Expat Wine Dinners are often quite good, but every now and then, a restaurant really embraces the chance to put its best foot forward for a group of eager expat wine and food enthusiasts. This was certainly the case at our recent Wine Dinner held at Cedar on 15, a venue atop the Impiana KLCC hotel long-praised for its ambiance and culinary offerings. For our dinner, in addition to delectable dishes brilliantly paired with a selection of good wines, diners were further treated to a range of gourmet oils from Vom Fass with which to accentuate each dish.
As guests settled in, with a spread of flatware, plates, and stemware worthy of any fine dining venue arranged before each seat, the procession of food began with a tasty pan-seared smoked duck and fresh Italian Burrata cheese dish, expertly paired with basil oil and an expressive Kim Crawford Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Diners had barely stopped raving about the first course when the soup dish arrived – a hot, creamy porcini mushroom soup served in a crusty chowder bread bowl, complemented perfectly by a golden Veranza Chardonnay IGP and a mushroom-reinforcing porcini oil.
Even the palate-cleansing sherbet was impressive, presented in a hollow half-sphere of thick ice. The orange sherbet and walnut was paired with a virgin orange oil, then guests awaited what would surely be a sensational mains course. Expectations were exceeded as Cedar on 15 presented a pumpkin seed-crusted black cod and lamb Wellington dish, accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes and fennel mousse and nicely paired with an organic hazelnut oil and a lovely La Mascota Shiraz. Finally, dessert! A visually stunning presentation of homemade vanilla bean marshmallow with chocolate fudge and Saboyan was paired with a rich chocolate liquor, and it tasted just as good as it looked.
Guests enjoyed not only great food and wine in the presence of each other’s company, but were even treated to live music throughout the evening. All in all, a marvellous affair at Cedar on 15.
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Source: The Expat magazine August 2015
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