Freddy Western Section @ PJ Old Town


We’ve found a great new place for tasty, affordable western breakfast. Not only that.. generously portioned steaks, pork chops and chicken chops as well. the smiley chef who used to work for a German restaurant Freddy Western Section, that’s opened shop at PJ Old Town’s Soon Lee Coffee Shop no more than a couple of [...]

Gerard Bertrand Wines at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

ciki at le meridien KL

We were recently invited to a night of Jazz and Gerard Bertrand fine wines, hosted by Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, a couple of weeks ago. Gerard Bertrand was born and raised in the South of France. Making wine with his father, Georges, since the age of 10, Gerard Bertrand offers the full range and diversity [...]

The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program – new culinary benefits


Recently we were invited to Le Meridien KL, for the launch of a spanking new SPG ( Starwood Preferred Guest ) card, something the Starwood Group of hotels have revamped, and with added benefits. This is great news as I have just signed up for my very own SPG Card. This card entitles me to [...]

It’s Curtains for Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur

It’s curtains for Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur – an iconic hotel which has stood bold and proud for exactly 39 years. It is true, that what goes down, must come up .. but not before it goes out in style and with a bang! “She want’s to dance with me!” – Rick Astley Last week, [...]

Spanish Milk Fed Lamb at Chef Choi

Chef Choi may not offer glitzy decor or trendy music, but it has carved out an enviable niche with its ‘great flavours’ & staff who make everyone feel ‘remembered & special’. Unlike the competition hereabouts, there is plenty of elbow room in this cozy restaurant I have come to call, a second home. And you [...]

Champagne Sabrage with Ciki at Chalet, Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur!


This is the only REAL way to open a bottle of Champagne. Ciki attempts this for the first time at Chalet, Equatorial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur! Sabring a champagne bottle isn’t as easy as it looks! With the right position, posture and bottle temperature , i.e, the bottle must be chilled to the correct degree, then [...] at Publika

There are some trips that just stick in your head, more vividly than others. “We do not serve vegetarian-friendly items here..” says the menu at Momofuku Ssäm Bar, New York. Ah.. Momofuku. You should hope to bet your bottom dollar, that any dish that bears that “huge” name behind it, would at least have the [...]

Angus House – Japanese Charcoal Steak at Starhill Kuala Lumpur

Remember our list of Top 8 steak joints in KL? Well, we were truly gutted when Angus Steakhouse (No.5 on our list) closed down, at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. But we weren’t too distraught as we knew that they would be opening again soon at Starhill Kuala Lumpur. Well here we are at Starhill and steak [...]

The last dance.. at Chalet, Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur

We only part to meet again. ~John Gay   I was amazed, shocked.. a little sad even, when I found out that this, would be the last Valentine’s Dinner celebration at Chalet, Equatorial that I would have the pleasure of attending. You see, hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur will be torn down under an extreme makeover, [...]

Valentine’s Day at Samplings on the Fourteenth


I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. I find all that wishy-washy propaganda just a way for Hallmark and restaurants to make money. I mean, all these over sized fuzzy greeting cards certainly don’t make me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. Restaurants with their exorbitant prices don’t either. Then [...]

Our Top 8 Favourite Steak Joints in Town


There’s a steakhouse on every corner of the city these days, but where can you go to enjoy a piece of beef, that suits every occasion and mood of dining? Like take us two hungry monkeys for example, we sometimes like dining on high end gourmet steak in tres chi-chi, contemplative surroundings, but sometimes, we [...]