Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar is a French-Japanese nouvelle cuisine restaurant, on the 6th floor of St Giles Hotel at Mid Valley City. The restaurant has a simple clean design with tall window glasses, high ceiling, bare wooden floors, furniture and table cloths in neutral colours. It’s a good choice if you are planning for a lush date night to celebrate a special occasion with your loved ones due to its romantic ambience.
Unless if you are a small eater, then you could order by à la carte. Otherwise, it is more sensible to go with their set menus from 3 – 5 courses (better value mah). There would be additional $$$ for premium items such as lobster.
As for me, my appetite would fall in between. Therefore, I went ahead with 4 courses (2 choices of appetizers, 1 main course, 1 dessert) at RM358nett, where I could choose items from both their à la carte and degustation menu. My makan partner (a.k.a my hot date) also did the same. We each ordered different items to share so we got to sample a variety of what Sage had to offer (most importantly, to share more photos with you all).
Four of our appetizers were choices from both à la carte and seasonal degustation:
1) Thin Sliced Tai Fish with Nanohana, Yuzu and Ponzu Vinaigrette. You can still taste the freshness and preserved clean flavours of this raw Japanese sea bream.
2) Tempura of Jumbo Maitake with Goose Liver and Muscovy Duck Breast. This wasn’t my favourite good liver combination as I’d prefer it seared with apple or pear. Nevertheless, the foie gras was mild buttery and delicate, a great melt-in-your-mouth feeling.
3) Confit of Kinmedai Fish with Baby Tiger Prawns and Iwanori Butter Sauce. Fish was well-cooked with a silky texture.
4) Warm Capellini Pasta with Trio of Seafood and Seven Flavor Chili Pepper. A little bit of carbs for dinner won’t hurt. Those scallops were juicy!
Since we already had a fair bit of fish/seafood for appetizers, it would be red meat for our mains. Both picked from the seasonal degustation:
1) Slow Cooked Hillside Lamb Rack with Blue Cheese and White Miso Sauce. Meat best prepared medium. Good choice, only if you can take the pungent taste of blue cheese. The meat wasn’t gamey either.
2) Duo Preparation of Japanese A3 Beef with Chasseur Sauce. This was most impressive amongst the rest. Although medium-rare was best recommended, but I still wanted medium. Regardless, the meat was so succulent. Loved it.
Sage served us both our dessert before we could manage to tell them our preference, assuming we wanted the Praline Soufflé with Ricotta Cheese Ice Cream from the seasonal degustation. The ice cream tasted really good, but soufflé on the other hand was too sweet.
However, they quickly apologized without making a fuss and gave us a complimentary dessert – Fresh Berries with Champagne Sabayon and Vanilla Ice Cream which was OK-lah. Wasn’t anything extraordinary.
What was good about Sage:
- High quality food ingredients
- Quiet, sophisticated and romantic ambience (dress code applies)
- Service staff were polite and well-versed with the menu
What was bad about Sage:
- Difficult to understand the set menus and add-ons
- Satisfied overall but not an extraordinary dining experience for that price
MISSGETABOUT SCORE: 7.5/10
Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar Details:
Website: Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar
Address: Level 6 St Giles Hotel, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Reservations: +603 2268 1328