Exuding a casual sophistication, 2OX is KL’s latest French bistro which has firmly made a mark on the recently renovated Asian Heritage Row. The moment one steps into this Parisian-inspired eatery, one feels right at home with its white-tiled walls, warm golden lights and wooden furnishings, complete with quaint watercolour paintings of people dining and dancing on the walls. Bar area Lively jazz music plays in the background, inviting you to unwind and let your hair down. At one end of the restaurant-cum-bar, a long white-clothed table decorated with arranged flowers was set up for the guests of the first MIGF publicity dinner of the 2016 Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival. Dinner to be served! As the hour ticked towards dinnertime, guests slowly trickled in, familiar faces along with some newer ones. Festival Advisory Committee member and long-time advocate of MIGF Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah Binti Al-Marhum Tuanku Ja’afar arrived early with her husband Tunku Kecil Besar Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar bin Tunku Mustapha to enjoy some pre-dinner canapés. Joining them was Campbell Tupling and his wife, here for their first MIGF dinner, ENRA Group Chairman Datuk Ali Abdul Kadir, Dato’ Lee Jin Bok, Dato’ Tan Hoe Pin and Mahameru Director/Consultant Cardiologist Dr. Beh Chor Khim among others. Datuk Lee Jin Bok, Dato’ Steve Day, Katja Behrend, Lesley Bugg, Jeffrey Perera and Dr Beh Chor KhimHarald Behrend, Sooria Perera, Datin Nancy Gan and Dato’ Tan Hoe PinEscargo canapesKatja Behrend, Datin Su Wai Fun and Tunku DaraDato’ Tan Hoe Pin, Tunku Kecil Besar Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar bin Tunku Mustapha, Campbell Tupling and Jeffrey Perera Owners of the restaurant Datuk Iain Lo and Datin Sainy Chun were also present, and as they welcomed guests they also revealed the meaning behind the name 2OX, (both owners were born in the Chinese zodiac Year of the Ox) and how the restaurant is their second venture after the highly successful Maison Française. Datin Sainy Chun, Dato’ Steve Day and Datuk Iain Lo discussing the inspiration behind 2OX Following a brief opening speech by MIGF Organising Chairman Dato’ Steve Day in which he congratulated the couple on their beautifully decorated restaurant, the party adjourned to the table, sitting down to enjoy the amuse bouche of fried oxtail meatball served in a hearty tomato sauce. Amuse Bouche of Fried Oxtail in a Provencal Broth The beef tongue salad came next, a surprisingly light and refreshing mix of ingredients served with foie gras that Gabriela Tupling was very fond of. When the second starter of beetroot salad and Fourme d’Ambert cheese was served, everyone commented on the beautiful presentation. Tunku Dara and Dato’ Tan Hoe Pin were both delighted with the dish, both being avid cheese lovers. Chef Lescouezec meticulously plates the first starterFirst Starter of Beef Tongue Salad, Leek Vinaigrette and Foie GrasBeetroot Salad, Fourme d’Ambert Cheese, Green Apple, Walnut The first main course of butternut squash barley’s pearl risotto was another astonishing mix of flavours and proved to be quite the crowd-pleaser; the contrast between the slightly tougher-textured risotto a perfect match for the seared scallops on top. Butternut Squash Barley’s Pearl Risotto with Glazed ScallopGabriela Tupling But no one was more excited for the second main course of braised lamb shank than Jeffrey Perera, who commented on its tender-ness and its brilliant pairing with the cauliflower puree, with just an edge of saltiness from the eggplant caviar. Braised Lamb Shank, Cauliflower Puree and Eggplant Caviar Last but certainly not least, the dessert was served to the collective approval of each diner. The best part of this sweet ending was that it tasted as amazing as it looked; a decadent mix of cream, raspberry and crumble, with a refreshing spoon of lemon sorbet on the side. Lemon Curd and Crumble After dinner, Dato’ Steve called for the guests to give a round of applause to Chef Lescouezec Florent and his team, who had been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure all went smoothly. Tunku Dara also took to the microphone to say a few words, telling everyone how much she enjoyed the food, remarking on how the change of the Festival name to Gastronomy was a clever decision. “I feel it is more apt, as it allows us to try places like this bistro, which is not quite fine dining, but it is still fine food worthy of recognition,” she added. A final thank you to the 2OX team Thanks to its welcoming ambience and authentic French flavours, we have no doubt 2OX will be soon marching its way into the hearts of KL diners. Satisfied diners of the 2OX Publicity Dinner The full Festival Menu is available at 2OX for RM150 nett per person without wine, or RM230 nett with wine pairings included. To read the full Festival Menu, click here, and click here to read more about Chef Lescouezec Florent. For more information on 2OX head to two-ox.com.