Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Review of Kampung Ali Malaysian Restuarant

Last Friday, I found myself finished work sharp after a meeting up in Nicholson Street.  It's not a part of town I'm that familiar with, and as it was such a lovely evening, I bought a magazine and took myself off for a wee dander.  After popping into a few little boutique shops I stumbled upon Hula Juice Bar at the bottom of Victoria Street, which I've been meaning to visit for ages.  Being on antibiotics for a chest infection, this was a treat, as I've been missing my Friday night glass of rouge!  I had a lovely 'Pink Lady' juice which was as tasty as any glass of wine and I felt very proud of myself for being 'good'.

After my nice healthy juice I received a call from hubby saying he was on his way home from work, so we caught up in Kampung Ali, a Malaysian restaurant at Fountainbridge.

I had visited the restaurant some months ago (in my pre-blog days) with some friends and had a fantastic prawn red curry so I was glad to try it again.

We were shown to our seats and ordered some drinks.  I opted for green tea as I was freezing from my dander (it was a lovely evening, but this is Edinburgh we're talking about!). 

After much deliberation over the extensive and very authentic menu, and lots of eyeing up other diners dishes trying to figure out what they were having, we decided on our meal.  I was being boring, so I was told, and ordered the prawn red curry again to which I was abruptly told by our waiter 'no'.  I didn't see that coming!  I was told there was a Malaysian fish curry on special which was much tastier and I was to have that.  Yes boss.  I was also told I have to have the coconut rice.  Hubby successfully ordered the chicken Rendang.  This was allowed apparently.

We decided to share a couple of starters.  First up was the Roti with a curry dipping sauce.  Two lovely light and delicious rotis arrived with a nice spicy curry dipping sauce.  We also opted for the chicken satay skewers.  A huge plateful of chicken skewers arrived doused in a spicy peanut sauce.  Both very delicious and devoured quickly by hubby and I. 

On to the main course.  My Malaysian fish curry arrived and to my delight was completely delicious.  Spicy, but not too spicy, huge prawns cooked in a coconut broth with aubergine and beans.  I was very grateful for the recommendation!  The Rendang curry was equally as tasty.

So big thumbs up for Kampung Ali.  As Arnie would say: "I'll be back".

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Great British Menu with Mark Greenaway

I was honoured to be invited to join my fellow foodies at Restaurant Mark Greenaway at No.12 Picardy Place for the first instalment of the Great British Menu starring none other than Mark Greenaway himself.  We were treated to champagne and canapes before the show, but were delighted when we were asked to take our seats to be served the starter Mark created on the show.  And it was wonderful!  How it scored only 5/10 I don't know!  Braised pork cheek  wrapped in beetroot carpaccio, served with hot apple jelly with the controversial sea buckthorn...a very pretty plate.

It was really nice evening and I was impressed to see Mark making the effort to get round all the tables and speak to everyone there.  What a nice chap!  I'm looking forward to lunching at Restaurant Mark Greenaway in the near future, if his GBM starter was anything to go by, it'll be great.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Harvey Nichols Forth Floor with the Total Food Geeks Edinburgh

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited to join my fellow Total Food Geeks for dinner at the Forth Floor at Harvey Nichols.  We were treated to an amazing 6 course tasting menu, by Executive Chef Stuart Muir.  This is the menu, and here are some photos:

 View from our private dining room


 North Sea Mackerel 
Pepper roasted with Iberico ham, almond cream,
salted anchovies and preserved lemon.

Squab Pigeon 
Sous vide in Shiraz and aniseed with vanilla roast pear, beetroot puree, molasses, coated hazelnut and baby leeks and beets 

 North Atlantic Halibut Pearl barley and surf calm porridge,
compressed cucumber and tarragon, aniseed nage

 South Ayrshire Pork Slow cooked Ayrshire pork belly with pate brik, cognac soaked prunes, black
pudding, coco nibs, cauliflower cream, soused baby vegetables and toasted cumin and caraway seeds 

 Rock Almond and hazelnut sponge, aerated chocolate,
passion fruit, Tonka bean ice cream

 Amazing cheese!

Petit Fours

Check out more photos on the Total Food Geeks website here