Christmas Dinner @ Chalet, Equatorial Hotel KL

It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow.

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Yes, I’m stating the obvious right?

I have been very sick lately, bouts of flu and fever followed by spine-numbing gastric spasms. The agony is leaving me pretty braindead lately. Turnaround time for work related matters are delayed and writing has taken a backseat, hence the lateness for some blogposts.

So really, what I want for Christmas is to be well again.

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And if I’m well enough, I would like to have a nice Christmas dinner with some friends, with gingerbread men and log cakes! 🙂

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One of the many Christmas preview dinners I had this year was at Chalet, the Swiss restaurant in Equatorial Hotel KL.

Chef de Cuisine Hafizzul Hashim designed a pretty good menu this year. If you are dining here on Christmas night, look out for the lovely Steamed black cod and Boston Bay mussels saffron veloute, leek and squid ink tagliatelle and the perfect Christmas pudding flamed with Cognac.

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The full menu is as below, priced at RM198++ per person (RM229.68nett), which is pretty standard for any Christmas dinners in town now. In addition to food, Chalet’s resident strollers, Los Muchachos will be performing while you dine. They would play your song requests if you ask nicely! 🙂

Diners will also receive homemade pumpkin cake, a digital photo and a stalk of rose for ladies.

Christmas Day Dinner

Sunday, 25th December 2011

Appetizer
Pressed terrine of Scottish smoked salmon and crab
with mesclun salad, crème fraiche and keta caviar

Note: The terrine wasn’t ready for our preview but it certainly sounds good, especially with caviar! Anyhow, our smoked salmo below was exemplary. 

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Soup
Butternut squash veloute,
sautéed shrimp and chestnut finished with parmesan foam

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Sherbet
Kir Royal sorbet

Kir Royal sorbet! Sounds “exotic'” somehow!

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Main Course
Steamed black cod and Boston Bay mussels
saffron veloute, leek and squid ink tagliatelle

Fabulous textures and I’m loving the saffron veloute which is made from fish stock base, topped with cream & simmered til thick.

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or

Tournedos of beef fillet Rosini
with Peruvian asparagus and sautéed chanterelle

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or

Roasted breast of Tom Turkey and leg stuffed balontine
with Brussels sprouts, sweet potato gratin and giblet gravy

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Dessert
Christmas pudding flamed with Cognac

The delicious christmas pudding that wasn’t diabetically sweet. I don’t think ours that night has Cognac but imagine how awesome would it be on Christmas night itself!

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or

Black and white chocolate mousse on almond sable
with orange sorbet

It was overall a very pleasant dinner and I’m glad to be back after my first visit for their MIGF menu 2011. During the MIGF dinner, I liked the seafood better than the meats, and same goes for the Christmas menu this time round.

The turkey was a tad too dry but the stuffing was delicious (according to my dining partners) while my beef fillet; though pink, lacked the flavour I thought that could have made it shone.

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Business hours at the Chalet are from 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm daily. For reservations, please call Chalet at 03 2161 7777 ext 8333.

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But of course Christmas Eve is not forgotten! A unique festive Swiss 6 course menu for the eve consisted of Tournedos of Veal fillet Brillat-Savarin with potato mouseline and wilted spinach or the grilled Atlantic halibut with Peruvian asparagus, saffron potatoes, citrus and basil jus among other dishes.

For bubbly, join Chalet’s traditional European brunch, priced at 198++ per adult (inclusive free flow of wines) and RM88++ per child on Chrstmas day itself.

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Plan ahead for New Year too while you’re at it, and check out Chalet’s New Year’s Eve Set Dinner that comes with masquerade party pack, digital photo and a stalk of rose for ladies.
It is priced at RM315++ per person starts from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. The New Year’s Day Set Dinner is priced at RM198++ per person that offers a scrumptious five course menu.

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So  please call Chalet at 03 2161 7777 ext 8333 for further details or for any inquiry that you may have!

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Merry Christmas everyone!!

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