Tuesday, 31 March 2015

(The Updated) Food & Coffee @ The B Side, Lido Plaza KK


Like many other returning customers, we always found The B Side Cafe at Lido Plaza, Kota Kinabalu have something new to see during every other visit. See my other post regarding The B Side Cafe here. The cafe's featured artist for Feb-Mar- AKS Kwan will hand over to Instagramer - Joseph Yapp, for his photography work. Visit them when you are free!


Bulgogi Beef Burger (RM18)
Marinated beef was sliced into thin layers and grilled. Sweet and tender, packed with lots of greens.

I always wanted to try this burger

Baked Crusted Salmon (RM29)
We were being warned that this dish will take some time to prepare, but it was not that long, actually. Still reasonable for us, time for chit chat or swiping the touch screen :P

The fish was a bit too dry

Coffee or Chocolate?

AKS Kwan's creation for the February's "Birdsong" Comic Exhibition


Tue-Thu: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat: 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm


@thebsidekk / #thebsidekk

Lot 21, Ground Floor, Lido Plaza,
Jalan Nosoob, 88200 Penampang,
Sabah, Malaysia

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Peppino @ Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu


Being one of the most awarded Italian Restaurant in Kota Kinabalu, Peppino of Shangri-La's Tg. Aru Resort & Spa will start off the month of April with new excitements on the menu. We were given oppurtunity to sample and getting first hand information on the newly created dishes curated by the newly appointed Executive Chef Yusuf Yaran, from Turkey.

Chef Yusuf were previously attached with Shangri-La's group resort in Indonesia. He is an expert in pastry art and dessert, always eye catching and creative. No wonder the chef's creation was so imaginative and beautiful! With Chef Yusuf, Peppino's new menu will retain the restaurant's commitment in authentic Italian cuisine with fine twist.

At the Lobby Level, Shangri-La's Tg Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

For starter, we were served Caprese Salad, a whole big organic red tomato, carefully sliced and stuffed with Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese in between the pieces, dressed with basil pesto. The acidity of the tomato was well balanced with the savoury, spongy mozzarella. Appetizing.

Risotto al Funghi was our second dish. The risotto was al dente to my liking, light but creamy, and heavily (or heavenly, mushroom lover?) infused with porchini mushrooms. On the middle of the risotto was a generous slap of Foie Gras, perfectly pan seared until golden and slightly crispy at the edge which goes very well with truffle oil. The end result - with hint of sweetness which melt in the mouth.

Another dishes came with organic pick was the pizza. Pizze Parmigiana was a thin crust oven baked pizza uses organic vine-rippened tomatoes from the hotel's appointed organic farm. We were briefed by the resort's Director of Communications - Ms. Claudina Wong, use of local organic produce and ethically-sourced ingredients are being promoted in Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa.

Our main dish was Filetto di Mango Wagyu Scottato, or Pan Seared Grade 7 Wagyu Tenderloin, paired with Rocket Pesto and Caramelized Baby Vegetables. The Wagyu steak was one of the finest, could be better with medium to restore the buttery tastenote. Overall the cut was still very tender. The second main dish was Filetto di Salmone, Panzanella e Pesto al Basilio. I love salmon, regardless of cooked or uncooked, so I could not resist to finish the oven baked salmon which was very well decorated.

Executive Chef Yusuf impressed us with two types of desserts: The Tiramisu di Madre Terra and a yet-to-be-named rich chocolate dessert which was nice to see and fun to eat. Tiramisu is a must have here at Peppino, the meaning of Madre Terra is "Mother Earth" so this is a Mother Earth's Tiramisu which well explain the presentation of the Italian dessert. Amaretto - a almond flavoured Italian liquer is being used instead of coffee-flavoured liquer or rum like Kahlua, to give the tiramisu a true Italian-taste.


Caprese Salad
This artistic creation meaning no more dull looking salad anymore

Risotto with Porchini Mushroom and Pan Seared Foie Gras

Pizze Parmigiana
Simple yet delish pizza with organic tomatoes and eggplants

Al fresco dining area at the open terrace

Filetto di Salmone, Panzanella e Pesto al Basilio

Again, another beautifully crafted dish at Peppino

Filetto di Mango Wagyu Scottato
Wagyu Tenderloin with Caramelized Vegetables such as raddish and tomatoes, with Rockets Pesto

Worth trying =)

Tiramisu di Madre Terra
A must try at Peppino, if you like strong flavors, this dessert definitely will satisfy your taste buds

Bullet? Easter Egg Chocolate?

Chef Yusuf showed us how the magic works!

When Chef Yusuf is not cooking, he uses his talent in art on photography! Check out his Instagram @yusufyaran to see some of his work!


DRESS CODE: Smart Casual

RESERVATION: 088-327 888

Peppino, Lobby Level,
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Beach & Resort
No. 20 Jalan Aru,
88100 Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysia

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Media Invitation to Dim Sum Lunch @ Shang Palace, Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa


Attended the Press Invitation at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort's Chinese Restaurant (HALAL) to try out the dim sum offerred here. Available during the weekend, foodie are able to enjoy over 50 types of steaming hot dimsum and ala carte dishes - EAT ALL YOU CAN buffet brunch. Below are the details of the ongoing promotion:

  • Adult RM58++ and Children RM29++ 
  • Saturday: 11.30AM - 2.30PM (Get 20% OFF if dine between 11.30AM - 1.00PM)
  • Sunday: 10.00AM - 2.30PM (Get 20% OFF if dine between 10.00AM - 12.00PM)

Shang Palace at the Garden Level

The restaurant's manager was doing tea presentation

Szechuan Hot & Sour Soup

Steamed Spinach Dumpling

Steamed Chicken Siu Mai (烧卖)

The manager and Chef Ho - dim sum sifu with more than 20 years experience

Head Chef of Shang Palace - Chef Chua

Stir-fried Kuey Teow with Seafood

Braised Seafood Noodle

Stir-fried Radish Cake with XO Sauce 


Steamed Dried Scallop Dumpling (干贝卖)
Steamed Prawn Dumpling

Assorted dimsum

Dim Sum (点心) is a Chinese-Cantonese cuisine which is comes in small portion, normally eaten as breakfast or brunch. Dim Sum is very closely related to the tea culture, as old Cantonese saying: "Have a sip of tea, eat a hot steaming bun" (饮个茶、食个包). Cantonese are very particular in food, Dim Sum is just a small division in an authentic Cantonese cuisine. Do not be surprise how creative a Dim Sum Chef can be - any food ingredients can be made as Dim Sum as long as it fit into the following categories (but not limited to):

bun (or "pao"), mai (卖), cake (or "gou" 糕), roll (or "guen" 卷), kok (角), dumpling ("gao" 饺), steamed meats dishes, steamed gluteneous rice etc... etc.

Dim Sum can be steamed, pan fried, deep fried and chilled.

Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa is an award winning 5-star luxury resort in Kota Kinabalu located 10 minutes from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport and city centre. Luxurious combination of comfortable guestrooms with a multitude of recreational facilities and culinary options in a tropical paradise of adventure, culture and nature are offered for individuals of all ages.

(For Weekend Dim Sum Buffet Brunch)
Saturday: 11.30AM - 2.30PM
Sunday: 10AM - 2.30PM

RESERVATION: 088-327 888

Shang Palace, Garden Level,
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Beach & Resort
No. 20 Jalan Aru,
88100 Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysia

Weekend Hi-Tea @ Circle, Level 3, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu


Le Meridien KK is currently undergo a major transformation at the hotel's Lobby Level, everything on that level has been relocated to different floor. For example, guests' arrival will be from Sinsuran (facing night market) ground level, which will bring you direct to 3rd floor. Here is where the temporary Reception Counter, restaurant, Tour Desk and Concierge Services are located during the 3 months period.

Still, the hotel's All-Day Dining Restaurant - The Circle, is offering Weekend Hi-Tea, from 12.30PM until 4.00PM only at RM55+ per person, eat all you can! Enjoy more than 10 types of hot meals, Chef's Recommended Roasted Lamb, Design-Your-Own Sandwiches, sushi, salads. fruits juice and desserts.

Not to forget, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members get 20% OFF!

Enjoy the Weekend Hi-Tea

Salad bar


Cold Dish

I was attracted with the Pommery Mustard, the taste was so exquisite!

Hot Meals


Weekend Roast - Lamb

Chef's Recommended


My choice of sandwich: Smoked Salmon, Lettuce and Cheese

Enjoy the seaview

Chocolate Fondue



BUSINESS HOUR: Hi-Tea Starts 12.30PM - 4PM (Saturday & Sunday)

RESERVATION: 088-322 232

3rd Floor, Circle Restuarant,
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu,
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Friday, 27 March 2015

The Tea House @ City Mall Kota Kinabalu


If you are familar with City Mall Shopping Centre, KK, I am pretty sure you notice this little shop at the first floor. Every time when I passed by there, I was attracted with the Tea Egg (茶叶蛋 Cha Ye Dan), which they placed the whole cooker at the tea house's entrance. Normally Pu Er Tea(普洱茶) is used and should taste bitter but their Tea Egg is sweet - like a dessert called Ji Dan Cha (鸡蛋茶) similar translation in English but different name in Chinese.

You can find all kind of tea here

Beautiful Tea Set

Tea Egg (RM1.50 Each)


Sweet Pumpkin Dessert with Mung Bean

I ordered "Tie Guanyin" Tea

Chicken Ham Sandwich with Fruits Salad



CONTACT: 016-2219976

The Tea House
M-1-8 , First Floor,
City Mall Shopping Centre,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


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