HELEN and I were invited as media guests to a prestigious property awards event last night at the swanky JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur. Held for the second year running, the event honours the who’s who in the Malaysian property scene. Having had a long, tiring day filled with appointments, the two of us were more interested in the food than anything else: so when the dishes started rolling in, we tucked in with relish.

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For starters: seared tuna and salad topped with a dollop of caviar. The lightly seared tuna was warm and firm on the outside, but soft and melty on the inside. It was served with a dash of tangy sauce.

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Savoury and sourish tomato soup to whet the appetite. We sopped it up with rolls smeared with pats of cold butter.

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The main course? Beef tenderloin and seared foie gras with cherry tomatoes, asparagus and mixed vegetables.

It was Helen’s first time having foie gras – but she didn’t enjoy it! She said it tasted horrible. 😛

I wouldn’t order foie gras under normal circumstances (I’ve only had it once before) but since this dish was already prepared, it would be a waste not to have it. It tasted very different from the one I had in Paris, which was creamy and had a sandy texture. This was like eating a large glob of aromatic, meaty fat-jelly which melts on your tongue in a fats-plosion. Not recommended in large amounts.

The tenderloin came in a generous serving and was cooked well, although a bit dry.

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About 300 guests were seated in the large banquet hall, all suited up in black ties and dresses. The winners announcements for the awards went on late into the night, but since we were so exhausted, we left a bit earlier.

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…but not without tucking into dessert. I mean, as full as I am at any given moment, there’s a separate stomach for sweets. The strawberry cheesecake and berry pavlova were the highlights of the dessert plate.

The hotel has several restaurants under them, including Shanghai, Shook! Feast Village, and Sentido Tapas.

JW Marriott KL
Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia