Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
Tel: 03-2161 7777 ext 8219/8333
Business hours: 6.00pm to 10.30pm, daily.
PHOTOS BY CAROL LEONG
WHEN the dashing chef de cuisine Hafizzul Hashim of Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur was asked to whip up a menu for Valentine’ Day, he knew that he can’t go wrong with passion food.
The 29-year-old who had recently tied the knot knew that the perfect prelude to a romantic evening was foods that have a sensual appeal to the mind and tummy.
Food like oysters, scallops, coffee liquer, asparagus, caviar, truffle, chocolate and all types berries are labelled as aphrodisiacs and have been used by chefs all over the world to tease and tantalise the imagination via the stomach.
Hence his six-course Valentine menu this Feb 14 has all that and more.
“It’s a classic menu with classic ingredients made with a whole lot of passion and love,’’ Hafizzul said with a grin.
“I have included fish and beef as main course so that couples can choose to have both and share. Isn’t it so romantic to feed each other,’’ asked the boyish-looking chef.
Hafizzul said ingredients for the menu were carefully chosen and flown in from all over the world; you have oysters from Belon France, beef and yabbies from Australia, Tasmanian mussels and the Norwegian halibut.
The menu starts with Fresh Belon Oysters Ossetra Caviar and Chives and followed by the warm Asparagus and Truffle Parfait drenched in moral madiera juice.
Both portions are small yet packed with nutrients. I liked the ‘pudding- like’ warm asparagus served with truffle — simple yet tasty.
This was then followed by the cerviche of Norwegian divers scallop, Australian yabby prepared with Chardonnay jelly. While pleasing to look at — as it was served in huge clamshell — the sauce was a little overpowering for me.
We cleared our palate with Rose Champagne granite — a sorbet to prepare for the mains.
The Olive Oil Poached Atlantic Halibut Fillet was perfect for me. I liked the portion, which was just nice and the Saffron Risotto with Tasmanian Mussels and Curried Sea Urchin Veloute served with the fish went well together.
The classical Opera Cake made with coffee liquer and served with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries — was a divine end to the meal and a great way to stir the appetite for romance, if you get what I mean.
Now imagine enjoying all that in the romantic ambience of the Chalet this Valentine’s Day. Diners will also receive a stalk of rose and a digital photo as a momento.
The six-course menu is priced at RM298++ per person. You also stand to win a RM500 meal voucher by partaking in the Expression of Love contest. You can participate by writing a heart warming Valentine’s Day message.
The hotel is also having a special Romance room package at RM299++ per night for a Deluxe room which includes buffet breakfast for two persons, chocolate pralines and flowers, complimentary late check-out at 3pm and 20% off for spa package at Vila Manja.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.