Set within the stylish G Hotel in Gurney Drive, the twin restaurants Sesame & Soy is a modern and contemporary Chinese restaurant with unique dual dining experience. Both the menu is extensive, with plenty of modern Chinese cuisines with a fusion of the traditional East and modern Western cooking and presentation. Together with my in-laws, we dine at the Sesame to find out whether it is the place for us to hold our family Chinese New Year Reunion dinner.
Each diner is served their own portion in a fine dining concept. This form of serving is now a common norm in restaurants in Kuala Lumpur but is still relatively new in Penang. My in-laws had a surprising start to the fine dining concept as they are very much accustomed to the traditional Chinese way of dining where every dish is presented in the center of the table.
We had two tasting menu that was arranged for individual servings and some ala carte dishes. The culinary presentation and the flavors were equally superb.
Sesame’s Menu III @ RM 118 ++ per person
Hunan BB Lobster
Baked Cod Fish
Golden Fried Rice
Green Tea Tiramisu
We started off with the amazing Sichuan chilled smoked duck beautifully laid on the plate. The jelly fish and smoked duck in a zesty and flavorful sauce combined well with the crunchy refreshing Japanese cucumber topped with tuna mayo.
The delicious bowl of Shanghainese Golden Broth with shark’s fin, crab roe and black caviar was very well presented in bowl. It was a nice change to have the bowl of soup kept constantly heated and warm sitting on a stand with a candle light…a charming effect too!
Hunan Style Baby Lobster – The baby lobster was cooked with dashes of spicy bean sauce and garlic spices, with strong flavor…a favorite dish for many of us.
The Baked Cod Fish with char siew sauce was presented with asparagus and deep fried herbs. The fish was moist and tender but I personally find it a bit too sweet. This new and an unusual combination was not something all of us would accept.
The Golden Fried Rice in this menu was served with baby abalone, XO sauce and salmon roe. The globules of salmon roe offered a nice salty ocean-like taste.
This menu has the lovely dessert of Green Tea Tiramisu topped with fresh strawberries and accompanied with soya apple ice cream. The sourish strawberries went perfectly with the Tiramisu.