Cilantro has been on my places-to-eat list for quite some time. But for some reason, I always procrastinated. I’ll be honest; the hefty prices scare me. Cilantro’s Friday set lunch (RM150 with a complimentary glass of kir royale) was more affordable, but I couldn’t find the time, the occasion and the perfect companion to go with me. That was until Charles came back from Beijing for a short break. Timing was perfect – he was available, it was a Friday and I had more than two hours to spare before my next assignment.
He called up the restaurant and booked us a table the day before. Our waiter placed a basket of freshly baked breads on the table, along with a pot of truffle butter. The butter was divine. Silky smooth with choke-full of truffle bits, we asked for another pot to indulge in.
This was absolutely delicious. The egg mollet resting atop the lush Bluefin tuna tartare gave the fish a soft and luscious texture. I ate this as slowly as I could, hoping to prolong this experience.
Such a beauty to look at and it tasted like spring. The foie gras was buttery and deeply satisfying. Simple, but done so well.
Our mains although well prepared, were less impressive. The flesh of the monkfish was dense and sweet, with a texture similar to lobster flesh. I liked the scallop, which was as succulent as it should be. However, this dish lacked wow factor; it wasn’t memorable.
I should have expected this outcome from the description of this dish. While it was cooked to a tender state, my lamb looked and tasted rather plain. I was quite disappointed.
This was a nice balance of sweetness and tanginess, though not particularly exciting. More feuillantine would have be nice — I wasn’t a fan of this.
My latte was average. It had too much milk and I could barely taste the coffee. Maybe I should have asked for a double shot latte instead. Lunch was not bad on a whole. We were both very pleased with our starters but weren’t exactly bowled over with our mains.
Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: While the starters were exemplary, the mains and dessert were nothing to shout about.
Micasa All Suite Hotel
368B Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur
03 2179 8000