As one of the established high-end restaurant in Kuala Lumpur and a veteran in MIGF, Sagano offers diners authentic Japanese cuisine in a modern Japanese setting.Famous for its buffet lunch and daily set meals, it’s making its presence felt again in this year’s MIGF with surprises from Chef Michael Koh, a new addition to the family of Renaissance Kuala Lumpur.
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 Sagano
This year’s Festival Menu is a creation of Chef Michael Koh, a man of experience when comes to Japanese cuisine. He started his career as a trainee under a Japanese chef and has been working since then for at least twenty five years.
With the accumulated thirty over years of experiences in his career in the food and beverage industry, he has seen and experiences much of the world. Despite being a new addition to Renaissance Kuala Lumpur, this year’s MIGF will be his third time in his career.
The concept ‘clear, simple and the right way’ is what he employs in the creation of the Festival Menu that goes back to how he was trained by the Japanese chef as it served as a linchpin to his Japanese cooking even till today. With the assistance of his team, most of the ingredients sourced are from Japan to maintain its authenticity of the Land of the Rising Sun.
Full Festival Menu and Prices
RM238++ per person with sake
RM188++ per person without sake
Light Festival Menu and Price
RM158++ per person without sake*
(Trio of appertizers, soup, choice of one Main, Dessert)
Salmon Sashimi Canapé on Cold Inaniwa Udon with Ikura
Live Tiger Prawn, Capelin Fish Tempura and Chicken Jibuni Style together with BBQ Mackerel and Fish Roe
Pairing with Ichinokuro Karakuchi
Hokkaido Scallop and Seabass in Clear Sashi Broth
Grilled Lobster with Homemade Cream Gratin
Accompanied with Grilled Marinated Cod and Japanese Miso*
Pan Seared Sliced Wagyu Sirloin Roll with Bean Curd in Japanese Moromiso Sauce*
Unagi and Mushroom Rice Wrapped in Egg with Honey Teriyaki Glaze
Pairing with Masumi Karakuchikiipon
Green Tea Ice Cream Pancake and Selection of Mochi
Tea or Coffee
– 20% discount on selected Wines and Champagne.
– 20% discount on any beverages with the Festival Menu.
– 15% discount on selected cigars with the Festival Menu.
– Book more than 6 seats and enjoy 25% discount on the Festival Menu.
– 20% discount on a la carte orders.
Our dining experience at Sagano is liken as a journey in a ship. As the huge grand ship of the Land of the Rising Sun embarked its journey of a fine dining course, we were ushered to savour Sagano’s Festival Menu, a yearly grand event of MIGF. The smooth sailing ship glides grandly across the sea of finest food as it brought us through an entire course from appetizers, soup, mains to desserts. It was a journey that struck a chord in many ways, particularly in flavours and taste.
However in secrecy one of us experienced sea-sickness due to personal preference in regards to the incomplete nature of a marine dish involving capelin fish tempura and mackerel which had evoked the emotions to some extent but later to be comforted by the rest of the course. With the journey coming to an end, we can safely and surely say that this journey will be remembered as a plainly comfortable sailing of a ship.
Now with the metaphorical piece done with, let’s move on to explore the dishes.
Our meal begins with Salmon Sashimi Canapé on Cold Inaniwa Udon with Ikura, a pleasing presentation of salmon wrapped udon and topped with roe, served along with additional udon and soup.
Sailing alone with the first dish is the a plate with Live Tiger Prawn, Capelin Fish Tempura and Chicken Jibuni Style together with BBQ Mackerel and Fish Roe, a great mix of a variety of taste and presentation to amuse the diner with its colors and flavours.
Hokkaido Scallop and Seabass in Clear Sashi Broth followed the appetisers, soothing our revving stomach for the main course that’s to come.
Leading the main course was the Grilled Lobster with Homemade Cream Gratin, and the Grilled Marinated Cod and Japanese Miso – both were delicious, I particular like the grilled lobster as the creamy gratin melted its way to the fresh flesh of the red creature.
Taking a turn from the patter of seafood, the Pan Seared Sliced Wagyu Sirloin Roll with Bean Curd in Japanese Moromiso Sauce followed suit – imagine tender beancurd wrapped in succulent sliced wagyu beef that, the synergy of textures between the beancurd and meat.
Last of the main course is the Unagi and Mushroom Rice Wrapped in Egg with Honey Teriyaki Glaze, one of the most glorified form of rice I’ve come across, one that’s very delicious as well. The rice is tucked within the fried egg, and on top of the rice is the eel (unagi).
Ending the course is our dessert – Green Tea Ice Cream Pancake and Selection of Mochi.
In a nutshell, this could be THE place for Festival Diners who seek plain comfort in Japanese cuisine.
Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Level 1, East Wing, Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail & Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-2162 2233
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