Picture this: you and your family on Christmas Eve, dining on a sumptuous meal whilst surrounded by festive lights, tinkling wine glasses and jazzy holiday tunes. At the Majestic, this could be reality!
The holiday season, to me, is all about romance and good, old-fashioned tradition. This year, I got to celebrate my dream Christmas a little early at the Majestic Hotel’s charming Colonial Café; there, I got to sample its new Christmas and New Year’s menu, served as an eight-course platter. Besides the delicious meal, I also experienced impeccable hospitality in a talented jazz band (I even got to take its CD home – I love an early present!) and great service.
To start off the meal, a Christmas favourite, fuzzy mulled wine (topped with a cinnamon stick) was served.
This Christmas brings two delectable choices of wine: the Huntaway Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand, an award-winning white wine with notes of blackberry and gooseberry served with the starter, and the Sister’s Run Epiphany McLaren Vale Shiraz from Australia, a ripe fruity red with hints of chocolate served with the main course.
In addition, freshly-brewed tea or coffee is served at end the meal.
ENTRÉES & REFRESHERS
There are four starter courses before the centrepiece (roast turkey) is served, but worry not as they all come in bite-size portions.
The first dish was the amuse-bouche: smoked salmon with crème fraiche (soured cream) and fresh dill. This simple platter can be enjoyed just like that or with warm sourdough bread that’s served as appetizer.
Next to arrive was the starter of seared bay scallops with white asparagus and broad beans. The freshest of ingredients were used, from the tender, lightly-peppered scallops to the delicately-steamed asparagus.
One of my fave dishes of the night was the third course, the Australian red onion soup with Gruyère toast. The soup came in a cup-sized bowl, ideal for a starter. It’s not too thick but still flavoursome. It was accompanied by two slices of baguettes covered in melted Gruyère. The toast went fantastically with the onion soup, whether eaten side by side or dipped and eaten together!
To refresh the palate, raspberry sorbet was served. The sorbet was light and zesty; it did well to rid the mouth of the strong pungent onion taste and prepare us for the next dish, the Christmas turkey!
The star of the night – roast turkey – was accompanied by mashed parsnip, roasted root vegetables, a generous serving of stuffing and giblet gravy. The turkey was exactly what I’d imagined from watching the characters in a Christmas movie indulge in: slightly smoky, smooth, savoury and moist. There’s plenty of meat and stuffing, but the other parts of the dish were in tiny portions. At least, if you don’t like Brussels sprouts like me, only half a sprout goes to waste!
DESSERT & PETIT FOURS
My stomach always has space for dessert! On the night’s menu was orange parfait with cinnamon crumble and grapefruit sherbet. Thanks to the light tanginess of the sherbet and subtly-sweet cinnamon crumble, I managed to finish most of the dish. The orange contributed to an interesting fusion of flavours!
If you aren’t quite so experimental with your dessert, traditional faves such as homemade iced gingerbread cookies and chocolate are also served. Who can say no to chocolate, right?
The Majestic Hotel’s holiday set menu will be available at Contango Restaurant on Christmas Eve (dinner) and Christmas Day (lunch) for RM180 per person as well as on New Year’s Eve (dinner) and New Year’s Day (lunch) for RM200. Festive dishes, including the roast turkey, will also be available at the Colonial Cafe throughout this festive season! Contact The Majestic Hotel for more info.