A FESTIVE fare with flair to end the year on a high note is something most of us look forward to.
Ruma Hotel’s Atas Modern Malaysian Eatery is offering festive fares that has something for everyone. The restaurant is offering Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner featuring a five-course menu, with the main course served at the tables to mimic a home setting.
Ruma Hotel and Residences executive chef Tyson Gee said he wanted to give a traditional Western Christmas spread to his guests as he was inspired by his own Christmas dinner at his home in Canada.
The dinner service from 7.30pm to 10.30pm is priced at RM288 nett per person or RM458 nett per person with wine pairings.
The main course consists of roast turkey with sides of Brussel sprouts with cecinas, walnuts and vino cotto, pomme puree (a creamy potato puree), thyme roasted heirloom carrots with almonds, and savoury bread pudding.
The turkey served here is a little different as it is deboned, rolled up whole turkey.
“We completely deboned the turkey and brined it overnight in peppercorn, thyme, bay leaves, lemon, star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon.
“The brining process is very important as it retains extra moisture in the meat, ” he said.
Gee added that the reason he chose to roll the whole turkey was to ensure every part of the meat cooks evenly.
The Brussel sprouts with cecinas, walnuts and vino cotto adds a very traditional flavour and feel to the main course.
The savoury bread pudding is also unique as it is a compact dish with a cake-like texture.
Another main dish available is the roast beef tenderloin with charred onion crust and beef jus.
If you are looking for somewhere to have brunch, the hotel is offering Christmas brunch buffet on Dec 25 from noon to 3.30pm priced at RM395 nett per person or RM515 nett per person inclusive of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at Atas Modern Malaysian Eatery.
The hotel is also currently having a festive afternoon high tea set at The Librari, which runs until Jan 5 next year.
The high tea is from 3pm to 5.30pm and priced at RM250 nett for a set for two persons with two glasses of Pol Roger Champagne or RM488 nett per set for two persons with an entire bottle. There are three rotating menus offering plenty of variety for repeat diners.
The appetisers are light and fresh, ranging from smoked salmon to roasted pumpkin.
The cold smoked salmon with crème fraiche, lemon, olive oil and dill is a perfect starter to your meal.
Seafood lovers would also appreciate the fresh shellfish such as oysters, mussels, prawns and diamond clams on ice as well as the cured kingfish with chilli oil, lime and ulam raja.
For those who prefer to start their meal with vegetables and fruits, the roasted pumpkin with labneh, pomegranate and dukkah spices is a dish to look out for.
Roasting the pumpkin brings a mild sweetness to the dish without it being overwhelming.
The heirloom tomato with stracciatella, sourdough and sherry dressing is also a good appetiser as it has a fresh and tangy flavour.
The fregola salad with peas, parsley, lemon and olive oil, on the other hand, is nuttier.
If you like liver, make sure you try the chicken liver pate roll, which is creamy and rich.
The appetisers also feature cuts of roast turkey, salami, bresaola, air-dried salted beef and cecina beef.
For dessert, there is the classic Christmas pudding topped with creme anglaise, which is well spiced and stays true to the traditional flavour.
Other desserts available are a whole pavlova with passion fruit and gooseberries and festive petit fours.
These dishes are not too rich and serve as a great way to end a hearty meal.
For something more decadent, try the variety of chocolate desserts, which are a good balance of bitterness and sweetness.
With the year-end coming, two of the eateries — Atas Modern Malaysian Eatery and Santai Pool Bar and Lounge — will be hosting a New Year’s Eve six-course dining experience priced at RM595 nett per person.
RUMA HOTEL and RESIDENCES,
7, Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2778 0888)
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.
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