Friday, February 3, 2012

Estate & After Ate

Estate: Round Three. After Ate: Round Two.
Earlier entries on Estate: Nov. 29 & Dec. 6. Earlier entry on After Ate: Jan . 5.

Some servings must be shared; case in point, Estate's ploughman's lunch, prodigiously perfect for a British footballer's appetite. Teeming with things that come in threes: a trinity of cold cuts _ salted beef, smoked salami & chicken ham _ & a trio of cheese _ blue, cheddar & brie. Plus, crusty bread, pickles, arugula & pear chutney to tame the meat-&-dairy sodium.

Foie gras on Danish toast with micro greens & pomegranate reduction. Wishful thinking: if only the pan-seared slab of liver were thicker than the slice of pastry.

Lobster salad, a RM129.90++ monster from the deep, possibly the priciest "salad" in town. Poached chunks of fresh crustacean flesh, made sweeter with seedless grapes, roma tomatoes, avocado & fresh basil, tossed in ranch dressing.

In Jamie we trust: Tellicherry black pepper (widely considered the world's best pepper, hailing from India) & Mediterranean sun-dried sea salt.

Customers can cross-order cocktails from Tate next door: Marry Hendrick (hendrick's, creme de cassis, egg white, lemon juice, raspberry, grapefruit bitters) & Kraphao Fragrancy (hendrick's, basil, lemon juice, sugar, egg white, celery bitters).

Pina Agave (don julio reposado, pineapple juice, lemon juice, agave nectar, cucumber) & Benne Agos (angostura 1919, pineapple juice, lime juice, angostura bitters, roasted sesame).
Earlier entries on Tate: June 30, 2011 & July 27, 2011.

For desserts, walk toward the light: step outside Estate & take a table at After Ate.

Postre Chaja _ a South American confection filled with mangoes, salted peanuts, fresh cream & meringue. Essentially a sponge cake that tastes OK, though somewhat less flavorful than its list of ingredients might lead us to believe.

Bombe Alaska, reinvented with flair _ pistachio parfait on a vanilla sponge base, covered with meringue, torched & sprinkled with chopped pistachios. It might seem nuts to have so much pistachios in this, but they do add a unique, toasty feel to this ensemble.

Next up: this one was presented in the shape of a plain dome _ not exactly what we expected when we ordered the Deconstructed Black Forest.

But break open the pavlova shell & it yields a treasure trove of milky-fruity sweetness, thanks to a high-fructose fusillade of chocolate sponge, Bailey's chantilly & cherry sorbet.

Buried in berries: Strawberry salad, entombed in an avalanche of raspberry rose granita, lychee sorbet, clotted cream & rose meringue. Tongue-puckering, that's how it tastes.


Estate & After Ate @ The Intermark,
Ground Floor, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
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30 comments:

  1. Did you get your Sean Collins? ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, nopes, this visit was actually a month ago. but luckily, there were quite a few other cool & creative cocktails to try =)

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  2. Their profit margin must be super high. The lobster is tiny for RM130 and I agree with you the Foie gras needs to be thicker.

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    1. Smitten by Food: oops, i think my photo does a poor job of conveying the lobster's size. it's really fairly big, the size we'd expect a lobster to be :D

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  3. Was the foie gras overcooked? Darn hard to cook perfectly such a thin slice.

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    1. Boo_licious: surprisingly, it wasn't overcooked, though it didn't have much of a crisp, caramelized exterior. and the quality of liver itself was only mid-range. we'd rate it as mediocre foie gras overall...

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  4. Jamie Oliver should make a fortune...
    Pepper n salt....bat next? Spoon n fork lol......

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, i guess his name can sell a very wide range of food & cooking products! :D

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  5. ploughman's lunch looks like meal that Will send me halfway to Lalaland. Walk over to after ate for a dessert and I'll need to rolled up to a bed upstairs to sleep my day away. Btw have you changed your camera Sean?

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, food coma! :D oh, i have two point-&-shoot cameras now, though the photos in this post were taken with the same camera that i've had for more than two years :D

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    2. pics look clearer. perhaps better lighting of late?

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    3. Missyblurkit: ya, maybe. I've definitely taken a bit more effort on trying to get tables with decent lighting recently :D

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  6. o wow bombe alaska! haven't had one in ages. Should be big enough to share for 2? hehe

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    1. Dropsofcontentment: you'd have to really love someone to be willing to share it with them though! heh =)

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  7. Keep calm and carry on, indeed. Love the contemporary British flavour of the place. :D

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    1. Kenny: keep calm & carry on. appropriately enough, that might need to be my personal motto from today onwards! =)

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  8. "Prodigiously perfect for a British footballer's appetite"...sounds like it's for me. :P

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    1. Bangsar-babe: heheh, I'm not sure that either of us would have half the appetite of a footballer's, but I guess we have healthy appetites! :D

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  9. it's not only you. we have a tendency to hope that the foie gras is XL-sized. Not really healthy but...

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    1. Michelle: yeah, too bad foie gras is so darn pricey! =)

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  10. Love to have the salad! I've been craving salad but haven't had a chance to go to a nice place for it. Lobster salad would be perfect! Although it might be quite pricey

    The desserts look yummmm!

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    1. Rad: ooh, some of my friends can make pretty good salads at home. but i don't have the skill & talent for that, heheh :D

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  11. The deconstructed black forest looks interesting, are any other cake done this way?

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    1. CK: oh, nopes, only this one. but ya, it seems very unique :D

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  12. The ploughman's lunch does look big enough for a ploughman. Glad to see some pear chutney there too, nice addition.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, satisfying in both serving size & flavor! :D

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  13. Hats off to Ben Y really. So creative . and very clever marketing and branding

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    1. Thenomadgourmand: he's definitely made eating out more interesting in kl :D

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  14. i finally went to Estate! Yay, and post coming up soon!

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    1. Eiling: yay! hope you liked the place :D

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