Saturday, December 09, 2017

FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS THE MAJESTIC WAY




Majestic feasts at Colonial Cafe. The Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea. A tribute to The Rat Pack by the Solianos.

Sounds like music to the ears this festive season isn’t it? We had a splendid taste of what’s in store for the Christmas and New Year celebrations at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, starting with glasses of warm, sweet and lightly spiced Mulled Wine and Poinsietta – a lime and grapefruit mocktail to whet the appetite.
 
By the time the talented Solianos stepped up their melodious showcase, we were happily nibbling on the amuse-bouche of Breaded Camembert Cheese with Blueberry Sauce.

That delicious morsel paved the way for the Cream of Watercress with Lobster Meat; a sumptuous broth of bright, clean and fresh nuances punctuated delicately by shellfish sweetness.

Tradition remained firmly rooted with a classic mid-course of Roast Turkey Slices with Cranberry Sauce, Stuffed Chestnut and Buttered Vegetables. The turkey was brined prior to roasting so the meat remained nicely moist and tender to the bite.

The night’s show-stopper was undoubtedly the Main Course of Baked Honey Glazed Cod with Butter Glazed Asparagus. Served with some lush savoury soy sauce, the fish’s on-point doneness reeled everyone in.

A touch of whimsy charmed us when the House Made Chocolate Fudge Cake with Crispy Brandy Snaps, Berry Compote with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream was presented. Shaped like Santa’s hat, the decadent chocolatey creation left us smitten and thoroughly satisfied.

Priced at RM280 nett per person, the Christmas Eve Dinner Menu is also available with wine pairing option at RM380 nett per person. Christmas Day Dinner is priced at RM220 nett per person (RM320 nett with wine pairing) while New Year’s Eve Dinner is priced at RM380 nett per person (RM480 with wine).

GENTLEMEN’S AFTERNOON TEA

Guys! Now you can celebrate your own Rat Pack bromance throughout December with the newly introduced Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea (RM80 nett per person) at The Smoke House.

Served from 3pm-6pm daily, the specially curated menu proffers canape-style bites of Fish & Chips, Chicken & Leek Pie, Mini Beef Burger and Scotch Egg. Wash the scrumptious selection down with a tankard of beer or unlimited coffee and tea.

For reservations, call The Majestic Hotel KL, tel: 03-2785 8000 or visit www.majestickl.com

Sunday, December 03, 2017

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY DELIGHTS FROM LE MERIDIEN PUTRAJAYA



‘Tis the season to be feasting and Executive Chef Liou Chong Yaw together with his team at Le Meridien Putrajaya plan to go to town with an expansive spread to celebrate the Yuletide.

Headlining the hotel’s festive menu will be Mom’s Turkey & Sweet Onion Pie - a cherished family recipe Chef Liou obtained from his Eurasian friend in Melaka. The pie’s super-flaky buttery pastry crust had us enthralled at first bite; its savouriness yielding to the delicate caramelised sweetness of onion and melding delightfully with shredded turkey, peas and mushroom. Do keep your eyes peeled for this scrumptious pie at Latest Recipe, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant when you're there.
According to Executive Chef Liou, the Le Meridien team will focus mainly on Christmas specialities from Europe and America but he also challenged them to go beyond traditional boundaries.

That was how they got us hooked on their lush umami-rich Seafood Bisque with Ginger Garlic Bread. Since I've never been big on soupy fare, I shocked myself when I lapped up the substantial serving! Blame on the yummy baton of garlic-imbued gingerbread with a slick of honey that I couldn’t resist dunking into the creamy broth.



We then found ourselves eagerly tucking into hearty portions of Christmas Roast Turkey. Chef Liou regaled us with his countless unsatisfactory turkey-roasting experiences and told us it was his American friends who taught him to brine the big bird for 48 hours with herbs, vinegar, salt, brown sugar and bay leaf prior to roasting. "I finally passed their taste test after heeding their advice." 


Proof of the pudding was definitely in the eating as most of us gobbled the moist, tender meat down with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce. Accompaniments for it included Bread Chestnut Stuffing,  Brussel Sprouts with Beef Toast, Sautéed Pumpkin, Zucchini & Baby Carrot with Parsley. 

You can also expect to sample classics like Chicken & Mushroom Pate Platter, Giant Seabass Fillet Crusted with Lemon and Cheese & Mushroom Risotto -- celebratory eats from the European continent.


These specialities were nicely acquitted too, cementing the culinary prowess of Le Meridien Putrajaya kitchen team. Even Chef Michael Wong of Le Mei Chinese restaurant rose to the occasion with his distinctive prawn and spinach creation.

Wrapping up our preview dinner on a sweet note came luscious Christmas Pudding with Fresh Vanilla Pod Sauce complemented by an Assortment of Christmas Cookie. Our verdict as we staggered home from the simple but splendid preview? Good food made with passion always wins the day and Le Meridien Putrajaya's team has proven they are ready to deliver on-point Christmas and New Year fare for your feasting pleasure.


For more information and reservations on the hotel's festive specialities and promotions this Christmas & New Year celebrations, please call Le Meridien Putrajaya, tel: 03-8689 6888. Address: Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, Putrajaya.