Sunday, October 2, 2011

Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) 2011 Gala Launch @ Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

On 29th September 2011, the 11th Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) Gala Launch was held at the Grand Ballroom of Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa. I was fortunate to be invited to this glamorous event. MIGF, the longest running and best-known gastronomy event brings you the country's best venues to visit for fine dining. 

For the entire month of October, 28 participating restaurants, ranging from East and West to fusion cuisine, authentic to modern and spicy to sublime, will be offering specially created Festival menus at very special festival prices. In addition, each restaurant will be offering Festival Offers such as door gifts and wine/champagne offers.  MIGF aims to promote resident chefs and Malaysia as a fine dining destination.  With good quality restaurants, perhaps Malaysia will soon have its first Michelin-starred restaurant. 

The Grand Ballroom was a picture of grandeur, with a touch of lighthearted humor - cutouts of chefs with their umbrellas were seen hanging off the ceiling! It clearly showcases this year's Festival theme, "It's Raining Chefs!". "Fine dining here is not only about serving the best cuisines and having top notch service standards - it's about having fun too!" says Dato' Steve Day, the Festival's Organising Chairman. 

During the gala launch, the media and honoured guests were invited to sample bite-sized delights created by the 28 restaurants, accompanied by free flow beer, wine and other beverages. I was certainly impressed with most of the samplers I tried. 

This is a photo-heavy post, do enjoy browsing them. For the Festival Menu of each restaurant, browse the MIGF website or click on the restaurant's name in this blogpost and it will bring you directly to the restaurant's menu. 

The Grand Ballroom of Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa was transformed for this special event

Candles light up the ballroom

Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine, Pavilion KL  (Pork-Free)

Multicolored alcoholic shots served in test tubes (how cool!) at the Al-Amar Restaurant booth. For a full review of Al-Amar's MIGF menu, you can read it here

L'Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL - French Degustation (Pork-free)

Asparagus Carpaccio with Fine de Clair Oysters and Escabache Salsa

Guananja Chocolate Brulee

Bunga Emas Restaurant, The Royale Chulan KL - Malay Fine Dining (Pork-Free)

Salmon Gulung Percik

Imperial Rama, Highlands Hotel, Genting Highlands Resort - Thai & Chinese (Non-halal)

Royal India, The Intermark KL - North Indian Fine Dining (Pork and beef-free)

Samplings on the Fourteen, Berjaya Times Square Hotel KL - Western Classic (Pork-free)

Combination of Seared Foie Gras, Tomato and Onion Tart & US Scallops with Yellow Mushrooms - both pretty and delicious. The foie was luscious.

Cajun Spiced Black Cod, Seared Prawns, Vanilla Oil and Escarole Risotto 

Ricotta Cheesecake

Roasted Australian Pistachio Crusted Baby Veal Rack

The charming Chef Valmurugan Subramanian

Seared Alaskan cod fish - firm and fresh!

Pan Seared Scallops - juicy and bouncy, love it. 

Simply delectable tiramisu, Chef Giovanni's specialty

The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort KL - Modern European (Pork Free)

Home Dried Watermelon Carpaccio Parmesan - very unique, love the salty-sweet flavours. 

Crab Cannelloni with Lemon Grass Curry and Ginger

Chocolates and Raspberries

Chef Alexander Waschl

Chalet, Hotel Equatorial KL - Swiss Continental (Pork-Free)

Green Asparagus with Air Dried Beef - the beef was very nice.

The accordion gentleman

Lafite, Shangri-La KL - European (Pork-Free)

Pan seared scallops - can you tell that I love scallops? :D

Citrus King Prawn

Rolled Smoked Salmon and Lamb Loin

Flame, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club - Mediterranean Grill (Pork-Free)

Braised short rib - absolutely tender!

Lamb rack

Lai Ching Yuen (formerly Zing), Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur - Chinese (Non-halal)

Cute rabbit dumplings filled with durian custard - smooth and not overpowering

West Lake Garden, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa - Chinese Cantonese (Pork-Free)

Nice  carved ice feature

The Pomelo, Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh - Spa Cuisine (Pork-Free)

Braised wagyu beef cheek - tender and delicious

Marinated blue fin tuna with mandarin orange

Nerovivo, Jalan Ceylon KL - Contemporary Italian (Pork-Free)

Gazpacho, beef carpaccio, bruschetta 

Tiramisu - yum yum!

The Emperor, Grand Dorsett Subang Hotel - Traditional Cantonese (Halal)

Assorted seafood with caviar

Scallop in baked pastry - hoorah for another scallop dish!

Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie, Menara Taipan KL - Modern French (Pork-Free)

Lots and lots of delicious canapes

Scrambled eggs with summer truffles - love that its served in the egg shell

Light bites

Pretty macaron tower

Tamarind Springs, Taman TAR, Ampang - Indochinese (Pork free)

Girls dancing (and showering) in the background

Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental KL - Contemporary Modern Grill (Pork-free)

Chef RetoWeber 

Expensive knives

Macarons - so pretty and so yummy. I had 2! :)

Kofuku Japanese Restaurant, Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur - Japanese (Pork-Free)

Saffron Tea Pot Soup with Prawn

A live Latin band sang the theme song for MIGF "It's Raining Chefs!" to accompany the Master Chefs from the 28 participating restaurants in their onstage dance.

It was literally "raining confetti" in there.  

Dance performances

 Press Conference with YB Dato' Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen & Dato' Steve Day

Hubby looked dashing in his kilt, so I simply had to post this. He also got a special mention in MIGF's official website. 

Other restaurants participating in MIGF:
Chynna, Hilton KL - Modern Cantonese (Pork-Free)
Dynasty, Renaissance Hotel KL - Cantonese (Non-halal)
Iketeru, Hilton KL - Authentic Japanese (Pork-Free)
Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental KL - Cantonese (Pork-Free)
NEO Tamarind, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL - Modern Thai (Pork-Free)
Sagano, Renaissance Hotel KL - Japanese (Pork-Free)
Tatsu, Intercontinental Hotel KL - Japanese (Pork-Free)
The Olive, Maxims Genting - Continental (Pork-Free)

For the full set of photos from the MIGF 2011 Gala Launch, click here to view.


  1. Samplings on the Fourteen dishes look very nice, especially the foie gras & scallop one.

    Btw, both of u look very nice. :)

  2. looking fine in your dinner attires!

    fantastic pictures... looks like everyone had a good time out there

  3. whoa, when i saw the first photo, i thought the real-life chefs were actually being floated down from the ceiling during the opening ceremony, using suspension wires or something (a la 'crouching tiger, hidden dragon'). pretty awesome nevertheless. and the complimentary bite-sized tasting portions from the menus seem like a great treat! i'd have walloped all the foie gras :D

  4. Samplings on d 14th n Flame r my choices...if I can find a partner to join me :(

    Btw...nice kilt :D

  5. Fujiko: Thanks! Samplings on the Fourteen's foie was really good.

  6. The Unc: Thanks! Yea we had a good time, our first time at the Gala Launch. Some restaurants really stood out with the samplers.

  7. Sean: Haha! That would have been a funny sight if the chefs themselves were floated down from the ceiling. I dont think they would really appreciate it :P

    I ate quite a few of the foie myself too, it was one of my fav of the night. Do u plan to go and try out any of the MIGF Menus?

  8. Ulric: Those 2 restaurants have really interesting Festival menus. Maybe Sean can join you for MIGF? :P

    Thanks re the kilt :)

  9. baby sumo: not sure about whether to try any MIGF menus this year. if i do, i might go for chinese, since i rarely eat at chinese outlets usually. so maybe lai po heen or lai ching yuen :D

  10. Looks like I got dumped :P

    I m referring to a more feminine partner lar :D

  11. Sean: Oooo that's a rather interesting choice. For some reason, I thought you would go for the Western choices.

  12. Ulric: Oops sorry! Hehe I'm sure if you offer to bring your date to try out a MIGF menu, sure many will snap it up.

  13. Wow, u look great there baby sumo!! This photo is so precious because u rarely post picture of yourself! :D

  14. Zoe: Thank u very much! I'm camera shy hence I rarely post photos of myself :)


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