Monday, October 4, 2010

Temptations @ Ara

30th September 2010

My wife's birthday.

Initially I have wanted to have a nice quiet dinner, just the two of us at Zipangu Shangrila KL and made the reservation for it. Wanted to give her a surprise but on second thoughts, knowing how busy she is with her work, I gave her a call a day in advance to inform her. And luckily I did, because she will be attending some function at Petaling Jaya on that day in the evening and it would not make any sense for us to travel back to KL for dinner.

So, after some thoughts, I guessed the best option would be to turn our home into a mini restaurant to serve our VVIP guest for the night.

Did some quick planning on the menu and informed my maid to be prepared for some cooking that day and that evening for our special guest. For desert, my maid helped me to prepare one of my wife's favourite...Tiramisu.

On the day, I took half day off from my work and went about shopping at Cold Storage at Solaris for the ingredients necessary for the evening dinner. I wanted to make sure that the food are prepared well in advance so that I don't have to be stressed out serving our VVIP guest that night. So, the afternoon was spent in the kitchen, busy preparing with my maid who turns out to be a great help.

And at 7 p.m., Temptations @ Ara is finally ready to serve our special guest for the night .....
The menu for the night .......

One of your her favourite drink. Soda with lemon, lemon zest, ginger with a dash of mint, served chilled.

Soup : Seafood Chowder with clams and shrimps


For the first starter : Asparagus wrapped in bacon, pan seared to perfection, served with a dash of mustard


Followed with the second starter : Pan seared Scallop served on a bed of green salad with home made tartar sauce and thousand island dressing.

Next, we have Lightly pan seared tuna slices served with tartar sauce.

For the main course, pan grilled medium rare ribeye steak, marinated with shiraz, served with black pepper sauce.

For desert, sweet wine tiramisu to wrap up the evening on a sweet note.

My two very special guests for the night. All in all, it turned out to be better than dining at any other restaurant down town.

10 comments:

LittleLamb said...

Good job over there. I'm sure wifey was super happy that day...

Rose said...

Happy belated birthday to your wife!!

Leona said...

Very well-planned. And the food looks great, I must say. Look like 5 star restaurant food leh!!!
The effort would definitely be more valuable to ur wife than eating at any posh restaurant.

vickylow said...

It's so sweet of you. Well done and all your food just like a art.

Yeapies said...

Oh WOW! Can I send my hub over to you for training? :P
Blessed belated birthday to your lovely wife. :)

Mummy to QiQi said...

just realise i have not been popping in here for quite sometime. So sorry about that, have add your to my reader, so I shall not forget :)

goodness gracious, u mean to say all those food preparation and decor was done by you???? and your maid can do tiramisu? you wife is sooo lucky!!!!

err..can i send my hubby and maid to you for training also ah?

Daddy said...

Hahaha..Actually i developed the passion to cook when I had to cook for my wife just after the confinement lady left. And I discovered that it is not so difficult after all. In fact, the food for the dinner wasn't something very difficult to prepare. As far as tiramisu is concerned, it is far more easier than what we perceived it to be. If you need the recipe, let me know, and i'll email that over. Infact i also got the recipe from the internet ..hehehe

Iron Lady, Lisa said...

OMG. u made them urself! it's so tempting.. indeed! cayalah.. :) happy belated birthday to that special vvip guest!

Adrine said...

5 star standard of food made with love. Awwww.....
The presentation looks absolutely amazing but I think the sweetest part is the thought process and planning behind it.

Bryan and Brandon's Mama said...

Get out of here!!!! I thought my husband was good but you're like out of this world!!! Happy belated birthday to your wife :)

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