Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar @ Micasa All Suite Hotel, Kuala Lumpur – the Fri Set Lunch

Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar @ Micasa All Suite Hotel; a name revered by many food connoisseurs to be the epitome of fine dining here in the heart of KL.

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Set Lunch – at RM150 nett. A weekly rotating menu, only available on Fridays.

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No. 8 of The Miele Guide 2010/2011. Yes, even at No.8, Cilantro is the first Malaysian restaurant to make it into the Top 10 of the Miele Guide.

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Then, why wasn’t I impressed with my lunch yesterday?

Well, I blame it on the glowing reviews that I’ve read of Cilantro’s set lunches during the 1st 2 weeks when they first started their Fri set lunches. 😉 As discussed with a fellow gourmet diner, the menu this week lacked pizzaz & was simpler. Darn.

The Friday set lunch comes with a complimentary glass of Kir Royale. All things considered, RM150 for a 3 course set lunch, with Kir Royale & coffee/tea is still value for money, considering that this is Cilantro after all..

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Fresh bread and their legendary truffle butter starts off your meals here at Cilantro, be it lunch or dinner.

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All pictures here are taken with the Sony Nex 3, with 18-55 mm lens. While pictures are sharper generally, I find it hard to focus on an object most of the time. Not sure if I’m using the wrong lens. For example the pic below.

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Cilantro Restaurant was smaller than I expected. Service was unobtrusive & each course was paced out nicely.

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Our appetiser scored high points around the table & I relaxed, allowing myself to settle into a state of complacency that the rest of lunch would be just as wonderful.

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However, (it could be just me nitpicking); I thought that the salmon, although fresh, lacked taste or flavour. The oyster was fine. Same goes for the avruga.

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Duck, foie gras, all in a bowl. Definitely one of the reason why I agreed to this week’s menu.
Looks wonderful doesn’t it?

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Indeed the consomme was. The deceiving delicious looking pinkish slice of duck wasn’t. It was way too gamey & after chewing on it for 10 mins I passed it to my serviette. Thankfully the foie gras was decadent & buttery rich.

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It came in a small but extremely solid soup bowl, (almost 3kg by my estimates). Heavy enough to knock an assailant senseless. LOL.

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Forever on the lookout for good beef (I can’t understand why is it so hard to find a good steak in KL!!!) I had my mind made up for my main course right after I read the menu online. The Master Kobe sounds like it’s the answer to all my beef-y woes. I was sure it’s going to be perfect..

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But sorry to say, it wasn’t great. No melt in the mouth texture that I positively adore in my beef. But it was good nonetheless, in a way best put as ” Good for it’s price, good enough to eat”.

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The other choice of main was the Seafood with saffron rice. Plump scallops, half a huge prawn, some shellfish & cod. The owners of this main was generally pleased with it, other than a general consensus that there was barely any hint of the elusive saffron.

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My fav part of any meal was next. But by now I wasn’t expecting much…

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Well, you know what they say about good things happening when you least expect it?
The Feuillantine of Apple with Calvados Ice Cream was a lot better than how I had imagined it to be.
Cooked apple slices laced with strong flavour of apple brandy (the Calvados ) topped with creamy vanilla ice crem.

Well, if I’m going to be a bitch, I’m going to say I had better ice cream, but hey, I think I’ll stop whining now. I’m sure most people do not have any complains on Cilantro B-)

Pics: The lounge a floor below from the restaurant. Cosy, private &  clandestine.

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Considering a meal here? Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar in on the ground floor of Micasa All Suite Hotel.
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Opening Hours

Lunch – Fridays only (12.00pm-2.00pm)
Dinner – Monday-Saturday (6.00pm-10.30pm)
Closed on Sundays

Dress code is smart casual.
Address & Contact

Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar,
MiCasa All Suite Hotel,
368-B, Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 2179 8082
Fax: +603 2164 3730
Email: [email protected]
GPS:  N03° 09.416′ E101° 43.351′

Corkage Policy
No charge corkage for wine and champagne bottles brought into the restaurant but a minimum fee of RM25nett per person is applicable for the service and glassware provided. Alternatively, Cilantro offers an extensive and reasonably priced wine selection to encourage a wine and dine experience here.

Corkage for hard liquor is RM150nett per bottle.

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