Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Alice (with testicles) @ Bistro

Bistro a Table's degustation dinner for March: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," luring us down a rabbit hole of crazy creations spawned by Mad Hatter Isadora Chai's imagination.

The Walrus might be pleased with this meal's first chapter: Irish oysters (two per customer), soaked in a delicious champagne dressing. No trotting home now; the evening has only begun.

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum. Bistro's fans would be familiar with the restaurant's signature coddled maple syrup egg, but this platter adds another egg, delicately sprinkled with salmon. Double the albumin, double the delight!

Eat Me: Parmesan & sage choux puffs. While these might not cause us to suddenly sprout to ceiling-height, munching on too many would surely spark some growth in girth.

Frog Footman: fried frog leg with cold rouille. Enjoyably crisp outside, meaty & juicy within; this vanished from our plate faster than you could say "Cheshire Cat."

Testicle alert! The menu describes "Hold Your Tongue" as duck tongue with veal sweetbread in creamy Cognac veloute. But a surprise ingredient awaits in the bowl: confit of chicken testicle, boasting an buttery explosiveness reminiscent of pork brains or cod milt.

Queen of Hearts: quail with lychee puree & rose water. A playful, fruity-flowery formulation for a bird that's often simply sauteed or roasted without much thought or effort.

Drink Me: Besodevino Rosado Rose, 2009.

The most indelibly presented course: The Smoking Caterpillar.

Lift the lid & let the smoke clear to reveal what lies beneath.

Duck "saucisson" cured sausage, wrapped in baby Savoy cabbage to resemble a caterpillar, perched on a Portobello mushroom in Pinot Noir jus. Lovely to both look at & eat.

The March Hare: a roulade of rabbit saddle with mushrooms. Earthy & tender.

Finishing this filling feast with the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, featuring a lemon & mascarpone cheese cupcake, Earl Grey Tea ice cream & lavender tea madeleine ...

... as well as concentrated milk ice cream & a brownie. We're stuffed!

Who Stole The Tarts: Valrhona Guanaja bitter choc ganache in thyme tart with Kahlua anglaise. Overheard at Bistro a Table: "If I could have this tart every night, I wouldn't need sex."

Through the drinking glass & back: six of the courses are paired with wine.




Bistro a Table,
Section 17, Petaling Jaya.
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34 comments:

  1. This is truly a wonderland. The duck dish really resemble a caterpillar! What a smart way to disguise the cured sausage. Bravo to Chef Isadora Chai's imagination.

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    1. Smitten By Food: definitely, the caterpillar dish was the visual highlight! and it tasted great too. the combination of the fat, juicy mushroom with the soft, creamy potatoes, the cabbage & the coarse sausage was so good! i hope this dish goes on the a la carte menu for the rest of march :D

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  2. Wow wow wow. What a magical looking meal.. I have to say I am most impressed with The Smoking Caterpillar... it looks so real!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i think the smoking caterpillar was the pride of the restaurant that night! and they actually managed to make a "caterpillar on a rock" look appetizing! :D

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  3. What an interesting themed dinner.

    Okay, the frog footman looks like a pig to me.. And the caterpillar cabbage freaked me out. LOL

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    1. Michelle: next month's theme might be "trailer trash" ... could be also really interesting! :D

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  4. That looks like lots of fun! I'm not so fond of eating 'parts' though... testicles... hmmm..

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, i enjoy pretty much all offal except for kidneys (which are just foul)! :D

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  5. very playful and interesting, was the host in the 1st picture part of the whole meal? (or was she the chef?)

    cant believe you can get such unique dining in KL!

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    1. Joe: oh yeah, it'd be nice to have more of these kinds of dinner in KL :D the lady in the first pic was hired to entertain customers, i think. she went from table to table and educated us with fun facts about 'alice in wonderland' :D

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  6. Wow, looks really nice!
    Did you put a lot of poker cards on your shirt? :P
    Want to try the fried frog leg and the tart! Hope she will release these in the new menu.

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    1. Haha, yeah man --- how come no pics of you in your costume? :P

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    2. CK: hahah, five cards were enough! all red ones, king, queen & jack :D ya, i think some of these dishes will be on this month's a la carte menu, but i'm not sure which ones =)
      Kenny: the "costume" was not pretty enough for photography! =)

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  7. love themed dinners and this one is certainly adventurous and playful. the way meals should be!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it was a fun evening! :D

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  8. Chicken testicle? How was it? I was a bit taken aback by how 'real' that caterpillar looked!

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    1. Bangsar-babe: the testicle was squishy! bite into it and it bursts open in the mouth =)

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  9. Mad scientists at the finest craft there is! I love this! I feel so inspired to inject a bit of madness and fun into my work, but alas... a document is a document is a document...zzzzzz

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    1. Min: i totally empathize! i've been trapped in my cubicle for the past four hours trying to make an interesting mountain out of a deadly dull molehill :D

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  10. I LOVE what im seeing here and wont mind paying extra for something so innovative! (: I hope they are still running this for the whole month??

    LOL out the comment about tart n sex!! didnt know u were so good at eavesdropping!

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    1. Augustdiners: i think the degustation dinner itself was a one-night-only thing, but some of the dishes here would be incorporated into this month's a la carte menu :D heheh, there was actually no eavesdropping involved. it was my dinner companion at the table who said that =)

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  11. OH GOSH!!!!!!!!!!! Alice's Adventure in Wonderland is my favourite book- ALL TIME!! (forgive my 'virtual' screaming) I've read it over and over again & always wanted to drink the 'Drink Me' liquid!!!!!! The food looks great!!! Quirky and exciting names!! :D

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    1. Vien: heheh, i like how you're excited! i'm not the biggest fan of lewis carroll, but i agree, the characters he created are truly timeless :D

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  12. Lol ur title caught my attention...
    D caterpillar looks like real

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    1. Simple person: heh yeah, I think I wrote that title while a bit drunk :D

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  13. The smoking caterpillar is really impressive!! If there's an award for creativity, that dish would win hands down. Kudos to the chef!! Too bad it's only available one night??

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    1. Iamthewitch: ya, it was supposed to be a one-night-only dish. but maybe if many customers ask the restaurant to put it on the full-time menu this month, it might make it there! :D

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  14. wow the sex tarts, i wish to have some!

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    1. Mr Kokolat: hope you get some! =)

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  15. Love the quirky culinary. Hey the frog footman from the side looks like a pig or was it just me who felt that way? Lol

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    1. Eiling: i didn't notice it until you mentioned it! :D

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  16. so, did u check if Alice had testicles? :P

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    1. Ciki: well, the chicken did! (or at least it did, before isadora got ahold of them for her kitchen) :D

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  17. how do you find out more about this restaurant? No address or phone number I notice.
    what is the cost of the degustation menu?

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