Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Duck stories and more @ Imbi Palace KL




The evening started with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve. It has been quite sometime since we last had a bubbly for dinner. This dinner was timely because it's been 6 days I last had pork too! Difficult to find porcine delights in Langkawi and over the weekend, we had some Indonesian food.

Oh, I was dying to tell you about this wonderful non-vintage French champagne. The tiny bubbles and mousse tells a lot about the quality of this fizz. It's pale gold, pear and nectarine nose is really pleasing. The palate was crisp, clean and tangy which is so refreshing. I think it's perfect for a sunny afternoon drink. Just arrived into the country and distributed by Asia Euro, this bottle here is better than any of the non-vintage-expensive-labeled-champagnes that you can get for a lesser price!

That night, we had a bottle of white, which coincidentally happened to be my favourite lot of all - 2008 Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc. Single Vineyard wines are 'terroir' wines, reflecting the unique vineyard sites or exclusive parcels of lands from which they come and therefore they are in very limited quantities. This NZ wine has a really beautiful aroma of ripe gooseberries, citrus and passionfruit. The palate is layered and gently structured. If you do ever come across this bottle, give it a try.

The other wonderful wines we had that night was French wines coming from the left and right bank of the Bordeaux region. On the right bank, we had two wines from Pomerol (Petrus is made here too!) which are Chateau Le Bon Pasteur 2003 and La Gravette Certan 2007 (the 2nd wine of Chateau Certan). And on the left bank, we had the Chateau La Dominique 2005 from St Emilion and also the Chateau Lascombes from Margaux.


The food journey that follows is indeed an abundance. The first appetiser that we had was the Fried toufu (beancurd) cubes with diced meat and eggplants. It was absolutely addictive because the toufu is smooth and soft in the inside and crispy on the outside. Paired with the minced meat abd eggplant, it's a match-made in heaven! Then we had a takeaway order of Fish head curry from the opposite restaurant and served before our eyes in a claypot. The fish was fresh and the curry was just bowl-licking good. But I didn't asked for the name of the shop, sorry. Fried octopus tentacles was also on our table. Sorry Paul, we had to eat your cousin.



We had very interesting friends joining us that night. They were actually the owners behind the successful London Four Seasons Duck and now after their outlet at O Gourmet in BSC, they are opening one more in Jaya Grocer at Jaya33! I must ask for my VIP card cos I loved the Four seasons duck in London! The lady has been our usual dinner companions but the other 2 guys, very young, are the people behind the successful duck. So just as we were talking about ducks, the 8 treasures duck appeared!

From my last visit to the Palace group of restaurants (including Grand Palace in Pavilion), they now seemed to be serving multiple styles of stuffed birds like 8 Treasures Duck, Stuffed duck and also 8 treasures chicken. This stuffed duck is ala braised style with lots of "goodies" packed inside. The sauce was very good to go with rice!



The other dishes we had that night were the Cold Flower Crabs, Braised Oxtail in claypot, Roast chicken, 2 types of green vege which is the spinach and a type of chinese cabbage. The oxtail wasn't impressive but the cold crabs were very good as well as the roast chicken.

I thought the food is going to end but they seemed to keep coming. According to Mr. L, he's got a reputation to keep, which is to "over-order" every time we have dinner!


The soupy dishes we had that night was the pig cartilage soup with corn (which was really creamy and full of flavour) and also the pork noodle with vermicelli and pig intestines! Ooh la la... I remember the first time I had this was here and after that, I was craving for it every other time.



For dessert, we had a choice of Herbal Jelly (Guilin Gao), Mango Pudding, Durian pudding and also the Double-boiled "suit kap" (frog jelly) with Hasma. Wah, I was really stuffed and full to the brim.

And then, we decided to try the Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish single malt whisky that I bought in Langkawi as the finale of the dinner. This is a very nice whisky with orange peel, butterscotch, a little smoky and well-rounded on the palate. Priced at RM150 in Langkawi, it's really cheap loh!

Glenmorangie and a MonteCristo

Thanks for a great dinner & company but it's a bummer that the next day I had to wake up at 7am to go to work!


17 comments:

sean said...

is this another duck story.. i remembered i just read one duck king few days ago..><"

KY said...

duck skin!!!!

Sean said...

eek, now u have two seans commenting on your blog. don't get us mixed up though! :D
fish head curry with white wine and champagne sounds like my kind of dinner!

凱v胡倫 said...

原來這世上能跟你共同領略一個笑話的人竟如此難得......................................................................

枝誠侑誠侑竹 said...

困難的不在於新概念,而在於逃避舊有的概念。......................................................................

ahhup said...

wow, you still see lots of this old bottling of glenmorangie left in langkawi? what about others finish like burgundy wood, port wood and maidera wood???

uLi.佑莉 said...

Duck again wor....recently you took alot of duckie meal huh :)

eiling lim said...

Sean: yeah have been having quite some ducks recently.

KY: but it's not crispy woh...

Sean: Haha.. don't worry I can see from the pictures. Yeah it's quite a combi having champagne and white with curry but never with red yeah!

Ahhup: Ooh these are old bottlings? It's everywhere in Langkawi! Is this the equivalent of Glenmorangie Lasanta?

uLi: yaloh, I'm on a duck journey

Huai Bin said...

Oh the famous Four Seasons Duck in London! Now that's something I gotta try when I fly there. :0

suituapui said...

Drool! Drool! I love duck...and everything else. Imbi? This isn't the Niamah's place...is it?

eiling lim said...

Huai Bin: yeah you must when you're in London.

STP: It's nearby but this is Imbi Palace restaurant

foongpc said...

Is this more of duck stories or wine stories? Haha!

eiling lim said...

Foongpc: ermm... both?

ahhup said...

Hi eiling, yes, sherry oak is the lasanta, port wood is the quinta ruban, burgundy wood is nectar d'or, they have one more is named the madeira wood, which is discontinued, the current bottling is after bought over by LVMH group, very big different right? marketing... marketing...

eiling lim said...

ahhup: Yeah. And I kinda like the old bottling better. hehe

ahhup said...

wow... in that case people in LVMH is not doing their job well, may be you should teach them how to market all the products under their portfolio... haha, btw, my mistake Nectar D'or is sauternes wood.

eiling lim said...

Ahhup: I am in no position to do that! haha.. I'm just the consumer

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