Imperial Rama, a veteran participating restaurant in MIGF that’s nestled at a corner of Maxims Hotel, Genting Highlands. Imperial Rama offers a unique combination of Thai and Chinese cuisine, balanced to perfection by Chef Eric Lee Mun Chun.
What is MIGF?
The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is a yearly celebration of the local fine dining landscape. Prepared only by the top chefs in the country, it’s an opportunity to experience the creativity works of the BEST through the recommended Festival Menus revolving around this year’s theme, ‘RED HOT CHEFS‘. It’s a month-long celebration from 1st to 31st October 2014 with 28 participating restaurants of different genre to experience.
MIGF 2014 Menu of Imperial Rama
With over 20 years of experience as a chef and having participated in MIGF for more than a decade, Chef Eric Lee Mun Chun returns with yet another year of MIGF participation and presenting his conceptually simple and beautiful gastronomic creations.
Chef Eric Lee is an advocate of quality ingredients and supports both local and imported (Taiwan, Hong Kong and America) quality produce. He also believes that a good chef is one who nourishes the body of others.
With that in mind, this year Imperial Rama’s MIGF 2014 Menu emphasizes the art of blending quality ingredients into a feast that’s not only pleasant to the eyes but beneficial to the body. Fresh and high quality ingredients are emphasis in his menu’s preparation, with much thought and research done to achieve the perfect marriage of each ingredient in order to create a set of menu that will nourish the body.
Full Festival Menu and Prices
RM438 Nett per person with wine
RM338 Nett per person without wine
Chilean Sea Bass with Fruits and Vegetable Salad
Pairing with Dr Loosen Riesling Qualitatswien 2013
Stewed Dried Seafood with Superior Ginger Pumpkin Soup
Salt Baked Fresh Abalone served with Honey Apple Juice
Pairing with Rocca di Montemassi Astraio Viognier DOC 2011
Pan-fried Lobster with Castle Ramen
Pairing with Maison Lucien Le Moine Meursault “Les Chevaliers” 2007
Bird’s Nest Snow Chrysanthemum Tea with Red Dates Layered Cake
I’ve been to many MIGF menu preview sessions over the years and I must say none of them left me as memorable an experience as Imperial Rama – what have I been missing all these years?
Our dining session was held in one of the 3 private rooms at Imperial Rama that overlooks the front of the hotel, which is the open-air car park and also the view of the other hotels in the vicinity.
Instead of starting the session with a “blast”, we started it with a “bass” – the appetiser was Chilean Sea Bass with Fruits and Vegetable Salad, certainly a lovely way to get the stomach into gear for what’s to come.
Up next was the Stewed Dried Seafood with Superior Ginger Pumpkin Soup, I’m not a person who fancies soup but I must say that Chef Eric’s creation here takes top marks when it comes to concoction of soup. It’s probably the best soup I’ve ever tasted, it felt rich not just in flavor but in nutrients as well. It’s not that my tongue is capable of mineral detection but there are things inexplicable that one’s experience could quite easily pick up and what I can say is as what I said before – RICH!
For the main course, we had Salt Baked Fresh Abalone served with Honey Apple Juice and Pan-fried Lobster with Castle Ramen. While the baked abalone was pretty good, the star of the show is the pan-fried lobster. I love eating crustaceans and believe me, having a pincher of that size covered with cheese and placed in such an arrangement does make the dish “claw” for attention.
Without a hint of mercy, I made my way through every bit of it and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. The coat that covers the pincher is a mix of 2 types of cheese, giving the savory sensation to the fresh lobster meat. Accompanying this delightful seafood is the ramen (noodle) that’s of a short towering structure. Don’t be fooled by its appearance though, being able to hold everything in place doesn’t mean it’ll break your teeth. I would describe the ramen as being biscuit like, it looks tough but each bite gives you a tasty crunch.
Our meal came to an end with the Bird’s Nest Snow Chrysanthemum Tea with Red Dates Layered Cake. The cake was rather solid, not something you’d easily penetrate with utensils but the nature of this jelly-like cake provides a texture that accompanies the sweetness that’s embodied it. The part of this dish that I like is the chrysanthemum tea that’s laden with bird’s nest that’s lies at the bottom, and I must say yet again – RICH, it’s the richest chrysanthemum tea I’ve ever come across. If I need another word to describe it, I’ll say it’s INTOXICATING as the fragrance emanated from the cup the moment the lid was lifted and each sip of the finely crafted tea adds a soothing touch to the body and perhaps the soul.
To sum up the experience, I’d say Imperial Rama does hold up to the word “Imperial” as I felt like I was feasting on food served to royalty. The MIGF 2014 Menu from Imperial Rama is a wonderfully warm meal that’s great for guests that just arrived at Genting, especially when their beings are gradually adjusting to the temperature. The menu explores the various senses of our tongues, mainly the sweet, savoury, sour, a mild spiciness and a light hint of bitter flavours; easing our well-being perfectly. It is a memorable meal with a good balance of nourishment that our well-being seems to testify towards.
– Door gift: a complimentary souvenir from the restaurant.
– Discounts on selected wine or champagne: enjoy 10% discount on the 1st bottle and 20% discount on the 2nd bottle.
– Complimentary Genting Signature Tea: “Pu Er” Chinese tea as part of the Festival Menu.
– Option to upgrade to the restaurant’s private room free-of-charge when dining in groups of 10 persons or more. RSVP is required as there are only 3 private rooms available.
– 50% discount on ‘Genting Grand Premier Room‘ (Subjected to availability) for Festival Diners. Diners must produce festival dining receipt as proof.
– 20% discount for all body massage and facial treatments at M-Spa & Fitness. Diners must produce festival dining receipt as proof.
How to Enjoy the MIGF 2014 Festival Offers
– Guest(s) checks in at the hotel’s ‘Genting Grand Premier Room‘
– Enjoy the MIGF 2014 Festival Offers at the participating restaurants and the M-Spa & Fitness. Diners must produce festival dining receipt as proof.
– In celebration of MIGF 2014 ‘RED HOT CHEFS‘ theme, Genting is offering “Chilies, in honour of the tongue”, an offer outside MIGF 2014 where guests are entitled for 30% discount at selected restaurants as below. Festival Diners must produce festival dining receipt as proof.
a) Coffee Terrace Buffet: Mixed of Local, Chinese, Western, Japanese and Indian Cuisines – Lobby Floor Genting Grand
b) Genting Palace Restaurant: Chinese Cuisine – 2nd Floor Genting Grand (for selected 5 items)
c) Bubbles & Bites, Western Cuisine – Level 2 Maxims (for selected 2 items)
– These discounts are offset/rebate upon the departure of guest(s) during check-out.
Awards and Accolades
HOSPITALITY ASIA PLATINUM AWARDS [HAPA]
– HAPA 2003-2004 – HAPA Best Chinese Cuisine Restaurant [won the Award of Excellence]
– HAPA 2005-2006 – HAPA Best Chinese Cuisine Restaurant [won The Award of Excellence]
– HAPA 2010-2012 – HAPA Best Chinese Cuisine, Malaysia Series [top 10]
MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL GOURMET FESTIVAL
– Best Marketed Restaurant Of The Festival : Award of Excellence
– Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch : Award of Excellence
– Most Creative Dining Experience : Award of Excellence
– Most Outstanding Appetizer of the Festival [Festival diners’ choice held on 21 Oct 2011 at Olive Restaurant] : Winner
– Most Outstanding Soup of the Festival [Festival diners’ choice held on 21 Oct 2011 at Olive Restaurant] : Award of Excellence
– Most Outstanding Entrée of the Festival [Festival diners’ choice held on 21 Oct 2011 at Olive Restaurant] : Award of Excellence
– Most Outstanding Cuisine at the Gala Launch, Judges’ choice held on 29 Sept 2011 at Sunway Resorts Hotel & Spa Grand Ballroom : Winner
– Most Outstanding Cuisine, Festival diners’ choice held throughout the month : Winner
– Most Outstanding Overall Dining Experience, Festival diner’s Choice held throughout the month : Award of Excellence
– Most Outstanding Dessert of the Festival, Festival diners’ choice held on 21 Oct 2011 at Olive Restaurant : Award of Excellence
– Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch, People’s choice held on 29 Sept 2011 at Sunway Resorts Hotel & Spa Grand Ballroom : Award of Excellence
– Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch, Judges’ choice held on 29 Sept 2011 at Sunway Resorts Hotel & Spa Grand Ballroom : Award of Excellence
– Best Marketed Restaurant of the Festival : Award of Excellence
– Most Popular Restaurant, Taste MIGF : Winner
– Most Outstanding Appetizer of the Festival , Festival Diner’s Choice : Winner
– Most Innovative Cuisine at the Gala Launch, People’s Choice : Award of Excellence
– Most Outstanding Soup of the Festival, Festival Diner’s Choice : Award of Excellence
– Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch, Judges’ Choice : Winner
– Best Marketed Restaurant of the Festival : Winner
– Most Outstanding Cuisine, Festival Diner’s Choice : Winner
– Most Outstanding Overall Dining Experience, Festival Diner’s Choice : Award of Excellence
– Most Outstanding Soup, Diner’s Choice : Gold
– Most Outstanding Appetiser, Diner’s Choice : Gold
– Most Outstanding Dining Experience, Diner’s Choice & Judges’ Choice : two Gold Awards
– Best Marketed Restaurant, Judges’ Choice : Gold
Level 2, Highlands Hotel, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang Darul Makmur.
Tel: +603-6105 9663 / +603-6101 1118 ext 7856