Monday, December 6, 2010

Kitchen Art

The main attraction at Empire Hotel's flagship restaurant is its very cool view of Subang and the Federal Highway. From the alfresco terrace, there are no major skyscrapers in sight, but it's still nice to watch the cars stream by.

Inside, it's calm and soothing; there seem to be very few patrons here on weekday evenings, making it the perfect place for a cozy tete-a-tete.

Alas, the menu mostly comprises run-of-the-mill choices; expect the typical Western and Asian main courses that most other hotel coffee houses serve.

There are nevertheless several worthwhile choices, such as the surprisingly hearty salads. This mix of arugula, beef bacon, red onion marmalade, gorgonzola & toasted pine nuts was fresh and flavorful, but perhaps soaked too liberally with vinaigrette.

Crisp, impeccably prepared calamari, with dried longan, shaved parmesan & lemon olive soil vinaigrette. Creative and satisfying enough to recommend.

Cranberry juice, with Marques de Caceras red & white (too acidic for our liking).

Sure, there isn't the usual vista of the Petronas Twin Towers to captivate customers, but as a wise woman once sang, a change (of scene) would do you good.


Kitchen Art Brasserie,
Empire Hotel, Subang.
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14 comments:

  1. But... but... where's the actual kitchen art? :P

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  2. yeah, i'm with Kenny on this...where's the art? Tee hee

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  3. Hmmm. This looks like a relatively healthy meal for you! Only salad? Woah.... :P

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  4. not an impressive view from atop but at least the decor of the place looks nice enough to hang out.

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  5. lfb: in the kitchen for the chef to admire and appreciate? :P
    qwazymonkey: or maybe the design of the entire restaurant is supposed to look like a work of art? :D
    j: ahh, a prelude to a larger meal immediately after that, heheh...
    eiling: oh, my main grouse is that the menu is too basic and uninteresting. the usual meat, fish, pasta...

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  6. Should open to all ma... open kitchen concept?

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  7. Lfb: so intrusive la this concept. If I were a chef, I'd want some privacy :D
    Tng: wake up, wake up! =)

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  8. The interior looks lovely. A pity the menu is so limited and ordinary... :(

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  9. Bangsar-babe: yeah, they also do buffets for brekkie, lunch and dinner, but I suspect the spread wouldn't be very interesting either...

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  10. want to know - the food variety and quality is good or not? Have booked for New Year High Tea this Sat...worth going or not?

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  11. mwvv: not sure, haven't tried their high tea before...

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  12. I've actually passed Kitchen Art when I was in Empire not too long but now that I've read your review on it, I think I'll have a quick meal there. Just a curious question, are the dishes pricey?

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  13. Waverley: oh, it's been a bit too long, and i've forgotten. i think they're reasonable for hotel prices though. should be able to get away with below RM50 per person =)

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