This incredible restaurant is located on the fourteenth floor at the eastern end of the Berjaya Times Square complex at #1 Jalan Imbi in downtown KL, on the same floor as the Berjaya University College of Hospitality School of Culinary Arts. Under the skilled direction of Master Chef Jochen Kern, this school has enrolled some 270 trainee chefs, about half of whom are from overseas, in a two and a half year Diploma program to produce the world’s best graduate chefs!
With such a wealth of talent and creativity in house it is little wonder that the Chef de Cuisine, Valmuragan Subramaniam, is able to produce consistently superb Western fine-dining cuisine which is world class and extremely reasonably priced. The amazing menu had so many delightful things to try, my wife Gudrun and I decided to get different starters, soups, entrees, mains and desserts and share them. We started our culinary journey with a ‘Chef’s Greeting’ a delicious serving of cream cheese wrapped in smoked salmon with delicate wasabe, and other startling sauces that complimented the dish perfectly and got us in the mood for a feast!
My first course was an extraordinary dish made from steak tartar and wild salmon caviar. Absolutely stunning and my favourite dish for the night. Gudrun chose a green asparagus velonte with wild trout caviar… also exceptional. Next up we shared six enormous fresh natural oysters served with a delightful selection of complimentary sauces. This was followed by pan seared goose liver, a perfect venison essence consommé and a porcini liaison. A mouth-watering cacophony of taste splendour.
My main course was black cod fish cooked to perfection and Gudrun had melt-in-the mouth Wagyu beef cheek. After a short intermission during which we were beautifully serenaded by the resident band we tackled our chosen desserts. I had a delicious but relatively light trio of passion-fruit flavoured cheese-cake, ice-cream and crème brulee and Gudrun chose her old favourite, tiramisu.
Over a very good espresso coffee and macaroons we reflected on what a great repast we had just indulged in and whether or not to let the “cat out of the bag” and tell the world what we had just found. It’s almost too good to share. As an added bonus, Samplings provides free parking for its guests to top-off a perfect evening. By David Bradley
For more information, visit Samplings On The Fourteen on www.dinemalaysia.com
This article was written by David Bradley
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