No, its not the counts of me doing sit-ups.. (though I really should be doing so for the amount of food I have been consuming lately…)


She is the force behind these…

And just last Saturday myself and Ken was at one of her famous soirees, where a live Jazz band played amidst free-flowing white wine and lovely canapes.

Meet one of the most successful woman entrepreneur of our decade, Michelle Kwok, with members of the Cuturrufo Jazz Band..
The Cuturrufo Jazz Band featuring Cristian Cuturrufo gave all music aficionados a taste of pure Chilean passion at the Souled Out and 7atenine on 13th and 14th March 2009.

Bought in to perform in Malaysia for the very first time with support from the Embassy of Chile, the quintet enthralled the audience with their renditions of Latin Jazz and snazzy Jazz Funk.
The band incorporated their signature beats to produce an interesting amalgamation of sounds that mesmerised the audience.
The band’s leader, Cristian Cuturrufo, is one of the most distinguished trumpeters of Latin America and is recognised as the hottest and fastest trumpeter of Chilean Jazz.
He was honoured in 2001 the Premio Altazor, a coveted prize and the most important artistic award given in Chile, as it is an award for artistes given by artistes.
Enhancing the whole event was an exhibition by renowned photographer, Gonzalo Donoso, well known for his portraits of musicians and bands. 20 of his selected works were prominently on display at SOULed Out and 7atenine on both nights.

And of course, for me the highlight of the night was…
Delightful canapes….where the flavours of the world come together in airy creations like the salmon pastry and tomato cheese puff tartlets.
Each came in a delicate small portion but were just enough for us to savour the taste.

Light as air pastry, with smooth spread of creamy fresh salmon.

Rich pecorino cheese, blended finely with sweet momotaro tomatoes, imparting a refreshing tomato-ish flavour that compliments so well with the cheese. Simple, yet delightful. Kudos to the chef.

The new menu has recently been launched as well, we have been told it was designed by celebrity Chef in Black, Emmanuel Stroobant and at helm in the kitchen is a French chef.

I think that is him (on the left) grinning from the kitchen. He seems pretty cheeky and looked amused with my picture taking activity.

I find the canapes, devised from simple original cuisine but based on unexpected textures and complexities; came froth brilliant creations like the smoked prawns and mango and chilli, or the beef, caviar and peppers.

The crunchy prawn sits atop a medley of homemade mango salsa, which was mixed with finely minced chilli & onions. Sweet yet with a slight tinge of spicyness. A hint of smokyness could be traced in the crunchy prawn.

We relished on the tender slices of juicy beef with melt-in-the-mouth textures, thanks to the marvelous pairing of creamy, mild spicy mayo with crunchy fresh capsicum that bought both a sweet and spicy flavour to each morsel. I detected a hint of black pepper as well and the luxuriant caviar topping hits all the right notes.
A single bite on the beef is recommended to enjoy the combination all at once.

Pandan chicken with a twist is what I’ll call this.
The meat seems to have been light minced, and seasoned with the spices.
What I like was the smooth & rich creamy peanut sauce, still with little nibs of nuts, but fashioned more like a spread yet with the peanut flavour intact. Again, simple original cuisine but based on unexpected textures and complexities.

Another simple yet tasty fare. Nothing great about the batter but the freshness of the fish was evident. Sweet, moist, flaky flesh got the thumbs up from us.

A favourite among our dining companions was the Tempura Fried Asparagus. The tender young stalks of asparagus was sweet and the light crisp outer batter makes eating greens a breeze.

Even our local “goreng pisang” has its moment. Drizzled with shoyu dashi, the bananas was ripely soft, sweet and came lightly battered. None of the roadstalls kind of flour of course.

Flipping through the new menu, we couldn’t resist the desserts.
Asha, the PR counterpart from Alice George Communication ordered the Pandan Yuzu cream brulee (RM15.70).
Described as classic cream brulee scented with pandan leaf & served with yuzu ice-cream.

Yuzu is basically a Japanese citrus fruit. Small pieces of rind of this fruit was in the ice-cream. While the ice-cream itself is sweet, bite into one of the rinds & you’ll find it a bit bitter, very much like our lemon rind.
The creme brulee itself is marvellous. Strong aroma of pandan and balanced sweetness level makes this dessert an absolute must.

cafe latte trifle. RM19.70
Trifle of espresso jelly, almond crumble and coffee cream topped wth ice cream.
The espresso jelly was strong and very hard. Perhaps it was meant to be so? I’m not sure. While it does not suit my palate, coffee addicts would enjoy this.

Tickets for the night was priced at RM137 per pax which included unlimited glasses of fine Chilean wine and canapes.

About 7atenine.
Since its opening in 2006, 7atenine’s reputation has surpassed expectations with locals and visitors alike for this establishment.
Conceived and designed as an ‘International Lifestyle Destination for Food, Service and Experience’, this bi-level luxury restaurant and lounge is located at the upscale Ascott Residences – a stone’s throw from the Petronas Twin Towers.

In recognition of its iconic status, 7atenine was honoured with the accolade of ‘Best Chill Out Bar of the Year 2007-2008’ and the ‘Top Ten Hot Concept of the Year 2007-2008’ at the prestigious Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA).
Their resident mixologist, Frankie, was awarded ‘Best Mixologist-Malaysia 2007’ at the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup.

Reservations: Tel: 03 2161 7789
email: [email protected]

Operational Hours:
Mon – Fri :5pm til closing
Sat : 6pm til closing

Pics credits to Ken of, where it is due.

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Selba

    What a great place… and the food looks also great 🙂

  2. cariso

    Hey, there’s not a single dish up there that I could possibly think that is not great oh! ALL look delicious!

  3. Leonard

    action lah tu rebecca.

    Makan sendiri tak ajak !

  4. thenomadGourmand

    selba: yes, all outlet by Michele serves really good grub!
    cariso: mayb the goreng pisang wasnt tht great ;p ?
    leonard: aiyo, this one invited one.i dun hv any say!

  5. 550ml jar of faith

    Wow, I am bowled over! I’d often thought of this as a drinking joint, not so much for food. The pandan chicken looks mind-blowing!

  6. babe_kl

    our fave is still souled out!

  7. Big Boys Oven

    walio! no ta pau for me lol!, shud had cross over to this one . . life can be tough juggling wth so many events in a day!

  8. thenomadGourmand

    550ml:yup, the new menu looks kinda exciting..
    babe: yeahhh..souled out is goooooddd
    BBO: heheh..ur so femez mahhh!! but DIGI there no gd food meh?

  9. sc

    food looks delectable, now that they have a new menu, it’s time to pop by again…

  10. Nic (KHKL)

    i’ve always been fascinated by the name 7atenine. pretty cool stuff there. as for the food, i’ve not tried before. hey, there’s another 7atenine in singapore too..i wonder if it’s under the same management.

  11. thenomadGourmand

    sc: me thinks so too! but expensive ya..
    Nic: hhmm..i think so it is..

  12. CUMI & CIKI

    looks lk u had a gr8 nite out;D

  13. J2Kfm

    oh so there's where Cumi & Ciki got the term "Mixologist" from … hahaha… not of the teh/kopi kind though.

    aiya, sadly we missed each other in KL last wkend. you're based in KL or Pg now? i'm confused.

  14. vialentino

    i like 789 and souled out food …never try WIP ler….must go and try one day ler…

  15. thenomadGourmand

    J2Kfm: eh? (i cant seem to stop saying that!)
    ya lorr..but nx time ur in KL or Pg let me know!
    Me in KL, but do go bk Pg to catch up w the otr floggers (if time permits) & the food!
    hehe..cant tell whr i'm based? so hence the name "nomad" hor?

    vialentino: LOL.. wish u could try WIP too! its closed alrei worr! but no worries, will re-open soon w new concpt!

  16. backStreetGluttons

    Definitely a Malaysian class act for the well heeled have arrived upper echelons !

    Every visual inch every audio frequency and every palate feel aromas as a celebrity hangout .
    Michele thy name…tho sweetly this is the first time we have heard of 789
    ( unsurprisingly being only the BSG , at ground level ! )

  17. Steven Goh

    I love the ambiance more compare to the food. It seems like the place is very cozy and warm. Next time when I go down to KL please bring me there too 🙂

  18. thenomadGourmand

    bsg: hehe.actual name is sevenatenine. ya lorr..expensive food but very fusion-ed.
    steven: just waiting fr u to come to KL!! quick quick!

  19. Life for Beginners

    Very cute shot of the chefs staring out from behind the kitchen counter, hehe.

    Btw, I believe there is a 7atenine branch in Singapore too, @the Esplanade?

  20. CRIZ LAI

    Your post gave me quite a good idea on what I should do with my can of terrine aubergine I got from France 😛

  21. thenomadGourmand

    criz: can of what???

  22. fatboybakes

    wow, the spread looks superb. hmm, i’ve had mixed experiences at 789. its quite expensive also right?

  23. cariso

    yup! u are right! :p

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