Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cantaloupe @ Troika Sky Dining

It's taken more than a year for Troika Sky Dining to clamber from conception to consummation, but this shimmering 24th-floor venue warranted the wait, kicking off 2013 with a resounding bang that connoisseurs citywide will surely hear & cheer.

Spearheaded by Chris Bauer & Eddie Chew, the erstwhile guiding lights for Changkat's Frangipani, Troika Sky Dining scored with a splashy housewarming soiree on New Year's Eve, a prelude to its official opening expected by week's end.

For now, the linchpin of this level is Cantaloupe, Troika Sky Dining's main hall for dining & wining. Two more under-speculation sections _ Italian supper spot Strato & watering hole Claret _ might be unleashed before January takes its leave.

Cantaloupe's menu remains under wraps, but its Dec. 31 dinner provided a peek at the kitchen's potential sensibilities: Fine de Claire oysters with Japanese cucumber jelly & anchovy cream; chorizo-dusted scallops with parsley foam & ancho chili oil ...

... flash-grilled red wine poached filet mignon with parsley noodles; 24-hour-cooked pigeon, chicken & foie gras terrine with pigeon jus ganache & chestnuts ...

... pan-roasted gurnard with bouillabaise croquette, marinated olives & ratatouille, as well as cantaloupe sorbet & Thai basil ice cream.

Classic cocktails: Clover Club, Negroni & Vesper Martini, RM30++ each.

Troika's triumvirate triumphant? In 2012, Acme Bar & Coffee captured Time Out KL's Best New Restaurant laurels, while last month, Kampachi launched here to unanimous acclaim; it might be culinary conjecture so far, but Troika Sky Dining could prove this building's crown jewel.

Too early to plan where to usher in 2014? Probably, but here's what might be in store.





Troika Sky Dining,
Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.
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50 comments:

  1. "24-hour cooked...". That's something new! I always think that anything above 6~8 hours of cooking (for a single dish) would be painstaking enough.

    Anyway, Happy New Year! Here's to good food and better health ahead!

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    1. Chong: heh, it does sound like extremely slow and steady preparation for one dish, doesn't it. thank goodness for patient chefs! :D good food and great health sound like a winning combination, thanks. wishing you very much the same for 2013 :D

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  2. Can you believe another year has passed? Time can be so funny; at times, dragging on, but so often, speeding by and we barely have time to catch our breath. I hope this New Year’s Eve is filled with love and laughter, relaxation and joy.

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    1. Cquek: thanks, it was a nice way to welcome the new year, and yep, i'm a bit sad that 2012 is over and feeling undeniably apprehensive about 2013, but let's stay positive that it'll be a good year for us :D

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  3. So red...so raw. Not too sure where you are but I would be wary when eating beef cooked so rare here - no fresh beef in town, frozen, imported from Oz or NZ...and dunno how long already. Can't always believe those business people when they tell you it's air-flown...

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    1. Suituapui: oooo, I'm generally a fan of steak that's bloody, rare instead of medium-rare =)

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  4. Really lovely view! Only 1st january and already you have 2 blogposts! ;) Happy New year!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, this restaurant really capitalizes on the view very well : D heh, double the blog posts to celebrate the new year. Hope it's been a genuinely great 2013 for you so far =)

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    1. Wong: vibrant colors to partner with the vibrant setting =)

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  6. Another pretty spot in the vicinity of KLCC. I am certainly not complaining about the evening jams now that I know I have another pretty spot to chill at. Food looks good from your pics...

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it's a really soothing place to calm our work-stressed nerves and enjoy some good food and drink after office hours. Am looking forward to also seeing how the Italian restaurant and wine bar on this level turn out :D

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  7. What spectacular views! I wonder if you can go just for a drink?

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    1. The Yum List: i think that's very possible. there's a bar area, with some lounge-ish tables and chairs :D

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  8. Can eat and enjoy the firework, lucky you! This year we didn't see any. :P

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    1. CK: ooo, i guess your new apartment this year doesn't face the area where fireworks can be seen. maybe can try returning to your previous apartment whenever there are fireworks scheduled :D

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  9. Beautiful place! Can't wait till you properly review the menu. :D

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: it's a fantastic set-up, and i'm crossing my fingers that there'll be a really nice a la carte menu to match =)

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  10. wow it is so beautiful..
    next time I must suggest to my boss..
    I tried Marini's and he loves it..
    and I am sure he like this too..

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    1. Simple Person: oooh, if your boss liked marini's, i think he'll like this place too, hopefully! very impressive =)

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    2. I will tag along as well. muahahahaha

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    3. Simple Person: heheh, i wish i had a kind boss too! :D

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  11. Such a beautiful place and view to watch fireworks!

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    1. Melissa: yup, they really did well by having this perfect angle :D

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  12. high class lor there~

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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    1. Mr Lonely: a good place for a special occasion or celebration, yeah =)

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  13. Would you have a number to the restaurant to make a reservation? It's so new that there's nothing and all of Troika (concierge and what nots for a 5 star destination) does not know what this is and where this is. Sigh!
    Also, no FB page. Marini's has a very concise FB page and contact details online everywhere.

    Cantaloupe needs to get a phone line. Or website. Or at least be on social media. You are the first to review the place. Thanks for this tho.

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    1. PoppyProse: yep, i haven't managed to find their facebook page so far, but i'll update this entry with their phone number within a week, if that's not too late for you. apologies, i'm not certain their number is up and running yet.

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    2. Thanks for your help Sean!

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    3. PoppyProse: here's the correct number ... 03-2162-0886 :D

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  14. I think the view is their best-selling item la :-P

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    1. Pureglutton: a major plus point, a major attraction, yeah :D

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  15. sky high dining is the trend :P

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    1. TNG: a good trend, i think, if it's mainly restaurants of cantaloupe's caliber, heh :D

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  16. Happy New year Sean! Here's to a great 2013 for us all.

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    1. Renaura: hear, hear! thanks for your good wishes =)

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  17. I like the view of the skylines and fine de claire oysters.... how tempting!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, nibbling on oysters while enjoying the view is a real attraction! :D

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  18. Love your Fireworks picture captured inside restaurant. Nice! It's must your plan to be there at New Year eve, what a great idea!
    Happy New Year! (not too late, I hope)
    Cheers!

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    1. River: thanks, huck! it was a bit difficult to get here for new year's eve, but it was worth it, i think :D happy new year to you too. i hope 2013 will be a very, very good one for you and your family =)

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  19. Do you happen to know if they open for lunch?

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    1. Unknown: i believe they're currently only open for dinner, but maybe you could try calling them to check. 03-2162-0886 ... good luck :D

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  20. need to booking before go ?

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    1. Xiong: to be safe, ya, sometimes they hold special wine dinner nights and private svents

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  21. this restaurant dont hav official website ?

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    1. Xiong: troikaskydining.com

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  22. Are there two restaurants under Troika's management? Because I keep coming across two addresses; one along Persiaran KLCC and another Jalan Binjai.

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    1. Nirosha: oh, it's actually the same building, which encompasses two roads :D

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  23. May I know the business hour?

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    1. Kingster: they're currently open for lunch and dinner everyday, but you might need to call them to confirm =)

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