Most of us would enjoy celebrating Valentine's with our loved one, but the hassle, food, queue (and nuisance?) would most likely hamper your celebration mood, not forgetting most restaurants which offer mediocre food and price it "perfectly" for such occasion.
It was an unplanned night where we had our valentine's dinner at Speakeasy, located at Jalan Ampang. Despite the not-so-ideal location, I am pretty satisfied with the food and service delivered.
Fresh Canadian oyster, served with pernod pickled fennel and moluga caviar
I am not an oyster person. By all means, I would reject any oyster that is sent my way. When I first looked at this Canadian oyster, I was not persuaded at all, not until He gave an approving sign. Juicy, crispy, it was totally the opposite of what I thought oyster would be, which is slimy. The sour Pernod pickled fennel worked very well in balancing the oyster, of which it was one of the reasons why I managed to finish my oyster. It was officially the first place I had ever mustered my courage to swallow an oyster, no kidding, it was that good.
Double boiled chicken consommé, served with prawn and scallop quenelle, enoki mushroom and tempura baby asparagus
The consommé looked so clear and understated. Definitely a healthy choice but too concentrated to be consumed on its own. In contrary, the quenelle was mild and undertoned the complexity of the dish. I must say it was a very interesting dish with an acquired taste, it might not be your cup of tea.
Home tea smoked salmon on boiled pink potatoes slices, Alaska crab creme fraiche, ikura pearls and organic petit sprouts
After the appetizers, we proceeded to the primi, which was this home tea smoked salmon. A simple set up with an artful play of colors, it was appetizing to both the eyes and tummy. Similar to the consommé, smoked salmon had this intensifying flavor that one would usually shiver at the end of every bite. The pink potatoes absorbed the essence of the smoked salmon with crab creme fraiche, and texturized the whole dish alongside with the organic petit sprouts. It was so rich that we felt full just as we dug into less than half of our dish.
Red Wine Braised Ribeye on truffle scented mash, topped with seared foie gras, grenadine onion marmalade and merlot glace
And here came the mains. Thinking the top layer was "beef", I sliced it into a smaller version of "beef cube" and commented that this "beef" was so smooth and no resistance at all. Silly me, it was foie gras! The braised ribeye was pretty tender, with slight resistance that wasn't too hard to overcome. When paired with a small piece of foie gras and some mash, it resembled mascarpone on the beef, sans the cheesiness, further muted by the mash and sweetness kicked in by the grenadine.
Chocolate Rose with passion fruit and lime infused honey dew.
Last but not least, our dessert of the night. It looked better than I thought so. However I found myself liking the chocolate wipe and crunchy almonds, as the texture of the chocolate rose was too tough and felt like a piece of tasteless rubber.
The night ended well with two bloated tummies and happy faces. This year's Valentine's was good, thanks to Speakeasy for doing such a great job. For the fine dining like experience and the delicate 5 courses above, it is just RM150++ per pax.
Smoked salmon,braised ribeye
Spending per head: Approximately RM150(晚餐)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4