LTITUDE, an exclusive restaurant, bar & lounge solely for the elites of the rich and famous of the Genting Club members has once again opened the door to the public (NON-Muslim, 21 years and above of age) for this year’s MIGF experience, a Festival Menu created by Chef Ikuo Umeda and Chef Casey Lim Khon Seng.
Pride itself for the blur boundaries between kitchen and dining room concept, the restaurant has three different show kitchens that seamlessly blend the Eastern (Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese) and Western cuisine, while steps away is the bar and the lounge themed after the British colonial era and a balcony overlooking the hill carries a range of premium and finest wines and champagnes in all imaginable sizes and serves a spectrum of concoction for cocktails, mocktails and other alcoholic beverages.
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 LTITUDE
This year LTITUDE‘s MIGF 2014 Menu is a creation from the infusion of the expertise of two chefs of different genre – Chef Ikuo Umeda (Eastern cuisine, Japanese) and Chef Casey Lim Khon Seng (Western cuisine). With both having twenty over years of experiences in the food and beverage industry and a second consecutive year in the MIGF affair for Chef Ikuo Umeda, they make a perfect representation in the fine dining arena where the West meets the East, broadly speaking.
With the Japanese cuisine taking the centre stage, the role of the Western cuisine is seen as complementary in which both focuses on the uniqueness of the ingredients, creativity and taste to achieve THE objective – a perfect marriage that will take diners on a trip from one corner to the other via a fancy flight of flavours.
The Festival Menu’s concept of Chef Ikuo Umeda revolves around the contemporary Japanese cuisine and is inspired by the four seasons of the country which yields unique food only found in each season while the Western cuisine, Chef Casey Lim Khon Seng focuses on the unique fine food from Spain – the cured meat. With the elements of both world are carefully maintained, the Festival Menu combines them into a single fine dining experience of an international cuisine.
Full Festival Menu and Prices
RM398 Nett per person with wine
RM288 Nett per person without wine
Opening Cocktail: Cucumber Elderflower Fizz
Oyster with Flower Jelly
Japanese Five Element Beancurd
Pairing with Satsuma Godai Shochu
Spanish Cod Brandade Laced with Red Romesco Dressing Grace
Pairing with Koshu 2010
The ‘UMAMI’ soup
Palete Cleanser: Wine Lemongrass Sorbet
Sizzling Red Hot Seafood
Pairing with Schubert Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Smoked Veal Tenderloin with Marinated Red Amera Tomato
Pairing with Painter Bridge Zinfandel 2008
Warm Almond Chocolate Cake, Raspberry Ginger Mascarpone Cream, Sweetened Hot Chili Marinade Mango Compote
Ending Cocktail: The Hot Pipe
The Opening Cocktail Cucumber Elderflower Fizz and Amuse-Bouche of Oyster with Flower Jelly started our unique dining experience at LTITUDE with something that’s cold yet comfortable to the sip.
For the appetiser, Japanese Five Element Beancurd was an epitome of beancurd at its finest while Spanish Cod Brandade Laced with Red Romesco Dressing Grace adding to the warm side of things amidst the cooling dishes served so far. The ‘UMAMI’ soup was up next, no doubt one of the most interesting dish presented through the course as the pinkish soup calls for attention.
As for the main course, we had Sizzling Red Hot Seafood and Smoked Veal Tenderloin with Marinated Red Amera Tomato. By now our taste buds have undergone a trial of both warm and cold presentations by the chefs. The Sizzling red hot seafood was my favorite for the session, especially with the delicious lobster that’s served along with an assortment side dishes.
Our course ends with a Western touch of the warm Almond Chocolate Cake, Raspberry Ginger Mascarpone Cream, Sweetened Hot Chili Marinade Mango Compote, no doubt a very delicious way to finish our dining for the day.
It’s a unique dining experience that shakes us out of our comfort zones. The conventions we embraced and our senses are tried and tested as Chef Ikuo Umeda and Chef Casey Lim Khon Seng worked their way in our senses to imprint in us a mark of experience, what we called as ‘out of the norm’.
Metaphorically the dining experience is seen as analyzing a painting where the work of these two chefs are liken as two artists of separate cultures who share a common goal. Both worked individually to achieve the common goal – creating a unique experience that will invoke our senses which later lead us to an open interpretation of the work accomplished.
The Festival Menu enables us to savour and experience each chefs’ interpretations of the MIGF 2014 theme, ‘RED HOT CHEFS‘ as it invoked our imagination, provoked the senses and evoked our emotion to an open interpretation of their understanding and the concept of the creation. It made us ‘feel’ the contrast of both world and ultimately it’s a fine dining course classified as a class of its own and the appreciation is only by those of a niche palate.
– Door gift: a complimentary cocktail on arrival.
– Selected wines or champagne discounts: enjoy 10% discount on the 1st bottle and 20% discount on the 2nd bottle.
– Enjoy 10% discount on all mocktail and cocktail drinks.
– 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
MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL GOURMET FESTIVAL
Voted by Festival Diner’s Choice – gold award
– Best Restaurant Ambience
– Best used of the Festival Theme “Cool Chef”
– Most Outstanding Canape
– Most Outstanding Entrée
– Most Outstanding Dessert
Voted by Festival Diner’s Choice & Judges Choice – gold award
– Most Outstanding Dining Experience
HOSPITALITY ASIA PLATINUM AWARD [HAPA]
2013-2015 Malaysia Series
– Restaurant of the year
LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
Genting Club, Genting Grand, Lobby Floor, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang Darul Makmur.
Tel: +603-6101 1118 ext 7877
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