Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Cantaloupe Restaurant at Troika Sky Dining, Kuala Lumpur, is one of those dining establishments you don't forget easily. It's not just the jaw-dropping view, although it must be one of the best places to dine in Kuala Lumpur if you want a magnificent view of the city's skyline, but the service is top-notch, the ambience perfect, and the food - so wonderfully executed, creative and delicious that you can't help but gush over every mouthful, which I'm about to do. 

Dining with a view
Balcony seating area
Date night with my man
The Husband and I were lucky to be there one evening last week, our last 'date night' before he flew back to Germany to finish up his work and pack up our apartment in preparation for our move to Auckland next month.

Wonderful venue for special events and celebrations
Interior of the restaurant with a view of the KL skyline
Lounge area
We were immediately taken away by the beautiful decor and ambience. Minimalistic, spacious, modern, elegant and ever-so-stylish, with its signature view enhanced by the floor-to-ceiling windows that wraps around the venue, we knew we were in for a treat the moment we stepped foot into the restaurant and were carefully guided to our table out onto the balcony (which we'd chosen when making a reservation).

Bar area
A bottle of Rhone wine for the evening
A bottle of E. Guigal's 2005 Saint-Joseph was our chosen tipple for the evening. A gorgeous wine from the Northern Rhone, it was beautifully perfumed, well-balanced, with layers of blackberries and cherries and hints of vanilla, spice and oak. An easy-drinking, medium-bodied wine that is currently at its peak, it was a wonderful accompaniment for the feast that were to follow.

Basket of mouth-watering bread
Our basket of bread looked deceivingly simple, but every mouthful was a play of incredible flavours. From the ordinary sourdough to the less-ordinary spinach with garlic bread, as well as the smoked duck and onion bread, these bite-size appetizers were unexpectedly delicious, served with a trio of butter, balsamic cream and cinnamon salt to further delight the tastebuds.

Our special 'lollipop' Hor d'oeuvre
This was followed by a complimentary Hor d'oeuvre of Foie Gras with raspberry jelly covered in a chocolate ganache and toasted almond. It was sweet and savory, crispy and creamy all at once, with incredible flavors and textures that came together in a delicious and creative way. Suffice to say I'd never tasted anything like it, and if these were just the complimentary starters, I knew we were in for a special treat.

View of the city at night 
Trio of Oysters
The Husband ordered the Oysters as his first course. Neither of us are oyster-lovers, but for some reason, the description jumped out at us on the menu, and we knew we had to try it. Here, Fine de Claire Oysters are served three ways, with a Leek and Potato Espuma and Lemon Jelly, in Smoked Duck Fat Vinaigrette and Beef Jelly, and poached in a Rocket and Crab Avocado Hollandaise, resulting in bite-size deliciousness that melted in the mouth and had us gasping in delight.

Lobster Bisque
My Rosemary Smoked Lobster Bisque was also sensational. Cooked with a Tomato Jelly, Beurre Noisette Cured Lobster and Lobster Emulsion, the smoky flavor from the smoked rosemary was like nothing I'd ever tasted or experienced, bringing a level of depth to the surprisingly rich yet delicate soup that stayed with me long after the last mouthful.

Smoked Salmon
We shared a second course of the House Smoked Salmon, which was clean, simple and again bursting with succulent, smoky flavors which we both adored. This was an easy one to polish off, which we did within minutes, served with a wonderful Spring Onion Puree and a sprinkling of Salmon Roe that offered a lovely, salty contrast to the dish.

Palate Cleanser
This was followed by a complimentary Mandarin Orange Sorbet served with Pineapple Slices as a refreshing and much-needed palate cleanser before our main course. It has to be noted here that we had exemplary service throughout the evening, friendly yet unobtrusive, with the perfect timing and breaks between each meal, never feeling rushed or hurried.

A rare photo of moi
Wagyu Cheek
For our mains, The Husband had the Grilled Braised Wagyu Cheek, with Black Trumpet Mushrooms, and Sushi Rice Citrus Risotto. This was simply presented, but again an absolute melt-in-the-mouth gem of a dish. The caramelized grilled meat was chewy perfection, with a lovely balance and depth of flavor, and The Husband's only gripe was that the portion was too small!

Confit de Canard
I debated for a long while before ordering the Confit de Canard, which is the Chef's signature dish at the restaurant. Having just had this in Paris (home of the Duck Confit) a couple of months ago, I didn't think I would be too impressed with this humble dish that could so easily go wrong in a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, but I was proven oh-so-wrong, and I couldn't be more impressed or wowed by the execution of this dish.

The meat was soft and delicious, the skin more delicate and crispy than anything I'd tasted in France, and even the portion of mash potatoes took me to heaven and back - creamy, smooth and utterly delicious, served in an ingenious crispy potato ring that added a lovely crunch and textural contrast.

Black Forest Bombe Dessert!
Our Dessert is on fire!
We were both happily satiated by this point, but could not resist the temptation of dessert. Again, creativity and innovation played a huge role here. My simple Black Forest Bombe was anything but! Made from Dehydrate Chocolate Cake and served with marinated Morello Cherries, Chantilly Chocolate and Cognac, this dessert was theatre on a plate!

The chocolate dome melts into a sauce once burning cognac is poured over it, to reveal bits of warm chocolate, lumps of crunchy cake, sweet and sour cherries and chilled cream that is truly an explosion of taste in the mouth. We lived in the Black Forest region for nearly three years, but I can bet no German has ever had a Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte like this!

Chocolate Mousse
The Husband's Frozen Chocolate Mousse was a little less impressive after the drama that arrived with my dessert, but still a delicious concoction nonetheless. The sourness and acidity of the Cherry Sorbet set against the many different flavors and textures of the three Grand Cru chocolates makes it a must-try if you're a chocolate lover like my husband.

Thank you for a wonderful time!
All in all, we had a wonderful, faultless dining experience at Cantaloupe. Coming up to nearly RM950 for our entire meal, it certainly wasn't cheap, but we both agreed that it was worth every penny, and we will definitely return for another feast should there be an opportunity to do so!

Level 23A, Tower B
The Troika
19 Persiaran KLCC
50450 KL
T: +603 2162 0886


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