Sharing A Divine Christmas Feast @ Indulgence Restaurant, IpohDecember 20, 2011 | 5,300 views
What does Christmas mean to you? Is this a season for gift-exchange? A time to shop and let there be forgiveness if you overspent, for the desire to shop-til-you-drop is ingrained into the X’mas spirit of celebrations anyway?
Or are you already salivating at the thought of fresh roasted meats from the spit; a gigantic fowl in the form of a turkey stuffed with a plethora of ingredients served with a side of tarty cranberry sauce, or even fruit cakes with chunks of fruits and nuts soaked in an intoxicating brew of brandy (which I just had yesterday)?
Whatever the reason is, you might be looking for a reason to splurge come this jolly season. And the year end bonus, school holidays, extended weekends, year-end sales and Christmas buffets make things seem so much more lavish yet affordable to the mind.
Here’s …. a reason to Indulge in Ipoh.
Parcels of Smoked Salmon (X’mas Eve’s Menu) – With whitebait & mini ravioli on carpaccio watermelon
Julie extended this warm invitation to dine at her esteemed restaurant; and it has been ages since my last visit to Indulgence. Maybe around the time when this was filmed last year. How time flies, and I still remember every vivid detail of the filming; plus I was still in the civil service back then.
This almost impromptu visit was to sample her Christmas Eve’s AND Christmas Day’s menus, thus the dishes served in a successive manner were an interchangeable mix of both menus. But bear in mind that the menus have been fixed for both days.
The briny flavour of the fish clashed in an almost intangibly cohesive manner with the sweetness of the thinly-sliced watermelon beneath, and the heady aroma of the smoked salmon with capers and bits of feta cheese. The raviolis were not complementing the ensemble well though.
Lukewarm Oysters (X’mas Day’s Menu) with Pumpkin puree, blood orange jus and cocoa crumbs
Confit Miso Cod (X’mas Eve’s Menu) – With toppings of miso and chive on a light seafood broth with mango and spuds.
Now the appetizer of Smoked Salmon Parcels worked for me, compared to the Lukewarm Oysters. Probably used to having my oysters on the rocks, with barely a squeeze of lemon (no Tabasco, please … or garlic/ginger whatever). and not warmed prior to serving. However, the interesting citrus-y zing from the blood orange jus and sweetness of the pumpkin puree and the bits of cocoa crumbs forming the “soils” on the side resulted in an assault to the palate that’s most unorthodox.
Aurora Lamb & Caramelized Onion (X’mas Eve’s Menu – 2nd choice for main) – with Balsamic Aubergine coated in a dense handful of black and white sesame seeds, and haricot verts (the French beans-like greens) on Kipfler potatoes.
Scallop on Chicken Biscuits (X’mas Day’s Menu) – Crispy duck confit bits on creamy peas, hibiscus pesto rolled chicken
Among the three main dishes we sampled, the Aurora lamb won our votes hands down. Rack of lamb ribs were served instead of the original intent to serve the tenderloin portion (will be served on the actual day), but still delicious enough to warrant two thumbs up. Again, this was not the first time that we have tasted the marvelous Aurora lamb cuts from Julie’s kitchen.
The miso cod poached in its own oil was a very flaky fish that arrived in a humongous chunk. The cubes of mangoes lent a contrasting zest to the otherwise slightly overwhelming seafood broth; a clever broth with an outright umami taste from the crustaceans within.
The plump and juicy scallops were satisfactory, though I found the pesto rolled chicken ‘biscuits’ to be underwhelming, pale in comparison to the lamb and the cod. Dressed in a tarty pickle-like sauce infused with the goodness of hibiscus (our national flower); and topped with crispy bits of duck confit.
Gingerbread & Roasted Grapes Squares with Vanilla Ice Cream, Figs and Glaze made from Hibiscus Jus (X’mas Day’s Menu)
The other main dish that we missed was Australian Beef Tenderloin for the Christmas Day’s menu, while the Christmas Eve’s dessert of Different Textures (Coconut & Hibiscus) was not presented as well.
Macarons (RM5.50 per piece) and Christmas-only Fruit Cakes for sale at Indulgence
The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Special Menu at Indulgence consist of one appetizer, one main and one dessert for RM98++ (USD33) per person. Do make reservations prior to the weekend.
INDULGENCE RESTAURANT & LIVING (pork-free)
No 14, Jalan Raja Di Hilir (Jalan Tambun),
30350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-255 7051
Business hours : 9am – 11.30pm daily.
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
*We dined here as invited guests of Indulgence. No monetary compensation was received in exchange for the review.