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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

 

Wow, time pass seriously fast. January is gone and Chinese New Year is this week Sunday and I believe every one already busy flock into supermarket stocking up items for CNY. Well, of course this Saturday is the reunion dinner night. Still scratching your head on where to eat if you are not cooking?

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Ti Chen Restaurant is another favorite restaurant that I would recommend for Reunion Dinner. Located inside the golf club of Saujana Hotel that brings you this another dimension. Ti Chen, which also means “Palace of Emperor” is the iconic Chinese restaurant of The Saujana Hotel.

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The interior is like classical Chinese novel “Dream of the Red Chamber”.

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I love the new ambiance of this restaurant, not only love at first sight as its a total dimension from the exterior out from this restaurant as you walk in you are flank with the modern Chinese yet with classic touch of it. A simple concept that you can blend in comfortably . .

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As for family, you are able to get a little private space in between and its unique how the make their movable wooden frame wall to separate the privacy.

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As for this year, Chef Chong Seng Lai will be presenting his favourite festive dishes in 4 special prosperity menu to usher in the Year of The Snake.  Love his cooking style that definitely make the reunion dinner better as he is more into home cook style. Along the years he manage to learn many home cook recipe and improvise it slightly to be even better.

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 Sea Bird Nest for the Yee Sang

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Many Yee Sang I have tasted and this is one of the most unique yet stood out in terms of taste. Sea bird nest slightly crunchy and fresh sweetness of fruits being added on along with chef special sour sauce in it that make it a perfect blend.

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Double-Boiled Herbal Soup with Fish Maw

Before starting the mains, its always great to have a pipping hot soup to be serve. Something light in taste to start off with. Abalone slices are chewy and its pretty huge too.

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 Oven Roasted Chicken with Homemade BBQ Dressing. Love the crips of the chicken skin and meat is soft that dipping along with the sauce is a must. Creatively the chef add this with onion rings.

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The fish is one of my favourite for the night. Fresh fish meat and the special ginger chili sauce that cook along that makes it simple and aromatic.  Steamed Red Snapper with Ginger Chilli Sauce

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Next is big succulent prawn. Asam style? Nope, its Stir Fried Tiger Prawns with Fragrant Soy Sauce. Top soy sauce quality being used to ensure that the frangrant of sauce sauce is there and well soak into the prawn while cooking.

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You can see that many Chinese restaurant would serve dish similiar to this, Braised Seasonal Vegetables with Dried Oysters & Sea Moss .

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Special Wok Fried Rice with Tobiko and Crispy Beancurd Skin is one of my favourite too. Filled with wok hei and every mouthfull is fill with slight burst of tobiko make it a perfect dish yet pair along the the dishes above is just perfect. Good enough to be satisfied.

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I have always love this Warm Nien Gou with Grated Coconut, that my mom would do it 4th day of Chinese New Year and dip alot with alot of fresh coconut slices. I prefer it in this rather than the cripsy fried. Nian Gou is perfect that its not too sweet and pair well enough.

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Stuff with lots of food above and end this meal with this big bowl of Honeydew Sago infused with Calamansi Juice. I ended up having 4 bowls of this as its very refreshing in taste and honeydew that day was sweet

Still have  yet to decide which resturant to go for Reunion dinner, Ti Chen is one of the place I would recommend if you are into homecook food with nice ambiance. As we tried the Pearl Set Dinner and comes with a bottle of red wine too. Not bad.

  • Pearl Set priced at RM988++ for a 9-course meal with 2 complimentary bottles of Misterio Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wines
  • Jade Set & Golden Set priced at RM1,180++ and RM1,388++ respectively for a 9-course meal each with a complimentary bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label Whiskey.
  • Emperor Set priced at RM2,288++ for a 9-course meal with a complimentary bottle of Hennessy VSOP.

There are also a variety of Yee Sang available a la carte from RM48++ to RM228++.

Do make your reservation to avoid any disappointment.

All dishes photo credit to Annna.net

Location:
SAUJANA HOTEL Saujana Resort,
Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS,
40150 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
T (603) 7843 1234
F (603) 7846 2789
www.thesaujanahotel.com

Love is in the air, as tomorrow would be Valentine’s Day and I believe with many of you will be hunting for nice restaurant with nice ambiance to be with your love one’s where you can do your proposal, show how much you care for that person as with our latest discovery, we have found one nice restaurant will not only you can share your romance yet also fun as translate to Thai is Sanook, Sanook Bistro and Sports Bar, a dine restaurant, bar and lounge that is hidden totally some where in LDP which located this Plaza Kelana Jaya.

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A perfect ambiance to celebrate Valentine as they have just miss out their candles and I am sure its gonna be perfect for Valentines dinner here that over look this huge lake.

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After your dinner, you can head to the bar area to chill instead of driving off to another location.

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They are able to do many of your cocktails and mocktails.

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If you guys find it bored, head upstairs to their Lounge, that have a pool table and nice music being played  …

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One of their signature is the Wood Fire Oven Pizza. Super thin crust as thin near to paper.

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The head chef himself at times overlook the quality of the pizza to make sure every pizza served out is as expectation.

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By looking at the menu, I nearly fainted, that they seriouly offer huge range of food in the menu from, Western, Italian, Local which is a good combination of Fusion serving. With this menu, you do not need to fear what he or she do not like with the range provided.

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Food Price ranging from RM8-RM80++ depends on what you order.

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Not only that, for beer lover they set their Chinese New Year Promotion with Buy 2 get 1 Free, Tiger Draught, Tiger Crystal, Kilkenny, Heineken and Guinness is in the list of offering.

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Of course I would not miss the opportunity to enjoy their draft. The wine ‘Thachi Broken Earth Cabernet Sauvignon’ is certainly recommended as I find it smooth and not very dry that can just drink it without eating food, it would be perfect for chatting session.

Their Happy hour also includes my pint RM18 (Happy Hour),  RM26 (Normal) find it quite cheap.

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Lychee Margerita . ..

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Walking Snail Escargots would be my very first time eating it. It was baked till soft inside yet very aromatic with the garlic added on. Garlic bread spread evenly with butter and slices of garlic makes it very nice and crips. Eat along with soup definately perfect!

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 Chicken Nachos – Topped with minced chicken and melted cheese. Every bite is fill with solid ingredient and I am loving it. @RM18

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Beef Nachos – Topped with minced beef and melted cheese @ RM18

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Tod Man Kung – Thai style deep fried shrimp cakes with sweet basil that pair along with my Kilkenny is just pefect @ RM24

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Sanook’s Seafood Special Pizza – Succulent chunks of shrimps, calamari and crabmeat, topped with pomodoro sauce and mozarella cheese @ RM36

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See how thin their pizza is? If you love pizza, its recommended to try out.

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 Sang Har Mee – Chinatown’s crispy noodles with wok-fried jumbo water prawns, served with braised bok choy in a rich prawn gravy @ RM38

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Yakidoori – India’s tandoori chicken with bombay onions and moroccan spices, served with a fiery chilli chutney dip @  RM10 (3 sticks) The chicken breast meat is so soft and we wonder how they marinate it till so nice. The Chutney dip is one of their own made special sauce that taste a bit sweet and sour.

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 Raviollo Braised Oxtail – Tender and juicy chunks served on a bed of saute kailan and tomato chutney, accompanied with pastille cabbage and carrot relish, and spiced with harissa shooter @ RM38

 

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Ox-tail is nice that the meat just melts in my mouth. The taste is a bit solid but certainly we are liking it. I dip it with garlic bread and the combination goes pretty well too.

 

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Grilled Chicken Breast Ala Bresse with Mushroom and Feta Cheese – Grilled to perfection with asparagus volute wrapped with beef bacon and accompanied with orange salsa, and glazed with balsamic reduction, with lentil sauce. RM25

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Deep Fried Chicken Cordon Bleu – Juicy chicken breast fried to perfection, stuffed with mozzarella cheese and smoked turkey ham, on a bed of mashed potatoes, butter veggie and tangy concase puree @ RM25, the sauce is just awesome.

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No matter where or how full am I, I am a big fan of Tiramisu – Old time Italian favourite of of sponge cookie soaked in strong coffee with mascarpone cream @ RM16. Love the taste with solid cocoa powder at the top and some kahlua at the bottom that the mascarpone and cream is so soft.

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Another desert to be recommended is their Chocolate Mud Cake – Savory mud cake with Haagen-Dazs vanilla pecan ice-cream on vanilla sauce. Mud cake is not too solid yet very soft that put into my mouth, I just love the texture of it then with every bite filled with Haagen-Dazs makes me imagine back Esther’s expression how she enjoy every bite of this desert @ RM19

We love this place and definately we are coming back for more of their food, as the quality and price are very reasonable and best of all we can have our beer also . .

Location:
Sanook
C-06 Plaza Kelana Jaya, SS17/13A, 47301,
Petaling Jaya Selangor.

Opens on Monday to Saturday (Saturdays dinner and drinks only)

For Reservation, please call 03-7877 3636 or [email protected]

GPS Coordinates:    3° 5’ 40.66” N      101° 35’ 52.61” E

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