Happy New Month my Friends! 😀 It’s good to be back after a short hiatus… Thank you for your patience & support- I appreciate you! 🙂
It’s birthday month, and I’m thrilled to kick us off with a foodie post from the InterContinental Hotel! But first… let’s start with a quirky confession, yes?! 😉
InterContinental Hotel: New Menu Review
One of my goals this year was to get more adventurous with food… ‘Why’- you ask?
Well, I honestly didn’t grow up eating foods with those fancy names that we can barely pronounce… And though I am quite a picky eater, I’ll have that Ugali, Sukumawiki & Nyama any day! 😀
What’s worse- I love eating out but I almost always stick to what I know… Can you relate?
So as you can now imagine, I’ve been failing miserably at smashing my goal.
Hence, when we got an invite to sample the new à la carte Menu at InterContinental Hotel my first thought was- ‘Aha! Here’s my chance to get adventurous!’ 😀
As we were led to their Terrace Restaurant, I couldn’t help noticing its calm, relaxing ambiance…
Starters Of The Day:
We had a choice between a Vegie soup and Seafood soup. Considering I don’t encounter Seafood daily, I went with the rare Seafood soup.
The soup was perfectly seasoned and you could taste a hint of fish in the background. Plus it went down really well with the fresh bread.
Five-spiced Sesame Duck
(Hoisin-glazed dressing and served with orange, mixed baby spinach, rocket and cherry tomato salad.)
Honestly, this light plate was the winner! I’ve tasted duck once before, and it was a bit of a disaster…
But oh no, not this time… It felt like a spicy party of goodness was going down in my mouth!
Everything blended together delightfully. 🙂
Smoked Chicken and Mango Salad
(Served with Arugula and watercress)
After flying to cloud 9 with the duck, this salad brought us crashing down to earth. The chicken was a little bland and the salad could’ve been greatly improved with some dressing for flavor…
Garlic Bread & butter toasted French bread
(Served with a spicy harissa blend, Onion and raisin chutney.)
This is best enjoyed by dipping the bread into either the Harissa blend or the Onion and raisin chutney. That Onion and raisin chutney certainly stole the show! 😀
Main Course Options:
Our hosts, Chef Simon and his Sous Chef Arnold Gitata came round to say hello with a rundown of the Main course options.
Morendat Beef Fillet Medallion, Sirloin & Chicken Peri Peri
(Served with balsamic shallots, cherry tomatoes and grilled mushrooms.)
Morendat beef is meat that’s been aged for 21 days…. I feel like it’s a dish that takes some getting used to.
I did however enjoy both the Morendat beef and Sirloin, particularly with their accompanying sauces…
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: WANJIKU THUO
Their Chicken Peri Peri is marinated in rosemary, garlic and lemon with their house-made peri peri sauce. I loved the consistency of its hot, tangy taste all through.
It’s definitely not for the fainthearted because that chili hits all the right spots with a bang!
Mini Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza
We finished off with a house-made Mini Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza that nearly knocked our socks off! Yummy! 😀
Fun Fact: The Chefs spontaneously invented this Pizza while eating Naan and Chicken Tikka Masala
I usually pass on desserts unless it’s ice-cream, but this dessert literally had my name written all over it… 😀
It was Bonnita’s idea, and I was more than happy to borrow it! 😀
Tangy Lemon Cheese Cake: Candied Ginger, Berry Coulis and Orange segments
Sesame & Amarula Tart: Wafers of Sesame, between a rich Amarula Mousse
Nanaimo Bar: a Canadian specialty served with Berry coulis and an Orange sorbet.
The Nanaimo Bar was my absolute favorite! The chocolate melts in your mouth, oh so softly, sending blissful explosions to the brain! 🙂
Lesson learned: Don’t let any of the fancy names scare you away, try something new- you just might like it! 😀
Many thanks to Chef Simon and the kind folks at InterContinental Hotel for graciously hosting us. I can confidently say that their new à la carte Menu is a culinary adventure you’ll want to try! 🙂
Are you adventurous with food…or do you prefer to stick within your comfort zone? I would love to read from you… 🙂
Drop a comment/question or feedback down below! Thank you for reading! 😀
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InterContinental Menu Review
*I loved their creativity in plating of the dishes; they certainly took their time to make the food look pretty and taste good!
*The fresh juices could use some more TLC… I’d have loved to taste freshly pressed fruits in the drinks.
* The new menu has great variety; there’s something for everyone!