate it because of the bitter aftertaste, but I love rocket.  A light pizza, perfect as a starter.

Mozarella Di Bufala, which sounds so much more exotic in Italian, ...Buffalo Mozzarella with tomatoes, basil and extra virgin.  As in extra virgin olive oil.  RM28.  Actually, what was missing was a glass of white wine.  Then again, it WAS lunch, and I was still reeling from the excesses of the previous night.

A glorious combination of Tuna e Tartare di Promodoro, RM35, pan seared tuna with tomatoes on toast.  I am ambivalent about Tartares in general, sometimes they tend to err on the raw side for me, and you can't just pretend it's sashimi, but this was nicely prepared.

Black Angus Tenderloin on toast with sour cream and mexican chilli, OOOH yum, almost like a fajitas sans the tortilla... Actually, too much bread in these Italian dishes...I could feel the yeast making me rise and expand.

The classic Minnestrone.  RM16.  I can't say I am a fan of Minnestrone, because as far as non creamy soups go, sigh, I am typical chink, and love my clear soups.  However, for creamy soups, that's a different matter altogether.

Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad, or Insalata alla Cesare...well, what can I say, it's a salad.

Delicious, Linguini Alla Modi Rosa, seafood baked in foil, an Italian Cartocci style dish.  I could eat this and leave happy.  Easily my favourite dish of the meal.  RM55.

Braise Wagyu Beef Cheek in Beef Jus, or Guanca di Manzio, RM68, which is pretty good value.  Sometimes I find the cheek a bit gelatinous, and am inclined to turn the other cheek and order something else, but this rendition of the dish was really very good.  Tender meat, that melts in the mouth but yet retaining its texture.  Highly recommended, and the mash is great too.

Creamy spinach, sigh, so deliciously unhealthy, but well, at least it's spinach right.  RM10 for these sides.

Branzino Amalfi, RM56 oven baked Mediterranean sea bass with bread crumbs.

And dessert, a yummy cream brulee, that scored on both texture and taste.  RM18.  Totally worth getting fat for.

Lava Tortino, RM28.  Although I personally find lava cakes a bit yesterday, there's always that sense of anticipation of seeing that molten chocolate flow out, like fluids from Vesuvius.  And I've been told by many an F&B operator, lava cakes are still a very popular dessert, hence its presence in many menus.

The ubiquitous coffee art....

The restaurant has lunch specials at RM38++ and a kids’ menu at RM18++, in addition to its main menu.

Happy Hours are from 3.00pm to 9.00pm daily.

Modi & Rosa
Glo Damansara Mall,
LG.06, 699 Jalan Damansara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily from 10.00am to 10.00pm.
For reservations, please call +603 7733 1719 or email

Thursday, May 04, 2017

New Chef, New Menu at THIRTY8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

It's been awhile since I've been to the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, and had forgotten the spectacular views afforded by THIRTY8, which is the restaurant on the 38th Floor.  Getting there is rather unique, because you take the express elevator from the ground floor, to the lobby which is on the 39th floor, and walk down to the 38th.

THIRTY 8 currently has a new Executive Sous Chef, Stefan Beck (German Chef) who has transferred over from Park Hyatt Sydney.

To start with, a lovely Tuna Tartare, Mango Condiment and Crunchy Vegetables. RM74.  Of course since tartares are raw, the freshness is crucial, and the tuna was very fresh indeed.

Another raw-ish starter, the Black Angus Beef Carpaccio, Quails Eggs, Confit Mushroom, and Shaved Parmesan.  Loved the texture of the beef, which had a primal feel about it, as if this was the way food was meant to be eaten, raw. RM70

Chef Stefan Beck

Slow cooked Beef Short Ribs with crushed sweet potato and gremolata...apparently it's been slow cooked for 48 hours.  The result of which is an exceedingly tender chunk of meat, falling off the bone but still retaining the beefy texture.  One afterall does not want the meat to just dissolve in the mouth.  RM105.

Plump juicy Grilled Scallops with Capers and Pomegranate, RM120.  Seared well, cooked on the outside and just rightly done inside.

My favourite dish of the night, Sustainable Alaskan Black Cod, with black bean chilli sauce.  A very Asian feel to this dish. By the way, the menu at THIRTY8 does include an Asian or Chinese Wok Section for every category of food, so it's not just WESTERN.  RM120.

I really loved this daring dessert of Lavender Cheesecake with Marinated Rhubard and Strawberries. The tartness of the rhubarb really complemented the cheesecake, and the lavender flavour was subtle so as not as to feel you were having a mouth spa. RM40.

Trio of Macaron Sliders, with Raspberry Lychee, Green Apple, Coconut Mango and Passion Fruit. RM45.  As I am not a macaron fan, this would not be something I would order, although the sorbets on its own were fine.

Desserts are created by the new pastry chef, Chef Ashutosh Kumar who came over from Hyatt Regency Gurgaon in New Delhi, India

The stunning city views from the poolside.

A little background  about the new Executive Sous Chef Stefan Beck, the newly appointed Executive Sous Chef of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Born and raised in Germany, Stefan specializes in classic European and Western fine-dining cuisine which he prepares with a creative modern twist and the use of fresh ingredients. From the time he was young, Stefan has often involved himself in harvesting fresh fruit and vegetables from his home-garden and creating dishes from these. Recognizing his enthusiasm for food, his family encouraged him to pursue a career in cooking.

Prior to joining the Hyatt family, Stefan worked in several well-known hotels and restaurants within
Germany as well as in the United Kingdom. His experience within the Hyatt family began with Hyatt
Regency Mainz, Germany in 2008. Two years later, Stefan joined Park Hyatt Canberra, Australia and
in 2011, he was part of the re-opening team for Park Hyatt Sydney, and, later on, led kitchen
operations as the Chef de Cuisine. Since January 2017, Chef Stefan has worked in Malaysia as part of
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur’s culinary team.

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12 Jalan Pinang
50450, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

+ 60 3 2182 1234 PHONE
+ 60 3 2203 9166 FAX

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Glenfiddich Tasting At Boozeat

I'd seen the name BOOZEAT around, probably on Facebook, and my interest was piqued when I received an invitation from them to a Glenfiddich sampling.  Of course the stag drink is not new to me, and I have had the privilege of several events with them, but as I said, my curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to check out BOOZEAT.

Turns out its an online marketplace for quality booze, that ostensibly cheaper than buying retail, because it supposedly by passes the chain of suppliers, shipments, distributors, etc.

They offer 24 hour delivery service of Premium alcohols and party packages, including cool stuff like Oyster and Wine Party Delivery etc etc.

No point reinventing the wheel, and regurgitating everything here, you can check out their website at

The Glenfiddich Whisky tasting was pleasant enough, Shawn Samuel from William Grant and Sons brought us through the tasting, with the usual party tricks of how to nose the thing correctly, ie, invert the whisky in the palm of your hands, rub it gently, and smell your palms, assuming they weren't grubby and sweaty to begin with.  The evaporated alcohol leaves the lingering smells,and from there you can smell peaches, durian, (kidding), apple, oak, ....the sky is the limit.

For media enquiries, kindly contact :
Boozeat (Eat Drink Play Repeat Sdn Bhd)
Alex Au Yang/ Jini Rajendran
+6012 2283 211

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wine Pairing Dinner at Overseas Restaurant....A Blissful Marriage of Orient and Occident

Overseas Restaurant, be it the original one in Jln Imbi, or the one in Armada, (actually, is that the name of the building or just the hotel?) has always been one of our favourite family restaurants for Chinese food. Consistent, and delicious, although we don't go as often as I would like.

When I got an invite to attend a wine pairing dinner there, I was more than delighted, because I knew for sure the food was going to be good, so at least 50% of the battle was won.  Not only that, it's the first in a SERIES (how exciting is that, move over, Game of Thrones) of wine pairings from around the world, and this particular event was "Viaje De Gusto", wines from Spain, and likewise, food as well.

Over and above the media invite, the proprietor also asked me to extend an invite to my  friends, so what a fun night it was.

To start and paired with a lovely Cava (where apparently that night the restaurant had finished the that particular Cava stock in the whole country), cold cuts of Salami and Jamon, cheeses, olives, and I was just one step away from breaking into a Flamenco dance of joy.

...which incidentally, there was...

A pan of freshly seared Iberico  scented the entire area with that heavenly porcine aroma, and the meat was just melt in the mouth, washed down with the Cava.

The black truffle combo

The delicious fish maw and crab meat soup, I suppose was deemed to be in a level of its own, not to be paired or contaminated by any wines, so there was no wine pairing for this.  But actually it is a good match with the Cava.

The carnage...

Iberico  loin combo.... gorgeous iberico char siu, such decadence, paired with Montalvo Vilmot, a full bodied wine for full flavoured food.

Smoked Sliced Duck With Chinese Lamen, paired with the Prima.

As part of the evenings festivities, wine sommelier Jonathan walked us through the various wines we were drinking, explaining why each wine goes with what.

Hostess /emcee extraordinaire entertaining the crowd, with a game where participants could win some coveted bottles of wine, which entailed smelling and identifying certain every day items....which was harder than it sounds.  For example, the first item was "PINEAPPLE" and a good battalion of people had inhaled the mystery scent before a winner finally emerged.  Subsequently was vanilla, which even then, took a while, but Chris of Brought Up to Share won it.   Proud of you boy, if you read this, you know la hor, when to open that bottle you won and who to share it with.

Come and smell...


A lovely evening...can't wait for the next wine pairing....I think I heard Italy!