The guests at West Lake and New Orleans dinner at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
DATO STEVE DAY AND WIFEY DATIN SU WAI FUN HOSTED ANOTHER FABULOUS EVENING OF WINING AND DINING AS PART OF THEIR LANDMARK MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL GOURMET FESTIVAL WHICH IS ON RIGHT NOW UNTIL 5 NOVEMBER.
The Ambassador of Japan HE Shigeru Nakamura, Dato Ngeow Voon Yean, Managing Director of Sunway Property Investment Division and Dato Steve Day, founder of Malaysia International Gourmet Festival
Dato Ngeow Voon Yean and Datin Lee Shar
His Excellency Matti Pullinen, Ambassador of Finland and spouse
Mrs Anna and HE Shigeru Nakamura, ambassador of Japan
Datin Su Day and Richard Latsch, director of Amee Philips Fine Jewellery
Kee Hua Chee conjuring 9 dragons---OK so he was merely admiring this culinary work of art as the dragons were made of carrots, cucumbers and various carved veggies! Amazing!
Chef of West Lake Chinese Restaurant, Farizal Jaafar of Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and Richard Latsch
Kee Hua Chee joins in
Dato Steve Day, Kee Hua Chee and Richard Latsch
As part of their Dine-Around series held in Kuala Lumpur's best restaurants, the dinner last night was at New Orleans Bar & Grill at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa.
The most prestigious, glamorous and definitely bling-est hotel in Petaling Jaya, this 5-star establishment is long renowned for its superlative accommodation, services, facilities and of course food. It is also part of the world famous theme park Sunway Lagoon and Pyramid Shopping Centre so it is a mini-destination by itself for Malaysians and tourists.
Richard Latsch, director of Amee Philips Fine Jewellery and I arrived at 7.25pm and were rather sore to discover we were the second and not the first guests as Mr and Mrs Jonathan Lim had pipped us by several seconds.
The host and hostess and head honcho of Sunway Group were nowhere to be found at West Lake, the Chinese restaurant where canapes and appetizers were served prior to dinner proper at the adjoining New Orleans Bar & Grill.
Luckily Farizal Jaafar, Vice-President of Marketing for Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa was there to welcome me in the style I am accustomed. In other words, just ply me with food and drinks and sex.
Farizal provided the first two in great abundance but not the third so I went home a virgin as per usual. The Peking Duck at West Lake is to die for and I ate 5 pieces of the wrapped delicacy plus both drumsticks of the bird.
The Wagyu beef was delightful and the baby abalone was delicious and I was impressed as such expensive dishes are seldom served to non-paying guests! Another costly comestible were the bird's nests served in papaya! I was so amazed and delighted I ate 6. Or should that be 'drunk'?
In vain Farizal Jaafar pleaded with me not to over-eat as I need to plough through a full course dinner at New Orleans. But you never know if an earthquake might strike Sunway resort and dinner would be cancelled so I guzzled the various Chinese delicacies as if there was no tomorrow.
Only 26 fortunate friends of Dato and Datin Steve Day were invited and I didn't see YOU there...
Anyway, you can enjoy the selfsame menu I enjoyed for only RM 180 so you can still live my rich and fabulous lifestyle tonight or whenever just by calling 03-7492 8000.
Entertainment was provided by Marco from Cuba though many eyes were fixed on the pianist as he was both young and handsome. He looked familiar. Then I realised he is the lover of current Miss Malaysia World Yvonne Lee! I met them at G Six Club last month and he is Daniel Veerappan, son of Michael Veerappan the wellknown jazz pianist. Obviously his son has inherited his genes!
As usual, Dato Steve Day stood and introduced his guests so everyone knew how important and fabulous every guest was. Naturally he praised me to high heaven but then, all his guests got the same treatment, including his wife who has been his business partner for 29 years. Datin Su Day is now an accomplished cook as she has paid some RM 58,000 for a 9-month Cordon Bleu cooking course at Sunway University and should complete the course by early 2013, provided the world does not end on 12/12/12 or is that 21/12/12?
There were 3 ambassadors---Finland, Chile and Japan---and business people and I was the only one not employed fulltime.
The floral arrangements on our tables were spectacular and were a veritable botanical garden cum rockery with brilliant displays of hydrangea and white roses artfully embedded onto tree branches.
As for the food, I should have listened to Farizal's advice but I still managed to tuck in since I did not have lunch.
BY CHEF RAYMOND TAN
*Mango Sorbet with Pink Pepper and Gold Leaf
*Foie Gras with Caramelised Pineapple, Brioche Loafs and Hazelnut Dressing
*Crab Gumbo With Chorizo and Okra
*Roasted Silver Codfish with Puy Lentil Ragout and Zucchini, Tomato Confit and Apple Hazelnut Emulsion
*Oven Roasted Grain Fed Baby Lamb Best End with Spinach Truffled Risotto, Carrot Foam and Aged Port Wine Glaze
*Trilogy of Dessert of Seasonal Berries Granite, Pecan Tart and Vanilla Chocolate Mousse
For the finale, the chefs, cooks,culinary team and service staff came out so we could thank them. The 3 ambassadors spoke on behalf of the guests and it was all I could do to stagger out from my seat to go to the loo and then home.
Another soul-satisfying night of fine food, friends and fellowship!
The dragons looked like precious jewels!
I was very impressed by the craftmanship as the cucumber slices really looked like scales
Jeweller Richard Latsch was impressed too
Mr and Mrs S.B Cheah of Malaysia Milk, a sponsor of MIGF and beauty pageants
Dato Lee Hwa Beng and Dato Ngeow Voon Yean
Dato Lee Hwa Beng, Kee Hua Chee and Dato Ngeow Voon Yean
Chef of the night Chef Raymond Tan and Bruno Delamare
Kee Hua Chee doing what he does best as he has a very big mouth and even bigger bling
Richard Latsch with musician
Kee Hua Chee
HE Mr Matti Pullinen the Finland ambassador and spouse
Richard Latsch, the Finnish ambassador and Madame Pullinen
Richard Latsch, HE Matti Pullinen, Madame Pullinen and Kee Hua Chee
All ready to wine and dine
Dato Steve Day preparing to give welcome speech
Dato Steve Day and Dato Ngeow Voon Yean
Dato Steve Day and Dato Ngeow Voon Yean
"Next year Sunway Resort will have a major refurbishment"
"We will always support Malaysian International Gourmet Festival"
The red lanterns gave a very Chinky effect
These were the favoured guests feted and wined and dined to the Plimsoll Line
We were entertained by these lads from London before Marco
Looked like Backstreet Boys or Petshop Boys
The hydrangeas were stunning
Richard Latsch's nose is so sharp as he is half chink and half German
Jeffrey Perera of ePetrol
Richard Latsch and Suria Perera
The appetiser looked like something from a wicked witch's cauldron due to the dry ice!
No, he is not smoking a cigar but drinking soup from a test tube
Ditto for Kee Hua Chee
Still at it
Just sip, slurp and swallow
Spectacular floral arrangements
Dato Steve Day introducing Chef Raymond Tan Yiap Kin
See the dramatic floral displays? Stunning
Plenty of thought went into this dinner
Live entertainment by Marco from Cuba
But all eyes were focused on handsome Daniel Veerappan
Thumbs up for Daniel Veerappan
Chefs and staff assembling for the grand finale
Dato Steve Day introducing the culinary maestros
The ambassadors from Chile, Japan and Finland
The Chilean, Japanese, Finnish ambassadors and Dato Steve Day
The Finnish ambassador thanking Dato Steve Day and Sunway Resort on our behalf
The Chilean ambassador gave a bottle of special Chilean wine to Dato Steve Day
Chefs and Chilean ambassador
The Japanese ambassador making a speech
Envoy from Japan was delighted with the evening
Group photo of hosts, chefs, cooks and service team
Thumbs up for Dato Steve Day, Dato Ngeow Voon Yean and Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa!
Every guest was given 2 photos as the evening ended!
What a wonderful souvenir!
Restaurant manager and Chef Raymond Tan
Host with the Most with guests with the most!