The Wyndham Estate Wine Makers Dinner: Sage Restaurant, The Gardens Hotel & Residence

I know I’ve been putting up one too many posts on my recent trip of late – I just felt like sharing. So, in a bid to show you readers that I’ve not lupa daratan (forgotten my roots), I’ll start the week with a post to proof that I’m still passionate about my home. But first, before I start writing about the event, allow me to say something about passion and arts.

Passion is love. Passion is dedication. Passion is the voice that has continuously charmed the hearts of millions. Passion is never asking for any recognition, merits, awards or approval. Passion is pushing boundaries and taking destiny by the horns. Passion is challenging industry standards, and against all odds, finding your own voice in a sea of clones. Passion is doing what you love for over a quarter of a century and still loving it. Passion is reinterpreting the same tunes, time and time again and having the will to move along with the times. Passion is beautiful, robust, aged, and smooth like a bottle of good wine. Passion is Malaysia’s Jazz Queen, Dato’ Sheila Majid.

Passion is the winemaker who has devoted his life to perfecting the art of bottling the best wines. His passion has let him to produce a legacy of reds with a beguiling mix of elegance, complexity, and intensity. Passion is being able to distinguished a BIN 222 from BIN 888. Passion is being able to pair a medley of wine to a tee. His passion is bold, charming, ever present, yet warm and humble – qualities he has as a person as well. His passionate career has been dotted by multiple prestigious awards that justifies his love. Passion is Chief Winemaker of the Wynham Estate, Mr. Nigel Dolan.


Passion is the chef who paints his food with perfection. Actually, passion is giving perfection to each and every one of his masterpieces. Passion is the chef who breathes life into each dish. Passion has no borders too. Perfectly marrying the art of French culinary style and the subtle taste of Japanese cuisine in one perfect harmony. Passion lies in the exquisitely prepared appetizer, Tranché of Hamachi with Avruga Caviar and Japanese Herb. It was perfection embodied on a plate, even though it was churned out in an assembly line. Passion is being able to perfectly take a sifu‘s legacy and putting your own mark on on traditions. Passion is the ability to make an excellent first impression and continue to mesmerise all the way to the desserts. Passion lies in the hands of the Executive Chef of Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar, Chef Daniel Cheong.


Passion also comes in the form of devotion.Passion is the beautiful Queen who shows up for dinner despite feeling under the weather. Being hopelessly devoted to food has always been her unspoken passion. Her devotion has led her to masquerade her sickness under the cover of a bright red cardigan and a sweet regal smile. However, eventually, her passion sparkles with the first sip of the George Wyndham Semillion Sauvignon Blanc. The crispy and fruity wine is as delightful as the first day of spring. She did not need her bright red facade afterall. And at that point, she is thankful that her passion drove her to the dinner as she sit and mingle amongst the aristocratic crowd. Passion is the ever lyrical and luscious Queen Lemongrass.


Passion, if not always, is also a sign of affection. The affection of each and every blogger that is seated together on the same table. The affection they have for one another is the key essence and final ingredient in making the evening an enjoyable event. For no man or woman can live unaffectionately on good food and good wine alone. Celebrate together we must. Celebrating this special communion together. And with a good glass of wine in our hands, we make a toast. Passion lies in every toast we make. Passion happens when our wineglasses clink together. Passion is in every laughter then after. Passion is the ultimate social lubricant. Passion is the fantastic company of Fatboybakes, Lyrical Lemongrass, Cumi&Ciki and Aly. Passion is also bottled in a Wyndham Estate wine.



A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to the WINEMAKERS DINNER hosted by the Wyndham Estate at Sage Restaurant & Bar, the Gardens Hotel. The invitation came courtesy of the lovely Marian Eu while I was, coincidentally, unwinding in one of the many magnificent wine regions in Western Australia.

MENU prepared by Chef Daniel

Seafood Tempura hors d’oeuvres



Tranché of Hamachi with Avruga Caviar and Japanese Herb


Royale of Abalone with Sea Scallop and Yuzu Citrus



Smoked Venison with Velouté of Mushroom and Foie Gras



Mango Sorbet


Wagyu Beef with Truffle Mashed and Natural Jus



Roasted Fig Tartlet with Vanilla Ice Cream


Coffee or Tea

The above wine pairing menu is priced at RM288++ per person and is available upon request. Please enquire with the restaurant for its availability. You may also enjoy the fabulous Wyndham Estate wines which we had at the restaurant whenever you dine in.


Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar
The Gardens Residences
6th Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603- 2268 1188

11 Responses to The Wyndham Estate Wine Makers Dinner: Sage Restaurant, The Gardens Hotel & Residence
  1. J
    June 28, 2010 | 12:53 am

    The photo of FBB with flower tucked behind ear and Asian style kawaii pose is… erm.. stunning! :P

    (Great post as always Monkey! Keep em' coming!)

  2. Chaokar
    June 28, 2010 | 1:31 am

    lovely post monky.
    passion is to wake up in the morning and blogged 8am in the mornig.
    passion is the fruit i love with vanilla ice cream.

  3. Sean
    June 28, 2010 | 4:20 am

    we all could use more of these qualities in our lives! i often feel demoralized and anxious about the week ahead whenever mondays arrive … but thankfully, dinners and meet-ups like these help us to make it through, i guess :D

  4. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    June 28, 2010 | 5:09 am

    so did u redefine passion and sip the wines too?

  5. Pureglutton
    June 28, 2010 | 5:11 am

    We can see that FBB has had one wine too many – his face is sooo red!

  6. thule a.k.a leo
    June 28, 2010 | 8:09 am

    ohmygosh! FBB looked so "hiao" hahahaha… too many glasses of wine I guess!! But with such great food, great wine is a must!! I don't mind getting tipsy like this :P

  7. Hiao FBB
    June 28, 2010 | 11:10 am

    haha, for the record, i turn red very fast…it is NOT an indication of drunkness. i am drunk when i start doing impersonations of the reverend mother abbess from the sound of music. omigosh, this was a lifetime ago!!!!i need to eat there soon.

  8. qwazymonkey
    June 28, 2010 | 3:35 pm

    J: Yea, I've got to say, one of my best photos ever!

    Chaokar: Thanks bro! Passion is wanting to go back to sleep at 8:05a. Hahaha

    Sean: Yup, long live good food and great company!

    Joe: Hmm I'm not sure if I did though. Can't recall. Its been too long ago

    Pureglutton: In AhPa's defense, he said he wasn't drunk!

    Thule: Ewwww… let's not associate that word with the great Ahpa. Now I can't get that picture outta my head. Eww ewww spewww.

    Hiao AhPa: Yea, "what is it you karnface?" didnt make its way to our table that evening. Would have loved to hear it once more! Climmmb 'very mountain….

  9. Life for Beginners
    June 28, 2010 | 3:52 pm

    Was that "Affection" or just Ah Pa being "Affected"? Muahahaha…

  10. CUMI & CIKI
    June 29, 2010 | 2:31 am

    perfection is that picture of Chef Daniel, hunched over his food.. preparing it with such attention.

    perfection is the way each wine pairs with each course for the night.

    perfection is the way your collage tells that story.

  11. Lyrical Lemongrass
    June 29, 2010 | 11:07 am

    Like I mentioned in my SMS to you yesterday, I had a tear in my eye when I read your post. I'm really touched by what you said. Thanks!

    And this is also an apt reminder that I haven't put up my post on Wyndham Estate wines yet. :-P