Friday, July 20, 2018

Tangerine, THE FACE Suites, KL: Rooftop Fine Dining Restaurant

THE FACE Suites is a luxury all-suite hotel in the Golden Triangle boasting immaculate views of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower from the 51st Floor Sky Deck. Perched on the rooftop is Tangerine Restaurant, a modern Western fine dining restaurant whereby guests can dine to the view of the KL city skyline while enjoying the evening sunset.

The elegant restaurant is modern and tastefully designed, with orange accents to match up to the restaurant's name. Helming the Tangerine kitchen is Chef de Cuisine, Siti Arini who is classically trained in French fine dining cuisine.

The menu, which changes every 3 months is both innovative and exquisite, with a choice of either 3, 5 or 7-courses. We had the 5- course set dinner, which is priced at RM318 nett per person.

If you enjoy the niceties of fine dining such as amuse bouche and petit fours, Tangerine is one of few restaurants in KL which offer this. Chef Siti Arini plays around with the amuse bouche, depending on ingredients which she gets her hands on - so there is always an element of surprise for diners here.

To tease our palates, the first amuse bouche of the evening was Smoked salmon with fruit caviar and cucumber sphere. This prelude to our meal gives us an insight of Chef Siti Arini's playful and inventive side.

How many ways can you serve a tomato? Well, here at Tangerine, you can enjoy seven spectacular ways a heirloom tomato can be prepared. Imported from Australia, the tomato is transformed into various forms with different flavour and texture profiles - Granita, Gazpacho, Caviar, Tomato compote, Semi dried tomato, Tomato salsa and Tomato dust.

For the second course, Hubby went for the King crab served with kiwi, kyuri, melon, yogurt dressing and cilantro oil, while I had the Cheese agnolotti with shaved truffle, fennel puree and hazelnut foam. The pasta parcels were delicious, with sweetness from the fennel puree well balanced by the earthiness of the truffles.

For our second amuse, we were served a crustacean espresso with a prawn cracker. A smooth, intensely flavoured seafood bisque.

The third course offers diners a choice of either Hokkaido scallop or Seared foie gras... as a fan of both these ingredients, it was a really tough choice but I settled for the scallop. The plump, juicy scallop was beautifully cooked and was served with a mushroom souffle, crusty kale and shimeji mushrooms.

Hubby had the foie gras, which was seared and complimented by candied kumquat, smoked duck, puy lentil and a vanilla glaze. The foie was rich and luscious and the kumquat helped cut some of the richness of the foie. Lovely!

Palate cleanser - berries and mint

For mains, diners can choose either the Kyushu Wagyu MB10, Hillside lamb rack, Wild turbot fillet or Free range beef short rib. I had the Wagyu and it was amazing! Chef Siti Arini sure knows how to cook meat. Absolutely tender and melt-in-the-mouth goodness, I savoured and enjoyed every mouthful of it. The beef is simply seasoned with pink salt flake and served with parsnip cream and seasonal vegetables. Please note that there is an additional charge of RM100 for the Wagyu.

Hubby had the Hill Side lamb rack, which is rubbed with spice and grilled to perfection. The meat was well seasoned and tender and was served atop a broad bean hummus along with a herb tuile and pickled onion petal.

For dessert, diners can choose to go for the lighter Apple caramel sorbet or the rich Marquise made with Cuvee bali 68%, followed by after dinner treats of candies and cookies. If you want to impress your date, you know where to head to on your next romantic rendezvous.

Opening times: 6.00pm to 10.30pm daily.

Location:Tangerine Restaurant, Level 51, THE FACE Suites, 1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2168 1670


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