Friday, January 4, 2013

Tao Chinese Cuisine @ InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Some changes can be for the better: Over the years, we've amassed many nice memories at Nikko Hotel's Toh Lee, but ever since Nikko turned into InterContinental, most of its restaurants have been refurbished & revamped, one by one.

The latest transformation: Toh Lee is now Tao, launched this week & looking better than ever, graced with a glittering opulence that's guaranteed to impress.

Tao's menu is as extensive as expected, made distinctive with playful twists on familiar favorites. The kitchen's no-pork nature becomes a trigger for experimentation, not limitations, as proven by this poached lamb fillet, 'bak kut teh' style (RM56++).

No pale substitute for the real deal: the meat's tender & robust-tasting, the herbal broth brims with bean curd & mushrooms, while the crullers feel fresh & crisp.

Move over, braised pork belly with yam: Tao replaces the pig with slow-cooked beef shank.

Pure pleasure, with preserved bean curd sauce clinging to every slice of the meat (as gelatinous as Wagyu beef cheeks) & the yam (as melt-in-the-mouth as mashed potatoes). Nevertheless, at RM56++, it's multiple times what the pork version costs.

Fried rice, fairly fragrant, laced not only with black sesame but bits of barbecued chicken that bear a sweet savoriness as satisfactory as that of pork char siew. RM38++. The magic formula might lie with Tao's chefs, who seem to be industry veterans with a wealth of experience. 

Complimentary, plummy welcome tea. Service here strives to satisfy, mostly succeeding.

Gotta love a Chinese restaurant where Mint Martinis & Pina Coladas can be ordered.


There's more here to investigate, including the likes of Peking Duck rolls stuffed with the customer's choice of foie gras, truffles or eringi mushrooms. But that's a tale for another time.

Expect to read & hear much more about Tao Chinese Cuisine in the months ahead. We look forward to making marvelous memories here too.

Tao Chinese Cuisine @ InterContinental Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2782-6128

32 comments:

  1. Oooya! Black sesame fried rice...n I dun mind having some of the heaty-sounding poached lamb fillet BKT =)

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    1. black sesame fried rice..
      i am sure it give the nice aroma smell

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    2. Ulric: it's quite a fried rice heaven here ... they've also got a traditional 'yong chow' fried rice here and one with assorted seafood & spicy sun-dried scallop sauce :D and ya, lamb kut teh is perfect for lamb lovers! =)

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    3. Simple Person: and it looks appetizing in presentation too, i feel! although at first i wondered whether it might have been pepper, heh :D

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  2. Beautiful, classy...but I'm somewhat impartial when it comes to hotel food.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i quite like the look of this place. and i think the food is pretty satisfying too, thanks to a couple of very experienced chefs here :D

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  3. i really envy you..
    everytime could taste these good food..
    maybe in your previous life you are a Chinese emperor...lol

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    1. Simple Person: heh, i think this is a good place to bring corporate clients, maybe for a meal where you can claim from a corporate budget :D

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    2. normally they will bring me.. kakakaka..
      Or I just stick with my boss..

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    3. Simple Person: heheh, maybe the boss can consider this place for a chinese new year dinner with his favorite employees :D

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  4. Ooh, you description and photos of Tao make me want to hop on a (non-delayed) flight to KL asap!

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    1. Cquek: heh, maybe the next time you're in the city, if you're craving chinese food, you can consider this for a stop =)

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  5. That Peking Duck rolls with foie gras catches my attention, when are you going back to try that? :P

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    1. CK: heheh, actually, i went back to try it already, but the blog post about it is still in my drafts folder, i haven't managed to write about it yet :D

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  6. Gorgeous lights! Really love how the place has transformed. Heard that their consultant chef is Sam Leong.

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    1. Baby sumo: yeah, u're right, it's totally unrecognizable compared to before! Transformed into a Chinese restaurant for the 21st century, heh. Ooo, based on his pics, Sam Leong is quite the dashing chef :D

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    1. Wong: starry starry night! :D

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  8. Will waitfor their dim sum menu. a chinese restaurant would normally have dim sum :)

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    1. Rebecca: ooh, dim sum is available here for lunch daily already! I hear there are some creative concoctions for the dim sum too! :D

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  9. I think this is the 1st time I see a fried rice with black sesame. This sounds all very tempting and at RM38?!! Wow... quite pricey for a fried rice.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, the fried rice is pricey, though the portion should actually satisfy four people sufficiently. true, i had never seen black sesame fried rice before, so i knew i had to order it, heh :D

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  10. Mint Martinis & Pina Coladas in a chinese restaurant? Amazing! Certainly looking forward to checking them out.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, i suspect the cocktails are brought over from the hotel lounge, but ya, it's good that these drinks are offered on the restaurant's alcohol menu :D

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  11. They've certainly done a lovely job with the renovations. Loving the idea of cocktails too. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it took more months than we expected for this place to open, but now that it has, it certainly looks worth the wait. heh, my hope is that someday, all chinese restaurants in kl's hotels serve cocktails as well as wine by the glass (instead of only by the bottle) :D

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  12. Nice lights, hehe! I'm sure there'll be a barrage of blogposts coming out soon on this place as everyone seems to wanna check it out! :P

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    1. Pureglutton: ya, so far the restaurant is quite peaceful, not too crowded, but i think the crowds will come soon, especially with chinese new year coming soon too! :D

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  13. Wow, the decor is just transformed! Very nice. I have always been impressed with the food at Tao, and it sounds like it continues to be good.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, it's pretty much unrecognizable now compared to before! and they're definitely striving to please. chef darrell dropped by and chatted with customers, making sure everyone was satisfied with everything :D

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  14. Haven't had Tao Chef's dishes yet, but had dinner here with Chef Sam Leong last night- the food was AWESOME!

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    1. Ciki: sam's wagyu beef with sea urchin sounded very tempting! i think you'll enjoy the tao chef's dishes too! :D

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