I had the chance to join Grand Hyatt in their Chinese New Year celebrations, just before CNY. The night was simply nothing short of amazing. I would go so far as to say that they surprised and wow-ed all of us, that night.
The cocktail reception was unassuming and we had a beautiful Lohei. But the night truly started when all of a sudden, the sliding doors was opened to reveal the most amazing table setting which transported me to Alice in Wonderland. Smoke on the ground, and a group of actors welcomed us into the dining table, which was decorated with fresh flowers running along the entire table. There were dancers, a live violinist and actors which posed as an unlikely group of characters which entertained us throughout the night.
When we were all seated, a second sheath of sliding doors opened and revealed a live kitchen. They looked like a painting, as the chefs were all posing in mid-action and then moved only when the dancer tapped each of them.
The first course was revealed as Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, which is a dish commonly served at fine-dining Chinese restaurants. Grand Hyatt presented a refreshing take on it with clear broth, and the usual suspects - abalone, sea cucumber, scallop, and Chinese mushrooms all cooked to tender perfection.
Then came an interesting take on Roast Duck - it was served with an English scotch egg, spinach and water lotus glutinuous rice. I haven't had such authentic scotch egg since I was in London!
The highlight for me was the dessert. Before the dessert was served, a Chinese scroll was unfurled in front of all guests literally in front of us on the table. It was pulled carefully across the table, revealing the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, painted by a local master calligrapher.
Dessert was a delightful fusion of the East and West flavors and method of presentation, served delicately in petit portions. Great for people like me who love dessert but has a small stomach!
White lotus blossom flower, Buddha’s hand lemon and mango pudding, mini lui sha bao (custard bun), a coconut pulut hitam ice cream, and other assorted pastries and sweet treats sealed the night for me!
Till then again, Wonderland.
Thank you Grand Hyatt for such a memorable and amazing evening.