Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Restaurant The Mutiara Palace @ Curve

Remarkable day that this year Company Chinese New Year Lunch organized at Restaurant The Mutiara Palace. Sound familiar with this name? Mutiara Palace, located in the Mutiara Damansara triangle of The Curve, Ikea and Tesco shopping center. It is located in Wisma Bentley where previously is a Courts Mammoth is and it is opposite Tesco hypermarket. The restaurant belongs to the Palace group that owned other entities like Imbi Palace, Klang Palace, Jaya Palace and Grand Palace Pavilion.

Heard of it's name through out food bloggers, I believe it's a good place to eat. I have a chance to be here too. Sort of hidden the place hard to locate in first place but with proper landmark it's easy to search for it. According to team mate, we booked a room for this lunch, privacy in our own room. As I stepped inside, I feel comfortable and relax. Spacious, quiet, peace of mind in a few hours (without hearing next door neighbor’s conversation), gorgeous lighting, contemporary table dressing. This restaurant has quite a few private dining rooms that are designed with comfort, space and style in mind for diners. The room we had for our set meal had plush sofas and a plasma TV with a glass view of greenery shrubs to block out the condensed malls around the area.

Started of with first and the most important dish for CNY, what we called "Yee Sang".  Let me describe more a bit in details. "Yee Sang" is a raw fish salad available during this period to symbolize the abundance and prosperity for the Chinese. This was a traditional salad which consists of many finely shredded vegetables and thinly sliced raw fish. This dish used to reflect the skills of a chef on his knife work. Although the basic ingredients are commonly found, "Yee Sang" is a Chinese tradition is a must every year during CNY.

Yee Sang

Love the Salmon fish.. thick with filling unlike some other places where you cannot even find the pieces of fish after it’s mixed in the salad. Thanks to the chef, without his skillful technique of slicing Salmon, I don't think I can enjoy it well =)

Lang Pun

Next dish attracted me that much, it's called "Lang Pun" served in cold with mixed variety combinations of meats in a pot. Roasted pork with thin slice of crispy skin, fried crispy Sotong balls, marinated with sauces served in cold, and fried crispy meat with mayonnaise sauces definitely thumbs up!! Super delicious!!

Sharksfin Soup with Crab Roe

Next serving was the Traditional Superior Sharksfin Soup with Crab Roe. In the golden days, sharksfin was considered a status item, hence the creation of this soup. Can't believe it until I see it with my own eyes, Shark fins it's inside the soup, part of it but most important the quality broth is the root to this soup. Thick broth with all sweetness of seafood mixed with black vinegar, mouth watering.. soup melting in your mouth..!! Hardly can describe the feelings, thumbs up!! xD

Sauteed Sexy Prawns & Cashew nuts with vegetables

Sauteed Sexy Prawns & Cashew nuts with vegetables. Sounds exotic but it was really a simple dish of stir fried prawns with crunchy peas and cashew nuts. Prawns seasoned with some blended herbs mixing with sauces. Chef stir fried all ingredients with good hint of wok temperature to maintain it freshness. Last decorated with roasted cashews nuts for the toppings. Prawn meat super fresh, elastic while chewing, just nice not too salted. =)

Braised Abalone with Hong Kong Dried Oyster & Sea Cucumber

I'm excited with this dish Braised Abalone with Hong Kong Dried Oyster & Sea Cucumber. See? Abalone inside.. hehehehe. Abalones nestled comfortably on black fatt choy and juicy dried oysters, all carefully tucked into a thick luscious huge sea cucumber, laced with quality broth and pieces of green bok choy. Abalones were perfectly cooked to tenderness. Oysters were juicy and well braised without the fishy smell of dried seafood. Sea cucumber was another masterpiece that united the whole dish. These are top notch ingredients that makes whole dish perfect in art of food decorations. One word DELICIOUS! xD

Steamed Rice with Assorted Wax Meat

Steamed Rice with Assorted Wax Meat arrived next. Rice cooked in a claypot, topped with a great variety of waxed meats such as waxed duck, waxed pork belly, waxed sausages and wine liver sausages. First time tasted this, rice cooked with right temperature, not sticky and not oily too.. thumbs up!! =)

Steamed Coral Grouper Fish

We have meats and vegetables, next round will be fish called Steamed Coral Grouper Fish. Credit goes to waitress whereby she cut, divided and served everyone with a bowl of fish meat. See the fish meat is fresh. First bite, the smoothness of the fish tasted freshness together with oyster sauce with slices of daun bawang & slices ginger. Yummy!! xD

Sticky rice cakes or Nian Gao & Sesame balls of lotus.

After luxury food, then last round would be desserts. Simple desserts served were sticky rice cakes or nian gao and sesame balls of lotus. Nian Gao is glutinous rice cakes steamed till caramel colored and soft gooey goodness. It is considered good luck to have nian gao for the new year to symbolized the raising of oneself higher in each coming year. The nian gao here is steamed and lightly coated with fresh grated coconuts. Very lightly sweet and soft, this was perfect for me. Used to eat this during childhood. Missing those days remembering of granny used to steam for me. Dainty bite size sesame balls stuffed with lotus was another hit. Crispy and not oily at all, one bite lead me to a soft center filled with delicate lotus paste. Sesame balls used to have nick name "bomb" not sure why anyway. xD

Of course not forgetting the game battle once a year during Chinese New Year. We have fun while eating and enjoying. Laughing and cheering with bring the joy of Chinese New Year mood. Huat!! Huat!! Huat!! xD

Sweetened Red Bean & Tangerine Skin Dessert

Oooppss, I thought finished with above desserts I'm shocked suddenly waitress served a steaming hot bowl of Sweetened Red Bean & Tangerine Skin Dessert. Simple and not sweet at all, the broth was heavily scented with tangerine (kam pei / mandarin skin) and there were small pieces of mochi [Slightly misunderstood, thought it was taro ball] in it. Creamy and thick, sweetness of all mixing varieties of ingredients. Heaven of food, tempting till max. xD

Red Packets

Conclusion, this set meal is valued for money as the portions and qualities are top notch. Make sure to experience this to celebrate the upcoming CNY holidays...Not forgetting Ang Pow in Chinese traditions. I got my very first Ang Pow, Thank You! Happy, as CNY mood is on..Wishing everyone Gong Xi Fai Cai.. Huat!! xD

P/S: Some part of descriptions & photos quoted from Chasing Food Dreams.

The Mutiara Palace Restaurant
Ground Floor, Wisma Bentley Music
No. 3, Jalan PJU 7/2
Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03 7726 6676 (Hunting Line)
Fax: 03 7726 6171