Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Cedar On 15, Impiana Hotel KL

Children, a long time ago, in the quiet streets of Kuala Lumpur, there was a hotel called Holiday Inn...but you won't find the Holiday Inn KL anymore, ....years have gone by, and the refurbished hotel is called Impiana KLCC. Thus endeth the history lesson of the day.

I was delighted to hear from Carol Chin, that lovely lass whom I met years ago before the Equatorial was torn down, demolished like a house of cards... And was even more delighted to be invited to dinner at Cedar on 15.  Honestly, I've never heard of it.  Talk about underrated.  It has a spectacular view, and the most lovely ambience, so the only thing that I needed to find out was how the food rank.  Drum roll....

Spectacular views from the open air patio area of Cedar on 15

Now, I was running late, and frantically texted Carol to please start without me.... But to my surprise, the dinner was not with other bloggers, which stressed me even more, to get there stat.

Nothing like a glass of house white to calm the frazzled nerves...

The House White is a very floral drinkable Sauvignon Blanc from Chile

An amuse bouche of sorts to get the juices flowing....

Cream of Topin Ambour (RM38)

Topin Ambour...now that's a new one...I guess they had to use the "scientific name" because the usual layman name involves some names that should not be mentioned.... in Malaysia anyway.

It's very rare to find artichoke soup on any menu, and ever since I first had it at celebrity chef Sapna Anand's house for thanksgiving last year, I've absolutely developed a crush on artichoke soup, not least because it's also known as Fartichoke, as it supposedly makes one more effervescent.  A few drops of truffle infused virgin olive oil, and the soup was the epitome of decadence.  Rich, thick, creamy, and that fabulous flavour of artichoke which is not easily replicable.

Gourmet Salad, sauteed artichoke with quail's eggs, semi dried tomato, parmesan, and a lovely balsamic raspberry reduction vinegar...

My eyes lit up when I saw the Wagyu ribeye Grade 7 on the menu, at a rather affordable RM53/ 100 gm.  And it certainly didn't disappoint.  A nice thickness, so that the cooking was easier to control, and nice doneness, ...I wanted medium, but Carol suggested ordering it medium rare, because it is served on a slab of hot himalayan rock salt which will provide some residual heat for cooking.  The meat was so good, that I didn't bother with the accompanying porcini mushroom sauce.

We were given a choice of preferred weapon to attack that tender piece of meat.

Our accompanying sides, sauteed mushrooms and asparagus...the mushrooms were fine, but the asparagii looked a trite sad...

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Black Cod.. with mushroom tomato chutney, fennel mousse..love the simplicity of this dish, but the crust gives it that different dimension, albeit a bit salty.  (RM78)

Although I was stuffed, Carol insisted we must try the signature Chocolate Molten Cake, (RM35) with strawberry lime liquor...In case you haven't realised, there's a prevailing theme, is, each dish is accompanied by a squirt of something or other...

I can see why this dessert appeals to so many, the visual thrill of seeing that molten lava ooze out of the crevice

They also have a 2 course business set lunch at RM29.90 nett with coffee, aor RM39.90 nett for a 3 course with coffee.

For more information,

Impiana KLCC Hotel
13 Jalan Pinang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2147 1111
Toll Free No : 1 800 88 3100
Email: info.klcc@impiana.com

Carol Chin - Marketing and Communications Manager
Email: carol.chin@impiana.com
DID: 03-21471080

Website : www.impiana.com


CHER-RY said...

those are laguiole steak knives from France!!! U lucky boy!!!

fatboybakes said...

wah, really ah? no wonder the steak carved so effortlessly....and there i was thinking it was cos of the meat!!! rupanya it's the knife! @cherry