Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Joyous Christmas at The Majestic Hotel KL

Christmas at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is always a joyous and majestic affair. Last week, we were amongst the lucky few to be invited to the hotel to sample the festive menu from Colonial Cafe as well as to witness the launch of the hotel's first Christmas CD by The Solianos.

A glass of warm mulled wine, with The Solianos playing a Christmas number and Christmas trees twinkling in the background, definitely set the Christmas mood.  The menu we sampled that evening was the Christmas Eve Menu, starting with the amuse bouche of smoked salmon with creme fraiche and fresh dill.

Cheers Hubby!

Next came the Seared Bay Scallops, served with white asparagus and broad bean puree. The scallops were plump and were complemented well by the creamy puree. This was paired with the Huntaway Malborough Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand.

The Australian red onion soup was light yet packed full of flavour, served with crisp Gruyere toasts.

The Solianos made excellent dinner company as always, as they serenaded us with their renditions of classic holiday jingles. The Majestic Christmas Album is the first Christmas album released by the hotel and features cover versions of popular Christmas classics such as Jingle Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Winter Wonderland, all injected with the The Solianos signature singing style. The album is available for purchase at The Majestic Hotel KL at RM60 nett, and can also be purchased on Spotify and iTunes. We managed to get our copy signed by the members of the band - lucky us! ;)

Palate cleanser - raspberry sorbet

For main course, we had Hickory-smoked roasted turkey with mashed parsnip, roasted root vegetables, stuffing and giblet gravy. As I took my first bite of the turkey, I can't help but notice how moist the meat was. We often hear of dry, tasteless turkey but this was really good - moist, juicy with a smoky flavour. This was served with Sister's Run Epiphany McLaren Val Shiraz, Australia. On the actual day, guests will also be served a mid-course of pan seared cod and for mains, you can opt for turkey or slow-roasted short ribs.

Dessert was a beautiful, festive-looking Orange parfait with cinnamon crumble, and grapefruit sherbet. The sherbet was tart and did a great job in cutting some of the richness from the parfait. Finally, a hot cup of coffee or tea is served along with some Christmas cookies and chocolates.

A truly wonderful evening, with good food, music and company. The Christmas Eve Dinner Menu is priced at RM280 nett per person (without wine), or RM380 nett per person (with wine pairing). There will also be a Christmas Day and New Year's Eve Dinner Menu available at Colonial Cafe, as well as international buffet at Contango - click here for full menu and prices.

Location: Colonial Café, Majestic Wing, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking rate RM10 per entry)

Tel: 03-2785 8000

Website: http://www.majestickl.com/

GPS Coordinates: 3.139059, 101.692617

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Daily Japanese Dinner Buffet @ Zipangu, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

Japanese food lovers, rejoice! Zipangu in Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur will be serving a dinner buffet EVERY DAY from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Priced at RM175 nett per person, the impressive buffet spread will feature mainly Japanese dishes such as salmon, sushi, tempura, teppanyaki, hot dishes, seafood on ice and desserts. Other than Japanese dishes, there will also be a few Chinese and Malay dishes served as well, such as Nyonya steamed fish, Stir fried kam heong tiger prawns, and Rendang daging. There will be 4 rotating menus for this buffet.

The restaurant's interior exudes a warm and Zen-like ambiance. There is a main dining area with an open kitchen, two private rooms and five semi-private enclaves to cater to guests. Helmed by Japanese Chef Hiroaki Karasawa, watch the chefs as they cook your teppanyaki or tempura or slice some sashimi in the spacious open kitchen.

Our first stop was the sushi counter, where freshly sliced sashimi, sushi and Japanese appetizers awaits. Other than the usual salmon, tuna and butterfish that you would find in most Japanese buffets, Zipangu also offers tako (octopus) and hamachi (Japanese amberjack). I especially loved the salmon sashimi which was fresh with a buttery texture.

There is a huge variety of nigiri sushi such as anago (conger eel), amaebi (sweet shrimp), sawara (Spanish mackarel) as well as rolled sushi and bara chirashi on offer.

Tuck in to some fresh seafood on ice - there are US oysters, scallops, green lip mussels, tiger prawns, yabbies, Japanese clams and crabs to indulge in. Trust me, these are worth getting your hands dirty for.

Head over to the teppanyaki counter next and pick your meats or seafood from the counter and hand it over to the chef with your table number. They will cook it and deliver it to your table once ready. My favorites were the beef, prawn and scallops. Seconds? - Yes, please!

Do also check out the hot dishes on offer - there are gems such as unagi kabayaki (grilled eel), ika teriyaki (grilled cuttlefish), saba shioyaki (grilled mackarel) as well as the tempura selection (especially the prawn tempura).

End your meal with a host of delicious desserts, such as mochi, cakes, chocolate fountain, fresh fruits, and ice cream. On our visit, there was even miso cake - do try this if you see it - a wonderful mix of sweet and savoury flavours.

I made a video of the buffet spread at Zipangu - you can watch it here 

Thank you to the Shangri-La KL team for having us! :)

The buffet dinner at Zipangu is available daily from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. For reservations or more information, contact 03-2074 3900 or email restaurantreservations.slkl@shangri-la.com.

Price: RM175 nett per person.

Location: Zipangu, Level 1, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2074 3900

GPS Coordinates: 3.1541, 101.706297

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