Saturday, October 31, 2009
Dinner @ Intercontinental Hotel
Attending dinners as part of work hardly appeal to me largely because you have to entertain and normally food takes a second beating since the focus is on the whole intent of the meeting anyway. Even if you were served the best food, the appetite would be mangled somehow even before the food is served. With a heavy heart and expected empty tum, I attended one at Intercon Hotel.
My eyes sparkled when I saw the long drawn menu...looking good at least, sans the usual Chinese sitdown dinner.
Crispy White Bait with Dipping Sauce
Crunchy lovelies, the bait was inflated to bulb-shaped snacks. Nice way to start the meal!
Vietnamese Rice Rolls with Spicy Dipping Sauce
Was pleasantly surprised when the usual acquired tasting bay leaves were not in sight. The popiah-like contents were wrapped in a sesame-studded thin rice roll. Yum!
Romaine Lettuce with Tomato, Feta Cheese, Cucumber and Parsley
Hardly a stranger to salads, this was refreshing with feta cheese that I've got a new love for.
Honey Roasted Pumpkin Soup served with Naan Bread
Thick well-flavoured soup that I slurped down greedily. The Naan was not spectacular but I wolfed down three slices in sheer hunger.
Steamed Mussels with Herb and Garlic Bread
Fresh fragrant mussels with crunchy garlic bread...I wish there was more to go round. The gravy was slightly sour though.
Buttered Steamed Vegetables with Basil
The spread of vegetables was a visually very pleasing with the colours (carrots, brocolli, yellow peppers) and cooked to the right degree, not too soft nor too hard. Loved the buttery gravy that it was doused in.
Pan-seared Salmon Medallions with Caper and Leek Emulsion
The caper and leek emulsion was the main draw. The thinly shredded leeks were like dried vegetable strings but these went awesomely with the melt in your mouth pan-seared salmon. Very fresh salmon used (no fishy smell nor taste!), paired with the creamy emulsion..the rest they say is history.
Baked Scallops and Prawns with Olives and Tomatoes, Zucchini Fritters and Cous Cous
The Zucchini Fritters were pasty, cous cous was bland but the plump scallops and prawns scored with its succulence.
Chicken Satay with Grilled Banana and Peanut Sauce
I was looking forward to this somehow, the sticks of fried satay, the chicken meat was laced with lemongrass which made it tasty. Grilled bananas replaced the usual ketupat (rice cakes), chopped onions and cucumber...nice move!
Stir Fried Garlic Rice
The garlic was not obvious in this, well-cooked dish.
Profiteroles with Vanilla Custard with Icecream and Chocolate Shavings
Individual desserts of three cream puffs and vanilla icecream. I found the ice-cream ordinary and slightly stiff, unlike the usual creamy-milky overload. The puffs were just ordinary as well.
Assorted Fruit Platter
I left the dinner impressed with the quality of Middle Eastern food spread that Intercon had to offer.