Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hell @ Bistro a Table

Abandon all hope of slim waistlines, ye who enter here: this fire-breathing, scythe-bearing demon welcomed us into Dante's third circle of hell, reserved for gluttons and relocated to Bistro a Table for an eight-course, hell-themed degustation dinner.

Hell temporarily froze over for the opening salvo of asparagus ice with house-smoked salmon, which featured familiar flavors in an unconventional textural combination.

Temperatures climbed with each subsequent serving: prepared at six degrees Celcius, this Deconstructed Bloody Mary Soup surfaced as a crimson lake of tomato, with chili seeds on the side to sear the taste buds with teeth-gnashing punishment.

Seventy degrees and rising: capellini with diabolically delicious poached Irish oysters and Avruga caviar in creamy veloute. The dinner this week was meant to mark Bistro's one-year birthday on the 6th of June (that's today!) at its No. 6 address. Many happy returns!

Ninety degrees: lobster ravioli with Pernod-infused bisque. June's a double whammy for degustation fans: Bistro will host Chef Vicky Cheng of Hong Kong's Liberty Private Works on Saturday, June 16, when he'll collaborate with Bistro's Isadora Chai for one evening only. Make reservations soon; hell hath no fury like a chef scorned.

At 170 degrees: Deep-fried onion soup might sound like culinary blasphemy, but while it wasn't as heavenly as the other courses, we'll forgive it for its sin of stodginess.

Is this lamb? Hell, no! Italian venison, smothered in foie gras emulsion.

Deliver us into temptation: the wine pairings for this meal included warm, tangy-spiced sips of French Pinot Noir.

Too hot to handle: white cherry clafoutis, buttery and sugary. Potentially a thought-I'd died-and-gone-to-heaven sort of dessert.

There's a fire starting in our Cointreau-flamed Passion Fruit Bombe Alaska, reaching a fever pitch and bringing us out the dark.

Burn, baby, burn _ Bistro Inferno! You know what I mean.


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

  1. Very interesting concept meal...
    U didn't try the fire spitting?
    I wonder y the fire alarm was not trigger...lol

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    1. Simple Person: ya, the concept is fun, but i'm scared of fire! they actually also set the floor on fire for awhile! :D

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  2. This place is always amazing with the theme. I must try to make it for the next onelah.

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    1. Missyblurkit: next month's theme is supposed to be Bizarro BAT. where the restaurant's signature dishes get transformed through new twists :D

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  3. They only do dinners right :(

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    1. Michelle: and brunch on weekends by reservation =)

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  4. Hehehe funny writing!!! :D hehe the 'grim ripper' robe's so adorable! In the last two pictures, they look like they're pink in colour- like a pajamas in a sleepover party :P but really interesting theme!! Hehe I would be very entertained and stuffed!

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    1. Vien: thanks! :D oh yeah, i kinda felt sorry for the grim reaper, cos he had to stand by the door in costume all night all, and there wasn't very much for him to do besides the pyrotechnic stunts. and the costume must have been quite hot and stuffy!

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  5. Cool! This place looks so creative.

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    1. The Yum List: ya, i guess creativity is part of what keeps the customers enjoying their meals here :D

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  6. I love ravioli very much, hope they will put the lobster ravioli in normal menu. :P
    Are you going to the birthday dinner tonight?

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    1. CK: i think the cappellini with oysters and caviar will be on the a la carte menu this month :D nope, i'm not going for tonight's birthday dinner =)

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  7. Haha...the sickle is so pathetically small lar :P

    Nice fiery review =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, and it wasn't very sharp either :D thanks =)

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  8. The dishes especially the desserts sure look like they could give the diners a weight gain. The fellow draped in pink walking around sure looks like he could scare anyone on a given day.

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    1. Waverly: yeah, it was a super-hearty dinner. the dishes were creamy and heavy =) heh, if only we had halloween on a large-scale basis in KL, we'd see more grim reapers walking around once a year on the streets =)

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  9. Love the colorful hues from the flames on that Bombe Alaska!

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    1. Pureglutton: the flames seemed alive! very vibrant :D

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  10. I've yet to try the food here...! *kicks self*

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: no hurry, i think. this place will hopefully be around for many more years =)

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  11. Wahh... you have a perpetual reservation on their degustation menu izzt? =p Love how she actually think thru the entire theme and menu, i bet is a lot of work.

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    1. Smitten by Food: there seem to be quite a few regulars who turn up for most of the degustation dinners here :D yeah, everyone appreciates the effort. and the service team here is now really very good too =)

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  12. Her degustations always look amazing!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, this latest one wasn't my all-time favorite, but it was still very much worthwhile! :D

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  13. wow you attended the Hell degustation. Was the turnout good? I received the email too but the menu didn't quite entice me.

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    1. Eiling: oh, the turnout was decent. i think 80 percent of the restaurant was filled. but ya, hopefully will meet you at a future dinner here! :D

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  14. I'm SO EXCITED for my first meal here! :P

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    1. TNG: it's be a VERY GOOD one, cross fingers! :D

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  15. How much is degustation menu cost? Only every monday right?

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    1. Edric: it's only on the first monday of every month (once every four weeks). it usually costs at least RM300++ without wine, probably RM450++ with wine.

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    2. i tot every mon is close?

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    3. Sandee: it's open one monday per month. you can call the restaurant in advance to find out which monday =)

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  16. How much is their normal dinner with wine. Let's say a 5 course dinner?

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    1. Fara: three courses for their regular dinner would actually be enough. i think it'd be safe to allocate RM120++ without wine =)

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    2. Ahh.. Alright. Thank you so much for the info. :D

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    3. Fara: you're welcome. hope you enjoy your meal here =)

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