Quotes From Participating Restaurants

Jonas A. Schuermann
General Manager
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Restaurants: Lai Po Heen & Pacifica Grill & Bar

The city needs to continuously cater to a growing number of international events and
dignitaries, therefore the food & beverage scene is integral in the development and growth of a city that is capable of being recognised on an international stage. The annual Kuala Lumpur International Gourmet Festival is a fine example of such calibre as it represents a concentration of the city's culinary greats revelling visitors with a month-long showcase of epicurean delights.

Richard W. Riley
General Manager
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Restaurants: Lafite & Zipangu

The KL International Gourmet Festival, which is regarded as the best of its kind, has transformed the city into the premier food capital of the region with the finest restaurants and food connoisseurs in town for this month-long epicurean celebration. The Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur is proud to once again feature Lafite & Zipangu at this prestigious event to provide our guests with an outstanding dining experience.

Paul Hutton
General Manager
Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Restaurants: Chynna, Iketeru & Senses

As Hilton Kuala Lumpur makes its debut in this culinary fest, we are more than pleased to share three of our finest restaurants. It’s a degustation of flavours starting off with the award winning restaurant Senses for its global cuisine, Chynna for its theatrical Hong Kong Cantonese cuisine and Iketeru for its Tokyo nouveau cuisine. KL- ites will certainly have something remarkably exciting to look forward to this year.

Martin B. Jones
General Manager
The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant: EEST

The KL International Gourmet Festival 2005 is the platform for a fine selection of gastronomic delights, and The Westin Kuala Lumpur is once more pleased to be associated with this prestigious event. This year, we invite food lovers to experience EEST, our Pan-Asian restaurant featuring five distinct and authentic Asian cuisines in one restaurant, presented with a modern and innovative twist. From the interior and architecture of the restaurant to the remarkable culinary and beverage options, right through to the five individual ‘open kitchens’ for each distinct cuisine, the dining experience at EEST is a reflection of a modern day culinary adventure headed by an excellent team of Chefs.

Randy Shimabuku
General Manager
The Regent Kuala Lumpur

Restaurants: Lai Ching Yuen & Oggi

The KL Gourmet Festival has been a breeding ground for uplifting the competitive spirit among hoteliers and restaurateurs in our city. Each year we try to outdo the other establishments by offering better quality, value and creativity in the culinary experiences that we present. The festival not only provides well-deserved recognition for the chefs, but it also compels all of us to "raise our game" and in the end it is you, the dining consumer who is richly rewarded.

Leo Kuscher
General Manager
Palace of the Golden Horses

Restaurants: Cavallini’s & Kim Ma

Here at Palace of the Golden Horses, we constantly strive for excellence in whatever we do. The KLIGF 2005 continues to present the very best in Kuala Lumpur's fine dining scene, and we are proud to once again be part of this event, and to take this opportunity to further spread the word that Kim Ma and Cavallini's are amongst KL's very best dining venues.

Robert Frager
General Manager
Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Restaurant: Dynasty

We are proud to showcase the exceptional talents in the authentic Chinese cuisine in our Dynasty Restaurant through this year’s eminent KL Gourmet Festival. The strong and rich flavors of the Cantonese region are fully represented in the culinary expertise of our Chef Tan Kim Weng. Dynasty provides an opportunity for Epicureans to take a pathway back in time to experience the height of China’s artistic food creations. This year’s KL Gourmet Festival will extend a platform for Dynasty to offer a high distinction that embodies the unrivaled boldness of its creations that makes it a must for all to participate.

Greg Lee
General Manager
Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant: Tai Zi Heen

We are delighted that Tai Zi Heen has once again been selected to participate in the Kuala Lumpur International Gourmet Festival. The event gives us the opportunity to showcase Master Chef Chan Kong Tung and his team’s culinary creativity and to highlight some of the restaurant’s innovative signature dishes. The month-long Festival is an event much awaited by food-lovers and draws attention to Kuala Lumpur as a gastronomic haven. We look forward to welcoming all to Tai Zi Heen at the Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur during this period.

Martyn Standen
General Manager
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant: Al Nafourah

This year will be Le Meridien’s first participation in the KL International Gourmet Festival and needless to say, we are all very honoured that Al Nafourah has been invited to be a Festival restaurant this year. Al Nafourah, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur’s signature restaurant, brings all the romance of the Arabian nights to Kuala Lumpur. Specially for this month-long promotion, we will not only be showcasing the finest Lebanese cuisine, paired with carefully selected wines to all our patrons – but as part of the Festival, there will be cooking classes offered – and last but not least – experience Belly Dancing Classes with our Resident Belly Dancer. When we say, avant-garde Arabian Opulence, it means Feast not only your palate – but also your eyes!

Larry Van Ooyen
Carcosa Seri Negara

Restaurant: The Dining Room

Carcosa Seri Negara has recently undergone a renovation and with this revamp there is a new French team on board in The Dining Room. Under the leadership of Chef Laurent Colin and F&B Manager Bertrand Blanchet, Carcosa is proud to present The (new) Dining Room at the annual KL International Gourmet Festival. With the new interior creating a truly colonial ambience, and Bertrand and Laurent bringing traditional French cuisine back to its fullest glory, we look forward to welcoming Festival diners to The Dining Room to enjoy some fine French flair.

Herbert Laubichler Pichler
General Manager
The Saujana Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant: Senja

Good chefs like to compete with other good chefs, like to show their talents and creativity, are hard working and disciplined and are constantly developing their skills and standards. The KL International Gourmet Festival 2005 offers our chefs a platform to do exactly that; all for the benefit of our guests.

Welcome to Senja at The Saujana!

Donald Lim
General Manager
Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant: Chalet

For 30 years, the Chalet has been a standard bearer among the fine dining establishments in the city. The KL International Gourmet Festival draws attention to the fact that all of the world’s great cuisines are available here, presented with the highest standards of quality and service. We are pleased to once again participate in this showcase of the best Kuala Lumpur has to offer.

Y.O. Wong
Senior Vice President - Hotel Operations
Genting Resort Hotels

Restaurants: Imperial Rama & The Olive

The KL International Gourmet is back to raise the level of Malaysian gastronomy a notch higher with its fifth comeback this year. It is truly an honour to be a part of this supreme event where the best restaurants gather and offer the very finest cuisine. For the first time this year, Genting – The City of Entertainment is pleased to share with food lovers exquisite contemporary Continental cuisine from The Olive and irresistible Thai and delectable Chinese cuisine from Imperial Rama, presented and served like never before.

Kenny Teo
General Manager
Pacific Regency Hotel Apartments

Restaurant: Soi Twenty Three

Pacific Regency Hotel Apartments is honoured to be invited to participate in this prestigious culinary event. Being one of the few hotel apartments in Kuala Lumpur selected, we are proud to be associated with the elite group of stand alone and hotel-managed fine dining restaurants. I personally look forward to the Festival and hope that the events will help to introduce ‘Soi 23’, which is discreetly nestled at level 23, to those who savour authentic fine Thai cuisine.

Ken Hoh
Director & Chef de Cuisine
Third Floor Restaurant Bar

Restaurant: Third Floor Restaurant Bar

It is indeed a great pleasure to participate in this year’s Festival. Let's celebrate and have a good time.

Federico Asaro
Chairman
Epicurean Management Sdn. Bhd.

Restaurant: Tamarind Springs

Tamarind Springs is delighted to be chosen for the third year to participate at the KL International Gourmet Festival 2005. It’s indeed a great honour to be alongside such
distinctive restaurants and we’re so proud to have won the most creative restaurant award last year! Once again, our chefs and staff are motivated in showcasing their talents and creativity to provide Kuala Lumpur food connoisseurs a truly memorable fine dining experience. We look forward to receiving you.
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