Thursday, November 23, 2006

Meeting Floggers @ Isthmus, Northpoint, Mid Valley City, KL

I took the plunge yesterday and finally met some food bloggers (a.k.a floggers) namely Fatboybakes from
Have Your Cake and Eat it Too and his compatriot, Jackson from ^^Living in Food Heaven^^. Venue for the momentous meet was the hot and happening restaurant, Isthmus in the newly opened Northpoint, just across from Mid Valley Megamall. It was extremely great fun to meet people who could talk about food and yes, we snapped pictures of lunch to our heart's content.

On to the food which was really good. The restaurant is part of the famous Isthmus of Kra and Shakahari in Melbourne, Australia. For lunch, they're currently offering combinations of appetizers and mains for RM25++ to RM55++. We tried their famous Lotus Blue Dumplings made from the natural dye of the peaflower that is delicately shaped by hand to resemble a flower. It's stuffed with caramelized minced chicken and drizzled with garlic oil. Tasted fantastic and looked really good too.

Next appetizer was the Crab Agnolotti which was a flat gyoza filled with a mix of crab meat and fish paste. It's shallow fried in basil infused chili oil and served with black vinegar sauce. I found the sauce to be quite sweet though and it overpowered the delicate flavours of the crab meat.

This was another appetizer called Simply Avocado which was avocado rolls wrapped in eggplant and fried in a rice almond batter. I like the taste of this since I love avocados and eggplants. The roll was also very nice and crispy as the batter is quite light.

The last appetizer we had was the Lentil As Anything which was an interesting croquette made from lentils, yam, roasted asparagus and herbs. You can't really taste the lentils but you get hints of the yam making you think a bit of a crispy Wu Tau Koh (Yam Cake in Chinese). This was served with Avocado Rolls on the side.

We had three main meals, two which were the Spring Chicken Medina that was ovengrilled spiced spring chicken served with a tangy dressing made from rice vinegar. This was served with tiny roast potatoes. Chicken was juicy and crisp from the grill.

This was my favourite - their Din-Kum Duck. The free range duck was tender as it had been cooked in a semi confit (with duck fat) and the skin was crispy from being fried. It's served with blood plum sauce which complements it really well.

We had to have their desserts as they looked great - just like the ones you get in Alexis. First was the decadent Chocolate Oreo Cake - light as air chocolate sponge layered with chocolate mousse and crushed oreo cookies layer encased in a chocolate ganache. Yummy till the last spoonful.

Next was a tangy Lemon Meringue Pie served with candied orange peels and sliced kumquats. The meringue was so light which complemented the lemon tart.

It was great fun meeting up with floggers (thanks to Fatboybakes and Jackson for meeting up with me) that we must do it again. I guess Bak Kut Teh in Klang is the next item on the agenda as I heard Jackson is an expert in that area.

Do check out the restaurant and bar - it's really nice with their super high ceilings, a platform made from wood and yummy food. The apartments look swanky too from where I was and definitely a good place for anyone who wishes to be right in the center of things since Mid Valley Megamall and the offices are just a hop and a skip away.

Unit B-G-3, Ground Floor
Mid Valley City
No. 1, Medan Syed Putra Utara
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 2282 8112

(To get there from Mid Valley Megamall, this is near Boulevard Hotel, just go to the Northcourt and at the entrance, you will see a crossbridge that will lead you to the building. You need to take the elevators down and you will see Isthmus across the courtyard. Alternatively park at Northpoint which is currently offering free parking)

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Anonymous said...

wow... i can't wait to try da chocolate oreo cake! it looks sinfully good! oh boo, do not forget to count me in for da bakuteh trip :p

Anonymous said...

Oh man...
Everything looks so good!

(The dumplings are adorable...)

KY said...

don't la use the term Flogger, just sounds wrong somehow.

btw come pick me up and bring me to klanggggggg

fatboybakes said...

haha, and so it begins.

great meeting you, the legendary masak masak!!! bow bow, we are not worthy.

Anonymous said...

wey no pixs of legends ah ? could b even better than food ? hehehe

Babe_KL said...

sound and look so good the food. must register this in my brain... hmmm maybe tonite could be possible if hubby hasnt taken his dinner when i meet him

Anonymous said...

WOW - what a lot of deliciousness! =)
that chocolatecake looks got me drooling! =)

Anonymous said...

Looks good, tastes good too huh? Looks too nice to eat! ;o)

boo_licious said...

meiyen - u go bug Jackson abt that!

J - new place for you to try with yr friends.

KY - sounds kinky rite? Ok, we will drop by SS3 to pick u up for Klang BKT.

fatboybakes - aiyoh! Me small fry compared to big timer baker and cafe owner.

tonixe - shy shy! Not like you who has revealed himself in his blog picture!

babe - do try, I like the duck and the dumplings.

julia - very nice choc cake and so innovative as we don't have any with oreo cookies in it.

wmw - must eat or else go hungry then how?

Anonymous said...

jackson, sunday? :p oh by da way, must it be a morning?

Babe_KL said...

sad sad last nite tak jadi cos hubby came much later, i took a quick bite inside MVM instead. maybe next time.

boo_licious said...

jackson - u organise ok? Sunday not good for me this wkend, going out of town.

Mei Yen - u liase with him since you have his handphone no.

babe - another time I guess?

Swee San said...

ya ya.. next one, Bah Kut Teh. But can wait till april 07 ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks, my friends are going here tonight and I had no idea where it was. Very helpful, plus i got to have a preview of the food :)

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