Sang Har Meen (river prawn noodles) was the unlikely show-stealer at The Eatery all-day dining hub at Four Points by Sheraton Puchong. The man responsible for this scrumptious king of hawker’s dish is Executive Chef Yap Kim Hon who heads the newly opened hotel’s overall kitchen operations.
Doused in rich clear sauce strewn with wispy strands of egg similar to kong foo chow or Cantonese fried noodle, the crispy noodle nest has sizable sang har in it, interspersed with sliced ginger and spring onion. Best of all, the noodles had great wok hei – that elusive charred smokiness every Chinese cook worth his salt strives to imbue into their cooking.
It was a nice introduction to The Eatery for us first-time visitors to the hotel. That chef's signature dish is part of the a la carte menu which packs some notable culinary gems. Our jaded palates actually were piqued by the Oriental Hawaiian Pizza featuring a satay-inspired riff on the perennial chicken and pineapple combo. The well-baked thin crust rendition stole our hearts with chunky tomato sauce, melted cheese and sweet onion covering every available surface.
Seared Tuna with Mango - another delicate speciality we enjoyed - is ideal for light eaters or as a starter to whet the appetite. Served in bite-size squares on a slate platter with fresh arugula, the cubed mango atop meaty slices of lightly seared tuna lent the morsels some fruity sweetness with subtle acidity.
If you're not in the mood for lavish buffets, try Chef Yap's tried-and-tested Salmon with Pasta. A well-acquitted dish which has al dente tomato sauce-laced spaghetti teamed with a slab of grilled salmon boasting a perfectly pink centre.
Yap came with impeccable credentials too as he was personal chef to F1 luminaries such as Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard among others when they were in Malaysia for the Grand Prix season in 2006 & 2007.
The affable chef also takes great pride in leading his team to cook up a storm daily - The Eatery's buffet spreads bear apt testaments to their efforts. Friday and Saturday nights are Seafood and Grill Buffet (RM92+ per person) so seafood lovers should dive in on those nights for their fill of oceanic delights.
From robust seafood tom yum and mini salmon roulade to assorted shellfish and crustaceans on ice, you'd find plenty of fish and seafood catches in the palate-pleasing parade, leaving you spoiled for choice.
Fromage fans will swoon over the good cheese board with all the requisite condiments. My personal choice picks ranged from crisp bruschetta and dim sum morsels to fresh salads and mini servings of dainty dessert.
Most all-day dining restos now flaunt live cooking stations and The Eatery is no different.
You can get the chefs to prepare a bowl of piping hot noodles for you or stir-fry selected dishes or carve slices of roast beef...interactivity is now part and parcel of today's dining experience.
Look out for the 'fried' ice cream counter where a chef on duty will whip up cool confections filled with your choice of fruit, candy and nut mixtures. An indulgent treat to revel in, with the various textures and flavours melding in the resultant offering.
No need to beat yourself up on succumbing to sweet treats here. Just go easy and selective as everything comes in sampling portions; be it local kuihs and French pastries.
Decor-wise, the streamlined interior slants towards modern chic with splashes of bright colours, wood accents and muted backlighting.
For reservations at The Eatery, please call tel: 03-5891 8888. FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON PUCHONG is a 249-room hotel located at 1201, Tower 3, Puchong Financial Corporate Centre, Jalan Puter 1/2, Bandar Puteri, Puchong, Selangor.