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March Delights at Gin Rik Sha Restaurant & Bar!

Everyday Food I Love returns to GinRikSha after a short hiatus! On our last visit, we were impressed by the new ambience of the place as well as their focus on fusion Indian flavors. They also have a super-talented lady behind the bar who makes all these amazing cocktails that have tongues in Bukit Damansara wagging. We therefore came with higher than usual expectations and for me, I am glad to say that it was simply amazing. Readers who would like to know more from our last visit can read about it at the link here.

As a photographer and a student of architecture photography, I was amazed that the ambience of GinRikSha remained constant throughout the night and day. You could literally spend hours at this place, settle down and be unaware of the passage of time. Places like these where you can sit down to some good food and drinks and idle the hours away from the hustle and bustle of city-life are like a heaven-sent oasis, what a treasured find!

37, Ground Floor, Plaza Damansara,
Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2011 1266
Reservations: Alicia 012-2251602

Monday to Saturday Lunch Hours - 11.30 am to 3.00pm
Monday - Friday Dinner Hours - 5.00 pm to 12.30 am
Saturday Dinner Hours - 4.00 pm to 12.30 am
Closed on Sundays

The menu at GinRikSha is studded with some amazing offerings, and their foods are grouped chiefly under the categories of Small Plates (appetisers), To Share... Or NOT (mains), A Bigger Share (mains for sharing), A Bit on the Side (side dishes), Soups and Salads, Breads and Dessert. There is also a separate section in their menu for additional Sauces, Chutneys and Pickles.

Patrons new to GinRikSha will have an easy time, for they have helpfully marked vegetarian and house favourites in their menu. Of notable mention is the Pakora Basket (RM20), which consists of crispy vegetable fritters served with green chilli chutney. Another popular dish is unsurprisingly, the Tamarind Glazed Sesame Wings (RM22), where crispy chicken wings are drizzled with sweet and sour tamarind glaze and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Other favourites not covered in this post includes the Salt & Pepper Squid (RM20), Butter Chicken Poutine (RM22), Varuval Quesadilla (RM34), Kerala Shrimp (RM38), Mushroom Briyani (RM24), Vegetable Lasagne (RM25), Banana Leaf Baked Sea Bass (RM36), Buttermilk Prawns with Mantau Bun (RM36) and many others.

This refreshing cool cocktail is the Gin Basil Smash!
I started off my visit with a cocktail, the revivifying Gin Basil Smash. It also included a few slices of cucumber to help bring the heat of the day down, it was simply marvellous!

Pop Corn Tempura RM14 πŸ‘
This is not the centuries old popcorn recipe you are used to seeing at the movies! It is in fact sweet corn fried in a light tempura batter. Crunchy and sweet, this vegetarian dish is a house favourite!

Garlic and Mushroom Soup RM14
This creamy appetiser added a nice touch of home to the table and dining experience. It came accompanied with lightly garnished bread which made eating it a lot more wholesome compared to just drinking the soup by itself.

Mutton Varuval RM32 πŸ‘
Now I am a big fan of Indian cuisine. At the place where I grew up, good indian food was hard to come by. And I also like the fact that Indian foods are savory and spicy! Unlike other iterations, GinRikSha's version of this South Indian dish was not too dry, and I liked it because you could literally savour the complexity of the condiments and spices infused with the mutton, which in this case includes onions, ginger, garlic and a special in-house Masala salt. The Mutton Varuval is served with lightly garnished bread, but I can imagine it going well with steamed or briyani rice or even chappati or naan bread.

Spinach Risotto with Spicy SautΓ©ed Potatoes RM24 πŸ‘πŸ‘
This vegetarian dish quickly became my favourite! While there is nothing new with Spinach Risotto, GinRikSha's version of this dish was done with very well, with the creamy spinach flavour blending well with the sticky chewy texture. In between mouthfuls, I couldn't help but marvel at the colour and presentation of this dish, I'd rate this 2 thumbs up!

Absolutely Delicious!!

Spicy Honey Garlic Rack of Lamb RM48 πŸ‘πŸ‘
This dish is definitely Angeline's favourite for the evening! The minute I laid eyes on it I knew I had to let her take two portions instead of sharing it equally. πŸ˜† The grilled lamb was very tender and juicy, with a rib sticking out for easy eating, don't be shy to use your fingers! I held mine firmly and did not put it down until I was done, it was that good. The lamb rack was made even more delicious with a generous drizzling of spicy honey garlic sauce.


Mango Chicken Papadam RM18
This dish would make a great addition to a food-sharing session, and in a pinch would be great as finger foods at a party. The taste was interesting, as the savory chicken below contrasts with the sweet mango.

Salted Caramel Pecan Mille Crepe RM16 πŸ‘
This dessert is incredibly addictive, once you start eating it, it becomes near impossible to stop as you studiously take measured portions with a fork and savour in each bite. The texture of this crepe was incredible, and the very rich in taste.

Crème Caramel RM16
This custard dessert with the soft caramel layer was a delight, it had a nice texture and the taste was creamy and not too sweet.

Our stay at GinRikSha was a memorable one, so you can be sure I will be coming back here to sample the rest of the menu with my friends. GinRikSha also caters to private events, so why not give them a call in advance and make some enquiries or better yet, bring your family and friends and give their foods a try? Happy feasting! ~ Marv.7

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Angeline Saturday, March 18, 2017 , , , , , ,

The upcoming holy month is a time for reflection and family reunion. Embrace Ramadhan traditions and share the ritual of breaking fast together with loved ones in a relaxed, family-friendly setting. Guests are invited to share this unique experience at various hotels in Malaysia. From elegant urban retreats to a captivating island escape, discover an array of festive packages and enticing culinary experiences throughout Malaysia.
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Resort Seafood Steamboat @ Genting Highlands

Angeline Tuesday, March 14, 2017 , , ,

Traditionally, asian families have been eating Hot Pot together for years, especially when it is cold outside. It is also more popularly known among the Chinese as Steamboat, where a metal pot simmering with stock features prominently, and is always surrounded by platters of fresh foods, like jealous lovers vying for the love of a girl. But here at Resort Seafood Steamboat, there is plenty for everybody and with an amazing class of appeal!
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E18hteen, An Inspired Haven @ Genting Highlands

If you have ever harboured a dream to be spoiled by a dedicated staff of butlers and waiters, whilst dining in a luxurious restaurant with a breathtaking vista to match, you should make the time to make reservations for a stay at e18hteen. This outstanding establishment is perhaps Resorts World Genting’s crowning jewel to date, a glittering restaurant set in the skies with floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of the surrounding highland countryside. They have an open kitchen, where you can see various chefs in their industry and staff stand attentively and discreetly to one side ready to satisfy your every whim. It is an incredible place to just relax, and the equanimous atmosphere just sets the mind in ease.
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The Return of Lemon Garden Cafe @ Shangri La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Angeline Monday, March 13, 2017 , , , ,

Before my visit to Shangri-La Hotel, I did a little asking around. My question; have you been to the Lemon Garden? 9 out of 10 persons I spoke to said yes, and of these 16 said it was great (the other 7 were bystanders who joined in abruptly to share their experience)! It was therefore with high expectations that I descended unto the famous landmark hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Friday evening for a visit.
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Freaking Wholesome's Raw Treats

Many a time when our tummy rumbles in between meals, we are often guilty of reaching for processed snacks that are filled with junk ingredients. If you're searching for a healthy alternative, look no further as Freaking Wholesome has just launched a new range of raw treats! Packed with nutrient-dense ingredients, their Wholesome Bars are ideal for snacking or better yet, double up as a wholesome dessert! A box of 6 Assorted Wholesome Bars (RM50) comes with 3 exciting flavours....
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Angeline Wednesday, March 8, 2017 , , ,

Malaysian Jason Loh Strikes Podium at Asian Category. The highly anticipated Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia 2017 started with over 3,300 registered duathletes taking on the run-bike-run course across Putrajaya. In the end, it was Thomas Bruins from The Netherlands and Annamaria Eberhardt-Halas from Hungary that completed the race in 02:33:57 and 02:52:05 for the male and female elite respectively. This will be Bruins’ third win in the Powerman series this year after securing his title in the inaugural Powerman Thailand and Powerman Indonesia.
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Angeline Tuesday, March 7, 2017 , , , ,

South Africa are the team to beat in the upcoming HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s in less than 6 weeks’ time. The South Africa Blitzboks notched up their fourth Series win for the 2016-17 season when they overcame Fiji 19-12 in the final of the Las Vegas Sevens. This is South Africa’s fourth title from five tournaments and they sit 24 points clear of defending Series champions Fiji in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings.
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Angel Champagne @ The Imaginarium

Great Love Affairs Start With Champagne. One the eve of Valentine’s Day, Everyday Food I Love was invited over to the Imaginarium, one of the latest speakeasy bars to grace the jazz scene in Kuala Lumpur. There we were given a treat, wine tasting in the form of glasses of Angel Champagne, accompanied with platters of fresh oysters and gourmet chocolates.
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Angeline Tuesday, February 28, 2017 , , , , ,

Captivating dining and activities bring unbridled Easter joy to families and loved ones. Hotels in Malaysia present a feast of festive experiences this Easter holiday season. An array of enticing menus and activities await guests throughout Malaysia, from sumptuous Easter Brunch spreads with all the seasonal trimmings to egg-citing family friendly events. Hotels will be overflowing with the festive flavours of Easter, featuring traditional treats and innovative themed dinners to set the scene for the perfect family gathering or long weekend getaway. Discover the finest festive experiences with the perfect package at the following hotels:
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Harley-Davidson of Singapore and Rugby Singapore partnership makes a thunderous rumble

Angeline Tuesday, February 21, 2017 , , ,

Harley-Davidson of Singapore and Rugby Singapore today announced the launch of an exciting partnership. The signature roar of the Harley-Davidson adds a huge rumble to the HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s, taking place at the National Stadium on 15 and 16 April.
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Motorino Pizzeria Malaysia, One of NY’s Finest in Genting Highlands

Angeline Monday, February 20, 2017 , , , ,

Today I want to write about pizza. When it comes to pizza, there is really no hard and fast rule as to what makes the best pizza. I spent the last decade trying out pizzas everywhere with friends, and let me tell you, everyone has a different thing that makes it work for them.
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Launch of Blanc Coco Sparkling Coconut Water, Thai Coco Coconut Milk Beverages and snacks

Angeline Monday, February 13, 2017 , , , , ,

Blanc Coco, the world’s first sparkling 100% coconut water, has been launched in Malaysia by Euro-Atlantic Sdn Bhd for Thai Coconut Public Company Limited. A unique refreshing drink of rich and nutritious coconut water, it comes from the best kind of coconuts – the Nam Hom variety – grown in the Ratchaburi Province in Thailand. These special coconuts are harvested the traditional way from trees that thrive in saline, sustainable soil conditions and humidity in this province in Central Thailand.
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