Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bonfire Restaurant & Bar, The Starling Mall

Located at Damansara Uptown's The Starling Mall, Bonfire is a new restaurant and bar serving modern Australian cuisine. Drawing inspiration from award-winning Australian restaurant, Porteño in Sydney, the restaurant has a custom-made woodfire and charcoal oven as a centrepiece in the kitchen.

As you can imagine bonfire consumes a lot of wood and they have artistically incorporated firewood into the interior design. Exposed brick walls and ornate floor tiles, along with a colorful, striking mural completes the look of this casual dining restaurant.



We sampled several dishes from both the lunch and dinner menu, all of which were executed flawlessly. We started off with the Braised Wagyu Cheeks (RM42) served with pumpkin puree, crispy shallots, broccoli, mushroom pudding and a sunny side up egg. A well-thought out dish, marrying wonderful flavours and textures together. We loved the tender, gelatinous beef cheeks as well as the interesting mushroom pudding.




From the lunch menu, we had the Crispy skin salmon with scrambled eggs (RM29) served with brioche toast and baby spinach. I am quite picky when it comes to eating cooked salmon in restaurants, however I am glad to report that Bonfire passed with flying colours. The salmon was perfectly cooked, just the way I like it - crispy skin, yet with the salmon flesh lightly cooked resulting in a moist, almost buttery texture.





The highlight of our meal was Big Bonfire Platter aka the 3-meat platter (RM165). Diners can choose from Wagyu skirt steak, Whole red snapper, Mediterranean baby spring chicken, Rack of lamb, and Pineapple glazed beef short ribs, all which are cooked in the woodfire oven. By using the woodfire oven to cook the meats, it imparts a lovely smokiness to the meat. If you come in a smaller group, you can also order them individually or go for the 2-meat platter.

So for our platter, we had the Wagyu skirt steak, snapper and lamb. When it arrived at our table, we all thought it looked mighty impressive.




The Wagyu skirt steak is one of their bestsellers and it's easy to see why. Cooked sous vide for 18 hours and then finished off in the woodfire oven, the meat was amazingly tender and flavourful. It is recommended to eat this with the confit garlic served with the platter.



The Australian rack of lamb was my personal favourite. Beautifully pink and tender, it is served with a mint and pea puree.



Not to be missed is the whole red snapper, locally sourced from the markets daily. The fish is seasoned with Cajun spices, cooked and served with a coconut beurre blanc. Incredibly moist and fresh.



The platter also comes with the Pana de Casa, house baked bread, toasted in the woodfire oven and served with a dried fruit (prune and apricot) butter.



Bonfire is currently offering a Free bottle of wine for every 3-meat platter purchased at the moment... what a deal! Available Mondays to Thursdays (6-9pm).


For desserts, we shared the Caramelised milk panna cotta (RM19), served with a nutella cigar and fresh berries. Whip your cameras out, jiggle it about and snap a Boomerang. Light and delicious!






Opening times: Sun-Thurs 11am to 12am; Fri & Sat 11am to 1am.

Location: Bonfire Restaurant & Bar, Lot G-032, The Starling Mall, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Tel: 018-919 8226

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BonfireDamansara


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Staycations have been all the rage for a number of years now, as folks look for a weekend getaway within the city they live in. Serviced residences nowadays provide facilities on par with hotels, often with the added bonus of much more space at very competitive rates.

To keep things exciting plan your stay based around the serviced residences location as we did when we recently stayed at Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya Serviced Residences. Visit the nearest mall, eat at the neighbourhood restaurants and explore a new part of town, and return home feeling well-rested and rejuvenated.



Somerset Damansara Uptown is one of the premier collection of The Ascott Limited's serviced residences in over 100 cities around the globe. It is conveniently located next to the new Starling shopping mall as well as right in the middle of a commercial hub where numerous offices, restaurants and cafes are situated, making it the perfect home away from home for travellers, those on business or for families looking for a new experience.

The 24-storey serviced residence features 211 contemporary serviced apartments, with a choice of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.  We stayed in the two-bedroom premier apartment, which comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, a living room, dining area, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. We were impressed with the spaciousness of the unit (1066 sqft) which can comfortably accommodate up to five people.


There is a king-sized bed in the master bedroom, as well as a separate working area and ample wardrobe space.The ensuite bathroom comes with shower and eco-friendly bath amenities.



Twin single beds in the second bedroom, just nice for our kids :)



BabySumoKids love their welcome gift


Making themselves at home in the stylishly furnished living area





The apartment is elegantly furnished, with homely comforts such as LED television with home entertainment system, DVD player, washing machine and dryer, a steam iron and ironing board and complimentary Wifi in rooms and all common areas. And since it is a serviced residence, there will also be complimentary housekeeping services which will come and tidy your room for you.


All snuggled up for movie night



In the kitchen, on top of the usual coffee/tea making facilities, you will find cooker hob with hood, microwave oven, toasted, oven, refridgerator, glassware, crockery and cutlery; all of which are available for use should you wish to cook during your stay. Otherwise, there are lots of fantastic dining options within the vicinity. Some of the local eats that we checked out included: Annie 1, Nam Heong Ipoh, and Village Park Nasi Lemak.




There are kids channels available on the TV, or pay a visit to the Children's Playroom located on the Reception level. It kept our kids entertained for hours; they can engage in role play, read a book or play with the toys.  Daniel wanted to take the Shark home.





For guests, there will be a small continental spread served for breakfast, such as cereal, fried rice, fried noodles, eggs and pancakes as well as coffee/tea and juices. You can enjoy an alfresco breakfast or in the Resident's Lounge.





There is also a fully-equipped gymnasium, as well as outdoor gymnasium area should you wish to work out. There is also an outdoor swimming pool as well as children's wading pool with lounge chair to just sit back, relax and enjoy the city skyline.







Verdict: Great for family staycations. We love the swimming pool and children's playroom and there is a shopping mall directly next door if you are looking for more things to do (eat/visit the bookshop/watch a movie). 



The Ascott Limited is a member of CapitaLand. It is one of the leading international serviced residence owner-operators with more than 300 properties in over 100 cities spanning more than 25 countries across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. It operates three award-winning brands Ascott, Citadines and Somerset, and lyf.


Room rates start from RM292.50/night for studio. Check-in time 3pm, check-out time 12 noon.

Location: Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya, 2A, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. (For parking, head to Level 3 of The Starling Mall, and follow signs for Somerset guest parking).

Tel: 03-7730 0888


GPS Coordinates: 3.135867, 101.623416


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