Top Secret Mission to KL

I’ve been away for two days and apologize for not writing.  Would you believe I left town for the weekend and didn’t bring my computer with me?  To top it off, I couldn’t tell you where we were going beforehand because someone whose surprise 40th birthday party was in Kuala Lumpur this weekend, reads this blog.

Tawn and I arrived at the Grand Millennium Hotel on Jalan Bukit Bintang just before 1:00 am Saturday.  This old hotel was bought and remodeled just a few years ago and is very centrally located to much of the action in downtown KL.  Here’s the view from our room the following morning, looking down at the year-old Pavilion Mall.


We enjoyed some relaxing time in the afternoon after sleeping in late, spending a few hours by the pool on a relatively cool tropical afternoon.  After confirming details with the party’s host, one of the older sisters of the birthday girl, we walked to Le Bouchon, a French restaurant just a few minutes from the hotel.

Our party was held in a small back room, more like a cellar, that was a really nice setting.  Stephanie, who was my colleague when I worked in Hong Kong and then was later our roommate in San Francisco for the better part of a year, was shocked that we were there.  She was expecting just her family members.


Above: Tawn, Stephanie and Chris at Le Bouchon.

We were there from 6:30 until about 11:30, a proper Parisian-length meal!  The food was very tasty.  The owner and head chef is French and stopped in to see us.  Entrees were as follows:


Mixed seafood salad


Escargots (snails)


Foie Gras (goose liver)

These were fantastic, especially the foie gras.  Not to get animal rights activists riled up but I firmly believe that government regulation against the production of foie gras is foolhardy.  If you don’t like it, don’t eat it.  If you like, get the word out to as many people as you can about how it is produced, and then let us decide of our own conscience whether or not to eat it.


We enjoyed a pair of soups, a wild mushroom and a prawn bisque.  These were good, although nothing particularly unique about them.

Everyone was able to choose a main course from the menu, which gave us a lot of variety. 


I enjoyed a rack of lamb ribs with a mustard and bread crumb crust.  Very tasty although maybe just a little too much mustard.


A very nice sea bass and linguini.


Venison stew.  Didn’t have a chance to try this.


Duck confit with more foie gras on top.  This was lovely.  Confit is such a nice food.


For dessert, we had a bee cake that was surprisingly moist.  Drinks included several bottles of champagne including a Moet et Chandon I picked up at the airport duty free.  I probably had a bit too much to drink… becoming such a moderate drinker in my advanced age.


The whole evening was like a Chinese Malaysian version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a very warm and boisterous group.  We really enjoyed being a part of it and were glad we could be there to help Stephanie, in pink on the left above, celebrate this milestone.  Here’s to many more years of good health and great happiness!

0 thoughts on “Top Secret Mission to KL

  1. That looked like so much fun! I am living vicariously through you from my DAT cave. Now for the random comments: Love the bee cake of course. Did you lose weight? And I like liver of all forms so everyone can just be quiet. It might be completely gone in Cali soon =/ At least I can die and say I’ve had the cotton candy foie gras lollipop from Jose Andres’ The Bazaar.

  2. @free2chuze – We barely left about a one-block radius from the hotel.  Basically it was hotel-Pavillion-hotel-Le Bouchon-hotel-Pavillion-hotel.  Kind of sad, I know, but this trip wasn’t about seeing the city; it was about helping a friend celebrate her birthday.  Thanks for the comment.@brooklyn2028 – Yeah, it is a cute cake.  I couldn’t figure out, though, whether she has a particular affinity for bees or whether it was just something one of her sisters thought would be cute.@Fongster8 – Sorry to hear that KL has lingering not-so-pleasant memories.@jassmine – It was a lot of fun, thanks.@minhaners – I think I was just standing up straight (something I rarely do when I’m cooking as my counters are just a hair too low for my height) plus I had vertical stripes on.  Very slimming!  =)@TheCheshireGrins – Yeah, it was a fun time.  Thanks for your comment.  Looks like the DC meet was fun, too.  @ElusiveWords – The whole under cover planning with Stephanie’s sister was funny because Stephanie was initially talking about coming up to visit us in BKK for a few days before this weekend.  We were like, “Sure you can come” but hoping she wouldn’t so it didn’t cause any complications in our plans.

  3. I was wondering where you were. I am glad you both went to Stephanie’s birthday bash. Looks like a grand time had by one and all. And I agree with FuFu, she doesn’t look forty at all. Many happy returns of the day to her.

  4. That was such a sumptuous meal, I love the rack of lamb and that cute birthday ‘bee hive’ cake! I do agree with everyone that the bday girl does not look her age. But again, Asians are known for that ‘x’ factor! Right?

  5. Hi Chris, Tawn and all the lovely people whom I have not met but felt close in the circle of friendship.  I couldn’t resist adding my words of thanks to Chris and Tawn whom they have been very serious secret agents and appeared with their final touch to the occasion.  Definitely, for me and my family members, whom Chris described very appropriately the version of  “The Big Fat Greek Family” had a great time among family members and friends….much to enjoy life happiness with drink, exotic food and be merry.  The boiterious evening sapped up the energy from most guests that we had to forego the dancing pre-arranged at the disco club as well as the renown “Sultan Club” in the Mandarin Oriental but to bid good-night!By the way, Brooklyn was right.  Stephanie has no ‘affinity’ with bees…..we wanted something different among the cakes offered with fruits or chocolates to go with the floral arrangement (the flowers and the bees) organised by her niece, Isa, from Perth!!  Chris organised the Moet from BKK which came from Stephanie’s nephew, Eimund, from HK! A very global networking to surprise Stephanie with the finale of the celebration to Bali for 4D3N including the spa!!! 

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