We willl be celebrating our last Makan Session of the year with a formal western dinner at Michelangelo Restaurant at 44 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens in Holland Village.
This was how’s the story began. My buddy got invited to above events and asked me along. Wasn’t able to celebrate his birthday in Nov as I was away for holiday. So, what a good chance to have a dinner with him!
This event allow for BYO with corkage free ^^ There were some wines for tasting (provided by Hock Tong Bee) before the dinner start. I was late so wasn’t have chance to sample those. Every table has a complimentary wine, 2008 Joseph Drouhin Pouilly Fuisse.
Food was really below standard according to my friend who visited to this restaurant before and I believe there is something to do with the 120pax crowd! Hmm…. This made me has a thought that I shouldn’t join this kind of big events as the food is not as good as the normal standard, or to lower down my expectation if I joined!
First Course – Baked portobello mushroom spread with basil pesto, sliced tomato and buffalo mozzarella
-> Portobello is nicely done and lots of juicy meatiness. Just the basil pesto is too bitter that affected the overall balance of the dish.
Second Course – Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup hint with White Truffle Oil (Serves with Homemade Foccacia Bread)
-> Rich aromas and taste of mushroom and truffle, but, no salt added??? Taste plain.
Third Course – Tortellini with smoked salmon in lobster cream sauce
-> Quite good.
Fourth Course – Confit of pork belly paired with truffle infused mash and port wine jus
Fifth Course –
Scaloppini of turkey breast with porcini mushroom in natural jus accompanied with potato gratin and caramelized chestnuts
Roast Rib-eye served medium rare draped in red wine sauce and accompanied with potato gratin
-> Turkey is slightly overdone with the blackpepper sauce overpowering the turkey flavor. Beef is huge in portion, very generous, however the texture is dried and rough. Worth to mention is the the potato gratin served in both dishes, is very nice!
Sixth Course – Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry coulis and berries topped with a single scoop of vanilla ice-cream
-> Average…. The texture of the chocolate cake is not smooth and silky enough. Due to flourless?
Coffee or Tea
1996 Duval-Leroy Champagne Femme de Champagne (France, Champagne)
- Alcohol :: 12%
Still light in golden, display lightly toasted aromas with underlying honey, slight oxidative tones with roasted herb and spices. Expressive, and refreshing. Not as structure as some other 1996 Champagne, this medium bodied, elegance Champagne offer medium complexity and has soft, crisp texture with generous lemon citrus fruits that made this wine relatively approachable and friendly. Lots of mineral and grippy refreshing acidity that linger throughout from the start to finish with honey, spices and lemon peel bitterness aftertaste. A lovely drink for the hot night.
2000 Giaconda Roussanne Aeolia (Australia, Victoria, North East, Ovens Valley)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Powerful nose with creamy vanilla, buttery oak, herbish with touch of alcohol. Full bodied, the powerful and intense palate show super rich, luscious mouth feel with enormous concentration of ripe yellow fruits like pineapple, peaches all well-balance by the lovely minerality and toasted oak that resulted in good sense of purity and elegance. It is so rich that almost oily in texture but when it is about to hit the oily point, it quickly turn into dried, clean, long spicy finish with soft mineral nuances. This has good depth and complexity, very nice indeed.
2006 Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru)
- Very tight on the nose, austere and reductive that display some focus, soft aromas of fresh strawberry, red cherry and some dark fruits tightly wrapped by new wood, spice and earth. The sense of underlying elegance is obvious, and the material indeed is deep and complex that trying to surface at this stage. Med-Full bodied. Fresh, slight austere, the intense, elegance palate offer layer and layer of generous sweet dark and red fruits and touch of oak that supported firmly by the soft, polished mineral, fine powdery tannin and ripe acidity backbone. A delicate, elegance wine with good sense of finesse that is soft and polished in texture with fine powdery tannin leads to smooth, long finish with plum, and blackberry aftertaste. A beautiful Zen wine.
2005 Two Hands Shiraz Ares (Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley)
- Alcohol :: 15.4%
Dark in color, almost black that boost the broad, intense focus aromas of pepper spiciness, roasted meat, inkish with blackberry. Still pretty tight. Sweet entry, opulent and voluptuous mouth feel that quickly supersede by the refreshing, ripe acid and peppery spiciness, roasted meatiness with exotic, luscious concentrated dark fruits all framed by the sweet, powdery tannin and well-integrated new oak form a velvety texture and everything remain focus and not at all heavy. The high alcohol is undetectable as it is well conceal by the richness and balance profile. Great depth with finish that is superb in length and linger with peppery, spices and underlying mineral aftertaste. A typical, classy and showy Barossa Shiraz.
1981 Tokaji Wine Trust Aszu 5 Puttonyos Tokaji (Hungary, Hegyalja, Tokaji)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Cloudy dark brownish. Mature, and have tons of secondary notes of earth, haw flakes, dried Chinese herbs, Indian spices with musky, oxidative honey and plum notes. Expressive, but the aromas obviously not for those that prefer sweet, fruits driven Tokaji. Palate is another story, it is very lively, and has very good intensity for a 5 Putts, with lots of honey yellow fruits, Chinese herbs and dried tea leaves that framed by preserved plum and haw flakes note. Finish is decent, persistent. Not a complex wine and slightly pass its peak (if you prefer more fruits). A special experience though.