Saturday, November 06, 2010

Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar - a worthy win in the Miele Guide 2010/11


warm king salmon with poached oyster and avruga


Congratulations to the team behind Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar! For the first time, Malaysia has scored a place on the top 10 best restaurants in Asia as voted in the Miele Guide 2010/11. It's a worthy honour since Cilantro is placed at number 8 and among great restaurants such as Iggy's from Singapore, Mozaic from Bali and Caprice from Hong Kong. Even though the Miele Guide is not as widely recognised compared to the Michelin Guide (which has yet to arrive on our shores), it is still a big pat on the back for the fine dining scene in Kuala Lumpur.



the only reason to ditch that diet and consume all those carbs - Cilantro's divine truffle butter


To celebrate, we decided to dine at Cilantro this Friday for their infamous lunch for RM150 nett (only available on lazy winding down Fridays). It was perfect timing too since it was Diwali, the Festival of Lights and all the reason to enjoy our time off from work.



muscovy duck consomme with foie gras and chestnut mushrooms served in a Titanium Staub mini cocotte


Dining here is always a great pleasure - comforting food that soothes the soul weary from the daily drudge of life paired with impeccable service. Combine all this with great company and you have a formula for success. While Cilantro reopened end of last year (I remember my first visit for a special Xmas eve dinner), they only restarted their infamous Friday lunches around July this year.

char grilled master Kobe rump with baby cos and Parmigiano


For lunch, it is best that you take the day off to thoroughly enjoy it since the meal can usually induce you into a food coma. Unlike its sister restaurant Sage, lunches here tend to be a tad richer and more indulgent.



I'm feeling very festive with the Kir Royale


You start of with a flute of Kir Royale - the perfect drink to celebrate with a medley of tiny bubbles from the champagne and a touch of creme de cassis. Next you'll be slowly lulled into food heaven as you dine on the warm king salmon with poached oyster gently placed on a bed of finely sliced potatoes. There's a little cream on the side with a spoonful of avruga caviar to make it even more pleasurable.



panache of seafood with saffron risotto and jus served on a cast iron Staub


Next it is a lighter way to enjoy foie gras, sliced and poached in a duck consomme with chestnut mushrooms that gives it a silky texture. I love the tiny Titanium Staub cocotte that is used to serve this dish. Being the atypical kitchen geek, I was secretly coveting that for home but god knows when am I going to have an occasion to serve my food in mini cocottes. The only thing that slightly mars these gorgeous dish is the duck slice was on the chewier side.



feuillantine of apple with calvados ice cream


Mains is usually a choice of meat or seafood. This time round, it is melt-in-the-mouth Kobe beef served with crisp baby cos lettuce with Parmiagiano. Opting for the lighter meal, the seafood panache is perfect since it is an assortment of the ocean's bounty (scallops, clams, fish and prawns) all beautifully pan seared and served with small portion of saffron risotto that tasted more like the briny sea versus the precious red flower stamens.



the award - a picture taken by the photography maestro Paranoid Android


My only gripe is desserts since they're not too innovative with their sweet course. Nevertheless the combination of silky smooth vanilla ice cream served with crispy tuiles and the heady aroma of calvados apples is still quite pleasurable to end the meal. We wind down with coffee to pull us through the food coma - the perfect way to end an indulgent lunch.


Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar
MiCasa All Suite Hotel
368-B, Jalan Tun Razak
Kuala Lumpur


Tel: 03-2179 8082


(Pork free. Open for lunch on Fridays only from 12 noon to 2pm. Dinner is from 6-10.30pm. Closed on Sundays. More pictures of a previous lunch can also be obtained in the Flickr set.)

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

23 comments:

Michelle Chin said...

Speaking of cilantro, my mom came across the asst manager of Cilantro when she was in the hk international spirits and wine fair.

Baby Sumo said...

I do feel Cilantro does one of the best lunches in KL. And that truffle butter... mmmmmmm

boo_licious said...

Michelle - wow! Did she enjoy this wkend's fair? My friend is judging the spirits competition this year.

Baby Sumo - hee hee, truffle butter is the best ever.

Sean said...

8 is supposed to be the luckiest number for the Chinese, right? :D I guess realistically, we'll never have the no. 1 restaurant on the guide, but it's still nice to be represented, heheh

Life for Beginners said...

@Sean: Never say never, mate... But ya, 8 is a nice number. :)

@Boo: Lovely review, perhaps I can drag Devil to Cilantro's for a lazy Friday lunch some day soon... (assuming we dun have to work after that, haha)...

pang said...

Hi Boo, I was sitting on d other side. Glad to 'see some of d outstanding KL foodies wif u.' Nxt time if i bum into u, i wil definitely say HI! 2 u.
Enjoy ur blog vy much. Btw, probably typo error RM150nett instead of RM150++.

Cheers!
khpang

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

oh yes, no regrets coming here on my last friday in KL before i flew off!

CUMI & CIKI said...

a great lunch! had so much fun with u guys. Subtlety is key and at cilantro.. they merge everything to perfection! LOVE.

biscuitwheels said...

Wow, I had no idea Cilantro was that great -- we live just around the corner from there! We'll have to check it out very soon.

eiling lim said...

have read mixed reviews about their set lunch here. Hmm.. i wonder is it really that good and worth of a 8th place on the Miele Guide. I must give this place a try!

minchow said...

I am easily pleased. Between this and Sage, I'm happy to declare I have lived! And had a whiff of the all-elusive saffron!!

Bab said...

hmm, at least they've changed their "let's shove expensive mineral water down your throat" tactics. a friend of mine paid RM500 for water alone, and another one RM120 for a party of 4. but this was pre-renovation days la.
are you sure you're not actually lurking around somewhere in kl? you sound very near.
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Bangsar-bAbE said...

Oooooo...such a decadent lunch! The seafood with saffron risotto looks darn good...

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Au and Target said...

OMG that looks soooooo good!

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Kitikata-san said...

Everything looks so delicious and fancy! I love your new format for your blog too!

boo_licious said...

pang - thxs for the reminder on the RM150 nett and you shld hve came over to say hi! Must berate someone for not introducing us before. Our table seems to hve attracted loads of attention that day, I also met someone who saw the whole group of us.

Joe - great way to remind you to come home to KL?

C&C - yes, it was fun to catch up after my trip!

biscuitwheels - maybe dinner here one night minus the gravy baby?

minchow - I'll get you yr very own box of saffron so you can sniff it till kingdom comes.

Bab - wow, that must be some priceless water!

Bsar Babe - lunches at Cilantro always seems so decadent indeed.

Au&Target - am sure Au won't approve though as there ain't any roast chikkun for that fussy feline.

Hiya Mr. Lonely - thxs for the link!

Kitikata-san - hiya, how's the ginger life coming along? Yes, blog needed revamp and I finally decided to take a plunge.

CK Lam said...

Definitely proud seeing Cilantro scoring a place in the recent Miele Guide. Must make a point to have a meal at this restaurant.

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Definitely proud seeing Cilantro scoring a place in the recent Kiele Guide. Must make a point to have a meal at this restaurant.and Everything looks so delicious and fancy! I love your new format for your blog too!

Brugge Restaurant said...

this is a great lunch! had so much fun with u guys. Subtlety is key and at cilantro.. they merge everything to perfection! LOVE................

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