Gallery Kitchen Food Review at Hyatt House, Mont Kiara

24 July 2020

Hello kawans!! I hope everyone is doing well! Today I have a food review to share with ya'll! This is also the first dine-in food review I attended since coming back from Vancouver so you can say I was pretty excited just being there. Couple weeks back (a little after dine-in is allowed again) I was invited to Hyatt House Kuala Lumpur's Gallery Kitchen to try their local signature dishes and here's my mini review!

Hyatt House Kuala Lumpur is located at Arcoris, Mont Kiara (next to Kiara 163) and this is how the front of Gallery Kitchen looks like. 

As someone that is pretty kiasi, I liked how they've made sure there's a good amount of distance between tables. Also, when we were eating, I heard a bell ring from their kitchen. Apparently the hotel has a bell installed to remind their kitchen staff to practice personal hygiene. I'll have to give an applause to that!!๐Ÿ‘

I visited during RMCO period(I think it's RMCO) but this is how the restaurant looks like before MCO. (photo provided by Hyatt House)

Social distance practice aside, I actually really liked the ambiance in Gallery Kitchen. With the current situation I've been extra skeptical when dining-in restaurants but despite Gallery Kitchen being one of the first few restaurants I visited since dine-in was allowed again, the ambiance in Gallery Kitchen just had a comfortable vibe to it. You'll have to check them out to feel it for yourself, the comfy-soothing feel was something I can't quite put to words.

Like most restaurants now, once seated you can scan the QR code on the table to browse their menu.

Let's start with drinks. This beautiful lime coloured drink is called HH Signature (RM15). You can probably already tell from the name that this drink here is Hyatt House's signature mocktail. It's a blend of fresh kiwi, rambutan, and calamansi. It's a nice thirst-quenching drink for your typical panas giller day in KL. A little sweet for my liking but I still find this nice and refreshing! If you like something fruity, you'll love this!

Next we have an Iced Latte (RM10). I got this pretty much because I would always get an iced latte to try wherever I go hahaha. The latte was okay and has the perfect amount of bitterness to it. For people like me that isn't into fruity drinks that much, lattes are my go-to.

[ The Signatures ]
Hyatt House's Gallery Kitchen signatures would be their Lamb Varuval with Biryani Rice, Ayam Percik with Biryani Rice, Chicken Rendang, and Mee Siam. Now here's the thing, I was a tiny bit worried because my heat tolerance is very questionable hahaha. I think specially for me๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ณ, the chef had toned down the heat levels for the dishes because I noticed that some dishes were either mildly spicy or just not spicy at all๐Ÿ˜‚. It was later on I remembered that generally hotel restaurants don't serve overly spicy dishes so I didn't need to worry at all๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyways, just a heads up, if you like it hot, remember to let them know๐Ÿ˜!

Mee Siam (RM19). Now, this was pretty yummy! They paired it with some sambal prawns on the side but the star is still the mee siam! I like the good balance of savoury-sour(from the lime juice) and I think their take on mee siam tastes a little more ketchup-y than other places I've tried but I happen to like that๐Ÿ˜‹. 

Ayam Percik with Biryani (RM26). This is actually the first time I'm having ayam percik so I don't have anything to compare it to but hey, I like it. For the chicken, the best way to describe it is probably to say that it tastes like an ever-so-slightly sweeter version of their Chicken Rendang. By the way, I love their Chicken Rendang. But we'll get to it! As for the biryani rice, I can't comment much on it just because I'm not the biggest fan when it comes to biryani rice in general.

Lamb Varuval with Biryani Rice (RM28). This dish is served alongside with a bowl of dahl curry. The lamb varuval was alright. The meat was tender, and I don't recall many..or any bones(?) maybe I'm just good with choosing which piece of meat to eat๐Ÿ˜‚. I noticed a lot of places tend to serve lamb dishes with a lot of tiny bones, absolutely hate those lol, but I didn't have that bony-struggle with this๐Ÿ˜Œ! I'm not a fan of the dahl though, the spices just seemed too strong for my liking๐Ÿ˜….

Chicken Rendang (RM28). I kept my fav for last *wink* Out of the 4 dishes, this is by far my favourite! If you happen to visit Gallery Kitchen, order this and thank me later. The chicken meat was tender, juicy and coated in tasty rendang sauce. The dish would've been absolutely perfect if there was some heat in it but I suppose the chef was looking out for my baby heat tolerance so I got to try a non-spicy chicken rendang๐Ÿ˜‚. Still love it though! 10/10 would recommend.

[ Quick Tour Around Hyatt House ]
While the chef was preparing our meal in the kitchen, we were given a little tour around Hyatt House. We checked out some of their rooms and got a peek of their facilities as well. Their pool was still closed during our visit but we got to check out their Sky Bar. If you have a special occasion, you could even hire a deco team and throw a little party up here! Remember to practice social distancing though!!

After checking out the facilities, we got to take a look at the types of rooms they offer. Hyatt House has 4 types of rooms to offer - starting from Den Room, Studio Room, 1 Bedroom Suite, and lastly their 2 Bedroom Suites. Rather than a hotel, they're more like a serviced residence, hence the name - Hyatt House, y'know, like a home away from home.

Their rooms are furnished to look like a hotel's but you'll also find household appliances like a full size fridge, washer, stove etc. Here you can see a few photos I took when I was shown around their Two-bedroom suite.

Their warm tones in their living area really give the place a comfy feel.

Subject to availability, some rooms at Hyatt House comes with this HUGE outdoor chilling area. Despite it being an afternoon, this area wasn't even hot.

See, I wasn't kidding when I said it was huge.

Bedroom #1

Bedroom #2

If you've read any of my past hotel reviews, you'll know a hotel bathroom shot like this is mandatory hahaha. You can't see it in the photo but their 2 bedroom suite also comes with a walk-in shower and a bathtub

Here's a quick peek at their kitchen area. You get a full size fridge and a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen. The suite also comes with a dishwasher and washer/dryer. Perfect for those visiting KL/PJ for work! Especially if you're working at Plaza Mont Kiara area. It's literally a 5 minute walk.

Excuse me I'm just making myself at home here hahahaha๐Ÿ˜‚! I was originally there to share my thoughts on the food at Gallery Kitchen but since I personally do enjoy Hyatt Hotels๐Ÿ˜š, might as well share a bit on their rooms too since we were given the little tour๐Ÿ˜Š Honestly, I haven't stepped foot in a hotel room in so long, while we were given this tour, all I wanted to do is check-in for a night hahaha!

That is all for today! Thank you for reading and be sure to check out Gallery Kitchen. If you do, remember to give their Chicken Rendang a try! If local food isn't your cup of tea, don't worry, they also offer other western selections like fish and chips, pasta etc!

Ciao ciao! Until next time!

*Disclaimer: This is an invited food review but opinions are 100% mine, opinions on rooms is solely based on the show room units I visited*

Gallery Kitchen, Hyatt House Kuala Lumpur
G-2 Arcoris, No. 10, Jalan Kiara, 
Mont Kiara, 
50480, Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: +603 6419 8688

A tea time treat from Union Artisan Coffee [Mini review]

9 June 2020

Hello kawans! It's been awhile and I wanted to come on here to preach my love for Basque Burnt Cheesecakes. Yes, it's over-hyped. But am I over it? Nope!! Y'know, I could get bored having tiramisu everyday(proven when my family made a huge tray last week๐Ÿ˜ณ) but it's probably gonna take me awhile before I get bored of burnt cheesecakes. The only thing stopping me from indulging on these everyday would be the calories.

Awhile back, I got an e-mail from Union Artisan Coffee about their Burnt Cheesecake and Cold Brew Coffee promo. It was no doubt a combination I'm obsessed with, so when they said they wanted to send this pair of match made in heaven for me to try, I said yes, pronto.

This is the promo they're having. I'm not sure when this promo is going to end, so if you've been curious to try their cake/coffee, remember to take advantage of this deal! For the coffee, you get to choose between Cold Brew Black or Cold Brew White. When asked, I went with white. Yes, I know I'm a baby. I like my coffee with milk.

[Mini review]
Their Classic Cold Brew White was actually pretty good. The coffee was smooth and surprisingly, strong enough for my liking. If chilled(not iced) lattes are your go-to, you'll probably like this.

Now for the cake.

Jeng jeng~ I think that when it comes to burnt cheesecakes, everyone has an opinion. Some like it creamy, some like it more...baked? Some like it light, some like it dense. Everyone has a preference.

This Burnt Cheesecake from Union Artisan Coffee is rich, cheesy and dense. In 'burnt cheesecake terms', it's on the heavier side but not as heavy as a New York cheesecake. Does that make sense...?๐Ÿ˜‚ Basically, one slice was more than enough to share between me and my sister. That's what I think la hahaha! But hor, if you ask my sister, she would argue that she could've finished the entire slice on her own๐Ÿ˜‚!

This cheesecake is creamy in the centre and more solid(?) on the sides. In terms of taste, I think it has the right amount of sweetness but definitely on the cheesy side.

If you like a cheesy-rich burnt cheesecake, you'll love this!

If you live with a lot of people, here's another promotion to consider. Instead of a slice, you could also get a whole 9-inch burnt cheesecake from Union for RM80(originally RM150). Most of the burnt cheesecakes I see retail for >RM120, so unless you know how to bake your own burnt cheesecake, this is a pretty sweet deal ๐Ÿ˜‹!

And that is all for today! If you've tried their burnt cheesecake, lemme know what you think! Also, I've made it a personal agenda to try Burnt cheesecakes from as many cafes possible. Now that almost every cafe has a Burnt Cheesecake on their menu, I would love to know where everyone's go-to Burnt Cheesecakes are! So if you think there's a burnt cheesecake I have to try(places that sells in slices please), lemme know kk!

List of Union Artisan Coffee Outlets:
๐Ÿ”บ ALL DAY by UNION, 3 Damansara
๐Ÿ”บ UNION CAFE, 1 Utama
๐Ÿ”บ BEALEAF BY UNION ROASTERY, Bandar Puteri Puchong
๐Ÿ”บ UNION ARTISAN COFFEE Timing & You, Memoire Suites Due Sentral

Alternatively, you can also stay home and have them deliver to your doorstep here!

Thank you for reading!
Ciao ciao! 


*Disclaimer: Not sponsored, but food is sent to me for review*

So, I made cream pasta today

25 March 2020

Hello kawans! Today I'm gonna share with ya'll how I cook this pretty easy and super yummy cream pasta dish, but before that, how's staying home for everyone? Apart from not being able to get my favourite wantonmee, the introvert in me is actually doing pretty well at home. I'm still working on my demo reel so there's that going on. The only difference is probably the part where I spend a lot more time cooking, and even more now that we're on MCO...where the whole family is home and we can't eat out.

So the other day(I know title said today), I attempted to re-create a cream pasta dish my boyfie taught me quite some time ago. This is my 3rd attempt on cooking this and every single time I make this, I would always butcher the recipe he gave me HAHA. This time, I may have "altered" it to a whole new level, but hey, it still turned out pretty good sooooo here we go!

Ingredients/What I used (this recipe feeds 3-4people) :
3 sausages (if you have bacon or smoked duck, use that instead!)
2 boxes of white button mushrooms (I used the sliced 125gm/box ones)
2 medium size onions
butter (optional)
black pepper
cooking oil
dried parsley (optional, feel free to use fresh ones too!)
1 box of cooking cream 200ml / half and half (used this in canada but can't seem to find it in KL)
fresh milk
soy sauce (optional)

*Disclaimer! I know that this isn't really a "MCO friendly" recipe, I just happened to have these ingredients at home and needed to cook this before the mushrooms go bad ๐Ÿ˜….

Also, this is just a fun cream pasta recipe I re-created that somehow turned out pretty well so I decided to document it down for ya'll to see and maybe try?? Also, I'm still a baby when it comes to cooking, so if ya see me doing anything wrong here, I'm so sorry๐Ÿ˜…*

the "How to"
Step 1: Ya wanna chop up some sausages and fry em. My mom made some sausage puffs the day before so I'm just using the leftover sausages for this.

If you have bacon, or smoked duck, you can use those instead, it'll be 100x better. I ran out of bacon and I didn't defrost the smoked duck so sausage it is. If ya wondering, I'm just using Nutriplus chicken sausages haha.

*By the way, if you don't want any meat at all, you can skip the meat and it'll still taste good c:

*Either before this step, or while doing this step, you can boil your pasta and set it aside. Remember to salt your pasta water and save some pasta water too*

 Are ya sausages all fried? Good, scoop em up and put em in a bowl.

 Step 2: Chop up 2 medium size onions, and fry em until they're translucent.

Step 3: After your onions have turned translucent-ish, throw the white button mushrooms in and fry em until it's soft.

Step 4: When the mushrooms are almost done, I added some salt in.

I heard that salt draws out the moisture from mushrooms...? Not sure if this step is something I should only be doing when I'm cooking mushrooms for big breakfast but I did it anyways.

Step 5: Add a tiny bit of butter in. Everything tastes better with butter, no? Totally optional though, I don't think such a small portion of butter did any contribution to my pasta but did adding a lil butter make me happier? Of course it did๐Ÿ˜‚.

Now you just gotta fry until everything is soft!!

Step 6: When the mushrooms and onions are cooked thoroughly, add your cream in.

Based on previous attempts, I'd say 1 box of cream is sufficient for 2 portions but because I'm cooking 3 portions, I added some fresh milk in because 1, I like my cream pasta to be on the lighter side and 2, I needed enough cream to coat 3 portions of noodles.

*If you prefer your pasta to be on the richer side, instead of milk, you can add 1/2 box of cream๐Ÿ‘€.

Step 7: I added about 1/4 cup of fresh milk.

Now just let it simmer(?) ... more like boil down into a creamy consistency.

bloop bloop bloooooop~

Step 8: When the sauce has almost reduced to the consistency you like, throw the sausages back in. If ya feelin fancy, save a few as garnish hahahaha.

Step 9: I am only using 1 stove so before frying the sausage I've already boiled the pasta using the same pan. Now that my sauce is almost done, I'm adding half of the boiled pasta in.

Make sure all the noodles are covered in sauce, then add the remaining half of your noodles in. Sometimes if you add all in at once (and the pasta noodles are all stuck together) I find it a little annoying so I basically just prefer doing it this way la.

Step 10: Finally, season your noodles. Gradually salt it to your desired level of saltiness. I'm a very extra person so I added 2 tbsp of soy sauce. Yup. I think literally in all of my cooking, I would always use 1-2tbsp of soy sauce lol.

Step 11: Since the heat is still on, if you want you can also throw in a handful of baby spinach or some parsley as well. Totally optional.

Aaannddd we're done! Not too bad righttt! I swear it tastes really good too, so please give it a try whenever you can! I added some dried parsley on top just cause I wanted it to look a lil more fancy, but of course you can skip if you don't already have it at home la.

That's all for today! It's actually been months since I've last 'finished' writing a blog post(I have like 1234567 in my drafts T_T) and I feel so accomplished after finishing this one LOL. I'm thinking to re-visit my drafts over the next few weeks. Even though most of it are outdated travel posts that I take forever to write, I think it's about time I get to them. It may not be the time to travel, but I can still reminisce the past right๐Ÿ˜…. Also, maybe those posts will benefit your future travel plans๐Ÿ˜‹!

But for now, I'll most likely be updating my blog with more casual cooking posts hahahaa๐Ÿ˜‚!

Thank you for reading and see ya!

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