Oyster on ice
My curiosity was piqued hence, when I received an invitation to dine with Paprika, Lyrical Lemongrass and Cheryl Lum (thanks so much, Cheryl!), the PR director of Le Meridien Hotel, I said " Yes" very eagerly.
Come Monday night, I'm fighting through the Federal Highway traffic to get to the hotel. I guess the gods must be feeling kind that night since I arrived way before my appointment time. A good sign I reckon, plus I found parking quickly, even though the hotel was packed for a function.
Test tube dressings?
Delish Teppanyaki Beef
Psychedelic coloured dim sum
The awesome Northern Indian collection
Tempting tapas desserts
Oh mighty chocolate!
Select your temptation
There's also a selection of local and western desserts like madelines, mousses and puddings and local desserts on one counter, so take your pick.
Toppings of all choices
Last but not least, is the teppanyaki ice cream. Instead of a hot teppan, ice cream is placed on an icy cold plate. Select from the ice cream flavours - vanilla, chocolate, green tea and choose from the candy bar, your preferred filling. There's a variety of sweet treats - candies, marshmallows, wafers and etc.
Teppanyaki ice cream
The chef will add the filling on the ice cream and using a special teppanyaki flat steel scraper, he will "cook" it on the ice cold plate i.e. mixing it around quickly. As the temperature does not drop quickly, this quick motion mixes the filling thoroughly. Once completed, he will scrape the mixed ice cream in a glass cup and add a topping you want - ground nuts, almond flakes, chocolate rice and etc. We had the green tea ice cream with coco crunch. It nice with the crunchy bits but the green tea taste of the ice cream was not strong enough, making it a bit dissapointing.
Overall, I thought the buffet served a wide variety of items with some hits and misses. The choices were mind boggling especially since we didn't have so much tummy space. The hits for me was their teppanyaki items especially the seafood items served with the sauce. Just remember to ask them to cook the scallops a bit more as they tend to undercook it. I really liked the salads with the interesting dressings, flavoured oils and vinegar. Brings a new dimension to salad leaves.
I liked the Shanghai Noodles and would not mind having a second helping. Also good is their pasta dishes cooked a la minute with your choice of pasta and sauce. My absolute favourite was the Northern Indian food - so utterly delish, authentic (Lyrical Lemongrass gave it the stamp of approval) and worthy of a few helpings. However not everything was good on the buffet line like the Malay section with their seafood barbeque and the scary looking colourful dim sum, which tasted oily.
For desserts, I liked the chocolate fountain especially the marshmallows with fillings, which you dip in the luscious chocolate. I found the Teppanyaki ice cream to be quite unusual and definitely a new concept. However, it was a slight let down as the green ice cream should have had a stronger flavour.
Buffets are often difficult to review because everyone have their own preferences. I personally think the buffet at Latest Recipe offered a good deal for the price you're paying, since it is a wide variety of items even though it had a few misses. It will be great for a place to hang out with family and friends, as the selection of food here can definitely keep every one busy for a few hours. Even though it was a weekday night when we dined here, the place was packed with people checking out the place. Service is efficient but I wish they adopt a better system for making sure our cutlery does not go missing. Maybe a side plate is needed for them to ensure the cutlery is placed at one side, while the clear the plates.
Level 5, Le Meridien Hotel
Tel No: 03 - 2263 7434
(Halal. Buffet available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Prices are RM68++ for lunch and RM78++ for dinner. During weekends, it is RM78++ for lunch and RM88++ for dinner. Breakfast serves freshly squeezed fruit juices in the morning. Dessert buffet is RM38++. The place can get packed during dinnertime during weekdays and weekends so call and book ahead.)
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