Monday, September 8, 2008

Degustation Menu @ Max! Kitchen and Wines

When you get invited to a foodie's birthday, it would be foolish to expect anything less then spectacular. Especially when you are talking of the Queen of DSLR in the realms of food blogging. So despite the heavy traffic and potentially flooding of my car, i must say i am very honored to have celebrated LemonGasp birthday.

Bread with black vinegar and olive oil

So lets roll along now, our 5 course degustation menu that was tailored by Max himself. With extra emphasis on fresh seafood, in this case local produce where ever possible, it was an eye opening experience.

Don't be fooled by the close up. The Amuse Bouche was merely to tickle the taste buds and in our case since dinner started close to 9pm, it got me almost on the verge of rioting for food.

Smoked Salmon, Artichokes and Sun-dried Capsicum with some pine nuts for the extra crunch

The raw scallops gave it a sashimi feel and i loved the vinaigrette and oil that accompanied the texture. Hunger got over tastebuds and before i knew, i finished and i proceeded to the second half the dish. Whilst the anchovies lent flavour to the rather tasteless tuna, it was rather overpowering. I couldn't really taste the crab meat

Sea Scallops marinated in Champagne Vinaigrette and Lobster Oil, charred Tuna Loin with King Crab Meat - White Anchovies Salsa

Although the eel looked and tasted like it came out from a Japanese kitchen, the ragout that tasted like the perfect risotto although in amounts that i could only drool over others when i was done was marvelous to say the least.

Warm Eel Fillet on Truffle Cremed Cuttlefish Ragout with a Melange of fresh Highland Herbs and Sea Trout Roe

The Yabbies was served with a very heavy broth that nevertheless was emptied to the last drop. If no one had told me, i never knew we had yabbies in our local Kluang rivers. Like they say, you will always learn something new everyday.

River Water Farmed Yabbies, chargrilled in a Pernod laced Fennel Bulb - Tomato Broth

One thing that shines about Max is the ability to use fresh local produce and cook it his style or whatever style this is meant to be (french, italian or plain western?). The natural sweetness of the fish was evident despite the awfully pale green sauce coming from the spinach. The clams somehow didnt seem to gel and by now i was wondering if we really were having a seafood tasting menu.

Parrot Fish Fillet on Parsley - Garlic Poached Clams served with Borlotti Beans and wilted English Spinach Leaves

The chicken roulade had a mix of ham and breast meat, the smoked flavours infused. The pumpkin cannelloni was delicious although i had trouble cutting into bite size pieces without tearing the piece apart. Loved the sweet peas, just like they are, very sweet.

Chicken Breast Roulade with Pumpkin Cannelloni, sauteed Sweet Peas and Shimeji Mushroom

How time flies, i remembered the last time we had a meal here was when i was still in my blonde Sony red camera, and now it appeared the flogging community has all leaped to the DSLR bandwagon.

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Well what can i say except that i am very lucky to have known this blogger friend that surprisingly comes from the dreadful number line industry who writes lyrical reviews like no other. A very late toast to her some say 18th, 30th or 40th birthday, Meena.

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22 comments:

J2Kfm said...

erm ,it was her 14th I think. =P

everyone jumped to DSLR bandwagon? geez ... I'll be damned. and I'm still procrastinating on my 1st camera.

MAX! ... someday I'll go for a virginal visit.

Henry Yeo said...

finally, something said about the food. surprisingly Shang Palace is not part of the MIGF this year, so looks like you will have to find some other discount card, perhaps a Platinum card?

sc said...

you know joe, i'm from kluang and i've not even heard of yabbies in kluang river! bet it's not from the river flowing in city centre..that river looks like flowing teh tarik! :p

MochaSourcream said...

Sad lor... all with DSLR? Sigh, I just got myself a camera... first one and non-DSLR... sob sob sob

worldwindows said...

DSLR ma fan. After a while will revert to the compact. Rather get a more sophisticated compact.

Nic (KHKL) said...

awwww, such a nice dedication...

joe, are you using a new lens for this? cos i thought the pics looked different. i also dunno how to explain...errr, less matte? i like that yabbies pic!

too bad can be there that night..sigh...

CUMI & CIKI said...

hot shots, hot-shot! hehe

fatboybakes said...

i think them yabbies are farmedddd in kluang la, where got ppl still catch stuff (apart from e-coli)in the river one, in malaysia. apparently msia also has one of the largest eel farms in the world...somewhere off the coast of pahang...

Jun said...

maybe those yabbies weren't from kluang river hahaha..

now i wonder who's bday is up next? :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jun: makes me wonder..whose?

fbb: haha the unknown wonders of malaysia..y is no1 proud enuf to tell us all that instead of what we get on the news..

c&c: sizzling!

nic: yeah..thats the 17-85mm lens..less "bokeh"..

worldwindows: loving the DSLR now..

mochasourcream: DSLR is quite an expensive sport..theres nothing wrong with buying a compact camera

sc: lets hope it doesnt come directly from there la..

henry: haha isit?

j2fkm: well digicams are getting cheaper by the day..y not?
worldwindows: loving the DSLR now haha..dun want to switch back

daphne said...

and spectacular it looked like! Lucky u to be invited. =)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Glad you were there, Joe. :-) Had a great time. :-)

Shell (貝殼) said...

waa...Food all looks nice & delicious #slurp...slurp...

Jackson said...

everybody is talking about Max Kitchen but i still havent have a chance to go there until now!!

Henry Yeo said...

go check out the website. www.migf.com

Please get back to me if you want to visit any particular restaurant, especially the KL Hilton ones. Chynna looks cheap.

Henry Yeo said...

jackson: come over to bukit bintang, I can bring you there.

Life for Beginners said...

Hehe, the actual number for her birthday remains an eternal mystery, Joe... ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

life for beginners: yes it shall be..

henry: had a look..menu not out yet?..and like i said..ur definition of cheap is not the same as mine la..

jackson: haha u missing out on alot

shell: remember to wipe your saliva ar..

ll: my pleasure

daphne: haha god knows how many strings were pulled rite?

ling239 said...

the tuna is so red... is it good ?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: it was definitely fresh!

YilingL said...

max! seems to be you famous food bloggers favourite eh? hehe, i hope to get one dslr by end of the year too!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

yiling: yeah quite haha..DSLR really? cool!