It seemed like a tall order – three restaurants in one night – but an evening at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur proved, as the host and Festival Organising Chairman YBhg Dato’ Steve Day aptly put it, “We mustn’t underestimate the magical connection of food!”
Indeed it was a magical connection that brought together guests from as far away as Britain and Austria to enjoy a special meal safari. They arrived promptly for cocktails at the first destination, the MED.@Marche-Live, the Italian restaurant where Festival new-comer Chef Paul Lewis produced an exquisitely presented starter followed by a local seafood soup served with a brodetto, the dish he admits is his favourite; “It’s the long cooking process that makes it taste just right!”
No sooner had the plates been cleared than the guests were off to the next destination – Japanese restaurant Sagano, headed by Chef Yasutoshi Ito who is fiercely proud of his fine food, and describes it as “100% authentic Japanese, from my own personal recipe book!” The book didn’t disappoint and the two courses served were delicately delicious, featuring the Chef’s favourite Grilled Miso-Marinated Sablefish wrapped in Bamboo Leaf.
The third and final stop on the food tour was China, in the form of Dynasty restaurant. Glistening with fairy lights, thewaiting tables were laden with a selection of, surprisingly, Western desserts- but these were to whet the appetite ahead of the trio of Chinese desserts soon after brought out by the eager staff. Guests savoured Sweet Hasma with Longan, a Steamed Pastry with a Solid Egg Yolk filling and finally Yamball with Red Bean Paste, all designed to “finish the evening with a boom!” beamed Chef Tan Kim Weng.
As if the evening could have been any more special, no sooner had the desserts been cleared than a glistening chocolate cake appeared and the guests broke into a jubilant rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, much to the delight of Datin Su Wai Fun, who was celebrating her birthday the following day. Champagne was popped and the guests toasted Datin Su’s special day and a fabulous evening came to an equally fabulous end.
The globe-trotting diners were certainly thrilled with their evening of safari, whichoffered all the opportunity to savour something new. “That’s the great thing about this Festival,” Dato’ Eddie Choon exclaimed, as the Chinese tea began to circulate, “I get to discover new places I normally don’t think of going to!”
Med.@marché-Live, Sagano & Dynasty
Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel,
Level 1, East Wing, Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail
and Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
03 2162 2233