Saturday, December 17, 2022


Prawning or prawn fishing looks deceptively easy but it’s trickier than it seems. A stone’s throw away from 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Prawning Utama reels in enthusiasts who are game at landing their own catch here from 3-6 pm.

Tucked between a petrol station and an office tower, the prawning spot and urban vegetable farm exude a ‘far from the madding crowd’ vibe once you park onsite.

Hungry prawning patrons who feel famished need not go far in search of food as Utama Farm Steamboat serves one-dish meals (think fried rice, mee goreng and fried chicken wings) and Muslim-friendly steamboat with a small selection of complementary cooked-to-order dishes.

Despite its spartan setting, the decorative fairy lights and fairly secluded surroundings managed to conjure up a laidback dining atmosphere at dusk.

Steamboat naturally gets top billing here with a choice of soup going for RM15 per pot. We chose Superior Fish and Mushroom Soup as the soup base for our steamboat. Distinct in flavour, both soup bases soon acquired greater depth as more ingredients were tossed in to cook.

Some of the recommended items for steamboat here include Fish Paste (RM18), Prawn Paste (RM28), Chicken and Mushrooms Paste (RM24), and Premium Fish Balls (6 pcs RM15). For textural interest, servings of Prawn Wantan (6 pcs RM22), Chicken & Mushroom Dumplings (6 pcs RM15), Stuffed Tau Pok (4 pcs RM9) or Stuffed Fuchuk (RM9) won’t go remiss.


Live Tiger Prawns (RM10.80/100gm) are also available as additional steamboat items. Sweetcorn (RM9), Enoki Mushroom (RM6) and Cocktail Sausages (RM7) are other choices worth considering.

The 'farm to table' concept allows diners to pick their own green vegetables at RM12 or at RM3 per bundle; depending on what’s available. These could range from siew bak choy or kailan to sweet potato leaves or kangkong.

Should you be more inclined toward having some dishes with rice, the restaurant serves Red Tail Patin or baung merah (almost 1kg) at RM118. Ours was steamed with superior soy sauce – the fish was nice with the garlicky soy sauce.

Remember to check with the service team what fish is available. On our visit, we had Seabass with Sweet and Sour Sauce but there's also an Indonesian curry listed on the menu to go with the fish of your choice.  

Should you feel peckish while waiting for the steamboat to be ready, nibble on Signature Fried Chicken Wings (3 pcs RM12). They are acceptable as appetisers go.


We cooled off our steamboat evening with the house Cendol (RM7.80) or milky-syrupy treat of ABC (RM8.80). The finely shaved ice desserts went down delightfully after the slew of savoury dishes, wrapping up our visit to Utama Prawning on a nice sweet note.

For more information, call/WhatsApp Utama Prawning, hp no: 011-5137 4407 and Utama Farm Steamboat, hp no: 012-969 1516. Address: Between Shell Station and 1Powerhouse, Persiaran Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Business hours: Prawning Utama: 3-6pm; Utama Farm Steamboat 6.30pm to 11pm

Friday, December 09, 2022


Beef Wellington. Traditional Roast Turkey
. Roast Lamb Leg with Rosemary and Masala Rub. Baked Salmon with Dill Salt Crust. Honey Glazed Chicken Ham with Caramelised Sarawakian Pineapple. These are the sumptuous ‘show-stealers’ headlining the festive buffet from 22 to 24 December 2022 at Makan Kitchen.

Encased in a flaky pastry coating, the beef is superbly tender and juicy (too busy eating until forgot to snap a photo!). Both the roast turkey and lamb leg are on-point too. We can't get enough of the delicious chicken ham and pineapple pairing either. 
The lavish Christmas Dinner Buffet (6.30pm – 10pm) on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in December is priced at RM188 nett per adult and RM94 nett per child.
Makan Kitchen is famous for its different ‘kitchens’ serving a myriad of culinary delights ranging from appetisers to dessert, from four corners of the world.
Fresh Oysters, Poached Seafood: Mussels, Prawns, Crabs and Scallops on ice beckon invitingly alongside a Sashimi Station where platters of raw fish, octopus and little dishes of marinated ceviche await.
Homegrown specialities such as Satay, Grilled Prawns, Stingray and Shellfish a la minute, with assorted sauces are one of the unmissable highlights.

Notable finds at the Indian kitchen include the aromatic Turkey Biryani, complemented by Jhinga Makhni (fiery curried prawns), rich and spicy Mysore Lamb Peratal, delectable Tandoori Chicken, and sumptuous Butter Chicken.

The Chinese section is just as stellar with delicious draws like Roast Duck and Chicken, Fried Rice with Ebiko, Fish Maw Soup with Dried Scallops, Fried Glass Noodles with Crab, Fried Chicken with Butter Sauce, Steamed Fresh Tiger Prawns with Supreme (Mala) Sauce, and Teochew Style Steamed Snapper with Sour Plum.

Last but not least, you’d be happy to succumb to the sweet appeal of Chocolate Yule Log, Christmas Fruit Cake, Raspberry Vanilla Mousse Cake, Mixed Fruit Bread Pudding, Stollen, Gingerbread, and Cinnamon Stars after the savoury offerings.
Additional temptations come in the form of Christmas Cupcakes, Mini Mont Blanc, and assorted Christmas-themed petite dessert creations – these lovely treats are not only nice to look at but taste heavenly too.
In addition, your buffet dining experience will include Santa’s appearance and Christmas Welcome Drinks as well.

Christmas High Tea Buffet 

17 & 18 December 2022 

12:30pm – 4:00pm

RM 138 nett per adult & RM69 nett per child


24 & 25 December 2022 

12:30pm – 4:00pm

RM 158 nett per adult and RM79 nett per child

For reservations, please call DoubleTree Hilton Kuala Lumpur, tel: 03 2172 7272, email or visit



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