The tables are set and awaiting the arrival of the evening’s guests. Spearheading the modern hotel movement in KL, Aloft KL Sentral boasts minimalistic architectural designs with a hint of the psychedelic 70s with Nook carrying the same compelling theme into its concept. Sleek coloured glass and bright lime green padding accentuate the industrial steel columns and pillars. It’s certainly not your run-of-the-mill premium dining venue, when you walk in you’ll know you’re in for something out of the ordinary. At the MIGF Festival Menu preview, this was exactly how the invited guests felt as they arrived at the Aloft KL Sentral. Distinguished guests of the evening included Viscount Henri de Chezelles and Viscountess May Lin de Chezelles; Chairman of Asia Bioenergy Technologies Bhd, Dato’ Simon Wong and his wife, Datin Michelle Gam; Managing Director of FAL Group, Dato’ Shamsul Falak and his wife, Datin Suraya Falak; Deputy Chairman of Melewar Holdings, James Beltran and his wife, Carmen Rocio Gomez; Malaysian representative of fine arts auction powerhouse, Christie’s, Lim Meng Hong and her daughter, Clarrisa Chang; CEO of Mekong Eight, Julian Chin and his wife, Rebecca Chin; and celebrity blogger and freelance journalist, Kee Hua Chee. Dato’ Steve Day delivering his welcome address to the diners at the W XYZ Bar. At the start of the evening, guests were ushered to Aloft’s uniquely named W XYZ Bar for some pre-dinner drinks. Two types of beverages were served; a thirst quenching mocktail called Aloft Potion No. 9, and a cocktail of Cîroc vodka, citrus spritzer, muddled red grapes and chardonnay called Techy-tini. The preview dinners are all about great food and great company. Following a short welcome address by MIGF Organizing Chairman Dato’ Steve Day, the diners were ushered up to the first floor of Aloft where Nook resides. As per MIGF tradition, a group photo was taken before the diners were seated by Nook’s young and dynamic service team. Master Chef Steven Seow greeted and welcomed the diners and dinner was served. Nook’s Master Chef, Steven Seow (left) supervising the preparation of the evening’s dishes.Nook’s 4 course Festival Menu. The starter for the evening was the smoked scallop Umai sushi, duck confit with pomegranate and yogurt sphere accompanied by a glass of Villa Maria Chardonnay from New Zealand. Next came the mains, the Sarawak lobster and abalone Laksa with organic soba noodles accompanied by the Leffe Blond beer. This was followed by the Wagyu beef Rendang, farm vegetables, Achar Jelatah and tumeric coconut rice accompanied by a glass of Australian Madfish Shiraz. For each dishes served, Chef Steven was present to brief the diners on how he prepared the respective dishes. Sarawak Lobster and Abalone Laksa with Organic Soba Noodles. In between dishes, Dato’ Steve Day entertained the diners with his traditional introductions of each guest. His humour-infused banter kept the evening lively and full of laughs and applause. Wagyu Beef Rendang, Farm Vegetables, Achar Jelatah and Tumeric Coconut Rice; Eight Treasures Ais Kacang. The dinner came to an end with the Eight Treasures Ais Kacang dessert. The overall sentiment of the diners with regards to the evening’s dishes was nothing short of positive. Viscount Henri de Chezelles gave high praises for the main dishes, “the Wagyu beef Rendang was excellent, and the Sarawak Lobster was just perfect. Everything exudes quality. It is nice to discover this restaurant, it definitely deserves repeat visits,” he said. Viscountess May Lin de Chezelles was equally delighted with the dishes, especially the Lobster Laksa, “Laksa is my favourite Malaysian dish. Looking at Chef Steven’s past experiences with an American and a Scottish chef along with his Parisian training; he has come back reinventing a very popular local dish, what a great fusion! Quelle finesse!” she said enthusiastically.
Viscount Henri de Chezelles and Viscountess May Lin.
Datin Michelle Gam and Dato’ Simon Wong.
From left: Datin Su Wai Fun, Datin Lee Nai Yee, Rebecca Chin and Julian Chin.From left: Patrick McVeigh, James Beltran, Hon Tian Haur and Kee Hua Chee. CEO of Mekong Eight, Julian Chin was very impressed with the dinner, “the dishes were full of surprises, they were… ‘titillating’, if I may use that word,” he jokingly said with a laugh. Celebrity blogger, Kee Hua Chee also shared his thoughts on the evening’s dining experience, “It was an authentic, original and yet, unique dining experience. You see, people usually thinks that local Malaysian food like Nasi Lemak and Ais Kacang have no place in premium dining but Chef Steven Seow has proven us all wrong! The Eight Treasures Ais Kacang was so unique partly because of the way it was presented, with the syringes and all. And of course, the Nasi Lemak using Wagyu beef was totally out of this world! Also, the use of soba noodles in the Sarawak Laksa has an unusual but exotic touch. Tonight has been a very authentic experience for me,” he said. Chef Steven briefing the diners on how he prepared the evening’s dishes. As the evening came to a close, Chef Steven thanked the diners and invited them up to Aloft’s Polynesian-inspired rooftop bar, Mai Bar with more drinks for all. Dato’ Steve Day thanking Chef Steven and his kitchen and service teams for a great dinner service. Smile for the camera, everyone! Don’t miss this opportunity to taste the country’s finest International & Asian cuisine at Nook during the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival from 1st to 31st October! At RM180++ with wine and beer pairing, and RM180++ without wine and beer pairing, this is unbeatable value for money. A light menu, not inclusive of the Wagyu Beef Rendang, is also available, priced at RM160++ with wine. On top of this, Nook are offering a raft of Festival Offers, from complimentary door gifts, to beverage and room night offers, birthday surprises and future visit promotions.