The Olive, Genting Highlands

Read from Tripadvisor that The Olive was ranked the #1 restaurant in Genting Highlands and it has won some awards before, so we gave it a try. Their Degustation Set Menu cost RM$318++ for a 8-course dinner, which is comparable to a proper dinner (not degustation menu) at some mid-range restaurant in SGP.

Starting from top left hand corner (clockwise):

Amuse bouche – Marinated Salmon with Caviar, Assortment of Bread

  • Escargot herbed garlic butter gratin – somehow the dish is not warm at all…
  • Wild Mushroom Soup porcini powder, truffled foam – quite thick & creamy
  • Pan-seared Foie Gras spiced apple puree, filo en-croute, baby beet, apricot glaze, duck anise jus – one of the better dish in the menu & the foie gras is quite a huge portion.
  • Alternate dish replacing Foie Gras is Scallops
  • Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with ponzu sauce set on bed of asparagus & ragout of mushroom – I typically try to avoid fish dishes as I don’t like the Western way of handling fish. But this is surprisingly nice. One of the dishes that I enjoyed most in the menu.
  • Veal Tortellini Boscaiola portobello mushroom, garlic, spring onion, parmesan cheese, cream sauce – can’t really taste the cheese but the dish is still acceptable.
  • Sirloin [Marble: 8] roast butternut, asparagus, portobello – feeling slight overdose of asparagus already…steak has some tendons and isn’t really cooked to our Medium Rare request (more of medium).
  • Dark Chocolate Mousse kahlua cream, hazelnut soil, coconut sorbet – thou I’m a chocolate person, I don’t really like this dessert. The chocolate crust covering the mousse doesn’t taste like rich pure choco, but more of the milk chocolate taste.
  • Lemon Sorbet – tasted like Sour Lemon Sweets with Crushed Ice. (>.<)”

Food service was quite fast, we finished the dinner in 2.5 hours. However there is still room for improvement for them to be in the league of fine dining offering degustation menu. Having ala carte meal at The Olive is good enough.

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