The story goes like this:
Tammy the Mamasan was planning a grand get-together for all the butterflies of The Butterfly Project Malaysia.
The invitations only went out for those who’d been together since the beginning. Ya know, it’s GRAND, so the guests mestilah grand jugak. 😀
I am not grand la. I just joined the group only early this year.
But knowing the details of the project, I was tempted – good food (see how good food always come first in my head), good place, good goodies, good movie, and of course, great people to meet up.
Then boom, mamasan posted on FB that TGV was looking for not one, not two but THREE food bloggers to review the good food they’re serving.
Of course, I got it! Thanks to Tammy who went through troubles for getting me a spot, so thank youuuu Tammy! ❤
But I’d been very naughty for writing my review this late. Sorry, Tammy! 😦
Let’s put the story aside and enjoy pictures of all the good things!
Registration started at 6:30 pm up until 7 pm. I was coming from work, stopped by at home to get dressy a bit and rushed to One Utama to go to TGV. I was in my wedding dress and my glittery gold wedding heels. Imagine me frantically walking (or was I running) up the escalator (the elevator refused to go up like seriously) tying to locate TGV. To aid your imagination, my wedding dress looks like this:
Yes, I was in that dress, running like cray cray to be there on time like ohmygod. Good thing to know is I still can fit in the dress lah. But hello, could I go anymore diva crazy than that? Thanks to the event, I ticked off one item from my bucket list. Haha!
Upon arriving I was sweating like I can’t even put a word to describe that. Nevertheless I was happy to see the 123Cheese photobooth. Photo time la apa lagi!
Since I was late, and rushing, and sweating, I managed to snap just three photos. Oh well, better three than none.
I thought I’d look like a Greek goddess or something with the flower crown on but it looks more like I just piled on awkwardly big, orange chrysanthemum on my head. That’s how I ended up looking liddat in the photo – like I was trying to balance something on my head. You know like the Mardi Gras gals, only, worse. Horrible. Gahhhh.
Then after registration, I went into INDULGE and oh boy was I surprised! With the purple hues, the atmosphere exudes romantic mood. Lovely!
And then there’s the MUSE booth (was it a booth or a stand or set-up idk).
LUCKILY, they were promoting products from Indeed Laboratories. This is the company that produces the genius Hydraluron raved by many skincare enthusiast around the globe. I wanted to get THAT product but I got Pepta-Bright.
Because Hydraluron was gone, finisssss. To my surprise, Pepta-Bright s amazing too! More on that in a separate review, because remember, I was there mainly for the fooood.
So now for the food stuff.
It was a 9 course meal, fellas! 9 course! But of course, we were served in smaller portions so that everyone can have a taste of everything!
The menu for the night was:
Smoked Duck Salad
Smoked duck breast served with mesclun greens, capsicum & skewed with kiwi and balsamic dressing
Who else loves duck, raise your fork and knife! *raising mine* The smoked duck breast was juicy. The smoky flavor pairs well with the tart kiwi and acidic balsamic dressing. I wrapped the sliced meat in the green and ahhhh deliciousss. The melted layer of duck fat made the whole thing a party in my mouth!
Rocket leaves with honey roasted pumpkin, cherry tomatoes and capsicums, with Balsamic dressing
To be honest, I never liked pumpkin as a fruit (or is it a vegetable?) except for when it’s savory pumpkin soup. Pumpkin slices in my salad? Whoa hold that thought. But for the sake of trying new things in life, I bit into it. Holy Pumpkin it was so good! Coincidentally when I was trying out the dish, the chef came and had a chat with us. When asked about how the pumpkin was cooked, he said it’s just honey and pumpkin, roasted in the oven. Simplicity at its best! Combined, they made a great couple! Sweet and savory – just in. Again, the vinegary balsamic dressing balanced the sweetness of the dish. The rocket leaves (or arugula, as I love to call it but arugula and rocket are just two names for the same thing) have earthy nutty taste which I think is perfect to complement the sweet and sour taste of the dish. My only complain (but don’t bother) is that if only the pumpkin slices were roasted a bittt more. Then it’d be perfect! 😀
RATING: 4.5/5 (almost there)
Between the two salads, I think the Pumpkin Salad is the winner by 0.0000001 point!
Next, for ENTREE, we have:
Stuffed Potato Skins
Potato skins stuffed with turkey bacon & mozzarella
Well, this dish is just good. Good but not special. And again, the melted cheese could be a bit more garing or crunchy for texture of otherwise just mushy.
Lamb patties served with green salad
The lamb kofta is a different story. Although it’s nothing innovative or something, the yogurt mint sauce is just soooo good! And the kofta was a delightful mix of spices. Every bite is a pleasure.
Obviously, the winner between the two is… Mr. Lamb Kofta (it does sound like someone’s name, no?) ❤
Moving on to the MAINS, there were three choices inclusive of lamb, chicken and salmon.
Served with seasonal vegetables with lemon butter sauce
I’m a huge fan of salmon since the first time I tried it. This one is no exception. As always, the lemon butter taste is the best choice to complement the grilled salmon. No fishy aftertaste, just, richness…… The lemon flavor could be more prominent but hey it’s still good. You can also tell from the picture that the salmon fillet was beautifully grilled. I mean look at that crispy skin. It’s like crack(er) ya know! The fillet was served on a bed of mash along with seasonal vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, broccoli, carrot and cauliflower.
Grilled Lamb Rack
Served with seasonal vegetables & rosemary sauce
Another main has lamb rack as its star. I love lamb but not this dish. I imagine the lamb would be tender and juicy with pink center and all. Mine was a bit overcooked so the texture was a bit rubbery and I had to chew many, many times before I could enjoy the juice bursting. Which is a shame. Because I was anticipating the dish. But maybe it’s just my plate. Luckily, the lamb didn’t taste gamey or anything. The flavor was okay but the texture, hmmmm. The gravy was nice, tho! Packed with enough amount black pepper, the gravy added another dimension to the dish. Nice!
Grilled boneless chicken thigh with cajun seasoning
Chicken and I are good friends. Not enemies. Not besties. Just good friends. I would typically choose fish and beef or lamb over chicken. Fried chicken? Occasionally. Cajun Chicken by Indulge? Come hug me! HAHA! This dish surprised me. I think it’s the cajun spice working its magic. I do not know how to put it into words, but it’s good. The chicken thigh itself was tender and juicy. I say, GO GET IT!
Now, this is a tie between the salmon dish and the chicken dish. But considering that salmon was my first love, I’d vote the Grilled Salmon as the winner. But if you LOVE chicken, then the chicken dish could be the winner in your book!
During the dinner, we were served the three dishes in small portions together as in a platter:
I think this is genius for those (me) who might have problem choosing which one to try. If only Indulge could consider including this in their menu selection. You know like Awesome Threesome or something……. HAHA!
I was so lucky to be seated with these beautiful ladies during dinnertime:
When girls are together, we can talk for hours. Serious. These beautiful ladies were so fun to be with! We exchanged stories about our life and suddenly we didn’t feel like strangers anymore (considering that was the first time we actually talked to each other). Thank you, leng luis!
As for desserts, we were ushered to the movie theater because the desserts were served as an accompany to the movie we’re watching on the night which was (as you might have guessed from the title of this post);
And my movie date for the night was Kak Ella! Hehehe!
I tell you, LUCY is good. The movie is not just a typical sci-fi action movie. There’s more depth to it. I mean, I never cared about our brain potential. Thanks to this movie, now I know that human could only utilize about 20% of our brain potential. How bout that? 😀
Ooh and the theater is such an indulgence! There were blankets provided and the seats were more like sofa bed. Comfy!
Enough movie ramblings, let’s focus back to our sweet business – DESSERTS!
Before I begin, I would like to first stress on the fact that I’m not a dessert person. Even when I’m having sweet tooth, I’d usually avoid anything super creamy and/or chocolatey (I kinda hate chocolate with few exceptions for Kit Kat, chocolate chip cookies and my mother’s chocolate cake).
With that in mind, let’s see…
Italian cooked cream topped with raspberry
SOOOO SEXY THE PRESENTATION! Dont cha wish ya dessert was hot like that? HAHA! And I am happy to report that the taste is equally pleasant. It’s creamy and fresh thanks to the holy matrimony of the cream and the raspberry sauce. Not too sweet, not too creamy – happy ending, I’d say. But I wish there’d be real raspberry pieces for texture. I’m just being too picky now. Sorry! But hey, what a sweet couple, this!
Nutty Tortilla Banana
Tortilla filled with peanut butter, cornflakes and freshly sliced banana
Now, now, I never thought tortilla and banana would be good together. I always thought tortilla is mainly used in savory dishes but when used in dessert like this, it’s not bad you know. With this one, it’s all about texture – crunchy cornflakes, chewy tortilla and mushy bananas. It’s an okay for me. It’s new to me. But it’s not a bad first time.
Of course, the Panna Cotta seduced me bettah!
The pictures for the dishes above are ones with the actual portion. In the theater, these were served in a cute bento box. How cute!
BOTTOM LINE : INDULGE INDEED!
Everything’s so fancy I felt like a princessssss. Thank you INDULGE and The Butterfly Project Malaysia for allowing me such indulgence. Planning to drop by again! ❤
About INDULGE – the first luxury cinema in TGV 1 Utama
Recently launched, with its own private ticketing counter, lounge and dining area and also two exclusive cinema halls which is fitted with reclining chairs and personalised call-waiter-service that can accommodate 32 and 40 pax respectively, Indulge is TGV Cinemas’ latest unique cinema concept that stands apart from TGV Cinemas’ current chain of locations and hall. Indulge represents the essence of style coupled together with the concept of cinema.
Not only for the discerning cinema-goer, Indulge is also suitable for private and corporate functions with catering provided regardless with or without a movie screening.
Some of Indulge’s signature dishes include Smoked Duck Salad, Pumpkin Salad, Grilled Salmon served with seasonal vegetables with lemon butter sauce Grilled Lamb Rack, Cajun Chicken and Panna Cotta.
Indulge is opened from 11am with tickets priced at RM45 (meals not included).
For more information about Indulge and to book tickets, please log on to www.tgv.com.my or via TGV Cinemas’ Movie Buddy app which is available on the Apple App and Google Play store.
EZ101, 3rd Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel : 603-7726 3535 ext 6025
FB : TGV Cinemas
Photos with @butterflymsia watermark belong to The Butterfly Project Malaysia
Photo of Grilled Lamb Rack belongs to Ivy Kam from FOOD Malaysia – a great, great, great food blog!
So, whaddya think about my Indulge experience?
Share with me in the comments!