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Malaysian Tapas

Posted on 24 July 2017 by admin

Tapas – the delight of Malaysians. We are a nation spoiled with a wide array of selection when it comes to food. There are very few countries in the world that attest to such a buffet spread in our hotels and restaurants. Hence, we are quickly bored with a single type of food and we crave for variety. That makes buffets in Malaysia particular popular.

And here is where Tapas steps in.

With its origin in Spain, Tapas is an appetiser of snack taken with an evening drink. Traditional Spanish eateries offer tapas free of charge when a patron buys a drink and this fast-fading custom is still practiced in the North of Spain. Of course, this is music to our Malaysian ears – a variety of delicious Mediterranean food for FREE!

Today, “tapas” has taken the world by storm. One can go into a tapas bar in almost any developed country in the world. And tapas itself is ever evolving, from a Mediterranean apetiser to little servings of traditional food. In Malaysia, this exciting evolution will be seen to celebrate Indian, Chinese and Malay fusion food, all served in bite-size. Japanese sushi bars testify to this concept of bite-size food that offer plenty of variety.

Viva Tapas!

Keep an eye out for TBR’s upcoming selection of Indian Tapas designed by our expert culinary team. And look out for our next article on the Evolution of Tapas.

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Big Rajah Dines at the World’s Top Restaurant, Italy

Posted on 13 July 2017 by admin

World’s best chef, Massimo Bottura with Dato’ John William at Osteria Francescana

Osteria Francescana – “where dreams become food poetry” according to The Big Rajah, Dato’ John William, as he experiences the numero uno amongst the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

In 2015, the Osteria was second place and for the last five years, it has been amongst the top 5. It won its third Michelin star in 2012, and according to Michelin, it is the best restaurant in Europe.

Owned and run by Massimo Bottura in Modena, this luxury restaurant is extremely hard to place a reservation. Almost a year ahead if you are lucky.

The Big Rajah, Dato’ John William, however is resourceful and manages to reserve a table during his Gourmet Escapade in Italy. Both he and his wife savoured the world’s finest, to investigate what makes the world’s best and to bring back its echoes to The Big Rajah and to the community in Malaysia.

The dining room, one of three, is large and square. With Andrea Boccelli crooning at the background, above rests a vision of art by Damien Hirst. This could be an expensive restaurant – or house, or art gallery – anywhere: luxury has no country. On the first year, the entire Modena ate here, the second, almost no-one and on the third, the world, according to an inscription.

The menu was meticulously and delicately planned with a perfect balance of flavour – intra and inter dishes. Of all his dishes, the Five Ages Of Parmesan won Dato’ John over. Apparently, it took Massimo two decades to perfect it. Those five cheeses of different ages are: a sauce, an “air”, a demi-soufflé, a foam and a galette, which stands above the rest like a tiny spaceship – but it looks and tastes marvellous.

Food obsessed lovers share a passion that binds them together – and that is what John William and Massimo Bottura find their calling in lives. To spread the poetry of food and their gourmet dreams creating joy and comfort in the world.

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