Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Romanza @ Hock Choon

Romanza: Round Two. Earlier entry on Romanza: February 15.

Just when we thought that duck liver pate could no longer wow us, this came along; rolled in beetroot dust, it's the textbook definition of "unctuous," in the most pleasurable fashion. Served with toasted brioche & dehydrated strawberry chips for a creative, eye-catching preparation.

Possibly the tastiest red snapper recipe ever _ a ziggurat of oven-roasted fish with a decadently creamy mix of butternut puree, carrot-&-beetroot chips, fish roe, mushrooms, asparagus & lemon veloute.

Lavender-crusted lamb rack & lamb shoulder with roasted grapes, pommes dauphinoise, lentils & seasonal veggies in thyme jus. This course confirmed a trend: Romanza takes familiar ingredients & confidently composes them into a chorus of components that not only complement but elevate each other.

Couscous with beetroot & a butternut-&-sage risotto. Some places serve couscous, others offer risotto; here's a rare opportunity to sample both on one plate in all their grainy glory. Sure, the risotto could be firmer, but the couscous was flawless.

Raspberry sorbet with white chocolate mousse, cocoa tuile & white choc-filled choux pastry, sugar shards & raspberry coulis. Not too sweet, not too sour. Stellar!

Complimentary chocolates.

And jellybeans too, to take with the receipt.

Cocktails _ not as indelible as the food but still impressive. Try the Watermelon-&-Rose Martini (vodka, watermelon schnapps, sour apple schnapps, rose water) & Heart of Africa (African Amarula cream, Nachtmusic hazelnut liquor & brandy).

Margaritas, drenched in tequila & made tangy with lime & orange liquor.

Being bubbly: the wine selection isn't sweeping, but it's sufficient.

Romanza Le Restaurante @ Ampang,
Terrace at Hock Choon, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4252-6059
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32 comments:

  1. The combination of ingredients makes the red snapper ziggurat and the lamb so colourful tat they must be bursting in flavours... :)

    So pricing is like RM100 per pax is it? =)

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    1. Ulric: u're right ... the choice of ingredients put together in each dish really impressed me. Vibrant colors, vibrant flavors! They're still tinkering with the menu, so the prices are in flux, but to be safe for now, RM100 per person would be my estimate...

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    2. Haha...alright...will visit only on special occasions ;)

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  2. I like the last pic of the beautiful circular seats! :D

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    1. Thenomadgourmand: a nice spacious table for four people or more! :D

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  3. Ooh, I must visit even if just for the jellybeans :-)

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    1. The Yum List: i love jellybeans, but i can never eat more than three or four. too sticky-sweet for me, heh :D

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  4. Snapper tastes soooo good when done right! Really bugs me when my fish's dry and overcooked!
    Cute idea with the jellybeans! :D

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    1. Vien: oh yeah, fish so needs to be treated right! moist but firm is the way to go, heh :D

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  5. This must be one of your most colourful posts in recent memory! ROmanza's menu looks perfect for a rainbow-themed dinner, ja?

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    1. Kenny: for a truly rainbow-themed dinner, you'd need to be wearing rainbow hues too! hopefully the devil has shirts in shades of indigo & violet in his closet! :D

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    2. We have Paul Smith. Cukup warna lah tu. :D

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  6. Is the terrace behind Hock Choon? Cause I'm quite bad at remembering places in KL.

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    1. Waverly: yeps, you got it exactly right! :D

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  7. The chef here definitely creates the most colorful dishes!

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    1. Baby Sumo: love the color! real eye candy, heheh :D

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  8. I like the way all the food is presented like modern art. Pretty!

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    1. Ciki: top marks for style & presentation! :D

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  9. Being able to churn out harmonized dishes using so many ingredients truly deserve a second visit.

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    1. Smitten by Food: i'm thinking a third & fourth visit might be in order! =)

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  10. Both the food and environment look very nice, I'm so want to go. But....wallet is bleeding now. LOL

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    1. CK: oh no! hmmm, never mind, it'll still be here in a few months' time. your patience will be rewarded in the end, ya :D

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  11. i love the look of the restaurant and also the food presentation. Very impressive and it's definitely worth a visit.

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    1. Eiling: yeahhh, it's finally fun to return to terrace at hock choon again these days! :D

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  12. judging the pic .. the red snapper is very tasty....

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    1. Simple Person: i usually don't order snapper very much, but i enjoyed this one! :D

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  13. Would love to have the lamb dish and ice cream!

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    1. Rad: great choices (as always, heh)! :D

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    1. Michelle: yeah, didn't expect to receive them! :D

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  15. beautifully cozy and with the colourful and right bubbles, this places makes a brilliant place for dinner and definitely celebrations.

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    1. Missyblurkit: great description! i agree totally :D

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