Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2014 Gala Launch at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre

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With my partner in crime and MHB's Sharon Loh aka Spicy Sharon

With my partner in crime and MHB’s Sharon Loh aka Spicy Sharon

 

The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival and its preview – Taste MIGF – kicked off with a Gala Launch on 26 September 2014 at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre. Festival Royal Patron, Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tunku Ja’afar graced the event, and along with many professionals top management from the food and beverage industry, sampled some tasty treats from each of the 28 participating restaurants in this year’s festival.

The gala launch featured delicious fare from all over the world from Sri Lankan to Cantonese, Modern French to Italian, Japanese to Thai, as well as international and Western specialities. The Aseana Percussion Unit, and The Elements provided the live entertainment for the night after which a DJ took over to spin some tunes to keep up the festive mood in the Theatre of Cuisines. The atmosphere inside was buzzing with loads of guests happily trying out the food but fortunately as I was there under media I got to go in an hour earlier to judge the booths as well as sample the food in a less crowded environment.

I will be doing reviews of the special MIGF 2014 menus at these restaurants soon:

  • Nook at Aloft KL Sentral
  • Samplings on the Fourteenth at Berjaya Times Square Hotel
  • Sagano Japanese Restaurant at Renaissance Hotel KL
  • Dynasty Chinese Restaurant at Renaissance Hotel KL
  • Signature by The Hill at The Roof, First Avenue Bandar Utama

 

Kronenbourg 1664 is the official beer partner for MIGF 2014

Kronenbourg 1664 is the official beer partner for MIGF 2014

Each restaurant was trying to outdo their competitors

Each restaurant was trying to outdo their competitors

Signature by The Hill's at The Roof was participating for the first time. I will be going to review their MIGF menu soon so stay tuned for that!

Signature by The Hill’s at The Roof was participating for the first time. I will be going to review their MIGF menu soon so stay tuned for that!

Chef Siti Darsom from Grill 582 in Best Western Premier Dua Sentral with her creation which was something like cheese "ice cream"

Chef Siti Darsom from Grill 582 in Best Western Premier Dua Sentral with her creation which was something like cheese “ice cream”

Spotted the pretty Venice Min there

Spotted the pretty Venice Min there

 

Unlike previous years where we could sample all we wanted, this time round each media were given some tokens to “purchase” the food that the wanted to try and the prices of the food ranged from 1 to 3 tokens. Of course my tokens ran out very fast however fortunately some nice clients of mine kept dropping off their spare tokens with me.

Some restaurants decided to let more people try their dishes and sold them for only one token but others decided to serve up stuff like wagyu beef which unsurprisingly went for 2 to 3 tokens each. Well worth it though and I had quite a few beef dishes from Prime, Charcoal and Grill 582.

Below are some of the dishes that were offered to guests. Click on the individual photos below to open a larger version.

 

 

Here’s the list of restaurants and hotels participating in MIGF 2014:

No

Restaurant

Type of Cuisine

Website

1

Aliyaa Island Restaurant and Bar

Sri Langkan Cuisine

http://www.aliyaa.com

2

Bunga Emas

Malay Fine Dining

http://www.theroyalechulan.com

3

L’Heritage

French Contemporary

http://www.theroyalechulan.com

4

Minori Japanese Restaurant

Japanese Cuisine

http://www.minori.com.my

5

Chambers Bar and Grill

Open Grill

http://www.life.hiltonkl.com/Bars-Lounges/Chambers-Bar

6

Chynna

Cantonese Cuisine

http://www.life.hilton.kl.com/Restaurants/Chynna

7

Graze

European Cuisine

http://www.life.hilton.kl.com/Restaurants/Graze

8

Charcoal

Open Grill

http://www.shr.my

9

Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie

French Cuisine

http://www.nathaliegourmetstudio.com

10

Dynasty

Cantonese and Sichuan Cuisine

http://www.klrenaissance.com

11

Sagano

Japanese Cuisine

http://www.klrenaissance.com

12

Grill 582

Classic European

http://www.bwpduasentralkualalumpur.com

13

Imperial Rama

Thai and Chinese Cuisine

http://www.rwgenting.com/en/fb/oriental/irama/index.htm

14

LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

Western & Japanese Cuisine

http://www.rwgenting.com

15

The Olive

Western Continental Cuisine

http://www.rwgenting.com/en/fb/index.htm

16

La Scala

Italian Cuisine

http://www.lascala.my

17

Maison Francaise

French Modern Cuisine

http://www.maisonfrancaise.com.my

18

Marble 8

Western Cuisine

http://www.marble-8.com

19

Marini’s On 57

Italian Cuisine

http://www.marinis57.com

20

NEO Tamarind

Modern Thai Cuisine

http://www.tamarindrestaurants.com/neo-tamarind.html

21

Nerovivo

Italian Cuisine

http://www.nerovivo.com

22

Nook

Asian & International Cuisine

http://www.aloftkualalumpursentral.com/en/nook

23

Samplings On The Fourteenth Restaurant

Western Classic Cuisine

http://www.berjayahotel.com

24

Seasonal Tastes

International Cuisine

http://www.westinlangkawi.com/dining-seasonaltastes

25

Signature By the Hill

Asian & International Fusion

http://www.theroom.com.my/signature-by-the-hill

26

Tanzini

European Modern Cuisine

http://www.tanzini.com.my

27

Ten Japanese Fine Dining

Japanese Cuisine

http://www.tenrestaurant.com.my

28

Zender’s Restaurant & Bar

European Modern Cuisine

http://www.zenderskl.com

 

Lots of ice cold Kronenbourg 1664 for me to enjoy throughout the night!

 

 

 

My partner in crime for the night

My partner in crime for the night

The pretty Venice Min with some stilt walkers

The pretty Venice Min with some stilt walkers

With the chef from Charcoal in Saujana Resort

With the chef from Charcoal in Saujana Resort

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More info at www.migf.com

  

Sony Alpha 5100

Photos were shot by Andy Kho – www.andykho.com (except the pic where he’s in the pic) using the new Sony a5100.

More info on the Sony a5100 at http://www.sony.com.my/product/ilce-5100l

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