Monday, November 3, 2014

Eccucino, Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur: Viva El Sabor with Chef Jordi Gimeno


The Many Flavours of Spain






It’s a 10-day extravaganza of Spanish cuisine and culture at Eccucino, Prince Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur! Catch the Spanish feast by guest Chef Jordi Gimeno who team up with Chef de Cuisine Jason Manson to present The Many Flavours of Spain at the all-day dining Eccucino restaurant from 31 October to 9 November 2014.


Foodies are treated to a colorful and tasty spectrum of mouth-watering Spanish cuisine and wines with the ‘Viva El Sabor’ dinner menu, topped with live cooking demonstration by Chef Jordi. There will also be a Flamenco performance as guests dine and wine at the event.







We had a sneak peak at the event and it was indeed a feast of Spanish galore. From Tapas to the famed Seafood Paella, fresh Gazpacho to Spanish desserts and Sangria, it was a treat to be able to sample authentic Spanish cuisine right here in the heart of the city. Chef Jordi was busy whipping up fresh dishes and had also presented a live cooking demo that evening for everyone.


Start the Spanish food trail with the chilled seafood section where Gravlax, Pepper Mackerel, Poached Prawns, Clams and Fresh Oysters is set on ice to wake up your appetites for more dishes to come. There were also lots of Spanish treats like Marinated Olives, Banderillas, Baguettes with Assorted Fillings, Salads and more.


Moving to the Tapas section, there were Chicken & Beef Croquettes (Croquetas de pollo y buey), Fish Fritters with Confiture and Tomato (Bunuelos de bacalao con confitura de tomate), Spinach Kebabs with Chicken, Prawn, Beef and Fried Manchego Cheese Pintxos (Pintxos de pollo, gambas, buey y manchego frito), Spinach and Pear Fritters with Almond (Bolas de espinacas con pera y almendra), Spicy Potatoes with Aioli (Patatas Bravas), Trio of Spanish Omelette with Catalan Bread (Trio de toryillas espanolas con pa amb tomaquet) and more. The little bites have lots of flavours. Have these with Sangrias and you’re set for a lovely meal.







Soups and stews are also pretty much present in Spanish cuisine. Here Chef Jordi shows off a lovely Fish Soup (Sopa de pescado) and a gorgeous chilled Gazpacho Andalusian. Though many of us are not familiar with cold soups, do give the Gazpacho a try because you will love it. Set in a bowl with ice beneath, the creamy cold Gazpacho is utter fresh and vibrant in flavours of tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, herbs and more vegetables. Dashed some tobacco sauce on it and get a spicy kick. The Fish Soup is hearty and light and redolent of small chunks of seafood cooked in a fish broth.








The two stews featured that evening was Zarzuela of Fish Seafood with Picala (Zarzuela de pescado y marisco con picada) and Chicken Drumsticks Sea & Mountain (Pollo al mar y montana). Both are just hearty stews that earthy and comfy flavours. The Zarzuela of Fish Seafood with Picala has loads of chunky seafood with a garlicky tomato base seafood broth. The Chicken Drumsticks Sea & Mountain is a marriage of land and sea featuring chicken and prawns also cooked in nutty garlicky broth.









The main highlight of the Spanish buffet has to be the Seafood Paella (Paella de mar y montana). Chef Jordi and team were practically whipping up fresh pans of Seafood Paella throughout the evening.


We got to watch the steps of making this gorgeous Paella and were impressed at how much effort and care Chef Jordi was with each step. From the layer of cooked cuttlefish to rice to the ladles of seafood stock and finished off with fresh seafood of mussels, clams and prawns piled one, it was the slow simmer coupled with the final finished in the brick oven to get the famous crusty flavours. The rice was cooked al dente as it should be, the flavours were intense with seafood notes and the seafood was cooked beautifully. It was indeed unforgettable, a Paella which I savored slowly with double portions.

I must say, Chef Jordi’s Seafood Paella is outstanding!


Besides the Paella, there were Fideua Negra, Beef Sirloin in Salt & Orange, Red Snapper with Capsicum Prawns, Seabass with Beef Bacon & Mushroom and more. The Fideua Negra, a famous Catalan dish, is thin noodles cooked in squid ink sauce and is well studded with seafood as well. I like the crunchy noodles and the robust briny seafood flavours. I also tried the beautifully Roasted Beef served the traditional Spanish way which is a chili and garlic oil. There is intense garlic and shallot flavour with hints of heat but the beef flavours still shine. Yum…








Desserts also have a few Spanish favorites like Churros, Crema Catalana with Carguniyolis, Menjar Blanc with Apples in Olive Oil, Torrijas de Santa Teresa, Catalan Panellets and more. These are all such Spanish classics and it was truly a delicious sweet ending to the culinary journey.








The Many Flavours of Spain is priced at RM98++ per person and children under 12 years old dine complimentary with every paying adult. Visit Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur from 31 October to 9 November 2014 for the ultimate Spanish gourmet journey!

For further enquiries and reservations please contact the Restaurant Manager at +603 2170 8888 Extn. 8119 or email us at restaurants@princehotelkl.com.my



ECCUCINO
Prince Hotel and Residence KL
Jalan Conlay
Kuala Lumpur.
T: +603 2170 8888


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