Golfer's Terrace

Special thanks to TPC Kuala Lumpur for extending this food review invitation.

Today's program brings us to Tournament Players Club (TPC) Kuala Lumpur, formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. Perched on the idyllic Bukit Kiara, this prestigious country club is surrounded by rolling lawns and lush greenery.
The beautifully landscaped golf course comprises of the 18-hole East Course (par 71) and 18-hole West Course (par 72). Both courses meet the highest standard of PGA, and are among the most acclaimed ones in Asia. Over the years, TPC Kuala Lumpur has hosted international tournaments such as the PGA Tour, PGA European Tour and LPGA Tour.
The villa-style clubhouse provides facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, driving range, fitness center, karaoke lounge, golf pro shop and more. As for club members with children, TPC Kuala Lumpur has a recreational amenities like bowling alley, games room and mini theater to keep the young ones entertained at all times.
TPC Kuala Lumpur has several food outlets, all of which are open to the public. Located at the West Lobby, the Golfer's Terrace serves as the country club's all-day dining restaurant. The food menu here covers a variety of local delights and Western dishes.
Unlike other eateries in TPC Kuala Lumpur, the Golfer's Terrace is directly operated by the clubhouse. The main dining area has air-conditioned and al fresco dining sections. There is also a bar area which affords panoramic views of the West Course.
Roti Canai (RM6.25) is one of popular dishes on the breakfast menu, which is typically served between 6:30am and 11:00am daily. The dough for Roti Canai is kneaded, flattened and folded repeatedly so that it becomes flaky when cooked. The crispy flatbread is served with dhal and chicken curry.
Rojak Petis (RM19.50) comprises of jicama (sengkuang), pineapples, cucumbers, bean sprouts, tofu, water spinach (kangkung) and crushed peanuts. The ingredients are tossed with freshly made petis udang, a savory paste made of shrimps, tamarind and chili peppers.
Diners who prefer Western cuisine can opt for Carbonara Pasta (RM32.40). The spaghetti dish is served with streaky beef, mushrooms, fried bread and egg cream sauce. The homemade sauce is made less creamy in order to suit the local palate.
In an interesting twist to the classic Italian dessert, the Soy Panna Cotta is made of soy milk instead of cream. The sweet custard is served with fresh strawberries, strawberry sauce and chocolate curls.
For the month of February 2020, Golfer's Terrace is rolling out Nasi Tomato & Ayam Masak Merah Set (RM29.90++). This popular Malay dish uses rice infused with tomato purée, which is blended from fresh tomatoes. Also served on the banana leaf are ayam masak merah (tomato-flavored chicken), dalcha (vegetable stew), acar jelatah (pickled vegetable salad), papadum (black gram crackers) and cashew nuts.
Ayam Masak Merah is thoroughly marinated with spices, making the meat succulent to the last morsel. The chicken thigh is braised with tomato sauce, dried chili peppers, terung pipit (pea eggplant), onions and spices. Meanwhile, acar jelatah serves to cleanse the palate after a satisfying meal.
The weather is usually hot and sunny during February 2020. In response, Golfer's Terrace is serving Pineapple Lemonade (RM12.00++) and Pineapple Sunrise (RM12.00++) month-long to keep one's body cool and rejuvenated throughout the day.
Golfer's Terrace does not cut corners when it comes to food quality. To ensure that all dishes have the "homemade" touch, virtually all ingredients are prepared from scratch in the kitchen. The food portions are also quite generous; a single serving is largely sufficient for most people.

Name: Golfer's Terrace
Address: 10, Jalan 1/70D Off Jalan Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2011-9189
Business hours: 6:30am-9:00pm (Sunday-Thursday), 6:30am-11:00pm (Friday-Saturday)
Website: Click here
Coordinates: 3.13866 N, 101.63948 E
Directions: Tournament Players Club (TPC) Kuala Lumpur is situated at Bukit Kiara. The country club is within a short drive from Sime Darby Convention Centre. Golfer's Terrace is located at the West Lobby. Non-members may park at the multi-storey car park for free, and then get a free buggy ride to the clubhouse entrance.

Ichiban Boshi

Ichiban Boshi (いちばんぼし) is a chain of Japanese restaurants from Singapore. For today's dinner, we visited the outlet at Publika Shopping Gallery. The restaurant is located one level above The Bee.
The first dish that we ordered is Unagi Yanagawa (うなぎ柳川, RM35.80), where savory unagi fillets are served with scrambled eggs. Somehow, I feel that the unagi is not so compatible with eggs. We upgraded the meal to include garlic fried rice, miso soup (味噌汁) and fruit for an additional RM6.30.
The next dish is Saba Don & Udon With Satsumaimo Tempura Set (RM33.90). It comprises of a bowl of rice topped with grilled mackerel, a bowl of udon soup, and a serving of sweet potato tempura. The meal also includes chawanmushi (茶碗蒸し), miso soup and cut fruit. Unfortunately, the tempura is not as crumbly as it ought to be.
This is followed by Aburi Salmon Mentai Don (炙りサーモン明太丼, RM26.80). This rice dish is topped with salmon, egg, roe and mayonnaise. The salmon slices are briefly torched before serving. While the overall taste is acceptable, the amount of toppings is too little in proportion to rice.
Saba Yaki (さば焼き, RM19.80) or grilled mackerel comes with a choice of either teriyaki (照り焼き) or shioyaki (塩焼き). For the former, the mackerel is glazed with a sweet sauce made from soy sauce, mirin and sugar. I think the seasoning is substantially saltier than necessary.
Overall, the food at Ichiban Boshi falls short of satisfaction. There is much room for improvement when it comes to seasoning. I also feel that the service crew is grossly understaffed.

Address: C5-G3-24, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-6203-2271
Business hours: 11:30am-10:00pm


This article is part of my Chinese New Year 2020 compilation.

Special thanks to Olive Tree Hotel for extending this food review invitation.

As the Lunar New Year is fast approaching, Olive Tree Hotel is welcoming the Year of the Rat with festive ornaments in the lobby. As for dining, the hotel is serving Festive Buffet Dinner at Sukkah Coffee House on selected days.
As per tradition, the Chinese New Year feast begins with the tossing of yee sang (鱼生). Since the meal is served in a buffet setting, the restaurant provides do-it-yourself Olive Tree Yee Sang. Diners can choose from a variety of ingredients like daikon, carrots, sesame seeds, pomelo, crackers, plum sauce and sesame oil.
As for cooked dishes, Grilled Sea Bass Fillets stand out most prominently. The dish is served with beurre blanc and pineapple salsa, and then garnished with colorful bell peppers and capers.
Squid In Chef's Superior Sauce is another attractive dish. The squid is cut in a criss-cross pattern in order to take full advantage of the savory sauce.
Moving to the action counter, Oriental Crispy Duck is roasted to golden perfection, and then wrapped in steamed mantou. Sweet bean sauce and spring onions are added too.
I am most impressed with the Herbal Chicken Drumstick Soup, which is infused with Chinese herbs like Chinese liquorice (甘草) and scented Solomon's seal (玉竹). The soup is served with choy sum and springy egg noodle.
Diners can help themselves to Japanese delicacies such as maki rolls, inari (fried tofu) and seasoned baby octopus. Fruit rojak, keropok (crackers) and century eggs are available too.
The pastry team has prepared a variety of mouthwatering confections like mandarin orange profiteroles, orange cream cake and koi fish jelly. Traditional Chinese New Year treats like nian gao (年糕) and festive cookies are present too.
End the meal on a sweet note with a bowl of Leng Chee Kang (莲子羹). Diners can add ingredients like lotus seeds, ginkgo nuts, snow fungus and basil seeds. The dessert can be served hot or with shaved ice. The hot version is quite sweet, so you may need to water it down a bit.
Olive Tree Hotel's Festive Buffet Dinner is available on 4 days only: 17, 18, 26 and 31 January 2020. The buffet price is RM98.00+ for adults, RM58.00+ for children and RM78.00+ for senior citizens.
Olive Tree Hotel also serves Chinese New Year Set Menu in The Olive. The 8-course dinner is priced at RM1,088.00+ per table and requires a minimum of 2 tables. This promotion is available between 9 January 2020 and 1 March 2020. Prior reservation is required.
Alternatively, diners can opt for the Steamboat Set Menu which includes yee sang and desserts. In addition, à la carte yee sang (for dine-in or take-away) comes in 4 different versions. These deals are offered from 9 January 2020 to 1 March 2020.
Name: Sukkah Coffee House
Address: 76, Jalan Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-637-7873
Business hours: 6:00am-10:00pm
Coordinates: 5.32692 N, 100.27932 E
Directions: Olive Tree Hotel is located at Bayan Baru, just across the street from SPICE Arena. Sukkah is located at Level 1, just above a flight of elevator from the lobby. The hotel's multi-storey parking charges RM3.00 for the first hour, then RM1.00 for each subsequent hour.

Spice Market

This article is part of my Chinese New Year 2020 compilation.

Special thanks to Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa for extending this food review invitation.

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa welcomes the Year of the Rat with sumptuous buffet meals at Spice Market Café. The special menus are designed by Executive Chef Leong and his culinary crew. Today's media event highlights several specialty dishes that will be served during the upcoming festive season.
One of the signature dishes in the buffet is Sweet & Sour Sea Bass, which is served "squirrel"-style. This means that the fish is deboned and cut in a cross-hatch pattern prior to frying. As a result, the cooked fish resembles the bushy tail of a squirrel.
Eight Treasure Chicken is infused with herbal flavors of scented Solomon's seal (玉竹) and wolfberries (枸杞). The chicken is steamed in aluminium foil to keep the flavors intact.
The next dish is Tiger Prawns In Pumpkin Sauce. Presented in a hollowed-out pumpkin, the shrimps are sweet and crunchy indeed.
One should not overlook Steamed Tofu With Scallops either. The delicacy is garnished with wolfberries and coriander.
The pastry team is also preparing festive desserts such as Green Tea Chocolate Tart, Mandarin Orange Cake, Pandan Chiffon Cake, Lychee Flan, Orange Cream Puffs and more.
For the upcoming Lunar New Year, Spice Market Café will be having 4 festive buffet sessions: Reunion Buffet Dinner (24 January 2020), Chinese New Year Brunch (25 January 2020) and Spice & Happiness Buffet Dinner (25 January 2020 and 26 January 2020).
In addition, take-away yee sang is available at Rasa Deli between 24 January 2020 and 8 February 2020. There are 4 versions to choose from.
Rasa Sayang's sister property, Golden Sands Resort, is also having Chinese-themed buffets concurrently. The meals will be served at Garden Cafe and Sigi's Bar & Grill.
Name: Spice Market Café
Address: Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-888-8888
Business hours: 6:30am-10:30pm
Website: Click here
Coordinates: 5.47972 N, 100.25466 E
Directions: From Tanjung Bungah, travel west towards Batu Ferringhi. Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is approximately 4.2 kilometers from Tanjung Bungah's floating mosque, located on the right. Spice Market Café is at Lobby level of the Garden wing.

Café Laurel

This article is part of my Chinese New Year 2020 compilation.

Special thanks to Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang for extending this food review invitation.

Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang is a 5-star hotel at Gurney Drive (Persiaran Gurney). The property is managed by Evergreen Group, a multinational logistics and aviation company based in Taiwan. This evening, Evergreen Laurel Hotel is hosting a preview of the upcoming Chinese New Year buffets.
There will be 5 buffet session during the festive season, all of which are held at Café Laurel. The most lavish one is the reunion dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve (24 January 2020). Throughout the evening, guests will be entertained by the God of Prosperity (财神) and a live band. Café Laurel is also serving buffet high tea and dinner for the first 2 days of Chinese New Year. Customers enjoy 15% discount when they dine on these 2 days.
Right off the bat, Deep-Fried Prawns capture my attention immediately. Although looks can be deceiving in some cases, I must say that the prawns are delightfully sweet and crunchy.
Next, Braised Lamb is cooked with cream sauce that helps to mask the lamb's strong smell. The dish is garnished with vegetables and fritters.
As for poultry, the Braised Chicken is cooked to perfection. Not only is the meat succulent, the brown skin is delectable too.
Pan-Fried Fish is easily my favorite dish this evening. Appetizing aroma permeates the vicinity as soon as the lid is removed. The fish fillets are flavored with sweet-and-sour sauce that it does not overwhelm my palate.
Moving to the cold cuts section, there are smoked fish, smoked chicken, chicken slices and seasoned baby octopus. As for health-conscious diners, there is a salad bar with fresh vegetables and dressings.
The buffet's Japanese section is well received too. Chilled slices of salmon and tuna sashimi (刺身) are served with condiments like wasabi (山葵) and soy sauce. Futomaki (太巻き), or thick sushi rolls, are prepared too.
The action counter prepares Char Koay Teow (炒粿条), Penang's most popular stir-fried dish. Ingredients used are flat rice noodles, prawns, squids, fishcakes, eggs, bean sprouts, garlic chives and chili paste.
The pastry section has a variety of sweet confections like red velvet cake, chocolate pound cake, strawberry mousse cake, chocolate layer cake, pandan sponge cakes, cheesecake, cream puffs and fruit tartlets.
At the end of the meal, cleanse your palate with cut fruits like rose apples, oranges, pineapples and watermelon. Assorted fruit jellies and panna cotta are available too.
In addition, Evergreen Laurel Hotel is serving banquet-style set meals from 24 January 2020 to 8 February 2020. There are 2 menu options: RM1,088.00 net and RM1,388.00 net per table. Reservation is highly recommended as slots are being filled quickly.
Name: Café Laurel
Address: 53, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-222-9988
Business hours: 6:30am-10:00pm
Coordinates: 5.43130 N, 100.31779 E
Directions: Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang is located at the eastern end of Gurney Drive (Persiaran Gurney). Café Laurel is located next to the lobby. Evergreen Laurel Hotel has multi-storey parking, which is accessible from Gurney Drive and Kelawai Road (Jalan Kelawai).