Sunday, October 10, 2010


Prime has introduced several tantalizing dishes this month, both for its long-term menu and monthly promotional campaign. Many thanks to Cheryl of the Le Meridien for hosting this recent dinner to highlight these recipes.

The innovative "Foie Gras Experience" starter marks a rare occasion that Prime's kitchen is whipping up liver. Anyone who feels jaded with traditional preparations for foie should check out this trio: thick, smooth terrine laced with prunes, charcoal-grilled foie (smokier than pan-fried ones) & foie creme brulee (savory and sweet all at once; could pass off for dessert).

Seared sea scallops with poached egg, Parmesan potato & herb dressing. The plump scallops would've been tasty enough on their own, but what elevated this was the perfectly runny egg yolk _ a strange but spectacular dip for the scallops.

Prime's October promo focuses on USDA-certified Imperial Wagyu beef, from cattle fed slowly over 400 days on an all-vegetarian diet, without growth hormones, stimulants or antibiotics. The result is nicely marbled, tender and flavorsome meat, just like this 8oz cube roll, served with another weird but wonderful creme brulee _ this time of bone marrow & sweet shallots.

Charcoal-grilled 6oz strip loin with braised oxtail in roasted tomato ragout & slow-poached Idaho potato ragout. While beef might not ordinarily be considered healthy, these are reputedly high in monounsaturated fat and Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. More pleasure, less guilt!

8oz tenderloin with cheesy potato cake, roasted whole shallots, green asparagus & truffle jus. The only downside: these cuts are relatively pricey, costing between RM250-RM340++ each. But they're hearty enough to satisfy any starving customer.

A recommended side order: barley mushroom pilaff. Creamy comfort food.

For dessert: crepe suzette with preserved orange zest & vanilla ice cream (with a dash of Cointreau liquor on request only). Addictively sweet and fresh-tasting.

Chilled mango cheese cake with coconut cream jelly & chocolate. Had the texture of a dense mousse (and served like one too!), with a crumbly cracker cake base.

Pre-dinner bubbly to keep our spirits high.

Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot (McLaren Vale, 2008). A beautiful blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz & 15% Merlot.

Jago's Vanilla Vodka Cream liquor _ made using pure natural cream from Scotland _ with fresh strawberries. This drink has been compared to melted alcoholic ice cream, which sounds apt. Superbly smooth, rich and thick.
For previous entries on Prime, click: Feb. 8 & April 29.

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur.


  1. don't complain about the price okay. they are selling the good beef cuts for 98 AUD per 50 grammes. And you have to take a min. of 100 grammes

  2. yummm..cheryl is forever so generous hor..

    gosh the foie gras is making me drool!

  3. Cool stuff! I was just thinking abt trying the Imperial Wagyu as I bumped into the distributors last week in a fair. Thxs for the review. Now I know what to expect. Yeah, Cheryl is a real sweetie.

  4. Foie gras creme brulee?? I've hardly gotten over lusting foie gras as a savoury, and now it's infiltrated desserts as well? What next, a cocktail? :-P

  5. is it wirra wirra chook block or church block? Cos I had one chook block before.

  6. michelle: yikes! that would burn quite a hole in the wallet!
    joe: yeah, without cheryl, i doubt i'd be able to sample these items, since i no longer have a starwood card, sniff sniff!
    boo: i love how these promotions at prime give us a chance to taste all sorts of beef varieties. i think cheryl said this imperial wagyu campaign will last for two months, including november :D
    min: i'd order a foie gras cocktail! incidentally, i had a beef broth cocktail recently, complete with slivers of succulent beef in what would otherwise have been a regular bloody mary :D
    eiling: ooh, it's church block. i had never heard of it before this, but i'd look out for it next time, cos it's really good :D

  7. Jago's Vanilla Vodka Cream liquor??? Yummy ;)
    And yea.. damn we nd a Starwood card..sigh...

  8. Tng: ya, the starwood card is the most useful of all the hotel cards ... The list of restaurants for the card discounts is so long and attractive: prime, favola, prego, eest, villa danieli, etc etc!!!

  9. thank u for reminding me about this place, i had fond memory during my last visit. time for a revisit!

  10. Augustdiners: oh yeah, despite the ever-growing number of good restaurants in KL, prime is one of those places that's worth revisiting whenever possible :D

  11. Prime is by far my favourite steak restaurant! Love their wagyu prime rib. Droooooool!

  12. lemongrass: i've never managed to try their wagyu prime rib! :D

  13. No wonder they call Prime "THE Steak Place" - yummz!

  14. pureglutton: there's competition from mandarin grill these days, but they both have their strengths, heheh

  15. Hmm, savoury crème brulées - that's a nice twist. And their steaks are incredible. :)

  16. lfb: yeah, since i don't really have a sweet tooth, i'd take a savory creme brulee over a sugary one anyday! :D