[Switching topic like one with the memory of a goldfish]
But it's the NEW YEAR, so let us delete that previous opening para, and start afresh. Happy happy! The first day of the year certainly was. 41 bottles of bubbly with friends, and countless bottles of red and whites. One of the reasons I havent written anything is because I havent DONE or EATEN anything interesting since last year. However, I was suddenly reminded that just before 2009 expired, we had a most delightful lunch experience, courtesy of the lovely Cheryl Lum, of Le Meridien, at Favola again, to sample the offerings of the Crudo Bar.
Now, Fratmustard who constituted the other half of "we", was sooo sure that Crudo Bar was a BAR, as in, one with flowing alcohol, and lots of bottles. I on the other hand, was perplexed, as in the previous visit, I had no recollection of any drinking Bar in Favola. Inebriated as we were on wine and kerosene (Grappa), I SURELY would have remembered a BAR in Favola. With the excitement of two schoolgirls going on a shopping trip, we gleefully traipsed into Favola, 15 minutes early, and sniffed around for the Crudo Bar. Turns out, Crudo Bar is not an alcoholic bar at all, but that counter in front of the murals, where there was laid out a large antipasti spread, for the Crudo Bar Antipasti Buffet.
If you opt for the buffet antipasti, it's RM35, as you can see. A gorgeous spread of tantalising err.... antipastis await. The good thing about antipastis is, since its anti, it cancels out any calories you may ingest by eating pastis.
I think that's Frat's hand, holding up his two balls. Goldfish memory be blamed, but I think they were little balls of bonconini.
This dish strikes me as too healthy. Stay away from it.
Another salad, in a bread bowl. Literally, a bowl made out of bread. Such pretty presentation. It felt almost wrong to dig into it.
Terrines of various sorts.
One can really get quite full on this buffet antipasti alone. A cacophony of tastes invades the tongue. And it is gloriously washed down with lovely chilled Prosecco, so kindly provided by our generous hostess.
Part of the Crudo bar also comprises dessert. Honestly, we were too full to even go there by the end of the meal, though I could not resist the chocolate mousse which was sublime. Light, ethereal and rich all at the same time.
My favourite dish from the antipasti, the octopus. Mmm, lovely flavour and texture.
Despite being full on the buffet starters, Cheryl insisted Frat and I ordered some mains. Frat was looking very delightfully pink by this stage. Damn, I forgot to take a pic. My pasta was the argh, tomato based one, as I thought it would be lighter.
But actually I prefered Frat's angel hair. Pasta, that is. With seafood. Yummy. I could eat it right now as we speak. Light aglio olio -ish, with fresh seafood and a hint of chilli.
Although we had food coming out of our ears, and prosecco fumes coming out of our noses, Cheryl insisted we try the grilled chicken pizza. Lovely thin crust, apparently achieved even without a woodfired oven. It was against the building regulations to have a wood fired oven in the kitchen at Favola, afterall, there were hotel rooms just above. I can imagine the guests feeling the heat emanating through the floors.
Thank you again Cheryl, for a LAVERLY lunch. Do check out the Crudo Bar antipasti buffet.
If you zoom in large enough, you will see, emblazoned on the front page, ahem, a BY LINE, by Fatboybakes. (all teary eyed, and emo). Lihatlah dunia!!!! Go and support and buy the darn magazine okay. Only RM8. Chockful of interesting recipes. And articles.
Toasting, to a great year ahead, everyone. Chis! oops, I mean, Cheers.