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Digest This Dining Experience Guarantees You’ll ‘Find Your Lucky Star’ To Ring In The New Year

This Dining Experience Guarantees You’ll ‘Find Your Lucky Star’ To Ring In The New Year

This Dining Experience Guarantees You’ll ‘Find Your Lucky Star’ To Ring In The New Year
By Jessica Liew
By Jessica Liew
December 20, 2017
We savoured a starlit dinner to cap 2017 at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur limited-time ‘Find your Lucky Star’ pop-up restaurant, and explored otherworldly gastronomy in a dreamy ambiance.


Chef Francois Mermilliod of Singapore’s French Bar-A-Thym restaurant
Chef Francois Mermilliod of Singapore’s French Bar-A-Thym restaurant

An otherworldly setting

How do we make our dreams come true?” is a question we mull over as we toast to the New Year at festive year-end dinners. Stop wishing and start acting upon it – at the ‘Find your Lucky Star’ pop-up in Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, diners will step into a fantastical black box, where they’ll discover a shimmering star field that gives way to a shower of falling stars to cast your wish upon, as the meal progresses. The brainchild of award-winning interior designer Emma Maxwell, this limited-time experience features a 4-course lunch or 6-course dinner (with wine pairing option) from now until December 29. Under a transforming, evocative ‘night sky’, our dining journey set off with French flavours…

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First course: Ceviche of yellow-fin tuna

To complement the mesmerising concept, Chef Francois Mermilliod of Singapore’s French Bar-A-Thym restaurant and Chef Gaetano Di Stefano of the hotel’s Italian Villa Danieli took part crafting the menu. Our first course was a bright and enlightening ceviche with supple strips of chilled tuna, paired with festive accents of apple-fennel salad combed with delicate citrus from a yuzu ponzu dressing. Proportions were light and fresh and rightly perked our appetite. 


Second course: Chilled lobster ravioli

Chef Francois has a knack for marrying his French fare with Mediterranean elements and Asian fusions – for our next course, a chilled lobster dish featured chunks of crustaceous-sweet flesh encased in a fine, ravioli wrap. Exotic fragments of guava, lime sabayon and nahm jim boosted the salty and tart combination of the dainty, invigorating course.


Third course: Seared scampi with angel hair pasta

This impressively plated seafood dish transfixed our dinning party. A butterflied seared scampi was laid upon – snowy flesh intact – with twirls of springy angel hair pasta, and garnished with custardy Hokkaido sea urchin and succulent bursts of sakura ebi. An orchestra of taste profiles and textures, this was a prelude to heavier courses next.

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Fourth course: Wild-caught New Zealand grouper with saffron risotto

With each course came more resplendence: Our first main was a tower of sea bounty; layered with a seared chunk of wild caught NZ grouper, razor clams, a saffron infused creamy risotto and enhanced by a smokey eel broth. It was a showcase of the ocean’s finest. Flavours excelled at complexity and comfort all at once.


Main course: Milk-fed veal tenderloin with foie gras foam

How can a main course be indulgent yet merciful on the heaviness? Perhaps it’s the carefully sourced, tender cut of young veal cooked to a juicy pink texture, enhanced with buttery smidgens of foie gras foam. Stalked heirloom baby carrots added colour to the presentation, while a side of nutty buckwheat bestowed a crunchy, overall mouthfeel.


Dessert: Warm pear and raspberries 'Bourdaloue'

The menu ended on a luxurious flourish ticking off sweet, buttery and fruity. An aromatic French tart hybrid revealed a warm, golden pillow studded with pear and raspberry, releasing rustic whiffs. A side of vanilla ice cream, enjoyed with either a crunchy brittle or melted gloriously into the patisserie, was a simple pleasure to savour as falling stars twinkled in the horizon.

Find your Lucky Star is limited to 12 persons per session from now till December 29. or a taste of this one-of-a-kind dining experience this holiday. Lunch is a 4-course menu, and dinner is a 6-course affair. Prices start at RM188 nett, and RM238 for wine pairing. For reservations, call 03-2717 9027 or visit for more information.



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