Topshelf has introduced beautifully composed omakase-style chef’s table dinners, expected to take place once a month, on the final Sunday of every month, featuring multi-course menus exclusively crafted for one night only by chefs Chris & Gary. Make your reservations early; seating is likely to be limited to 12 persons per dinner.

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At The Chef’s Table

These dinners are intimate affairs, ideal for folks seeking a different sort of restaurant experience. Guests are generally seated around a communal table set-up (though that’s not compulsory; on request, they can obtain their own separate tables), where Chris & Gary explain each course & work shoulder-to-shoulder, performing the plating in full view of everyone.

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Tuna Sashimi Amuse Bouche

September’s introductory dinner kicked off with an amuse bouche of crispy-thin, delicate cones, deliciously stuffed with tuna sashimi marinated in soy sauce, cream & shallots, & ‘planted’ in aromatic coriander seeds. A texturally terrific showcase for how Chris & Gary are able to dive deeply into playful experimentation & satisfy their creative side with these special menus.

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Here’s a salad that comes very close to tasting like dessert, thanks to its garnishing – a thick, nectarous gel of lingonberry & an invisible spray of elderflower & extra virgin olive oil, furnishing a fruity flavour & floral fragrance to enliven the leaves & spears.

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Mushroom Consomme

Surprises are the cornerstone of a menu of this nature; this turned out to be a magnificent mushroom consomme, blessed with wonderfully well-tuned nuances of herbaceous earthiness – a true treat for fans of fungi.

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Cured Mackerel

Topshelf’s a la carte repertoire focuses on French & Italian, but the chef’s table dinners stretches those boundaries. Here’s a Spanish-influenced summer dish – mackerel cured with vinegar, salt & sugar; the fish is lusciously fresh, illustrating how good mackerel can actually get. This plate is piquant, not merely by way of the mackerel but through the pickled shimeji mushrooms & piquillo pepper cream too. Crowned with crunchy chorizo crumbs, with squid ink to beautifully blacken a visual feast.

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Breaded Quail Breast

Gary had a stint in Alabama awhile back, so here’s some Southern-style cooking to drive away the blues: Breaded quail breast (the next best thing to fried chicken) with charred corn, accompanied by succulent-savoury confit quail thigh & mustard cream.

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Flavoursome Angus Striploin

Flavoursome Angus striploin on a cushion of mashed potatoes mixed with aged cheddar; maybe less memorably inventive than some of the other courses, but no less pleasurable.

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Sweet Endings…

Dessert’s a delight; basil ice cream with berries, black sesame macaron & green tea cake. There’s a lot going on with this plate (the sauces carry interesting dimensions), but the complexities work – as they do from start to finish throughout this dinner; every course is worth slowly savouring & talking about, taking us on a journey that’s a testament to the skilfulness of the chefs.

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Wine Pairing

The cost: RM120++ per person; add RM60++ for pairing with nicely chosen wines. Very fair bargain, all things considered.

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The next chef’s table dinner is expected to be on Sunday, October 26. Can’t wait before that? Head over for Topshelf’s refreshed, reinvigorated a la carte menu instead, available Monday-Saturday (the restaurant is usually closed Sundays), with possible highlights like pork belly confit, pork shoulder stew & baked halibut with celery & melon concasse.

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Location and Contact Details

Topshelf

61 Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 7727 7277

Mon-Sat, 4pm-12am

Find: Topshelf directory page here.

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