I’ve always been the curious sort.
Sticking my nose in hidden places and discovering new and exciting things in the process.
So when Martell invited us to Be Curious, and Explore Cognac at H.O.M.E., we most gladly accepted.
On the appointed day and hour, we followed the banners and signs deep into the heart of lush, green Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort.. Martell Malaysia was taking the cognac experience into uncharted waters with a Be Curious pop-up event. We just had to find it.
We arrived at the location which looked like the riding grounds of the Equestrian Club. There, in the middle of the field, was the pop up, Martell H.O.M.E., short for House of Martell Entertainment.
From floor to ceiling, entrance to exit, the pop-up was packed with puzzles, secret rooms, and optical illusions .. super quirky and fun.. guests had to look beyond appearances and explore Martell cognac with a ‘Be Curious’ twist.
Curiosity kills the cat.. but not this time! 😉
Curious to know what’s in that ball..?
Martell Cocktails to kick off the night..
But apart from fun things to do, the main highlight would be a Be Curious dinner on the 8th November from 7pm to 11pm by locally-acclaimed Chef Nathalie from Nathalie Gourmet Studio. In vein with the “Be Curious” motto, even the menu was partially invisible to the diner.. but I shouldn’t give too much away!
Scallop & Caviar Jewelry – an edible ring.. how very clever! Also, Morel Liquid sphere, truffle cremeux & crispy cracker. These were paired with Martell VSOP on the rocks or with tonic
Featuring a menu carefully crafted for pairings with Martell cognac, early bird guests will enjoy an additional treat of a special price. More info here, on exclusive dinners over the course of 6 days. Martell H.O.M.E. will be open to welcome curious explorers from 6 to 11 November 2017.
Cold pressed Green juice and smoked ginger Salmon bites paired with Martell VSOP on the rocks – not as green tasting as it looked, but really rather delicious. The VSOP complemented the delicate flavours of the salmon.
Cherry Cherry – red fragranced pepper foie gras in shapes of cherries, and torrefied almonds, with cherry ginger bread coulis, dark bread crumbs) paired with Martell Cordon Bleu – creative and super unctuous
Seabass with a cocoa nib, and roasted Pistachio Crust, with light bean sprouts, fennel risotto in cocoa nib emulsion paired with the Martell Cordon Bleu Extra .. this was just simply sublime!
aged mimolette espuma, cognac jelly … Paired with the Martell XO – a match made in heaven!
Be Curious version of Pear Belle Helen and hot chocolate served with warm bread and truffle butter paired with the Martell Chanteloup
For those seeking to broaden their appreciation for cognac, Be Curious mentoring workshops will be hosted by Martell brand ambassador Pierre Boyer. Early bird participants will enjoy a special rate for hands-on introduction to Martell’s rich history and craft. Different time slots will be available – 3pm to 5pm on 7 and 8 November, and 5pm to 7pm on 11 November and will be open to all who wish to join.
Guests who simply wish to explore the secret delights housed within the Martell H.O.M.E. pop-up can attend during the same hours as the workshops. Limited-time offers on Martell cognac and bottle engraving services will be available to visitors, and a free Martell cocktail will be given to those who come with a friend.
For the lucky few, Martell Malaysia is giving away free invites to a Be Curious mentoring session on 11 November at 2pm to 4.30pm. Invites can be won by following Martell Malaysia’s Facebook page and joining a simple online contest that challenges participants to see past the obvious. Invites can also be won by playing Be Curious cocktail-tasting games at HYDE@53 on 26 to 27 October, and P&C on 2 to 3 November.
H.O.M.E wraps up with a Martell NCF party that promises to light up the night. The grand finale features their crew of brand ambassadors and influencers hosting a party with cocktails on the house. The party is invite-only but limited passes can be won via a Martell NCF contest. Stay tuned and curious for more updates by following Martell Malaysia’s Facebook page.