Tuesday, March 06, 2007

New Lunch Menu

Last Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege of being invited to taste the new menu at Isthmus, that swanky restaurant in Northpoint that I've been raving about. Of course, one man's food might be another man's poison, but generally, most of my friends also enjoy the food here.

Saturday afternoon, with good friends, good food and wine, .....ah, this is the life.

The cold starter of a vegetable terrine, held together with a tomato coulis. It was wonderfully tangy, and refreshing starter. Although it was served with toasted baguette, I reckon it's good enough to eat on its own. Layers of zuchinni and egg plant and pumpkin. Very nice.


This is what happens when Dewi Sukarno married Sukarno. Japanese and Indonesian. An interesting combination of vegetables, crunchy golden needle mushroom (or was it enoki) wrapped in nori, with a hint of mayo and wasabi, complemented with a gado gado sauce. Rather interesting, though some didn't care for the mayo. King of England, who was with us, of course doesn't mind all things western, so mayo was fine. I wouldn't have minded a tad more wasabi.


This is inspired the the Terengganu version of otak otak, except it uses crab instead of mackerel. Satan? Santa? Something like that. Not Satan as in Lucifer, but Sah Tan....also an interesting starter, very tasty, and quite distinctly local. King of England was saying he prefers his food defined, either western or asian. I think FDI, me and Mrs King of England are okay with the fusiony (though that word is quite taboo these days) mixes.


The salad, which has the components of the penang rojak, was okay. I didn't particularly like the dressing. It was an interesting combination, nevertheless.

Now, this is worth going to Northpoint just for lunch. Some evolution of our usual chicken rice, but using the most fragrant Bario rice, and the chicken, yummy, stewed to perfection. I am salivating just thinking about this dish. It has hints of our usual hainanese chicken rice, for the rice, but it is gorgeously fluffy, and not oily. The chicken, is really good.


I went to the toilet before this was served, so I didn't hear what this dish is called, but it's some contemporary form of Lam Mee. It may look rather ordinary, but the best thing about this was the stock. Good to the last drop. I didn't care for the chicken breast pieces, I am a leg person, (I think Nigella Lawson is too, for I was watching her mughlay curry and she said "use only thighs") but again, the stock, made from Village Cock, (kampung chicken), was sublime.


I've seen recipes for poached pears in many recipe books, but I can't say I recall actually eating it. This was black sesame ice cream on poached nashi pear, which was fantastic. So much so, King of England placed an order for an industrial size tub of the black sesame ice cream, without asking the cost. He can afford it lah. The poached pear was yummy, still crunchy, infused with all the lovely flavours of the poaching liquid, I suspect red wine may have been involved. We unashamedly asked for a second helping of this dessert. Aiyo, very bad, I shouldn't be blogging about this before lunch.



Anyway, Isthmus is located on the ground floor of the newly completed Northpoint Condos in Mid Valley. You can either park in MVM and walk across the steel walkway to Northpoint, or park in Northpoint itself, which can be a bit costly if you intend to stay on and yarn the afternoon away. Telephone : 03-22828112 for reservations.

Changing topic, does ANYONE know where I can find these tart rings?

There are three different sizes in the picture above. From the top, we have one about 7 inches across and maybe 1/2 to 3/4" high. The middle ones are like cake tins, 7 inches wide, probably 2½ inches high. The ones at the bottom, come in two sizes, one like Wonder Woman's bracelet, (see pic below), probably 2½ " across, (diameter), and 2 inches high, and like the one above, probably slightly larger, 3" across, and 2" high.

Can anyone tell me where I can get these things without paying an arm and a leg?

16 comments:

boo_licious said...

Cool, am glad they're expanding their menu as it was quite limited the last time. Everything looks good - must make a trip there when I'm free.

LOL on yr wonder woman reference.
The bigger ones you can get at the bake shops (8 inches and 7 inches). The smaller ones which I actually have some are said to be special order. Yet to see them around in the local bake shops. I picked mine up cheaply as they were the wrong order once from a hotel so I grabbed them straight away without hesitation.

snowdrop said...

have been looking for those tart rings forever too. hmm... maybe you and i should go hunt down a life size wonder woman statue and deprive her of her bracelets? one hand for you, one for me...

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Everything looks so creative! It's amazing what one can come up with when thinking outside the box. Have yet to try this place, but based on ur recommendation, will try it soon.

fatboybakes said...

hmm, snowdrop, do we know any alumunium foundries? i saw loads of them in kuching, in the china kai or india kai. (kai as in town, not chicken). they were hammering, moulding, all sorts of shapes and sizes. like blacksmiths of yore.

i wont mind placing a order of say a dozen tart rings, plus yours, is two dozen liao. let's source.

hmm, i just noticed wonder woman's generous cleavage protected by shiny shiny bowls.

HL said...

i seen some of them here...

wmw said...

Mmm....never got round to walking over when ever I'm in Midvalley. Should be making a visit there next time.still rubbing hands together No genie wor....

Spot said...

LOL- oh fatboy, betcha you were most beguiled by Lynda Carter when the series was on way back in the...early 80s?

I spent many a happy childhood time deflecting bullets with my imaginary bracelets. :D

Sandra Bullock shd play her in the movie version lah.

Tummythoz said...

wmw, hands catch fire yet?

Never tried black sesame icecream b4. Since u put it that way, will try to drop by just to taste it. It is available for dinner too rite? Is reservations necessary? Does a mention of your name qualify for extra scoops?

fatboybakes said...

hl, can you please see how much those tart rings are over there in HK.

wmw and tummythoz, for dinner, its best to call them to reserve, coz they seem to host many private functions and the place will be fully booked. sometimes, on the other hand, its quite quiet.

spot, long time no see. lynda carter...boy, that's a name from the past!!!

MeiyeN said...

lucky you having this special priviledge!!!! will definitely drop by when i am @ mv.. been so long since da last time... think that day we met @ isthmus was da last visit to mv.. :p

snowdrop said...

yes, yes, if they're available for a reasonable price in HK, i'd like some too please! if not... must start looking at the kais... maybe in klang or smaller/more industrial towns...

Melting Wok said...

wahh, that wonder woman can bring down the whole marvel super heros clan liao hahaha :P

fatboybakes said...

snowie, why on earth would smaller towns stock tart rings??? (having said that, i did find a donut tray for baking donuts in port dickson supermarket)

melting wok, well, wonder woman is from DC, so yar, maybe she can challenge marvel.

snowdrop said...

no no, not the tart rings, i mean the metalwork shops! :)

fatboybakes said...

oh ya hor.

jackson, you in klang. please look out for any aluminium foundries.

Jackson said...

oppss....sorry for not viewing yr blog recently. I was too bz with the opening. The new fusion food looks good and creative. When can u bring me to try again? Hehehe. Will help u to ask around for the ring