Thursday, November 30, 2006

Steaks @ Prime, Le Meridien Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Splashie Boy and I are carnivores at heart hence when we heard about the new steakhouse in Le Meridien Hotel, we were eager to check it out. Totally unlike any steak house which we associate with wild west motifs, trains or ships, the restaurant is all sleek wood, plush leather chairs and floor to ceiling wine racks. From the dining area, you can also peek into their spotless steel kitchen and spy them grilling steaks on a charcoal grill.

We start off with their Caesar Salad (RM35++) which is prepared with lots of flair by the waitress in an enormous wooden bowl. The good thing about this salad is it's like mixing your own as they ask you how much garlic, bacon bits, croutons and parmesan cheese you want. Since I love parmesan cheese, it was definitely a "tambah lebih" order for the delicious waferthin slices.

Being totally boring, we went for the conventional Clam Chowder (RM30++). Taste wise, it didn't blow us away but it was nice and not too creamy. I found the clams to be slightly chewy though. Another great thing is because we're sharing our appetizers, the wait staff kindly gave us our soup in seperate bowls making it easier for us to eat our own portions.

Special mention must be made for their own home made butters especially the reddish sundried tomatoes version which was excellent with their seven grain bread. They rotate different kinds of butters all the time so you don't get the same selection all the time which is good.

They take their steaks really seriously here and you get various criteria to determine which is the right one for you. Choose from how old is your steak (i.e. how many days has it aged), the cut and the size of the steak. Most of the steaks are aged between 80 to 200 days and they also serve Black Angus and Australian beef. If you're feeling like spending a lot, they also serve Kobe style Wagyu beef for about RM300. Not feeling so indulgent, Splashie Boy settled for a 120 oz and 200 days aged Black Angus Rib Eye Steak (RM85++) which was juicy and tender.

I decided to go for the Prime Rib, one big slab of meat aged 80 days and grain fed that is slow roasted (RM80++ for 10 oz). It was tender and delicious. Served with Bernaise and cracked peppercorn sauce on the side.

Since my Prime Rib came with side dishes like green and white asparagus plus corn sweet mashed potatoes, we shared them rather than order any. I liked how they served their sauces in small copper pots. For Splashie Boy's steak, you can select from various sauces made with morels, truffles, porcini and port wine. They also serve salmon, chicken, lamb and venison for non steak lovers

We were feeling very full by now hence we shared the Tiramisu (RM30++). It wasn't like what we expected as they had soaked sponge fingers in a coffee alcohol mixture and just added mascarpone cheese and flaked chocolate on top of it. What I didn't like was the sponge fingers were not soaked enough making it crispy in some parts - total dissapointment! I guess we ordered the wrong thing as I have heard people rave about their Sticky Date Pudding and Prime Berries.

If you do not wish to eat a la carte, they also serve a set lunch which serves two courses (RM65++) and three courses (RM80++). The menu has a selection of beef, chicken and fish to cater to all tastes and changes each month.

Level 5
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 2263 7555

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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Anonymous said...

wow boo...finally you post this out! :D nice one!

Anonymous said...

Looks good!

Just curious though, which do you think is better: La Suisse or Prime?

Babe_KL said...

awww man the steaks looked awesome. sighhh... we're cutting down on our meat so looks like we gonna give this a skip

Unknown said...

how do they age their steaks? leave it under the sink?

smoking salmon said...

This really sucks. The steaks look drop-dead gorgeous but the doctor told me to stay away from beef due to the high level of uric acid in my body. Useless body!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of steak house, it seem to be quite expensive isn't it?

Collecting Moments said...

HOLY BEEF!!!! Im drooling :P~~
Madness, I didnt know there is such thing as picking your choice of how many days aged.

Everything is so clean & minimalist beautiful !!

Unknown said...

Wow, what a dinner! The steaks look absolutely amazing! Where they flavorful? I could eat beef everyday, but I don't have enough money (and it is bad for health to eat too often). The Caesar salad looked delicious too! Sorry to hear the dessert wasn't the best, but it looks like the main dishes were terrific!

boo_licious said...

meiyen - yeah, lazy to edit pixs.

jackson - caesar salad was yummy. You can't take beef because of religious purposes?

J - equally good stuff. Here there's more variety in the steaks they give u but La Suisse stands out on it's own as his sauces are superb.

babe - more vegetarian posts?

lanatir - I guess they hang it rite?

smoking salmon - take care of the health first,once ok, can come and eat here.

whistler - high class steak house since in posh hotel.

honey star - the chairs are fantastic, so comfy.

lannae - once in a while you eat a good beef steak and your tummy will be happy.

Babe_KL said...

its not so much of vegetarian stuff but hubby need to cut down on his meat intake for health reasons

Anonymous said...

boo, i wonder besides steak what else i should try? any good recommendations? u sure know i don't take beef..;)

boo_licious said...

babe - I guess lots of fish then.

Meiyen - if u don't take steak, suggest you don't visit Prime as their specialty is meat which they do well. If you're going because yr bf wants to try, do ask the wait staff for recommendations on what else to eat. We didn't try any other items except the steak. Even my friends who have eaten there only eat the steak so sorry, can't recommend what u shld eat.

I really think u shld go try Max as the ocean trout is excellent there - good value too.

james burke said...

so cool to see how international food has gotten...I just got back from a weekend in belgium in a beautiful city called Ghent. I noticed that standard fare on most of the menu's throughout the city was a steak with the option of beanaise, peppersauce and a 3rd variety..with frites of course.. Looks like the meridian is taking this classic french mannerism and bringing it at a far higher level of luxury to the people passing through the hotel there in Asia...sounds wonderfully tasty.


boo_licious said...

james - I think they found a niche since there's no luxury steakhouse in Msia at the moment. they're usually themed i.e. argentinian cowboys, ships and trains.

Unknown said...

just to share, i used to work at prime steakhouse. and one thing really disgusts me, is that they reuse the butter each time the guest "finishes" it. i had to do that task one time, i had to scrape out all the butter from each butter dish and put it back into a bowl then take it out back and fill them into new clean individual butter dishes! YUCK!!

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