Testimonials

Testimonials about The Yum List from industry professionals and readers.

“The Yum List, led by Monica Tindall, is a long-time guest of ours and one whom we are very pleased to be associated with because of the professionalism Monica and her team of writers accord us at every review and event. She is such a pleasure to host and never fails to deliver exceptional content that fully engages her audience. Her authoritative reviews are most respected by our group of luxury hotels, the industry and her readers, and her support is undeniably invaluable. She is most helpful beyond the professional realm – always quick to share first-hand international travel and dining knowledge ensuring that we do not miss out on memorable experiences. We are indeed privileged to continually be featured on The Yum List over the years – a highly trusted resource for locals and beyond.” – Tracy Khee, Director of Marketing and Communications – The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur & The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui

“I have been working with The Yum List since 2013, and have found them to be, at all times – reliable, polite, professional and above all thorough in their scope of work. The writers featured, especially their editor Monica, often go above and beyond what is expected in the articles they produce. Those who know Monica, the driving force behind The Yum List, know that she maintains a certain decorum and ethical modus operandi when it comes to reviews and experiences. Her writers are held to the same standards, and, therefore articles found on The Yum List are unbiased, truthful, well written and informative. She is the reason why businesses from all walks of industries continue to invite The Yum List when it comes to reviews. Her expertise is appreciated, as are her viewpoints and helpful suggestions. Without a doubt, The Yum List is one of the most reliable sources of information for tourists, expats and locals alike, and this is due to the dedication and hard work of Monica and all those involved.” – Joanna Saw 
Head of Marketing & Branding, 
The Bowling Club Kuala Lumpur

“The Yum List is one of the most passionate food and beverage opinion leaders in Malaysia. We have been working with them for years and it’s always such a pleasure to host them every single time. From the joyous conversations, the beautiful photos they take and their expressive and professional storytelling, it’s no wonder they are the ultimate go-to reference for food and travel. We look forward to welcoming them again soon.” – Gopi Kanala – Manager, Nobu Kuala Lumpur

“Monica was one of our first contacts to help us in our efforts to put the Mekong Delta on the map as a new destination to discover. Food is such an integral part of this river culture and we could think of no better contact to help us in spreading the word. Her professional approach and insight have been invaluable. When we opened the next destination, Hue, we did not hesitate to reach out to her to explore this destination and its unique food culture. Her cultural expertise does not stop with food as her writing also explores the unique environment of experiences of each destination.”  – Rosana Ho, Media and Communications for Azerai

“Over the years, The Yum List has been very supportive of us. We were new and unheard of then and Monica came to see us, gave us a thorough review and got the word out about us. It was never just a straight on food review. Monica wanted to know the backstory and asked a lot of questions to get to the bottom of what we were doing. She wanted to talk to the restaurateur or the chef to hear it for herself. I respected that a lot because it felt she cared about what we were trying to achieve, and she put that beautifully into words and in pictures!” – Andrew Wong – Founder, Acme Bar + Coffee | Delirium Cafe | OpenHouse

“I’ve been working with Monica for many years now, and Monica is one of the few influencers that I know who puts consistent effort into every article she writes; from picture taking to creating content that is informative and fun to read, which make her works simply unique and without doubt increases traffic to the website and drives footfall to the hotel. I’d highly recommend Monica without any hesitation.” – Pugeneswary Mudukasan, Director of Marketing & Communications, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

“Monica has reviewed my restaurants through many years. Her professionalism is impeccable and her reviews are always backed by extensive note taking and a real interest in understanding the thinking and inspiration behind my restaurants. The quality of the photos on her blog also captures very vividly, the essence behind each outlet she is reviewing. She is certainly one of Malaysias most industrious and foremost lifestyle bloggers. Keep it up!” – Yin-How Wong, Restaurateur, Malaysia

“The Yum List has been a great partner to work with, all these years that I’ve known them. Monica and her team are dedicated to giving honest reviews and feedback together with top-notch photography. The website has also been my go-to channel for recommendations on the things to do around the city or for a holiday! I also highly recommend their site to expat friends on where to go, what to eat and what to do around KL! Kudos to team Yum List for ensuring we are well informed with the latest news in town!” Ng Bee Fong – Director of Communications, W Hotel Kuala Lumpur

“The Yum List, headed by Monica Tindall, is a very reliable go-to reference for travel and food.  Monica loves food and travelling hence, her reviews are carried out with passion.  She tells a story and they are fun, interesting, precise and at the same time, technical without being condescending.  She delves into the ‘out of the box’ experiences whether she is reviewing a restaurant, bar or a destination.  There is always something for everyone if you are unsure before visiting an outlet or destination, if she’s been there, you can count on her recommendations.” – Theresa Goh, Director of Communications, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

“The Yum List is my go-to for research on where to hang out in Kuala Lumpur and in fact around Asia. I love the recent recommendations on where to go during Chinese New Year and other top things to do lists. Kudos to Monica and team. I think you should get a tourism award for keeping Malaysians and tourists updated on yummy F&B outlets around us.” – Judith Leow – Eka Roots, Salon

“We’ve had the pleasure of working with The Yum List, and Monica from way back in 2012 when The Yum List visited our first restaurant, Aliyaa in Plaza Damansara. Since then we’ve expanded our group under the cinnamon group umbrella, and The Yum List has always been supportive of helping us promote the diverse cuisine as well as chefs behind each of the restaurants. I had personally met Monica in 2016, and it’s always been a pleasure to work with her and her platform. Her audience is very receptive to her reviews, and we always see an immediate increase in footfalls once the review is up. The Yum List is an excellent ambassador for the F&B industry in Malaysia, and we are excited to keep working with them in the future.” – Janaka Ranjana, Marketing Manager, Cinnamon Group

“At JOLOKO, Chocha and Botak we always enjoy Monica and team Yum List to visit. They’re extremely interested in what each venue has to present and it makes us especially happy to see plates and glasses being finished with joy and conversation. The beautiful photo’s and write-ups which are written with professionalism, honesty and a bit of humour are truly remarkable.” – Rick Joore, Managing Director | Co-Founder

“We first met Monica and The Yum List on one of our business trips. We had the pleasure of hosting Monica in our brewery in Rome and she immediately created a beautiful connection. Professionalism, competence and a lot of sympathy, we immediately felt in the family. Capable, expert and with a very nice writing style every published article in The Yum List is a real journey, an immersion in the colours, flavours and aromas of a land. She was able to describe our company, our philosophy and our mission even better than one of us would have done. We hope to see you in Rome again soon!” – Dario Punzo, Marketing Manager, Birradamare, Italy

“The Yum List opened a door for me and other readers to a one-of-a-kind way to travel. The travel guides of The Yum List filled with the best places to eat, drink, stay and see globally inspire me to travel. There are many secret travel tips documenting almost everything from flavors to services, comforts, cultures and arts that have been personally experienced the editor and her team making the recommendations so much more valuable. The Yum List offers the best advice and suggestions for a successful, enjoyable, healthy and unique vacation. I’m going to visit Azerai La Residence, Hue next week following The Yum List travel tips – it must be very impressive and interesting.” – Kevin Shu, General Manager, SilkTree Hotels & Resorts

“The Yum List is my favourite hunter of great lifestyle and beautiful food, drinks and wine. Whenever I feel tired and frustrated, I just look to Monica’s fantastic pictures and comments and they will put me in the right mood. I always follow the suggestions she makes.” – Andrea Sartori, President, Sartori di Verona

“We received a visit from Monica and Caning in 2018. They are two amazing people! Monica is a true professional. She is attentive to all the details and interested to know with genuine curiosity and lovely eyes our Leonardo Trulli Resort and history. She’s always ready with her camera and her keyboard to report all the details. Her photos are different from the others for the colours and combinations, never banal. We enjoyed our time with them and look forward to seeing them again for another report: unique in only the way The Yum List can do! I really hope it’s again very very soon!” – Rosalba Cardone, Owner, Leonardo Trulli Resort, Italy

“The Yum List is an honest and up-to-date review site by Monica and her team which focuses on the positive experience. They will always give constructive feedback after the review. I really like it when they don’t like to waste foods during the review. This is very important for me as a chef who tries to promote sustainability in my cooking.” – Raymond Tham, Chef [email protected] and Beta KL

“The Yum List has featured totally independent restaurant and hotel reviews for my clients. At all times, the blog has been professional, truthful and articulate in its views. The blogger, Monica, writes passionately and her reviews are always very thorough. Organised and professional, The Yum List is a must for any expat who wants to read honestly written articles about the F&B and travel scene in Asia. It’s also a must for clients looking for exposure to the expat audience in South East Asia.” Poppy Mason-Watts, Public Relations Manager, Mango PR (written after The Yum List reviewed their client Raffles)

“The Yum List is serious about what they do, the review was well written and Monica managed to capture things that we didn’t realize were there in the first place. She really brings the best out of us and our products. After the post went online, we immediately received inquiries through our website and emails, all said that they read the post and would like to experience the resort themselves. Talk about instant results! Thank you The Yum List for the great review and we’re looking forward to having you with us again” – Aswin Pranoto, Director of Sales – Communications, Grand Nikko Bali

“The Yum List has in the past few years grown to become the go-to-guide for not just expats in Malaysia but Malaysians (like myself) looking for topnotch dining experiences and getaways within the country and around the region. Monica and her team are dedicated to understanding and showcasing the product as best possible in terms of writing, standout photography and deliver their review in a fair, approachable and very timely fashion.” – Aja Ng, Marketing and Communications Manager, YTL Hotels, Malaysia

“Monica Tindall’s hard work and professionalism have seen The Yum List evolve from its early days to becoming the country’s most recognised and trusted food and lifestyle blogs. I’ve always been a fan of The Yum List as Monica constantly brings creativity to the table with her pictures, topics and writing style, which is why the blog is so highly effective.” – Nigel Gan, Public Relations Manager, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

“I’ve worked with Monica and her friends for the last two years. They are a few of the loveliest people I’ve ever met! They deliver what they promise in time with great writing styles and excellent photo quality. Knowing that The Yum List has a significant reader base, it has definitely influenced the readers’ decision to drop by Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur to take on a culinary journey. A client once told me: “I didn’t know Pavilions Lounge served English afternoon tea until I read about it on The Yum List.” – Shirley Khor, Marketing Communications Manager, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

“It is a great working experience getting to know Monica and her team of talented and passionate writers at The Yum list. The blog is an amazing site to get the latest highlights on the hotel, food and beverage scene. The reviews on The Yum List are always well written and more importantly, from an avid foodie’s point of view. Photographs are taken personally by Monica and, the images that are selected to complement the articles never fail to entice readers. This then naturally generates interests among our fans when The Yum List’s reviews are shared on the hotel’s social media platforms. Definitely looking forward to working with The Yum List team more often.” – Ann Lam, Marketing Communications Manager Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

“There was a noticeable spike in business after the article was published. This can only be attributed to the awesome photos and well-written article by Monica and her team at The Yum List.” – Michael Helfman, owner Mikey’s Original New York Pizza

“The Yum List is a great space to be a part of as it provides all businesses an opportunity to improve and be acknowledged by honest and great feedback by this great team. Magnificent photos of our products and cafe have brought us a new wave of clientele and we can’t thank The Yum List enough!” – Dexter Song, owner Burps and Giggles, Missing Marbles and Bits and Bobs, Ipoh.

“Mediteca KL is honoured to be on The Yum List with genuine reviews and constructive explanations. Monica puts a lot of effort in taking her photographs, making sure she delivers the right message to the readers. As the saying goes “A picture speaks a thousand words.” We’ve had plenty of inquiries from The Yum List’s readers, especially after Mediteca was nominated as the Best Value Saturday Buffet Brunch in KL 2013-2014, by The Yum List” – Elaine Chee, PR Manager Island Group Kuala Lumpur

“Here at Via Group (viaforever.com), as restaurant owners, we build up our brand with passion and so does The Yum List. They’re passionate about what they’re doing and how they write it. I normally don’t like reviewer and bloggers, but THE YUM LIST is a quality one!” – Max Ranauro, Vineria KL & Via Pre Penang, founder of the VIA group.

“Thanks again for all your assistance, we are delighted with the invaluable service you provide in introducing La Mexicana to new guests and of course keeping existing guests informed of new developments. We have found the service you provide to be of the highest quality in terms of the writing and photography and the overall care you take in the look of your blog. You invariably manage to engage your readers in the experience and we find the reaction we have from your blog to be without parallel for our market segment. Congratulations to you and your team and we look forward to a long and prosperous future together. Viva La Mexicana! Viva Mexico! Viva The Yum List!” –Stephen Dennison, Managing Director, La Mexicana Restaurant.

“Monica is simply a wonderful blogger! Besides writing fantastic reviews with great pictures, Monica creates insightful articles with constant engagement with her followers through her blog and social media platform and, this makes her one of the most influential food and travel writers I work with.” – Pugeneswary Mudukasan, Marcom Manager, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral

“Our association with The Yum List goes back to the very start of our restaurant back in 2012. Being a newbie restaurateur, and located in a newly completed building as a standalone restaurant, we threw open our doors with little fanfare. Somehow, The Yum List managed to sniff us down and came to visit, the first of many more to come. We felt encouraged by what was written, which boosted visitors who had never heard of us, and sought us out in this then unknown building.  It wasn’t just the well-written reviews which captured the very essence of what the food tasted like, but also the idea behind our creations. The back stories, choice of ingredients and cooking method. And then there were the beautifully shot pictures! They gave temptations to our food visually.  Thank you The Yum List, for giving us a breakout moment!” – Andrew Wong, Owner Acme Bar and Coffee.

“Over the last few years, The Yum List has a become the best references on where to go for dining in Malaysia as the reviews provide very valuable information on what to expect from a restaurant and help you to make your choice for the night. Both pictures and write-ups encourage the reader to discover new places and food propositions and have a really good impact on the restaurant’s number of visitors.” – Nicolas Fraile, Owner Pisco Bar

“The Yum List’s review of our establishment gave us immense exposure, which we are enjoying even to this day, many months after it was published. Their honestly written and tastefully photographed articles presented us to their (vast and well-deserved) readership in a most professional and informative manner. I am hard-pressed to name a better platform – or a more amiable group of people – than The Yum List. It’s no wonder they have a reputation as one of the best online references you could find.” – Justin Wong, Owner and Chef, Miss Ellie Tea House

“We love reading The Yum List as it’s constantly updated with new and valuable content.  Monica provides reviews with an interesting write-up, vivid photography and she’s also honest about her thoughts!  Always in her bubbly self, Monica brings great energy to all the people who work along with her.” – Elisa Saw, Director of Marketing, Prince Hotel and Residences Kuala Lumpur

“The Yum List to us at Fierce Restaurants is one of the most amazing food blogs out there! Whenever we get a review up on their site we know that we’re gonna be busy the day it goes live with their incredible readership. The quality in which they write about us or other restaurants reflects directly on Monica and her team of bloggers in-depth knowledge of restaurants and lifestyle products. They also take pride in the photographs they take as that completely reflects on their understanding of “first impressions” when one reads their blog. Illustrations play a big role in a blogs ability to make their readers salivate and us at Fierce Curry House and Fiercer by Fierce Curry House love to make people salivate! Thank you to Monica Tindall and The Yum List for their commitment to fair reviews and constructive criticism! All the best from Fierce Restaurants!” – Herukh Jethwani, Owner Fierce and Fiercer, Kuala Lumpur.

“The Yum List is the best thing that has come to Malaysia! It’s an honest reporting of new and existing restaurants and hotels. The hospitality scene is changing so fast, we need Monica’s constant updates. It’s more than a blog, it’s an online magazine, with precise writing, and excellent and abundant photos. I use it for checking out new destinations and even if I do a general Google search, say, on a new café or hotel, The Yum List always comes out on the first page. Congratulations Monica for adding excitement and facts to the Malaysian market.” – Narelle McMurtrie, Owner Bon Ton and Temple Tree Langkawi, China House Penang.

“Having hosted The Yum List on two different occasions in two different high-end properties, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of witnessing first hand Monica’s inspiring reviews. With an incredibly dynamic approach, Monica is a true “critic in motion” with an impressive level of detail. Fuelled by genuine curiosity and eagerness to learn, she writes down notes and takes photos simultaneously as the experiences take place. The results are authentic, honest and unique reviews, inspired by the senses and captured in real time.” – Ricardo Gomez, Marketing Director Heathrow Windsor Marriott (formerly Westin Langkawi and Karma Kandara Bali).

“Monica really captures the beauty of every dish and leaves our mouths watering. Her eloquent and detailed reviews are a pure pleasure to read, and more so, gets readers wanting to try the food. That’s what we noticed in our business. Our sales after the post on The Yum List were measurably higher! We love the Yum List… and Monica :-))” – Elke Wollschon, Owner/ Director Delicious Detox Delivery

“The work of The Yum List was absolutely great! They wrote very detailed articles and took wonderful pictures which captured the essence of the dishes of La Scala. Working with Monica has been a pleasure since she puts passion in everything she does. Do not hesitate to contact The Yum List for a stunning food review!” – Francesco Argento, Marketing Manager, La Scala

“Amazing work, great team, great photography.” Stacee & Kike – Fat Olive Food Garage

“When Monica first came to Suffolk House, she was so delightful and kind that one simply can not pull out all the stops for her. When she tasted my Butter Fudge with Salted Vanilla Flakes she predicted it would become our signature. We have had people call from Singapore requesting it be sent over. This is the Yum List Effect! Thanks, Monica!” – Gordon Robertson, Executive Chef, Suffolk House

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