Caprice, step side: you are no longer THE ONE, I have found my new love for 2009! Don't worry, we can still be friends! Like in a relationship, I want to keep this new love all to myself, no sharing at all! Selfish Love? Yes! Unreasonable? Depends! - I have been struggling all night long, deciding whether I want to post this review because I want to keep this place as my secret little love nest! But I should not be this selfish right? My new love lives in the middle of nowhere along the shore but has her own private sea dock and a helipad, yes a so-called helipad!
When I first entered the estate, I felt like returning to my home somewhere in the middle of southern France located along the coast! The homely and cozy dining area was like my own private kitchen with windows overlooking the garden and the sea. (I will return one day for lunch for sure!) How come I was not introduced to this place earlier???? Anyhow, the important thing is that I finally met my new love and truly hope this relationship can continue for a little while!
(1) Boston lobster ragout with lobster vinaigrette topped with spiced mango foam & wild arugula
"WOW" was my first reaction and my second then third as well! The marriage of flavors was simple wonderfully with the sweetness of the mango joining forces with the hints of spiced mango created a great match. Don't be fool by the word vinaigrette, the overall flavors of this starter was both refreshing and stimulating for my taste buds! Talk about love at first sight!!!
(2) Salad of French "ice leave," Japanese green house melon, Spanish 36 months cured "Iberico bellota" ham (5J) & hazelnut vinaigrette
Before tonight, I was a virgin to French "ice leave" and I was glad to have spent the night with this crisp and tender ice leaves which I regret not being introduced to earlier! I dare not to make my move immediately because I wanted to start with a gentle kiss before doing it the French way! The French ice leaves deserve to be treated gently and delicately! The sweetness of the hazelnut was a wonderful compliment to the slightly salty ham and the sweet Japanese green house melon.
(3) Cappuccino soup of wild mushroom topped with Italian autumn truffle
Another delightful surprise! The flavor was rich and gave my mouth & throat an intense stimulation. I would not go as far as describing it as reaching climatic stage in terms of flavor, but it was darn close!!! After several sips of the soup, my eyes were rolling up because I am in love!
(4) Char-grilled swordfish & Canadian sea scallop in Mediterranean style
After the soup, this dish seemed rather ordinary to me. It was still wonderfully prepared with the swordfish perfectly done. However, the sauce was rather sour and salty due of the use of olives in my opinion.
(5) Sorbet / palate cleanser
It was about time to cool down a bit because it was quite an exciting ride so far for my taste buds!
(6) Slow-cooked USDA prime sirloin & Australian "Wagyu" beef cheek in Madeira sauce with Porcini mushroom, "petits pois", baby carrot & baby potato
The beef cheek simply melted in my mouth! Enough said! The prime sirloin could have been more tender but it was very beefy in terms of flavor! The flavor of the Maderia sauce was rather complex, I am not too sure how to describe it but one thing I do know, not only did the sauce elevate the flavor experience, it caused my eyes to roll up even higher!
(7) Cheese platter
I did not expect to be presented with a platter of cheeses but a pleasant surprise indeed! While there were only a limited selection, it was nice to have some cheese!
Why think so hard on which cheese to try when you can try all of them! Come on, I can handle all of them!
(8) Chocolate-raspberry souffle with "Madagascar" vanilla ice-gelato
Ahhh, the hints of raspberry flavor in the soft and mushy chocolate souffle was beyond words! My eyes reminded closed from every bite and mixing it with the vanilla ice-gelato was a new experience by itself! Ending the meal with yet another climax!
(9) Coffee & chocolates
I needed the coffee because I need to stay up late to write up this review and to share the good news about my new found love!
I also ordered this wine because of its interesting name! Cockfighter's Ghost ... lolz
I will be framing the menu of my love of 2009 as a reminder to myself how difficult it is to find love!
Note: I wonder if the folks at Michelin Guide somehow missed this place or they got some flat tires on their way to here??
Jin considers this place as her deepest, most-guarded secret, but it was just too hard to control myself not to share this with the world! It is rather difficult for men to control! Check out her blog and you'll see what I mean.
- Boston lobster ragout with lobster vinaigrette -great combination of flavors!
- Cappuccino soup of wild mushroom - talk about intense sensation and stimulation!
- Australian "Wagyu" beef cheek - simply melt in your mouth
- Chocolate-raspberry souffle - ending the meal with yet another climax!
- Rather remote but well worth the trip!(or try taking a helicopter if you fancy!)
- Char-grilled swordfish & Canadian sea scallop - sauce slightly too sour
131 Tseng Tau Village,
Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung
Tel: 2791 2684
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