Tuesday, 6 March 2018

*~Our Wedding~*

A destination wedding for us, obviously. We chose Lagen El Nido in Palawan. A very intimate wedding with six guests.

We wanted the day to be memorable, stress-free and thoroughly enjoyable. It turned out to be just that – it was perfect.

From London, it only took 3 flights and 2 boat transfers to get to Lagen resort. The resort was on one of the many islands in Palawan, surrounded by a lush forest and imposing rocks. We stayed in a water cottage with a stunning view over the shallow lagoon.

The day before our wedding ceremony, the resort arranged an island hopping and cave exploration boat trip for us and our guests.

We met with our photographer, Guj, in the morning of our wedding day, then we went for a couples massageJ After lunch, we started to get ready for the ceremony…

First Look:

Then we made our way to the boat to take us to the private beach for the ceremony.

Guests were sent back to the resort while Guj took us for some photos at a sand bar, Pinagbuyutan Island and a sunset cruise.

The lighting was best-case scenario, Guj said.

The sky turned into a beautiful hue of glowing amber as we made our way back to the private beach for the wedding dinner.

Before our guests arrived, we enjoyed our private first dance.

Dad gave a tremendously emotional speech that pulled everyone’s heartstrings. This man made me who I am. In his eyes I can do no wrong, even when I am blatantly wrong, he would blindly devote and support me, back me up and take my side unconditionally. Then be there to protect and pick me up when things crumble. No hurdles are too high, no challenges too difficult. There is nothing my father wouldn’t give for us.

Followed by Mr Hiu's speech:

We were pulled away to try the starry night shot mid-dinner. The staff had turned all the lights off on the island to give us utter darkness. Guj explained he hadn’t been able to pull one since last year, because he needed i) a clear sky ii) moonless sky iii) low-enough tide. We ticked all three boxes on the night.

Cake and Champagne as we all star gaze on the beach...

Just how we wanted our special day to be.

Our new chapter begins...

Monday, 23 October 2017

Geranium, Copenhagen

It’s almost like we are trying to out-do each other for birthday dinners. Last year he had set the bar high at Restaurant Andre in Singapore, and this year he picked Geranium in Copenhagen, No. 21 on the World’s Best.

The dining room was spacious with huge windows that offered a panoramic view of the park and the stadium. Our server introduced us to their concept, checked that we had no allergies and left us to mull over the wine list. I was still admiring the beautiful dining room.

We tasted a beautiful Greek wine that was meticulously prepared by the Sommelier.

Lobster milk, Juice from Fermented Carrots & Sea Buckthorn
The seemingly simple snack was hiding a copious amount of lobster meat. Sweet, bouncy lobster flesh was paired with soft tender carrots in a refreshing thin broth.

Jerusalem Artichoke Leaves, Hazelnut Oil & Rye Vinegar
The artichoke leaves melted on tongue to release delicate sweetness and earthy notes.

“Razor Clam” with Minerals & Sour Cream
This was one of the signature snacks. The razor clam shell was made up of brittle wafers, filled with sweet clam meat mixed with a clean, oceanic cream. It was like a concentration of the shellfish presented in a totally edible form.

Tomato Water, Ham Fat & Aromatic Herbs

“Dillstone” Mackerel, Horseradish & Frozen Juice from Pickled Dill
This was one of my favourites of the snacks. The mackerel fillets were disguised as stones; small morsels were wrapped in a deep green dill glaze. As the shell melted away, it unleashed the powerful mackerel flavours, balanced with horseradish fragrance that cut through the fish. The sophistication in one small cube of pickled fish was remarkable.

Nettles, Smoked Cheese & Dried Oysters

Sprouted & Grilled Broccoli, Dried Trout & Oyster Flowers

Salted Hake, Parsley Stems & Caviar in Buttermilk
The presentation of this dish was stunning. The hake fillets were not dissimilar to sashimi, packed in a disc form that resembled marble, matched perfectly with the marble plate it was served on. Our servers pour the buttermilk onto the disc at the table, topped with caviar and air-dried fish scales. The flavours were beautifully layered, first with the crisp cleanness from the lightly cured fish, then came the robust aroma from the caviar, which became more mellow as the rich buttermilk washed over. I loved it.

One of the servers was heating up what looked like a gardening tool with a gas-powered fire on a trolley next to us. She explained this was to open a bottle of really old wine, where they can no longer drill through the cork anymore. After the metal started glowing, she place it around the neck of the bottle and the head was simply cut off in one swift motion. Learn something new everyday.

Crispy Grains, Bread with Old Grains & Gluten Free Bread with Seeds

The breads came in the middle of our mains, served warm with a crispy crust on the exterior and a pillow-soft moist centre. The gluten free bread was absolutely delicious, so much so that we had to have seconds.

Langoustine in Juniper Aroma, Ingrid Marie Reduction & Browned Butter
Then came the second highlight of the evening. The muscular langoustine arrived on a bed of juniper and pine leaves. Our server lit up the bed of leaves and covered with a glass dome to infuse it with smokiness before serving it on a small pool of buttery fragrant shellfish broth. The flesh was cooked to utmost perfection; full of bounce, slightly translucent that it has a mild glow to it to retain a marginally creamy centre, its flavours were amplified by the crustacean concentration. I still have dreams about this langoustine.

Lightly Salted Turbot, Green Herbs, Celeriac & Pickled Pine

Tartlet with Fjord Shrimp, Sol & Pickled Elderflowers

Cabbage Sprouts, Chicken & Hay Beer
This was the only meat dish of the evening, and frankly Chef shouldn’t have bothered. It was really quite unremarkable, some morsels of sous vide chicken under the small stack of sprouts. Obviously it was nice, but compared to everything else we had, nice simply doesn’t cut it anymore.

At this point of the meal, we were offered a tour of the kitchen and the cellar. We were shown the private dining room, also where the staff were the guinea pigs of the kitchen team. After Chef photo-bombed us, we went into the main kitchen where we were explained how the kitchen operated, saw where all the prep work took place before they put on the show in the dining room.

We then had our first dessert course in the kitchen area; we watched the chef skilfully put the beetroot bite together.

A bite of Beetroot, Blackcurrant, Yoghurt & Tagetes

Ice Cream from Beeswax & Pollen with intense Rhubarb 

Caramel with Roasted Grains, Chamomile & Blackberry

Sea Buckthorn Mousse, Strawberry & Chocolate Cake
This was served as my birthday cake, along with a Danish flag which is apparently a must when celebrating birthdays in Denmark.

Sweets: Carrot Tree, Cake with Pumpkin Seed Oil, Caramel, Dried Plum Juice & Aromatic Seeds,Chocolate with Oats & Sea Buckthorn, Marshmallow with Rose Hip & Green Egg with Pine

Geranium was extraordinary. It was more than just perfectly presented dishes bursting with sophistication and finesse. It was the full experience, from the introduction to the tour, the staff had a genuine sense of pride to represent the restaurant. And they did their best to ensure we had an exceptional evening.  

The best experience yet.

Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 
2100 København Ø, 
Tel: +45 6996 0020

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