Malaysia Gala Dinner
Bailliage of Putra Jaya
Kuala Lumpur, March 11, 2017
Mandarin's ode to March
" A supreme start to our 2017 culinary voyage! "

The Bailliage’s 2017 calendar opened with a prestigious fine dining experience in the Mandarin Grill Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

On a particularly balmy evening, a dashing group of members and their guests partook in a sublime ‘Mandarin’s Ode to March’ experience overlooking the KLCC Park.

Executive Chef Gérard and his culinary team utilised the highest quality ingredients to expertly prepare a meal with intricate flavour compositions, combined with exceptional wines carefully selected for the refined palates of the Chaîne members.

Dinner was preceded by canapes of tuna tartare, goat’s cheese, and pumpkin soup, washed down with lashings of sumptuous cold Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut!

The divine first course of duck foie gras partnered with tangy roast pineapple chutney and Sauternes was perfection personified.

A throwback to the past, ‘White tomato essence’ proved to be novel and enjoyable. Some colleagues have gone home to prepare this refreshing consommé!

Another unusual offering, ‘Slow-cooked salmon with caviar and snow peas’ was definitely worth waiting for. It was especially enjoyed with the exquisitely chilled Chablis.

Succulent, delectable, Black Angus sirloin was a purist’s meat treat, ideally accompanied by a heavenly Margaux.

Warm dark chocolate tart and raspberry crémeux dessert was punishingly delicious, definitely requiring extra hours subsequently on the ‘treadmill’!

Clearly the thought and execution which went into the food was in a class of its own. Kitchen brigade and service staff alike were rewarded with sincere gratitude, applause galore and well-deserved Chaîne certificates at the end of a memorable night.

The distinguished six-course menu reflected the delicate, refined Mandarin Grill, showcasing its uniquely opulent banqueting excellence in exalted surroundings.

The wonderful camaraderie and fellowship that typified the evening has been a signature of Bailliage events. There was even time for those who wished to ‘burn their lungs’ (medically speaking!) in the separate smoking lounge delving into plump cigars and warming brandies.

Definitely an evening well spent (in both senses of the word). A supreme start to our 2017 culinary voyage!

Vive la Chaîne!

Dr Robin Sambhi
Vice-Chargé de Missions