Time Out KL Food Awards 2012

I remember blogging about the Time Out KL Food Awards 2011, when I just started this blog. In fact it was my fifth post! How time flies. Last year I was at the awards night as one of the supporters for Sid’s Pubs, and the plus one for Frank. This year, I went there as one of the shortlisted bloggers, along with Wilson of PlacesandFoods and Sue Lynn of Bangsarbabe. Nominated or not, it was great to hang out with our friends again (almost the same bunch of people).

This year the event was held at Zebra Square KL. Remembering the horrible jam on the way there for another event, we had planned to leave the house super early. But because of the heavy rain (surprise, surprise) it took us nearly 2 hours to get there. Needless to say, most people were late as well due to the jam. It’s the story of KL Peepz’ lives.

Getting our drinks on
Getting our drinks on, thank you Eklern and Luisa for braving the jam!

(The Dress: La Femme, from GASP, Melbourne. I actually bought a size too small by mistake and couldn’t fit into it when I tried it on 2 weeks ago. By some sort of miracle, I just managed to squeeze into it that night. Crisis averted.)

There was a never ending flow of Kronenbourg1664, Asahi Super Dry, Grimbergen, Cape Mantelle Shiraz and Sauvignon Semillion, Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial and Spritzer (and we snacked on some delicious canapés and cakes by Humble Beginnings). After quite a bit of boozing and mingling, we made our way into the hall as the awards ceremony was about to start. Not wanting to miss the action we took the very front row. Yes I know, we are kiasu-lah!

The Front Row-ers
The Front Row-ers

Time Out KL Editor Lim Chee Wah welcomed the guests noting that as an International brand (in over 40 cities), many of them have their own Food Awards but ours is one of the biggest in the world. He also said that the real purpose of the night is to acknowledge and acclaim the chefs and restaurateurs who work so hard for KLites, making us the food we eat three times – or more –  a day. Every one of the attendees had received many votes and have a warm place in the hearts of KLites. The Time Out KL crew saluted these nominees and urged everyone to keep up their outstanding efforts.

As usual, no time was wasted in handing out these awards and the highlight would be when the Best Pub Grub was announced, as our very own Sid’s Pubs was crowned the winner! Congratulations Geoff and Frank and well done (I’m still waiting for the celebration party).

Geoff Siddle of Sid's Pubs for Best Pub Grub
Geoff Siddle of Sid’s Pubs for Best Pub Grub

Surprisingly they announced the Bloggers Choice category pretty early. This year the bloggers were asked to nominate the restaurant they felt has the best service in the KL pile. And as you know, I nominated Loco, a Mexican restaurant in Changkat Bukit Bintang. Bangsarbabe was announced the winner, and Wilson and I the runner-ups. Still, it was a great honour to be standing on the stage, receiving an award specifically for my writing efforts. Just so you know, this is not about who has the “Best Blog” per se. Because if that was the case there would be many more bloggers that are more deserving than little old me, haha.

Winner: Bangsarbabe
Winner: Bangsarbabe

A special congratulations to The Eatertainment group too, for their winning outlet Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine 3 years in a row.

Best Middle Eastern Cuisine
Best Middle Eastern Cuisine presented to Ralph

Mr. Matt Bellotti, Chief Content Officer, Mongoose Publishing, the publishers of Time Out Kuala Lumpur delivered a closing speech and said, “These awards reward and celebrate dining excellence in the Klang Valley. They are the result of tens of thousands of votes cast by the cosmopolitan citizens of Kuala Lumpur. They are one of the biggest independent people’s choice awards and you can see that from the excitement and warm smiles of all concerned. Just reaching the Shortlist has been an epic achievement and the eventual winners will have received literally thousands of thumbs up… and deservedly so! The dining culture in KL is so vibrant and exciting. We’re honoured to be able to pass on the thanks and respect of those who eat out in KL to the people who make it possible.”

With BFF Louise, and Wilson
With BFF Louise, and Wilson

I would like to congratulate Time Out KL for yet another successful year and thank Carlsberg Malaysia for keeping the alcoholics happy. Most of all, I have to thank you all for voting for me (and Sid’s Pubs).


By the way, isn’t it interesting that last year I had suggested adding a category for Best Service and it happened this year? I’ve only just realised that after re-reading my previous post. Haha! Maybe someone did get the memo from here, or great minds think alike?

Anyway, here’s a list of all the winners with links to Time Out KL‘s reviews.

Best Chinese
Celestial Court
Li Yen
Restoran New Paris
Yut Kee

Best Malaysian
Enak KL
Makan Kitchen
Old China Café

Best Indian
Bombay Palace
Fierce Curry House
Passage Thru India
Saravanaa Bhavan

Best Healthy Eats
RAW (Real and Wholesome)
The Yogitree
Living Food Bistro

Best Cheap Eats
Nasi Kandar Pelita
Fierce Curry House
The Humble Chef
Yut Kee
Meng Kee

Best Meat
Ril’s Steakhouse
Jarrod & Rawlins
The Daily Grind
El Cerdo
Las Vacas

Best Seafood
Fatty Crab
Lala Chong Seafood Restaurant
South Sea Subang
Unique Seafood
Causeway Bay Spicy Crab
Fisherman’s Cove

Best Banana Leaf
Kanna Curry House
Raju Restaurant
Sri Nirwana Maju
Devi’s Corner
Nagasari Curry House

Best Thai
My Elephant
Surisit Thai Kopitiam
Rama V
Tamarind Springs

Best Middle Eastern

Best Coffee
Artisan Roast Coffee
Antipodean Café
RAW (Real and Wholesome)
Chilla Cup
Whisk Espresso Bar & Bake
Espressamente illy
Café Art at The Warehouse

Best Pub Grub
Sid’s Pub
The Green Man
Healy Mac’s
Tom, Dick & Harry’s
D Legends bar

Best Italian
La Risata
il Lido

Best Fine Dining
Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar
Frangipani Restaurant & Bar
Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ten Japanese Fine Dining

Best European
El Cerdo
Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant
The Press Room
twenty.one kitchen+bar

Best Japanese
Kyoto Lab
Gonbei San
Ten Japanese Fine Dining

Best New Restaurant
Acme Bar & Coffee
La Vie En Rose
Five Sen5es
Ten Japanese Fine Dining
Bistro à Table

Outstanding Chef of the Year
Chef Garth Welsh, The Westin
Chef Steve Allen, DISH
Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille, Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio
Chef Amir Khan, The Press Room
Chef Pierre Chahda, Al-Amar
Chef Isadora Chai, Bistro à Table

Restaurateur of the Year
Benjamin Yong, Big Ideas Group
Joseph Afaki, The Eatertainment Company
Dan Thompson & Richard Holland, DrBar
Khairil Ibrahim, Ril’s Steakhouse
Edward Hyde, Gastrodome
Werner Kuhn, The Werner’s Group

Bloggers’ Choice
Bangsar Babe, Yuzu Japanese Restaurant
Places and Foods, Gu Yue Tien
Kelly Siew Cooks (Yours truly), Loco Mexican Restaurant and Bar

Congratulations to all the winners. I’m doing slightly better this year as I’ve actually been to at least one outlet in each category. Let’s keep eating! And thank you again Dear Readers for your continued support and appreciation.

Photo credits to Time Out KL 2012, Kronenbourg Malaysia and Tim Chew.

Time Out KL December 2012 Issue is now available.

38 Comments Add yours

  1. liannelow says:

    Congrats babe! and Congrats to Frank too! (: Really nice to be recognised for all the effort put in to both your blog and the pub! hehe Keep on eating and writing! xx

  2. theragingcook says:

    to Frank for the pub and well done to you Kel!! 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you!! It was a good night for us!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you for dropping by!

  3. Phong Hong says:

    Hey, congrats Kelly! You looked gorgeous in that lovely blue dress 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you so much!

  4. Aww congrats! Look at you all glammed up 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Hehehe thank you!

  5. sycookies says:

    Congratulations. ^^

  6. suituapui says:

    Congrats! Hey! That’s a short skirt you were wearing – I mean, from the 1st pic (the one I saw on Facebook) I thought it was formal evening wear, a long gown. Love the blue!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thanks! It’s short at the front but flour length at the back. 😀

  7. Never knew about these awards…I ni katak bawah tempurung! Hihihi

    Thanks for stopping over my space! xoxo!!!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Hehe now you know!

  8. I forgot to mention! You looked so elegant *winks!

    Congratulations to the winners!

  9. I don’t know how you can manage to look so slim and gorgeous as a food blogger ~ many congrats to everything you do !!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Hahahaha i nearly couldn’t fit in that dress! Need to tone down on the eating this week.

  10. Esther says:

    Congrats! And you looked gorgeous in that blue dress 🙂

  11. KY says:

    congrats for coming in 3rd place, that’s awesome achievement for a young blog. 😀

  12. iamthewitch says:

    Congrats Kelly! You deserve it! And you looked great in that dress too! 🙂

  13. Congrats Kelly! You look so pretty in that color….

  14. CK says:

    Congratulation! Nice dress! 😀

  15. libishski says:

    Congrats to Frank on the awesome win!

    And wow, hot dress! Looking beautiful as always, Kel 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you! All my nice dresses come from Melbourne hehe

  16. Zoe says:

    Congratulation! You always look good on all occasions 😀

  17. Jo says:

    Thanks kelly for nominating Loco! Sorry i couldnt be there (emergency trip to australia). Well done sid’s. Hope to see you and frank again soon. Jo

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thanks for the comment! Hopefully we’ll be back soon for more of those Fish Tacos and Churros! 😀

  18. Congrats Kelly 🙂 well done! you’re doing so so so well with your blog and also Congrats to Frank!! Keep up the great work!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you so much! It’s a great feeling knowing that my efforts meant something.

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