Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A very special dinner

frangipani, kuala lumpur

"Is it your first time here?" asked the host who greeted us at reception.


"There is a pond in the middle of the restaurant. Do not step into it."

I burst out laughing.

So began an incredible birthday dinner at one of Kuala Lumpur's best French restaurants, Frangipani on Changkat Bukit Bintang.

There were two kinds of bread with a creamy herbed butter that was almost like cheese. Then...I'll let the photos do most of the talking.

frangipani, kuala lumpur
A thumb-sized canape to start off a three-course meal (well, four with dessert).

frangipani, kuala lumpur

A complimentary appetizer. A crunchy cracker with two kinds of dip. So simple but the contrast of textures makes you excited for the first dish.

First course: Fresh tiger prawn ceviche with avocado cream, dried tomato reduction and
frangipani, kuala lumpur
In a word: frrresh.

First course: vegetable terrine
frangipani, kuala lumpur
Very pretty. But I actually liked the salad more than the terrine itself. Reminded me of Viv's salad in Belper five years ago, only in miniature.

Second course: prawn risotto
frangipani, kuala lumpur

Sorry, but it couldn't hold up against...

Second course: Warm tea smoked salmon with confit potatoes crème fraîche and salmon roe
frangipani, kuala lumpur
I had a smoked salmon sandwich for lunch that day but I wanted more. This is the most unbelievable salmon ever. An out-of-body experience, to be perfectly polite about it.

Interlude: sorbet as palate cleanser.
frangipani, kuala lumpur
Cool and refreshing. Would have also made a nice dessert. Or drink.

Mains: Three kinds of ravioli.
frangipani, kuala lumpur
The cheese one is a dream.

Mains: Grilled Wagyu beef cheek with braised red cabbage, mole sauce and pumpkin dauphines
frangipani, kuala lumpur
Super soft, as expected, but not so flavourful. Would have been tastier with gravy instead of mole sauce, but then that would have been very American. Tender and fat nonetheless. I mistook the cabbage for beet and the pumpkin for potatoes. No wonder they were sweet.

Dessert: Flourless chocolate mousse cake with vanilla sauce and chopped nuts.
birthday slice of cake
My birthday (slice of) cake, the third one for the day. So rich that a few bites are enough. (And in case you're curious, a lot has happened since I was 20. Let's not go back there. Hahaha!)

Dessert: Crème brûlée, glacée, flambée
frangipani, kuala lumpur
Light and sweet. Better if the flame had lasted a little bit longer to get rid of the alcohol...and give me a chance to snap a photo.

I have no words left. Time for dinner!

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