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Kuala Lumpur - French-Japanese fusion at Cilantro

klyeoh | Feb 4, 2013 10:36 PM

Takashi Kimura has been helming this award-winning French-Japanese fusion restaurant since 2001. I'd never gotten round to visit his restaurant during my previous visits to KL, and even when I was located here the past two years - until last weekend.

What I tried:

- Cold angel hair pasta with sea urchin and sweet prawns. I loved sea urchin, and Kimura's version here was better than the one I previously had at Gunther's back in Singapore. Not too sure about the raw prawns, but they provide an interesting slippery textural contrast to the cold pasta.

- Unagi with foie gras and mesclun. Not too sure why, but I wasn't really expecting a deep-fried battered croquette when I chose this dish. But it was well-executed, even if a bit too rich and oily for my taste.

- Confit of Loire Poussin with Truffle. This was well-seasoned though, again, I was expecting something else: the "confit" I was picturing would have a fall-off-the-bone tender meat, achieved thru slow-cooking over low heat, then with the skin crisped over high heat just before serving. What I had here seemed more like pot-roasted fowl.

- Rhum baba with vanilla ice-cream and berries. I'll need to order something else next time. The version here was dry-ish, way too small, more an sponge cake than a rum-soaked delicacy I'd expected.

Overall, Cilantro did meet my expectations. It was certainly one of the best fine dining French-style restaurant I'd tried in KL, and which I'd rate overall above Lafite, Le Midi, Prime, Mandarin Grill, and also its own sister restaurant, Sage; and about on par with La Vie en Rose and Frangipani.

Anyway, there are quite a few fine dining restaurants in Kl that I'd yet to try, e.g. La Maison Francaise, Marini on 57.

Address details
Micasa All Suite Hotel,
368B Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3-2179 8000

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