Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Makankakis Rocked Michelangelo's!

Being part of a group of foodies and winers from Makansutra forum that meet up once a month for makan, I was excited at December's dinner. The year-end makan outing usually features western cuisine (the normal monthly ones do cze char restaurants) and is an all out excuse for big wining and dining! 2010's one was no different- it was a blast!

Nearly 120 of us amassed at Michelangelo's one Wednesday evening. Bottles were popped, hands waved at friends and were shaken with warmth, cameras flashing and loud conversation flowed with convivial merry-making.

Dinner started with the Baked Portobello Mushroom Spread with Basil Pesto, Sliced Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella. The beefy, juicy portobello and creamy mozzarella certainly stirred my appetite....which is not advisable and may be dangerous. Really.

Speaking of dangerous, a waft of truffle oil assaulted (dangerous mah) my nose with the arrival of the Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup Hinted with White Truffle Oil. It was comfortingly earthy and warm. I like its consistency, being neither too thick nor watery.

The pasta dish was Tortellini with Smoked Salmon in Lobster Cream Sauce. These ang moh wantons were creamy without being cloying. The saltiness and smokiness of the smoked salmon matched the cream sauce with red pepper corns (bright, fruity and peppery!) nicely. Didn't notice the lobster though. Maybe it was a case of crouching salmon, hidden lobster? Moohahaha.

Next came the ang moh dong po rou- Confit of Pork Belly Paired with Truffle Infused Mash and Port Wine Jus. Flavourful and sweet.

Before the next dish arrived, I was already starting to feel full from a tasting before this dinner. Case of too much on one plate, literally.

But the show must go on and the Roast Rib-Eye Served Medium Rare Draped in Red Wine Sauce and Accompanied with Potato Gratin appeared. At this stage, I was happy. Very happy. So this dish was well Roast Rib-Eye Served Medium Rare Draped in Red Wine Sauce and Accompanied with Potato Gratin. Moohehe.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis and Berries Topped with a Single Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream ended dinner on a sweet note.

I usually take a photo of the wines we had with dinner but I was too happy and got carried away till I forgot lah. Remembered enjoying:
- Marie Hanze NV Brut Rose Champagne ($90 from thehungrycow!)
- Chianti Riserva DOCG 2001 ($60 from thehungrycow!)
- Toro de Pedra Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere 2006 ($45 from thehungrycow!)
- Petaluma Riesling
- Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage Port 1995 ($70 from thehungrycow!)

...among others.

The staff and kitchen crew of Michelangelo's did an outstanding job, churning out food that was well executed and served hot to almost 120 hungry and rowdy enthusiastic diners. Big thanks to chef Dennis Ong, wine manager Janice who helped arrange this dinner and of course, to Eslim for organising this awesome makan session!

44 Jalan Merah Saga
Tel: 6475 9069
Opens: Daily 12noon - 2.30pm (except closed for Saturday lunch), 6pm - 10.30pm

Chew On This: Months ago we had the food bloggers' dinner here! Check out the memories. :)

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