Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Memory Makers at Gobo Upstairs, Traders Hotel KL

Back in October, the lovely Theresa Goh of Traders Hotel invited me for a feedback session on their MEMORY MAKERS menu, but alas, I was traipsing around Nepal, so could not make it. So I was grateful they still invited me nonetheless to sample the final product that is now already available to the public.  Somehow the term Memory Makers conjures images of 70s and 80s music.

Anyway, suffice to say, after the meal, I had to jog my Memory... or rather, jog off my Memory Makers...I was so stuffed,

To start, a clear and cleansing Mushroom Tea, served in a bodum teapot, reminiscent of a Japanese Dobin Mushi soup, ...The aroma of the variety of mushrooms wafted to the olfactories, immediately imparting a sense of wellness and comfort.

Accompanied with salted tempura oyster mushrooms on the side, gotta love the presentation. RM35 nett

What is a Memory  without a menage a trois?  The 3some meat platter, which is for two very hungry eaters, or I'd say 3-4 moderate eaters, consist of a medley of grilled chicken, artichoke and coriander pesto, Lamb with rosemary and bordelaise sauce, Tenderloin with pumpkin puree and sides. RM250 nett

The chicken is rather sizeable, half a small chicken, I'd say, cos there is a choice of thigh or breast.  I enjoyed the tender thigh, I can never fathom how people can eat breast.  The presentation is most unique, served in the wrappings of a corn cob.

Tenderloin, moist and tender and cooked to perfection. My medium was a medium, ..

The rack of lamb was aromatic, and did not reek of that lamby flavour that I have become averse to in my old age.

Finally, their piece de resistance, and who'd have thought, the humble Nasi Lemak with a makeover.  Steamed wtih the waters of a hawaiian coconut, and coconut milk, the amazing aroma of the rice itself makes this dish a star.  Labelled Nasi Lemak 2.0 (RM30 nett), the rice alone would make me happy.

Served with prawn sambal, ayam berempah or rendang, and the requisite hard boiled egg with nuts and anchovies.

The aroma of that rice still lingers in my residual memory till this day.

Le Bon Vivant Ice Kepal - for those of you young enough to remember the ice ball....life was so uncomplicated then, a 10 sen ice ball could bring such joy...of course, this glamourized version is certainly not 10 sen, but it does have something probably most people in the 70s here have never seen, summer berries....

And lest you think you're being slaughtered like ice on the shaving block by the cendol man, ...and paying RM20 for ice, and berries, well, there is a scoop of ice cream at the bottom to gentrify the entire dessert.  I can't say I liked this particularly...the ice was a bit too coarse for me, and the berries, gentrified as they may be, gave it a totally foreign feel, unlike the nasi lemak.

Great food with great company, #soveryblessed....

The finale, the Cherry BOMMM, a block of white chocolate that resembled a cricket ball, with hot dark chocolate ganache poured over which eventually pierces thru the ball, ....much like another phenomena of nature where those swimming flowy things penetrate an egg....

The visuals of this dessert are truly stunning, and that alone almost makes the RM30 nett worthwhile, but fortunately, the dessert is as yummy as it looks.

They also have their signature cocktails, the SKY 33, RM35 nett, ,,,cubes of vodka kiwi jelly make it rather unique, in a blend of kiwi and vodka on ice.  The Selangor Sling , quite potent because of a perilous dash of absinthe, that drink that makes you see green fairies...with hibiscus syrup, Tanqueray in, and a roselle flower.

The live duo at Gobo Upstairs is really good too...

Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone:+60 3-2332 9888

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