Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Colors of the Rainbow @ Bistro

Bistro a Table's December degustation dinner was triumphantly themed Colors of the Rainbow, with courses crafted to reflect every hue between red & violet.

Better red than dead: Master Kobe Marble Score 11+ carpaccio with pomegranate, baby radish & horseradish cream. Extraordinary thought went into the evening's creations, resulting in chef Isadora Chai's most indelibly complex menu yet. Each recipe looked & tasted remarkable.

Vodka with raspberry puree & fennel. Courses were paired with delicious cocktails designed by Lele Pauletto of Changkat Bukit Bintang's Ciccio.

Orange: Lobster bisque ice cream (!) with bone marrow & pumpkin. Awesome.

Cointreau infused with red & yellow capsicum. Must have been tricky to ensure the cocktails complemented not only the color of each course but also the flavor.

Yellow: Self-saucing ravioli with shaved Alba white autumn truffles. For customers who missed this meal, several dishes _ red, yellow, blue & violet, with minor variations in ingredients _ may still be available on Bistro's current a la carte menu.

Galliano & frangelico with lime & truffle oil (!!!).

Gorgeous green: Spinach-wrapped veal sweetbread with asparagus cream & broad beans. Upcoming degustation dinners _ on the first or second Monday of each month _ are expected to center on meat for January, temperatures for February & Alice In Wonderland for March.

Midori with apple & celery juice.

Blue: Baked blue swimmer crab gratin with gorgonzola blue cheese. Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon? Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain; can you cook with all the colors of the rainbow?

Blue 'false' Sangria with blueberry puree.

Indigo: Squid ink pasta with scampi. Executed with elegance & elan.

Tomato consomme with pepper, tabasco sauce & lime.

Violet: Cold casis & thyme souffle with Earl Grey ice cream. A cool coda to a compelling meal.

Sparkling rose wine with Ribena & purple dragon fruit.
Links for Bistro a Table's earlier degustation dinners: August (Everything Weird But Wonderful) & September (Oldie But Goodie).

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24 comments:

  1. She is really one innovative chef!

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  2. Baby sumo: oh yeah, this was one of the best meals of 2011 for me! :D

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  3. Whoa that master kobe carpaccio looks awesome!

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  4. They all look funny hehehe in an interesting way of course!

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  5. Can i call her Pocahontas now?

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  6. ooh this looks really colourful! i like the cassis and thyme souffle best just because of it's sweet colour!

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  7. Lobster bisque ice cream with bone marrow & pumpkin sounds sinfully delicious!

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  8. Rainbow colors! Such a creative concept! And the dishes are so unique too.. Definitely fitting to be the best meal of 2011 :D

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  9. Timing: it was silky-smooth & luscious! :D
    Rad: heheh, interesting is a good word for me! =)

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  10. Qwazymonkey: the rainstorm & the river are her brothers, the heron & the otter are her friends :D
    Michelle: yeah, it was a fun dessert! tangy & herbal =)

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  11. Merryn: ya, it was made using the chef's special pacojet ice-cream machine! =)
    Iamthewitch: yeah, this is a meal we'll remember for a very, very long time! :D

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  12. We just went there on sunday night.
    I had the mangosteen pavlova for my dessert, hmmm sooooo yummy!

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  13. CK: ya, the mangosteen pavlova is even nicer than the pakistani mango pavlova that they had last time! and mangosteens are my favorite fruit, heheh :D

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  14. Hehe of course it is. Interesting is never boring :))

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  15. wowwww everything's so.. so.. new! new combinations and interesting techniques! And that lobster bisque ice cream!!! haha my jaws are hanging wide open!

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  16. Rad: and interesting is fun! well, most of the time, anyway :D
    Vien: yeah, every dish was a surprise! and the meal kept us guessing on what would come next! :D

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  17. OMG... this is really colorful! Tomato consomme with pepper, tabasco sauce & lime = violet? This is wayyyy too cool! How did it taste??

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  18. Smitten: it tasted almost like a Bloody Mary cocktail, but somehow less tart and more mellow and sweet-sourish. More pleasant than a Bloody Mary, really :D

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  19. Awesome colourful. Good for health and definitely palate pleasing! Are the items on their regular menu?

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  20. Did u just burst out in song there?! Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon? Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain; can you cook with all the colors of the rainbow? ... hahaha!! funny la u!

    Chef Isa..my hero! let's go next mth!!

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  21. Missyblurkit: some of them are still on this month's menu, the last i saw. the beef carpaccio, ravioli, crab & thyme souffle. but they could be removed from the menu soon! :D
    Ciki: heheh, i'm glad you don't mind that i modified the lyrics :D and yeah, i'd like to do her degustation dinners every month! though sometimes, work forces me to miss them! :D

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  22. if only the prices are more approachable.. :S

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  23. oooh so you went for the rainbow degustation. Did you dress up in a monotone? Isadora was just telling me about this rainbow dinner the other time I was there.

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  24. KY: yeah, although actually, desserts here are quite reasonably priced, mostly around RM20, so not much pricier than delicious, alexis, etc :D
    Eiling: heheh, actually this was a few nights after the rainbow degustation evening. isadora repeated the menu a few times for some of us who missed it on monday =)

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