I don’t know exactly when it started, but it has become a tradition for me to have French food every year on my birthday. So when my bestie Angel texted me and asked where I wanted to go for my birthday this year, I decided on a French restaurant without hesitation. The restaurant I chose for the night was DC Restaurant by Darren Chin, a fine-dining restaurant specializing in French cuisine prepared with local ingredients and Japanese techniques.
It started off like a dream. Being guided through the dark entryway and up the stairs into a cozy setting with my friend there already there, seated, waiting. After an explanation on tonight’s course “Drink With The Stars” (RM798++ per pax) by our waiter for the night, it was time for the ball to begin.
-Bread and truffle pate so sinful and delicious we polished it off before the dinner officially started.
-Pan-seared scallop topped with locally raised caviar that sang in my mouth with every bite.
-The lobster with plating so elegant it made me reminisce of my autumns in Tokyo with the maple leaves and wind in my hair.
Could be better:
-The wagyu was a little too done for my liking. I like my wagyu soft and melty in my mouth.
-I usually like sweet desserts but the Za’aba pizza was just too sweet for my liking, maybe because I also had a complimentary birthday dessert presented beforehand. In hindsight maybe I should have gone for the cheese platter instead.
Excellent. The waiters took care of our every need and we had an enjoyable banter about the kind of wines and cheeses we liked.
I had an amazing time enjoying really delicious cuisine while engaging in heart-to-heart talks with my best friend. At the end of our meal, while my friend tried to distract me with some chatter, the waiter sneakily slid a birthday cake onto the table and pulled out a letter from his pocket. At the end of our meal, while my friend tried to distract me with some chatter, the waiter sneakily slid a birthday cake onto the table and pulled out a letter from his pocket. It turns out that a month before my birthday, my boyfriend contacted Angel and planned the whole dinner for me. I was so touched I nearly cried. It’s been a difficult past few months being away from him as he is living in Japan while I am in Malaysia, but little gestures like this really warm my heart and make the pain of not seeing each other bearable. I was so touched I nearly cried. Nearly.
As all good things must come to an end, the night was soon over, and it was time to take off our glass slippers and return to our mundane lives. But for that one night, I lived the life of a princess, and it was a night to remember always.
(Note: The chefs kindly took my dietary restrictions into consideration and changed some of the courses to fit my needs so some of the dishes you see here are not included in the actual menu.)
You can read about part 1 of my birthday surprise here 🙂
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