My partner in crime and I have something of a tradition where we go to at least one (1) Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) dinner each year. Many thanks of course to the various restaurants and establishments who have very generously hosted us for the reviews.
MIGF 2016 – Five Senses at The Westin Kuala Lumpur
MIGF 2015 – Minori Japanese Restaurant
Read about it at https://timchew.net/2015/10/13/migf-2015-minori-japanese-restaurant/
MIGF 2014 – Samplings on the Fourteenth at Berjaya Times Square Hotel
MIGF 2013 – The Restaurant at Saujana Resort
And of course I’ve done many more MIGF menu reviews which you can read about here – https://timchew.net/category/food/migf/
This year, the festival has been renamed to the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival 2016 to reflect the expansion of the festival to include non-fine dining establishments, adding more variance to the festival.
Kicking off the festival as always will be Taste MIGF, the preview event of the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF), returning to Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur on the weekend of 24 and 25 September 2016. The Festival Chefs will showcase their creations in the Theatre of Cuisines delivering bite-sized portions from their specially crafted Festival Menus.
This year’s theme is ‘High Octane Chefs’, and Taste MIGF 2016 will showcase an array of cuisines from across the globe including Sri Lankan, Japanese, Cantonese, Italian, French, Western Classic, Seafood, Malay, Nyonya, Argentinian Steakhouse, English, Mediterranean and Asian Fusion.
The Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF) itself will take place from 1st to 31st October 2016 where the participating dining venues will serve special Festival Menus at very special Festival prices found only throughout the Festival month.
The “G” in MIGF used to stand for gourmet whereas for this year the initial stands for Gastronomy.
“The word gastronomy reflects the evolution of the food scene in Kuala Lumpur,” says Dato’ Steve Day, Organising Chairman of MIGF and Taste MIGF. “When the Festival started 15 years ago, there were barely a dozen fine dining restaurants in KL and they were primarily based in hotels. Today we see hundreds of premium eateries all over the country serving every cuisine imaginable.”
In line with the theme High Octane Chefs, Taste MIGF on the weekend of 24th-25th September will feature exciting gastronomical activities for the whole family in a carnival-like atmosphere. Aside from the delicious food being served up in the Theatre of Cuisines, visitors to Taste MIGF can also shop at the Epicure International Gourmet Village, attend Master Chefs’ cooking classes and enjoy wine appreciation talks and a host of other informative workshops.
At Taste MIGF, food lovers can exchange Gastro Dollars for sampling portions from Malaysia’s best restaurants in the specially created Theatre of Cuisines. Look out for daily cooking demonstrations by Chef Albert Au, a recipient of three Michelin stars with restaurants all over the world, who will be making a special stop in Malaysia just to be a part of MIGF 2016.
The Theatre of Cuisines will be open from 11.00am to 10.00pm on both days of Taste MIGF, during which visitors can buy their Gastro Dollars which can be used to sample culinary creations by some of the country’s best chefs as they serve up tasting portions from their Festival Menus. Taste portions are designed to be big enough to satisfy but small enough to allow people to try as many dishes as possible.
Gastro Dollars will be available on the day of the event itself but can also be pre-ordered online at a 5% discount and then collected at the venue later.
Here’s a look at some of the offerings from last year:
Epicure International Gourmet Village
Visitors to Taste MIGF can shop at the Epicure International Gourmet Village where gourmet food and beverage vendors sell everything from fine wines to exquisite cheeses, as well as a wealth of mouth-watering delicacies from around the world. The Epicure International Gourmet Village will be open to the public from 11.00am to 10.00pm on both days of the explosive weekend.
At the Epicure Lifestyle Workshops, appreciation workshops and cooking classes will be conducted back to back, from noon until evening, on 24 and 25 September. The cooking classes are carried out by Festival Master Chefs and guest chefs from 5-star hotels while appreciation classes are facilitated by top notch experts in their respective fields, sharing their knowledge with visitors to Taste MIGF.
Taste MIGF 2016 will also feature the return of the LuxuryPlus Showcase – from high end art pieces and tableware to boutique scents and exotic getaways, the showcase highlights the finest luxurious lifestyle options.
MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL GASTRONOMY FESTIVAL
From 1 to 31 October, the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival proper begins, featuring Special Festival Menus by each of the participating restaurants, available at special Festival prices. The theme for this year’s Festival is High Octane Chefs – an apt title as Taste MIGF takes place on the weekend between the Singapore and Malaysian F1 Grand Prix races.
This year’s lineup of participating restaurants is among the most diverse in the Festival’s 15-year history. The Olive, one of the signature outlets of Genting Highlands and winner of the coveted Golden Cauldron Award for Best All-Round Restaurant of MIGF 2015 returns with Chef Radzuan Hamzah once again cooking up sensational Western Continental creations. The Olive is accompanied by fellow Genting participant, LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge.
Italian food will be represented by Marini’s on 57, Neroteca and Senja alongside new entrant Savini Ristorante Italiano. Dynasty at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, and The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s Five Sen5es will be offering Chinese fare.
Berjaya Times Square Hotel’s Samplings On The Fourteenth Restaurant makes its fifth Festival appearance this year, serving up fine Western Classic fare, while Ruyi & Lyn in Bangsar Shopping Centre will showcase their innovative fusion Asian cuisine. Showcasing French cuisine will be two (2) new players in the KL F&B scene – 2OX, a French bistro located in The Row, and DC Restaurant, a restaurant in TTDI helmed by Le Cordon Bleu award-winning graduate Darren Chin.
Seafood lovers do take note as Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen, Unique Seafood PJ23 and The Elite Seafood Restaurant will be serving up premium seafood dishes from Irish premium oysters to South African abalone. Adding a dash of spice to the lineup is returning restaurant Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar, and newcomer Cinnamon, brightening up the spread with colourful Sir Lankan cuisine.
Penang Nyonya restaurant – LHH Straits Chinese Kitchen along with traditional Malay restaurant Ketuhar and Dato’ Yaakob Fazley’s eatery, Suka Sucre Bistro will be representing Malaysian flavours in the festival. New restaurants Yoshinari, The Sticky Wicket, and Imara Mediterranean Cuisine make their Festival debut.
Premium steamboat restaurant Yezi, which offers a great view of Damansara, and premium steakhouse Pampas, located in the revamped cluster of old shop-houses now known as Old Malaya round off the list of restaurants this year.
|No||Restaurant||Type of Cuisine||Website|
|1||LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar and Lounge||Western, French, Japanese, Chinese (Non Halal)||http://www.rwgenting.com|
|2||The Olive||Western Continental (Pork-free)||http://www.rwgenting.com|
|3||Samplings On The Fourteenth||Western Classic (Pork-free)||http://www.berjayahotel.com/kualalumpur|
|4||Five Sen5es||Cantonese (Pork Free)||http://www.westindining.com.my/fivesen5es|
|5||Dynasty||Cantonese (Non Halal)||http://www.klrenaissance.com|
|7||Marini’s on 57||Contemporary Italian
|9||Savini Ristorante Italiano||Italian (Pork Free)||http://www.savini.my|
|10||Ruyi & Lyn||Asian (Pork Free)||http://www.facebook.com/ruyilyn|
|11||2OX||French (Pork Free)||http://www.two-ox.com|
|12||SukaSucre Bistro||Asian Fusion||http://www.facebook.com/sukasucrebistro|
|13||Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen||Western Seafood (Pork Free)||www.southernrockseafood.com|
|14||Unique Seafood PJ23||Asian Seafood (Pork Free)||pj23.unique-seafood.com|
|15||The Elite Seafood Restaurant||Cantonese Chinese (Non Halal)||elite.unique-seafood.com|
|16||Aliyaa Restaurant & Bar||Sri Lankan (Pork-free)||http://www.aliyaa.com|
|17||DC Restaurant||Contemporary French (Pork Free)||http://www.restaurant-dc.com|
|18||Yezi||Premium Steamboat (Pork Free)||theroof.com.my|
|19||Imara Mediterranean Cuisine||Mediterranean||facebook.com/imarakl|
|20||Ketuhar||Malaysian Fine Dining (Pork Free)||http://www.myketuhar.com|
|21||Pampas Steakhouse, Old Malaya||Argentinian Steakhouse (Pork Free)||http://www.pampas.com.my|
|22||The Sticky Wicket||English (Pork Free)||http://www.stickywicket.pub|
|23||Yoshinari||Japanese (Pork Free)||http://www.facebook.com/yoshinariKL|
|24||Little Heritage House||Nyonya (Pork Free)||http://www.facebook.com/lhhstraitschinesekitchen|
|25 Cinnamon||South Asian (Pork Free)|
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