Editor’s Note – November 2018
New Chef at Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar Kuala Lumpur
November is always a special month to me because yes… I was born in November! Kathy and I decided to head over to Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar in Kuala Lumpur to try out the new menu by their new chef Atanu Nath who is an European cuisine chef with more than 18 years of culinary experience with leading luxury hotel chains and restaurants.
Now Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar has been around for some years now and remains a popular venue for celebrations such as birthday, anniversaries, etc. etc. We even noticed a table of girls enjoying a girls’ night out, among the tables of couples there on their romantic dates. This is definitely due to the very panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline from the restaurant. However, I’ve never actually heard anyone recommend the food there previous so I was curious to see what Chef Atanu had in store for us!
Chef Atanu has a strong background in Italian, French, British and Japanese Cuisine and started his culinary career at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, in Abu Dhabi, which houses the best fine dining steakhouse of the city – “Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse and Grill” by celebrity Chef “Marco Pierre White”, as well as fine dining Italian restaurant “Frankies” by Chef Marco Pierre white and celebrity jockey, Frankie Dettori.
He then moved on to work at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, and was trained by Michelin star chef Mansour Memarian, in one of the best seafood restaurants in the UAE – “The AL-Mahara” seafood restaurant which serves contemporary seafood with the most beautiful aquarium inside the restaurant.
Chef Atanu then took on the responsibilities as Senior Sous Chef at Wheeler’s of St. James by (3 Michelin Star) Marco Pierre White before becoming the Executive Chef of the Asia-Asia restaurant at Pier-7, Dubai. Asia-Asia is a restaurant based on the original concept of “Spice –market” by Michelin Star Chef Jean Georges, where the cooking techniques were influenced by classical French cooking utilising Asian ingredients.
A stint as Executive Chef at “Cavalli Club Restaurant and Lounge” and “Blasé”, Dubai followed before he returned to India for a two (2) year attachment as corporate chef, before finally making his was over to helm the kitchen as Executive Chef of Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Pan seared Foie Gras, raspberry jelly, pomme puree, aged Modena balsamic onion puree, truffle jus, crispy brioche , fresh berries and figs
Butter poached Boston lobster, A5 Japanese wagyu, sevruga caviar and black truffle paste. Nori julienne, shitake on steamed and blow-torched Bucatini with carbonara sauce, beef bacon powder. Hickory smoke.
French Pigeon, pomme puree, chicken mousse stuffed Morels, fresh autumn truffle, grass-fed Angus beef tortellini, Malbec and fresh truffle jus
Raspberry sorbet,vanilla crumble, fresh raspberries
Very Instaworthy presentation indeed! Tasted very refreshing too and totally reset the palate for the mains.
Halibut en papillote, black eyed bean mouselline, confit leeks, sautéed chanterelles and Petit pois, Sauvignon Blanc and fish fumet (stock) foam
Black sesame financier with sesame butter liquid center, orange syrup, raspberry gel, charcoal Meringue , bubble sugar, chocolate croquant (which means crisp in French), Matcha ice cream
A very decadent end to the meal. Couldn’t stop eating the matcha ice cream!
Well what a pleasant surprise to have such a sophisticated and elevated meal by a truly skilful and talented chef! Chef Atanu brought his experience and skills from Michelin Star kitchens all the way to Kuala Lumpur, serving up some well-thought through dishes that are complex in technique, and have a lovely balance of flavours and textures. All at a very reasonable price-point! Very surprising indeed! I’m guessing that I will be hearing more about the food at Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar in the future!
Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar is located at:
2, Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50480 Kuala Lumpur,
Telephone: +603-2742 1098
Tea at Hideaway Happy Mansion, Section 17 Petaling Jaya
Joanne and I chanced upon this quaint little cafe while we were searching for a place to have lunch after church on Sunday. It is located in Happy Mansion in Section 17, Petaling Jaya which is slowly but surely becoming a place with a couple of hipster eateries. I prefer the Happy Mansion area as it is way less crowded and congested as compared to Section 17’s market square (where the old cinema used to be) which is quite crazily packed with patrons these days (good luck trying to find parking there). Who knew that the old and sleepy neighbourhood of Section 17 PJ would end up like this?
Anyway, back to Hideaway cafe. From the outside, the cafe was pretty unassuming and looked like an ordinary cafe…
Hideaway cafe is located at:
AG-7, Happy Mansion,
46400 Petaling Jaya,
Telephone: 017-883 4438
Operating Hours: Open daily from 11am to 8pm (open till 10pm on weekends)
Coca Restaurant at Bangsar Shopping Centre
My partner in crime and I decided to try out the newly opened Coca Restaurant in BSC which is located at TK1, Level 3, Bangsar Shopping Centre, as she was feeling in the mood for something soupy. The restaurant occupies the lot which was formerly TwentyOne, and was pretty bustling on a Saturday evening. In fact, every table was occupied therefore I really recommend that you make a reservation if you intend to visit during peak hours. As we were there rather early, we were fortunate to get a table.