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I think to myself all the time, food is indeed the best excuse to ask someone out to have a bonding session, don't you think so? ;)

Last week I finally had the time to ketchup when my group of friends in Brolly I've not seen for ages.


Tucked in the heart of KL, Brolly was aptly named because it has 9 brands offering different types of cuisine under one roof. 


From seafood to red meat, pizza to bento, cocktail to desserts, Besides a myriads of food, they offer a selection of cocktail from Bang Bang baller bar too. 




We started our meal with some oysters from Moley's Oyster Bar.
They offer two types of oyster: Kelly's Gigas oysters (RM8/pcs) & Fine de Claire Oyster (RM12/pcs) which is flown in fresh weekly from Ireland & France respectively. 


I found that Fine de claire has lesser complexity compare to Kelly and carries a balance of slightly brackish & sweet taste, also it's smaller compare to Kelly Gigas; On the other hand, Kelly's Gigas Oyster was plumper, and tasted remarkably sweet with just a hint of brackishness. They both taste great with or without a squeeze or lemon or Tobasco. 



Crispy fried Aussie onion 'flower'(RM18). 

It's a massive, fried onion that has been cut into the shape of a flower. It looks just like any other onion rings to me, but on steroids, also in one massive floral arrangement. 
I am not usually easy to succumb to onion rings but this beautifully battered onion blossom manage to find a way to my heart. 
Forget about diet and calories, just make sure to eat it while it's still hot.


We also had the chance to savour Brolly's signature Louisana Seafood which you get to choose from all sorts of Crabs, Lobster, Prawns, Scallops, Baby Octopus & Mussels.
If you are wondering, there are four types of sauce to choose from, zesty butter, garlic butter, Spicier Jamba Jamba & signature Southern Bang. 

Since all of us are so accustomed to the local tastebuds, we decided to go for the Jamba Jamba, with medium spiciness. That was the best decision we all made that day because it has the just-right spiciness to it, enough to get our tongue tickling but not numb. 



Before digging in to these, the courteous staff spread a huge plastic paper on the table and offer us a bib to tie around our neck so we wouldn't have to worry about staining our shirts while the knocking and cracking of the exoskeleton is going on.

While the sauces were quite delicious (chili & lemon mades the dish pops) and the vegetables were very well-seasoned, the prawns and crabs were definitely the star. This was such a delightful dining experience because each of us who sat on the table were either busy peeling off crabs and prawns for one another, or giggling and laughing at each other when we gets our hands & mouth smudge with gravy. 

That's how dining should be - interactive, instead of just looking at our phones all the time. 


  And what's better way to do justice than to mop all the sauces up with some glorious deep fried mantau?


Superbly puff steamed rice with fried onion. 
Be warned, you won't just stop at one serving of this. 


Next we tried Gumbo @ RM13.90. 
photo credits to vkeong

Apart from all of the above, I would like to highlight this fave soup of mine (which I didn't manage to take a photo of this marvellous creation as my hands were all coated with the glistening gravy.)

This thick gumbo soup comes in a standard paper cup that people use to do coffee takeaway. It that has a consistency of a semi-thick gravy and when you dive your spoon in you'll find grains of rice, spicy sausages and prawns and other boiled-down vege. Oozing with lots of flavours from the herbs, vegetables and shellfish. 
Each mouthful was a delightful experience. It wasn't just that, it was also surprisingly spicy which was not what I expected it to be.

Overall I personally think it's outstandingly delicious and should cross your mind when you're having a hangover. 


Next we also had the Black Pepper Crab (500g -+ RM74) which was wrapped with banana leaf & a layer of aluminium foil then grilled with charcoal, the authentic way to retain the essence from the flesh. 
It was as delicious as how it was pictured, fleshy, sweet and full of flavours!
Love the zing and kick from the black pepper. Black pepper lovers can I hear you hola? ;)

Pic credits: Placesandfoods.com

In a nutshell, Brolly is definitely the place to be if you're planning to host any big or small events/catering for Birthdays, Anniversaries, ROMs, Graduation, Baby Showers, Bachelor/bachelorette Nights as
 Brolly is able to cater from 40pax up to 400 pax.


For inquiry: events@my-brolly.com


Brolly
Ground Floor, Menara Felda, 
Platinum Park, Persiaran KLCC, 
Kuala Lumpur. 

Valet parking available, as well as parking in building

Open daily, 11am-11pm. 

Tel: 03-2181-4122

Website: http://www.my-brolly.com/about-us/











Pic credit to littlemisshobbit.


Port Dickson started life as a humble charcoal producing town, but in recent times it has turned into a thriving and popular beach destination. 
This jewel of a destination is just 60km from Kuala Lumpur, meaning it is a popular destination for city slickers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Indeed, many of them own holiday homes in the area. It also means that the city is readily accessible for anyone who is visiting this exquisite area, it is actually just a one hour drive to the world renowned city. 
But don’t go jumping for a rental car too quickly, because there is plenty to do and see in this picturesque holiday destination. 
Naturally being near the coast, the area has a great abundance of beaches, with all types and levels of beauty. Teluk Kemang Beach is a popular beach for the locals, calm clear waters and beautiful golden sandy beaches, it is the perfect scene for a relaxing sunbathe and a frolic in the ocean. It is also a great place for water sports, the beach side is well stocked with exciting water based activities to hold your attention all day. 
While you’re at a beach, the one at Tanjung Tuan to be exact, why don’t you try the thrilling climb up the historic local lighthouse. Not only is it an amazing example of human engineering, keeping our oceans safe, but it also offers amazing views across the bay and beyond. 
Finally after a great day at the beach, perhaps a relaxing massage should be considered, there is only one place to attend. The Thai odyssey is a famous massage parlour and is always reviewed well, thanks to their experienced experts in massage comfort, just be sure to book your slot well in advance. 
So you’ve swum and relaxed, now it is time to sleep. Fortunately Port Dickson has a myriad of hotels, ranging in all qualities and prices for you to choose from. Below is a small selection of hotels from Traveloka.com, to give you an idea of what to expect. 




Hotel Seri Malaysia Port Dickson 
Lot PT 49, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson 71050, Malaysia
With a nightly price beginning at just 133YR, this is a very affordable and good quality hotel. There is a pool and restaurant on site, ensuring you’ll never go hungry or bored and the free hi speed WIFI means you’ll always be connected; enabling you to be able to send those priceless holiday photos. 



Corus Paradise Resort
3.5km, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson 71000, Malaysia
This excellent resort combines quality with reasonable pricing; with prices starting at just 215YR a night. It has all the amenities you’d expect at a high class resort including; pools, a gym and excellent restaurants. You’ll never be bored and the business centre ensure you’ll always be connected. 



Ilham Resort Port Dickson

Batu 10, Tanjung Biru | Si Rusa, Port Dickson 71050

This is a high end resort and you get what you pay for. Spacious rooms and the highest quality possible, the hotel even provides a viewing tower, so you can enjoy the amazing views it has to offer. An amazing pool and brilliantly stocked gymnasium, all you could want on your resort holiday. 
An Australian franchise brand which aims to serve you authentic Australian style food incorporating a diverse range of high quality dishes using fresh and premium ingredients and made daily on the premises. Pros of having Jamaica blue is that it is now close to you which doesn't require you to stress about spending your money on a flight to Australia and this is as close as you can get to having meals like the Aussies.


Their house blend and single origin coffee all the way from Jamaica is one not to miss as well. 

Their house blend is well extracted and perfectly frothed and poured with really adorable latte art. 
A sip of my cuppa latte (RM11.50) and I was over the moon. It was perfect for a mild coffee drinker like me as I love it a little less acidic and has a tad bit of a chocolatey and nutty flavour in it. 


However, if you aim to have a coffee which body is a bit more stronger,bolder and acidic,do order their single origin long black. That will definitely give u a bit of a kick anytime of the day. 


Before you start going, oh this is just another brunch place. 

Please do not doubt the outlook of the establishment as I personally really am impressed with the food and drink selections here. 
This would most likely be a go to place for breakfast, lunch or maybe even dinner as portions are well worth and I personally would pay for food that taste good and has a lot of thoughts and effort put into it. 


House made potato cakes with smoked salmon and hollandaise (RM12.90).  Having just my first bite of this and I could assure you  my tastebuds were definitely extremely delighted. The flavours of the smoke salmon and hollandaise is already a match made in heaven and it compliments each other so well. The additional natural sweetness from the caramelised onions and that extra soft and a tad bit of chewy texture from the potato really lifted up the whole context of the dish. A savoury dish which is reasonably priced and definitely worth every penny in my opinion. 


Thai chicken noodle salad( RM 11.90). A refreshing healthy combination of fresh and crunchy capsicums and greens, blanched baby bok choy, cashews and an Asian-style dressing served over a generous portion of rice vermicelli. A well balanced meal for those who savour the feeling of a light yet satisfying meal. 


Sourdough crumpets with hazelnut chocolate and mixed berries ( RM17.50). 


Who needs pancakes and waffles anymore when there’s crumpets. A griddle cake made from flour and yeast. This was served fresh and hot off the griddle and smothered with luscious hazelnut chocolate and a handful of refreshing berries. A decadent breakfast worth waking up to however do eat it as soon as it gets on your table to obtain maximum satisfaction(texture wise). 


Satiate your palate with these sumptuous meals and if you happen to be around the area, they do have happy hour promotion from 5pm-8pm daily too. 




Location:

Jamaica blue low yat plaza.
Lot 032, Ground floor 
Plaza low yat, NO.7, Jalan Bintang 
Bukit Bintang Central 55100.

Operating hours: 
SundayThursday : 9am-10pm
Friday-Saturday: 9am-12am

Contact: 03-2110 1922.


Words by Amanda Huang


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