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Festival Awards 2012
 
JUDGES' CHOICE
Golden Cauldron Award for the Best All-Round Restaurant 2012
The Golden Cauldron Award is given to the restaurant that, in the opinion of the judges, is the best all-round restaurant of the Festival. Marks are given for the standard of cuisine, the enthusiasm and creativity of the chef, kitchen, service and entire restaurant team and the overall service.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
The Olive, Resorts World Genting

 
JUDGES' CHOICE
Outstanding Festival Achievement Award
This award recognises the restaurant that achieved all-round high scores from the esteemed panel of judges.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
The Sunway Group

 
Chef Congeniality
This award is presented to the most amiable and admired chef of the Festival, as voted by his or her fellow chefs.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
Chef Daniel Sheen of The Olive

 
Judges’ Choice (At The Gala Launch) – One Winner and four Awards of Excellence in each category:
 
 
JUDGES' CHOICE
Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch
This award is given to the restaurant that, in the view of the judges, showed the most creative flair and originality in its restaurant display at the Gala Launch.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
Imperial Rama and The Olive, Resorts World Genting

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur – Lai Po Heen & Mandarin Grill
* The Eatertainment Group – Al-Amar & Circus
* The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur – Bunga Emas & L’Heritage
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The Westin Kuala Lumpur – Five Sen5es, Prego & Qba Latin Bar & Grill

 
JUDGES' CHOICE
Most Outstanding Cuisine at the Gala Launch
For the most outstanding cuisine at the Gala Launch, marks are awarded for taste, food, presentation, quality and creativity.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
The Olive, Resorts World Genting

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Al-Amar, Eatertainment Group
* Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
* L'Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL
* Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental KL
 
 
 
JUDGES' CHOICE
Most Innovative Cuisine at the Gala Launch
Noting the brave restaurant serving cuisine that inspired the palate.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
The Olive, Resorts World Genting
 

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Makan Kitchen, Doubletree by Hilton KL
* Onsemiro Korean Fine Dining
* Ten Japanese Fine Dining
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort KL

 
 
JUDGES' CHOICE
Most Creative Food Presentation at the Gala Launch
Rewarding the restaurant that presented the most creative cuisine.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
The Olive, Resorts World Genting
 

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Al-Amar, Eatertainment Group
* Bunga Emas, The Royale Chulan KL
* Onsemiro Korean Fine Dining
* Ten Japanese Fine Dining, Genting

 
 
Judges’ Choice – One Winner and four Awards of Excellence in each category:
 
 
JUDGES' CHOICE
Most Creative Festival Menu of the Festival
For the most creative all-round Menu during the Festival, marks are awarded for originality, creativity, composition and wine-pairing.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
 

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Bunga Emas, The Royale Chulan KL
* L'Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL
* Ten Japanese Fine Dining
* The Olive, Resorts World Genting

 
 
JUDGES' CHOICE
Best Marketed Restaurant of the Festival
Recognising the restaurant that made the best effort to publicise its participation in the Festival and the Festival in general.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
Resorts World Genting - Imperial Rama and The Olive

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Renaissance Kuala Lumpur – Dynasty and Sagano
* The Eatertainment Group – Al-Amar and Circus
* The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur – Bunga Emas and L’Heritage
* The Westin Kuala Lumpur – Five Sen5es, Prego and Qba
 
 
JUDGES' CHOICE
Best Value Menu of the Festival
In the search for the best value to diners, marks were awarded for choice and variety of food in relation to the Festival Menu price.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
Makan Kitchen,Doubletree by Hilton KL

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Al-Amar, Eatertainment Group
* Bunga Emas, The Royale Chulan KL
* L'Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL
* Nerovivo
 
 
JUDGES' CHOICE
Best Festival Offers
This award is given to the restaurant that had the best Festival offers, ranging from discounts to overnight stays and spa offers.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
L'Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Bunga Emas, The Royale Chulan KL
* Grill 582
* Kofuku, Seri Pacific Hotel KL
* Makan Kitchen, Doubletree by Hilton KL
 
 
People’s Choice – One Winner and four Awards of Excellence in each category:
 
 
PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch
This award is given to the restaurant that, as voted by the Gala Launch attendees, showed the most creative flair and originality in its restaurant display.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
The Westin Kuala Lumpur – Five Sen5es, Prego, Qba Latin Bar & Grill

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Enak KL
* Kofuku, Seri Pacific Hotel KL
* Dynasty& Sagano, Renaissance KL
* The Emperor, Grand Dorsett Subang
 
 
 
PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Most Outstanding Cuisine at the Gala Launch
Recognising the restaurant with the most outstanding cuisine – in terms of taste, presentation, quality and creativity.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Enak KL
* Nerovivo
* The Olive, Resorts World Genting
* Five Sen5es, Prego, Qba Latin Bar & Grill, The Westin KL
 
 
 
PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Most Innovative Cuisine at the Gala Launch
The winner is the restaurant that is fearless in its cuisine, creating delicacies that inspire the palate.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
The Olive, Resorts World Genting

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
* Enak KL
* Imperial Rama, Resorts World Genting
* Ten Japanese Fine Dining
 
 
PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Most Creative Food Presentation at the Gala Launch
This award goes to the restaurant with the most unforgettable presentation.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
Qba Latin Bar & Grill, The Westin KL

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Al-Amar, Eatertainment Group
* Circus, Eatertainment Group
* Cuisine Gourmet By Nathalie
* Onsemiro Korean Fine Dining
 
 
Festival Diners’ Choice – One Winner and Six Awards of Excellence in each category:
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Most Outstanding Overall Dining Experience
This award is given to the restaurant that impressed Festival Diners the most with its overall dining experience.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
THE POMELO

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Al Amar & Circus, Eatertainment Group
* Imperial Rama and The Olive
* Kofuku, Seri Pacific Hotel KL
* L’Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL
* New Orleans Bar & Grill and West Lake Garden, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort KL
 
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Most Outstanding Cuisine
This award is presented to the restaurant that served the most outstanding cuisine during the Festival in terms of taste, presentation, quality and creativity.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
Imperial Rama and The Olive, Genting

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Al Amar & Circus, Eatertainment Group
* Cuisine Gourmet By Nathalie
* New Orleans Bar & Grill and West Lake Garden, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
* Nerovivo
* THE POMELO
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort KL
 
 
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Most Creative Dining Experience
The winner of this award, as voted by Festival Diners, is the restaurant that most impressed diners with its dining experience.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
Five Sen5es, The Westin KL

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Bunga Emas, The Royale Chulan KL
* Kofuku, Seri Pacific Hotel KL
* L’Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL
* New Orleans Bar & Grill and West Lake Garden, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
* THE POMELO
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort KL
 
 
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Best Use of the Festival Theme
This award is given to the participant that created the most memorable ambience at its restaurant in conjunction with the theme “Classical Chefs”
 

OVERALL WINNER:
Prego, The Westin KL

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Bunga Emas, The Royale Chulan KL
* Kofuku, Seri Pacific Hotel KL
* New Orleans Bar & Grill and West Lake Garden, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
* Senja, The Saujana Resort KL
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort KL
* The Emperor, Grand Dorsett Subang
 
 
Taste MIGF
Most Popular Restaurant at Taste MIGF
Awarded to the restaurant that sold the most Taste Tokens during Taste MIGF 2012
OVERALL WINNER:
Imperial Rama

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Enak KL
* Makan Kitchen
* Sampling on the Fourteenth
* West Lake Garden
* Ten Japanese Fine Dining
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort KL
 
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Most Outstanding Canapés of the Festival
Recognising a memorable pre-dinner experience.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
West Lake Garden, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Al-Amar, Eatertainment Group
* Bunga Emas, The Royale Chulan KL
* Five Sen5es, The Westin KL
* Kofuku, Seri Pacific Hotel KL
* Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental KL
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort KL
 
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Most Outstanding Soup of the Festival
Noting the soup that teased the taste buds.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
Dynasty, Renaissance KL
Fish Maw, Cabbage & Ocean Treasure Bouillon

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Five Sen5es, The Westin KL
Imperial Double-boiled Morel Broth with Australian Scallop Wanton Dumpling
 
* Imperial Rama, Resorts World Genting
Double Boiled Guinea Fowl with Chinese Herb Soup
 
* Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental KL
Double Boiled Kung Fu Soup
 
* Qba Latin Bar & Grill, The Westin KL
Classical Arrangement of Qba Soup
 
* Samplings on the Fourteenth
Pigeon Consomme with Raviolini
 
* THE POMELO
Poultry Farm Consomme
 
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Most Outstanding Appetiser of the Festival
This appetiser just whetted diners’ appetites for more.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
Imperial Rama, Resorts World Genting
Lobster Combination Salad

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:

* New Orleans Bar & Grill, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Foie Gras with Caramalised Pineapple and Brioche Loaf, leaf Salas with Hazelnut Dressing
 
* L’Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL
Smoked Foie Gras in Mango Roll on Raspberry Red Wine Jelly
 
* Nerovivo
Slow Roast Veal Rump Served in Tuna Sauce, Pickled Vegetables and Capers
 
* Senja,The Saujana Hotel KL
Sardine Beccafico Style, Rocket Salad, Fennel and Orange Oil Reduction
 
* The Emperor, Grand Dorsett Subang
Emperor’s Trilogy Combination
(Pacific Crab Claw with Supreme Egg White and Bird’s Nest Sauce, Chilled Spiny Rock Lobster Medallion and Crispy Chicken Skin Golden Bun, Spicy Red Dates Sauce)
 
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Hotel KL
Smoked Duck Foie Gras Ice Cream, Foi Gras Terrine, Pear Wantan
 
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Most Outstanding Starter of the Festival
This award is for the most excellent start to a meal.
 

OVERALL WINNER:
Cuisine Gourmet By Natalie
Pan Fried Duck Liver, Roasted Apple in a Buttered Brioche Mille – Feuille, Apple Emulsion

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Circus, Eatertainment Group
Crispy Wild Mushroom Risotto
 
* Enak KL
Ikan Bakar Percik Serai Wangi
 
* Grill 582
Confit of Duck, Poached Granny Smith and Fresh Vanilla
 
* L’Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL
Quail Leg Confit with Sunflower Seeds , Asparagus Lemon Frittata and Morel Dumpling
 
* Nerovivo
Spinach, Ricotta & Pecorino Cheese Ravioli in Butter Sage Sauce
 
* The Olive, Resorts World Genting
Portobello Carpaccio, Pecorino, Grissini, Balsamic, Soft Herbs
 
 
 
 
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Most Outstanding Entrée of the Festival
Celebrating that delightful dish between courses.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
Grill 582
Ocean Trout, Tomato Ketchup Dressing & Fennel Salad
 
WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Five Sen5es, The Westin KL
Famous Authentic Traditional Peking Duck
 
* Kofuku, Seri Pacific Hotel KL
 
* L’Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL
Salmon Escalope “Baslar Art” with Swiss Chart Marmalade and Blood Orange Bearnise
 
* Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental KL
Trio Of Corn Fed Chicken Sze Chuan Pepper Spice/Wok Seared/Crispy Skin on
 
* New Orleans Bar & Gril, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Seared Sea Bass Fillet Served with Baby Potatoes, Braised Fennel, Vine Tomato and Fresh Herb Sauce
 
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Hotel KL
Olive Oil Poached Halibut, Halibut Ravioli, Green Asparagus, Sun Dried Tomato
 
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Most Outstanding Main Course of the Festival
The Mains are the main attraction, and we reward the best.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
The Olive, Resorts World Genting
Wagyu Short Rib, Smoked Porcini Risotto, Parsnip Puree
 
WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Circus, Eatertainment Group
Wagyu Beef Tenderloin
 
* Cuisine Gourmet By Nathalie
Wagyu Beef Cheek, Slow Cooked in Mix of Provencal Olives, Tomatoes, Egg Plants and Basil Raviolis, an Emulsion of the Juice.
 
* New Orleans Bar & Grill, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Australian Barbeque Lamb Rack with Spinach Risotto, Carrots, Espuma Dressed in Aged Port Wine Reduction
 
* Qba Latin Bar & Grill, The Westin KL
A Concerto of Beef – Braised Beef Cheeks, Wild Mushroom Confit with Beef Juice, Grilled Australian Angus Beef Rib Eye, Braided Scallop, Cabrales Cheese Sauce; Master Kobe Sirloin, Tomato and Goat Cheese Cannelloni, Red Pepper Oil
 
* Samplings on the Fourteenth
Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Cheeks served with Celeriac Puree and Spring Vegetables
 
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Hotel KL
Black Angus Beef Strip Loin & Braised Beef Cheeks, Baked Caps Mushroom Ravioli, Garlic Roast Spinach, Celeriac Puree
 
 
 
FESTIVAL DINERS' CHOICE
Most Outstanding Dessert of the Festival
This is the best of the sweet delights.
 
OVERALL WINNER:
New Orleans Bar & Grill, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Trilogy – Seasonal Berries in Fusion, Warm Pecan Tartlet and Vanilla Chocolate Mousse
 

WINNER OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
* Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
Praline & Yuzu “Big Mac”, Crispy Nuts, Chocalate & Praline Sauce

* Five Sen5es, The Westin KL
Secret Oven Baked Crispy Hong Kong Bau, Hand Rolled Fresh Durian Pancake
 
* L’Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL
Grand Cru Dark Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Berries Gstaad Mustard Parfait & Sweet Basel Pannacotta
 
* Nerovivo
Classical Italian Tiramisu, Mascarpone, Savoiardi, Espresso
 
* Sagano, Renaissance KL
Home Made Coconut Ice Cream with Deep Fried Pumpkin Croquette
 
* The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Hotel KL
Cake & Mousse from Dark Chocolate, Mango Praline, Sorbet