Thursday, November 24, 2011

Time Out KL Food Awards 2011

flounder with autumn truffles and mushrooms
Flounder with autumn truffles from TOKL Best Fine Dining Winner Cilantro KL's Friday lunch menu

This year's Time Out KL (TOKL) Food Awards had less surprises up its sleeve compared to last year's shocking results. Held at KLPac and hosted by the two D's aka Dominic Lau and Daphne Iking, the award night saw some shake up in some categories that have been previously dominated by a few restaurants. That change could most possibly due to the fact that this year had a phenomenal 50% increase of votes to reach 50,000 votes (per TOKL's press release and not verified).

Some results though were a big surprise such as Hakka Republic picking up Best Continental Restaurant, a place I see more for the bar with their fine wines versus its dining room. The Japanese Restaurant category was so close that they had two specially commended awards for the first time in the awards history. This year also saw the first time there was a Bloggers Choice category. This went to Memoirs of a Chocoholic (congratulations J!) who recommended Village Park, that infamous place for nasi lemak.

The results are set out below. Feel free to voice out your discontent, surprise or congratulate the winners. I would love to hear what all of you have to say.

Honey glazed cod from TOKL's Best Chinese Winner Li Yen, Ritz Carlton KL

Best Chinese Restaurant 
2011 Winner - Li Yen, Ritz Carlton KL (Other nominees include Yut Kee, Shang Palace, Chynna, New Paris in SS2 and Grand Imperial)
2010 Winner - Chynna, Hilton KL
2009 Winner - Chynna, Hilton KL

Best Continental Restaurant

2011 Winner - Hakka Republic (Other nominees include The Press Room, Albion KL, tables+terrace, Tanzini)
2011 Specially Commended - El Cerdo
2010 Winner - La Bodega
2010 Specially Commended - El Cerdo

Blue lotus dumplings from TOKL Best Thai/Indochine winner Rama V

Best Hawker/Mamak
2011 Winner - Devi's Corner (Other nominees include Lot 10's Hutong, Nagasari Curry House, Sri Nirwana Maju, Nasi Kandar Pelita)
2010 Winner - Nasi Kandar Pelita

Best Healthy Eating/Vegetarian Restaurant
2011 Winner - Marmalade (Other nominees include Haven, RAW, Yogitree and Annalakshmi)
2010 Winner - Marmalade

Best Indian Restaurant
2011 Winner - Kanna Curry House (Other nominees include Passage Thru India, Sri Nirwana Maju and Gill's)
2011 Specially Commended - Bombay Palace
2010 Winner - Bombay Palace
2009 Winner - Bombay Palace

risotto from Il Lido

Best Italian Restaurant
2011 Winner - La Risata (Other nominees include Nerovivo, Ciccio, Tatto and Sassorosso)
2011 Specially Commended - Il Lido
2010 Winner - Prego
2009 Winner - Prego

Best Japanese Restaurant
2011 Winner - Kampachi, Equatorial KL (Other nominees include Tatsu at Intercontinental Hotel, Gonbei San and Zipangu at Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur)
2011 Specially Commended - Fukuharu
2011 Specially Commended - Rakuzen
2010 Winner- Fukuharu
2009 Winner - Kampachi
2009 Specially Commended - Zipangu, Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur

Best Malay Restaurant
2011 Winner - Bijan (Other nominees include Songket, Rebung, Makan Kitchen at DoubleTree by Hilton)
2011 Specially Commended - Enak
2010 Winner - Bijan
2009 Winner - Bijan
2009 Specially Commended - Enak

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
2011 Winner - Al-Amar (Other nominees include Al-Andalus, Tarbush, Al Rawsha, Laziz and Hadramawt)
2010 Winner - Al-Amar
2010 Specially Commended - Tarbush
2009 Winner - Tarbush
2009 Specially Commended - Al-Amar

strawberry compote with basil ice cream
strawberries compote with basil ice cream from Cilantro Kuala Lumpur

Best Thai/Indochine Restaurant
2011 Winner - Rama V (Other nominees include My Elephant, Sao Nam, Erawan and Tamarind Hill)
2010 Winner - Tamarind Springs
2009 Winner - Tamarind Hill

Best for Pub Grub
2011 Winner - Jarrod & Rawlins (Other nominees include Tom Dick & Harry's, Sid's Pub, Arthur's Bar & Grill and Hoofed)
2010 Winner - Jarrod & Rawlins
2010 Specially Commended - Sid's Pub
2009 Winner - Finnegans

Best place for Coffee (inaugural award)
2011 Winner - Espressemente Illy (Other nominees include RAW, Antipodean, Whisk and Chilla Cup)

Best place for Seafood
2011 Winner - Fatty Crab (Other nominees include Lala Chong, Pantai Seafood, Fisherman's Cove, Green View and Causeway Bay Spicy Crab)
2010 Winner - High Tide
2009 Winner - Fatty Crab
2009 Specially Commended - Magnificent Fish & Chips

blackmore wagyu beef steak
Blackmore Wagyu steak from TOKL 2011 Best Place for Steak Winner, Prime from Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Best place for Steak
2011 Winner - Prime, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur (Other nominees include Suzi's Corner, Meatworks, Jake's Charbroiled Steaks, QBA at Westin Kuala Lumpur)
2010 Winner - Prime, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
2010 Specially Commended, QBA, Westin Kuala Lumpur

Best Restaurant for fine dining
2011 Winner - Cilantro, Micasa KL (Other nominees include Sage, Lafite, Shook! and Chalet)
2011 Specially Commended - Lafite, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
2010 Winner - Lafite, Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur
2009 Winner - Lafite, Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur

norwegian poached egg
Norwegian salmon poached egg from TOKL 2011 Outstanding Chef of the Year, Nathalie Arbefeuille at Nathalie's Gourmet Studio

Best New Restaurant

2011 Winner - Ben's (Other nominees include Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie, Arthur's Bar & Grill, Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur, Antipodean, Brotzeit and Hoofed)
2010 Winner - The Pressroom

Restaurateur of the Year
2011 Winner - Benjamin Yong from BIG (other nominees include Edward Hyde from Gastrodome, Joseph Afaki from Al-Amar, Werner Kuhn from El Cerdo Group, and Holland & Thomspon from
2010 Winner - Edward Hyde from Gastrodome
2010 Specially Commended - Benji Conway from Nero Group

Outstanding Chef of the Year
2011 Winner - Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille, Nathalie's Gourmet Studio (Other nominees include Chef Adi Radzi from Hakka Republic, Chef Michael Karam from Al-Amr, Chef Saiful from The Press Room and Chef David King from Westin Kuala Lumpur)
2010 Winner - David King
2009 Winner - David King
2009 Specially Commended - Damon Campbell


Kenny Mah said...

Congratulations to the winners, yes? Hmm.

UnkaLeong said...

Thanks for the "live" blow by blow via twitter as well Boo ;)

Ciki said...

Great time there with u and the gang:) The awards were fab! should have had more guests turn up though.. shame!

Kongnichiiwa said...

All i can say is the judges or voters have not ventured out of their comfort zone to pick the winners.
Most winners are run by Corporations - what happened to the small independent innovative start-ups? They truly derseved some mentions if F&B business is going to evolve in this country

qwazymonkey said...

I wanna announce that I didn't copy you! :P

And it was nice playing Masak-Masak for the night.

Baby Sumo said...

Specially commended = close results to the winner?

boo_licious said...

life for beginners - LOL Kenny, I heard abt this morning. Yup, definitely some surprises here but generally much improvement from last year since they finally recognised fine dining is Cilantro!

Unkaleong - you were welcome. Hope you are feeling better. I can see that the better half is taking good care of you.

C&C - we all had lots of fun but I was starving. Luckily we managed to get some Hokkien mee to end the night or else will die of hunger.

Brother B - big corps tend to win since more people can vote for them. I was particularly upset that Kl-lites had such bad coffee taste, to choose Illy as compared to great coffee from places like RAW. Sigh, hopefully they change for the better next year with more education.

qwazymonkey - hee hee, very original your post and I am glad you liked playing me! Thanks so much,

Baby Sumo - yes, I think specially commended is kinda like no. 2 or no.3 where the situation sees the margin between the two are very small. Japanese definitely surprised us this year, such a close call between 3 parties.

Babe_KL said...

Huh Fatty Crab?? sighhh

Actually I never trust online voting cos I can use a bot to vote :p shhhhh...

J said...

So Jon was your body double?? :)

Thanks for the congrats... :) :)
(I am still stunned. And a little bit in disbelief. But all in all a fun night - nice catching up with you a bit)

Jean said...

don't like the online voting part as everyone can vote many times.

Ellen Whyte said...

Nice list! I like Plan B better these days for veggy stuff than Marmalade - but the service can be a bit sloooooooooooooooooooooow.

ChopinandMysaucepan said...

Dear boo_licious,

Looks like Cilantro is bagging all the top spots. I vaguely remember my last meal there over 12 years ago and whilst the food was delicious, I remember the service was really outshone my experience.

“追食富迪” said...

Wow! Amazing. Congrats to all the winners.

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