Saturday, November 09, 2019

CHOCOLICIOUS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT THE WESTIN KL


 
Ever dream of a Charlie and the chocolate factory themed Christmas? The Westin Kuala Lumpur team is out to make that a reality this Yuletide season with chocolicious highlights taking centrestage.
 
 
 
According to Executive Chef Halim Chek Lah, the idea is to push his team to raise their culinary game in working with chocolate. “Although the ingredient of choice is focused mainly on dessert and sweets, everyone has to think creatively and learn how to make the best use of premium Callebaut chocolate. We also experimented with uniquely flavoured variants such as sea salt and dark chocolate, resulting in 30 different desserts for our festive menus.”

PALATE-PLEASERS FROM PREGO


Chef Marco De Cecco and his team proffers Pizza di Natale with Chocolate, Saffron Risotto and Parmigiana Panna Cotta. Homely servings of Seafood Salad, platters of Pasta, Salami and Assorted Cured Meat with Cheeses and Panettone (Italian sweet bread with raisins and candied fruit) among other temptations will be on the menu too.
 
Christmas Eve Dinner (6pm-10pm) is served at RM288 nett per person (food only). Add RM160 per person for free flow of Prosecco and RM260 for free flow of Champagne. The same pricing applies for New Year’s Eve dinner.
Christmas Day Brunch (11.30am-2.30pm) is priced at RM288 nett per person (food only). Add RM160 per person for free flow of Prosecco and RM260 for free flow of Champagne. The same pricing applies for New Year’s Day Brunch.

CHOCOLATES AND MORE AT THE LIVING ROOM

 
Pastries, cookies, cakes, dessert and main courses – both chocolatey and non – beckon invitingly from an expansive showcase by the capable all day dining restaurant team.
 
Chocoholics can eat their fill from the marvellous chocolate-laden spread: Pecan Chocolate Tart, Chocolate Pavlova, Chocolate Black Forest Yule Log, Chocolate Raspberry Dome, Chocolate Macarons, Marble Chocolate Cake with Passionfruit Dressing and Chocolate Moist Cake.

Competing for the discerning diners’ attention are Turducken with Cranberry Sauce and Giblet Gravy, Short Ribs with Thyme Jus and Black Pepper Sauce, Chicken Galantine with Fruit Pickles and Passionfruit Dressing, and Honey Glazed Spiced Roast Turkey with Apple, Chestnut and Sage Stuffing.
Choice picks we adore include Baked Norwegian Salmon with Honey Roasted Parsnips and Celeriac, Roasted Prime Rib with Truffle Mashed Potato, and Chilled Seafood on ice.
The Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet (6pm-10pm) is priced at RM188 nett per person and Christmas Day Hi-tea Buffet (12.30pm-3pm) is priced at RM172 nett per person.

On New Year’s Eve, the Chocolate Village Dinner Buffet (6pm-10pm) is priced at RM188 nett per person. On New Year’s Day, enjoy the Chocolate Village Hi-tea Buffet (12.30pm-3pm) at RM172 nett per person.

IMPERIAL OPTIONS AT FIVE SEN5ES


Celebratory delights fit for an emperor await at Five Sen5es. Revel in luxurious servings of Boston Lobster with Egg Noodles in Superior Stock, complemented by delectable Imperial Steamed Village Chicken and Cordycep Flowers with Ginger.
 
Finish on a roll with Chocolate Sesame Dumplings before calling it a night.
The five-course Chocolate Imperial Set Dinner (6pm-10pm) is available at RM160 nett per person on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, indulge in a leisurely Dim Sum Brunch (10.30am-2.30pm) at RM138 nett per person.
For reservations, call The Westin KL, tel: 03-2773 8495, WhatsApp: 017-281 9231 or email: westindining@westin.com Website: www.thewestinkualalumpur.com

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

DELICIOUS FINDS AT DELICIOUS


Guests of the E&O Residences Kuala Lumpur are spoiled for choice when it comes to satisying their culinary expectations. Several restaurants and bars at sited at St. Mary’s Place itself including Delicious, a casual dining haven exuding laidback, breezy vibes. 
 
 
Daily breakfast for E&O Residences KL guests are catered by the Delicious team but for a better grasp of what the resto can deliver, it’s better to pop in for lunch or dinner.


We did just that during our recent staycation, nabbing the banquette seats set against an Instagram-worthy feature wall. Cafe Manager Siow Kok Leong recommended some of the house thirst-quenchers and Deep-fried Salted Egg Fish Skin (RM17) for openers. Coated in creamy salted egg sauce and tufted with chicken floss, the crunchy bites amped up our anticipation for a Saturyay lunch to remember.
Not sure if it was our valiant attempt at healthy eating or was it the appeal of the dish’s simple, back-to-basics approach but the day's crowd-pleaser was the downhome Roasted Pumpkin Salad (RM25).

We love the pops of tanginess from the boba-like balsamic vinegar ‘caviar’ juxtaposed against the pumpkin’s delicate sweetness; imbuing bright, tantalising flavours to the melange of fresh baby spinach, arugula, toasted pine nuts, feta cubes, croutons and tomato strips.


According to Siow, the Nasi Kerabu with Ayam Percik (RM33) is a firm crowd fave with Delicious' patrons. Tinged blue with the juice of butterfly pea flower, the rice came surrounded by a whole grilled chicken drumstick smothered in a piquantly spicy sauce, a heap of chopped ulam (raw local herbs), fried keropok (crackers), half a salted egg and side dips of sambal belacan and budu (fermented fish sauce).


When the different components are mixed and eaten together, you'd find hot and zippy accents mingling cohesively with savoury and briny nuances amidst soft, crunchy, crispy and tender texures. What’s not to like?
 
The other sought-after local dish, Mee Goreng Mamak (RM28) also came up to scratch. Relying on its own tried-and-tested formula, Delicious augmented the spiced noodles with chicken, squid, tiger prawns, beancurd, tomatoes and cucur (fried fritters), to ensure hearty satisfaction.


Partial to more Western-oriented fare? We’d recommend Chicken Chop (RM28) – the slab of battered fried chicken fillet with tangy sauce, garden veges and fries got the stamp of approval from the Hainanese in our dining party.
 
Personally, I’m partial to the simpler, healthier Baked Salmon (RM38). The pared-down approach of pairing citrus and grapefruit segments with grapefruit reduction worked like a charm with the rich taste of the Norwegian salmon fillet.


A familiar fave to bank on is the Classic Cheeseburger (RM35). The scrumptious secret lies in the seared, juicy US Black Angus 80% meat and 20% fat ratio beef patty. Sandwiched between a sesame seed bun with cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, lettuce, onion, pickles and a special house sauce, the burger proved on-point.
 
 
Sweet indulgent treats such as Pavlova (RM18), Onde Onde Cake (RM15) and Brownie with Ice Cream (RM18) should please dessert fans. They passed muster although I found the slice of cake underwhelming.
For reservations, call Delicious, tel: 03-2856 6136. Address: G-7 & G-8, Tower A, St Mary’s Place, No.1 Jalan Tengah, Off Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL.