Tuesday, March 22, 2011

100 Maneiras

Portugal, Part II: One of Lisbon's most heavily hyped restaurants, for good reason. Service is sparkling, the setting is unpretentiously cozy and the food is impressive.

A la carte menus aren't available at this dinner-only outlet; every customer has no choice but to savor the same multi-course set, which 100 Maneiras changes each night _ reminiscent of KL's own Millesime.

Cod fish "clothes line." A playfully presented conversation-starter, comprising petite pieces of fish crackers. Crisp, very light and not oily at all.

Melon soup & foie gras bonbon. Ideal for whetting the appetite; the soup was cool and tangy, while the bonbon was a creamy, melt-in-the-mouth pleasure.

Marinated scallop with walnut oil, celery puree & truffle vinaigrette. The nuttiness of the oil was a superb foil for the smooth, fresh-tasting scallops.

Salmon tartar with elderberry flower cream, sesame pesto & pineapple mash. A luscious recipe with complicated flavors that linger long and lovingly on the tongue. Who says salmon has to be boring (even though it usually is)?

Squid ink vermicelli with baby squid. Boasted a slick brininess. Black is beautiful!

Sauteed meagre (a type of sea bass) with crushed potatoes & basil oil. A little less inspiring than the earlier courses; nothing wrong with this fish, but there was nothing revelatory in its taste and texture.

Palate-cleanser of mint & lime sorbet with champagne.

Rump cut beef with black beans, rice cake & Brazilian cabbage. Not the best cut of meat, but the alchemists in the kitchen managed to make this tender and flavorsome enough to enjoy.

Desserts comprised serra cheese ice cream with quince jelly & peach cheesecake. Forgot to upload those photos with the rest of this entry.



100 Maneiras,
Lisbon, Portugal.
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14 comments:

  1. The cod fish clothes line is soooo cute! Is this a Michelin starred restaurant?

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  2. Baby sumo: ya, the 'clothes line' was really cool! Something unique and memorable. I don't think this place has been awarded any stars though ... but there'll be another entry on a michelin-starred Lisbon restaurant soon =)

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  3. The food does look good! Shows that I mz travel more.. to taste diff cuisines in different countries..I admit Aussie wasnt too eye-opening but its not a country knwn fr its cuisine anyways...

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  4. Tng: ya, I was talking recently to a friend who had traveled in the balkans, and some of the stews and pies and veggie dishes there sound quite interesting too! I definitely wouldn't mind visiting someday =)

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  5. "every customer has no choice but to savor the same multi-course set" I don't mind if the food's good, hehe.

    sort of reminds me of a chinese restaurant in sabah called Beaufort Mantai or something. chinese style, but they only have like 5 dishes or something. and yet full every night.

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  6. Timing: yeah, I usually prefer to have some degree of control over what to order at any outlet =) hey, that beaufort mantai place sounds like it's worth checking out. And the best part is, if you go in a group, you'd be able to try all five dishes in one sitting :D

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  7. *dies* Everything looks/ sounds yummy! AND it's hundreds of miles away!!! Argh.

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  8. J: or maybe even thousands of miles away! :D

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  9. Portugal... I am not sure if I will be going there in the near future. But even if I do, it will be on a group trip rather than traveling on myself... can't speak the language! HOw did you manage to survive there?? LOL

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  10. leo: ya, the language barrier can be a bit tricky; it seems like many people in lisbon can understand basic english, but not enough to easily hold a conversation. most of the time, we just nodded our heads and smiled! :D

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  11. ok next time I should hang some keropok lekor like the clothes line to make it more high class! haha

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  12. eiling: hehe, it's an idea that restaurants could successfully copy! :D

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  13. how much did this meal cost per person?

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  14. Fai: hi, sorry, it's been too long ago, so I can't recall...

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