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Neo Tamarind has never been a stranger to me, as the place is pretty well know for its ambiance and food that many occasions I see my friend are there for dinner. Nevertheless, this round we are here for Cape Mentelle wines tasting & pairing. I am lucky to received my first direct wine pairing dinner invitations for this round.

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The restaurant is located on the busy street of Jalan Sultan Ismail or next to a huge Merc showroom.

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NEO Tamarind is best described as ‘the new zen’. Imaginative NEO Tamarind-cuisine the defies rules, borderless food designs will arouse your palate. Filled with statue, galactic bar with a chic & cosy luxe lounge for lazy weekend afternoons. A place that won many awards that bring you to another dimension.

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as we arrive, we are being treated with first bottle of wine which turns out to be me and Cheng Yi’s preferred bottle from this wine range.

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Before the dinner, we can enjoy the Blind wine tasting being prepare for us and I won my self a bottle of my favourite wine back –

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012

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Upon arrival of many guest, I am honour to be in here with the rest famous blogger, KYspeaks, KampungboyCityGirl, Evelyn, Cheng Yi , & another blogger that I love to read when comes to wine & Whisky is Ei Ling (which I forgot to take pic with her)

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A bit on Cape Mentelle as the winery takes its name from the nearby Cape, named by the French ‘Baudin Expedition’ which charted the coast of Western Australia in 1801. They named the Cape after two notable French scientists, geographer Edmund and his cartographer brother Francois-Simon Mentelle, who lived in Paris in the early 1700’s.

In the early years David Hohnen experimented with grape varieties including shiraz, cabernet, zinfandel, sauvignon blanc and semillon. Many of these original plantings are the source of the distinctive wines that have come to characterise Cape Mentelle. The winery’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced primarily from the original Wallcliffe Vineyard.

In 1983 Cape Mentelle won the coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Award for the best one year old dry red wine, and cemented its position as a premium wine maker with another win in 1984. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is now widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading cabernets.

Another great fact finding that I discover is Cloudy Bay, from New Zealand is actually another favourite wine that I enjoy from that vineyard. Cloudy Bay won world recognition with its Sauvignon Blanc. Cape Mentelle meanwhile developed a stylish Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend that was to become another benchmark of the Margaret River region, and a Chardonnay sourced from vineyards outside the estate.

Today Cape Mentelle, as part of Estates & Wines (owned by Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton), continues to build on its solid foundations. There are more than 150 hectares under vine and the winery crushes about 1,700 tonnes of fruit from the estate vineyards and contract-grown fruit sourced from within the region.

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We have 5 flavours to test tonight.

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The dining area is simply elegant that nicely decorated with white roses, little table lamp and candles.

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 Menu for the night is rather simple . .

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Best of all, we are dining together with Ashley Wood to enlighten us with his knowledge on the wine that we will be tasting tonight. He is  born and raised in Western Australia, growing up in the Swan Valley and the Perth foothills. He is passionate about the region and in particular the Margaret River terroir. Ash firmly believes that the superb quality of the fruit grown in Margaret River is a unique reflection of this. Ashley travelled extensively overseas and during this time visits to Bordeaux and Alsace fuelled an interest in grape growing. On his return home he enrolled to study for a Bachelor of Viticulture at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales. Ash then spent 12 years working in vineyards in Margaret River before joining the team at Cape Mentelle just in time for the 2007 harvest.

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First glass pouring on the table starts off with Chardonnay 2011, on first sip it is filled with fresh youthful palate with flavours of lime, pear and grapefruit, as further drinking it, it leads to lemony and pear flavours

Pairing with first dish, Steam Cod with coconut sauce it sounds weird to me but after a few bite and with a sip of wine, it turns out to be paired very well, with refreshing end. Interesting.

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Carbernet Merlot 2010 first smells with tobacco and plum skins. . Find it is medium to full bodied palate with soft and elegant tannins ends with fresh fruit characters. Find it easy to drink for a red.

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Roasted Chicken served with Garlic Bulb, Whipped Potato, Apple Sauce with Chicken Jus

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The roasted chicken is done pretty good, not too dry yet moist and eating along with  the grilled garlic bulb was a bomb and the aftertaste aroma of its is fragrant. On the night itself, the garlic bulb make a highlight on my table as every one is enjoying it.

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Next pairing is Roasted Duck Breast served with Red Cabbage Puree & Mustard Sauce and Shiraz 2011

Duck is rather disappointing as its abit overdone and chewy. . Shiraz is always pretty easy for me to recognise with its mild peppery or spices taste as I am not really a fan of this range. However it has light sweet end with spicy finishing.

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 Last to pair with meat is Grilled Beef Tenderloin served with Eryngii Mushroom, Scallion Oil & Beef Jus with

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 

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Although the meat looks red and overall I enjoy the wine more than the food, maybe is because I had good steak for past weekend.

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Among the red, I like Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 cuz its full bodied and dry end. The taste is strong with mild oak influence. It is best paired with red meat.

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For dessert, we were serve Green Tea Creme Brulee 

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My favourite wine from this vineyard for white Souvignon Blanc 2012 so easy to drink with light fruity end and can continue drinking non stop, along by recommending Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. I love my red to have dry end as I love dry wine.

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Its a great night indeed and fun to learn so many things about wine. Seated along with Cheng Yi and KampungboyCitygirl and Chong (Brand Ambassador for MHD)

Menu for Tamarind Hills A La Carte Menu

Locations:

NEO Tamarind
19, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
(NEO Tamarind is close on Sundays)

Tel: +603 2148 3700

 

Good food is definitely hard to find, more ever those that you found and like, quality to maintain is another challenge. One place definately did not let us down so far is Sanook Bistro and Spots Bar never let us down so far, even we patron this place numerous time as normal customer, the consistantcy of food is there. I have blog about this place before last year (click here). This restaurant is actually a hidden restaurant right in Kelana Jaya yet overlook the lake.

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As for football fans, its will be a great place to hang out too, with huge screen special beer promo and ample parking around the area. As for this year, the Godfather had decided its time to change its food menu and came out with interesting food range that never fail to impress us.

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I am totally impress with their wine menu, as this is the first time I came across a restaurant that write the characteristic of the wine and description of drinking. A totally perfect menu for me that I always have difficulties in looking for my bottle of wine yet asking the waiter/waitress they would not know what to recommend.

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As its still early, we decided to chill with their signature Margarita @ RM11. A glass that is not too strong, with perfectly blend ice filled with salt at the glass and a slice of lemon. I ended having 2 glass. 😀

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Jeng Jeng JEng.. here is the new menu, a unique way of capturing attention with chef special and road sign being install as a main attention grabber icon in the menu. BY many unique names and description in the menu have the attraction to attack us by telling us everything is good. – Dangerous!

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Gyro Lamb Pita @ RM18 – Sliced boneless marinated lamb leg with veggies & black olives, stuffed in fresh homemade pita bread packets, with special yoghurt mint mint sauce. It look rather simple like any other pita bread that I am having. With first bite, lamb being well marinated and burst with flavor as the taste is even better when you dip with their yogurt mint.

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Spicy Mermaid Salad @ RM22

For greens lover, something light to go after with seafood then it is filled with Sauteed tiger prawns & calamari rings tossed with roasted capsicums, asparagus, cubed Japanese cucumbers & romaine lettuce in Sanook’s special house dressing.

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I prefer Moogus Salad @ RM22

Grilled Sirloin Beef & Asparagus tossed with wild rocket salad topped with parmesan cheese and roasted red capsicums in house special dressings. As its just simple and I always prefer meat over seafood in salad. 😀

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Kim Yang Lamb Cutlets @ RM52

Kim’s favorite lamb cutlets coated in Korean Spices, charbroiled to perfection & accompany with Korean Kimchi. As unique as the name could tell you, this lamb certainly is one of a recommended dish in the menu. Marinated to perfection and cook to well that the meat is tender and juicy. Sauce is totally unique and nearly bone licking good.

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Masala Rib Eye @ RM42

Prime cuts of beef rib eye (250 gram) coated with chef’s special mix of garam masala, grilled to perfection and accompany by vegetable kebabs.

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A mix for us sometimes would be good as it give you the option. Again the sauce is the main item not to be miss to dip.

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Sotong Otak Otak @ RM30

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Grilled whole squid (250 grams) stuffed with prawn otak otak (spicy prawn paste), served with sambal tumis , pilaf rice, garden greens, garnished with prawn crackers, almond & fried shallots

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When I saw this in the menu, I told myself I must order this – Espresso ChickenRM25. Something its totally unique and first time I came across.

Tender chicken chop with espresso honey glazed and then roasted to perfection & served with pomelo salad, corn mojo, citrus bean salsa paired with tortilla chips. Sauce on the chicken is just amazing.

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Teriyaki Char Siew @ RM22 – Tenderly broiled chicken, brushed with special sweet soy sauce marinate, garnished with piquant plum sauce & green onions served with herbal pilaf rice

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Tom Yum Goong Pisek @ RM29 – Soup lover that love tomyum, its bad that you miss this soup as the owner himself is nearly half Thai and very particular of his soup that he needs to ensure that the soup stays authentic as possible whereby what he prefer. Spicy enough to make you go numb for a while, sourish enough to my level and a perfect companion with rice.

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I always told myself, I am going to skip their pizza this round yet I always end up ordering. SPICY THAI MANGO TUNA PIZZA. They are well famous for their hand tossed thin crust pizza. @ RM 33

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In this bar, their firewood pizza is also one of their signature item that must not miss, home made thin crust with generous filling is always a must with beer while watching football. This is totally new flavour, weird by its name but taste good in your mouth.

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Some of you might not like the sesame seed like me as I do not prefer the taste yet the aroma of lamb help me pair off the taste well. Sesame Honey Lamb Pizza @ RM35

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Marie’s Crepe Suzette @ RM17 – Freshly pan fried french crepes flavored with creamy fresh orange juice and citrus zest. Orange zest taste might be a bit strong especially taste of orange skin taste is very visible but when comes to desert its hard for me to say no. crepes are thick in a mouthful bite are just nice and orange pairs it well yet a scoop of ice cream would me it perfect!

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Every one went crazy of this Henry’s mud cake @ RM11. Serve pippin hot, small portion enough to satisfy your desert crave or end your dinner in style that mud cake is moist with warm chocolate in it.

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After reading the post, might sound that I have like praised nearly everything, well, this is the Sanook Bistro that we are expecting as it never fail us with their consistant food quality as I have mention and the chef behind all these food are just amazing to make every portion right and perfect. As far as I know their new menu is amazing.

Good for you to give it a try.

*Pork Free

Location:
Sanook Bistro and Sports Bar
C-06, Plaza Kelana Jaya, SS 7/13A,
Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: 03-7877-3636

http://www.sanooking.com

Last week was a great week that we got invited over for a session at Mezzanine Bar & Lounge at Prince Hotel. It was more like a blogger gathering to us as it was the usual faces that turn up for that night, with our all time great host, Shirley.

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This lounge indeed a great place to meet up with friends and business partners to chat for the day as the place is very comfort and the people working there are very attentive.

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If you feel that you needed to be pampered more, you can just open a bottle of wine and cigars to makes you feel better, then Fidel’s is one of the place you would not want to miss.

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Classy, chill and relax with a pool table ready for your action.

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At Mezzanine Bar & Lounge, it serves a wide selection of cognacs, armagnacs, cocktails and wines, as well as a daily morning and afternoon tea.

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‘Fizzy Bacardi with Strawberries ‘

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We were then got a chance on preview of Venezuelan Appertizer which is happening at Prince Hotel this week. ‘Prawn Cocktail and Cheesy Stick’

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While enjoying our finger food for the night, we were carried away by Soul Intent with their jazz performance.

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As the jazzy performance started not long, we were mesmerize by the voice of their lead singer Ms.Atilia Sarani, the lead singer of Soul Intent, with more booze flowing down, some of us even requested some songs and only get to know that she merged as the weekly champion of Sinaran Passport Kegemilangan 92 and also one of the top 10 finalists for Malaysian Idol Season Two.

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With a great night like that, a glass of red wine, sit down and chat with the rest of the people is something that me and Ken really enjoy.

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A great night like that would not be fun without this group of friends, with some great photo shots that I borrow from Uli.

Soul Intent Performance
7.30pm to 11.30pm (Mon – Thurs)
8.30pm to 12am (Fri & Sat)

Location:
Mezzanine Bar & Lounge
Address: Level 2, Grand Lobby, Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603 2170 8888
http://www.princehotelkl.com/

In the true tradition of Chinese New Year, family harmony is essential during the eve of the auspicious day. It is a symbol of every one of the family member getting to sit on a table to have a reunion dinner and gather to usher the CNY together.

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To make every reunion dinner special, Swiss Hotel had come out with a special 9-course dinner to celebrate, at a stylish ambience at their very new Grand Hibiscus Ballroom and its only available on this very eve of CNY.

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Chef Ow, had specially design all the 9-course signature dinner to make it more meaning full by eat of the set dinner symbolize a Chinese character, representing Abundance (Salmon Yee Sang platter to ‘lou sang’), Happiness (Golden Shark’s Fin), Prosperity (Braised Black Mushoom with Fish Maw and Dried Mushroom), Harmony, Power, Wealth, Fruitfulness and Togetherness. This are all the traditional recopies infuse with a modern touch. This exclusive dinner also includes a bottle of wine priced at RM888++ per table of ten.

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Besides that, the chefs have prepared a variety of Yee Sang, such as Jelly fish Yee Sang, Seasoned Scallop Finger Yee Sang, Salmon Yee Sang, and Australian Abalone Yee Sang. The Yee Sang is priced from RM38++ onwards.

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The Pastry Chef is good at his field.

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Besides having a choice of reunion dinner, they do offer another version which is The Prosperity Buffet Dinner which is available at Flavors Restaurant where their whole culinary team has prepared an array of special Chinese New Year Cuisine with some are their regular favorites. Guest will be delighted with dishes such as Steamed Chicken with Arrow Root, ‘Pei Pah’ Roasted Duck, Dim Sum Stalls, Deep Fried ‘Nien Koh’, Fish Stomach and Dried Oyster in Superior Sauce all which is on rotational basis. The ‘Wing Wah Fu Kui’ or Braised Black Mushroom, Dried Oyster and Tau Kan on a bed of Fatt Choy is also party of the dinner’s menu.

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All the dinners start from:
Prosperity Buffet Dinner
1st-12th Feb 2010
6.30pm-10.30pm
RM 68++ Adult
RM 38++ Children

CNY Reunion Buffet Dinner
13th Feb 2010 (Saturday)
6.30pm-10.30pm
RM 98++ Adult
RM 38++ Children

CNY Lo Hei Buffet Dinner
14th & 15th Feb 2010
6.30pm-10.30pm
RM 88++ Adult
RM 38++ Children

CNY Lo Hei Brunch
14th-16th, 20th&21st, 27th&28th Feb 2010
12Noon-5pmpm
RM 58++ Adult
RM 28++ Children

It was a great dinner on that night, great food and great laughter with Linda and Ah Bee and definately thanks to you guys for hosting us, also BBO.

Location:
Swiss Garden Hotel
117, Jalan Pudu,
55100 KL

Tel:03-2141 3333

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