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'' Coffee and cakes are the main things in a cafe, but the world is constantly evolving, so does our menu, we need changes to stay afresh and I think is time to introduce some new dishes in JEQ.'' - Jason.



 JEQ in the house has recently introduced a number of new dishes with a unique and modern twist.  The kitchen squad is helmed by Chef Jordan, a young, driven and passionate chef whom draws his inspiration from classical Asian and Western cuisine to create his latest menu.

JEQ in the house, ''in the house'' actually means everything is made in-house, including coffee, cakes and hot food. 

Rather than overshadowed by the cakes and coffee, Jason(the owner) prefers JEQ to be the place that will cross everyones' mind if they feel like having a great meal without causing a hole in their pocket. 
They also slightly shifted their menu to a semi-fine dining concept, allowing demanding customers like me to wine, dine and be happy and at the same time, save more money. :P


In Jeq, you can easily noticed that there are efforts being put into everything. The attention to details food plating, creative latte art, the interior settings and the song playlists! 


Our dinner began with espresso bomb, the presentation instantly caught my attention as it was not the usual way of serving mocha or any type of espresso based coffee. 


Espresso Bomb. 

It kind of reminds me of Brewmen, except JEQ serve it with milk. It should be named as 'Reversed Mocha'. IMHO. 




Warm milk, chocolate and a ball of espresso.
There's no instant gratification if you're looking to quench your thirst with iced mocha on a scorching hot day as you need to wait for the ball of espresso and the chocolate to kind of thaw and melt down in order to savour the best out of this drink. 

I enjoy the slow process though, it reminds me pleasure doesn't come with just a snap of your fingers, you gotta be patient and the reward will come. 


Rose Latte

I don't normally go for flavoured latte or beverage, but JEQ has nailed this right as the rose flavour was so authentic and fragrant, it didn't taste like any other artificial, syrup-laden rose latte I've tried at some cafe before. Go for it if you're a big fan of rose latte. Trust me, I am very fussy when it comes to coffee and this doesn't disappoint me. 


Smoked Duck Aglio Olio with Padano

The first dish to be served was the Smoked Duck Aglio Olio with Padano. This simple and perfectly seasoned pasta dish comes with a nice punch of savoury flavours and spices. The smoked duck was complimented by the sourness from the cherry tomatoes and just a touch of spiciness from the chili flakes. The overall presentation of the dish is further elevated by the colourful edible flowers. 


Mushroom Chicken Pot Pie. RM16




The Chicken pot pie was unpretentious, I love the different textures, flavours and temperatures in this dish. It's a joy to eat as you gently break off the top of the pastry, penetrating through the flaky & buttery pastry and dive your spoon straight into the creamy and rich white sauce; the cold and refreshing bed of salad balances out the rich and buttery aroma of the pastry. Hands down, the best comfy food to have at any time of the day.


Golden Wings
The next dish was the Deep Fried Golden Wings, which is basically salted egg fried chicken coated with salted egg yolk and chili padi. A stand out dish by itself. This dish is served with succulent pieces of deep fried chicken wings lightly and evenly coated with salted egg yolk. It also comes with a side of fries and chilli sauce. I absolutely love the asian touch of this dish. The only complain was there's not enough chili padi (bird's eye chili ) in it. 


My dining companion and I devoured this with much gusto. 




Miso Risotto Spheres- RM16

The Miso risotto sphere has a unique sweet, savoury and nutty flavour. The exterior is deep fried till golden colour, its centre is filled with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, absolutely love the contrasting texture in this dish. The red  sauce underneath was made of sicilliano & carrot miso. The sauce rendered a slight spiciness as well as smooth salty texture to complement the golden sphere. 






This shot definitely speaks for itself.


Rose Tea Vinaigrette Salmon- RM28

Infuse with Rose Tea and Vanilla bean marinated Salmon steak served with butter pumpkin mash and arugula salad. The key ingredients of this dish are salmon, pumpkin, arugula salad and honey vinaigrette , which are pronounced and balanced well, simple and delightful. 



If you savour this dish carefully, you'll be able to detect a distinct rose aroma in the salmon itself.
Who would have thought about that?! This chef is genius!



The tender piece of salmon was served in a nice portion, complemented with a bed of pumpkin and potato mash which helped it sing. The arugula leaf, edamame and radish added a bit of crunch to the dish while the honey vinaigrette gave it a nice sweet tangy tone. The perfectly cooked thick mash balanced it by bringing back the dish to a balance.  


Tiramisu

The dessert of the night was the infamous Tiramisu. 
Assuming it to be nothing special just like any other Tiramisu, I was impressed after taking a spoonful of this. The lady fingers was perfectly soaked and flavoured with a nice bittersweet tinge of espresso, followed by a prominent baileys aftertaste.
To me, I think they've done ordinary things, extraordinarily right. 


Malden Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Lava Cake

Our last dessert for the night was the Lava Cake. 
The key to a good lava cake is to ensure that the center is cooked just right, in a semi-melted state. 
The first cut resulted the ooze of piping hot molten chocolate which got me ooh-ohh-ahh-ahh ing. 



You get to taste a few dimensions of flavours in this dessert alone: 

First, a prominent sweetness from the warm chocolatey cake, followed by the semi-melted bittersweet chocolate in the center, then a tinge of saltiness to tease the palate and lastly rounded up with a spoonful of cold and creamy vanilla ice cream. 


That's not all yet, the dotted vanilla mango puree on the side added a nice sweet and sour note to the dessert, while the lemon cress contributed a nice zesty burst of tanginess which was then balanced out by the chocolate sauce underneath. A very well played sweet & sour, hot and cold dessert I must say. 




What I really like about about JEQ is that it offers a cozy and relaxed environment, with nostalgic songs spilling through the speakers and of course, the reasonably priced food. 

Definitely worth a visit! Don't come alone, bring your family and your loved ones, as good things are meant to be shared. 



JEQ in the House

19, Jalan 17/45, Seksyen 17, 
46400 Petaling Jaya, 
Selangor, Malaysia

Under the spell-binding starry night and gleaming moonlight of the Mid-Autumn Festival, it is the perfect time to gather with loved ones, families and friends, to celebrate moments of unity and happiness. The Westin Kuala Lumpur presents this year’s Westin Mooncakes under the theme of BLOOM, offering exquisite and delectable mooncakes during this blooming season of love and laughter.



Mid Autumn Festival is a time to celebrate love, health, longevity and great fortune. 
BLOOM Mooncake gift box by Westin is a dual usage storage unit that comes with an integrated potting container. Each purchase of BLOOM Mooncake set is complemented with a DIY terrarium kit and user-friendly planting instructions.
 This allows customers to turn the gift box into a lovely potted plant with storage compartments, making the box an attractive and practical home decorative item. 






What I love about the BLOOM Mooncake gift box is definitely the design and the terrarium kit that comes with it. 
Look how perfectly the terrarium container sits atop of the boxes. The mosses ,greens and pebbles definitely breathes life into the ordinary packaging.




I was invited to get my hands on to build my very first terrarium under the supervision of a few mentors from Urban Green Cabin last week at The Westin Hotel. It was definitely one of my highlighted activities for the past few months. 



With 8 baked skin mooncake flavors to choose from, you can take your pick from the traditional and toothsome flavors such as Lotus Paste with Single YolkPure Red Bean Paste ‘Tau Sah’Five Sen5es Assorted Nuts Mixture and Pandan Lotus Paste.

Additionally, healthy and delicious Low Sugar Plain White Lotus PasteLow Sugar Plain White Lotus with Single YolkGreen Tea and our special Pearl of Prosperity are included in the list to liven up the selection of Westin mooncakes.

After sampling all eight type of mooncakes, we proceeded to build our own terrarium. YAY!



The BLOOM boxes comes with a Do-It-Yourself Terrarium Kit, complete with detailed instructions on assembly and care.
















That's mine in the center!





And here we are.. happily showing off our little babies after 2 hours of intensive class. phewww. 

BLOOM Mooncake Box of 2 

The BLOOM mooncake gift boxes are offered at a very attractive prices, 
starting from as low as RM75 nett per set. 
Patrons are able to select any of the 2 or 4 flavours to make up the purchase of a gift box. 

BLOOM Mooncake Box of 2 - RM75 nett
BLOOM Mooncake Box of 4 - RM110 nett. 


Other enticing discounts are also available such as bulk purchase:
- 10% savings for purchasing 25-50 boxes
- 15% savings for purchasing 51-100 boxes
- 20% savings for purchasing 101-150 boxes
- 25% savings for purchasing 151-200 boxes
-30% savings for purchasing above 201 boxes. 



  • Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Beyond Dining members receive 15% savings on all mooncakes purchased during the promotional period.
  • Free delivery for purchases of 30 boxes and above to one destination within the Klang Valley area.
From 1st August to 15th September 2016, Westin Mooncakes can be purchased and picked up from Five Sen5es (Level 1) between 10am to 10pm from Tuesday to Sunday. 
Westin Mooncakes can also be found at the popular Pavilion Shopping Mall's Mid Autumn Festival (Level 2, Centre Court) from 30th Aug- 15th Sept 2016)

One more week to Mid Autumn Festival, if you haven't gotten anything for your loved ones, it's not too late, but better act fast!

To book your mooncake gift boxes or for further enquiries, call 03-2773 8338 or emailwestindining@westin.com


Also, don't forget to check out Urban Green Cabin for their terrarium classes!

Who doesn't like Japanese food?  buffet?
What's better when we can put them both together ? 
The whole world rejoiceeeeeee


It has been a long while since I had buffet and there's always a few rules I follow before having buffet.
Rule no.1 : Always wear comfy pants with elastic.
Rule no.2 : f**k carbs, go for seafood & proteins!
(Ps: the greens are there just to make me feel less sinful after gorging down all the sinfully glorious tempuras and salmon skin.)


There are a myriad of selections of food for you to choose. From seafood to poultry, sashimi to desserts. And I couldn't stress enough that the food in Shogun was fresh, not super extraordinary but definitely decent and has a certain quality control. 

I tried their shabu-shabu hot pot, where they serve you a hot pot of soup, and you get to choose your own ingredients to put into from the food counter.



Clams, prawns, bamboo clams and veges were fresh, no qualms about that. Even their hot food station were filled with glorious deep fried tempuras, salmon skin, prawns, soft shell crab, scallop, mini crabs and shishamo !!! Basically you get all kinds of seafood from raw to steam, stir fry to deep fried all under one roof. 





Mmmm.. the piping hot cheese baked oysters and snail kept me begging for more.




Their oysters and sashimi were fresh, with a hint of brackishness. 
And what's better way to eat oyster than a squeeze of lemon and few drops of Tobasco?




Sashimi? encore! encore! encore!



....And if you're wondering, yes, I had all these to myself at one serving and not a tiny crumb got wasted, because in my context, ''All you can eat buffet'' is not a suggestion, it's a challenge, and I took it up. 


Also, my secret is to eat fast. We've all heard that when you get full, it takes about 20 minutes for the message to get to your brain, right? Once you start, you have about 20 minutes to eat as much as you can before you know you are full. By the time your brain thinks you are full... it is too late! Ha, you just outsmarted your brain! *smirks


I've gotten this offer from FAVE app for a weekday lunch buffet for 1 person for RM43 at a 50% discounted rate. What I like about Fave App is that it is super easy to navigate, user friendly, and it's not too cluttered. There's three main categories which are Eat, Pamper and Fit. Eat helps to source nearby restaurants with offers, Pamper ranges from spas, to hair services to slimming, and Fit covers all sorts of activities.


When you tap into 'EAT', you get to see restaurants/eateries and cafes that has partnered with Fave, and all you need to do is to click on that particular offer, purchase it & redeem it. 
You also have options to filter the place by distance, trending and price, which helps you to narrow down your options. See, easy. 
Brilliant app for people who are indecisive like me. 







All in all, in all honesty, I think Fave is a great app to help you discover and save money if you dine out often. You also get to earn referral fee if you introduce it to your friend, good things are meant to be shared, don't you agree? 


If you haven't tried Fave yet, Here’s a promo code H8P3H to get discount, you’ll thank me later. 




Shogun

SHOGUN™ Sunway Pyramid
LG2, 119-120, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, 
3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 
46150 Petaling Jaya, 
Selangor DE.


Operation Hours:
Lunch: 12-3PM (Mon-Fri);12-4.00PM (Sat & Sun)
Dinner: 6 - 10:00PM Daily

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