• Sarah Voon

Strongbow x enfin by James Won


Looking for a place to bring your loved ones for special occasions? Look no further than enfin by James Won. The classy, fine dining establishment is the perfect venue in downtown KL to bring someone you want to impress. The indoor seating oozes swankiness but the outdoor seating allows for a more casual vibe if you're just there for drinks.

In collaboration with Strongbow Ciders, enfin's head mixologist, Jeffrey, put together special concoctions using the cider, resulting in beautiful cocktails.A pre-meal starter drink that incorporates Strongbow Elderflower is the Dream Geisha. Touted to be a drink for the ladies, it is a sweet and pleasant drink to have before your meal. The Strongbow Elderflower is mixed with shochu, absinthe spritz, green apple juice, lemon juice and added elderflower syrup to really bring out the flavours.

And since everything in life must have a balance, there must be a yang to the yin of the Dream Geisha and that comes in the form of the Woodfire drink. This cocktail is made with Strongbow Honey, a cinnamon vodka that is made in-house, angostura bitters, grapefruit juice and syrup. This drink packs a spicier punch and is meant to be enjoyed post-meal.

We were serenaded by Jenn and her band that night with jazzy twists on songs like Sunday Morning. The rain didn't permit them to have their full set outdoors, but it was an enjoyable experience to hear her sing while we enjoyed our drinks.

The meal got off to a good start with an elaborate amuse bouche in the form of caviar macarons with mascarpone and spring onions. I don't even know how I am going to have normal macarons after this decadent delight. To the layman (who may not have read the menu), the macarons may taste like a mini tuna sandwich, but don't be fooled. That's the caviar playing on your tastebuds.

Paired with the Dream Geisha cocktail, there is no better marriage of a drink and dish to start off a great fusion fine dining meal.

Our first entree was another beautiful dish - a twist on our Malaysian favourite, yong tau foo. The mushroom tofu, sea eel and Hokkaido scallop sit atop a small pool of spring onion kombu dashi with little little dehydrated mushrooms floating around. Though it tasted nothing like our yong tau foo, this is definitely one of those comfort dishes one can keep coming back to on a cold, gloomy day. This was served with Strongbow Golden Apple.

We moved onto our second entree quite promptly. We were served a perfectly cooked confit sakura chicken stuffed with black truffle pate, puffed sago, dehydrated leek, woodear mushroom gastrique and roasted chilli. This is enfin's take on our Malaysian/Singaporean dish, Hainanese chicken rice. This bore some resemblance to the familiar family favourite, but I have to say, that sakura chicken... it was absolutely heavenly. This slightly spicy and tangy dish was paired with a Strongbow Honey.

The star of the show, of course, was our plat principal, which was the Canadian lobster tail in elderflower beurre blanc, pearl barley risotto, asparagus, confit lemon and strawberries. If you have not tried barley risotto, it is something I would highly recommend you try at least once in your life. Risotto itself is a great dish, but when done with the healthier grain option, it absolutely lifts the taste of the entire dish. Each barley was fluffy and went incredibly well with the lobster, which was juicy and flavourful. This dish came with the Strongbow Elderflower, which gave it a very light contrast to the typically heavy dish.

Finally, it was time for dessert and as though we were in a typical banana leaf restaurant, we were presented with individual banana leaves and we were told we were going to be served yet another Malaysian dish with a twist - ice cream potong with "banana leaf" condiments and toppings!

It was a gorgeous dessert that tasted amazing. The ice cream potong was in fact, frozen Strongbow, which surprisingly tasted quite on point with chocolate sauce and berries.

The degustation menu is priced at RM298++ per person inclusive of the Strongbow cocktails and ciders.

enfin by James Won Lot 2-05, level, Menara Hap Seng, 2.01, Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Monday to Saturday: 11AM to 2AM, closed on Sundays

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