Tapaulah

Special thanks to Tapaulah for extending this food review invitation.

Only World Group recently launched Tapaulah, an online food delivery platform that focuses on quality meals at affordable prices. In the midst of stay-at-home orders, Tapaulah gives customers the convenience of having wholesome food delivered to their doorsteps.
For starters, Tapaulah offers affordable lunchboxes from RM9.90 each. There are over 20 different types to choose from. Each set meal comes with an appetizer, a vegetable dish and rice.
Sambal Chicken Lunchbox is one of Tapaulah's signature items. The spicy gravy is made of spices like dried chili, shallots, lemongrass and tamarind. The dish is served in a sealed bag to maintain freshness. Reheating instructions are provided.
Kung Pow Chicken Lunchbox is another recommended choice. The chicken is cooked in thick gravy made of oyster sauce, soy sauce and onions. This dish is reasonably spicy thanks to the presence of dried chili.
As for beverages, Jumbo Herbs is Tapaulah's specialty mocktail. The supersized iced drink is concocted from soda, mint, parsley, lemon, lychee and sour plum. Aromatic and refreshing, the Jumbo Herbs is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day.
Tapaulah currently provides delivery service to selected areas in Penang and Klang Valley. Customers can also opt to pick up their orders directly from Tapaulah outlets such as The TOP. Besides ready-to-eat meals, the website also sells frozen food, condiments and cooking paste. All food items at Tapaulah are halal-certified.

Name: Tapaulah
Address: N/A
Contact: 017-696-6188
Business hours: N/A
Website: https://www.tapaulah.com.my
Coordinates: N/A
Directions: N/A

The Courtyard

This article is part of my Ramadan 2021 compilation.

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

Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a luxury hotel in the heart of Bukit Bintang. The 5-star property is under the same management as Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, another prestigious hotel nearby. Pavilion Hotel has its flagship eatery, The Courtyard, located at Level 8.
As the name implies, the restaurant features a Centre Court where al fresco dining is possible. A curtain of falling water forms the backdrop of the open space. This idyllic paradise is a popular venue for outdoor events like weddings and cocktail parties.
Today, the hotel is giving a sneak peek of the upcoming Muhibbah Malaysia Buffet. The festive menu is curated by the hotel's Chef de Cuisine, Chef Awie. True to the Malaysian spirit of "muhibbah", the buffet spread covers a variety of Malaysian favorites in a hawker-style setting.
The main highlight this evening is Kambing Bakar. The whole lamb is seasoned with flavorful spices, and then roasted to golden perfection. The lamb is also served with Nasi Briyani (biryani rice), hard-boiled eggs and a variety of sauces.
Nasi Hujan Panas looks visually appealing. The dish is a mixture of rice grains dyed with different colors. Nasi Hujan Panas can be enjoyed with Ayam Golek (roasted chicken) and hard-boiled eggs.
At the courtyard, one of the hawker stalls has a charcoal grill where tandoori chicken, turmeric fish and marinated prawns are prepared. I am particularly impressed by the beef and chicken satay. Marinated with turmeric, the skewered meats go very well with spicy peanut gravy.
Other hawker stalls serve crowd favorites such as Roti Canai, Asam Laksa, Rendang, Chicken Rice, Mee Goreng Mamak, Char Kuey Teow and more. Of course, a warm serving of Bubur Lambuk (spiced congee) is essential when breaking fast.
Moving to the sweet confections, The Courtyard spares no expense in satisfying one's sweet tooth. Emphasizing quality over quantity, the desserts counter features a fascinating selection of Malay kuih and French pastries.
I am delighted to see exquisite Middle Eastern desserts such as baklava. These sweet pastries are garnished with gold leaves to give a sense of opulence. As per tradition, palm dates are traditionally eaten first when breaking fast.
If you are an avid durian fan, be sure not to overlook the durian station at the far end of the Centre Court! As per hotel policy, durians may not be brought into indoor areas and must be consumed outdoors.
Throughout the evening, the ambience is filled with soothing melody of seruling (bamboo flute). The musical instrument is played by the hotel's resident artiste, Ayawan. Ayawan used to perform at the hotel's reception area every evening, a tradition practiced at all Banyan Tree properties.
The Muhibbah Malaysia Buffet will be held every evening from 16 April 2021 to 12 May 2021. The meal is priced at RM148.00 per adult and RM74.00 per child or senior citizen. Early birds who book by 13 April 2021 enjoy discounted prices of RM108.00 and RM54.00 respectively. Furthermore, The Courtyard offers 20% discount with a minimum of 10 adults per party.
As for customers who prefer to dine in the comfort of their own homes, Pavilion Hotel delivers festive 4-person set meals for RM180.00. Reservation can be made by phone (+60) 3-2117 2821, WhatsApp (+60) 17-206 8805 or email thecourtyard-pavilionhotel@banyantree.com.
Name: The Courtyard
Address: Pavilion Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2117-2821
Business hours: 6:30am-10:00pm
Website: https://www.banyantree.com/en/malaysia/pavilion-hotel/dining/the-courtyard
Coordinates: 3.14884 N, 101.71479 E
Directions: Pavilion Hotel is located at the east side of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur shopping center in Bukit Bintang. The Courtyard is situated at Level 8 of the hotel. The hotel shares the same basement parking as the shopping mall, but guests of Pavilion Hotel may park at a private section behind a second barrier.

Table Talk

This article is part of my Ramadan 2021 compilation.

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

Having been to Dorsett Grand Subang on several occasions, we are pleased to visit its sister property, Dorsett Hartamas Kuala Lumpur. The 4-star hotel has an all-day dining outlet called Table Talk at Level Mezzanine. Taking helm in the kitchen is Executive Chef Ahmad, who previously served at Dorsett Kuala Lumpur.
For the upcoming Ramadan season, Table Talk is serving Rasa-Rasa Briyani set meals for dine-in, take-away and delivery. There are three choices for the main curry dish: chicken, beef and lamb. The lamb version is my personal favorite. The mutton is delightful tender and blends remarkably well with spices.
Hailing from Batu Pahat, Chef Ahmad puts his hometown's spin into the briyani recipe. The mouth-watering dish uses long-grain basmati rice that does not feel surfeiting. This makes briyani the ideal companion to all types of curry.
Each set meal is served with acar rampai (pickled vegetables), dalca sayur (vegetable stew), telur rebus (hard-boiled eggs), papadom (crackers), buah kurma (palm dates), kuih Melayu (Malay kuih), bubur kacang hijau (mung bean soup), honeydew pudding and fruits cocktail.
Finally, cleanse your palate with a refreshing glass of air bandung selasih. Made of evaporated milk and rose syrup, the pink-colored beverage contains basil seeds that resemble frog eggs!
Rasa-Rasa Briyani set meals are available from 13 April 2021 to 10 May 2021. The chicken version is priced at RM68.00 net, while the beef and lamb versions are priced at RM88.00 net. The serving size is just right for 2 persons. To place an order, please contact Dorsett Hartamas by phone (+60) 3-6209 8888 or by email reservation.hartamas@dorsetthotels.com.
Name: Table Talk
Address: Dorsett Hartamas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Taman Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-6209-8888
Business hours: 6:30am-10:30am, 11:00am-3:00pm
Website: https://www.dorsetthotels.com/en/dorsett-hartamas-kuala-lumpur/dining/all-day-dining-restaurant.html
Coordinates: 3.16291 N, 101.65546 E
Directions: Dorsett Hartamas Kuala Lumpur is situated across the street from Hartamas Shopping Centre. Table Talk is located at Level Mezzanine. There are parking spaces at the basement levels.

Pasar Baru

This article is part of my Ramadan 2021 compilation.

Special thanks to New World Petaling Jaya Hotel for extending this food review invitation.

New World Petaling Jaya Hotel is the first hotel to hold a Ramadan preview this year. The event is held at the hotel's bazaar-style coffeehouse, Pasar Baru. Themed "Santapan Warisan", this year's menu features over 100 dishes that span multiple cuisines.
The main highlight this evening is Kambing Panggang. Seasoned with Middle-Eastern spices, the roasted lamb is served with aromatic Kabsa Rice. Condiments like mint sauce are provided.
As for Satay, the menu covers chicken and beef versions. I am particularly impressed by the latter as the marinated beef is succulent indeed. The skewered meats are customarily eaten with peanut sauce, nasi impit (pressed rice), shallots and cucumbers.
Another signature dish that deserves a special mention is Sup Gearbox, which I find wonderfully rich and tasty. The bone marrow is considered a delicacy too. The cow's femur resembles a gear stick, which explains how the dish got its name.
Moving on to hot dishes, the main highlights today are Ayam Penyet, Daging Lada Hitam, Kambing Masak Merah and Ikan Goreng Berempah. Of course, Bubur Lambuk is essential when breaking fast.
Bamboo Biryani and Curry Fish Head go rather well with each other. As for Chinese cooking, popular dishes are Kung Pao Chicken, Wok-Fried Beef, Steamed Fish With Tofu Skin, Yang Chow Fried Rice and Cantonese Fried Noodles.
The Indian section of the kitchen has large tandoor ovens where Tandoori Chicken, Hariyali Fish Tikka and Naan are prepared. Other prominent dishes from the subcontinent are Murgh Makhani (butter chicken), Lamb Rohanjosh and Vegetable Jalfrizy.
I am pleased to see a variety of Nasi Kandar dishes as part of the buffet spread. Today's choices are Nasi Minyak, Dalcha Kambing, Daging Masak Hitam, Telur Dadar, Ayam Goreng Berempah and Kubis Goreng.
The Santapan Warisan buffet features several action counters where à la minute dishes are prepared. For instance, Curry Laksa is served at the noodles counter.
The Chicken Rice here is commendable too. The accompanying chili sauce and garlic sauce accentuate the chicken's flavor to a whole new level.
The pastry section presents a colorful assortment of Malay kuih such as Kuih Lapis, Kuih Ketayap, Bingka Ubi, Tapai and Onde-Onde. Warm desserts include Bubur Pulut Hitam and Bubur Pulut Hijau.
Towards the end of the meal, quench your thirst with refreshing drinks such as Sirap Bandung, Soy Milk and Sugarcane Juice. Hot beverages like Teh Tarik are available too.
Pasar Baru's Warisan Santapan is available daily from 13 April 2021 to 12 May 2021. The regular price is RM148.00 net per person, but early birds enjoy a special price of RM118.00 net. In parallel, the hotel also offers private buffets for larger groups at the Grand Ballroom.
Should you prefer to dine in the comfort of your own home, Pasar Baru has Jom Makan set meals for take-away and delivery. Priced at RM120.00 net for two, each set meal consists of an appetizer, soup, 3 hot dishes, vegetable, rice and dessert. Just complete this form and revert to the hotel via WhatsApp ((+60) 10-216 3810) or email (marketing.petalingjaya@newworldhotels.com).
Name: Pasar Baru
Address: New World Petaling Jaya Hotel, 1, Jalan SS 7/26A, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-7682-0000
Business hours: 6:00am-11:00pm
Website: https://petalingjaya.newworldhotels.com/en/dining/pasarbaru
Coordinates: 3.10437 N, 101.59568 E
Directions: New World Petaling Jaya Hotel is situated on the southwest side of Paradigm Mall. Pasar Baru is located at Level 2. The hotel shares the same basement parking as the shopping mall. The parking rate is RM1.00 (weekdays) or RM2.00 (weekends) for the first 2 hours, plus RM1.00 for every subsequent hour.