Friday, 31 October 2014

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Stunning Views from the Balcony - 270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg

 270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia


Long stretches of pristine coastline, some of the best wine regions in Australia, an awe-inspiring local foodie scene, and a happening arts culture, is what we’ve come to discover in Adelaide, South Australia. And… our apartment at 270 Degrees Liberty Towers, found on stayz.com.au, is an ideal location and contemporary property from which to explore it all.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Location

270 Degrees Liberty Apartments are in the heart of Glenelg, a mere 100 metres to the beach, marina, tram station and lively bundle of shops, cafes and pubs. We arrive on a Saturday afternoon to beautiful blue skies and a gentle sea breeze. As the night slowly falls, we discover this area is one of the best from which to view the spectacular sunset. The beach, parks and streets are teaming with folk of all ages looking to take in a little weekend leisure.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Glenelg Beach
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Sunset Glenelg Jetty
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Restaurants on the Marina
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Marina
A children’s playground with water slides, a Ferris wheel, and other amusements such as mini-golf are right at our front door. Glenelg Heritage Walks begin minutes from our doorstep, and we’re only 15 minutes from the airport too. It’s all so easy and convenient to access.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Seaside Glenelg
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Old Architecture Viewed on Heritage Walks
Checking In

Official time to collect keys is not until 2pm, but I receive an email the day before, saying the current guests should be out early so the apartment could be ready as early as 11:30am if we’d like.

It’s small touches like these that make us feel as though we’re dealing with ‘real’ people, not a hotel and they continue throughout our stay. A fresh bottle of milk is left in the fridge for us, alongside a bowl of fruit, and tea and coffee in the cupboard. There’s even a delicious block of raw chocolate from a local café and a free coffee card.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Feels Like Home
The laundry and kitchen are fully stocked with cleaning products. Beds are with linens, bathrooms with towels, and there is even a set of beach towels in the cupboards too. Hangers, reusable shopping bags, and an almond and vanilla scented shower gel, welcome us, as if into the home of a relative or good friend.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Bathroom
The building, the lift and all contained facilities can only be accessed with a security pass card. We have locked underground parking and a dedicated spot, so finding a park is never a problem. Our car stays underground too. We’re walking distance to everything so rarely take it out from below.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Tram
The Apartment

The first impression is a sense of spaciousness and luxury. The eleventh floor apartment, corner walled with glass, opens up to wonderfully blue Aussie skies, that truly, after living overseas for so long, are a real magnet to come home again. Coastal, city and hill views are all taken in from one of three balconies, the lounge room, kitchen and both bedrooms.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Views from the Balcony
The corner balconies overlook the marina winding around in a curvaceous slither from the river to the sea. Below is a verdant green parkscape lined with Norfolk pines. Furnishings for two beg to be laid with a pot of freshly brewed coffee in the morning and a cheese platter and wine in the later evening. The gas barbecue on the patio has hubby planning delightful evenings with fresh Aussie produce, and a number of local ales.

The living area is comfortable with two black double seater couches, textured cushions and a rug breaking up the wooden floors. A six seater dining table, and closeable TV room further furnish the space.
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Living Room
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Contemporary Furnishings
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
TV and Games Room
A breakfast bar with two stools divides the kitchen from the living area. A full size refrigerator, oven, microwave, gas stove top, and dishwasher supply modern conveniences. Crockery and cutlery are of good quality and more than enough for our visit. Toaster, sandwich iron, French press and a number of other appliances make our stay very agreeable.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Kitchen
The laundry is closed off into a hallway cupboard and is fully equipped with sink, washer and dryer. It’s such a wonderful change to a hotel, enabling us to limit what we pack and stock up on delicious Adelaide goodies to take home with us instead of an excess of clothing.

Two bedrooms offer their own private balcony with floor to ceiling glass sliding doors. Furnishings are simple, yet stylish and modern, adding just enough adornment for pleasant decoration but leaving the pretty views to shine in the spotlight. Abstract art adds a splash of colour to the white walls, but again doesn’t overwhelm us with too much busy-ness. Two bathrooms are tiled with clean white ceramics. Both have separate showers and the main one has a bathtub also.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Views from Main Bedroom
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Master Bedroom
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Second Bedroom
WiFi is not available within the apartment. A short stroll down the road however, and you’re in the public plaza where WiFi is free to all.

Facilities

The stunning surrounds have us never wanting to spend a moment indoors. In the case of inclement weather however, the apartment has a number of facilities to keep us occupied. The first level contains a sauna, steam room, gymnasium, indoor pool and Jacuzzi. The apartment itself features a giant screened TV and a Wii device with a handful of programs promising hours of fun. A few board games support the entertainment.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Gym
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Indoor Pool
270 Degrees Liberty Towers, Glenelg, South Australia
Sauna
This apartment building also has apartments managed by a hotel service. Even though we stayed as private guests, we were still able to use the front desk service and found the staff extremely helpful in giving recommendations, finding directions and supplying us with local maps. It also seemed to add a layer of security to our stay in the knowledge that there was always someone professional and friendly just an elevator’s ride away.

Without a doubt we’d stay again at in this apartment at 270 Degrees Liberty Apartments in Glenelg. In fact, we’ve had such a positive experience with our accommodation and discovery of Adelaide, that we’re already planning a second trip.

Reasons to stay: lovely light and airy apartment, beautiful hill and coastal views, excellent location in the popular beachside community of Glenelg, easy access to the city via the tram, comforting touches that only a personally managed property can provide.

270 Degrees Liberty Towers
Apartment 1127 Liberty Towers
29 Colley Terrace

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya
New York Cheesecake - The Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim

Words by Annelene Foss Svingen
Photos by The Yum List aka Monica Tindall

The Kitchen Table is a recently opened bakery and restaurant in a busy neighborhood in Damansara Kim. It offers an attractive food and dining concept with most of the food made from local Malaysian products, bought from markets and suppliers in the neighborhood, but presented with an international touch.

The in-house bakery sells house made pastries and fantastic sourdough bread from 10am. The restaurant offers a small but inviting menu for lunch between 10am and 2pm, and an exciting dinner menu focusing on food sharing for families and friends starts from 6:30pm. 

The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim
The Kitchen Table
The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim
The Kitchen Table
Originally running a supper club in Mont Kiara, the team Marcus and Mei Wan decided to plant some roots and opened The Kitchen Table in spring this year. They have, during an incredibly short period of time, been able to create a local, community hangout with global flare. Both the owners, after living and working abroad, wanted to combine their learnings from overseas travel to the Malaysian context. Returning home, their philosophy is to offer homemade dishes from international recipes, based on Malaysian products supporting local suppliers – just about everything is sourced from within a block or two of the café (being close to TTDI market is certainly helpful). 

The bakery is selling: sourdough bread just like what you’d find in Europe; toast with jam, cake and tea, as you’d get in London; dinner plates for sharing as they do in China; and the owners work on the frontline, talking to guests recreating the feel of a family run Italian restaurant, making guests feel welcome and part of the community.

We appreciate the interior and atmosphere they have created. Being a corner shoplot with lots of windows and a glass storefront, it is bright and welcoming. The space is filled with natural light all day long. Pale tones with white tiles and walls, big mirrors, and light wooden furniture add to the airy casual feel. Large wooden tables are suitable for friends and families, or even communal dining where you can meet your neighbour. With its clean lines and simple elegance I’m reminded of modern cafes in Scandinavia. Another welcome touch is that water and glasses are free of charge.

We visited a sunny afternoon, during the chef’s siesta – in between lunch and dinner hours so only items from the display counter and beverages were available. It turned into one sweet time, with cakes and pastries we thought only our grandmothers could bake being devoured all too quickly. Smiles shone from our contentment on our exit, and we couldn’t help but take some home with us.The Apple Sourdough Bread (RM9) and Homemade Granola (RM24.90), both found their way to our take-home baskets.

The Kitchen Table has quickly grown a reputation for their sourdough breads. In fact, it was because a reader had raved so much about this place and sent Monica a loaf of the apple variety to convince her it needed a place on The Yum List that we made the visit. The sourdough bread is made from a leaven originating from Lapland in Finland and is said to be over 100 years old! The leaven is fed regularly with sugar and flour, and the dough is left for at least 24 hours before the bread is baked. This long fermentation leaves the bread with its special sour taste and a perfectly crusty exterior. The bread is served toasted with butter and homemade jam, but we really enjoyed it plain to enjoy the spongy texture in the middle, which disappears a bit with the toasting. We’d recommend trying a slice untoasted first to truly appreciate the greatness of this bread. This bread freezes well so you can take some home and freeze the extra (if it lasts that long).

The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim
Pukka Tea and Apple Sourdough
The variety of items for the sweet tooth is wide, and the chef truly knows how to bake like grandma. You can choose from dense desserts, to light cakes, to soft and chewy cookies. We had the day’s special, Chocolate Cake (RM12.90). This flourless cake is made primarily from eggs and chocolate, gifting it a moist condensed texture and rich cocoa flavour. In one word: Heaven. 

The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim
Flourless Chocolate Cake - Chocolate Lover's Heaven
The Carrot and Pineapple Cake (RM12.90) with walnuts was an all round favourite. It didn’t taste overly processed, but had a rather rustic appeal. Covered with a smooth layer of cream cheese icing, this went fabulously with the bitter coffee served.

The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim
Carrot and Pineapple Cake
The New York Cheesecake (RM12.90) too was irresistible with its velvety filling and crumbly biscuit base. It’s a large slice, but not a drop was left.

The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim
New York Cheesecake
Also with New York beginnings, the Raspberry Crack Slice’s (RM7.90) addictive quality is compared with the drug. Another dense and moist offering, it was lightened with the tartness of raspberries, and given a tropical touch with coconut. Tea and coffee were both great companions. 

The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim
Raspberry and Coconut Crack Slice
The drink menu offers homemade lemonades, sodas, craft beers, coffee and a variety of Pukka teas. If you like to have a glass of wine with your food you can bring your own bottle for a small corkage fee. Both coffee and tea were excellent and we’d happily order either again.

The Kitchen Table, Damansara Kim
Latte
Reasons to visit: sourdough bread, all of the above cakes (too hard to pick just one or two – they were all fab), homemade granola; smart casual atmosphere.

The Kitchen Table
23 Jalan SS20/11
Damansara Kim
47400 Petaling Jaya
Malaysia
+6 03 7733 4000
bookings@thekitchentable.com.my
info@thekitchentable.com.my
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 6:30pm – 10:30m (last order 9:15pm)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Maison Francaise, Elegant French Cuisine, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Maison Francaise 

Maison Francaise, New Chef, New Menu

Words by Patricia Podersok
Photos by The Yum List aka Monica Tindall

The chic elegance of Maison Francaise can handily seduce a gourmand under the best of circumstances, but add a new chef to the mix and now you’ve added the ganache to your torte. When we were invited to preview some of his specialities last weekend, I was ready to be mesmerized. And I was not disappointed.

Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Dining Table with Lovely Natural Light
Thierry Le Baut made his debut at Maison Francaise just one month ago, and has wasted no time in personalizing the starters, the mains, the desserts, just about, well... everything. The full new menu will be unveiled next month. He brings to Maison Francaise a shiny length of experience married to an unpretentious demeanor. He entertained us with stories of culinary challenges and unusual client requests, many of them having to do with building sculptures out of sugar and chocolate. And by sculptures, I mean cars, animals, guitars, even bodies! We enjoyed his genuine humor and the obvious affection he holds for his craft.

Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Chef Thierry Le Baut
Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Baguette
An architect of flavor and presentation, Chef Thierry began our degustation with an extraordinary tower of layered foie gras, thinly sliced apple, and smoked barramundi capped with a brulee topping of caramelized sugar. Each bite unfolded new dimensions of smoky, smooth, crispy, sweet, tart. The combination was sublime, melting the taste buds into puddles that you could make you pull out your gumboots and stomp around in all day.

Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Tower of Foie Gras
From towers we moved to ramps. The second course was a single spear of asparagus leaning across a perfectly browned sea scallop, adorned by a dollop of black caviar. Monica declared the crisp exterior and perfectly tender interior “the best cooked scallop in Malaysia.” The seafood lay upon a thin sheet of shallot reduction carrying just enough butter and white wine vinegar to deliver a subtle but fully-balanced flavor of earth and sea.

Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Scallop and Asparagus
The “ramp” of the second course made way to a house of cod, a solid wall of tender meat turreted by a golden crust. The landscaping included a lawn of green pea puree and parsley foam and the fruit of a single roasted tomato. A tiny forest of enoki mushrooms added texture and dimension to the plate and to the eye. 

Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Cod
Next we sampled a brick of herb-and-nut crusted lamb, sturdy in flavor, but soft on the palate. The mortar that accompanied will forever be cemented in my memory: a lithe pasta pocket filled with luscious thyme cream that was like an herbal explosion to my tongue. It. Was. Just. So. Delicious.

Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Lamb
Lastly, our culinary tour took us through a palace of desserts, a dazzling array of fruit, ice cream and chocolate. The volcano lava cake could possible make me enslave myself to the chocolate gods for want of another bite of its dark, gooey magic. 

Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Perfectly Executed Dessert
Along with the meal, we enjoyed the house wines from the French label Lavila, available in cabernet, sauvignon blanc and the rosé Cinsault Syrah, which we found most pleasing to accompany a lunch fest. However, these three do not even scratch the surface of the depth of the wine list at Maison Francaise: the selection is pages long, mostly French, and can accommodate any taste or budget.

Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Lavila Sauvignon Blanc
Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Lavila Cabernet Sauvignon
Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Lavila Rosé
On Sundays, Maison Francaise offers a table service brunch which may include mains like tender Black Angus oyster beef or the classic dessert creme brulee. It runs from 12 - 3pm at a fair price of RM188++ (free-flowing) or RM148++ (non-alcoholic). High tea is also served on Sunday from 1 - 5 pm for RM 8++. Last week’s menu included toasted brioche, cheese tartine and raspberry tart.

In the lower level of the restaurant, guests can enjoy Soiree, a bar area with views of garden and pool, comfortable stools and a daily happy hour, open from 5pm.

Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Soiree - Maison Francaise
Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur
Soiree
Maison Francaise has much to offer anyone with discerning taste, and continues to be a winner with the arrival of Chef Thierry Le Baut. Welcome, Thierry!

Reasons to visit: Experience the artistry and architecture of Chef Thierry Le Baut, a sublime eating experience in an elegant atmosphere. 

Maison Francaise
5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng 
50450 Kuala Lumpur 
Malaysia
Mobile:0192431200 
Tel: 03 21441474 


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Room Service - A Food Runner Company - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Room Service Website

Room Service - Food Delivery 

Hadramawt Ampang, Yemeni and Arabic Cuisine


Friday night. Haze. Traffic. We’re tired. Our bums hit the couch. We’re too exhausted to cook, but dread leaving the house also. What to do? Order in. But what? From who?

There are a number of home delivery services in Kuala Lumpur and we’ve heard mixed reviews on their use. Room Service seems to be held in high esteem amongst our friends however, so we make our choice.

First we visit the www.roomservice.com.my website. We tried them a couple of years ago (really it’s rare for us to order in – this is the second time only in 11 years!), so our details are already in the system. For first time users, it’s a simple sign up process, then smooth sailing forever on.

We type in our address and up pops over 50 different restaurants in our area from which to choose.  Each is coded with opening hours, and those that are currently open are at the top of the list with a green symbol for ordering, while those that are not yet in working hours show a grey button with an option to pre-order.

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Easy to Use
room service kuala lumpur
Over 50 Restaurants in our Area
The list is easily sorted by clicking on our preferred cuisine such as Indian, Arabic, American and so on. We browse a few restaurants checking out pizza, burgers, Chinese and so on before deciding on Middle Eastern. We bring up the four restaurants listed under this category in our area and quickly compare the menus based on variety and price. Deciding on Hadramawt Ampang, we click on our favoured dishes and have our order off in minutes.

Room Service
Hadramawt Ampang
Kuala Lumpur Room Service
Our Order
Moments later the phone rings and a polite voice informs us that the restaurant we’ve chosen says they will need one hour and 15 minutes to have the food delivered to our door (15 minutes longer than the standard time). We’re asked if we’d like to proceed with this restaurant or choose something else. We’re fine with this and settle deeper into our couch with another glass of wine from the bottle that is now open. Food confirmed and a lovely Austrian white wine in hand, the night is starting to turn from grey to great!

food delivery service kuala lumpur
Email Confirmation
A RM15 delivery charge and RM15.65 service charge is added to our bill. From where we’re sitting right now – comfortably in our air-conditioned lounge room, looking out the window onto the bumper to bumper jam below, and hazy skies above – a little over RM30 is nothing to pay for time and stress we’ve saved by ordering in.

Half an hour ahead of time, a neatly uniformed delivery man is knocking at our door. Food is all there as ordered, and we bid the smiley serviceman farewell.

room service delivery kl
Room Service Food Runner
At first look we’re not impressed with the appearance of the food. A stew is leaking from the edges of its plastic container and, well I guess plastic take-away receptacles are just not very appetizing.

room service delivery kl
Food from Hadramawt Ampang 
Once on our plates though, we soon learn that we shouldn’t judge the taste by the container, as we tuck into some very satisfying Yemeni dishes.

room service delivery kuala lumpur
A Mix of Everything 
Baba Ghanouj is fresh and light – not oily and rich like some. It’s filled with fresh onions and a touch of what I assume is balsamic vinegar.

Hommus is another tongue pleaser. Smooth and creamy we love this with the generous portions of lavish bread that accompanies it.

Baked Mixed Vegetables have been prepared with an abundance of olive oil. They’ve been cooked thoroughly in the oven reducing their volume but increasing their flavour. Good choice.

Another vegetarian dish, Mixed Vegetable Stew, too gets our approval. A rich tomato sauce holds root and shoot vegetables and also does well with the big flaky Yemeni style bread.

Although I’m quite content with all of these veggie options, hubby must have his meat, and he finds the Mixed Grill a tasty choice. Beef, lamb and chicken are sided with French fries (a little soft by the time we try them) and more bread.

We stuff ourselves until our tummy rumbles stop, and we still have plenty left which we happily store in the fridge for tomorrow. We're given a chance to earn extra credit and improve the service by completing a quick feedback form online. 

food delivery in kuala lumpur
Feedback Form

A fuss-free beginning and a delicious ending – we continue to find Room Service a consistently great choice for home food delivery.