2011 CNY Drink (20110206)

Joined my friend during CNY in KL for Japanese Buffet and wine. To be honest, I wasn’t expect any fancy Japanese buffet in KL given the budget (RM50?) and to date, I have yet find any decent Jap Restaurant in KL to be affordable.

Maiu Japanese Restaurant (previously known as UMAI-YA)

  • located at Maiu Damansara Perdana G-3A, The Place, Jalan PJU 8/5D, Bdr D’sara Perdana. 47820 Petaling Jaya.
  • Maiu Seri Petaling No 30-1, Jalan Radin Anum 2, Bdr Baru Seri Petaling 57000 Kuala Lumpur

We went to the one at Damansara Perdana, which take me about an hour to reach. However, to me, is worth the travel. The restaurant is kinda small, but it does has two (or 3?) private room. Thanks to my friend as he able to get us a clean and tidy private room which can accommodate 6person. Corkage is applicable here, but I can’t remember how much.

Get to meet new friend, nice food and wine with great environment and company, what more can I ask? I’m lucky that I knew this restaurant now! Will definitely go back to this place again.

Here below are some of the dishes I can still remember:

Sashimi -> Salmon, Butter Fish and Tuna

Sushi

  • Edamame (枝豆) – Fresh and nice, though not as big as those I had in….
  • Tofu – We ordered few types, I like the deep fried Tofu with oyster.
  • Sashimi – Salmom (typical), Shir Maguro (butterfish, everyone craving for this), Maguro (not so fresh)
  • Saba Shioyaki – Crispy skin, juicy tender meat.
  • Shisamo – !!!
  • Nigiri Sushi, Hand Roll, Maki etc not great, but alright.
  • Wasabi ice-cream – Special but not necessary good.

Tasting Notes

N.V. G. H. Mumm & Cie Champagne Cordon Rouge Brut (France, Champagne)

  • Alcohol :: 12%
    Yeasty, smoky with ash and green apple. This has very fresh palate with its green and red apple flavor, sweet pear and touch of yeastiness. Good balance, light, juicy finish. Not bad as an aperitif.

2007 La Chablisienne Chablis (France, Burgundy, Chablis)

  • Alcohol :: ??
    A tad too cold when served, cold aromas tones of fresh green herb, green apple, melon and hint of steel and greenish that is quite expressive for such a young Chablis. Smooth, silky, delicate palate with light juicy finish. Very friendly mid palate but it falls on the finish. When the wine become warmer, showing more creamier mouth feel and better ripe fruits expression, very decent.

2007 G de Galir Valdeorras Barrica (Spain, Galicia, Valdeorras)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Exotic aromas of ripe sweet tropical fruits such as pineapple, peaches with earth, green herbs. Quite oily, lots of rich yellow fruits that supported with just enough amount of sweet acidity and persistent sweet, oaky finish with trace of alcohol heat. Very special, the best white today. I will probably guess this is a young Rhone blanc if blind. Very forward drinking, my friend who has few exp with this wine commented this has pre-mox to it as the freshness level and standard is lower from the previous bottle.

2005 Château Magdelaine (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

-> I started to like Chateau Magdelaine after tasted the 2004, sexy and elegance, thus I decided to give the 2005 a tried and lucky that I opened it in advance as the wine only started to show after 4hours in the bottle.

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    From half, opened for 4hours. Healthy dark ruby red that display similar dark, primary underlying tones of blackberry and sweet dark plum along with ash, smoke, tobacco. High tone, expressive and good depth that enhanced by the new saddle leather. Med-Full bodied, this bold and powerful juice boost with sweet entry and very rich mid palate concentration of pure, sweet dark fruits, with tobacco, leather and little touch of mushroom earthiness. Still primary, but this already showing plenty of depth and complexity with ripe sweet tannin leads to silky smooth juicy finish, elegance and pure. Buy – Yes.

2006 Château Rauzan-Ségla (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Open for 5hrs and served. Seductive sweet currant fruits and perfume violet soared from this dark ruby juice and added depth with cigar, tobacco and capsicum with earth and mineral background. This med-full bodied wine is still pretty tight after 5hrs. It has sweet entry but then quickly superseded by the acidity and medium level of very firm tannin form the tannic mouth feel but this is quite soft in texture along with flavor of dark chocolate, grounded coffee bean, touch of oak leads to fresh, elegance finish that’s linger with roasted herb, blackcurrant and quite austere. This kinda modern Rauzan Segla will deserve at least 5yrs in the bottle.

2003 Mischief and Mayhem Charmes-Chambertin (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    In term of a 2003, this has very good acidity to counter balance the sweetness due to the hot weather. Gevrey aromas of earth, roasted herb, blood, game and blackberry with hint of metallic core that is superior to the palate and consider quite deep an complex but not necessary at grand cru level. Soft entry with good mid palate sappiness but quickly give way to the soft texture, sweet, mineral finish that’s quite persistent but seems drop off from the intense mid palate.
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