A couple of weeks back, I had the opportunity to sit down over wine and good food with the David Yee one of the faces of Life Inspired. This father to 3 daughters (yes he is married and is father to 3 beautiful girls) is funny, quick, warm and extremely cheeky:P And if you find him familiar, then its no surprise as he has been the face for many major ad campaigns and was a model in Sydney before he moved to Singapore. Here's some pictures of him.
Rather charming right? Want to see more of him? Catch him on Life Inspired:
• Hong Kong ~ Now TV channel 516
~ Hong Kong Broadband bbTV channel 322
• Indonesia ~ Indovision channel 245
~ First Media channel 229
~ AORA channel 309
~ Telkom Vision IPTV channel 402 (SD) and channel 902 (HD)
• Malaysia ~ Astro B.yond channel 706
• Singapore ~ SingTel mio TV channel 22
• Taiwan ~ kbro channel 127
~ Chunghwa Telecom MOD channel 089
~ TFN New TV channel 204
~ DishHD's channel 242
I mentioned wine and good food...We were at Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar in Bangsar Village I. It was quiet and cozy upstairs. A world of difference from the hustle and bustle of Bangsar.
The wines that we had for the day was paired with Torbreck, an Australian winery.
We started with Fegato ~ Roasted Goose Liver with Apricot Chutney and Aged Balsamico Vinegar. This was paired Torbreck, The Bothie 2010. A rather sweet wine, it wasn't exactly something that I like. The dish itself however was delightful and got my appetite running.
The Pappardelle ~ Flat Wide Homemade Egg Noodle with Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek was yummy. Pasta was el dente the way it should be. The wagyu was tender and still flavourful (this is important as I recently had some not so good braised wagyu cheek in one of the leading hotels in Kuala Lumpur). Torbreck, Cuvee Juveniles 2009 was a welcome after the rather sweet wine that we had in the first course. This wine is unoaked and is relatively easy for folks who are new to wine.
For the mains we either chose the Merluzzo ~ Roasted Atlantic Cod with Basil Crust and Roasted Vegetables or Agnello ~ Oven Roasted Lamb Rack with Salsify Pumpkin Mash and Mint Sauce. I chose both!
But seriously, I had both since I nibbled on someone else's Lamb Rack.
I chose the Merluzzo ~ Roasted Atlantic Cod with Basil Crust and Roasted Vegetables because I generally like cod fish. The basil crust was interesting and added depth into the mild flavoured cod fish. David chose Torbreck's Woodcutter's Semillon 2008 for this dish. This white wine was fruity and smooth. With a citrus note to it it was an easy white wine (I love this and I think I had quite a few glasses of it)
The Agnello ~ Oven Roasted Lamb Rack with Salsify Pumpkin Mash and Mint Sauce was mesmerizing. The lamb was not over done and I must say the chefs at Garibaldi actually did well and took into account that a camera on the table means the food could be well overcooked by the time we finish cooking. Generally lamb must be eaten within 3-5 minutes of it being served to avoid it being over cooked. The Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz 2009 is a deep red with some berry and spicy note is also an easy wine to drink.
Finally dessert Zabaione ~ Mixed Fresh Berries with Gratinated Marsala Wine Sabayon & Pistachio Gelato. I loved the Sabayon that was a light sweet custard like dessert and complimented the tangy berries very well. The pistachio gelato just perfected the entire dessert. This time the sweet Torbreck The Bothie 2010 certainly went well with the dessert. The light bodied floral and sweet fruity wine was a almost a perfect pairing with the dessert.
OK...filling filled and satisfied, I took the opportunities to grab some pictures with the Life Inspired people.
Joanne de Rozario
And if you like what I ate, hop over to Garibaldi:
GARIBALDI Italian Restaurant & Bar
Lot. 10 & G22, Bangsar Village
Jalan Telawi 1
59100 Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 2282 3457