LIONEL: Had dinner with a close friend and fellow vino at one of my favourite chinese restaurants in KL, Elegant Inn at Menara Hap Seng. This restaurant which has its roots in the humble suburb of Taman Connaught, has arguably the best fried rice in town.
The old ambience alas is gone in this new outlet, it is more modern and but the man behind the kitchen is still at the helm. We started dinner late and dove straight into a red, having not seen the bottle, I swore that this was a Bordeaux from the left bank( Cabernet Sauvignon dominated) and from a vintage of no more than 10 years old. Imagine my shock and horror that the only thing I got right was the region.
It was a Chateau L'Arrosee, Grand Cru Classe from the right bank( Cabernet Franc, merlot dominated) from 1986, a 22 year old wine that tasted almost as fresh as the day it was released!!! Fantastic, it had enough accidity and balance to handle the fried beancurd and wasn't over-powered by the Crabs in salted egg yolk.
This was followed by a Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1996, which was amazing with the braised(Loong Tun) giant garoupa with roast pork. yum, yum!
Proves great wines with great food always is well worth the effort!