If you have been to the KLCC Convention Centre or the Aquaria, most likely you would have parked at the adjoining outdoor car park. If you did, then you should have noticed Top Hat Restaurant before. It is located along Jalan Stonor, somewhere near the car park’s exit. I had always wondered about the restaurant but never really made a point to make a visit because it looked pricey. But after gathering positive feedbacks from friends who dined there before, we were finally convinced to try.
Set in a colonial bungalow that used to be a school in the past, the restaurant is filled with natural light from the side windows and oozes classical elegance. The menu that rotates every three months is a delightful blend of Western Dishes and Asian flavours, with the latter focused more on local Malaysian and distinctive Nyonya cuisines. Prices here are expectedly above average but not exorbitantly expensive.
Top Hats (Kuih Pai Tee) @ RM10 for half a dozen, a signature dish here that also matches the restaurant’s name. These bite-sized appetizers were prepared fresh and arrived at the table warm. The ‘hat’ was light but crispy and the shredded radish filling was surprisingly more delicious than anticipated considering it is vegetarian. They go very well with the homemade chili coriander sauce too, in fact a must for Pai Tee.
Going for a Japanese Buffet nowadays could be a huge headache – there are simply too many choices and new ones are mushrooming like nobody’s business. For important celebrations and occassions I usually stick to the more reputable and established ones. And Komura Japanese Restaurant at Corus Hotel is one of them, which I chose to celebrate my birthday not long ago. Although expensive at RM98++ (easily the priciest) it was a pleasant meal overall. FYI, Komura’s buffet is of those tick-from-a-paper-menu-ala-carte style.
5 types of sashimi available for the buffet: Maguro (Tuna), Shake (Salmon), Mekajiki (Butterfish), Tako (Octopus) and Ika (Cuttlefish) The salmon slices were fresh and delicate, comparable to what I had in Munakata.
Because of that we had many servings of Salmon sashimi. Butterfish was also nice without the frozen taste.
Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant in KLCC is one of the restaurant under Tai Thong Group Of Restaurants. One afternoon I saw a flyer advertising their latest promotion, which was 50% discount on selected dim sum and tong sui from 3pm-5pm.
I was immediately attracted to the promotion and went to take a look at the restaurant. It was lunchtime on a Saturday and the restaurant appeared empty. But when I returned two hours later it was full! I guess everyone was waiting for 3pm to have a late lunch or tea break lol.
We requested for the promotional menu and felt disappointed discovering the items on the 50% discount list were.. how do I put it.. ‘cheap’ ones lol. The ala-carte menu was no doubt more extensive and premium looking, same for the prices too. Luckily we were in just for a tea break. But hey it’s dim sum at KLCC so I think we can’t complain much about the price for the location and ambiance you get.
The Stir-Fried Radish Cake with Bean Sprouts @ RM8.50 was not bad at all although it looked a little underfried, because the wok hei was present. I would have enjoyed it more only if the radish cake was cut into smaller cubes before being stir fried. Smaller cubes = more flavor in each bite.
Deep Fried Shrimp Rolls with Mango @ RM9.50. A hint of sweet mango lifted the dish a little. Click here to continue reading >
For those working in KLCC, I don’t know if you knew this. There’s a good and cheap Nasi Kandar stall in Signature Food Court at KLCC’s second floor.
Whenever I don’t feel like spending a lot for meal while shopping in KLCC, I’d head to Hameed’s Nasi Kandar for a plate of their nice and cheap nasi kandar. Seriously, RM4.80 for a meat and vegetable nasi kandar meal is damn cheap in KLCC. Heck, it’s even cheaper than what I could get in Cyberjaya!
My favorite would be Nasi Kandar Campur Kambing with kuah campur (mixed curry gravy) It tastes a lot better than many nasi kandar stalls out there, believe me. If you’re not into soft drinks, you’d be happy to know Hameed Nasi Kandar also sells the usual Malaysian drinks like teh or milo ais. Price is around RM1.80-RM2.00 if I am not mistaken.
Instead of curry chicken, Ayam Kicap (chicken in dark soya sauce) which tasted a bit sweet is included in the Nasi Kandar Campur Ayam. The portions might be a little small for some, but it does the job for me.