One thing I love about the holiday season is that traffic is slightly less heavy as compared to normal days. Why do I say that? Well because on 14 December 2012 I ventured into the heart of KL city during the height of evening rush hour to attend the Kronenbourg 1664 French Art of Culinary dinner at Nathalie’s Gourmet Cuisine, Menara Taipan, Kuala Lumpur.
I rarely go for fine dining dinners (in fact just two in 2012) with the last one also being hosted by Carlsberg at Saujana. You can read about that one here – https://timchew.net/2012/10/07/a-gastronomical-adventure-with-carlsberg-and-chef-anton-mosimann/
Nevertheless it’s something that I enjoy even though I have to dress up and eat all prim and proper (learned dining etiquette from my dad who incidentally conducts dining etiquette courses for the upper management of large corporations). Those of you who have gone out for happy hours with me would know that I’m happy with a glass of beer in my hand and a plateful of siew yoke (which explains my expanding waistline) in front of me.
Well this time round Kronenbourg 1664 was (appropriately) taking the lead for the dinner as Nathalie’s Gourmet Cuisine was a French fine dining restaurant. Actually I must admit that I thought Menara Taipan was in USJ until I Googled it. Chef Nathalie has another outlet called Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio which is a restaurant and also a studio where she conducts cooking classes!
Anyway the night started off with three (3) very amazing canapés served during the pre-dinner cocktail Asahi Super Dry which was generally quite neutral tasting which served to amplify the flavours of the canapes. These were not ordinary canapes mind you… We were served:
Foie Gras Creme Brulee, Green Apple Espuma, Popcorn – rich, creamy, fruity and salty all at the same time. Talk about a combination of flavours!
Truffle Scramble Egg in it’s Shell – you get a whiff of truffle with every bite!
Marinated Salmon Tart in Herbs Mousse – The mousse was creamy and went well with the rich salmon
I was too busy eating the canapes until I totally forgot to take photos of them.
Talk about an interesting way to start off the night. We were all pretty excited about the dinner after such a starter!
The dinner evening was presented with a vision to inspire guests to reflect on, and derive as much pleasure from the flavours, aromas and beauty of cuisine, crafted flawlessly by only the best in culinary arts. The food was effortlessly paired with Carlsberg Malaysia’s diverse portfolio of brands which included many internationed labels such as Kronenbourg 1664, Grimbergen, Asahi and Somersby.
Definitely a night to remember!
So the next time you’re out dining at your favourite restaurant why not conduct your own food and beer pairing? Try complementing flavours, contrasting flavours or even amplying flavours! You might be surprised with the results!
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