As I strolled through the entrance of InterContinental Hotel for the Culinary Journey promotion I didn’t know what to expect but something inside me kept telling I was going to enjoy my entire Afternoon at the Terrace Restaurant.
For the last few weeks the hotel has featured signature dishes from its host of IHG® Culinary Ambassadors offering diners a chance to sample exhilarating cuisines from renowned and celebrated chefs across IHG® Hotels in Africa, Asia and Middle East.
We were directed to the lobby to wait for Victor Karugu the Marketing Executive who later came and took us through what was in store for the day. Without wasting time we quickly exchanged pleasantries and led to the restaurant.
The Terrace is the main restaurant, separated by the swimming pool overlooking the Makuti Bar on the outside. On the Inside the Terrace is an ambient open fine dining with exquisite set dinner tables covered by white and grey drapes, colorful silver wares and decorative wall designs which really grabbed my attention.
At the restaurant we met Sandra Mukhidza, management trainee, a lively and bubbly lady who quickly created an instant rapport and took us through the menu of day. The menu was made up of signature dishes from celebrity Chef Takagi Kazuo a multiple Michelin star-winning master of Japanese cuisine. Victor also introduced us to Lydia Wanjau, a reserved chef but quite knowledgeable in her craft. A friendly waiter also offered us drinks an option of Pineapple, orange or Watermelon, I went for fresh pineapple juice.
For appetizers we had a choice of choosing either the Tatar Yellow Tail Tuna Sashimi or the Crispy Vegetable and Seafood Tempura. I tried both and they were quite tasty, I really enjoyed the Sashimi over the tempura.
For the mains we sampled the Miso Marinated Grilled Cod which I must say was my favorite. The cod really tingled my taste buds. It was marinated by Shiitake a Japanese mushroom soaked in water, sautéed with wine and served with steamed vegetables.
We also had Japanese Pepper Beef with Foie Gras. The beef was grilled to perfection and the foie gras rich taste really complimented the beef. It had a sour and sweet taste because it was marinated by sugar and salt and miso sauce.
I never been that all with desserts because they tend to give me a sugar rush, but the fruit anmitsu and green tea ice cream was really something else and one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Made of Japanese rice noodles and mixed with berry, baked beans and complimented with a flavor of the green tea ice cream, I must say it captured my palate in the most orgasmic way possible.
All in all it was a marvelous lunch hosted by InterContinental Hotel, thanks to great food and great service. If you haven’t tried it out yet, you have no idea what your missing!