Sometime last month, I followed Sidney to a wine pairing lunch at Mandarin Oriental, KL.
It was an exclusive luncheon because James Halliday, a famous Australian wine writer and critic was present to share with us stories about winery, history about how Australia got into the wine industry and so on.
Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2008
Appetizer platter of deep fried money bag, chilled Australian abalone with “Hunan Province” spices, peking duck crepe with Hoi Sin sauce and Steamed Hoikkado scallop with black diamond sauce.
When I saw the menu, I thought it was pretty extraordinary. It was a fusion 3 course menu of international cuisine.
The food was alright (I liked the scallop the most), paired with Eileen Hardt Chardonnay 2008. The Chardonnay was fantastic. It was my favourite wine out of the 3, probably because of it’s light citrus flavours.
No doubt, the Chardonnay was my favourite. (Damn, can’t get enough of my dual camera mode on my S4)Prawn Nasi Goreng paired with Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
It was quite weird to have wine with local cuisine. The wine was great, no doubt in that but I’m not used to pairing hot nasi goreng with a glass of red.
Jasper Grilled Lamb Cutlet served with thyme jus, ratatouille and parmesan potatoes
The lamb was slightly on the tough side, but paired with the Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2004, it was slightly better. I absolutely loved the ratatouille and the parmasan potatoes. Yum.
You could read Fish’s blog entry about the luncheon. It’s much more elaborate compared to mine.
In my most honest opinion, I found the wine stunning, especially the Chardonnays (I’m starting to prefer white wines now. Probably influenced by my mum.) But till now, I can’t quite comprehend the pairing of the food with the beautiful glasses of wine I had. Even Halliday clarified he didn’t quite agree with the menu, haha. It was definitely an interesting luncheon for me.
F Concept Dining By Buffalo is just upstairs of Chawan, opposite Bangsar Village. It feels like going to someone’s apartment for dinner. It looks fantastic, doesn’t it?
Going up the stairs, you would notice the chalk words at the side of the steps, welcoming you. (:
Pretty bouquet of lavender placed on the 2 edges of the table.
Duo of Crabs (RM32)
The crab cake was a lil’ dry, but the soft shell crab was really nice.
F Tapas Set (RM60)
Meant to share between 2 pax, there’s quite a lot of tapas there.
Tandoori Chicken Burger with Egg (RM28, RM3 per extra ingredient)
This is a very fusion burger that works perfectly. I love tandoori chicken, and having a tandoori chicken instead of fried chicken or a chicken patty is a beautiful change. I will definitely come back for this and the tapioca chips and the slice of avocado.
Oven Roasted Chicken Chestnut Roulade with Foie Gras, Shitake Mushroom & Velvet Mash Potatoes (RM37)
This was my favourite main course. Mum and I agreed that they used chicken thigh for the roulade, hence it wasn’t dry, it was super moist and juicy.
Soft Shell Crab & Seafood Miso Carbonara (RM35)
They spiced up a carbonara by adding a lil’ miso in it. This was cream sauced spaghetti with a slight touch of Japanese and seafood. The seafood was really fresh though. I loved the prawns and mussels.
Squid Ink Risotto with Seafood (Specials of The Week)
I wish they would add this into the menu.. They said it was a lil’ difficult to get a constant supply of squid (For the squid ink of course). They added a lil’ bit of prawn roe in it, hence the greenish colour instead of black. I found this amazing, especially how the sundried tomatoes tones down the richness of the risotto.
Lime and Mint Sorbet
A really nice gesture by them.
The coffee art for their latte is so unique! It’s a cat that looks like it’s being sucked into your mouth when you sip it. Heh, sounds crazy, but it’s kinda creative.
F Concept Dining By Buffalo
69-1, Jalan Telawi Tiga, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60322011710, +60122090226
Hurrah for a nice new fine dining restaurant within PJ area!
Lightly Smoked Ocean Trout with Marinated Enoki Mushrooms, Fennel Salad and Black Caviar (RM50)
I’m not too fond of the fennel salad but the smoked trout, golden mushrooms and caviar on top made the perfect starter for me.
Marinated Crabmeat with Avocado, Momotaro Tomato and Basil Sorbet (RM40)
Momotaro Tomatoes are sweeter than our local tomatoes. It balances out the savoury marinated crabmeat.
Duck Consomme with Braised Duck Leg Dumplings (RM30)
Comforting, heart warming duck consomme (Almost like chicken essence, but replaced with duck.) The dumplings were delicious too, aromatic braised duck leg wrapped with smooth dumpling skin.
Herbs & Tempeh Crusted Baramundi in Clear Lobster Broth with Shimeji Mushrooms (RM95)
You probably would have noticed that there’s a lot of Asian influences.. They use a lot of Japanese ingredients too.
Pan fried Sea Bass with Sauteed Fennel, Seaweed Butter & Lotus Root Vegetable (RM95)
From what you can see here, the fish looks very dry. But Chef Evert did not disappoint us at all. He was on a winning streak (winning our hearts) as each dish comes out.
It was the juiciest and sweetest pan fried sea bass with the crispiest skin I’ve ever eaten. The seaweed butter adds in a lot of flavour to the fish, although personally I would just gobble the fish down with minimal sauce. Besides, the presentation of the dish just looks amazing. The fried lotus root (super crispy) looked like pretty flowers!
Oven Baked Rack of Lamb with Sauteed Green Vegetables, Herbs Crumble & Tarragon Sauce (RM90)
This plate looks like a pretty garden, doesn’t it? The herb crumbs looked like moss, don’t you think? Che Evert is pretty creative, I must say.
The lamb is fabulous, no doubt. Slightly on the salty side for me but it’s just perfect. It wasn’t too cooked nor too rare, it was just nice. Combined with the tarragon sauce, it leaves you wanting more and more.
Blackforest Tart ‘New Style’ with Lime, Yogurt and Blackberry Sorbet (RM26)
We realized that Chef Evert’s desserts aren’t overly sweet. Mum and I are quite fond of his desserts because of that. This tart is a lil’ bitter (Like dark chocolate) and a lil’ sour because of the sorbet. Delicious.
Pandan Crepe with Banana & Gula Melaka and Coconut Sorbet (RM26)
I’m not a fan of the coconut sorbet. Mum, Aunty Alice and Uncle Ching loves it though! They said it was really refreshing and delicious. I liked the crepe a lot. They made it look like the Chinese dish – Money Bags. This sweet money bag is filled with wonders! It’s mind blasting.
Milk Chocolate, Raisin & Caramel Parfait with Crispy Praline & Hazelnut Mousse (RM26)
This was my least favourite dessert. It’s delicious, no doubt, but I’d choose the other two. Probably because if I had this all to myself, it’ll be too rich for me.
He was previously from High Tide (Closed down now), a fine dine restaurant in KL. His specialty is in seafood and European cuisine. Since he has been living here for almost 4 years now, he has adapted to the local cuisine (He can eat hot food! Curries and all!), he has infused a lot of Asian techniques, ingredients and etc into his menu at Soleil.
Soleil Restaurant & Wine Bar
22A, Jalan 17/54,
Section 17, Petaling Jaya
(Behind Gastro Project)
Look, look! Matching hairband.. Heheheh.