Monday, December 3, 2012

Gastro Sentral & Latitude 03 @ Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Le Meridien KL spent two months on a revamp of its lobby level, removing the Conservatory lounge & replacing it with what's now called "Hub," comprising cheerful cafe Gastro Sentral & coffee bar Latitude 03.

Gastro Sentral is an inviting spot, sweepingly spacious, flooded from floor to high ceiling with waves of natural light throughout the sunshine hours.

Complimentary rosemary bread, served warm with lobster oil (!) & balsamic vinegar, could become Gastro Sentral's signature feature. Fresh & filling.

Begin with brunch, available 11am-5pm. For a one-of-a-kind recipe that kinda tastes Tex-Mex, tackle these poached eggs with house-baked beans, pumpkin-polenta bread, wilted spinach & Thuringer Bratwurst. RM30 (prices here are nett).

Packed with an aromatic punch to wake us instantly: truffle scrambled eggs on toasted foccacia, roast field mushrooms, basil pesto, pine nuts, rocket & feta cheese (RM32).

Fruity-thick & sweetly tasty: French toast (RM26) with soft-not-mushy bananas, strawberries, pistachio ricotta & maple syrup.

Moving on to all-day-dining specialties: an imaginative stunner of a seafood salad (RM43), delicate but complex, featuring a slice of perfectly ripe watermelon topped with scallop ceviche, lobster medallions, young coconut & lime.

Ocean trout flakes, heirloom tomatoes, corn tortilla chips, avocados & honey-mustard vinaigrette. Not exorbitant at RM36, but wish we had a Starwood card to help us save cash on this.

This one's well worth the price though: Country "kampung" chicken terrine (RM20), rustic & remarkably textured, with pickled onions, gherkins & grilled baguette.

This would fit in at Favola: Ravioli stuffed with Langkawi's Friendly Farms cottage cheese (RM32), elevated further with truffle butter & fried sage.

Pink peppercorn pavlova with basil syrup (RM19). Desserts display the same dashes of inventiveness as the savories; Gastro Sentral can't be dismissed as a cookie-cutter hotel cafe.

Fair range of wines by the glass. Merlot, Gerard Bertrand Art de Vivre (Languedoc) & Chardonnay, Private Collection (Robert Mondavi, California).

Chili & peach margarita (RM30). 

Moving on to Latitude 03 (the number refers to the hotel's position on the globe).

Peanut butter in hot chocolate? A love-it/hate-it proposition, probably.

More palatable: peanut butter & banana milkshake (RM20). Terrific taste & texture for this one.

Boozy beverage: Coffee, Baileys, kahlua, caramel syrup, milk (RM25).

Creme brulee latte (RM20). Love the caramelized "crust" here, it makes a difference.


Gastro Sentral & Latitude 03,
Le Meridien Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

36 comments:

  1. The food at Gastro Sentral looks great... all looking very pretty on the plate, especially the seafood salad.

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    1. Baby Sumo: that's true, they definitely score very high for presentation. the seafood salad almost looked like a patch of artwork! pretty memorable =)

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  2. I m so heading to Gastro Sentral! :D

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    1. Ulric: the masterminds behind the menu here deserve to be praised. they've come up with some really interesting recipes for this restaurant =)

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  3. Love the name of the restaurant.. and the food looks awesome! I'm glad they've got a new look!

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    1. Ciki: yeah, it seemed surprising at first that they decided to put in another restaurant, since they already have prime, favola & latest recipe, but this one does offer a lot of dishes that the other restaurants don't, and i guess the concept and target market for gastro sentral is different from the other ones =)

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  4. Another promising eatery to venture~ ;DD
    The price of the Country "kampung" chicken terrine is pretty reasonable~ I really admire you , you really have the time to venture new places EVERYDAY! 0.0 XP

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    1. Eunice: oh yeah, this place was a pleasant surprise for me. And ya, the chicken terrine can be shared by two people for an appetizer, so it's a good deal for that price. Heh, thanks, I think the time for eating is not a problem, but finding the time to write these blog entries is sometimes a problem =)

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  5. PB milkshakes are the best!!! but hmmm... not sure about the hot chocolate one :/ HAHA I guess not everything with pb will taste good!

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    1. Vien: heheh, the peanut butter hot chocolate is certainly an acquired taste. i might need to try it again before i can form a final judgment :D

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  6. That Egg Benedict-looking thing is my pick of the day! Looks sooooo good! Latitude 3? That's somewhere across Borneo...Kalimantan, around Pontianak. I wonder why that name?

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, it's like a cross between eggs benedict and a big breakfast & some mexican dish with italian and german influences too, heh :D oooh, my geography is terrible, but latitude 03 is supposed to be KL. well, that's what the hotel claims =)

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  7. I like the presentation of that seafood salad, so cute, lol.

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    1. CK: i'm glad i ordered that one! :D

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  8. Gosh how can you eat so much for brunch!! That's a lot even according to Oz standards. LOL! But after living here for quite a while, I now officially have no cravings towards Western style food! Give me wan tan mee, char kuey teow or nasi lemak any time! :P

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    1. Iamthewitch: heh, it was a lot to share among so few of us, but we still managed it and still had further meals after that, heh :D oooo, there's local fare served at this le meridien outlet too, with some interesting twists, like a garoupa fillet with mee bandung, i think, and some deluxe chicken rice :D

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  9. The food looks good. And the drink........quite unique. So many types of peanut butter drink!! Would love to try them ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, whoever created the beverage menu here sure loves peanut butter and bananas! tasty! :D

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  10. Gorgeous colours in the food presentations! Lovely! Love those high ceilings too - plenty of natural light!

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    1. Pureglutton: you're right, really vibrant colors coming out of these recipes. and ya, the ambiance for gastro sentral is perfect for any claustrophobic customers, heh =)

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  11. Oh the colours! Impressed that you can get a truffle scrambled eggs for that price...and gosh it looks yummy too. Brunch is the best :)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, this had me wishing that ALL scrambled eggs at ALL of KL's restaurant could have some form of truffles. pretty nice =)

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  12. gastro open at 11am? i called up and was told only open at 3pm. kinda confuse.

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    1. Su Yee: definitely 11am. Maybe they opened late on the day that you called because of technical problems, but hope you can try again =)

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  13. Wow! Another brilliant addition to Le Meridien! :)

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    1. TNG: yeah, this hotel is definitely dependable :D

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  14. Lovely! It certainly does away with the certain coldness that the old design had. There's more warmth and colour to this place.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, that's true, i like the decor here more compared to the hotel's buffet outlet upstairs, Latest Recipe :D

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  15. the food looks awesome..do I need to make reservations if I want to dine there? Or just walk in?

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    1. Noura: walk-in is ok so far, since it's not too crowded, but if you can plan to advance, then safest to make reservations =)

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  16. Glad to hear that the renovation is gone. Love the new design and menu! adding this place to my list =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: heheh, yeah, renovations are always an eyesore. and ya, nice to see the final result here is worth it! maybe we'll bump into each other here sometime =)

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  17. saw bangsarbabe writing about this place too. looks really promising and i would love to check this place out soon. hmm,,, maybe next week during a friend's birthday

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    1. Eiling: oooh, not exactly sure whether it might be the most ideal place for friend's birthday celebration, especially since the alcohol and corkage prices here are relatively high, but ya, it's still worth visiting for a meal someday! :D

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  18. Took the team here for lunch. I really liked it - the service was a bit slow and they messed up one of the drinks, but we can forgive them for that.

    I had the Gastro @burger, which was great - I loved the little touches, like the deep-fat fryer basket for the fries. My colleagues were pleased with their fish n'chips and lamb ragu tagilatelli. All in all, I thought the prices were very reasonable and the quality decent.

    Will be back

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    1. Sozzld: yeah, that's true, service here is a little less confident compared to prime & favola. aiming to try the gastro burger next time ... it sounds pretty fantastic =)

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