Yesterday’s heavy downpour didn’t dampen the spirits nor the festive flair for the opening Gala Night of MIGF (Malaysia International Gourmet Festival) 2014.
VIPs, invited esteemed guests, celebrated chefs, media and the whos-and -whos of the F & B industry congregated in the grand convention centre to celebrate their love for food.
28 restaurants participated this year and every menu has its specialities.
As usual lamb and beef (even dry aged and wagyu) are popular. Cod, red snapper, tuna, salmon and prawns makes up most of the seafood varieties. Abalones,
Marini’s on 57 served a mean risotto with generous shaves of truffles, prepped ala minute by Chef Fabio. It was totally worth the 2 Gourmet Dollars!
Below: Chef Fabio whipping up dishes ala-minute.
The only restaurant offering VEAL is Ltitude Restaurant, Bar & Lounge from the Genting Club. The smoked veal tenderloin was wonderful in a field where bovine ribs, loins and cheeks are common.
The chinese restaurants offers their prized delicacies of abalones and herbs while the western counterparts wow-ed with truffles, foie gras and King and Alaskan crabs.
A few local twists such as the 12 hours sous vide Sambal Beef Tongue and Tendon served with Percik Sauce and AChar Crudite (from Nook, Aloft) and a “deconstructed” chendol from Signature By The Hill (The Roof, 1st Avenue) reminded us that our local cuisine can be exciting if we give it due attention.
Based on what I’ve sampled that night; (which is by no means the whole menu of each restaurant) I have to say Tanzini is definitely one to watch out for.
Chef Eugene served French snails (the only booth that features snails), in-house aged steak and a very interesting fish dish.
Pan Fried French Snails in Butter & Parsley, Acidulated Lotus Root, Truffle Jus, Onion Cardboard.
In House 28 Day Dry Aged Striploin, Catalan Pistachio & Beetroot Crus, King Trumpet-Artichokes, Salted Egg “Souffle”.
I had this before during the Tanzini and Cape Mentelle degustation lunch and it’s good!
Link –> http://www.rebeccasaw.com/lunch-cape-mentelle-degustation-cameron-murphy-estate-director-tanzini-gtower/
Tanzini’s Home Bred Giant Tiger Grouper, Locally Spiced Custard, Carrot Leaves Salsa, Asparagus.
I love this and had 2 servings! The tiger garoupa is “home-bred” meaning that it came from the farm that shares the same owners as the restaurant (Tanzini has a farm-to-table concept so most of their seafood/greens/poultry are sourced directly from local suppliers).
Each fillet of fish has otak-otak (that’s the locally spiced custard) within its folds and Chef Eugene will spoon freshly prepped aubergine, onions and chipotle sauce over it just prior to serving.
Chambers and Graze from KL Hilton is set to wow with their specialty of dry-aged meats (and seafood) in various cuts prepared via their unique Robatayaki grill or over Japanese charcoal.
Sri Lankan fare is featured for the first time by Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar. Expect Sri Lankan crab curry, lamb in spices and the addictive Egg Appam.
Overall, Aliyaa’s MIGF menu clocks in at the most economical at RM88++ per pax while Marini’s on 57 (no surprise) is most costly at RM1, 157++ per pax and The Olive (up in Genting) at RM1, 288 nett.
So mark your diary for the 2-day Taste MIGF– the Spectacular Preview Event for the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, which will be held at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September.
offers you and your entire family the chance to indulge in a Super Gourmet Safari in the Theatre of Cuisines, where all the Festival restaurants are gathered to serve up delectable morsels from their specially created Festival menus, using Gourmet Dollar in exchange for whatever you like.
**Gourmet Dollars valued at RM5 each and sold in booklets of 10. Purchase at venue or buy in advance online.
Epicure International Gourmet Village.
Shop for the best products at the Epicure International Gourmet Village where more than 80 gourmet food and beverage vendors sell everything from fine wines to exquisite cheeses, and a wealth of other mouth-watering delicacies from around the world.
Live cooking demonstrations and wine tasting conducted by some of the vendors give everyone a chance to sample their products before making a wise buy.
For the MasterChef wannabes in us; the Epicure Lifestyle Workshops offers no less than 40 appreciation workshops and cooking classes conducted back to back, from noon till evening, on Saturday and Sunday.
The cooking classes are conducted by Festival Master Chefs and guest chefs from 5-star hotels; whereas appreciation classes are facilitated by top notch experts in their respective fields, sharing their knowledge to visitors at Taste MIGF.
So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Sunway Convention Centre is where all the action is! 🙂
For full list of restaurants and the menus –> http://www.migf.com/restaurant-list/2014