Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ettora @ Solaris Dutamas

When it comes to special occasions or celebrations, I always place much concern on choosing a perfect gift. But more often than that, we receive gifts that lacked quality or hampers filled with unnecessary products. Goodbye to these frustrations because now I have Ettora which provides classy gourmet gift hampers!

Spot the wide selections of French chateau wines and champagnes!

Displayed on the exquisite rack, here's a wide range of decadent cookies that come in bright coloured containers, fruit cake, chocolates, gift hamper boxes, champagnes and wines for your picking. Look at how extensive the gift items are at Ettora!  

The origins of Ettora comes from Ettore — from an old Italian boy’s name which means loyal. While Ettora is the feminine version. Hmm, a loyal female, I assume?

Established recently, Ettora is a World Class Gourmet Gift company located in Solaris Dutamas with outlets opening soon at The Gardens Mall and Great Eastern Mall.

There I head to the gift shop cafe, and appreciate high tea set @ RM29.90.

#1 Organic Tea @ RM8 each

Here are 6 types of fully certified and imported organic teas, which enable me to sit back and relax. So mind-soothing they are!

Organic Tea from left to right:
Ginger Glow; English Breakfast; Earl Grey; Chamomile; Green Sencha; Black Chai 

Recommended; It's one of the best organic tea I've tried. The ginger glow tea bag is a special blend for the health conscious consisting of ginger, lemon grass, hibiscus flowers and calendula flowers. Perfectly good to stimulate blood circulation, to aid digestion and to warm the body when feeling cold.

#2 Fruitcakes @ RM9 

Bursting with mixed dried fruits and nuts, each piece of this decadent cake is moist and crunchy. It's a good piece to satisfy my cravings indeed.

#3 Food for the Gods Brownie @ RM9

Best served with coffee or tea, a scrumptious piece of moist chocolate brownie cake is filled with loads of dates and walnuts. The crunchiness is simply irresistible here! On top of that, it suits those who have slightly lower tolerance towards sugar as well.

 #4 Cookies Assortment @ RM12

Ettora’s six varieties of cookies include:
  • Melting Moments
  • Luxury Oat Almond
  • Chocolate Chip Macadamia
  • White Cranberry Chocolate Chip 
  • Hazelnut Shortbread
  • Oatmeal Raisin
The former 4 are among the best-selling products in Ettora.
offering wholesome cookies that are rich and buttery, with a lasting impression on the tastebuds.


The signature cookie at Ettora, "Melting Moments" is like a macaroon at the first glance. It is indeed a heavenly buttery cookie sandwiched with vanilla lemon cream. I enjoy it so much as it slowly melts in my mouth with a tinge of sweet and sour tastes.

This star-shaped cookie is called the "Hazelnut Shortbread", with a buttery blend of freshly ground hazelnuts.

Other freshly-baked tasty cookies from Ettora’s kitchen include:

Left: White Chocolate Cranberry, a crunchy cookie with hints of cranberry goodness.
Middle: Luxury Oat Almond, a wholesome biscuit made with pure oats and almonds.
Right: Chocolate Chip Macadamia, a decadent chocolate chip cookie enrobed with macadamia nuts.

#5 Belgian Chocolate Assortment @ RM49

Here are some imported chocolates in rectangular shape. They are mostly based with hazelnut paste and coated with milk, cream or caramel. Once the chocolate melts in my mouth, I feel the nutty hazelnut oozes out; What an enjoyment it is!

This is a little special, because the white ball-shaped one is actually "Boule witk Mokka Creme Fraiche", which is translated to be "Boule White Mocha Whipped Cream". Sealed with a layer of white mocha, the filing of whipped cream gives a snowy effect and it's best served cold. 

The filing for each Belgian chocolate is unique that it keeps me craving for more now!

#6 Caffe Latte @ RM9

If you prefer more caffeines, this is one of the famous gourmet coffees. And I believe this serves as a good treat to start or finish your day!

#7 Espresso @ RM9


Apart from the mouth-watering high tea set, I'm amazed with the vast selections of jams imported from an award-winning jam manufacturer in Australia.

The spread of flavours include:
  • Spiced Mango Chutney Jam 
  • Apricot Vanilla Conserved Jam 
  • Lemon Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Saffron Citrus Marmalade Jam
  • Tomato Kasundi Jam
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Onion Jam
  • Chilli Jam

I fall in love with such lovely, exquisite packaging for the jam. From the classy look itself, I want to try the jam badly!


Instead of offering her customers rattan baskets or wired baskets, Ettora’s elegant white gift boxes are filled with wholesome quality products. The gift boxes are usually enhanced with ribbons for extra styling. The gift boxes are priced from RM 120 to RM 2000.


Even a simple box of Belgian chocolate is perfect as a sincere gift.

The most luxury gourmet gift boxes is this: Double Grand Gourmet Gift Box @ RM1304.60,
consisting of:
  • Dona Paula Melbec 
  • Moet & Chandon Rose
  • 16 pieces of imported Belgian Chocolate
  • Luxury Fruit Cake
  • Gourmet jam 
  • Organic tea
Whoever can buy me this, I'll love you from head to toe, HAHA!


Find it troublesome to collect the gift? Ettora makes no hassle for you as they deliver the gift boxes worldwide using the courier service. Come visit Ettora, and you'd enjoy the gourmet heaven!


GOOD NEWS!

For RedCard holder, you are entitled for 30% discount off on total food bill
(only apply to ala-carte menu)

Note: 
1. RedCard offer everyday including public holidays.
2. Maximum guests allowed is 4.

Not RedCard member yet?
Grab the RM50 off now when you purchase RedCard annual membership for just RM38 (normal price RM88). How?

1. Fill up the registration form at www.redcard.my/join.php 
2. Enter FOOD (Facebook) exclusively discount code B4817B before sending to process.

Ettora - World Class Gourmet Gifts
D1-G3-07, 
Solaris Dutamas, 
No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 
50480 Mont Kiara, 
Kuala Lumpur. 
Contact: 03-6211 5416
Website: www.ettora.com

Monday, February 27, 2012

O'Briens Irish Sandwich Café @ Mid Valley, KL

Everytime when I shop at Mid Valley, I rarely notice there is O'Briens Irish Sandwich Cafe at the lower ground floor right beside the entrance of Jusco. Perhaps that's because I dislike walking near the  area with people from La Boheme bakery luring customers with lots of free food sampling. 

Officially launched in December 2011, this outlet has only operated for two months but its business is considered rather flourishing. In fact, it is crowded during lunch hours especially on weekends! This Irish sandwich cafe is originated from Dublin, Ireland.

The concept adapted in O'Briens is to serve the customers with healthy diet made of fresh premium ingredients. Here you can pick directly from the bar and choose your favourite sandwich. 

Sandwiches and salads are freshly prepared in front of customers, and I can clearly see what are inside my favourite foodstuff here. There's no way for me to complain because they really handle the food hygienically and professionally. 

  #1 Soup of the day @ RM6.50

A hot bowl of Cream of Mushroom serves as an appetizer for a lazy dinner for the day. Thick and creamy, the cream is so flavourful that I'd wish it's refillable!

#2 Classic Caesar Salad @ RM16.00

To kickstart a healthy diet, what's better than having a bowl of greens with sufficient minerals and vitamins? Sprinkled with generous amount of parmesan cheese, this bowl of caesar salad is filled with chicken cutlets, chicken crisp, crouton, olive, mixed leaves and homemade caesar dressing. All the ingredients used here are so crispy and match perfectly well with the tender chicken.

 #3 Chicken Tripledecker @ RM18.80

This sandwich club is one of house specialities and also the best-sellers in O'Briens. A portion is sufficient for a big eater, and also suitable for group sharing if you'd love to try more varieties.

The healthy bread toasted with white lean chicken meat and brown chicken crisp on the upper deck. Whereas the lower part is layered with lettuce, cheddar cheese, red onion, mixed peppers, coleslaw and tomato.


#4 Chicken, Chicken Crisp and Cheddar Wrappo @ RM16.50

Another selection I'd love in O'Briens is this wrappo, or more commonly known as chicken and cheese tortilla. The thin tortilla skin which wraps the meat and vegetables around, is served with light, crispy potato chips. The chips are all unsalted ones, definitely tastes better than Pringles or Mister Potato! 


Let's examine what's inside the wrappo. Giving a big bite on it, I can easily taste a blend of onions, capsicums, chicken meats, crispy chicken chips, tomato and cheese. Basically the ingredients are more or less similar to the chicken tripledecker, but it tastes better because of the texture and blend of taste it gives. 

#5 Hot Chicken Slice and Cheddar Cheese Shambo @ RM15.80

At the first glance, I thought the bread is in heart shape! But after some explanation by the crew there, I learn that Shambo here refers to the shamrock shaped foccacia bread. Simply because shamrock (three-leafed old white clover) symbolises Ireland, the flat oven-baked Italian bread is baked in such an interesting shape.

Apart from the main source of protein that is whole muscle ham, the shambo is enhanced with fresh tomato, onion, lettuce and honey mustard mayonnaise. What makes it stands out is the homemade honey mustard dressing that tastes a little sweet and sour; it excites the tongue of course!


#6 Frothy Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows @ RM9.00

What's better than enjoying the Irish sandwiches with a cup of freshly brewed hot chocolate? Presentation is as good as the food itself, thanks to the marshmallows that add a twist to the chocolate drinks.

#7 Metabolism Booster @ RM12.00

Consisting of papaya, pineapple juice, frozen yoghurt and crushed ice, this cup of ice blended juice is not only refreshing but healthy as well. The successful juice bar has many exotic combinations of drinks that I'd love to try in future!

Besides the real fresh juices and smoothies, 
you can always opt a quick buy from the bar of bottled drinks here.

Note:
  • Delivery service is available within the vicinity of O'Briens outlets. 
  • If you stay within 5 to 10 km away from its Subang Empire outlet, then you can experience a perfect lazy lunch with O'Briens.
  • Hotline Number: 1300-30-3000 (Delivery from 9am to 9pm daily)
  • Delivery Charge: RM4 per trip

Verdict:
1. Light, appetizing yet healthy food is rare, but I managed to find one here at O'Briens!
2. If it's a normal sandwich, then it's overpriced but as for their fresh, various ingredients and hearty sandwiches, I think it's just worth it.
3. Revisit? Of course. Perhaps I'll opt for delivery next time too.

O'Briens Irish Sandwich Café
LG-030 and 031,
Mid Valley Megamall, 
Lingkaran Syed Putra, 
Kuala Lumpur. 
Contact: 603-2282 5423

Friday, February 24, 2012

T@ste6 @ Swiss-Garden Residences Kuala Lumpur

Recently Swiss Garden Residences Kuala Lumpur has 2 whole newly renovated majestic suites at 33rd Floor of the building, for a cozy modern living! Imagine how high is it above the sea level, that you can have a magnificient view of KL city.

#1 Bukit Bintang Suite – 5 bedrooms with a private balcony
#2 Kuala Lumpur Suite - 4 bedrooms with a walk-in wardrobe

Designed with the finesse of contemporary interiors and spanning over 2300 sqft, both suites boast in stunning panoramic views of the bustling KL city. The 4 bedroom suites comes with spacious living room, 42’ TV with 16 channels including satellite and local channels, cosy dining area, AV room, a study area, fully equipped kitchen with contemporary design, bath tub and rain shower as well as complimentary full minibar and Wi-Fi.

Thanks to Swiss Garden, I get to explore the spacious suites. Here's the main living and dining hall with a comfortable home setting.

The well-equipped kitchen that satisfies your daily needs if you are to stay there. 

 The secondary living hall is as cozy as the main one, with the fluffy sofa and simple decorations.

Here's one of the bedrooms; They have around 4 - 6 bedrooms in each penthouse if I've not mistaken. Now you can gather a bunch of 10 people and enjoy the exquisite experience staying at the penthouse!
 
One of the washroom is built with a mirror facing the magnificient KL view. Imagine that you can enjoy the night scenery while bathing, what a perfect enjoyment in life!

When evening approaches, here's the view from the glassdoors around the penthouse. From here you can overlook the whole KL city and this eventually makes me think of LookOut Point

To enjoy such a stay in the penthouse, of course sacrifice of a sum of money is unavoidable.
The daily rate is approximately RM 8000++,
so... anyone wants to offer me a stay there? :P

Note: Kindly call 603-2141 3333 for reservation.

After exploring the penthouse, we then go down to the 6th Floor of the Swiss Garden Residences for dinner. Started since August 2011, this restaurant, T@ste6 or pronounced as Taste@6is the epitome of modern living at its finest! 


Upon arrival, I'm entranced with the inviting surrounding of T@ste6. There I thought it must be an ideal dining place with a fashionable blend of design, elegance and a brand new holistic culinary journey overlooking the magnificent view of the city's skyline.


#1 Fish Tikka Skewers

First up, let me try the foodstuff from the charcoal grills. The fish is grilled to perfection and deboned which makes it much easier to eat. 

#2 Fresh Tiger Prawns

#3 Fresh Squids

#4 Pakistani Chicken Kebab

#5 Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Such herbal condiment indeed spices up the potato wedges and makes it full of flavours! 

#6 Spaghetti Aglio Olio

#7 Buttered Mixed Vegetables 

#8 German Potato Salad

I'm not really a huge fan of potatoes but this salad with homemade dressings really tantalizes my taste bud! Despite of the thick dressing, the skin of potato chunks remain crispy and the potato itself is not too soft. Chewy enough to keep me attracted with such simple food!

Not forgetting to mention that the assorted salad on the bar also includes Mesclun salad, Watercress, Tomatoes, Carrot, Capsicum, Onion, Greek Salad, Cous-cous Salad Salmon with Udon and Edamame Salad.
 
#9 An array of sauces, dressings and accompaniments at the salad bar
  • Spice up your food with the sauces: Harissa, Chermoulah, Chimichurri, Thai Sesame, Tartar, Cocktail, and Gremolata
  • Pick your own salad dressings from wide selections including Balsamic Vinaigrette, Spiced Orange Vinaigrette, Lemon Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard Dressing, and Raspberry Vinaigrette

#10 Mini Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese

The carrot cake itself is deep-fried with cheese before being topped with a slice of strawberry. Carrot and cheese; what a twist is this combination of dessert. Of course, there are other delicacies along the dessert bar including Mini Chocolate Brownies with Basil Cream and Mini Cheese Cake with Berry Compote for the sweet tooth's satisfaction!

#11 Caffeines

You can order any kind of coffee, latte, cappuccino or mocha based on your preference and the kitchen will freshly brew it for each customer. 

Here I can slowly sip my cup of coffee while enjoying the beautifully renovated interior of the restaurant. The VIP room is available for large group dining, with a wide selection of wines. 

Whether it's an outdoor celebration for custom-made parties and events, T@ste6 definitely gives you the quality, comfort and hospitality.

Note:
  • The Weekend BBQ is priced at RM 96 nett with BUY 1 FREE 1 Promo (only applies for adult rate). Per child is RM 24 Nett. Kids below 5 years old eats for FREE! 
  • Availability: Weekends only from 6.30pm -11.00pm. 
  • Call 03-2785 1189 for events reservation 
  • Call 03 2785 1284 for T@ste6 Restaurant

Verdict:
1. The perfect setting for a nice treat during special occasions would definitely invite me for a revisit.
2. I don't mind adding a few more calories as the freshness of every grilled item is simply irresistible!
3. The meal is perfect as an escape within the hub of the city.

T@ste6
Swiss-Garden Residences Kuala Lumpur 
117, Jalan Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 603-2785 1284
Website: www.swissgarden.com
Email: fb_sghkl@swissgarden.com
GPS: 3.143547, 101.705551

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