"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.
A thumb-sized canape to start off a three-course meal (well, four with dessert).
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
In a word: frrresh.
First course: vegetable terrine
Viv's salad in Belper five years ago, only in miniature.
Second course: prawn risotto
Sorry, but it couldn't hold up against...
Second course: Warm tea smoked salmon with confit potatoes crème fraîche and salmon roe
Interlude: sorbet as palate cleanser.
Cool and refreshing. Would have also made a nice dessert. Or drink.
The cheese one is a dream.
Mains: Grilled Wagyu beef cheek with braised red cabbage, mole sauce and pumpkin dauphines
Dessert: Flourless chocolate mousse cake with vanilla sauce and chopped nuts.
Dessert: Crème brûlée, glacée, flambée
I have no words left. Time for dinner!