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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Fine dining @ Lafite

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One of the most renowned restaurants in Malaysia. We were here to celebrate an occassion.

Their bread came together with a thick cream herbal mousse. This went down very well with our stomachs.
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So good, that was probably all you needed to eat.

Our drinks soon arrived, one being the Loooooooooooooooong Island Iced Tea (RM3x), the other a glass of bubbly Moet (RM6x?).
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Loooooooooooooooong Island Iced Tea, the bottom half cold, top half warm.

We called for two starters, the rather weirdly named FoieGras@ red.com (RM62), and the equally techno-inspired Virtual Steak Tartar (RM48).

The seared foie gras, with balsamic vinegar and pistachios and peppered strawberries. Absolutely classic French dish, and it was fantastic.

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The steak tartar was rather creatively done as well. Raw thin slices of beef carpaccio came with a soft poached quail egg in the middle and Yorkshire puddings at either end, and was liberally sprinkled with mustard, capers, smoked salt and chervil. The combination of tastes in this dish was stunning and well received.

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For the mains, we had lamb cappucino. This consisted of lamb loin with pumpkins in various forms (cubes, seeds, puree, oil), hazelnuts, milk froth, and coffee paper. RM91

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To balance out all that meat, we also ordered a fish dish. This consisted of a base of Spanish omelette and asparagus, topped with slow roasted sea bass, and a prawn which was crowned with some Oscietra caviar and carrot mix, and a sauce made with garlic and parsley. RM96.

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Also worth mentioning was their version of shepherd's pie - made with wagyu beef cheek and foie gras. But we didn't get around to ordering it....

To be frank, after the excellent appetizers, we probably had too high an expectation for the mains, thus the mains did appear to be a little flat in comparison.

As we were finishing, the chef came by to say hello and we took the opportunity to heap some praise onto him. It was also at this point that he pointed out that the sea bass dish had some Spanish influence, which I immediately picked on as I had a monkfish dish which had a sauce that was very similar back in Spain.

We were too full at this point of course, so we decided to skip dessert. And a good thing too, as they brought out a surprise:

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A tree, with cotton candy dipped in strawberry dust as 'leaves' and chocolate 'stones' and peels as the 'earth'. And to top it off, the cotton candy started to drop off slowly and it looked like autumn.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic dinner with amazing ambiance. And a price tag to match! Do not expect this review to be current as chefs of this calibre do change their menus, but you can expect fantastic food, and a wonderful night out. Just ignore the pinch on the wallet.

Shangri La Hotel
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur



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