‘TIS the season to indulge and that is exactly what Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel believes as it rolls out exclusive Christmas and New Year menus for three of its restaurants.
A tour through the different interpretations of Christmas dining starts off with classic Christmas meals, woven in with the sweetness of berries in Essence’s “Berryful” buffet, followed by an authentic taste of hearty Italian festivities at the Tuscany-inspired Villa Danieli restaurant.
For an Oriental-type dining experience, diners can enjoy speciality Cantonese cuisine set menu for Christmas Eve dinner or have Christmas dim sum brunch at Celestial Court restaurant.
Picking out a few dishes from the many highlights of the three dining options was a difficult task.
Among the starters are a succulently grilled scallop dish with Jerusalem artichoke, confit porcini mushrooms and crispy bacon called Capesante alla Griglia.
There is also crunchy fried turkey wonton topped off with a cocktail made up of three types of melons and served with wasabi mayonnaise and crispy ginger.
However, as main courses go, Villa Danieli’s turkey roulade stand out.
Brought in by the restaurant’s head chef Gaetano di Stefano, the dish is a unique Sicilian recipe of turkey stuffed with dried fruits and nuts such as apricots and pistachios.
It is combined with grilled spinach gnocchi made up of potato, parmesan cheese, eggs and flour, cooked in butter and drizzled with turkey cranberry jus.
A truly Italian Christmas dessert is the Panettone Con Vanilla Zabalion, a bready textured dessert baked with cherries slathered in vanilla sauce.
Another traditional dessert, the Christmas Ball Bite, is a fruity Christmas pudding that ends the indulgence on a sweet note.
As the countdown begins for a new year, test out different flavours with either of the restaurants – with a choice of either a buffet dinner by Essence, or set menus prepared by Villa Danieli and Celestial Court.
To prepare for a long, filling meal ahead, start off slow with a light appetiser, like the thinly sliced beef carpaccio with capers, semi-dried cherry tomatoes or peppery arugula and mustard dressing.
At Celestial Court, they will prepare a traditional roasted duck with plum sauce as a main course that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
For a heftier meal, Essence offers international delicacies such as an oven-roasted Australian beef striploin with baby French beans as well as spread of local dishes.
Villa Danieli’s six course set menu for New Year’s Eve dinner will feature a lamb loin wrapped in filo pastry, olive tapenade, artichoke puree and lamb jus.
After that long list of possibilities and choices presented by the restaurants, a chilled avocado puree with walnut ice-cream and fresh fruit trifle has the right combination of creamy-tart flavours to complete the meal.
Or one could just go straight for the sinful Nutella Tiramisu – it is the holidays after all, so diets are definitely out the window.
The Christmas Eve menus are priced at RM145nett for Essence and RM158nett for Villa Danieli and Celestial Court.
On Christmas Day, the prices are RM148nett for brunch at Villa Danieli and RM138nett for Essence’s buffet or Celestial Court’s brunch.
The New Year’s Eve menus are priced at RM188nett for Villa Danieli and RM158nett for Essence and Celestial Court.
On New Year’s Day, the Essence’s buffet is priced at RM121nett and RM138nett for Celestial Court’s brunch.
Villa Danieli will be closed on New Year’s Day.
ESSENCE / VILLA DANIELI / CELESTIAL COURT, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2717 9933 / 9922 / 9988). Business hours: 6am to 11.30pm daily / noon to 3pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and public holidays, 11am to 3pm on Sundays and 6.30pm to 10pm daily / Mondays to Fridays from noon to 2.30pm, 10.30am to 3om on weekends and public holidays, and 6.30pm to 10pm daily.
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