Saturday, January 21, 2012

Millesime

Returning to Millesime. It's been far too long.
Earlier entries on Millesime: Oct. 18, 2010, Oct. 20, 2010 & Oct. 22, 2010.

Millesime has been spruced up a bit since 2010, with more furnishing & a patio-like dining area. It's a real sanctuary of elegance, perhaps the best-looking eatery at Solaris Dutamas.

Since one of Chef Max Chin's favorite ingredients seems to be cecina _ Spanish air-dried beef _ it was no surprise to have it wrapped snugly around artichoke for an invigorating amuse bouche, alongside a creamy-soft slice of chicken flam.

Mille feuille of octopus carpaccio with avocado mash & a tian of Pacific crab meat, mizuna greens & saffron aioli. Full-bodied flavors from the sea, intertwined with soil-bound, herbaceous notes for a richly complex starter.

Poele of foie gras on Pedro Ximenez sherried apple soubise with caramelized sweetbread & shaved fennel with port wine jus. Goose liver with veal pancreas? Excellent.

Hokkaido sea scallops with wine-braised beef cheeks, cumin-flavored carrot puree & red wine demi-glace. The firm, fleshy chew of the scallops & beef worked wonderfully together, with the meat supplying the bulk of the flavor.

Palate cleanser of passion fruit sorbet.

Tian of lamb loin & braised red cabbage with celeriac mousseline, puy lentils & thyme reduction. Max might not be cooking every night here these days, but he still oversees the menu, confidently executed by his right-hand man, Patrick.

Baked French Valrhona bittersweet chocolate brick with rum-macerated seasonal berries & vanilla ice cream. Note: the cost of the set dinner here now starts at RM220++ per person without wine, compared to RM150++ in 2010. Inflation catches up with the best of us.

With maitre d' Albert at the helm, the ideal bottle can always be found.

Millesime,
Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Closed Sundays.
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36 comments:

  1. The dessert plate looks yummy. Love figs! Have you tried their Wednesday lunch? A bit more affordable... 5 courses with wine for around 120RM I believe.. If only I didn't have to work, eating lunch would be so much more penny saving than having to do dinner.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, i lovvvvve figs too! i try to order any dish that contains figs anywhere :D but i share your problem with wednesday lunches at millesime. having a wine lunch on a working wednesday is pretty much impossible =)

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  2. You just reminded me how fine dining ought to be - the flavours and the seriousness with which the chef designs and oversees the menu. :)

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    1. Kenny: oh true, we should expect no less from fine dining. though i guess any cook worth his/her salt would take every recipe on his/her menu seriously too! i'm thinking aunty mel's passion for the deliciously complex dishes she cranks out at simply mel's outstrips that of chefs at most KL hotel restaurants :D

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    2. Totally. Agree.

      Auntie Mel's Portuguese Malaccan dishes rock my world. :D

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    3. Kenny: and i still haven't had her corned beef ball stew yet! :D

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    4. Stiu, not stew. Apparently. And it's quite nice. :)

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    5. Kenny: ooo, I remember it was spelled stiu, but I just assumed that meant stew. Wonder what's the difference! :D

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    6. Perhaps it's a Kristang spelling - I'll ask the ladies at Simply Mel's the next time I drop by. :)

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    7. Kenny: thank goodness curry isn't spelled kuree at simply mel's :D

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  3. Omg tell me you just finished the meal in photo #4! Ahaha it looks like a left over

    I know I know restaurant foods tend to be like that. I would order 20 plates of that to be full maybe :p

    And....... Is today your bday??? I know it's very close! Oh I forget! Is it Jan 22? :p
    From today until the next two days I will say Happy Birthday to you! :)

    We're all getting old! Trust me! :p :p accepting it or not it won't change that fact

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    1. Rad: heheh, ya, they're all small portions, enough to taste but maybe not enough to get full! :D thanks for the advance birthday wishes! yeah, you're right, my birthday is in exactly 11 hours. argghhh! and ya, you're correct about getting older, but i still wish i was at least five years younger, heheh. or that i could go back five years in time =)

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    2. If I were God I would make your wish come true hehehe so maybe you would be kind enough to take me to taste those restaurants there serving delicious foods! Yummmmmm

      I'm going to eat now... So hungry

      Whoa, I will say the bday wish again then :)
      Thanks for letting me know :)

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    3. Rad: yep, when you come to kl, we'll have a good meal. Or maybe a great meal :D

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    4. Oh, not an amazingly amazing one? :p hehe

      Yay!

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    1. Michelle: yeah, if only our incomes could rise faster than the price of food rises! =)

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  5. The food looks great, I want to go!
    But RM220+ without wine, let me save some money 1st. :P

    This time I will remember to wear long pants, and dress nicer. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, maybe for a birthday dinner :D but ya, this restaurant actually has a smart-casual dress code ... No shorts, no sandals, no slippers here! I think it's the only restaurant in Solaris dutamas with a dress code :D

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    2. Is there a restaurant there that says 'no clothes'? Ahaha :p :p

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    3. Rad: you can come here and open malaysia's first nudist restaurant :p

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    4. Whoa hahaha and you will come and I will blog the photos :p :p

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  6. Hey Sean, I hope it's not too late in wishing you a happy 3rd blogniversary! You're the ultimate blog to come to for the latest in KL :D keep it up!

    Also Xin Nian Kuai Le from my family to yours... May the year of the dragon bring you much happiness, prosperity and good health!

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    1. Babe_kl: thank you for your very kind words, really =) here's wishing you and your family double, or triple, the amount of happiness and health in the year ahead, and here's hoping you also have a memorably joyful celebration in the next few days :D

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  7. wah Max has a new Valrhona dessert! Ok, I must go and try then.

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    1. Eiling: I think my favorite course from max is usually the main course! Heheh

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  8. 2 blogs in a day.. so rajin u. You should take a break tomorrow since it's your birthday. Happy Birthday btw!

    Were the portions quite small? Wow RM220++ sure is a bit steep.

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    1. Baby sumo: heh, thanks for b'day wishes! But no rest for the wicked; the blog must go on! :D oh, I just remembered, the photos above actually only show half-portions for each course. My friend and I were here for a late dinner, and we didn't want to order a set each, so we only ordered one set, and the kitchen graciously split the portions into separate plates for both of us =)

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  9. Somehow after Isadora opened her resto, other resto pales in comparison ;p

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    1. Rebecca: heheh I'm still very impressed with each visit to Millesime. Though I wish there were an a la carte menu :D

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  10. i enjoy their wednesday wine luncheons which is a great mid week treat if work permits for rm120 nett inclusive of wines. had one of my best pavlovas here with rum macerated berries:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooo, I should try to take a Wednesday off someday to have lunch here! Sounds like a really good deal, especially with wine included =)

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  11. Haven been back there for almost a year. The plating is getting more and more creative - i like =D

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    1. Smitten: oh yeah, this is one of those places where the quality of the food hasnt dropped at all after opening, heh :D

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  12. veal pancreas.. WHOA!! I gotta try this. was the pancreas bitter?

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    1. ciki: it was silky-smooth and savory! sensational! heheh :D

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