Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar @ Micasa Hotel KL

Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar

This is a long overdue post. I celebrated a birthday lunch at Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar on 7 April 2017. A Friday.

They only serve lunch on Fridays at RM200 nett per person. Their dinner set menu costs RM428 per person for a 3-course meal. A 4-course meal will set you back RM518 per person. My last splurge on a meal was at Vasco’s at Hilton KL back in February. So to minimize the damage, I naturally opted for the lunch set.

Cilantro Restaurant

Cilantro Restaurant
Cilantro Restaurant – The Setting

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Cilantro Restaurant – Menu by Chef Takashi Kimura

Cilantro Restaurant – The Food

The food was up to par for the price we paid. One thing that fell short was the Grilled Japanese Sea Bream Fillet. We had a choice of the fish or Wagyu beef. For future reference, when in doubt, please just go for the Wagyu.

Capellini and Provence Asparagus with Wild Garlic Leaves

Capellini and Provence Asparagus with Wild Garlic Leaves

Hokkaido Scallop with Soramame and Jus

Hokkaido Scallop with Soramame and Jus

Grilled Japanese Sea Bream Fillet with Hotaruika

Grilled Japanese Sea Bream Fillet with Hotaruika

Wagyu A La Plancha with Mushroom Bordelaise

Wagyu A La Plancha with Mushroom Bordelaise

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Wagyu A La Plancha with Mushroom Bordelaise 

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Pina Colada

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Some Fancy Named Tea

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Please do give this place a try. It’ll be suitable to have luncheons and talk business here. They spice up and vary their menus often. The food was excellent (except for the fish). Service was excellent. The restaurant had a good overall vibe about it and we truly had a good time there.

Photography improving? Do let me know of your experience if you’ve been there for dinner! I’m really tempted, but the price… Anyway, back to refocusing on the Freedom Fund!

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

Lunch: Friday only (12 pm-2 pm)
Dinner: Monday-Saturday (6 pm-10.30 pm)
Closed on Sundays

Tel: 03-2179 8082

Vasco’s @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur [Review]

Vasco’s at Hilton KL

Went for the buffet lunch at Vasco’s located at Hilton Kuala Lumpur to celebrate an overdue Valentine’s day (sort of). I still think the whole V-day is a big conspiracy ginned up by the jewelry, card and flower industry. The amount of money people are willing to spend on that particular day still astounds me.

Before you start pegging me for a hypocrite:

1. I try to always celebrate Valentine’s day after February the 14th; and

2. We are part Hilton Premium Club and got this buffet for FREE!

We of course like the civilized people we were, called ahead and made reservations. I’ve been here a few times and the menu last Saturday was quite a let down compared to my previous visits.

Vasco's @ Hilton KL
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  Vasco's @ Hilton KL

 Vasco's @ Hilton KL

I started off with some kimchi and seafood. The kimchi was horrible like what I could get at Jusco or Giant. Vasco’s used to serve fresh oysters and crabs as well as salmon sashimi, it has since been reduced to prawns, mussels and butterfish sashimi. A real let down.

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Next up was their salad and some cold cuts. Nothing special. Had those to add some greens to my meal.

Vasco's at Hilton KL
Hello! Roasted chicken served by a friendly chef

Vasco's @ Hilton KL

Vasco's @ Hilton KL

Vasco's @ Hilton KL
Cheese Platter

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Verdict

I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Overall, the buffet was a total disappointment. One of the best dish they used to serve was this awesome steamed seabass, which they’ve decided to take off the menu. Their briyani and curry used to be delicious as well, it has since been replaced by something you could get at a your local Pelita restaurant.

All that being said, I did enjoy their pasta which was cooked for you on the spot as well as their pistachio flavored gelato. The chefs stationed there were all really friendly and polite as well. Enjoyed myself asking and learning about the food.

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You’d be paying RM158 per head for the lunch buffet on weekends. I got to know that they hired a new executive chef who changed the entire menu. Seems like a huge cost cutting exercise if you ask me.

So, my thoughts? I’d rather fork out an extra RM40 and gorge myself on some free flow wagyu beef at Hanare @ The Intermark. However, I did get to eat for free here so I’d better stop with the complains.

Have you guys been to Vasco’s recently? Were you let down in a similar fashion?

Thanks for reading!