Wednesday, October 10, 2012

MIGF: The Olive @ Maxims Genting

The 2012 Malaysian International Gourmet Festival is finally in full swing, hitting heady heights at The Olive Restaurant in Genting Highlands Resort.

Thanks to Resorts World for this invitation to check out what Chef Daniel Sheen has concocted for October. To begin: a fresh basket of squid ink, tomato and garlic bread.

The Olive supplies respite from the bustle of Genting's Maxims hotel, letting us focus on this flavorful spoonful of marinated salmon, honey spheres and fruit salsa.

When this plate of portobello mushroom carpaccio topped with black truffles, pecorino cheese, balsamic, herbs and grissini bread sticks landed on our table, we swooned helplessly over its intense aroma. Possibly our favorite course for The Olive's MIGF menu.

Celeriac veloute, warm and creamy, made savory with salted cod fish mousse.

Palate-cleansing pleasure: rhubarb-topped sorbet, tart but tantalizingly so.

Spatchcock with baby roma tomato confit, frisee and kiwi gazpacho. This meal's weakest link; essentially a pleasant but unremarkable chicken recipe.

But the final main course is a bona fide stunner: Wagyu short rib with smoked porcini risotto and parsnip puree. Comfort food for both carnivores and carb-lovers.

Blood orange sorbet, paving the path for a creative conclusion.

Bittersweet chocolate, super-sumptuous with raspberries, coconut sago and pistachios.

More chocolate to wrap up a meal with a RM298++ price tag for paying customers.

Add RM100++ for four courses of excellent wine at regular intervals throughout.

Vino di Poeti (Gold) Prosecco, Bottega; Le Pitre, Primitivo del Salento, Villa Mottura, 2009 and Pedro Ximenez Solera, Alvear make up the highlights.

Service at The Olive was outstanding, from the moment we stepped inside till the time we left.

The Olive's MIGF menu includes a complimentary after-dinner drink: limoncello or choc grappa.



The Olive,
Lobby Level, Maxims Genting, Genting Highlands.
Tel: 03-6105-9668
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32 comments:

  1. I haven't been to Genting for ages!!!!!!! I heard that it isn't as 'cool' (weather-wise! haha) as it used to be! is it true??? I think that I'd like the portobello carpaccio the best too! :D

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    1. Vien: heheh, the weather was excellent over the weekend. a very pleasant change from the heat & humidity of KL, and less than an hour away, heh :D and yep, the portobello carpaccio set the bar really high! =)

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  2. I haven't been Genting quite awhile already, did you try your luck in Casino? :P I

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    1. CK: heheh, i only walked around the casino for about 30 mins, and then later at night, my friend went in for about two hours to try his luck :D

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  3. You drove all the way up there just for food? I hope you did try your luck and won some money from the Casino =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: ooh, the very good food (and the equally good accommodation) made the drive worthwhile, i think :D

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  4. could be a tad expensive but after all it's genting kan? :/

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    1. KY: yeah, you're right, the portions of the food were generous and the quality was fine, but the price here is definitely higher than many of the other MIGF menus this year =)

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  5. The Wagyu short rib with smoked porcini risotto sounds yummy. 2 superb ingredients put together....

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it's certainly a guaranteed hit! i think anyone who loves beef and anyone who loves risotto will enjoy it very much :D

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  6. Aww what a great meal! Definitely looks worth the drive up to Genting for, although we'd probably need a lot of luck at the casino before we'd afford this dinner..haha

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    1. Drops of Contentment: heh, the casinos are crowded and a bit too chaotic for me, but i enjoyed the evening at this restaurant, which was really calm and chilled out :D

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  7. Portobello mushroom carpaccio - this was the one i told u about that I sampled at the gala launch! Wonder was it Chef Daniel himself that was at the booth that day.
    Hhehe.. so the actual dish is just as nice yea?
    Can't wait to read the other 2 more menus! :)
    Honey spheres? - kinda molecular?

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    1. TNG: the mushroom carpaccio was magnificent! forgot to note in this entry that the balsamic used was a 25-year-aged one, so it had a nice sweetness :D and you're right, the honey spheres were of the molecular cuisine type =)

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  8. If I'm not mistaken, chef Daniel Sheen is quite a handsome chef right? LOL!

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    1. Baby Sumo: his photographs make him look tall and dashing, yeah! unfortunately we didn't get to meet him, cos he wasn't around that evening, heh. but his kitchen team managed to do his food justice, i think :D

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  9. wow...looks like an awesome meal!

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    1. Melissa: it was a delicious feast from start to finish :D

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  10. Yeah i love the mushroom carpaccio. Probably one of the best I've tried in town. Looks like they are a supported of Bottega here right from the aperitif to the digestive.

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    1. Eiling: it's very interesting, cos portobello is usually not sliced this thinly. it definitely makes me respect this mushroom a little bit more :D heh, yeah, lots of bottega used here, including for the other MIGF menus at Genting's other two leading restaurants =)

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  11. So nice to be in a position to be invited for food tasting ! Feast to the eyes and taste bud ! deepest envy !!!! I think everything shown looks foreign to me except the bread ! haha ! That blood orange sorbet must be good !

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    1. Wong: was quite thankful for this opportunity, and the luckily the food was very good =) i liked the sorbet, it was definitely refreshing =)

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  12. Oh wow, this looks really wonderful Sean!

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    1. Cquek: it was a memorable meal, in a positive way! :D

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  13. Wagu and portobello dishes - definitely my favs!

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    1. The Yum List: great taste buds think alike! heheh, yeah, hands-down those two dishes were my faves for the night :D

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  14. I don't even know that Genting has this restaurant..
    so next time when i win BIG... I will eat BIG at Maxim .. kakaka

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    1. Simple Person: ya, i haven't visited many restaurants in genting, but i hear that this one (the olive) is supposed to be the best one. and the maxims hotel where the restaurant is located is very nice too :D

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  15. Sounds like you had an amazing time in Genting.

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    1. Cquek: it was fun and memorable =)

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