Monday, 23 May 2016

Dinner in the Sky Malaysia in Johor Puteri Harbour JK1492

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Dinner in the Sky Malaysia is now in Johor for two months (from 20 May till 19 Jun 2016). Dinner in the Sky is a novel dining concept that has travelled the world since starting in Brussels, Belgium in 2006. After over 40 cities, including KL in 2015 and Penang earlier in 2016, Dinner in the Sky Malaysia is now in Johor Bahru.

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Dinner in the Sky Malaysia's Johor edition is located at the chic Puteri Harbour overseeing the marina.

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It is right across the road from Hotel Jen and Puteri Harbour Theme Park which are favourite destinations for holidaying families from Malaysia, Singapore and beyond.

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Forbes magazine calls Dinner in the Sky one of the top 10 most unusual restaurants in the world. It's in Southeast Asia for the first time, and now just a short hop from Singapore.

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Dinner in the Sky Malaysia is partnering Tosca Trattoria Italiana of DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru - bumping into Chef Jaffery, I know that the experience will also be great in the food department.

Besides a great ride and excellent food, Dinner in the Sky Malaysia spares nothing to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

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Dinner in the Sky Malaysia provides lockers for guests to safe keep their bags and bulky items as only essential personal belongings are permitted during flight for safety reasons. DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras are OK :-D

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All the comfortable leather racing bucket seats are solidly mounted and equipped with safety harnesses.

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The safety crew helps guests strap in properly before taking off to ensure that everyone will have a great time. Flight time is about 1 hour. So, if you need to empty your bladder every hour, the toilets are a short 3 minute walk away at Puteri Harbour Theme Park ;-p

(On a side note, a reminder to myself. I was so engrossed in photo taking that I overlooked to personally check the clasp to make sure that the harness was properly fastened. Of course, it was securely fastened but I am the kiasi 怕死 "fear of death" type who will always "double confirm" everything. Everything turned out well, thanks to the attentive crew, but the thought that I didn't personally take care of my own safety, didn't play my own part, still send shivers down my spine just thinking about it now.) 

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A giant crane hoists diners, Chef Jaffery and his crew 150 feet high into the air for the signature "Dinner in the Sky" experience.

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The crane and crew were tested and approved by TÜV SÜD, a renowned and well respected German safety testing organisation.

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There are two flights a day. The 6:00pm flight gets the opportunity to see the sun set over the Malacca Straits. The guests are also able to get a bird's eye view of Puteri Harbour, Straits of Johor, Johor Bahru, and the northern shoreline of Singapore.

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Looking down from 150 feet above makes my feet feel a little wobbly but I know that we are 100 plus 10% safe. Our heighten consciousness perhaps helps make our food taste better - I don't know lah.

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While we were enjoying the view from up here, Chef Jaffery, the Executive Chef of DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru and his crew personally prepared dinner for us.

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For starters, Chef Jaffery treated us to white anchovies dressed with balsamic jelly and served with marinated wild strawberries, yellow frisee lettuce and feta goat cheese.

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We had basil and green pea soup served with rich truffle cream.

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Sous Chef Sham serving us our mains - he was full of enthusiasm which helped made our dinner so thoroughly enjoyable.

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For mains, there are choices of lamb rump, chicken breast, cod fish and wagyu beef cheek.

(Note: There is also a vegetarian menu.)

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I opted for wagyu beef cheek.

ooh la la! This was sooooo... good!

Chef Jaffery slow cooked the wagyu beef cheek till the fibres were nearly falling apart, barely held together by jello fat in between. The beef was tenderly soft to the bite and every effortless chew released bursts of beefy sweet flavour and aroma into the mouth. It's a real pleasure to the taste buds and nose.

Foodie's heaven is at 150 feet above ground.

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When Chef Jaffery offered us more of that delicious beefy brown sauce, all of us raised and waved our hands, grinning like enthusiastic school children.

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On my friend KK's insistence, I had a bite of his baked free range chicken breast dressed with Porcini mushroom sauce and served with Koffman's cabbage and fondant potato.

The chicken was tender and subtly sweet savoury. It was very nice but I quickly went back to my heavenly wagyu beef cheek :-P

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Too soon, it was dessert and almost time to get back to reality and down to earth.

But not before our spirits were raised by this outstanding tiramisu (I use that "o" word with caution as I my doctor watch my sugar level like a hawk and I suffer from tiramisu ad nauseam).

All of us enjoyed this tiramisu, digging deep into the glass to scrap out that last spoonful of the not overly sweet creamy custard punctuated with bits of nuttiness, crispness and a citrusy touch from the fresh cherry.

Brilliant.

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Awesome dining experience thanks to Dinner in the Sky Malaysia and Tosca Trattoria Italiana of DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru. 

The sweeping panoramic view of the Johor land and sea at sunset was charming, offering a different experience from glittering Christmas tree type, night time skyline of metropolises. (Though in Johor, night fall blankets most views in darkness.) The food was excellent, the service impeccable, the company was great and a gently blowing sea breeze wrapped it all together in one cool, memorable evening. 

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Just before we settled down to earth all too soon, we were greeted by fireworks for a fitting finale to a spectacular experience.

Don't take my word for it.

Get a second opinion.

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So, they asked the lady "How was it"?  

I couldn't hear her reply but I think her expression said it all.

I can't agree with her more.


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This unique dining experience will cost you RM599 per person (RM699 on weekends).

->> If you are the type that seeks out special life experiences, if you count your wealth in uplifting memories, Dinner in the Sky - one of the Top 10 unusual restaurants in the world - is now right here in Johor Bahru, and at Singapore's doorstep. Get your air tickets <- here 

Disclosure: Please note that this was a media invite.

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Restaurant name: Dinner in the Sky Malaysia (in Johor)
Address: Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
GPS 1.416230, 103.658090 / 1°24'58.4"N 103°39'29.1"E
Hours: Two flights a day at 6:00 pm and 8:00pm
Reservations http://www.dinnerinthesky.my

No pork, no lard, no Halal cert, no alcohol served.

Date: 22 May 2016

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