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New eats: Pince and Pints, Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar and Tao Chinese Cuisine

It has been a truly indulgent week of amazing lobsters, authentic Spanish food and dim sum with a modern twist, and our weighing scales are starting to reveal all. While plans are in the making for more gym sessions, we’d like to reminisce once more on all that we’ve tasted and loved.

Truffle lobster roll by Pince & Pints

The classic lobster roll gets a decadent upgrade.
The classic lobster roll gets a decadent upgrade.

The Dish: As though having a lobster roll is not indulgent enough, Pince & Pints has created a more luxurious version in honour of the restaurant’s first anniversary — the truffle lobster roll. A whole Boston lobster is used per serving, talk about treating yourself! The lobster is seared in butter and a home made truffle sauce, then coated with chopped chives and stuffed into a beautiful, slightly sweet brioche roll. The decadent dish is completed with a topping of truffle shavings and truffle caviar, and served with a side of fries, chef’s salad and more truffle sauce.

The lobster chunks were incredibly fresh with a nice bounce in the bite, while the truffle sauce was creamy and buttery with a nice earthiness from the truffles. Together with the truffle shavings, truffle caviar and chives in the sweet brioche bun, this dish is truly an indulgent, delicious meal to treat yourself or people precious to you to.

The Place: Pince & Pints is in the heart of Bangsar Baru, so parking is not the easiest — we usually choose to park inside Bangsar Village I or II’s parking lots for lack of patience to keep making hunting rounds. The restaurant is a nice mix of classy and casual, good for chilling with friends at. The seating area is mainly for dining, but there’s also seats at the bar counter for those who prefer them. Try the gin with Manuka honey in it, delish!

Price: RM178++

The dish is available now until 31 December 2016 only, so make sure to plan a visit soon!

Pince & Pints, No. 32, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2201 3233, www.pinceandpints.com.my

Tortilla de Patatas by Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar

It's as though eggs, potatoes, onions and tomato-topped bread were made to go together always.
Who knew rubbing fresh tomatoes and garlic on bread could taste so good?

The Dish: The fragrant omelette was filled with chopped potatoes and onions, making it a lightly-flavoured yet somewhat filling dish. We enjoyed the play of textures in the omelette, each bite was soft, with little fluffy bits of potato. What we really loved was the bread. Raw tomatoes and garlic were rubbed on the surface of a sliced baguette piece, and the result was a delightfully garlicky, fresh piece of bread to go with the omelette. This dish is a great example of how simplicity is sometimes the best.

The Place: Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar is also in the heart of Bangsar Baru, and it has recently underwent a refurbishment. We’re happy to announce that the refreshed interior now features a longer bar counter for happy sippers to gather. The gastrobar is also famous for its good variety of gins, where your waiter will ask of your preference and recommend their specialties accordingly. The ambience is chill and there’s seats indoors and outdoors, making it a great place for drinks and authentic Spanish cuisine.

Price: RM17

Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar, 51, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2015 288, mercat.my

Steamed smoked duck ‘mo mo’ skin rolls with red oil by Tao Chinese Cuisine

Steamed smoked duck -mo mo- skin rolls with red oil sauce
The Exquisite Dim Sum Weekend Indulgence is available from now until 27 November 2016.

The Dish: Master dim sum Chef Lo Tian Sion takes dim sum up a notch with his creative twists on traditional items such as har kow which now includes steamed abalone, rice noodle rolls with a filling of fried soft shell crab instead of chicken and baked egg tarts in bamboo charcoal cup. Our dish pick however, is the steamed smoked duck ‘mo mo’ skin rolls with red oil.

The smoked duck was the perfect balance of salty with a tinge of sweetness, while the skin of the roll was soft and slightly sticky. The red oil was fragrant and provided a nice tinge of spiciness to cut through the blandness of the roll’s skin.

The Place: Located on the first floor of InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, the restaurant is easily noticeable because of the vibrant designs of the pale pink April peach flowers and cloud-inspired ceiling which gives an impression that you are dining under the stars. There is an extensive collection of Chinese teapots on display which are also available for sale. Cosy, exquisite and comfortable, Tao is an ideal dining venue for Chinese cuisine lovers, business meetings or family gatherings. The restaurant is pork-free and is open daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch, and 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner.

Price: Starting from RM12 nett per basket with a minimum of four diners

Tao Chinese Cuisine, Level 1, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, 165, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2782 6000, kualalumpur.intercontinental.com