Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Meal @ Nagomi Japanese Restaurant Jaya 33

X'mas celebration is truly a global festival around the world and Christmas dinner around the world may differ with culture of the respective country it is being celebrated in. Each year during this time I’ll go through magazine, newspaper looking for Christmas dinner recommendation.

As usual, every year Christmas dinner will be served in traditional Western style which includes roast turkey with cranberry sauce, soup, dessert and appetizer. If this year you are looking for something different; head over to Nagomi Japanese Restaurant.

This year Nagomi is introducing something different than the traditional Christmas meal. Want to know more?? Scroll down and you’ll know.

Nagomi – A Homestyle; traditional Japanese cuisine with modern touches, in a contemporary cozy design which perfect for any occasion to impress the date.

First of all, I would like to thanks Feeq, Meon, Andy and Debbie for the food tasting invitation. The food reviews was with Nagomi Japanese Restaurant at Jaya33 outlet for their Christmas meal- Master Chef’s Christmas 6 - course Enchantment ....

The Master Chef - Ikuo Tanabe “The Magic Hand”
This creative Christmas menu idea was derived from Master Chef "Ikuo Tanabe".
Inarguably one of the most renowned Japanese chefs in the country, Mr.Tanabe came to Malaysia in 1974 to take the position as head chef in Hotel Equatorial. He was entrusted with planning and running perhaps the first fine dining Japanese restaurant in the country, Daikoku, or known as Kampachi today. Over the last 34 years of his career, Mr. Tanabe had trained and imparted skills in culinary art to many chefs who now helm the scores of popular Japanese restaurant or prominent hotels in the Klang Valley, Australia, UK and the USA.

Mr. Tanabe has a vast experience in making all kinds of Japanese cuisine, focusing on food quality and delicacy of presentation in his dishes. His strong skills in creativity and innovation have earned him a reputation for his excellence and quality in Japanese cuisine.

Master Chef’s Christmas 6- course Enchantment

Course 1: Zensai(前菜)

The first dish came to our table was this Foie Gras Caviar, this creative idea of Master Chef was amazing. Decoration of the dish was focused on a wine glass with the goose liver served with crispy French Baguette.

Course 2: Sashimi(刺身)

Follow by the starter was fresh import Salmon – Salmon Cappaccio. Thinly slice Salmon Sashimi marinates in delicious Balsamico cause.

Course 3: Osuimono (御吸い物)
Asari Potato Kurimu Shiru

This was a mouthwatering soup of Fresh Sea clams,Asparagus and Potato. Feel refreshing when I’m having it and the most important I love clams.

Course 4: Yakimono焼き物)

Finally the main course is here, yummy Chickin NoKarashi Yaki. The chicken drum stick was grilled to perfection with flattering Mustard Cream. This dish was special as when it was served, initial thought the chicken was wrapped with Pita bread, but in the end found out the outer layer was made from white egg yolk. It’s exactly looks like Pita bread and soft, thumb up to the Chef.

Course 5: Sushi(寿司)

Christmas dinner will not perfect without a cake, and for the first time I’m having Sushi cake. This is Chef special creation, concoction of Maguro, Scallop, Fruits, vegetables and Sushi rice.

Something special with this dish was there are 3 different type of sauce given: seaweed, egg yolk with vinegar and sour plum sauce, I preferred egg yolk with vinegar as it tasted good with the sushi cake and I love vinegar.

Course 6: Dessert(デザ一ト)

Lastly here came the dessert, actually I was really full while on 5th course but this dessert is so tempting and I can’t resist it. An Epitome of Dessert, a delightful dessert of mixed fruit Jelly with Japanese almond Tofu. For Tofu lovers, I’m sure you’ll like this dessert.

On the first level, we have 2 big grapes which marinated with Red wine; the taste of the red wine was all over the grapes and really tastes awesome. While moving on to next level of the dessert will have different kind of mixed fruit such as Dragon fruit and jelly. At the bottom, will be the sweet scented almond in the tofu.

Lastly, the meal must not complete without the Red wine, it is included with the Christmas meal. Options are given to choose between Red and white wine.

Something worth to try on :

,Japanese Mochi, it was soft and sweet with the crunchy peanuts.

Fresh Orange Juice without colouring / sugar added. The orange juice is sweet by default as it's blended with wholesome dietary fiber.

Thanks to Meon, Debbie, Andy and the team for your hospitality and the early Christmas meal.

I certainly recommend to give a try with this Christmas meal as its special, creative and the most important “It’s a Japanese style of Christmas dinner differ from the traditional western meal”. You’ll love the ambience, food and the quality.

The Christmas dinner costs RM128++ (per person – min 2 person)

Available from 1st December – 26th December 2010

*Prior Reservation is required.

Available outlets:
Kin Shui Tei Japanese Fine Dining@Tropicana Golf & Country Resort
03-7804 2079/ 03-7804 8888 ext 315

Nagomi Japanese Restaurant @ Jaya33
03-7956 2330

Nagomi Japanese Restaurant @ Menara Hap Seng
03-2141 6332

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One of the factor Nagomi is the recommended place for dining because their the freshness of the vegetables. Before serving to dish the vegetables are soaked into icy salted water for 20 minutes to keep the freshness of vegetables.

Fresh Smoothies without any sugar and coloring

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dining @ Xin Cuisine - Concorde Hotel KL

Thanks to Big Food Reviews with Aly on Red FM, I have won RM300 voucher to Xin Cuisine Restaurant located in Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Xin Cuisine - An elegant Chinese restaurant serves nouvelle Cantonese cuisine and Hong Kong dim sum with the right ambience. Xin cuisine started in 1991 when Concorde Hotel came into existence. Four private dining room are available if you need some privacy during lunch/dinner. Weekend will be packed with wedding dinner reservation so please avoid during these day.

Food during the night

Main Entrance and Appetizer
 Main Course of the night

 Crispy butter coated prawns is suitable who likes a balance of fruits and fried food.

 Qing Yuen Herbal Chicken tasted same as Salty chicken and the main difference is it's cook with Herbal, the soup is tasty with herbal smell.

 The ambient lighting is great for family dining here.

The dinner was a thoroughly satisfying meal. Xin Cuisine is a restaurant with Quality, creativity, a blend of the traditional with a contemporary feel. Total bill amount was RM 312.23, with the RM300 voucher, my dinner cost only RM12.23. Thanks Red FM

Xin Cuisine Concorde Hotel (Non Halal)
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 11.30am - 2.30pm / 6.30pm -10.30pm
Saturday: 11.00am - 2.30pm / 6.30pm -10.30pm
Sun & Public Holidays: 9.00am - 2.30pm / 6.30pm -10.30pm
Dress code: Smart Casual (no sleeveles t-shirts, slippers allowed) /Office Attire
Food rating: 3/5
Contact/ Reservation: 03-2144 8750 or 03-2144 2200 ext 2338