Monday, December 20, 2010

Fine dining at Sage, The Gardens Residences KL

Add: The Gardens Residences. 6th Floor, The Gardens.
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL.
Tel: +603 2268 1188
Located: The Gardens Residences, connected to Mid Valley Megamall in KL.
Take the lift from the Isetan side of The Gardens to the 6th floor.

As far as I know, back in October 2008, whilst Cilantro (Micasa Hotel, KL) was closed for renovations, Sage opened at the Gardens. This was of course Cilantro's sister restaurant. It seems, thanks to Lyrical Lemongrass, Cilantro has now reopened in what is now known as MiCasa All Suite Hotel.

Bread and truffle butter was always a hallmark of the mighty Cilantro ... But the flavours seemed to be lacking at Sage. Not the best of starts! But mind you ... expectations were high. Very high!

Amused by the amuse bouche :-) Yes, restaurants that serve an Amuse Bouche can generally be categorised into Fine Dining in my books. This write-up introduces another new category in my blog, "fine" :-)

Foie Gras, Cappelini and Fedellini pasta and the freshest prawns were always going to be our choice for starters ... certainly didn't dissapoint.

Originally founded by Cilantro's maestro, Chef Takashi Kimura, the japanese-western fusion cuisine is now under the helms of Chef Daniel.

RM$140 buys you a three course dinner, or that was the price about a year ago (Yes, this blog is much delayed, thanks to trips abroad to UK, and HK, and settling back here in the UAE!) ... And add about RM$100 more for the Chef's Table experience alongside the open-plan kitchen.
Our selection of mains was good ... but again, not spectacular. Or was that due to over-expectation on my part? In summary, I would recommend ANY of the foie-gras dishes, as well as pasta and prawn-inspired creations.

The desserts were good ... but hardly remarkable. I would stick to the desserts which are served alongside Earl Grey ice-cream, to me that was the hallmark of Cilantro!

Haha... this blog is so old that I can't remember why they served us ... macaroons! Perhaps we had tea or coffee after :-) I do remember that we were celebrating V's farewell to Singapore when we went for this night out!

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