Checker’s Cafe, Dorsett Regency KL

December 23, 2014 at 5:19 am | Posted in Uncatogorized | Leave a comment

12 Dishes of Christmas Compilation

Review by KM Choy & Erica Sam

dessert galore

Christmas is all about giving. At Dorsett Regency’s Checker’s Cafe, it was all about giving your tummy a great feast. Presenting their “12 Dishes of Christmas Compilation”, my wife and I were invited to preview a Christmas dinner with all the bells and whistles. As we settled down in our seats, our waitor asked us if he could serve our welcome drink. It seems we were to start off our meal with a pleasurable peppermint hot chocolate. The brainchild of Dorsett’s Marketing Manager, it featured a homemade peppermint stick dipped in a mug of rich, hot chocolate. Yummy!

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Dorsett’s cafe is an all-day dining, mid sized restaurant that seats about 25 tables. Although not very large, Checker’s Cafe’s buffet variety match many of the other larger establishments I’ve visited. The normal offerings were there: manned stations for Japanese sushi, local noodles, soups, breads and cheeses, desserts, various seafood and oysters. For the “12 Dishes of Christmas Compilation”, Checker’s Cafe came out with a special 12 Christmas main course to supplement it’s usual buffet choices.

sushi bar

We started of with the Compress Risotto with Bravo Chicken. My wife loved the risotto. She found the rice to be well cooked, to a nice creamy consistency. While agreeing with her, I would have added a slightly stronger tasting cheese to give that extra oomph.

Compress Risotto with Bravo Chicken
Next, we were served the California Mussel Bouillabaisse. Bouillabaisse was originally created as a stew or soup by Marseille fishermen. At Dorsett, the chef used California mussels in lieu of fish. Paired with a soup consisting of onions, tomatoes and various herbs, the bouillabaisse was a nice contrast to the mild risotto.

California Mussel Bouillabaisse

The third dish was an Oxtail Stew served in Malay Style. While technically not an authentic Christmas dish, the oxtail stew served to us was delicious. It was not too sweet, as is usually the case with Malay stews.oxtail

The fourth dish served to us was a Tender Beef with Holland Onion & Blue Cheese Dressing. Having never tasted a blue cheese dressing, I was expecting a strong smelling dish. Surprise, surprise, the beef was tender, as promissed, and the dressing was delicious.tender beef

My wife and I agreed that the next dish was one of the best dishes of the night. Imagine a piece of smooth, sweet, firm fish fillet, lathered in a rich, creamy, nage sauce. We definately savoured every bite of the Poached Butter Fish with Roasted Nage Sauce

Poached Butter Fish with Roasted Nage Sauce

Next on the list was an Oyster Omelette. I had expected the oyster omelette to be something simillar to Penang’s Ochien. While the dish had the nice flavour of oyster permeating it, I felt the omelette itself was a bit of a let down. It was not enhanced in any other way except by the insertion of the oyster.

After the oyster omelette, we were served Braised Beancurd with Pumpkin. It was a trully golden dish, with the golden pumpkin sauce cupping the yellow beancurd. Best eaten with rice and oxtail stew, the mild beancurd had a very Chinese influence.Braised Beancurd with Pumpkin

As opposed to the beancurd, I could eat this dish all day on its own. The Braised Sea Cucumber with Mushroom was an exquisite dish. Paired with mushrooms, the sea cucumber was soft and so full of flavour.

Braised Sea Cucumber with Mushroom

The next two dishes represent a very meaty Christmasy tradition. Grilled Lamb Shoulder with Black Pepper Sauce and Roast Turkey With Cranberry Sauce are two must have dishes in every Christmas dinner, in my opinion. Inexperienced cooks tend to overcook turkey, and dry out the meat. Dorsett did not disappoint, with a lamb shoulder and roast turkey that was perfectly cooked, and juicy at every bite.LAMB & TURKEY

After the huge chunks of turkey and lamb, we were given some Sous Vide Salmon Zabaglione to try. Sous vide salmon is a method of cooking salmon sealed in airtight plastic bags, in a water bath. The purpose is to cook the salmon evenly, without overcooking the exterior. I’m a great fan of salmon, and love it both as a shashimi or as a grilled steak. I have not tasted this method of cooking salmon and found it a bit mild to my taste.

salmon

The Grilled Foie Gras with Wild Citrus Consomme was the last of the 12 main course dishes. The creamy, buttery foie gras was heaven to bite into. It literally melted in the mouth and gave a delicious aftertaste.foie gras

After all the food, we had to sample the desserts. Looking even more attractive than the main courses, it would appeal to the child in you. The product of Dorsett’s Pastry Chef, Chef Mohd Sabri Norizan, Checker’s Cafe typically displays between 25 and 30 different desserts per buffet.

A 1st prize winner of the California Bread Competition, he has whipped up about 40 different desserts for this Christmas special. Among my favorites at this sampling was the  X’mas Pudding with Vanilla Spice Sauce, Milk and Raspberry Bavaroise with Earl Gray Panacotta, Black Sesame Terrine With Passion Fruit Cheese Cake and Green Tea Tiramisu With Cherry Cake

Chef Mohd Sabri’s desserts are not your typical sugar bombs. They are lovely mouthfuls of flavour that doesn’t make you cringe with a sugar high. It’s like having a “kurang gula” dessert, yet maintaining a delicious I-want-more feeling. The icing on the cake (pun intended) is that his desserts are actually much healthier than many other offerings out there. Chef Mohd Sabri uses Treasure Drop Natural Sugar replacement, which he claims to contain only 20% of the calories found in an equivalent amount of sugar. Now, that’s having your cake and eating it too!

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black sesamegreen tea tiramisu

For those who want to enjoy a quiet , cozy Christmas dinner with your loved one, head down to Checker’s Cafe at Dorsett regency. The Traditional Christmas Eve & Day Buffet Dinner is going for RM98.00++ (Per Person) / RM190.00++ (Per Couple)

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