Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Estate @ The Intermark

Estate by BIG: Round Two. Earlier entry: November 29.

The most alluring aspect of Estate's menu: the starters list, flooded with intriguing ingredients. Say no to slipshod salads & try the Burrata cheese with tomatoes, edible flowers, beef bacon & basil-infused olive oil. If springtime in southern Italy carried a tangible taste, this might be it.

Grilled mackerel with avocado puree, cucumber confit, mustard & shiso dressing. One of the closest things to a Japanese recipe for The BIG Group. The fish is commendably juicy & not greasy at all, but the vegetarian accompaniments are what truly shine, so fresh AND refreshing.

Parmigiano-Reggiano croquette with egg yolk center, tartar sauce & micro greens. Devastatingly creamy comfort food that might haunt our dreams for weeks to come.

Crispy confit chicken wings & pan-seared scallops with cauliflower mousse, chopped chorizo & maple dressing. Bone-free, flavor-filled meat, coated with pleasurably brittle skin & partnered with components that would each taste terrific on its own but spark culinary synergy together.

More cauliflower, this time in the shape of a soup, again wedded with fowl: shredded duck confit. Endless variations on a theme, but every one can be equally enticing.

Mussels in Provencal white wine sauce. Satisfyingly plump mollusks cooked the French way, swimming in a savory broth that must be mopped up with garlic bread to the final drop.

Onion rings scented with rosemary, several notches above A&W's.

Need desserts? Estate has a sweet list, but if you're craving cakes, Acme Bar & Coffee (ABC at The Troika) is barely a 10-minute drive away from The Intermark. Acme's cempedak cake constitutes a nicely stinky substitute to the now-ubiquitous durian cake.

Acme's apple & olive cake _ sounds weird but tastes wonderful. Funny how things work.

Liquor-loving at Estate. Here's whiskey: Johnnie Walker Black Label & Glenmorangie Original.

Gin: Tanqueray & Hendricks.

Rum & brandy: Bacardi Carta Blanca & Hennessy VSOP.

Prosecco. Nothing to do now but wait for the hangover.



Estate,
The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily for lunch & dinner.
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25 comments:

  1. Oh are these new additions to the new menu? Everything sounds pretty unique -- the first salad looks so vibrant!

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  2. Baby sumo: oh, these are all from Estate's opening menu, but I tried to delve deeper into their starters selection for this round. And yeah, these recipes taste as good as they look, I'd say. Heh :D

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  3. yet another gem found in intermark:D

    must agreed with baby sump the first salad looks vibrant. a great way to get adult picky eaters to eat their salads.

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  4. i hope that they will come up with mangosteen cake!

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  5. Oooo....that Parmigiano-Reggiano croquette looks wicked!!

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  6. The food looks really nice! Impressed!
    Going back for round3?

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  7. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, i'm a fan of the intermark! and a fan of the BIG Group's salads too. there's always more here than just caesar salads, heheh :D
    Michelle: mangosteen is my favorite fruit too! i wish it was used in more recipes. i like the mangosteen & prawn salad at Sao Nam at tengkat tong shin =)

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  8. Bangsar-Babe: it's wicked good! the mix of potatoes, cheese & egg yolk is like a dream come true :D
    CK: yup, still got some more food to try on the menu for round 3! you guys can definitely join me here, heheh! :D

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  9. What are the prices like in Estate? The food looks so perfectly prepared I almost don't dare to ask..lol. Ooh and that Cempedak cake looks good! Is it too early to say durian cake seems so last year? haha

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  10. Dropsofcontentment: ya, i'm afraid your fears are perfectly founded. estate's prices are pretty steep, with many starters hovering around RM30 & mains averaging over RM40. heh, cempedak is actually one of my LEAST favorite fruits (alongside nangka), but i had never seen a cempedak cake before, so i HAD to try it =)

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  11. Oh I pass the mackerel dish. I think the dish looks a bit hmmm I don't know how to express it. I would like it if the fish was bigger or at least came two pieces. The fish doesnt stand out among the accompaniments. But that's just my amateur impression :))))

    BUUUUT, I want the chicken wings!! Oh god!

    Btw, that ship has to weigh a ton!

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  12. Rad: you're right ... of all the dishes above, the fish & the mussels would be the ones that i'd pass on if i were forced to choose (though they were both still worth trying). the chicken was amazing though. not the usual roasted variety. and i think it'd take at least six strong men to lift that ship (but if i'm drunk here next time, i might try to!) :D

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  13. Haha!
    Whoa that's a good hint. You'll go back to the restaurant! Hehe of course you will

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  14. Do they really have sunday roast and yorkshire pudding there? God i miss those........

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  15. Rad: I hope to. Life is full of uncertainty. Heheh =)
    Lifestylekl: yup, there's roast beef with Yorkshire pudding on the menu. I hope to order it next time :D

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  16. That means I might visit this restaurant too! :)

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  17. Rad: heh, that would be nice! i'll try to make it happen the next time you come to KL :D

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  18. Oh so cool! :-D
    And since I like cempedak I will order the cake. We actually have the tree just in front of our garage whose fruit can be harvested hopefully next month :)

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  19. Rad: ooh, it's so cool to have your own fruit tree. when i was a kid, i used to live at places where there were papaya trees, mangosteen trees & even coconut trees, but that was a long time ago =)

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  20. I have to admit, yes, I do feel lucky to live in this neighborhood. Back in my hometown in Borneo, we lived in a cooler place actually. :D

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  21. Rad: wow, that's quite a distance, moving from borneo to your current location =)

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  22. quite an interesting menu. I also like the deco of this place. good combination of ambiance and food.

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  23. Eiling: yeah, it's definitely a cool place to enjoy dinner :D

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  24. Oh that salad with the edible flowers looks so pretty and might nearly taste Italian if it was served with real bacon, not the incomparable beef variety.

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  25. Yum List: heheh, yeah, that's true! Real bacon does make everything better! :D

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