For this entire month of October, some 28 of Malaysia’s top restaurants are offering specially created Festival Menus at very special festival prices, in line with the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival – MIGF. The media launch of this event was held earlier last month where the theme was announced – “It’s Raining Chefs”. This year’s deliberately light-hearted tagline is aimed at giving the festival universal appeal. “Malaysia is a relaxed and friendly food destination,” says Dato’ Steve Day, the festival’s Organizing Chairman.
The Gala Launch of the MIGF was held last week at the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa. With a media tag in hand, I had the privilege of entering the Grand Ballroom way before the official ceremony and had more than sufficient time to check out the booths set up by the participating restaurants and snapped photos to my heart’s content! The entire ballroom was decked out with flickering electric red candles while lifesize cutouts of the chefs carrying umbrellas were strung from the high ceiling. So, yeah… we could see that it certainly was “raining chefs”!
The 28 participating restaurants were really trying to outdo each other in terms of design, creativity and innovation of their booths. Guests were given voting slips to vote for the Best Booths in 4 categories – eg best design, best cuisine etc for the gala launch.
There were dazzling displays of enticing servings from each booth and honestly, I lost track of the names of the tantalizing items I sampled that evening.
Just feast your eyes here… let the photos speak …
Into its 11th consecutive year, MIGF is a month-long fine dining festival that draws visitors from all over the world to taste and appreciate the international standard of cuisines available in Malaysia and the expertise of the country’s top resident chefs.
October is really the month to indulge in fine dining here. The specially created festival menus serving once-in-a-year signature items are served with or without specially-paired wines. The top-class hotels and restaurants involved, with their Master Chefs, are all trying to outdo each other, creating their own special menus for the occasion.
The participating restaurants for MIGF 2011 are:
Al-Amar, Pavilion KL
Bunga Emas @ The Royale Chulan KL
Chalet @ Hotel Equatorial KL
Chynna @ Hilton KL
Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie @ Menara Tai Pan, KL
Dynasty @ Renaissance Hotel KL
Flame @ Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country CLub
Iketeru @ Hilton KL
Imperial Rama @ Highlands Hotel, Genting Highlands Resort
Kofuku Japanese Restaurant @ Seri Pacific Hotel KL
L’Heritage @ The Royale Chulan KL
Lafite @ Shangri-La KL
Lai Ching Yuen @ Grand Millennium KL
Lai Po Heen @ Mandarin Oriental KL
Mandarin Grill @ Mandarin Oriental KL
NEO Tamarind @ Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL
Nerovivo @ Jalan Ceylon, KL
Royal India @ The Intermark, KL
Samplings on the Fourteen @ Berjaya Times Square Hotel
Sagano @ Renaissance Hotel, KL
Senja @ The Saujana Hotel, KL
Tamarind Springs @ Taman TAR, Ampang
Tatsu @ InterContinental KL
The Emperor @ The Grand Dorsett Subang Hotel
The Olive @ Maxims Genting, Genting Highlands
The Pomelo @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
The Restaurant @ The Club Saujana Resort
West Lake Garden @ Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
More information and full details of all the festival menus being offered can be found on the official website of the MIGF – here.