Friday, October 9, 2009

Enak: MIGF @ Starhill Feast Gallery Kuala Lumpur

Sit back on the bean bag chairs, then enjoy Enak's lovely setting and stellar service. The MIGF menu here costs RM145++ for five courses without booze.

Udang Kepompong Seri Selasih (chrysalis prawns wrapped in wonton skin cocoon with finely chopped fresh basil). Fresh and crispy; tasted kinda Oriental though.

Sup Ekor Kasturi (oxtail soup with a squeeze of calamansi juice). Decent, but you might find a more flavour-packed version at some neighbourhood warung.

Asam Pedas Chenohnom Bunga Kantan (baked salmon in a traditional southern recipe with laksa leaf and chopped wild ginger torch bud). Not quite successful; this preparation turned the salmon into something that tasted like the tenggiri curry at mamak outlets.

Gulai Ayam Cendawan Sisik (grilled chicken with ground spice gravy and forest mushrooms sauteed with wild fern shoots and garlic). Despite the rather Western presentation, this tasted totally local, bursting with all the aromas associated with Malay cuisine.

Sri Anta Kesuma (sweet potato and pumpkin seeped in coconut milk). Well-prepared comfort food, though not exactly unforgettable.

Pineapple Ambrosia mocktail, Bloody Mary cocktail and KL Life cocktail (cherry syrup, ginger ale, pineapple juice, triple sec, whiskey).

Enak KL,
Starhill Feast Gallery.
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  1. Oh dear...not exactly worth it right?

    Somehow, I just feel that it takes a lot more work & lot more creativity/experience for a chef to attempt fusionise Malay most spices used are 'strong', and the Malay-ised taste will alws be there..

  2. u r going all out to try to cover the MIGF menus?

  3. joe.. he said about a dozen of it.. not all :)
    frankly, all the dishes look a lot like those you can get from normal restaurants... differences are that they put it in a very good presentation, using boombastic names and threw in some spices to spice up the offering... worth it?? I don't think so...

  4. tng: yeah, the price is a bit too steep. i do think there's a market for upscale malay dining, though most of the current outlets, like enak, focus more on "modernising" the cuisine rather than "fusionising" it. they deserve an A for effort anyway!
    joe: will probably try about 12-15 places...
    leo: yeah, this menu wasn't worth it, in terms of food alone. but if u take the really nice surroundings and service into account, then more than RM100 could be justifiable. maybe. :D

  5. Malay Fine dining? Try Ibunda. But the price will blow your pants off! Happy hunting!

  6. android: oh yeah, i'm a fan of ibunda despite the high price. it's the only one that really "fusionises" malay cooking well :D

  7. I love all the red curtains in the 2nd last pic. Imagine dining in the Red Room... :)

  8. lfb: scarlet fever! =)