Friday, June 21, 2013

GE13 Disgustation @ Bistro a Table

No recount necessary: Bistro a Table should secure a landslide victory & be elected into the Parliament of Palate-Pleasuring, thanks to its latest degustation dinner that skewers the many mishaps of Malaysia's 2013 national polls.

This "Disgustation" menu, an outrageously imaginative, one-of-a-kind melding of French & Malaysian elements, is being offered twice: on June 3 & once more next month on July 1. Fittingly, customers may choose to wear black to this culinary cri de couer.

The opening course is called "Phantom Voters," a mouthwatering manifesto of vine-ripened tomatoes stuffed with akhrote ka raita, alongside Hokkaido scallop ceviche with jalapeno pepper & cucumber.

Chinese Tsunami: A far-from-disastrous combination that supplies a tidal wave of savory flavor, comprising pan-seared Atlantic cod with squid consomme & Hojishu tempura. What more could customers want? This wins our vote for favorite dish.

Edible Delible Ink: Squid ink pasta, a la 'mee goreng,' with bottarga & sea urchin cream. Chef Isadora Chai might charge us with sedition if we attempted to (falsely) accuse this of being less than utterly slurp-worthy.

Blackout! The restaurant is plunged into unexpected darkness midway through our meal, sparking suspicions of severe irregularities in the kitchen.

When the lights return, these parcels have suddenly surfaced on our tables, bearing a bonus: Tandoori frog legs with parsnip chips. Every election might be plagued by frogs, but few ever turn out to be as welcome & wonderful as Bistro a Table's.

Janji Di Chapati & Ini Kari Lah: Toasted chapati with goat's cheese & pasilla pepper, to be dunked into mussels in curried cream. Customers should campaign for this addictive concoction to be placed on the restaurant's long-term menu.

Gerrymandering: Guinea fowl roulade with Hara Shorva, duck confit with house-cured duck prosciutto, tomato mousse & cold yogurt soup with mint. Might seem like fowl play, but we trust this is perfectly proportioned in every way.

1Malaysia: Modernized ice cendol, comprising shaved ice coconut cream with Gula Melaka, kahlua sago pearls & Creme de Menthe cendol. A refreshing, liquor-laced recipe that might help slightly to ease the bitter taste that the elections left in many mouths.

The GE13 Disgustation menu costs RM190++ per person, plus RM70++ for optional wine pairing. Don't be perturbed if the service team's fingers look stained while pouring your wine; indelible ink isn't poisonous (or is it?).

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

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38 comments:

  1. This was so amusing to read!

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    1. Kelly: heh, i hope that's a good thing! :D

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    2. Definitely! Love the subtle puns!

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    3. Kelly: yay! usaha saya tidak sia-sia =)

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  2. RM190+ is actually very reasonable! And the dishes does look fabulous!

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    1. TNG: yeah, this dinner didn't leave us feeling too broke, luckily! and ya, there were surprises aplenty that made it very worthwhile =)

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    1. Mr Lonely: heheh, oh-kaaaaaaay =)

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  4. Squid ink? Yikes! :) I like the ambiance and decor, Sean, and your descriptions are great, as always.

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    1. Linda: heh, yeah, yikes to squid ink :D thanks! Yep, this is one of my favorite restaurants, for various reasons =)

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  5. Interesting concept but is this a one-off thing? Imagine going there the next night and going through the same things again...

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    1. Suituapui: it's a two-off thing :D it'll be held just once again, on July 1 =)

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  6. I hope she will put all these in the long term menu! I want to try all!

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    1. CK: heh, ya, they're quite interesting ideas about how to make a marriage of French and Malaysian food :D

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  7. I had a good laugh! Wished that I will be around on the 1st:(

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, ya, too bad these degustation menus at bistro a table only happen once or twice before they're replaced by other menus. hopefully the next degustation menu in august or september will also be fun :D

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  8. Waahhh...Undilah* oso can become a deco on the windows! haha
    LOL! on the blackout segment! Then magic got extra food summore.hehe...
    I vote for Hello Kitty! :-p

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    1. Melissa: heheh, apparently those might actually be real campaign posters on the windows :D and ya, the blackout segment was cute. luckily we got extra food instead of LESS food! :D

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  9. OMG! Such a genius idea! And had me cackling with laughter to read the names and the clever twist to the dishes! hehe

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    1. Iamthewitch: heh, yeah, this was the PERFECT degustation menu to create to mark the recent mood of the city =)

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  10. cool concept, must try it once!

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    1. Jean: ya, very original initiative =)

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  11. LOL LOL!! This is interesting!

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    1. Larina: yeah, a unique way to channel one's opinions into recipes =)

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  12. hahaha, this is the only bit of GE13 that wins my approval! very imaginative

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    1. Footfringe: I'm glad it didn't bring back nightmarish flashbacks of April-May! :D

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  13. What a cleverly thought out menu! Chef Isadora really is creative.

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    1. Baby sumo: yeah, we're fortunate to have her and her degustation dinners in kl. they've definitely brightened up the food scene =)

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  14. LOL, I love this post.

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    1. Sycookies: ha, thanks! :D

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  15. Finally this post is out! been waiting for the review of the GE degustation menu xD! Thanks a bunch :D

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    1. Alex: hope you enjoy it if you decide to check it out next month =)

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  16. Wow, this is very special indeed. XD Very amusing

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    1. Joey: definitely a memorable meal =)

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  17. Love all your posts esp this one. So funny. Keep up the good work Sean!

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    1. Unknown: thanks for the kind encouragement. much appreciated =)

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  18. Great shot of the Edible Delible Ink dish.. your photography skills are awesome sean:)

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    1. Ciki: wah, that is definitely high praise, coming from the high priestess of awesome photography herself! :D

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