Monday, July 16, 2012

Carcosa Seri Negara

If it was not for Crystal, we probably would not had ever thought of dining at this place. Our dear daughter returned from Melbourne and promptly gave us a RedRibbon Days gift voucher for a belated Parents Day dining experience at the Carcosa Seri Negara. We were flabbergasted. We did not expect to receive such a wonderful present. 

She did all the arrangements and made our reservation for a leisurely Saturday evening. We had never been to this place and needed the help of our Garmin. We drove towards the Lake Gardens and turned up an isolated hill. There are 2 buildings in this complex. The place we went to was Seri Negara. The other building Carcosa is apparently temporary closed. 

The splendor of the place greeted us as we walked up the road to the main entrance. The entrance was modest but no less impressive. It was so typically colonial. As we opened the door, it was almost like we were intruding into somebody's palace.

We were immediately greeted by a couple of staff as we entered the lobby. The place was a sight to behold. To say that it was posh and exclusive was a gross understatement. The elegance was astounding. 

A grand staircase led to 5 exclusive suites above. But we did not get to see any of them.

We were led to the dining room. There were 2 dining areas. Both were exquisitely furnished. 

Our table was at a really nice isolated corner. The waiter lit the candle and presented us the menu.

We took our time perusing the options. We carefully made our selections for an unforgettable meal. This was our evening. We went for the full works.

Dinner started with the salad. My wife had the Lobster Salad with Organic Quinoa. It was served with a black caviar cream and truffle dressing. It was wonderfully presented. The taste was fabulous. The caviar sauce and truffle dressing was lovely. However, the lobster was somewhat lacking. It was not totally succulent and sweet. I suspect it was not totally fresh.

Mine was the Carcosa Salad with Parmesan and Smoked Duck. The greens were fresh and delightfully dressed. The slices of smoked duck were separately presented. The meat was great. It was smokey, slightly salty and simply delicious.

Soup was the next course. The Lobster Bisque was perhaps a little too salty. But the flavor and aroma was superb. It was very creamy with small pieces of lobster meat. 

The Morel Soup was a kind of mushroom. It was as creamy as the Lobster Bisque. It was smooth and delicious. We exchanged our soup bowls as we went along. I felt the Morel tasted better than the Lobster.

I particularly liked the breads that were served with the salads and the soups. They were hot and fresh - like they were just out of the oven. Perhaps they were. The crust was crispy and the inside was nice and soft.

For the entree, my wife had the Oven Baked Spring Chicken. It was served with a jacketed mashed potato and a chili espalate sauce. It was a whole small chick. It was very well done. The taste was not bad at all. She enjoyed the dish. She liked the mashed potato. It was soft and very fine.

I had the Roasted Organic Lamb Rack. It was served with a mint potato cannelloni (a stuffed pasta), a stalk of rosemary and black olives in lamb jus. I had not regrets with my selection. It was a real good lamb dish. The meat was tender and juicy. The mint flavored cannelloni complemented the lamb beautifully. I liked the olives too. They tasted really good in the sauce. 

Dessert was a shared tiramisu, together with coffee. The tiramisu was very elegantly done - with a walnut wafer, strawberry and a chocolate stick. The cake was very fine, almost melting in our mouth. It was a fitting finish to a great meal.

Dining at the Carcosa Seri Negara was an experience. The food was great. The ambiance was fantastic. The service was good. We enjoyed our evening fabulously. But it was at a price. Just an indication of what it was - the lobster salad was priced at RM95, the soup at RM40 and my lamb rack was RM170. But I thought it was worth the experience.

Thanks Wan. You made it happen.

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