Time Out KL Food Awards 2011

This year’s Time Out KL (TOKL) Food Awards was such good fun! It felt like the Grammy awards, arriving on the red carpet etc. All the glitterati, paparazzi, bloggerati, and hot Restaurateurs gathered under one roof to hear the results. This years award winners were revealed at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center (KLPac) and the event was hosted by Daphne Iking and Dominic Lau. For the first time as well, was the Bloggers Choice category and the winner was Memoirs of a Chocoholic who recommended Village Park, for nasi lemak.


TOKL Food Awards.. BAGUS!!!


Since photos speak louder than words.. here are the paparazzi shots of the night!


mama, I wanna be famous..


I wanna be hot like fire!


prettiest dinner table ever..


Hiding behind that TOKL picture frame ain’t gonna make you less famous!


My favourite fine dining restaurant SAGE didn’t win.. but never mind.. it’s still within the family.. and I did get to snap a shot with the fabulous Chef Daniel of Sage!!


Best Chinese:
Li Yen, Ritz Carlton (winner)
Chynna, KL Hilton
Grand Imperial
Restaurant New Paris, PJ SS2
Shang Palace
Yut Kee


Best Chinese Li Yen


Best Continental:
Hakka Republic (winner)
El Cerdo (specially commended)
Albion KL
The Press Room
Twenty.One Tables+Terrace


Best continental Hakka Republic


Best Fine Dining:
Cilantro (winner)
Lafite, Shangri-La KL (specially commended)
Sage, The Gardens Hotel & Residences

Shook!, Starhill Gallery
Chalet, Hotel Equatorial


Best Fine dining Cilantro


Best Hawker/Mamak:
Devi’s Corner (winner)
Hutong, Lot 10
Nagasari Curry House
Nasi Kandar Pelita
Sri Nirwana Maju, Bangsar


Best Hawker Devi’s Corner


Best Healthy Eating/Vegetarian
Marmalade, Bangsar Village (winner)
Annalakshmi, Brickfields
Haven, Ampang Hilir
R.A.W. (Real and Wholesome)
The Yogitree


Best Indian
Kanna Curry House (winner)
Bombay Palace (specially commended)
Passage Thru’ India
Sri Nirwana Maju, Subang Jaya


Best Italian
La Risata (winner)
Il Lido (specially commended)


best Italian .. la Risata


but if cuteness is anything to go by.. then il Lido should have won;) Here is Lyla Lin of il Lido with her ‘specially commended’ trophy


Best Japanese
Kampachi (winner)
Fukuharu (specially commended)
Rakuzen (specially commended)
Tatsu, Intercontinental Hotel
Gonbei San, Starhill Gallery
Zipangu, Shangri-La


Best Japanese – Kampachi


Best Malay
Bijan (winner)
Enak KL
Makan Kitchen


Best Middle Eastern
Al-Amar (winner)
Al Andalus
Al Rawsha


Best middle Eastern Al-Amar


Best Thai/Indochinese
Rama V (winner)
My Elephant
Sao Nam
Tamarind Springs


Best Thai – Rama V


Best for Pub Grub
Jarrod & Rawlins (winner)
Arthur’s Bar & Grill
Sid’s Pub
Tom, Dick & Harry’s


Best Pub Grub – Jarrod & Rawlins


Best for Coffee
Espressamente Illy (winner)
Antipodean, Bangsar
Chilla Cup
R.A.W. (Real and Wholesome)
Whisk Espresso Bar & Bake Shop, Empire Subang


Best Seafood
Restaurant Fatty Crab, Taman Megah (winner)
Causeway Bay Spicy Crab
Fisherman’s Cove, Starhill Gallery
Green View, PJ
Lala Chong Seafood Restaurant
Pantai Seafood Restaurant


Best for Steak
Prime, Le Meridien KL (winner)
Jake’s Charbroil Steak
Qba, The Westin KL
Suzi’s Corner, Ampang


Best New Restaurant
Arthur’s Bar & Grill
Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
Hoofed, TTDI


Outstanding Chef of the Year

WINNER: Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille
Chef Saiful Baharin, formerly of The Press Room
Chef Michel Karam, Al-Amar
Chef David King, formerly of The Westin KL
Chef Adi Radzi, Hakka Republic


Restaurateur of the Year

WINNER: Benjamin Yong, BIG
Joseph Afaki, Al-Amar
Richard Holland & Dan Thompson, DrBar
Edward Hyde, Gastrodome
Werner Kuhn, The Werner’s Group



Memoirs of a Chocoholic is the Blogger’s Choice!!!

Glam, glam , glam..

L – R : Isadora Chai of


  1. J the chocoholic says:

    *muaks* Aiyo dahling, u r too kind! :)

  2. Rebung was nominated? Been there once and never again – everything was a mess – from the layout of the place to the way the food was laid out.
    Was invited there for the Ramadan buffet. First impressions were already poor – flies galore. The place was poorly ventilated – swelteringly hot in areas. The drinks were overly sweet so I asked for water and the waiter never saw me again. The place was a death-trap – chaotically split-level with sudden and sheer drops and no railings or barriers. They ran out of rice – there was a long wait for that to be topped up. The dishes were not labelled so every item was a mystery dish of gravy covered something. What I ate was only memorable for being disappointing.
    Plastic cups for drinks that looked grimy.
    As for the lavatory – there was water flowing in from outside and it was an inch deep. In in all, Rebung was a horrible, horrible experience.

    Bijan – now that was altogether a different experience. Was invited there for a Raya party, buffet again. Food was fabulous – not just beautifully presented and labelled – no mystery food – but also delicious. Roti jala, beef rendang, fish serunding and ayam limau perut come to mind. The cookies were buttery yum. Very attentive staff who kept topping up water. Clean drinking glasses. The lavatory was clean and dry with soap and towels.

    Easy to see how Bijan won but shocked that Rebung could have even been nominated.

  3. You always look so HOT! Were all the apeks looking at u at the Hokkien mee place?

    And Hello Chef Daniel! *waves*

  4. so sad i missed the partay!!! Congrats to memoirs of a chocoholic!

  5. I just stumbled across this blog. I was in Malaysia 3 years ago – love the food!

  6. Love the last pic… :)

  7. Looks like a glam event!

  8. Oh why you go blow my cover? I just wanna hide behind the frame, but it was too small my a’lilfatFACE

  9. awww my pics made it to the top! that’s like an award for me already woohoo! 😀

  10. Glam Me?? LOL! thanks babe :)

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