Standard Chartered Bank recently hosted an intimate dinner in collaboration with Vision KL at the forward-thinking Nadodi – a restaurant that seeks to take diners on a culinary voyage traversing Southern Indian and Sri Lankan cuisines.
Themed ‘Connecting Expatriates in Malaysia’, the dinner brought together c-level expatriates for a warm-hearted get-together in chic surroundings. Striking photographs of wildlife and other stills line the dark-coloured walls drawing the eye around the room; a collection of fabric curls imitating cinnamon sticks hangs from a part of the ceiling, and marble floors all add to the understated luxury of the interior.
It was here that new friendships were forged and old ones reignited as guests soaked up the warm ambience of Nadodi while warming up with pre-dinner drinks and canapes.
Dato’ M. Krishnan, Aaron Loo, Abrar A. Anwar, Dato’ Steve Day
“It is important that we develop that link with the broader community so that we can be of service, after understanding the needs and wants of our customers. This type of setting, which offers a friendly and relaxed setting, allows us to meet and make good friends,” said Standard Chartered CEO Abrar A. Anwar as he welcomed guests.
Following an introduction of the restaurant by Vision Four Media Group Chief Executive Dato’ Steve Day, guests sat down to embark on a tantalising ‘7 Mile Journey’, a menu that incorporated a blend of traditional dishes from regions including Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Ceylon – meticulously plated with contemporary twists.
Dato’ Steve and Mr Abrar welcome guests for the evening
Emerging from the kitchen to set guests off on their food odyssey was Executive Chef Johnson Ebenezer, who together with Chef De Cuisine Sricharan Venkatesh, is responsible for the menu at Nadodi. Each dish, he explained, is rooted in tradition and wrapped in layers of meaning but presented in innovative ways that speak to the creative license the two chefs are afforded in the Nadodi kitchen.
Creative dish names like ‘Fishing The Back Waters’ (Kerala fish curry with coral trout, pennywort and ginger flower), ‘Moonsoon Ritual’ (tomato spice broth with crab) and ‘Mind of Coconut’ (pradhamam ice cream with coconut crumble) hint at the playful, adventurous nature of each course and the occasional theatrics it came with.
‘Red Curry’ – beets three ways, coconut, peanuts
‘Cone’ – Onion flavoured cone, Sambar
Chef Johnson and his team plating up
As guests savoured the menu, models donning hand-crafted pieces from luxury Thai jeweller Lotus Art de Vivre coasted from table to table, presenting the stunning creations to guests. Other eye-catching designs from Lotus lay at the centre of each table, effectively turning the dining chamber into a gallery. Meanwhile, a lively atmosphere filled the venue as guests chatted away while the dinner rolled on.
One of the many toasts that rang throughout the evening
A model from Lotus Art de Vivre presenting at a table
At this point, the dinner was livened up with a special lucky draw that saw three winners walk away with bespoke products from luxury British barber and perfumer Truefitt & Hill. The result of over 210 years of research, each product that comes from this world-renowned brand is sophisticated, practical and an unrivalled in design.
Finally, a sweet ending of ice cream and crumble capped off the nomadic dinner, with guests continuing to chat over coffee, tea and digestives until the evening drew to close.
Amarjit Chhina, Dato’ Yasmin Yusuff and Dato’ James Greaves
When prompted on how the evening had progressed, Ashwin Rajgopal, Regional Managing Director of Suntory, thought it was the ideal occasion to broaden contacts: “You’re at a table, you don’t know who’s going to be next to you and it’s always intriguing. You get to meet people who are like minded and in no time, over great food and great wine, you’ve made a new friend. So from a networking point of view, it’s a phenomenal experience.”
Dato’ Steve and Mr Abrar once again took to the mic to thank restaurant and kitchen teams, as well as guests for a delightful evening. Stay tuned for more events from the Standard Chartered stable and Vision KL Premium Events, aimed at bringing communities closer together to establish lasting bonds.
A thumbs up from the Nadodi team after a successful dinner