Monday, August 21, 2017

Sheer Decadence, At Lafite's First Sunday of the Month BEATS AND BRUNCH, Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur

To me, one of the most decadent ways to spend a weekend is to have a champagne brunch.  A glass of bubbly in hand, at noon, screams joy in my book. Ideally, I would prefer such an activity on a Saturday, to allow a full recovery on Sunday.  Why do I need recovery?  Well, you see, when you are paying good money for a free flow champagne brunch, really, the chinaman in me kicks into overdrive to get the most value for your money, and no prizes for guessing what is the outcome.  Of course, a prewarning to all you young people out there, drink responsibly.

When I got the invite for Brunch at Lafite, actually I did not read the text properly, and assumed it was a normal brunch, but well, the "Lafite" in the sentence was already a good enough incentive, so you can imagine the sound of chorus of angels singing hallelujah when I arrived at Lafite and was greeted by THIS!

With glass in hand, I proceeded to my table, which was adorned with one of these LPs....

A cursory walk to looksie at the buffet spread revealed these goodies, but clearly, the best was yet to come.   These freshly shucked Cadoret Oysters were just the starters.

Eggs with Smoked Salmon prepared ala minute by Exectuive Chef Olivier Pistre.

Eggs with Smoked Salmon....

Gratinated Lobster Thermidor, Foie Gras With Apple, Green Pea Veloute, Gazpacho, and Cold Cherry Tomatoes with Burrata Cheese.

Luscious lobster meat that deserves a picture all by itself.  I usually like lobster done simply, without any gratination,  but this was done very well, and the meat was still juicy and firm.

Delicious Foie Gras with apple...SOOOOOO good....if you like foie gras.  Which I do.

Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef.  The cohiba imparts a rather exotic aroma, although you can't really taste in within the meat.  The wagyu is a must have if you like beef.  Oh, how it works is, you choose  from a menu which offers 6 choices of mains, namely the wagyu, slow cooked lamb shoulder, seared hokkaido scallops, pan seared Atlantic Cabillaud, Eggs Parfait cooked at 63C, and Grilled Octopus.  And you can order several.

Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, looked good, but I didn't try it.

My lovely Seared Hokkaido Scallop, with a lovely artichoke veloute, cooked a la barigoule. I could easily have two or three of these.  Absolutely loved the broth....

Ever since I tried that 63C egg at another place, I have been longing for this paradisical method of cooking the perfect egg.  And as it's not something that can be done at home without a sous vide machine, presumably, the only place to eat this kind of dish will be, well, outside.  The asparagus ragout and veloute did kinda overpower the egg a little, but hey, I love asparagus too.

The pan seared atlantic cabillaud, which is a fancy French way of saying, COD.  It's all in the marketing.  Not my favourite dish, I thought it was a bit overcooked, and had too many things going on, that we lose sight of cod.

A most unexpected stellar performer was the grilled octopus....tender, juicy with all the flavours of the sea, so much so we ordered more for our table to share.

I was almost tempted to check if there was any suction left in those tentacles.  So basically, on our table of four people, we managed to sample all the six choices of mains.

For dessert, Chocolate Surprise,....

Vanilla Ice Cream, Hot Chocolate Sauce, Chocolate Syphon, Sable Breton Crumble.

I opted for the French Rum Baba ...which I've heard about, but to be honest, is my first time trying.

It's kinda like profiterole meets cake, a lot denser than a profiterole, but lighter than cake, with some filling.  It was a nice end to the meal, although theoretically, we had another slice of octopus for our one for the road.

Some of the Belvedere Spritz Collection Cocktails that are available with the brunch.

Still look kinda sober here, thanks to the lighting...

A summary fo what's available...juxtaposed against the lovely garden view...

The free flow white is the Terrazas Reserva Chardonnay, while the red is the Terrazas Reserve Malbec.

Not sure if he's always there, but that's the Celebrity Mixologist, Osmund, who's won many accolades.


Beats and Brunch at Lafite is priced at RM499 nett per person, 12noon - 3pm, every FIRST Sunday of the month only... the next one being on 3rd Sept, followed by 1st October, 5th Novemeber and 3rd December.

For the drinkers, you'd know that a bottle of Verve retail is already between RM220-RM250, and that's from the shops....Drink any bottle at a 5 star establishment will probably be around from that angle, if you love food and bubbly, its a reasonable deal.

For reservations, call 03-2074 3900.

Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Friday, August 11, 2017

Gobble Gobble At Temptations, Renaissance Hotel KL

What a strange name, I thought to myself, immediately associating the word with turkeys, who purportedly go gobble gobble by way of speech.  Whilst I've said time and again, I am not a buffet fan, (at my age, one has to very selective of what one consumes, and every bite must be worth the calories, so excuse me if I sound fussy), I was quite intrigued by the fact that the buffet is only RM80 nett, for the promotional months presumably celebrating the nation's birthdays. (two birthdays, one on 31st August, freedom from the shackles of the British imperialists, and 16th September again, Malaysia day).

Anway, the promotion goes runs from 1st August to 30th September, and is available Thursdays to Saturdays.  The good news for winos is, that for RM66 nett extra, you can opt for free flow house wine.  Sounds like a dietary disaster to me, free flow food and wine.

In addition to the buffet, Temptations is also showcasing some new items in their ala carte menu. starting with the Rendang Pizza...

Word of caution, it can come across as a tad spicy.  The "rendang", well, not really rendang as we know it in its traditional form, is a nice change to the usual toppings.  Personally I found the base a bit too thick, and after eating a slice, I felt the dough expanding within.

Tagliatelle Turandot, RM49, Tiger prawns, squid, mussels, fish, chilli tomato olive salsa. Considering the amount of seafood, it does sound reasonable.

Renaissance Burger, RM48, 200gm of Angus beef....

RHKL Supreme Chicken Breast, RM46, with polenta cake, green beans and corn demi glace.  I am sooooo not a chicken breast person, so you won't find me ordering this.

I love how the humble Hainanese Chicken Rice is now a staple in almost every 5 star hotel coffee house, but I don't love how it's priced.  RM48 for this.  Well, I suppose if you use real free range kampung chicken, and the finest quality of rice, AND if its done the real way, ie cooked in chicken fats, then throw in the hotel ambience and perhaps, its ok.  Or if you convert it to foreign currency like AUD or GBP, then it's almost "cheap".

Nicoise Salad, looks like more nicoise than salad, ...haha... Sesame Crusted Tuna and a hint of green.  RM38

Their signature baked Cheesecake.RM39.

I loved this refreshing drink of lemon grass, mint and sour plum they were serving, I'm not sure if it's part of the normal buffet.  Add a dash of bacardi and you have a nice Mojito.

In the buffet line up, this was my favourite dish, the stewed Lamb Shank.  So tender and falling off the bone.

The other usual buffet fare stuff, oysters, cold prawns, chilli crab, roasted root vegetables...

Myriad desserts...

The barbeque station, with an adequate selection of seafood and meat....

Every Malaysian buffet's must have dish....

Another dish I thought was rather good was the traditional Malay style ox tail soup.  What's the diff?  Well, the western style seems to be thicker, and more stew like, whereas this is more of a clear broth, once you've worked your way through all the natural oils.

Popiah Station is always popular.

Noodle Station...

More desserts...

Pasta Station

Considering I paid close to RM50 for a fish head curry lunch at some nondescript mamak place, I'd say RM80 nett for this feast is a STEAL!!! I'd personally zero into the lamb shank, oxtail, popiah, and oysters, and be quite content.

Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail & Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T 603.2716.9959 F 603.2716.9987