Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Exclusive Wine Dinner by E Guigal Chateau d' Ampuis @ Opus, Jalan Bangkung

I stay true to what i preach and one of the things i never fail to mention is how i love to enjoy a serene dinner at a quiet place.

Jalan Bangkung is definitely one of those areas. It is nothing more than a row of shoplots which just happen to house a generous number of restaurants in one of Bangsar's neighbourhoods with just so much choice; italian, spanish, western, japanese and even wine bars.

However, the dinner i was invited to that night happen to just stop short of a riot.

Well, apparently its two extremes for me.

Wine courtesy of the E Guigal vineyards. We were in for a wine tasting night.

THE man explaining each wine that we were going to taste.

The menu, by the time i took this picture, it was obvious even the paper was thirsty for the wine.

The first wine was served: Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2007. Smooth and a pleasing nose, tastewise it was not overpowering sweet and stark like some australian wines. Due to the light body, it was perfect for a pre-dinner drink.

The mushroom salad. Loved the caramelised walnuts and the truffle oil. Enlighten me however, is truffle oil meant to smell like mushrooms or was it just the mushrooms i was smelling? Poor pleb here don't even know what is the difference between olive oil and canola oil. A Condrieu 2007 was served, a wine with more body and a very fresh and sweet nose. A wine that i would not mind buying; a quick google around and i see after conversion prices of RM 160. Surely more expensive by the time it lands in Malaysia, fingers crossed.

A Lobster Cappucino (really looked like the caffeine version) was served. A very strong seafood broth that was oh so delicious. Imagine a bigger bowl, some noodles and lobster meat too.

Spaghetti with half a tiger prawn and anchovies. The prawn was fresh and the salty pasta was delicious to slurp up after having the rather tiny 2 courses (at least for my size). The first red wine was served; E Guigal Cotes Du Rhones Rouge 2006. The wine has the characteristics of a french wine, very mellow, smooth and easy on the palate. Predictable and no surprises along the way.

The lamb which i did not have tasted good (from the piece that was generously donated). If it had not been fine dining, i can see myself using my hands to chew on the bone. The 2005 version wine was served, which to be honest by now, tasted the same. The only difference is "more please!"

The tenderloin came the way i wanted it, medium rare. Juicy and ohh so fab, the dish failed from the overpowering sauce. A drizzle here and there would have been fine in this case.

A tiramisu that was well ok i suppose. I suppose some more alcohol would have done it wonders, but seriously doesnt alcohol DO alot of wonders, anyway?

Address and contact details:

67, Jalan Bangkung
Bukit Bandaraya
59100 KL
Tel: 03 20924288
Monday to Sunday 12-3 and 6-12

Thank you so much FBB for the invite and his rather look alike friend, Peter Yew and of course to the people at E Guigal for introducing the wines. Yes, how can i forget my other two companions, Wilson with his canggih wide angle lens and Ciki, the hot babe. A brilliant formula for a good dinner and night; friends and wine.


Sean said...

i'm a real pleb when it comes to wine. i can kinda tell which wines i like and which i don't, but i can never figure out why some wines match some food...
great pics, considering that the lighting there isn't conducive!

Wilson & Rachel said...

pictures look good wut... some more complaining not sharp enough!

never mention me and u-mei...

u really kawan la u!

Mark Henry said...

"The beautiful 2007 Cotes du Rhone Blanc, a blend of 50% Viognier and the rest Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette, and Bourboulenc, is the finest he has yet produced. Amazing aromatics, fresh citrus fruits, and a hint of minerality are presented in a medium-bodied, delicious style that most consumers will love."I like to have it with my Cohiba cigar on weekends.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mark henry: a pity since i dont smoke cigars..

wilson: VERY VERY SORRY!! in a rush for the post..added the last 2 lines liao..

sean: haha as long as it goes in and doesnt come out, its fine!

J said...

You alcoholic! :P

terri@adailyobsession said...

the spaghetti looks good, a change from the usual wet bolognese sauce. em, truffle oil doesn't smell like mushrooms to me, it's quite a unique smell of its own, rather smoky, n i don't find it very special...maybe bc i haven't had lots of truffle experience.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

terri: haha i havent had bolognese for a LONG LONG time..i dont exactly have alot of exposure to truffles either =(

j: not me la...

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Truffle oil is the poor cousin to the truffle and is usually just infused with the aroma of truffles. But I love using it to flavour some of my scrambled eggs. Yum.

You got me chuckling at certain parts...can't write abt it here, though. :-P

fatboybakes said...

hail the queen, dont forget to bring us back some truffles, real one ya, not INFUSED oils.

errr....lookalike friend? lookalike with who????

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: hahah hail the queen!!

ll: got so funny meh!?? haha

thule a.k.a leo said...

one of the lucky ones... lol!!!
you remind me on how long I have not gone for wine and dine :(
don't ask me to go ok? budget doesn't permits ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: no la..not THAT lucky ok? hehe.. ur budget doesnt permits? sure or not..

thule a.k.a leo said...

for the moment... sure la!!

Life for Beginners said...

That's kinda sweet when even the menu is thirsting for the wine, like you put it. What a way to get things started! Consider the appetite whetted! :)

Truffle Hunter said...

Hi Joe,,...unfortunately all commercially available truffle oils are synthetically produced compunds made with 2,4 dithiapentane and bis(methylsulfanyl)methane, and they really dont taste anything like fresh truffles, which can be really amazing.

I'm not sure where you could find fresh european truffles in Malaysia, (maybe some of your readers may know?) so I suggest you time your next European trip for Autumn or Winter and try the real thing then. Best wishes

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

truffle hunter: thanks for the enlightening piece of news..will really look fwd to such a trip if i can!

lob: enticing to say the least haha

leo: aiyoh a pity..i hope its temporary

Frat said...

I wonder whether I give off a smell... when I am jealous.

*sniff... sniff*
nipples: "Errrrm... ewwww... what's that smell?"

fbb: "That's Frat... you can smell his jealousy."

Looked like a lot of good food, laughter and fun.

taufulou said...

just finish my lunch and now hungry again after looking at your post. lobster cappucino..sounds and looks good!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

taufulou: tastes good too!!

frat: i think so man hahaha..

Selba said...

Whoaaaaaa.... everything looks so good!!!

CUMI & CIKI said...

WILSON! he mentioned US wat.. wotchu talking bout?!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: haha tat sentence i add after he "warned" me..

selba: it did!