Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Orleans @ Sunway Resort

Goodbye, Avanti; hello, New Orleans! Sunway Resort Hotel swapped risotto for gumbo this week, replacing its longtime Italian restaurant with a Creole-and-Cajun one.

Mardi Gras masks are scattered across this spacious venue, where a band sets the tone for a Louisianan evening with renditions of "What A Wonderful World" and "Summertime."

Meals here kick off with complimentary old-fashioned Southern corn bread, fresh-tasting, flavorsome and not too crumbly.

Gumbo, thick with chicken, sausages and okra, garnished with steamed rice and herbs. Seems slightly too salty, but consultant chef Sohan Ahluwalia, a New Orleans native who owns Tokyo's pioneering Bourbon Street eatery, insists it's because of the strong seasoning.

Ahluwalia is leaving the kitchen in the capable hands of fellow chef Sebastian Arnold, who's moved from previous hotel postings in the Middle East to ensure Malaysian customers enjoy the crispiest Cajun-spiced shrimp possible, fried in corn flour and bread crumbs.

Mississippi Mud Balls, made of chicken and beef, served on a classic Creole sauce. Prices are slightly on the steep side, but portions are princely. Expect to spend RM100 per person for a belly-busting three-course meal without wine.

The E.N.D. of the savory courses: black-eyed peas _ soul food with a real boom boom pow of creamy flavor. Just can't get enough of this.

Bread pudding, baked with raisins and pecans, served with caramel sauce. 

Banana Foster _ marvelously soft but not mushy, sauteed in butter and cinnamon, flambeed with bourbon and served with ice cream and cocoa powder.

Hurricane (white rum, bourbon, southern comfort, orange juice, mango juice, cranberry juice) and Mr Funk (peach liquor, cranberry juice, sparkling wine).

Beringer Stone Cellars Merlot (2008) and Saltram Makers Table Shiraz (2010).

Milk Punch (bourbon, amaretto, cream, vanilla).

Service here is sparkling, befitting of the Sunway Resort's reputation.

New Orleans opens for lunch and dinner on weekdays and for dinner on Saturday.

New Orleans Bar and Grill,
Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa, Bandar Sunway.
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32 comments:

  1. Hahaha...Mississippi Mud Balls...at first I tot it had something to do with chocolate...how wrong I was...hehe :P

    Hmmmm...the Southern corn bread appeals to me :)

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    1. Ulric: no worries, there's also a mississippi mudpie on the menu, and that one's a chocolate-covered chocolate brownie! :D heh, yeah, the bread is quite addictive and rather filling, unfortunately! =)

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    2. Ahhh...good...just love my Mississippi Mudpies :)

      Sure boh on the cornbread? :P

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    3. Ulric: heheh, i can't remember if it's TGIF or Chili's version of the mud pies that i kinda like. or someplace else =) i think i enjoyed the cornbread more than i enjoyed the gumbo :D

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    4. Do u remember d now-defunct Mississippi Slim's in Jln Ampang? Their mudpies were actually chocolate n vanilla ice-cream pies...they were so awesome! =)

      How abt the biscuits in Popeyes Louisiana? :P

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    5. Ulric: hmmm, i can't recall popeyes' biscuit. too bad their taman tun branch has closed. though ermm, i guess i can say that new orleans' cornbread is more satisfying than kenny rogers' corn muffins...

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  2. I've always been curious as to how gumbo tastes like.

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    1. Baby Sumo: here's your chance to find out! heh :D

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  3. The mud balls look good and juicy! And the banana foster looks like a must have... I have a weakness for most things that combine cinnamon and banana.

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    1. Missyblurkit: the mud balls were a nice change from the usual meatballs in spanish and other western restaurants :D heh, the bananas here are quite nice too, maybe due to the effect of the bourbon used to flambe them :D

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  4. those meatballs look like they have beets in them! hmm.. but for some reason the food doesn't scream 'hotel food'!

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    1. Vien: beets might be a nice addition for those meatballs! :D but ya, you're right, this was a nice change from the usual hotel restaurant offerings. more casual, more down-to-earth, sort of :D

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  5. I like those masks, I bought some small one in Venice, but cant't know where I put already..... LOL
    The banana foster looks good, will it be better with some peanut butter? :P

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    1. CK: hahah, maybe the mask is in one of the boxes that you haven't unpacked :D heheh, i think peanut butter is not in the original recipe, but maybe can ask the chef if he can add it! =)

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  6. I'm looking for a restaurant to bring my mum on her birthday. Is this place any good?

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    1. Smitten By Food: hmmm, well, it's closed on weekends except for saturday dinners, so the timing might be a problem. and if you want a quiet place, this might not be ideal, since the live band comes on quite early in the evening and is rather loud =)

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  7. oo now is call new orleans?
    My italian friends use to go Avanti.. and they told that they are renovating..
    shall pay them a visit...

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    1. Simple Person: yeps, New Orleans is the new name :D ya, i'm a bit sad that avanti closed, since i ate there at least 10 times and it was always a nice experience, but stopped going already the last few years =)

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  8. This sounds exciting. I hope they get some good zydeco music for entertainment.

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    1. The Yum List: ooh, i've never watched a live zydeco performance before! :D

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  9. Southern corn bread! Loves, loves, loves! :)

    And if that Banana Foster had some peanut butter on it, we both know who else would be all over it, ja? ;)

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    1. Kenny: me loves cornbread too! it combines the best qualities of bread and cake in one yummy package :D heheh, can Bring Your Own peanut butter every time you go eat out, and slather some whenever the urge arises! =)

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  10. the banana foster looks yummy

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    1. Lawrence: it's recommended for fans of bananas. Soft, smooth and sweet =)

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    1. Michelle: nah, not really. There were quite a number of people who seemed to be hotel guests having dinner here. And the band was loud ... probably too loud, heh! :D

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  12. The gumbo in Nawlin's is more brown than red. Just saying:P

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    1. Ciki: heheh, I'm not sure whether to blame the restaurant's lighting or my photo color editing for the redness of the gumbo :D

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    2. ya that don't look like the gumbo i grew up with (I'm from around New Orleans) and I think I could give these guys a run for their money with my gumbo....but still looking forward to try the place out this week

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    3. Unknown: ya, i guess this place basically caters to customers (like me) who have minimal experience with authentic new orleans cuisine. i had really great gumbo several years ago at a place in bangkok, and was assured that it was the real deal there :D

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  13. Ahhh cajun shrimp! Everyone's favourite appetizer..heh. Should be better than those at Bubba Gump eh? heh

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    1. Drops of contentment: the corn batter used for the shrimp here is quite interesting. Thin, coarsely crisp and gritty! Love it, heh :D

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