By Shahida Sakeri on October 23, 2017
Established over five years ago, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur’s all-day dining outlet, Latest Recipe, has built strong reputation for serving some of the finest gastronomic delights that will satisfy even the most demanding palates. The menu – ranging from Indian, Chinese, Malay, Japanese and Western cuisines – leaves discerning gourmands spoilt for choice, with more international fares added to the menu from time to time.
The flatteringly radiant space has a simplistic white scheme, accentuated by a high ceiling and dramatic colour-stained glass as its centrepiece. The outlet’s well thought out floor plan helps to enhance diners’ overall experience too, allowing them to move freely and conveniently to and from their tables and the serving counters. Further end, floor to ceiling windows boast stunning views of the city below. There are at least five distinct open kitchens, encouraging interaction between guests and chefs while dishes are prepared a la minute. The servers, moreover, are graceful and intuitive, making the whole dining experience delightful.
During my visit, Latest Recipe was having its highly acclaimed but-gone-too-soon Vietnamese “Just Pho You” promotion, offering a vast selection of traditional and iconic dishes from Vietnam such as Lotus Stem Salad with Prawn, Chicken and Banana Flower Salad, Prawn Mousse on Sugar Cane, Vietnamese Braised Beef with Cinnamon and the exquisite Roasted Duck with Orange Sauce – all professionally prepared with love by two Guest Chefs specially flown in from Sheraton Hanoi: Chef Trinh, who specialises in general Vietnamese cuisine, and Chef Nguyen, the proponent of Northern Vietnamese cuisine.
It was the super delicious Vietnamese-staple Pho Beef Noodle Soup that won me over that night; in fact, one of the very best that I’ve ever tasted. It was indeed the food for the soul made from incredibly smooth rice noodles and rich, intensely beefy broth filled with cinnamon, cloves and star anise – my taste buds danced with all the right notes of flavours from the dish… or on a second thought, was it me who danced to the edge of my seat out of excitement of having a good food for my tummy? I couldn’t remember. Honestly, it was so good that I might consider pleading Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur to include it as part of Latest Recipe’s existing menu. wink wink
Mind you, Latest Recipe’s offerings do not stop there – be sure to savour the outlet’s famous spicy Hyderabad Kakadai crab curry, freshly made sushi and sashimi, succulent prime rib, and Malay delights inspired by regional cuisines of Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan, all are cooked to perfection despite being produced in large amount. Be sure to conclude your gastronomic journey at Latest Recipe by heading to the dessert counter that I dub as the temple of guilty pleasures with its riot of striking colours in the form of candies, soft yoghurt ice cream, chocolate fountain, and seasonal pastries.
If you find the buffet spread a tad too much, then simply order from the outlet’s a la carte menu consisting of wide selection of starters, noodles, vegetarian dishes, and low-calorie meals.
But don’t take my word for it – just head to Latest Recipe in Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur and try the food yourself!
Latest Recipe is available daily for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, except Saturday during lunch. Prices are MYR128 nett for lunch (Monday to Friday) and MYR138 nett per person for dinner (Monday to Thursday). Buffet Dinner from Friday to Sunday is priced at MYR150 nett per person. The Sunday Seafood buffet lunch is available at MYR188 nett per person.
Latest Recipe at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and seats 140 persons including a private dining room for 16 persons. For reservations, visit dining.lemeridienkualalumpur.com or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dining Reservations at +6 03 2263 7434.