Every exclusive dinner have their own trademark theme, and I must say that second time being invited to Hennessy X.O Appreciation Night 2013 is another memorable night. Looking back at the pictures, I still remember how the food taste when Chef Edward Lee came over last year (click here). Cannot deny that the team really pull the whole event into another level, as when I received their classic invitation card I am already looking forward the event, as it mention are going on little trip “Spirit of Conquest” by taking guests on a specially crafted journey of the past, present and future of the original cognac.
At first, it makes me wonder, how this whole thing would be as the location is at Chin Woo Stadium.
Upon my arrival, all our cars are taken care by the jockey service and I am totally surprise to see that they actually build up a mock up ship for this dinner. Then only realise this is how we going for a conquest.
First of all, of course we have to check in and verify ourselves. .
and happy to see Bangsar Babe and her husband Rif are into this cruise. . 😀
Out of my expecatation, I get to see some Uni friends in this event with Sampson, Vincent and Wife. .
Of course first thing first, that we are being treated with unlimited amount of Hennessy X.O.
As walking into the room, they have converted the whole look and feel into classic old sailing ship
Leather cushion and classic painting are being place into the room to make up the ambiance even better.
A world map to show where are we heading later.
As we were called into the dining area, and walk thru the walkway, this totally caught my attention as we are actually dining above a stunning floating platform on water, to make it looks like actually we are in a ship.
With the dinning area are well decorated with huge screens are being place at the side and front to make it like a ship window ..
Transparent panel as walkway that makes it looks like we are actually sailing on sea and projection images on the screen are showing we are actually docking at a modern city at the moment.
Reading at the menu for the night, its all very unique and cant wait to dip into the dishes.
With the official Emceeing is Will Quah which is no stranger to all of us .
Right before the dinner, we were shown a glimpse of what to expect for the night, with video presentation on the screen, showing little history of Hennessy follow by journey of Chef Lee Anne Wong with Hennessy X.O.
Nevertheless, it start off by Chef Lee will introduce us on her dishes, and how do we pair it with X.O after that.
First to be on the table is Parisian Regalia, a foie gras flan with duck confit, green apple and Frisee lettuce.
It look rather plain when being serve and I am very curious how does it taste like, and it did surprise me that foie gras is cook to perfection as a simple cut on the cube that makes it burst with flavour in smell and taste. It just melts into the mouth and to drink a sip of neat X.O, it makes the taste even more robust. A remarkable dish to kick start with.
After first dish, it gets us moving around and sharing with drinks and how do we feel about first dish. Apparently every one is impress that makes it a great kick off. Of course with some photo moments with BangsarBabe and another famous blogger Kinkybluefairy.
Another thing that caught my attention is when the first dish is done, the screen of all the panels change to sea view like we are sailing to another place and it is just right, that we are now sailing to China which is our next destination.
Golden Crab and Corn Soup
with golden crab and corn soup with caviar, lime and coriander accents.
Then I put in the whole spoon and stir it into the soup. A great combination that makes the soup sweet, bitting off chunks of crab meat and corn along with ebiko that makes it bursting feeling. Had a sip of X.O mix with a bit water and brings out great aroma after taste.!
None the less manage to catch up with the guys that night ..
In China we are being pamper with classic Chinese music .. . and moments after that we set sail again to another new location.
Done with the first two light dishes, then we are serve with modern-global cuisine Western Allure, a bed of cowboy-style peanuts, with salmon place ontop looks like a sailing ship for me, and I pair it with neat X.O again. The taste brings the peanut very oak flavour and salmon is sweet after taste. Unique!
Venetian Ambrosia – Chicken with Porchini Mushroom ravioli, truffle paramesan cream is one of the best dish for the night that prepared to perfection that ravioli is al dante.
Then we have our very own little Pavoratti performance.
Looking at the menu, I am loving it as there are 2 types of dessert that going to be serve, and Mazuka Splendour first to arrive. Filled with Syrimiki Cheeze curd fritters, sour cream and dark fruit sauce. A great combination of taste with light sour berry taste and sugar and its origin from Russia.
While we are enjoying this dessert, we were entertain with Russian dance.
Last country that we are going to visit is Japan . . .
Dark Chocolate Ganache to tantilize our taste bud before nice ending of the last dessert.
Nihon Grandeur . Grapefruit gelee with cream, Grapfruit Ice, and sesame brandysnap. Taste refreshing as it looks with smooth ice and sour grapefruit gelee taste make it well balance in taste. Brandysnap is crunchy. A perfect dessert to end our wonderful meal.
Indeed it is another remarkable night with great food and friends. Chef Lee Ann Wong impress all of us with her master culinary skills with her well known modern-global fusion cuisine style. Her creation with Hennessy X.O will live in our memory. . With my friend even commented
“Bok, do you remember when we had fine at overseas? All of them taste so good and back in Malaysia cant taste any till tonight. One of the best fine dine dish she ever come across to dine in Malaysia. ” I must agree with her statement. 😀
With that, only I realize why my friend is a big fan of hers. More about her? (click here)
Special thanks to Hennessy X.O for the invitation again.