Monday, October 31, 2011

Peking Duck @ Solaris Mont Kiara

This is the newest outlet for the Palace Group of restaurants. It's not exactly the same as their other restaurants because this one specialises in Peking Ducks. Sunday was their 1st day of business and my friends organised a dinner there to test out the dishes. There are reasons why I never venture into Solaris or Mont Kiara because I always had a problem finding my way there. It's always after a few wrong turns, a few bucks of toll fees and then only I manage to find my way. Sigh...

The deco is cosy and inviting with a brightly lit dining hall with high ceiling and spacious table settings that revolve around the giant pillar that changes colour. There are 3 private rooms located on the mezzanine floor equipped with karaoke and also an alfresco dining area which can cater to steamboats too.

First thing I was asked to do when I arrived at the restaurant is to drink a glass of this. I have no problem with a Blue Label at all! Although it's a blended whisky and I'm not a big fan of it but I found this bottle to be drinking very well.

The machine that roasts the Peking Duck

They have a machine that can roast up to 6 peking ducks at the same time which is visible on the left of the entrance to the restaurant. It takes up to 35 minutes for the duck to be ready and if you want to consume it as soon as you arrive at the restaurant, then an advance notice is recommended.

The duck, as promised was crispy on the outside but perhaps the best thing was that the meat retains the juice and you don't get a dry duck! I must bring my dad here. One of the best peking duck in the city! The peking duck is served with mandarin pancakes, julienne cucumbers, spring onions and a hoisin sauce. The peking duck is carved and then the meat can be used to cook other dishes according to your preference such as with vegetables or with the noodles.

For the whole duck, it's just RM68 including all the condiments and with just an additional RM10, you can request the chef to cook the remaining duck meat into another dish. So, for RM78, you get two duck dishes. Isn't that a good deal?

To go with such a wonderful tasting Peking duck, we had a bottle of Chateau Angelus 1993. It was indeed justice served for them to elevate the Angelus to a Premier Grand Cru Classe status in the Saint-Emillion new classification. Angelus has been very consistent in its quality and although the 93 is not a very good year but their price can only go up with time given their quality. This vintage has an intense nose of smoke, chocolate & black fruits. It is amazingly rich and full-bodied but still silky and lush. It's nice to revisit an Angelus after the vertical tasting which was done so many years ago (here).

After a hearty meal of Peking duck, we tried the steamboat. The soup itself is very flavourful with the addition of deep- fried fish and coriander. The sauces/condiments include a chilli sauce and a premium soya sauce mixed with spring onions, fried onions, oil and sesame.

For the steamboat dishes, we had a plate of pork neck, a plate of thinly sliced beef, fish fillets, beancurd, meat balls, shrimp balls and the squid balls which are all made freshly by the chef. The results - not only the ingredients are fresh, the meat balls are amazingly tasty and the squid balls are so springy! I hope they can maintain this standard of food here as time goes by.

If hard liquor is not your thing, this restaurant also serves imported beers such as Hoegaarden, Erdinger, Stella Artois and also the Asahi.

You can also check out their dim sum & lunch menu. The prices here are not too expensive and some items here are really affordable.

Peking Duck @ Solaris
Ground floor, Solaris Mont Kiara,
No.2 Jalan Solaris, 50480 KL.
Tel: +603-6203 0423

(just at the corner of the building opposite Chilla Cup)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

XPLAY is coming to Kuching & Penang!

Every XPLAY party keeps on getting better, hotter and more massive! Don't believe me?

Look at the recent XPLAY in Kota Kinabalu. It was another great success! With the buzz created from previous XPLAY parties, the people of Kota Kinabalu were so happening. Everyone was dressed up for an exciting night-out, and boy, they were not disappointed. XPlay has always been organising big parties and more is coming your way!

The crowd started building up from as early as 7 pm as they were anxious to get the party started. By the time the music started playing, the crowd was already feeling the heat.

The next XPLAY parties will take things to a whole different level. This time, XPLAy will rock the people of Kuching and Penang! Get ready and mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss out on these parties!

Next, XPLAY FUTURE SOUND SYSTEM hit Helipad, Sepang KL on 22 October 2011, and the crowd came in the MASSES to party to the legendary beats of Paul Van Dyk!

XPLAY @ Kuching

Guys in Kuching, XPLAY is going to be at Paragon Club this 19th November 2011. Get your snazziest outfits ready and prepare to look your best!

The event will feature DJ MALIKA, the smokin’ hot DJ from Russia, plus top as well as up-and-coming local DJs, DJ Jee Hoe, and Twilight Actiongirls a.ka. TAG (DJ Xu & DJ Bunga)

XPLAY @ Penang

For the people up north, don’t worry because XPLAY is coming your way too. XPLAY @ Penang is going to be at Mois Reece on 26th November 2011. So, let’s get down with it!

For this party, Xplay is bringing DJ Noodle, the funky DJ who is also a DMC World Champion, and awesome DJs, including DJ Nicky and DJ Ramsey.

The party gets better and bigger but entry is still TOTALLY FREE! To get passes for this happening joint, all you have to do is go to FB & register for your FREE passes!

It’s simple to get your FREE passes. Just follow the Xpax here and U.O.X. here Facebook pages for more information on how to register and get your FREE passes!

So hurry up and grab your passes now!

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