To give guests at the book launch delicious snapshots of the recipes found in the book, we were whisked off to the Third Floor Gallery at JW Marriott Hotel KL for a sumptuous dinner.
From Gonbei San, crispy chunks of Soft Shell Maki and Kaki Agebonoyaki; an artful layering of contrasting textures but harmonious flavours lulled us into believing we were in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Reeling us in after that was the prized catch of Steamed Fillet of Saltwater Barramundi with Bird's Eye Chilli, Roasted Baby Eggplant and Pumpkin Sauce from Fisherman's Cove. It was a showcase of subtle, delicate nuances occasionally punctuated by the fieriness of tiny chilli bits. Nice and memorable.
Gariguette Strawberries in A Crunchy Pastry with Light Vanilla Cream was my favourite dish by far that night but heck, I'm a sweet-toothed mama so this really hit the spot for me. Paired with a glass of chilled Italian prosecco, it was enough to send me up to cloud nine.
We went home happily replete, totting a goodie bag filled with a comp copy of A Perennial Feast. For those who are keen to lay their hands on a copy, find it at Kinokuniya, Borders, MPH Bookstores, Times the Bookshop and WH Smith. It's priced at RM125 per copy.