Wednesday 4 April 2018

TRACE @ Element Hotel

Dining With Robust Italians

March 28, 2018

From April 9 to May 13, Trace@Element KL offers Wine Pairing In The Sky, a curated 6-course dinner with Mazzei wines. The House of Mazzei in Tuscany, Italy, is over 600 years old and starting making wine in 1435; the present winemakers are the 24th generation to do so.
Element Kuala Lumpur by Westin is Kuala Lumpur’s tallest eco-friendly hotel and Trace is its only F&B outlet. As it’s located on the 40th floor, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, diners are assured of an amazing view of the city skyline.
First, we nibble on freshly baked bread. Granted, the bread is nothing to get excited about but generous swipes of the earthy-scented truffle butter on the crusty bun perks it up to no end.
Cauliflower Mousse with a crisp prosecco
The first course is Cauliflower Mousse topped with a dollop of tobiko, to go with tall glasses of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry, a vivacious prosecco from Masottina. The fruity aromas of green apple, pear and apricot are given a lift by delicate floral hints.
Two of the Mazzei wines with Tonic Water Poached Prawn
Then we move on to three Mazzei wines. The first is a white Mazzei Belguardo Vermentino di Toscana IGT 2016. The medium-bodied vermentino, with the hue of light, golden hay, has exotic fruit and yellow peach aroma with just a hint of citrus. Pairs well with the Tonic Water Poached Prawn with Citrus Gelee. The prawn comes coated in a crispy black crust.
Then we sip on a hot Parmesan Consomme. Having been told earlier that this is everything about cheese, I certainly am not expecting a consomm√© so clear that I can see a tortellini at the bottom, despite the foamy cheese espuma on top. Bite into the tortellini and it releases a cheesy burst of aroma.  
Foie Gras with Poached Rhubarb, Pear Compote and Quince Jus, 
Since it’s Foie Gras next, our glasses are filled with Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG 2015, the main offering from the winemaker. With an intense flush of dark cherry and blackberry flavours, this medium-bodied Chianti tangoes well with the lightly panfried foie gras, tempered by sweet sidekicks of poached rhubarb, pear compote and quince jus.
Refreshing Green Apple Granite
After such rich flavours doing a twirl on the tongue, it’s time to refresh the palate and the Green Apple Granite does a wonderful job here, leaving us in anticipation for the main course.
48-Hour Braised Angus Short Ribs
Grilled Rack of Lamb
For most diners, this will be a 48-hour Braised Angus Short Ribs with baby carrot, charred onion and beef au jus but since beef is not my meat, a Grilled Rack of Lamb is a delicious option. Initially, I thought the lamb looked a bit too well done but no complaints; the meat is tender and juicy.
Of course Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2012, with its strong structure and subtle smokey nuances, does add character to the lamb.
Manjari Emulsion Twist makes a light, yet satisfying dessert
For dessert, we have Manjari Emulsion Twist with chocolate soil, crushed sable, Murray River pink salt caramel. The Manjari is a long finger of smooth-as-silk chocolate mousse carefully laid in a twist on crushed sable with slivers of dark chocolate, strawberries, mango and kiwi.
We end the meal with dark Chocolate Truffles before we leave on a happy note.

(no pork served) 
Ilham Tower, 8 Jalan Binjai
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-2771 3388

Wine Pairing In The Sky
April 9 to May 13, 2018. From 7pm.  
Price: RM188 nett per person

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