Wednesday, October 17, 2012

MIGF: Imperial Rama & Onsemiro

Let's look East for this MIGF installment, checking out Chinese cuisine at Genting Highlands' Imperial Rama and Korean at The Intermark KL's Onsemiro.

First up, Imperial Rama, where the four-course MIGF menu kicks off with a duo of lobster preparations, one chilled with ebiko and the other warmed up with asparagus and mushrooms. Both mighty fine, especially for crustacean enthusiasts.

Double-boiled guinea fowl soup, thick with traditional herbs to keep things flavorful.

Fish and fowl meet: baked sturgeon with duck roll. Playfully surprising, the sweet-glazed fish tastes like char siew, while the crispy roll is evocative of curry puffs.

Wrapping up with more Chinese decadence: cold bird's nest with pear and avocado puree. Sure, it's not the most adventurous of desserts, but it's really refreshing.

The MIGF menu here costs RM238++ for food. Quite a sum for a modest-looking four courses, but components like lobster and bird's nest are inescapably expensive.

An extra RM100++ provides three glasses of wine (prosecco, chablis and moscato). Thanks to Genting's Resorts World for inviting us for this complimentary tasting.

Tea and after-meal grappa is also included in the menu ...

... as well as a cool traveling kit of metal chopsticks and cutlery.

Keen on somewhere closer to the city center? Onsemiro is one option, bringing Korean recipes for the first time into the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival.

Starters here comprise crisp, cold bites, like a Korean-style seafood salad in mustard vinegar, as well as a veggie spring roll stuffed with crab meat and soy bean paste ...

... plus sweet-spicy seasoned abalone with rice noodles and a hot bowl of porridge brimming with chicken, chestnuts, dates, gingko and ginseng.

Onsemiro's bibimbap is satisfactory, vibrantly flavored with beef and egg, both raw, to be mixed with mushrooms, veggies and red pepper paste.

We love the pollack-and-tofu soup, as delicious as broths get. All the essential side dishes are offered too, including lotus roots, mung bean starch jelly and white kimchi.

Beef chuck flap tail and short ribs, juicily grilled at the table over Oakwood charcoal and served with a dipping sauce that features no less than 50 secret ingredients.

Service at Onsemiro is gracious and exceptionally accommodating; we only ordered and paid for one MIGF set to share between two of us, but the manager insisted on pouring us two servings of wine to pair with our meal instead of one. Much appreciated.

Love the desserts: persimmon sorbet, made with 100 percent naturally ripened fruit that supplies a honeyed pulpiness, as well as sweet rice cakes and cinnamon fruit punch.

Onsemiro's full MIGF menu costs RM198++ without wine, RM298++ with.

Imperial Rama,
Highlands Hotel, Genting Highlands.
Tel: 03-6105-9663
Onsemiro,
Second Floor, The Intermark Mall, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2161-2461
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40 comments:

  1. Hehe, just imagine if we food bloggers ate EVERYTHING we post.

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    1. Cquek: someday I'd like to be able to fit back into the 28-inch-waist slacks that I bought just before I turned 30 :D

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    2. im trying very hard to get back my figure 5 year ago..but with the recent downpour i can't swim!! and at this hour im so hungry and sleepy yet my kitchen is out of gas!!! reading ur yummy post make my saliva filling my table top!!

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    3. Cindy: ooo, hope you managed to get to sleep and that you had sweet dreams about food! i don't think i'll ever regain my former figure, but i wish you good luck! :D

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  2. The meats at Onsemiro looks delish...I bet d Oakwood charcoal grill makes d difference =)

    Heard tat their service is quite accomodating :)

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    1. Ulric: the meat was very nicely cooked by the manager at the table. i think her skill was crucial. and ya, they're friendly here =)

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  3. ahh now you've got me craving porridge! and does the bimbimbap dish come with rice?? Just wondering cause my favourite part of bimbimbap is the crispy rice portion that's stuck to the stone bowl!! :D and of course, drenching my rice in the chilli sauce!!

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    1. Vien: it's a cloudy evening in KL, so some porridge today would be nice here too! yeps, the rice in the bibimbap was buried beneath all the beef and veggies. i love crusty rice too, and my heart rejoices when i find it at the bottom of the bibimbap bowl :D

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  4. Everyone craves for smthg after reading your post. HAHAHA...
    Persimmon sorbet?It sound gorgeous on its own, I couldn't imagine how it taste like as .... made with 100 percent ripen fruit? That's so cool! but wouldn't it be too sweet? ><

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    1. Eunice: heheh, you're right, the persimmon sorbet is very, very good. it's sweet for me, but not too sweet. somehow they managed to make the recipe perfect, i think :D

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  5. Oooo...classy place, classy food...but unfortunately, I can't afford plus I don't drink...not anymore, may trigger a gout attack. Sonbsss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yikes, that's true, you gotta take care of your health if you have gout problems. but hopefully you'll enjoy the other things that you eat regularly, ya =)

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  6. Ahh..Onsemiro looks worth a shot, esp with the beef. The beef portion for one is quite generous yes? Plus so many starters, sides. And a rice dish. Certainly good to share!

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    1. TNG: oh yeah, the MIGF menu for onsemiro is not too big and not too small. but definitely will be full after eating the beef and the bibimbap. in the end, it was a satisfactory MIGF menu here =)

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  7. My type of porridge! smooth2 with all the goodie ;-)

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    1. Melissa: i just realized i'd love the porridge more with some century eggs in it, heh :D

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  8. I can't help but notice the cute cutlery set from Genting! I used to have a set too and always used the metal chopsticks as opposed to the disposable bamboo/wood type in hawker stalls. That is, until I forgot to bring them back one day! *sobs* memories.. Sorry I was digressing.. LOL.. the MIGF menu is certainly very posh, with bird's nest and lobster!

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    1. Iamthewitch: ooh, i guess that's Genting's signature set! hopefully someday you'll manage to get a replacement set from Genting, ya :D oh yeah, bird's nest is something i don't get a chance to taste very often =)

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  9. looking at all the delicious photos makes me want to splurge on the MIGF menu.

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    1. Smitten: oh yeah, this year's MIGF menus have been quite enjoyable, it seems :D

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  10. I love lobster..
    I am sure there will be lots of lucky customer over there..
    (after win big at Genting)

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    1. Simple Person: i'm a fan of lobster because it's easy to remove the flesh/meat from the shell, heheh :D and ya, this restaurant, imperial rama, is just outside the VIP casino exit, i think =)

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  11. I'll always be adverse to bibimbap because of all the vegetables! Raw beef would definitely make a few people squeamish I'm sure..haha

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    1. Drops of Contentment: ooh, i guess i'm the opposite, cos bibimbap is my fave korean dish. it's comfort food for me, really :D

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  12. The beef at Onsemiro looks good, very nice marbling. :) And chuck flap tail is another one of those non-premium cuts which tastes so good when it comes from a Wagyu or Master Kobe. :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, the beef for the MIGF set was better than the grilled beef that i've tried at most other korean restaurants. and i don't often see chuck flap tail, so thanks for the info on that! :D

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  13. the food looks exquisite but I also admire your pictures ! unbelievably beautiful
    greetings from brussels
    anni

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    1. Anni: thank you, much appreciate your kind words :D

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  14. genting is kinda far... and i am eyeing on the bibimbap! :) am a korean food addict here

    Latest: CAUTION: It's Flaming!

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    1. Fish: yeah, but it's worth the 45-minute drive to genting for good food, i think, heheh. hopefully there'll be a very good korean restaurant in genting sometime :D

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  15. If my family dine here, it will be almost $800, maybe just me and my wife next time in Genting !!!!

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    1. Wong: good idea, maybe for a couple's dinner for a special occasion someday =)

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  16. The Korean spot is so close to my home but I'm still yet to try it. Must make it over there soon.

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    1. The yum list: it's a good stop if you're in the mood for Korean fare, I'd recommend it definitely =)

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  17. Onsemiro looks like an interesting entry for MIGF this year Hopefully I can squeeze in time for it next week. Absolutely love the colours and flavours that the Koreans have to odder,

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, it's a breath of fresh air to have a korean meal for migf. and it's very well done here :D

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  18. Sean: Thank you very much for the great food review! =)

    http://www.facebook.com/OnsemiroRestaurant

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    1. Ever: you're very welcome. it was a very enjoyable meal =)

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  19. Haven't heard of Onsemiro before but from the pictures, this looks like a Korean fine dining place?

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, it's kinda korean fine dining, with some interesting items on its menu that aren't found elsewhere in kl =)

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