Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sage @ The Gardens Residences, KL

I finally visited the Android's Temple of Love....

I had heard so much about Sage, one of the venerable Android's favourite lunch spots, his Temple of LURVE:
The doorway to the Temple of Love....

Indeed the environment inside was calm and tranquil with an air of grace (but somehow, still without feeling pompous or too "atas"):
Casual yet classy ambience inside....

Like it's "sister" restaurant, Cilantro, Sage has a fusion Japanese-French set lunch menu which changes every week, expertly prepared by their Chef Daniel.

However, unlike Cilantro, the lunch menu is available from Monday to Friday (instead of just Fridays), at a lower price of RM 100 nett (instead of RM 150 nett) and does NOT come served with a glass of Kir Royale. Anyway, while waiting for the food to arrive, I attacked the bread and truffle SEAWEED** butter:
(** As corrected by a certain illustrious Android. LOL at self. No wonder I thought "Hmmm. Why the black truffle bits kinda salty and not enough aroma wan?" - because it WASN'T truffle. /FAIL)
Freshly baked bread with truffle butter = happiness....

Strange - although it was nice, it wasn't nearly as creamy and to die for as the truffle butter that I had tried in Cilantro.
(Still, no complaints, really. It was good truffle butter)

For my starter, I chose the Consomme of Hokkaido Scallops with Shiitake and Wakame Broth:
Simple but lovely dish....

Perfect! The scallops had been thinly sliced (but not too thin, so there's still adequate bite) and were ever so fresh, with a lovely natural sweetness permeating through. That, accentuated by the umami flavours of the warm broth had me happily enjoying the juicy mix till my plate was completely clean.

Next, for my main I had the Two Way Preparation of Duck with Foie Gras and Daikon:
Fairly delicious duck....

The Duck Confit and seared duck breast were tender but not quite falling off the bone. Still, I found it nice as the flavour of the savoury duck meat and rich foie gras against the crisp flavour of the daikon radish was well balanced.

For dessert, I had the Green Tea Bavarois with Azuki Beans and Milk Ice Cream:
Light dessert....

Such a simple combination but well executed, with the smooth and creamy bavarois (which is sort of like panna cotta I guess?) delicately flavoured with green tea and accentuated by the light ice cream and sweet azuki beans.
(Of course I would have preferred something chocolatey but this was a nice, relatively less sinful and light way to end the meal)

This post is (sorry) a little delayed so you can't try out this exact menu right now... but do check the Sage website for details on what's currently available.

So it's: Classy yet unpretentious ambience, lovely food (although the starter was much better than the main), friendly and knowledgeable staff BUT again, *sigh* it's not very cheap, is it? :(....

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Sage @ The Gardens Residences, KL

The Gardens Residences, 6th Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Taste: 8
Ambience : 7
Service : 8
Price** : RM 100 per person (for this lunch)
Parking: OK
Website: Click HERE

** Discover Lunch set - 3 course meal and Coffee/Tea

Telephone No.: 03-2268 1188
Opening Hours:
Lunch (Mon to Fri) - 12noon till 2pm
Dinner (Mon to Sat) - 6pm till 10.30pm (Closed on Sundays)


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  1. A few days before I left for Melbourne, I had this too! :D

  2. Ah never knew we could request for truffle butter... will do next time :P

  3. to Michelle Chin:
    Oh cool! What a coincidence.... :)
    (Hey, but I didn't see ur blog post on it wan?)

    to Baby Sumo:
    Oh. Is that an unusual occurance?.. because the truffle butter was automatically served to us that day. :)

  4. I've only been to Sage once, for dinner, and we didn't even get normal butter, we got some sort of a basil/olive oil dip. Which was pretty good, actually.

    (although I have to admit truffle butter sounds more appealing in an exotic way)

  5. y'know what, i've never seen sage in daytime before. after all these years, i've only been here for dinners. i imagine it must look bright and cheerful in the afternoon :D

  6. It's okay! I make mistakes at times too. :) To err is human, to forgive divine!


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