Asian touch to romantic meal

WITH Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, romantic-themed set menus abound at eating places.

Properly-known for its romantic choices, City Restaurant at Resort Istana Kuala Lumpur will as soon as once more entice diners with specifically curated dishes created by chef de delicacies Sharusmizal Mohamed Salleh.

Also referred to as chef Buoy, Sharusmizal has infused extra Asian flavours into his dishes, however in a considerate and delicate method.

After an amuse-bouche, the appetiser is a trio comprising salmon, rockmelon and a seafood dumpling.

The Norwegian fish is cured with vanilla, sugar, salt and citrus comparable to lemon and grapefruit. The tartness of the cured fish and salty fish roe was balanced with a creamy sauce and went nicely collectively.

(From left) As a palate cleanser, the Red Dragon Ginger sorbet was refreshing; the mushroom crust adds earthiness to the beef entree, which is balanced by the creamy potato, carrot and celery salad; the charcoal seafood beignet adds a pop of colour to the fish dish. — Photos: ONG SOON HIN/The Star(From left) As a palate cleanser, the Crimson Dragon Ginger sorbet was refreshing; the mushroom crust provides earthiness to the meat entree, which is balanced by the creamy potato, carrot and celery salad; the charcoal seafood beignet provides a pop of color to the fish dish. — Photographs: ONG SOON HIN/The Star

Buoy’s Asian infusion is outstanding within the rockmelon chew because it was topped off with a mini yee sang salad.

The rockmelon itself is compressed and soaked in a kaffir lime and lemongrass syrup, whereas the yee sang is wearing a marinade of apricot and orange marmalade.

Whereas this may occasionally appear overly candy, it was pleasantly refreshing and the flavours complemented every element.

In distinction, the seafood dumpling had a touch of spiciness from chilli within the stuffing. Crabmeat, prawns and herbs within the stuffing give flavour and texture.

Sharusmizal has imbued his Valentine’s Day menu with Asian flavours.Sharusmizal has imbued his Valentine’s Day menu with Asian flavours.

After appetisers, diners will even be served a particular palate cleanser in between programs. As a particular Valentine’s deal with, a Crimson Dragon Ginger sorbet matches in completely with the theme. Comprised of purple dragon fruit, the sorbet was refreshing and helped to whet the urge for food.

For the entree, diners have the choice of a fish or beef dish.

The snapper fish is served with charcoal seafood beignet, sauteed Malabar spinach and topped with a lobster sauce.

The recent fish was frivolously pan-fried with solely salt and pepper in order to not alter the style of the meat, whereas the pores and skin was nonetheless crispy.

For the meat, a crust of cep mushrooms lend earthiness to the meat, however that is balanced with a creamy potato, carrot and celery salad.

Cured fish, rockmelon and seafood dumpling may not seem like complimentary flavours but surprisingly go well together.Cured fish, rockmelon and seafood dumpling might not appear to be complimentary flavours however surprisingly go nicely collectively.

Served alongside was a morsel of Harissa (sizzling chilli pepper paste) braised beef ragout baked in puff pastry.

Caraway or cumin seeds on high of the pastry give a pleasant fragrant ingredient to the dish.

For dessert, the lavender coconut cake and pineapple ice cream clearly showcase tropical parts. A pastel purple mirror glaze on the cake with a tart lime gel melds the parts completely.

The Valentine’s celebration three-course dinner is simply accessible for dinner on Feb 14 and priced at RM118 nett per individual or RM178 nett per individual (with wine pairing). Reservations are inspired.

URBAN RESTAURANT, Resort Istana Kuala Lumpur, 73, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2141 9988). Enterprise hours: Midday to 2.30pm (Monday to Friday), 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Monday to Saturday). Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

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