After having my eyes dazzled & brains fuzzled (with the prices) during the media tour (POST HERE –check out the brilliant craftmanship of the watches & jewelleries) , we were treated to a scrumptious dinner at Shook! KL.
Not just another western dinner; mind you, but a superbly executed fusionised menu, with clever amalgamation of local ingredients & western presentation, such as the “sushi” in the amuse bouche below.
Amuse Bouche – Serunding Maki, Satay Kajang.
Creamy Quail Soup Scented with Fennel and Daun Soup.
Robust, herb-ish and of stew-ish consistency; the soup warmed our tummies with its intruiging flavours, a tad spicy, slightly creamy & hearty.
The Steamed Tenggiri Dumpling pays tribute to our local “Otak-otak” while Spicy Fillet of Siakap with Sambal Pedas was superbly fresh, blanketed by a spicy & sour sauce that paired marvellously with the sweet flesh of the siakap.
The best mashed potatoes I had this year was on this plate.
A small mound, torched at the top to be the “skin”, encasing the fluffy and buttery mash within.
The rendang sauce was robust and bold, aromatic & infused with a subtle yet discernible mixed of spices. The simple grilled beef was well-done, not how I preferred my beef, yet I find it ok with the sauce. Perhaps the bold sauce helped to mask the beefy flavour.
Berangan goreng, Pengat Nangka, Dodol Melaka, Maple Anglaise.
The square chocolate- colour cube above is the dodol and it’s a very good one! Firm and chewy, with the unmistaken aroma of palm sugar, it’s totally addictive with the fresh coconut shreds. Below is the Pisang berangan, almost akin our pisang goreng (banana fritters) sitting in a pool of Maple Anglaise.
This was oversweet, but other than that minor grouse, I like the chewy sago and creamy rich coconut milk.
I must say kudos to the chefs, mainly Chef Wai, Chef Johan and his team at Shook!. Dinner was executed perfectly, with each ingredient in each dish in harmony with each other, making each course a worthy dish to savour.
Shook! KL, Starhill Gallery,
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03 2782 3855
A Journey Through Time IV will run from 2 to 11 December (10 am to 10 pm) at the Starhill Gallery. The highly anticipated Starhill Gallery Watch of the Year award ceremony will be held on the last day of the event – 11 December – with a show from renowned Australian songstress Deltra Goodrem.
For enquiries about A Journey Through Time IV kindly contact +603-2782 3855 or log on to www.ajourneythroughtime.com.my
All pictures taken with the Panasonic GF1. Still a lot to learn of its function to achieve the shots I want.