Tangerine is out to impress with beautiful decor, impressive plateware, delicious fine dining cuisine and a sky-high view of KL.
by Karin Chan / Published: 27 Dec 2017
Rooftop dining venues are prime real estate in the city, and Tangerine has one of the best locations along Jalan Sultan Ismail – just a stone’s throw away from the Petronas Twin Towers. It once served as THE FACE Suites’ all-day dining outlet, but with another restaurant taking on that role, Tangerine is now free to become its true self: a premier rooftop fine dining venue.
It’s clear from the elegant surrounds that Tangerine was always meant to be a place for classy dining. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls flood the space with natural light and afford a view of the sprawling city. Large paintings, polished marble surfaces, a well-stocked wine room and leather seating convey a sense of opulence inside, while cosy outdoor seating gives patrons the option of alfresco dinner with a view.
Tangerine now only opens for dinner from 6.00pm to 10.30pm, serving a three, five or seven-course modern Western cuisine meal. Our five-course meal begins with an appetising amuse-bouche followed by our first appetiser: a pearl tomato compote with honey yogurt cheese, nitro olive and basil crumbs.
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The savoury-sour combination whets the appetite for more, and we choose either a Portobello tortellini or foie gras cherries for the second course. I’m torn on this: I’m a huge truffle fan and the tortellini with white truffle shavings, truffles malto and truffle froth wins me over easily, but the ‘cherries’ are beautifully presented and the gooseberry covering cuts through the richness of the foie gras well.
The third course is just as difficult to pick. For someone who’s not a huge fan of raw seafood, both appeal to me in different ways – the cured Hokkaido scallop with garden pea mousse and black caviar is a clean-tasting treat, but the Brittany lobster tartare wins out by showing off the best of the lobster’s essence with crustacean bisque, ash oil and a saffron aroma.
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We reset our palate with a refreshing cleanser of iced avocado and white gazpacho before the main course arrives. Out of the four options, I choose the wild cod with kalamata crust, leek and potato soufflé, baby fennel and passionfruit air. It’s delicately crispy outside and softly flaky inside, addictively savoury, and I surprise myself by polishing off the slab of fish.
I was sceptical about the Spanish goat cheese gelato for our last course, but I change my mind upon tasting the creamy gelato – it’s only got a hint of cheese at the end and is deliciously creamy otherwise. The charcoal meringue, pistachio cookies and orange jelly vary flavours between sweet, nutty and citrusy to complement the gelato, ending the indulgent meal in style.
Address: Sky Deck, THE FACE Suites, 1020 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: 03-2168 1670