Très'Ors by MGM
The Art Space exhibition "Très'Ors" is about everything gold, it being a carefully curated space featuring pieces of glamour and wealth, showcases limited editions of luxury cutleries, jewelries and watches. One thing that stood out to me was how people of older times (perhaps with limited technology and long travel times) used to pack meticulously all daily necessities into a small briefcase - ranging from utensils to tea cups, nail clippers to combs and scents. French curator Anne Camilli did an amazing job in also tribute to MGM's golden days by including elements of the hotel's symbols.
The process looked easy but was a chaos when we started doing it ourselves. The 24-carat gold sheets would float in the air every time you speak, laugh, or even breathe. The authentic way of gliding was to put some oil/water on the face, and use the brush to lightly swipe through to dampen the brush to ensure the sheet could attach to the brush, then dab lightly onto the frame. Repeat this process multiple times until there were no cracks (trust me this is the hardest and requires a lot of patience).
At dinner, we tasted Aux Beaux Arts' Le French May menu. We started the feast with massive seafood platters - think oysters, spanish red prawns, bay lobsters, scallops, razor clam, sea urchin, and alaska king crab legs (fav!); paired with Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne (often served in-flights) that was familiar to us all.
I had a TOUGH time choosing between the lobster bisque or the cep voloute, but went with the latter in the end. There was confit mushrooms and truffle oil in it which made it very rich (but a little bit too creamy for me).
For mains, I had the steamed french halibut, which was served with green pea fricassee and chorizo cream sauce; I then ordered the champagne mousse with pink Remis biscuit for dessert, but the crepe suzette was definitely a show to watch. For cheese lovers, their cheese cart will not disappoint.
Welcomed by chocolates designed for the exhibition, guests are guaranteed to have a nice night sleep at their grand room.
Next morning, I headed to ROSSIO for a decent breakfast buffet (that serves green juices and egg white scrambles per request!! and of course, no breakfast spread is ever eaten without a flatlay).
MGM's Imperial court serves traditional favours with a contemporary flare.
We started with an appetiser combination with honey barbequed pork, steamed scallop and shrimp dumpling with zucchini and black truffle, barbequed duck liver and pork skewer served on top of a thin layer of steam bun to balance out the (), and the Patagonian 51tooth fish fillet with black vinegar sauce which was was crisply fried and flavourful.
The sauteed shrimp with chili and shallot had the right about of spiciness; the simmered choy sum with cordyceps and black fungus in soya milk soup had a very strong 'soy' smell when it was served, but it was actually light on the taste and gave the boring simmered vegetable a hearty twist. Their crispy roasted chicken was tender and juicy, with a flaxseed crust, it led me into thinking I'm eating something healthy. Next comes the fried rice with conpoy, pinenuts, and seafood.
Last but not least, dessert. The black sesame roll was my favourite - the texture was gooey, with the right amount of layers and rich flavours. Their signature green-tea puff pastry was also a no-miss; and the pumpkin soup was surprising to the taste buds since it incorporated quinoa in the base.
The tea served throughout the meal was a special blend which we were given a small sample to take home.
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