Honey, soya sauce and sugar were just some of the condiments the chef revealed to us when asked about the moreish marinade for the Baked Salmon Fillets with Honey & Onion. The fish had such a shiny sheen thanks to the saucy glaze but we were kinda disappointed to find the fish cooked through, rendering it too dry for our liking. This minor hiccup was compensated by the sweetness of the sautéed onions.
The Fried Rice with Diced Lobster and Tobiko was a sight to behold with the vibrant green spring onion, shiny orange tobiko and speckled orange-white lobster reminding us of festive colours. Too bad the lobster meat was a tad overdone, taking the edge out of such a luxe dish.
Sweet treats came in pairs with Crispy Deep-fried Chinese Brown Sugar Balls with Sweet Potato accompanied by Double-boiled Snow Lotus with Peach Gum, Dried Longans, Red Dates & Pao Shen.
We couldn't fault these dessert options especially the latter which included new-fangled ingredients. The novelty of eating peach gum and snow lotus alone would be enough to divert familial attention away from thorny topics you wish to avoid at the dinner table.
Also the humble sweet potato - once an absolute taboo ingredient - became acceptable thanks to its elevation to superfood status and with some culinary wizardry thrown in, now appeared in the guise of golden deep-fried balls. That's certainly something to crow about this Year of the Rooster don't you agree?
For reservations, please call Le Mei restaurant, tel: 03-8689 6888/6847/6868. Address: Lobby Level, Le Meridien Putrajaya, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, Putrajaya.