Valentine’s Day Special – Azur at Shangri-La Putrajaya

[Valentine’s Day Special]

Back in October last year, I had the chance to visit Azur at Shangri-La Putrajaya (you can read about my review here – https://timchew.net/2013/10/27/contemporary-western-restaurant-azur-shangri-la-putrajaya/) and as it was certainly memorable due to it being located slightly off the beaten track ie. in Putrajaya, and of course it’s food and ambiance.

I normally do my “romantic dining spots” food reviews with just a partner but this time Shangri-La Putrajaya hosted myself and my partner with five other MHB bloggers and their respective partners as well hence I was on (partial as good thing their partners were with them) babysitting duty again.

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MHB’s Adrienne and Stephanie Lim

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The restaurant itself features a modern and stylish design, and best of all the tables are not crammed side by side giving couples/ diners a certain degree of privacy

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If you’re lucky enough to get a table by the balcony you will have a nice view of the lush surroundings

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You can choose to dine in the al-fresco area/ the balcony if you want some “fresh air” however we choose to dine in the air-conditioned comfort of the main dining area

The view of the surroundings from Azur

The view of the surroundings from Azur

My date for the evening

My date for the evening

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The pretty table setting

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Amuse Bouche to start off the meal and whet the palate

Amuse Bouche to start the meal and whet the palate

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Appetizer – Grilled Sea Scallop with Green Pea Mousse and Crispy Carrots

Three (3) beautifully grilled scallops with three different toppings (my favourite was the one with the fish roe which delightfully burst in your mouth when you bite into them) on a bed of vege and some puff pastry and a little salad on the side. I’m not a big vege fan but I really enjoyed the scallops which were cooked to perfection with the right amount of searing on the two (2) sides.

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Soup & Pasta – Clear Venison Soup with Pearl Vegetables accompanied with Angel Hair Pasta served with Duck Ragout & Truffle Sauce

To be honest, I’ve never had venison soup before. Yes sure I’ve eaten venison and I’ve quite enjoyed it (tastes like lamb to me) and I was quite curious as to how a clear venison soup would taste and I was pleasantly surprised as it was sweet and flavourful. I ate the creamy angel hair pasta with the savoury duck ragout and they were a beautiful match. This was quite a delicious entrée and left me wanting more but of course I had to save some space for the mains and the dessert.

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Palate Cleanser – Lime Sherbet with Sweet Mandarin Oranges

A really really refreshing sherbet which I totally finished (I usually just take a mouthful or two) as its sweet and zesty flavours were just so welcoming!

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Main Course – Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Green Apple and Pecorino Cheese, served with Potatoes, Spinach and Baby Carrots

The dinner comes with a grilled beef tenderloin (pictured above) and a pan fried salmon fillet (pictured below). If you don’t eat beef do inform the restaurant when you make your booking.

I requested my beef to be cooked medium rare and it retains the juicyness and flavours of the beef, and I highly suggest that you request for nothing beyond medium if you really want to enjoy the dish. The beef was juicy and flavourful on its own hence there wasn’t a need for any sauce to accompany it. The Pecorino cheese (which is an Italian cheese made from sheep’s milk as opposed to cow’s milk) went nicely with the potatoes and surprisingly I really enjoyed the creamy spinach (I’m so not a fan of spinach), and the green apple with its sweet and slightly sour flavours which nicely balanced out the dish. Yet again a marvelous display of a fine balance of flavours and textures!

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Main Course – Pan Fried Salmon Fillet with Deep-Fried Oysters served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Rocket Pesto Sauce

The salmon was fresh and very tasty and went so well with the rocket pesto sauce that I even requested for more. The creamy mashed potatoes and the creamy spinach balanced out the dish while the baby tomatoes lent some acidity to cut through the creaminess. Most of the girls really liked this dish and we paired this dish with the white house wine which you can add to your meal at RM24++ per glass.

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Dessert – Diplomatic Heart with Tiramisu with Chestnut Mousse Filling

Soft and fluffy tiramisu with pieces of creamy white chocolate surrounding it. If you’re having coffee it would be the perfect accompaniment. Have a spoonful of tiramisu then have a sip of coffee and enjoy the blend of flavours!

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There’s also free flow of soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea to go along with the dinner.

The special Valentine’s Day set dinner at Azur, Shangri-La Putrajaya is available at RM200 nett per pax (ie. RM400 nett per couple) on 14 February 2014.

From past experience, the popular restaurants in KL/ PJ will be choked full of people thus quite spoiling the romantic ambiance, therefore this Valentine’s Day why not take a short drive down to Precinct 1 in Putrajaya for a night of semi fine dining at Azur. After dinner you might want to take a drive around Putrajaya, and I suggest you visit the Putrajaya bridge which offers a nice view of the lake.

If you’re keen to go I’d strongly suggest that you book in advance to avoid disappointment (the contact details are at the bottom of this post).

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We opted to have some wine to go with our dinner. The house wines are fruity, with slight floral notes, and are generally easy to drink, and are priced at RM 140++ per bottle and RM24++ per glass.

A pic with Adrienne

A pic with Adrienne

The girls with the talented chef

The girls with the talented chef

The girls with their partners

The girls with their partners

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There will also be a Valentine’s Day themed buffet at the hotel’s  all-day dining restaurant the Palm Hill Cafe which goes for RM135 nett per person.

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Putrajaya Shangri-La is located at:

Taman Putra Perdana,

Presint 1, Putrajaya, 62000,

Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya,

Malaysia.

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Remarks: If you’re using Waze kindly note that one of the entries is incorrect and will lead you to somewhere in Serdang. Manually check that it is in Presint 1, Putrajaya and you should be fine.

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Telephone: 603-88878881

Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/putrajaya

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