MIGF Menus, Al Amar & Circus, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sampling two menus in one night at Pavilion we tried conserving tummy space by just nibbling at Al Amar in preparation for a later five course menu at Circus.
Al Amar’s MIGF menu is a stomach engorging list of classics. It begins with hot and cold Mezze of enduring favourites including these highlights: Shanklish (a fusion of aged Lebanese cheese mixed with olive oil and chopped parsley, tomatoes and onions); Hommos (chickpea dip); Meffarakeh (lamb stuffed wheat dough cooked in yoghurt) and; steamed artichoke with a zesty garlic and olive oil dressing.
Al Amar’s MIGF menu is priced at RM115++ per person without wine and RM195++ with wine.
Moving down to Circus, a five course meal and an incredibly eye-catching environment was waiting for us. Giant paintings, an evolving visual display and long feature bar backed with a beehive of bottles changes over the day with the aid of clever use of lighting and upbeat chill music. The goal of restaurants in the Eatertainment group is to provide a comprehensive night out including entertainment in the form of food, live music, dance shows and a host of drinks. Al Amar and Circus are both examples of places to pass a leisurely few hours with friends, both old and new. Describing themselves as a “modern bistro and cocktail lounge to gather, relax, mix, mingle and drink,” Circus is more than just a restaurant.
Circus’ (* Note Circus is now closed) MIGF menu is a five plate degustation featuring a mish mash of international cuisines. The Amuse Bouche of Parmesan Crissini with Bresaola was a popular start at our table and came paired with a French 75. This classic cocktail dates back to 1914 Paris, where it was named after a canon used in the war for its strong kick. A base of gin, lemon juice and sugar is topped with Chandon champagne producing a perfect opening for the palate.
An appetizer of Chili Crab Cake with Organic Mixed Salad came next with a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc by La Palma. Usually this wine would have paired well with the crustacean, however the heavy handedness with spice slightly overpowered the grape. Presentation of this dish, along with the others were all eye catching though and those who taste first with their eyes will be pleased.
|Lime Granite Sorbet|
Cod Fish with Truffle Butter Foam paired with a Californian J Lohr Painter Bridge Chardonnay was my choice. The peach and pineapple notes of the wine allowed the cod fish to shine while providing a silky addition to the palate complementing the dish. The Wagyu Beef Tenderloin was hubby’s pick. A smooth peppery Australian Shiraz by Tyrells Moores Creek was a good companion to the beef but would also be a decent drop for quaffing on its own.
Dessert came in the form of a classic Crème Brulee. The subtle addition of lavender added a touch of interest and the partner glass of Dr Loosen Riesling Qualitatswein provided extra sweetness. This citrusy, peachy, rich textured German wine seems to be quite versatile and I could imagine it too with some toasted walnuts and salty cheese or a spicy dish such as the Crab Cakes from earlier in the meal.
Circus’ MIGF menu is priced at RM168++ without wine an RM278++ with wine.
|Lavender Crème Brulee|
Al Amar Fine Lebanese Cuisine
Level 6, Pavilion
+6 03 2166 1011
Level 3 , Pavilion
+6 03 2141 6151
Open Sun – Thurs 10am – 2am
Fri & Sat 10am – 3am
* Note Circus is now closed.
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur