January 24th, 2013 [Thursday].
February is always a exciting month because it’s a month of prosperity and love! you get to catch up with relatives, cousins, and friends whom you don’t usually meet, and of course angpaosss that come with them (married ones) XD. And then it’s Valentine’s Day! Hopefully this year we get to spend the day together (we’re on a LDR yo!)!
This post was supposed to be up last week, but you know my middle name is procrastination. So yeah, now that I’m staying up late (some Chinese tradition saying that the longer you stay up late on CNY eve, the longer life your parents can live!), I better utilize the time for blogging. May this year of snake brings my lovely readers full of joy, prosperity, happiness and goooood luck! Gong hei fatt choi!
The whole Valentine’s dinner will be prepared by the skillful chef Daniel Tan!
The whole ambiance will be decorated romantically with pinky rose stalks and petals and candle lights! Eastin Hotel Penang makes sure you and your other half have a wonderful night over good food, quaint environment to tete-a-tete over good food and wine.
At only RM 238++ per couple, each of you get to enjoy a scrumptious dinner set inclusive of a appetizer, soup, main course of your choice, dessert, a glass of wine and a surprise gift (hint: bear wtf) for the both of you!
Appetizer - Duck Confit Lasagna and Lily Pulp, Spinach with Sun Dried Tomato Essence
This appetizer was done beautifully! The duck confit was marinated with herbs overnight and then braised in its own fat for 11 hours at 80 ‘C! It was so flavorful and tender! Definitely a great start of the romantic dinner! And those petals like pieces were lily pulp! I quite likey the subtle sweetness and crunchiness of it. Contrast to the soft duck confit, in a good way .
Soup - Seafood Consommé with Pearl Vegetables and Egg Custard
From afar, I thought the colorful pearls were the frozen vegetables!! Luckily they proved me wrong! They were zucchini (yellow), cucumber (green), and carrot (orange) swimming beautifully in the consommé with a cube of egg custard topped with beads of caviar. Somehow I find this consommé a little too bland for my liking. I understand that this dish is supposed to wash your palate to prep them for the next dish, hence the blandness. But, just a tad of salt and pepper would be fine.
Main Course 1 - Grilled Chicken Supreme rolled with Asparagus and Cheese served with Morels Cream Sauce
Chicken was prepped with paprika and mixed herbs before grilling to perfection. Three types of cheese ( cheddar, mozzarella and camembert) and asparagus were encased within the grilled chicken, drizzled with morels cream sauce. This was also my first encounter with morels. I thought it was some berry soft black fungus, excuse my bumpkiness. :/
Main Course 2 - Oven Roasted Sea Bass Rolled with Lobster Mousse served with Spicy Sauce
A rather huge slab of sea bass sitting on a bed of mushy mashed potato. I am a fish person, so this dish won my heart over!
Dessert - The ingredients of L.O.V.E
Spicy Mango Cheese Cake and Deep Fried Iced Chocolate
A pretty interesting dessert I would say. Which you get to taste the four distinct flavors – sour, sweet, bitter, and spicy in the layered mango cheese cake. This would be a perfect end to the tantalizing dinner, only if they tone down slightly on the spiciness of the cake.
Love Potion - 2 Glasses of House Wine & Pralines
and lastly, enjoy the night away with the glass of wine and praline! And if you wanted to spend the night intimately together, just head upstairs to the room, it’s just RM 120++ per night!
GF Eastin Hotel,
1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.