It’s that time of the year where couples show their love for one another; Valentine’s Day. The time of year where flower sales around the world sky-rocket and possibly one of the stressful periods for men, as they scurry around town in search for the perfect gift and ideal venue to wine and dine their lady.
With all the F&B choices and attractive packages in the Klang Valley, couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to venue. This year, I got a preview of the Valentine’s Dinner at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, held at the executive lounge on the 26th floor.
I’ve always been a sucker for executive and club lounges, and the one at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar offers a pretty good view of the city. Also, I like how private the lounge is (only 35 tables available), ensuring an exclusive evening for love birds. The idea of cramping with other couples put me off so this arrangement works well for those who seek a quieter celebration.
The menu (from La Cucina Mediterranean Restaurant) comprise three options for each course — an appetizer, soup, main course and dessert, complemented by a glass of champagne for the couple. rif and I had two different sets so we had a good variety that night. My foie gras terrine was lovely, as was the salmon and barramundi carpaccio rif had. Between the two, the foie gras was an obvious choice for me.
I liked the tomato gazpacho better than the crab bisque; the former was served hot in a cup, with some pine nuts, cheese foam and croutons. The crab bisque was a tad salty for my liking so I couldn’t quite taste the sweetness of the crab meat.
For my main course, the Black Angus beef tenderloin on a base of pan-fried polenta with garden greens was done medium well. A tad done for my liking but then again, I forgot to specify my preferred doneness to the staff. If you’re ordering this, remember to do so. That aside, the meat was juicy and well-flavoured, and the polenta gave it a lovely crisp texture.
rif’s caramelised crispy roasted duck breast was quite good, except the skin didn’t turn out as crispy as I thought it would be. The meat was tender and hardly gamey, complemented by the tartness of the apple mango salsa. I also liked the lentil stew, which had a touch of orange to liven up the flavours.
Dessert was a raspberry mousse for myself and the triple chocolate pleasure for rif. I liked his better for obvious reasons. The mousse was also pretty decent; creamy and justly dense with a good balance of sweetness and tart flavour from the raspberry.
The 4-course dinner above, with a glass of champagne each is priced at RM250nett per person. If you book your table before the 7th of February, you’ll enjoy a 15% discount off the total bill. For more information or to make a reservation, call 03-2298 1857 or email [email protected]or.com.