Sunday, October 17, 2010

'Michelin' Dining....

The month of October saw KL hosting the KLIGF - Kuala Lumpur International Gourmet Festival. Most restaurants in the city put up special menus or brought in 'guest chefs' to cook their signature dishes for the city's folks to sample. The dinners were generally 'pricey' - averaging RM300 to RM500 per person - and pakdokter managed to try out a few places with 'mixed' experience.

KL Hilton brought in a 2-star Michelin chef from France and it was pakdokter's best 'experience' of the few that pakdokter managed to try. The 4-course dinner had a generous portion of foie gras as the starter, and a great dish of pigeon as the main. And the generous 'free-flow' of champagne went well with the excellent dishes.

The chef came around to meet the guests and pakdokter was invited to visit his restaurant should pakdokter one day end up in the district of Bordeaux in France where his establishment is located. His restaurant can accept a booking one week in advance.

The outing to 'the Lafite' at the Shangrila turned out to be a disappointment. The service was 'inattentive' and 'poor' and the dishes were all of 'minute' proportions that we went home so hungry that we had to help ourselves with whatever we could ransack out of the kitchen. And the 'pouring' of each of the accompanying wines was so little and stingy that we went home vowing that it would be a very long time indeed before we would consider to dine at this eastablishment again!

The 'Favola' at the Le Meridien had a 'lobster pasta' promotion in October which turned out to be quite good.

And another satisfying outing was for the Boston Lobster set dinner at the Gobo on the 6th at the Traders Hotel. The set of lobster salad, the lobster bisque and the grilled lobster was not only good but was also value for money. At RM250 per pax it came with two rounds of Prosecco.

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