Sunday, November 18, 2012

Kitchen Wars @ Bistro a Table

Some wars are well worth fighting: Bistro a Table's once-a-month degustation dinners for November & December feature chef Isadora Chai's reinterpretation of signature recipes from some of KL's finest outlets (plus one from Singapore).

Dim sum's the theme (!): Il Lido's burrata cheese starter receives the first makeover, turned into cheese-stuffed 'har gao' lookalikes topped with roma tomatoes, honey & pine nuts & caper pesto.

Inspired by La Vie En Rose: soft, steaming buns, like 'char siew sou,' filled with goose foie gras.

From Mediteca: creamy poached duck egg with Italian black truffles, fresh girolles & onions on sweet potato 'bird's nest.'

Look south: Gunther's in Singapore is credited for this cold capellini, a super-smooth stunner with Breton sea urchin, caviar, soy, mirin & white truffle oil.

Cilantro's turn: the Micasa establishment's eel-liver masterwork is transformed into 'pai tee' brimming with unagi, shaven iced foie gras & liquidized aragula.

From Frangipani: Tasmanian King salmon 'siew mai' with Guan Yin Chinese tea oil ...

... teamed up with roasted chat potatoes, 'lor mai kai' style, with creme fraiche.

Nero Vivo's osso bucco becomes 'sui gow' in beef consomme. Some of these might now be on Bistro's a la carte menu; the full selection will be presented at the next Kitchen Wars degustation dinner, probably on the first Monday of December. Reservations mandatory.

Taking its cue from Garibaldi: deconstructed tiramisu with Bailey's & chocolate liquor balls. Cost: RM380++ per person without wine, RM450++ with wine pairings.

Bistro a Table,
6, Jalan 17/54, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7931-2831
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26 comments:

  1. I finally made my way to BAT this week! Had a really lovely meal. I had the cold pasta too (minus the sea urchin) and it really is pretty similar to Gunther's.

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    1. Baby sumo: ooo, you'd be one of the not-too-many customers who've managed to try this dish at both gunther's and bistro a table! I guess bistro a table won't keep this dish permanently on the menu, so it's great timing that you went there recently! :D

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  2. Oooo, Gunther's! Gotta go try it out ... menu seems actually fairly decently priced (degustation at $128, so even cheaper than Cilantro) considering that Gunther's is like in the world's top 100 restaurants ...

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    1. Timing: it's definitely on my to-eat list too, though it probably won't happen anytime this year for me. Hope to read about your gunther's adventure sometime soon =)

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  3. Certainly different - the pai tee, the "money bags".... I love those. Dunno whether I'd love these. If only I could try...

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    1. Suituapui: Ya, if only I could courier you a box of this innovative pai tee. But maybe the next time you come to kl, it might be possible to make a special request in advance for this dish at theirs restaurant. Maybe, I dunno =)

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  4. what an interesting twist on the food! nice 'dim sum' selection :)

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    1. Fish: yeah, we've definitely never had 'dim sum' like this before =)

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  5. NO COMMENT. I couldn't afford .. maybe 10 years time I will be willing to fork out this money to try Bistro A Table too! ;) BUT THE FOOD LOOKS AWESOME in anyway..

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    1. Eunice: oh yeah, it would exceed the budget of many students. but hopefully after you complete your studies and you've started working, you might be able to come here for a special occasion =)

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  6. Hope she will put some of these to her normal menu, I want that steaming buns with foie gras. :P

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    1. CK: ya, that was one of my favorite dishes for this dinner! :D

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    1. Eaglet: you were within a 100-meter radius when it was taken :D

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  8. I think the price is reasonable for these good food

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    1. Simple Person: ya, it will cost a lot for the wallet, but the ingredients used to prepare these recipes are very good. and a lot of work went into creating this food =)

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  9. I still haven't try BAT, soon!

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    1. KY: no worries, BAT looks like it's here to stay! :D

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  10. I always enjoy reading your degustation post on BAT. I know i'll see something interesting .. this time is the cold capellini!

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    1. Smitten: thanks. yeah, there's always something interesting to see and taste at bistro's degustation dinners! looking forward to next year's dinners too :D

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  11. Goodness the food looks superb! What a super idea... The pau with the goose foie gras is a ridiculously ingenious concoction! Great to see people being creative.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yeah, the consistent creativity here is pretty much unparalleled in kl. it made me wish that pau stuffed with foie gras could be something we can find on a regular basis :D

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  12. Poached duck egg with truffles! I will like that...the current taste buds of mine seem to be extra fond of truffles in the last few weeks.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oooh, you're in luck, it's alba truffle season now! i think la risata is having a truffle promotion that ends next week :D

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  13. That stretch of Dim Sum is very inviting !

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    1. Wong: yeah, a very interesting twist from the traditional dim sum! :D

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