Yoke May invited me to sample The Westin KL‘s festive menu for Christmas and New Year. I brought Horng along because I thought he needed some cheering up. You know, something about 4 car tyres, a steering wheel and gear knob stolen… 😛
We were running a little late because Horng had to drop his car off at TCM for mandi bunga. I thought it was going to be a party of sorts (like a large group of people hanging around) so our tardiness would not be noticed. Turned out it was a dinner for 12 or 14 people, including personnels from The Westin KL. Gulp.. sorry, heh.
First, a glass (which turned to a few) of really good red wine. Then the food came…
From The Living Room: A plate with salmon with preserved lemon salsa, hiramasa kingfish with jalapeno and mustard miso and tuna with goats cheese, crisp capers, mirin and soy. Horng had mine as well because me + raw food = doesn’t gel. He really liked it, especially the tuna.
From EEST: A hot bar plate with oxtail ‘siu long bao’, salted egg dumpling ‘wu gok’ with Portugese curried scallop (awesomely delicious!) and chikuteh in parchment (rich herbal taste).
From PREGO: Roast black cod with fennel and kalamanta olives (lots of onions hence very fragrant), pumpkin and mascarpone ravioli, sage butter and vincotto sauce, grilled squid with tonnato sauce (perfectly cooked, one of my favs) and red wine braised beef cheek with parmesan polenta. Holy smokes, the beef cheek was intensely superb, almost melted in my mouth and was most heavenly!
One of EEST’s offerings is the BBQ and hot pot buffet, available for RM169++ per person. Five broth choices available: lemon grass and galangal, superior broth with ginseng root, Hanoi “pho”, miso and wakame and asam pedas. Being Malaysians and unfortunately in possession of a limited stomach space, both me and Horng went for the asam pedas soup (the spiciness was very stim). Items on the buffet line are duck and mandarin zest lollipop, beef sirloin and enoki roll , foie gras wanton black cod, lemon grass and tiger prawns satay, edamame tofu, baby asparagus, wild mushrooms, snow pea sprouts and assorted Asian greens. You also get to squeeze your own squid noodle (as modelled by Yoke May in the photo collage above) which we did not do because we are a bunch of lazy…
The main course was from PREGO, something which I was looking forward to (and the only reason I decided to go all the way to KL on a weekday after work 😉 ). The TURDUCKEN!!!
A turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, with shrimp dressing inside the chicken, andouille sausage dressing between the chicken and the duck, and cornbread dressing between the duck and turkey, with sweet potato and roast eggplant gravy. Wasn’t that a mouthful? What a novelty! You do need everything together as the dressings were delicious. Lots of gravy too because the combination just works that way.
As for desserts, there was plenty to choose from. Christmas almond stolen, minced pies, cupcakes, tiramisu, cookies, rocky road bread pudding, Christmas pudding in brandy sauce, cookies, candies, chocolate mousse meringue trifle… I’ve no idea where they will serve the rocky road bread pudding, but it was the best dessert I’ve had in a while. So I had two… Would have gone for my third if I didn’t know anyone there…
Had a very delightful time. We were seated next to Din and his wife, Su who were most amiable dinner companions. Found out that they are regulars at The Westin KL’s Prego, dining there as often as 3 times a week! Now I understand why lah…
The festive menu is available for Christmas eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s eve and New Year’s Day. You get can more information at http://westindining.com.my or call them at +603-27738338.
Since Yoke May asked me so nicely (ahem), I would like to also mention that The Westin KL’s Christmas charity campaign is Spark a New Beginning in aid of the Agathians Shelter. They are looking to acquire a second home for the shelter’s children and would need at least RM55,000 to fund the new home’s basic necessities.
To support this heart warming cause, purchase a bauble or a lollipop to dress our live Christmas Tree at the lobby for only RM 50. You will be eligible to win a renewing one-night weekend getaway in the Chairman Suite @ The Westin Kuala Lumpur. Draw date: 2 January, 2010. Catch the Christmas and New Year’s Eve shoutouts on MIX fm throughout December and stand a chance to win exciting prizes!
Thanks for having us