Passersby who venture along the second level of the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur hotel will notice this elegantly furnished restaurant that tantalizes all with its aromatic smells that escape from within, giving hints of the feasts that are taking place inside. Welcome to Sagano, the authentic Japanese Restaurant that has once been awarded the Best Fine Dining Restaurant Award in Malaysia , and alongside, has won many hearts, or rather, stomachs as well! Generously spaced and uniquely furnished with a combination of contemporary and Spartan settings; the whole place had a surreal ambience of Japanese authenticity!
- The Sagano Feast
Executive Chef Norio Nomoto has masterfully blended all the kitchens of Japan to bring forth a comprehensive and authentic Japanese gourmet affair to the tables. The Sagano menu is extensive, and lends itself, in the leisurely Japanese tradition, to a series of appraising bites and heartwarming courses that will satisfy you fully, without making you feel satiated. Choices are aplenty as patrons can look forward to a whole assortment of incredibly fresh seafood, delectable meat, warm soups as well as vegetables and warm steamed Japanese rice. For the busy executives that are rushed for time, The Hiru No Set (Set Lunch Menu) is ideal as it packs in a combination of popular Japanese delicacies that will make lunch a quick but still equally delicious affair.
- What is good
Commendable was the sashimi spread, which was artistically presented and freshly prepared for our eating pleasure. The freshness of its fish is assured as their sashimi is imported from Japan every week. The platter saw an assortment of salmon, swordfish, tuna and other favourites which were individually tender, subtly sweet and tasted just heavenly. A spritz of lemon served on the side adds a zesty twist to this otherwise subtly flavoured dish. If you are looking to turn up the notch, do add a dash of their creamy wasabi which is guaranteed to spice your meal up.
Also take joy in the intricately presented sushi platters that include a wide selection of delicacies like the crispy soft shell crab, sweetened ebi (prawn), tangy fish roe sushi and many more. Those who do not fancy raw food can delight in the flavourful teppanyaki (grilled) dishes prepared meticulously by the talented Sagano chefs. A particularly tasty choice will be the lightly seasoned teppanyaki chicken that was succulent and mouthwateringly sumptuous to savour. If you are one armed with a big appetite, you will do well to order their generously proportioned sets that combine teppanyaki, sashimi as well as miniature pots of steamed egg, soup and rice to fill your stomach up to the brim! It is as much a feast to the eyes as it is to the taste buds.
- Private rooms
With three Tatami rooms, one Teppan Room, and one dining room in addition to the main dining area of the restaurant, Sagano seats 134 patrons comfortably, affording those who would want some intimacy with their beautifully furnished private rooms. Adorned in nothing less than an authentic Japanese style, the Japanese screens and low dining tables were reminiscent of an actual culinary experience in the cherry blossomed lands of Japan itself.
The SD Food Advisor’s take on Sagano
With its excellent ambience and food, it is easy to love Sagano. The favourable effort placed into making this a choice restaurant can be seen in all aspects; from the carefully designed and decorated interiors, to the exquisitely prepared Japanese delights, right down to the courteous and helpful service staff, everything in Sagano demonstrates the restaurant’s sincerity in offering its patrons a memorable dining experience that provides an enticing invitation for them to come back time and again.
Housed within the luxurious Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, this Mediterranean restaurant is truly a precious amber amidst its splendor. Dressed up in hues of warm brown, tangy orange and airy blues, one can easily unwind in its cosy ambience that radiates with elegance. With such opulence, its food surely does not disappoint. Serving up a moderately wide range of Mediterranean delights, the dishes were all tastefully and artfully created to present the best of the region to its guests.
- The Vibe
Its resplendent décor holds distinct hints of Moroccan and North African styles, which can be captured from every angle, from the picturesque murals depicting the scenic Mediterranean coast painted on its walls to the soft mahogany drapes that cast mysterious shadows over the space; each feature is designed in such a way that it looks set to entice the patrons within with its mysticism and allure. Starting off with some pre-meal drinks at their intimately decorated lounge,Med @ Marche invites its guests to enjoy a cocktail or two amidst the sensual candle-lit surrounds before adjourning to the space within to continue with the main culinary experience. A fully-stocked wine cellar will tempt all to kick back and just relax with some quality wines imported from all over the world.
- The Food
After falling in love with its décor, get ready to be infatuated with the tantalizing gourmet that the chefs of Med @ Marche have skillfully prepared for its patrons. Guiding this team is New Zealander chef Tim Yee, who believes that the natural flavours of food should be enhanced by using various ingredients and appropriate cooking techniques, instead of musking or overpowering it. Chef Yee designed his rather extensive menu to reflect subtle fusion of Australian influences into the otherwise pure Mediterranean cuisine. Noteworthy dishes include the lightly breaded halibut served over a bed of cous cous and the specialty rack of lamb platter, that comes accompanied with baked potatoes and fresh vegetables.The halibut was an intriguing play of textures as its crusty exterior fully complemented its tender meat within, which was further enhanced by the light and fluffy cous cous, which is a popular Mediterranean staple eaten widely by the people living in these parts of the world. Take joy in the fact that the halibut fish is not only delicious but healthy as well, for it is especially rich in Omega 3 vitamins. Similarly, the rack of lamb had the right succulence and was lightly seasoned with the right amount of spices, trapping all its natural flavours within. It skin was also grilled with a tinge of crispiness that made this one absolutely delightful dish to savour.
From the half a dozen desserts available in this restaurant, the one that stands out the most will be their mango semifreddo that almost looks too good to eat. Delicately displayed on a black platter, the subtly sweet cake in the middle is surrounded by a ring of fresh sliced mango and topped off with a ripe gooseberry.
A restaurant with an inviting ambience and delectable dishes will not be complete without an excellent service, and Med @ Marche sure did not miss that out. The staff were always well-groomed and courteous, which was a welcome sight from so many restaurants that we encounter nowadays.
The SD Food Advisor’s take on Med @ Marche
Already seduced by its intimate and sensual ambience, it sure is easy to favour this restaurant even if the food is not over the top. However, I have to say that the cuisine whipped up by these talented chefs was so exquisite that it definitely garners some well-deserved praises. I have to say thumbs up for this restaurant, for it has encompassed all the essential characteristics of making it a noteworthy place to wine and dine your night away.
Bangsar Village is the latest addition to the infamous Telawi area of Bangsar. It is a shopping mall that is split into two different sections. The first phase opened a while back and houses mostly food outlets and a quaint grocery shop called the Village Grocer. When it comes to shopping, it is Bangsar Village II that you would be more interested in.
Bangsar Village II (sometimes known as BVII) is a boutique shopping centre that is targeted at those with discerning tastes (which basically translates to “upper class”). Although it is not as large as many of the other shopping malls around the city, it does possess the high quality and service that one expects from a prestigious shopping centre.
The shopping centre is designed primarily for the fashionable and the rich. Its location in one of the trendiest area’s in KL makes it convenient for both locals and tourists alike. BVII promises the ultimate shopping experience for the trendy fashionistas with the latest in international couture. It aims to offer everything to suit your style, whether you are into contemporary, retro or the young and hip.
A variety of tenants can be found at BVII ranging from fashion, home décor, books, health and beauty, art to food. Brands such as Raoul, G2000, Massimo Dutti and many more can be found at BVII. It is ultimately shopping for the trendiest of people. After all that hard work trying to find the perfect outfit, pamper yourself with a massage, a relaxing facial or even a refreshing yoga class at one of the health, beauty and fitness outlets.
In addition to shopping, shopping and more shopping, BVII provides the perfect ambience for a Sunday Brunch “sex and the city” style. Restaurants and cafes are carefully selected to suit the upper class and chic theme. There’s something for every occasion, whether you are entertaining clients or just hanging out with the girls.
BVII provides a full range of services for its visitors. A concierge is available to manage your shopping bags and a valet is available to handle your parking problems. The only downside to BVII is that it is relatively new so there are still a lot of unoccupied spaces. Even so, BVII makes for a nice outing regardless of whether its shopping, food or just a good walking that you’re looking for.
With the multitude of choices along the infamous street of Bintang Walk, one might reconsider dining at a hotel restaurant. Prices are so much higher and the food offered is not of the local variety. You might just change your mind after a taste of Oggi Italian Restaurant in Regent Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
o The Vibe
The first words that come to mind are class and elegance. The décor is not of Italian variety but the modern fine dining variety with its bright colours, spacious tables, wall mirrors and shining silver. The addition of Italian music in the background would compel you to start speaking in Italian or at least attempt to.
o The Food
The menu might be a bit of a challenge for those who don’t speak Italian as most of the dishes are in Italian. Descriptions are in English though, and that would be enough to give you an idea of what you’ll be eating. The recommended dishes would be the lamb cutlets and the lobster fettuccini. The pesto marinated lamb cutlets are served with vegetables and basil lamb jus and is best ordered cooked medium. It is tender and moist and the basil lamb jus gives it the desirable Italian twist. The portions and prices are reasonable with 3 cutlets at RM56. The lobster fettuccini is pretty much self-explanatory. The pasta sauce is slightly sour and the lobster a bit scarce but overall, it is a dish worth trying. To make a perfect end to a meal, order the Tiramisu or the Chocolate Cake. The Tiramisu is soft and creamy and the best part is it is alcohol-free. The flourless Chocolate Cake is another pleasant dessert. It might be a bit dry, but once it reaches your lips, it melts in your mouth.
o The Service
The service staff is an excellent bunch of people. They’re friendly and will remember your name throughout the meal. They are attentive and polite without interfering with the meal and they are the epitome of service with smile.
SD Food Advisor’s take on Oggi Italian Restaurant
In all honesty, the prices are pretty decent coming from a restaurant located within a hotel. Main dishes average at RM40 and desserts start at RM18. It is considered one of the better Italian Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and with reason as well. The portions may not be large but the food is good and if that’s not enough, the desserts would make up for it.
Alamanda Putrajaya is the first shopping centre built in Putrajaya. It can be considered the only shopping centre worthy of the “shopping centre” status. Located in Precinct 1 of Putrajaya, the mall opened its doors in August 2004 and since then, not much has happened.
The downfall of Alamanda Putrajaya is its location. Being far away from the city definitely contributes to its lack of success. The only visitors that the mall would receive are those who live within the area (which by the way isn’t much) or those who are visiting Putrajaya (which by the way isn’t much either). The area is pretty quiet, much like a ghost town.
Nonetheless, Alamanda’s concept is simple and precise. It aims to be a shopper’s paradise right in the heart of Putrajaya and it successfully is so considering there’s nowhere else to shop around the area. With no competition for miles, it is ultimately a shopper’s paradise right in the heart of Putrajaya.
The shopping centre has a variety of tenants ranging from clothing and accessories, restaurants and entertainment. Its anchor tenant is Carrefour which is a hypermarket. An apt choice if the only visitors you’re looking for are people in search for groceries and household items. Parkson is another anchor tenant at Alamanda but once again, there are no surprises when it comes to Parkson. Other than that, you’ll get the brands that you can easily get in any other shopping mall within the Klang Valley. It is ultimately, nothing spectacular.
One of the fascinating features of Alamanda Putrajaya is its travelators. It is the first shopping complex that features a travelator that connects the retail outlets with the car parks. This would aid in human traffic flow if the shopping mall were to be packed with visitors.
Alamanda Putrajaya wouldn’t be a first choice when it comes to shopping. It is one of those obscure malls that is located far away from all the bright lights and buzz of the city. With its two level design, there’s only so much shopping that you can do. You’ll be better off heading towards the Golden Triangle or any other shopping mall within Klang Valley. The only reason to visit Alamanda Putrajaya is if you so happen to be around the area. Then you would have an excuse to drop by.
The literal translation for Sungei Wang Plaza is “The River of Money” but such a name does not befit the place. Sungei Wang Plaza is a shopping mall that is popular amongst the locals and the tourists but it certainly isn’t one of the prettiest.
Its exterior and interior bears a weary look, one that is faded and jaded with time. Its walls are almost colourless but the bright lights of the night cover up its aging façade. Its interior is somewhat dingy but it serves its purpose. Shops are slightly smaller in size and so are the corridors. It tends to get slightly cramped during the weekends. All the floors are maze-like which makes for an interesting adventure.
Considering that this shopping mall opened for business in 1977, it is safe to say that its long run speaks leaps and bounds. Even with the newer shopping malls such as Starhill Gallery, Berjaya Times Square, Suria KLCC, Midvalley Megamall and 1 Utama, Sungei Wang Plaza seems to be determined to stick around.
Its strategic location definitely contributes to its success. It is within the vicinity of Golden Triangle and is walking distance from Bintang Walk and many other attractions, hotels and shopping malls around the area. The mall is connected to Lot 10 shopping centre and Bukit Bintang Plaza which makes it a magnet for people passing through.
Sungei Wang Plaza exudes a sort of charm that other malls lack. It is tailored to those looking for bargains and treasures. Most of the tenants are the smaller boutiques and independent local brands that are just looking for a nice and cosy place to call home. Amongst some of the items that can be found here are men’s and women’s clothing, footwear, food outlets, IT products and handphones (mobile phones/cell phones depending on which part of the world you come from).
The draw of Sungei Wang Plaza comes from its tenants. People who come here are dedicated to bargain shopping. Whether it be clothes or gadgets that you’re looking for, there’s definitely something at Sungei Wang for every trend. Just don’t expect marble floors, tall pillars and wall to wall carpets (if you know what I mean).
Given the abundance of Italian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, which ones are truly worth a visit? Check out the chic and modern Nero Vivo tucked away at the foot of Bukit Ceylon hills. This is one Italian restaurant that doesn’t let anything get in its way of serving good food and providing excellent service. The chef hails from Italy and the recipes are of his own creation.
o The Vibe
Nero Vivo is one place which is more than meets the eye. Its exterior is simple and humble but take a walk in and you will be amazed by its exquisite modern interior which has a cool urban twist to it. Its accented lighting and the soothing background music creates a warm and cozy ambience. A quaint outdoor area in the small garden serves to cater to those who prefer al fresco dining. The racks of wine that span from ceiling to floor speak of the patrons’ love for wine. This will be an ideal gathering venue for great friends with good food accompanied by fine Italian wines.
o The Food
A wide selection of authentic Italian food can be found on the menu. Kick-start the meal with the thinly sliced beef carpaccio served with parmesan and champignon and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Taken together with its accompaniments, the beef carppacio turns out to be refreshingly tasty. A highly recommended main course will be the beef tenderloin which is juicy and tender to the palates. The secret lies in using top quality Argentinean beef coupled with the skill of the chef in sealing the moisture of the beef within and hence, maintaining its juiciness. Seafood lovers may opt for the roast cod fish in creole sauce on ‘Funghetto’ eggplant and tomato sauce. The freshness of the cod fish is evident from its silky texture and omega-3 oil which overwhelms your palates as you take your first bite. To end the meal on a high note is the Tiramisu with croquante and red fruit compote which oozes liquer coffee out.
o The Service
The staffs are generally friendly and attentive to your needs. They are more than willing to offer recommendations according to your preferences.
SD Food Advisor’s take on Nero Vivo
This will be a perfect venue for a full course dining. A three course meal is priced at RM100.00. However those with a smaller appetite may wish to have a main course instead of the full course as the portions can be relatively large. Remember to make your reservations early to avoid disappointment as Nero Vivo is a hot favourite among the locals and tourists.