Showing posts with label soft shell crabs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label soft shell crabs. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 29, 2022


Come for the venue. Stay for the view. Event hosts with lofty ambitions may want to consider Vogue Lounge KL as the haute spot for their next soirée - those 360° views of the city’s skyline alone are bound to take invitees' breath away.

Opened in September 2019, Vogue Lounge is part of the Condé Nast group, with sister Vogue Cafes in Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Istanbul, Porto, and Riyadh. This Kuala Lumpur outpost is the embodiment of the Vogue lifestyle, with the aim of delivering an ultra-chic and sophisticated dining experience through a fashionable, luxe lounge and rooftop bar.

Located on the 38th floor of Menara SUEZCAP, Vogue magazine covers and framed portrait shots flank the walkway leading to its entrance. The dramatically designed interior flaunts a soaring high ceiling, adorned with contemporary teardrop-shaped lightning fixtures.

Wraparound picture windows accord expansive panoramic vistas, while within the main dining area a raised screen platform doubles up as a runway underfoot. Plush banquette seats interspersed with strategic clusters of linen-covered dining tables, creating Insta-worthy nooks and corners.

Besides a sleekly designed cocktail bar and a modern well-stocked wine cellar, there's also a private dining room tucked discreetly away behind the latter that seats up to 12 persons. Even the washrooms ooze glitz and glamour with black & white marble floors and Hollywood vanity mirrors with lights.

At the Rooftop Bar, bartenders perform their mixology magic to enliven the evening. For special events such as weddings, birthday parties, launch events, etc, the Rooftop Garden boasts its own dedicated cocktail bar and seating area. Its top-selling point is the spectacular cityscape especially at dusk once the lights come on.

To complement the informal Rooftop Garden setting, Executive Chef Steve Ariffin is tasked with interpreting modern European and Asian specialities for the Rooftop Sharing Menu.

Among his culinary creations we sampled are Crab Tacos (RM42) featuring Soft Shell Crabs with Kyuri, Tobiko and Spicy Avacado. Beautifully presented, the dainty appetisers are designed for casual dining – meaning you can pick them up without creating a mess. We like the co-mingling of soft and crunchy textures and of bold, vivid flavours.

The main course we tried was Roasted Whole Seabass (RM98) stuffed with Lemon & Dill. Complemented with Garlic Aioli, the fish’s natural sweetness is amplified by the tart and herbal accents. The smoky overtone was more discernible once we anointed it with some garlic aioli.

Moreish wedge-cut Truffle Fries (RM28) makes a compatible pairing with your fave tipples. Adorned with a sprinkling of grated cheese and truffle oil, the danger lies in their addictiveness so be forewarned.


Simple yet endearing, the rustic Mushroom Risotto (RM32) beguiled us with its no-nonsense ‘less is more’ approach reminiscent of hearth and home. We relished the fungi’s plumpness and rich umami flavour juxtaposed against the soft tender grains, on our palate.

A 'pretty-as-a-picture' Chocolate Pavlova with Passionfruit Sauce was served as the grand finale. Shaped like a mini clump of wispy cloud, we found its delicate sweetness tempered by slivers 0f strawberry tucked within the confection.

Ours was but one of several Rooftop Sharing Menus available. The venue is eminently ideal for weddings, birthdays, special events and corporate functions designed to impress.


In addition to a specially curated drinks list with signature cocktails, champagne selection and fine wines, premium spirits and distinctive beers, the Vogue Lounge team can assist with music and whatever arrangements necessary.

For reservations and more information, call Vogue Lounge Kuala Lumpur, tel: +6 016 8466 552 or +6 03 2771 1530/1531. Address: Level 38, Menara SuezCap 1, KL Gateway, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur. Website:

Sunday, January 05, 2020


Looking for a healthy start to your Lunar New Year celebration? Executive Chinese Chef Wong Lian You at Tao Chinese Cuisine sets the right pace with his lei cha-inspired sauce for his creation of deep-fried Soft Shell Crab Yee Sang.
Available from now to 8 February, the wholesome, rainbow-hued salad platter includes deep-fried, crunchy fish skin. According to Chef Wong, the pesto-inspired dressing melds the herbaceous sauce used in traditional Hakka lei cha with plum sauce and sawtooth herb, resulting in a delightful yee sang sauce with citrusy-grassy nuances.
It’s a tantalising palate-teaser for the Opulent (RM2,388++) set menu for a table of 10 persons. Depending on your preference, more of the distinctive dressing is better in elevating the tastiness of the yee sang salad while the soft shell crab bestows extra crunch.
Chinese chefs are constantly looking for new ingredients to showcase on such auspicious occasions and Chef Wong found his inspiration from maca or Peruvian ginseng. A quick online search reveals the root with its numerous benefits are now all the rage hence its inclusion in the Double-boiled Chicken, Fish Maw and Baby Abalone Soup is timely and welcoming.
Redolent with the warm, sweet accents of Asian five spice and nutmeg, Toa’s signature Roasted Duck Hong Kong Style also takes pride of place in the celebratory set menu. No prizes for guessing why as the crackly-crisp duck skin coupled with juicy, tender meat is a stellar shoo-in.
Soused in aromatic soya sauce, the Steamed Whole Sultan Fish with Superior Soya Sauce is bound to score with diners too, not only for its symbolism of abundance and excess but also for the sweet, fine fish meat.
Chef Wong (right) says the farmed river fish weighs in at about 1.2kg each, primed for the restaurant’s expectations. “It’s pricey but the fine-boned fish tastes good when prepared the classic way, by steaming.”
The notable Tok Alang Wok-fried Tiger Prawns is irresistible; the dish appeal lies in the savoury sauce that transforms the prawns into a gastronomic treat.
Your search for happiness this CNY will come to fruition when you relish the speciality of Braised Sea Cucumber, Mushroom and Broccoli with Crab Roe Paste. You’d be smiling from ear to ear once your tastebuds are tickled by the delicacy’s QQ sponginess. Bound by the oceanic symphony of crab meat and roe melding with tender fungi and broccoli, it’s a dish to leave you filled with joyous satisfaction.
Embedded with salted egg yolk inside, the hearty portion of Steamed Rice in Mini Lotus Leaf should leave you replete. A rustic, homely offering evoking a sense of festive nostalgia.
Sweet ending to bowl you over features Double Boiled Snow Bird’s Nest with Lemongrass Brown Sugar Syrup and Glutinous Rice Balls accompanied by Pan-fried Ninko Dumplings with Sesame Seeds and Salted Bean Paste. Celebrants will like its auspicious meaning and good tidings to welcome the Year of the Rat.
Other set menus available at Tao include Harmonious (RM1,988++ for a table of 10) and Abundance (RM2,788++) in addition to a special a la carte menu. Five variants of Yee Sang: Lobster Claw, Soft Shell Crab with Lei Cha Sauce, Marinated Sea Cucumber with Vinegar Dressing, Fresh Atlantic Salmon and Crispy Rice will also be served, priced from RM88 upwards for half set and RM168 upwards for a full set.
Master Dim Sum Chef Lo Tian Sion (left) will also tempt you with 15 special Dim Sum creations from 25 January to 8 February.
For more information, please call Tao Chinese Cuisine, tel: 03-2782 6128 or email:

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