There’s much joy to be found in the festive season, but at the same time it too can be one of the most stressful periods of the year.
Agendas at work need tying up by the yearend, social engagements are high and, in my family at least, there seems to be extra pressure when all, who usually live apart, are joined in enclosed spaces for extended periods.
Feeding a mob or a few, celebratory meals involve much more labour than the usual get together dinner. Shopping, preparation, cleaning – all too often fall onto the hands of a few only, serving to make this hectic period all the more taxing.
I understand the past romance with having a home cooked meal, but honestly, there are just so many excellent services nowadays that prepare food at a level much higher than my own culinary expertise while maintaining the home cooked feel, that choosing to make it all from scratch at home, is a sign of self-torture in my opinion.
The InterContinental Kuala Lumpur hotel is just up the road from my home, and so for me makes a convenient kitchen to rely upon. This season, for a recent gathering with a large group I tried out their Roasted Whole Traditional Turkey with Sage Chestnut Stuffing (5kg, RM598) with a side of Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Beef Bacon (200g, RM26).
The turkey was a beautiful specimen of a festive roast. Roasted to form a golden casing to moist tender meat, the bird easily fed my 10 guests with additional leftovers for a week. Verdant sprigs of fresh parsley, carved oranges and vibrant cherry tomatoes made colourful adornment and both a cranberry sauce and gravy made delicious companions. The Brussels sprouts were extra tasty with the beef bacon strips, and if I had have thought ahead, a roasted sweet potato dish would have made a lovely accompaniment to the centrepiece.
The Christmas Gourmet Corner of IVIV (OneSixFive) Lounge and Wine Bar at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur is cooking up a whole range of festive treats for the season. Besides turkey, Angus beef ribeye with thyme and shallot juice (minimum order of 1 kg at RM 200) and assorted homemade Christmas cookies and other seasonal favourites are available from 1 December to 26 December 2016.
For those wanting to completely remove the stress of planning a celebratory meal at home, InterContinental® Kuala Lumpur hotel has any number of grandiose dining experiences from which to choose.
December 24 to 26 December hosts a range of buffet dinners, brunches and high teas at Serena Brasserie starting from RM98 per person, and the hotel’s signature restaurant Tao Chinese Cuisine, has created a special 6-course set menu at RM198. If Japanese is more to your fancy, then Tatsu Japanese Cuisine have customized a 7-course set menu for RM188 per person.
Similar specials are found for New Year celebrations at the three outlets, with the year ending with a Countdown to 2017 Party at the IVIV (OneSixFive) Lounge and Wine Bar with live band performances from 8pm to 12:30am at RM98 per entry. Exclusive for diners at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, a 50% off cover charge for the Countdown Party applies with prior New Year’s Eve dinner reservations made in Serena Brasserie, Tao Chinese Cuisine, and Tatsu Japanese Cuisine.
Here’s to a delicious, fun and hassle-free end to 2016!
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