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French Finale
Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
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Monsoon season has certainly arrived in Malaysia, and no-where was this more apparent than at the final publicity dinner of the 2012 Malaysian International Gourmet Festival at Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie. Situated in a quiet corner of the Menara Taipan, off Jalan P Ramlee in the city, the heavy traffic caused by the weather didn’t put off our intrepid diners as they fought their way to the restaurant anticipating a sample of France’s finest cuisine.

Nathalie’s is always a firm favourite for diners during the Festival, her modern French cuisine and delectable desserts have established her as one of the leading lights of not only French restaurants but Malaysian dining as a whole. As her guests, including French Ambassador H.E. Martine Dorance and the Ambassador of Peru, H.E. Marco V Balarezo arrived; they were greeted, as a pre-dinner aperitif, with some delectable finger food and Nathalie’s famous macaroons. As the diners’ mingled, old friends caught up and new friendships formed, Nathalie and Chef Philippe Gadon were busily preparing the evening feast with their team through the glass panelled kitchen wall.

With the guests seated for dinner and host for the evening, Dato’ Steve Day having made the introductions, they proceeded to savour Nathalie’s classic French menu accompanied by classical complementary wines. The dishes included a layered Roasted Seabass with Olive Blinis in a Tomato Emulsion; and a slow cooked Wagyu Beef Cheek in a mix of Provencal Olives, tomatoes, eggplants and Basil Raviolis - which was a personal favourite of H.E Martine Dorance. She went on to say that dining at Nathalie’s was “a wonderful experience with very, very good food”, and the appetiser of Scallop Tartar with Caviar from Aquitane “was really something”. Also present was Encik Zalman Aefendy who agreed that “the food was really excellent and was very flavourful. It is great testament to the ingredients that were used and my favourite (dish) was the duck liver in the brioche, which was fantastic”.

After everyone was satiated and relaxing in the after-glow of another great meal at Cuisine Gourmet, the Chef’s and their team were called and thanked by the diners. H.E. Martine Dorance gave a speech highlighting that she thought Nathalie’s was the “best French restaurant here in Malaysia and the best ambassador for French Gastronomy here in Malaysia”; a ringing endorsement which was heartily applauded by all of the diners.

As another MIGF dinner drew to a close, coffee was served with a selection of macaroons for those still hungry for more. The diners said their goodbyes for the final time this Festival season after an indulgent month of food, wine and good times had by all.