Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Upper Deck

Upper Deck: Round Two. Earlier entry: August 11.

Wrapping up our look at Upper Deck's inaugural set menu, here's a decadent appetizer: cappellacci stuffed with creamy butternut squash, topped with sea urchin & Avruga caviar. We nearly never use the word "orgasmic" to describe food, but if forced to, we'd point to this dish.

Smoked duck consomme, cooked with duck fat, complemented by ox tongue ravioli, chives & black trumpet mushrooms. The soup tasted intriguingly like bak kut teh (!) _ delightfully delicious. Loved the ravioli too, filled with flavorsome morsels of meat.

The only misfire here: oven-roasted yellow tail with braised kohlrabi in fennel broth. The hamachi tasted a tad too fishy to recommend.

Lamb rack, with a granola bar crust for a sweetly crunchy twist. Note the shrewdly assembled accompaniments, underscoring an eye for detail: forest mushroom soil, spiced peach chutney, caramelized onion tarte tartin & baby vegetable nicoise. If you're craving lamb, come here.

Slow-roasted 1824 tenderloin & cheek with Zinfandel reduction, rainbow carrots & swede puree. Magnificent meat, smooth to slice through, with deep, bold flavors. One of the most satisfying steaks we've had, rivaling the best of Prime & Mandarin Grill.

As with before, desserts here are workmanlike compared to the earlier courses.

But though these look like buffet table cakes, they're discernibly fresher & creamier.

Prosecco, to sip as a cover version of Joni Mitchell's "River" wafts in the background.

Campogrande Orvieto Classico DOC (Umbria, Italy) & Brancott Montana Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand).

Graham's Fine Tawny port wine, for a sweet finish.





Upper Deck @ Tanzini,
Level 29, G Tower, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2168-1899
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23 comments:

  1. OMG!! I cant wait to eat here!!!
    Hahah the cakes does look familiar!!

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  2. wow, medium rare beef? Tempting and feel like wanna take a big bite on it without carving with steak knife :p

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  3. rebecca: heheh, yaaaa, i was thinking they brought the cakes over either from g tower's lounge or tanzini downstairs! :D
    fui: yep, the beef was a perfect medium rare! and it was so easy to cut, we could even have used our spoons, really! =)

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  4. Does one get a choice of mains here?

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  5. Prosecco to Joni Mitchell? I wonder what you would pair with a simple bottle of Tiger Beer, then? :P

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  6. Oooo.. am coming here 2mro! Food looks good!

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  7. Bak Kut Teh? You don't say...Interesting.

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  8. Bak Kut Teh ravioli? I want to try! :P

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  9. The plating looks really nice and the ambience reminds me of le bernardin.. in a way

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  10. baby sumo: yeps! for the current menu, can choose the lamb, beef or fish for the main :D
    kenny: hmmmm, journey's original version of 'don't stop believing' perhaps? gotta be rock =)
    ciki: hope you enjoy it! it should be nothing short of great! :D
    unka: heheh, there's that herbal-ish flavor that was so similar to bak kut teh broth! tasted kinda chinese =)
    ck: ask mr life for beginners to bring you here! it's less than a five-minute drive from your office! :D
    michelle: i've never been to le bernardin, but that sounds like a very high compliment for upper deck! =)

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  11. Rock? How about some 'The Doors', then?

    And Mr. Life for Beginners ain't ever gonna persuade Mr. Ckiong to come so far on foot... and I'm not driving him when it's walking distance!! :P

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  12. Jenn would die for the lamb :) while I have my eyes on the sea urchin thingy!

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  13. Every single detail is just perfect.The atmosphere is great and the food-every dish is a masterpiece.

    Holiday

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  14. lfb: the doors, hmmmm, so psychedelic wan. but an admirably offbeat choice (though i'd still have preferred REO speedwagon or toto, if you're going for classic rock) :D then mr life for beginners can walk and carry mr ckiong in his arms from the office to the restaurant? love moves mountains =)
    leo: heheh, i think i'd prefer the sea urchin to the lamb too, since it's a more unique recipe. but the lamb was perfectly cooked, so it's also worth trying :D
    cleo: yeps, right now, this is probably one of the best outlets in KL's city center. let's hope it stays that way! =)

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  15. out of topic, just noticed this year MIGF, Mandarin Grill has new master chef,Reto Weber instead of Cedric Darthial... any clue?lol

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  16. wondering if this Upper Deck will join MIGF too this year~

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  17. fui: hmmm, not heard of reto weber before. wonder where he's from! looks like upper deck won't be joining this year, but maybe next year, eh :D

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  18. wow the piece of tenderloin really looks good! and I think the other dish that tickles my palate would be that ravioli. yum yum

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  19. eiling: oh yeah, i ended up enjoying nearly everything on the menu! :D

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  20. do they take reservation? seriously my first time of visiting such places for candle light dinner. coming monday is my loves one' bday..planning to visit here for dinner..need to dress like prom night 1 ah?

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  21. sam: yep, reservations are recommended, so you can ask for a good table with a good view. i think you can just wear normal clothes, it's ok, but check if they're open next week, since it's the hari raya week...

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  22. ohhh ya forgot its hari raya week. thanks for reminder.. will go and visit the place tmr and make reservation

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  23. Sam: hope u enjoy it! =)

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