Friday, March 09, 2007

Check Out Istana's Urban Bistro - with Zen-like Touch

HOTEL ISTANA returns to the limelight with its all-new Urban Bistro with Australian chef Sarah Wilton as its driving force.

Brand new: Wilton is all set to fire your culinary imagination as head chef of Urban Bistro.
The restaurant, which opened last month, adopts the Moz Oz concept and is positioned as the hotel’s gastronomic centre.

Its decor is a blend of fashionable chic yet quirky and informal.

There are three different seating styles with a zen-styled open setting.

Complementing its ambience is, of course, the menu that comprises trendy, signature Australian fare specially created by Wilton, who is also the head chef.

Wilton’s culinary motto is simple: “Food must be colourful, fresh, fun and vibrant”.

“Above all, the dishes must be refreshingly creative, prepared sans set rules!” said Wilton, who is a commercial cooking graduate from New South Wales.

Creative: Diners can expect the best of Wilton’s special creations of Australia’s bests.
Her stint included experimenting with Mediterranean cuisine at The Bathers’ Pavilion Restaurant in New South Wales.

She was also previously attached to Crowne Plaza Newcastle as chef de partie where she was responsible for the a la carte and buffet creations of the hotel’s main restaurant.

At Urban Bistro, Wilton will also create daily-changed lunch specials in addition to the a la carte menu.

Wilton’s position as head chef at the 4.5-star Stables Resort Perisher located in Australia’s largest ski resort village gave her the ultimate creative licence to create fine dining Australian specialities besides the regular staple offerings of daily kitchen production.

An adventurous personality, Wilton had spent a year in Brazil as an exchange student and had worked for short stints in Yangshuo and Shenzen in China as an English instructor.

The head chef is also a qualified TEFL teacher.

It was her stint in these places that further broadened her culinary outlook and creativity.

  • URBAN BISTRO, Hotel Istana, 73 Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-2141 9988 ext 3691). Bisuness Hours: Mon-Sat, lunch (noon-2.30pm); dinner (7pm-10.30pm).

  • Source : STAR
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