Having to be in a refine dining can such a wholesome experience especially where a mixture of west and east being infused in one dinner. That extravagant experience was captured recently at Imperial Garden Restaurant. Dishing over a six course dinner was truly exciting and paired with scrumptious variation of wine surely intensifying the night. I got to say the night started so brilliantly with delicious roasted pork and crispy fried tofu paired with Zen Green Tea Liqueur and Suntory Hakushu Single Malt Whisky.
I just love the room setting of the Imperial Garden Restaurant, elegantly cosy and its terrific ambient caught my likings. The serene of live music was just brilliant and created a lovely atmosphere. First dish served look brilliantly plated, an avocado salad with pine nuts, rose apple topped with alfalfa sprout and came with a dash of extra virgin olive oil. As for the left, seated nicely a pan seared fresh scallop laid over grilled sliced apple and topped with caviar. The over to the right was this appetising biting of smoked bacon roll stuffed with fish paste and garnish with wasabi. All this delicious tray of gorgeous bites was washed down with a glass of clear bright yellow transparent liquid of Trapiche Sauvignon Blanc 2013. It was paired brilliantly as the white wine has a nice hint of fruitiness and filled with freshness, they were both very likeable.
Next came gliding over was a bowl of warm doubled boiled dumplings filled with assorted of fresh mushroom soup. The dumpling pastry was tenderly soft while the mushroom was filled my nostril with such an aroma. It was very loveable and I liked something warm. Here a Trapiche Oak Cask Chardonnay was put into play and I found it to be very likeable, definitely a nice Argentinian white.
Having to be seated and pleased over a Chinese refined gourmet can be quiet intense not only for a guest like myself but also for the one who preps the food, the chef. Aroma was flying around the dining room and making its grand appearance know to everyone, it was Chef’s well crafted steamed king prawn with white meringue and mung bean noodle. It taste brilliantly good, intensifying flavour and cooked to perfection. The only improvement needed here was the style of platting, a big plate will be perfect and grand. Banfi Fumaio Toscana IGT 2012 white was picked to pair this dish and it was refreshing yet fruity. It was a delicious pairing.
The next dish was exciting indeed as abalone was the attraction, a shallow bowl of braised abalone with sea cucumber. The flavour was incredible good, bold and strong. The biting texture of the abalone was tender and lovely. A glass of Banfi Collepino Toscana IGT 2012 red truly enhanced the taste of the dish with the present taste of fruity red berries.
the fifth course was the roast Iberico pork rib which came with a great marination and tasted nice. It was meaty but the texture was slightly hard. No doubt it was an expensive piece of rib but I still like mine to be softly done. A nice glass of black fruit with hinted oak, Cono Sur Tocornal Merlot played well spoiling me on the spot. Right it was brilliant.
To wrap up the night, our last course was the sweet a chilled mango sago cream with fresh pomelo flakes grabbed my attention and the chocolate cream puff was caressing me with nice tender love of tasting. The port served that night was brilliant, it was a Dow. I promised myself not to have any mooncakes but it was irresistible, I had a few grabs consciously !
I felt the dinner was pretty good, only the style of platting was lacking a bit. Overall I had a fabulous night, great ambient, wholesome food, irresistible wine and fabulous company of friends!
Imperial Garden Restaurant
(Tai Thong Group)
7th Floor, Intan Square
No 3, Lorong Utara C
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel No: 03-7956 6868