Wednesday, January 01, 2020

LEAN ON FIVE SEN5ES FOR THE YEAR OF THE RAT


Three set Chinese New Year (CNY) menus: Happiness, Blessings and Abundance Reunion will take centrestage at Five Sen5es to usher in the Lunar Year of the Rat.
Available from 6 January to 16 February 2020, each set menu includes a complimentary bottle of House Red or White Wine. Colourful Yee Sang salad and a la carte festive specialities will also be served during the celebration.
After sampling Chef Ron Lean and his team’s selection of culinary masterpieces from the three set menus, we gave the on-point dishes our stamp of approval and fulsome praises.
Artistically arranged into a pair of carps, the customary Salmon Yee Sang, encircled by an assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables and pickles raised our hopes for good fortune and prosperity for the upcoming CNY.
Slightly thickened for lusciousness, the comforting Braised Crab Meat Soup with Fish Lips and Dried Scallop was lapped up enthusiastically by one and all. No complaints here unless thick soup doesn’t float your boat.
 
Crispy skin and juicy meat of the Roasted Chicken with Crispy Salt Pepper was a surefire crowd-pleaser. Unsurprisingly, the delectable chook had most of us asking for repeat helpings.
Having ramped up his game after debuting at Five Sen5es, Chef Ron’s astute timing and cooking prowess proved evident upon the first bite of the Steamed Dragon Grouper with Fungus and Enoki Mushroom. 
 
Complemented by the chef’s special sauce for an extra flavourful boost, the fish beguiled us with its delicate and sweet flesh with just the right degree of doneness. Toppings of tender fungus and enoki for textural interest didn’t go remiss either.
Expect happy laughter to resonate once you savour the Stir-fried Prawns with Butter Milk Sauce. The savoury rich sauce hugging the springy crustaceans caused a flurry of effusive finger-licking at the table.
 
Broccoli florets lightened up the auspicious dish of Braised Fish Maw, Mushroom and Beancurd with Money Bags. Varying textures piqued our interest; the contrasting yet complementing components spurred us to make short work of them. Their rustic nuances was amplified by the slick coating of deeply flavourful braising sauce.
Amazingly, we had tummy space left to fit in sampling portions of the Traditional Lotus Leaf Rice with Diced Chicken. The soul-satisfying woodsy-earthy accents meant additional helpings were called for.
 
Concluding the meal on a celebratory high was a befitting trio of Chilled Peach Gum Soup with Red Dates and Longans, Deep-fried Chinese Gold Cake (nian gau) and a cute mouse-shaped Pineapple Cookie. The symbolic offerings left us in a positively hopeful mood.
Advance reservations is recommended for the Happiness Reunion Set (RM1,988 nett per table of 10), Blessings Reunion Set (RM2,188 nett per table of 10) and Abundance Reunion Set (RM2,388 nett per table of 10).
Three varieties of Yee Sang: Smoked Salmon (RM198 per serving), Abalone Slices (RM218 per serving) or a combination of both will also be served at Five Sen5es from 6 January until 16 February 2020.
For reservations, call Five Sen5es, tel: 03-2773 8338. Address: Level 1, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

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