|Fisherman's Cove, Pangkor Laut Resort|
|Crystal Prawns with rock melon and roasted walnuts RM50|
|Fillet of Sea Bass char grilled with sea salt (market price)|
|Grain Fed Beef with foie gras butter and abalone mushrooms in a truffle soy reduction RM190|
|Mascarpone Mousse with Kalua Cream RM50|
|Dark Chocolate Almond Cake RM50|
Fisherman’s Cove, Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia
The wooden deck of Fisherman’s Cove in Malaysia's luxurious Pangkor Laut Resort, juts out over the undulating sea, making it a romantic scene for dinner. Candlelit tables enriched by the sound of the sea, light of the moon and, a live musical duo sporting acoustic guitar and vocals, furnish a splendid backdrop for an amorous evening.
The open kitchen with its pebbled background and low hanging illumination is the sprightly home of flames and steam. Sea creatures are an appropriate focus for the setting and, of the plates we tried, animals from the ocean were our favourites.
Triangles of Paneer Bread with chili flakes, garlic, Parmesan cheese and olive oil were an atypical beginning. These were so good we had seconds even though the rest of our meal swiftly reached our table. Also impressive was the Amuse Bouche. Melt in your mouth strips of Beef Tartar with chili, pickled onion and olives was a spicy palate opener featuring a tangy vinaigrette.
In line with the wait staff’s recommendations we ordered two seafood dishes to commence. Crystal Prawns with rock melon and roasted walnuts brought peeled tiger prawns with a firm clean bite in a sweet mayonnaise atop a bed of grated melon with fragments of toasted nuts. The Rock Lobster Bisque presented a mahogany brown, full flavoured broth sided with lobster terrine in a creamy sauce and finely shredded saffron fried sweet potato. Both were well prepared, but the Crystal Prawns were what we greedily gobbled first.
A Rainbow Sorbet of berries cleansed our palates between starter and main. Done so well, this frosty scoop would also make a refreshing dessert.
A Fillet of Sea Bass char grilled with sea salt and partnered with sautéed vegetables, mashed potatoes and a garlic butter sauce was our top pick of the night. A very generous portion of fish flaked off the plate and might have made up two portions in another restaurant.
The tender Grain Fed Beef with foie gras butter and abalone mushrooms in a truffle soy reduction was so soft that I easily reached over to hubby’s plate and sliced it with my fish knife. Although nearing RM200, two medallions topped with a carpet of crispy foie gras seemed unexpectedly better value than some of the fine dining steak houses in Kuala Lumpur.
A short list of desserts are home made and accompanied by Baskin Robbins ice cream. The waitress recommended the Dark Chocolate Almond Cake with a glazed cocoa topping and vanilla ice cream. A dense, slightly textured square of cocoa sweetness provided a warm contrast to the creamy cold ball on top. Hubby, as you might already know, loves all things creamy, so he bid the Mascarpone Mousse with Kalua Cream and I appreciated a few minutes of silence as he mmmed his was through the dessert.
Following a free flow sunset cruise, we took a decision highly out of character and decided not to have wine with dinner but sparkling water instead. The beverage list though is adequate offering a one page menu of the basics. Aperitif, spirits, cocktails, port, liqueurs, beer, coffees, fresh juices and wine all make an appearance with a number of choices for each section.
All in all, prices are not for the faint hearted. Portions are generous though and comparable to fine dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. While food is good, half the bill must be attributed to the spectacular seaside setting, privacy and superior service. Various resident's packages at Pangkor Laut Resort include all meals with your accommodation so are well worth looking into.
Reason to visit: romantic dinner lit by the moon with complimentary sound effects courtesy of the sea. Beef with Foie Gras Butter, Char Grilled Sea Bass.