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Prime, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

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“The only time to eat diet food, is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”
-Julia Child-

People always ask me where they can find the best steak in KL and Prime usually tops my list. It has become the only steakhouse I would recommend these days simply because I love the food and service.

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Assorted butters

To be fair, rif and I dine there quite often (during anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions) that the staff know us pretty darn well, right up to my favourite table. πŸ™‚

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Cheese and walnut bread

I don’t require a menu at Prime because I know what I want – Wagyu Prime Rib, served with Idaho steak fries potato, wild forest mushroom fricassee and light black summer truffle jus. This I wouldn’t change, even when there is a new promotion or new steak cut available. I’m stubborn that way.

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Fresh Irish oysters with 6 different dressings

But I do alternate my appetizers. On most counts, it would be the foie gras triology (goose liver prepared three styles) and when I’m feeling cold, the lobster bisque, topped with a pastry crust so buttery it melts in the mouth.

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Creamy, luscious texture

But that night, I had carnal cravings for oysters – Prime serves fresh Irish oysters with 6 different dressings (RM70 for Β½ dozen). I prefer to eat my oyster with a bit of lemon juice; no frills so I get to enjoy its creamy, luscious texture and brine.

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Seared sea scallop

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Spot the runny yolk

Seared sea scallop (RM55) featured 5 plump scallops, lightly browned and perfectly cooked, with a poached egg at the centre.

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Bearnaise sauce, wild mushroom fricassee and light black summer truffle jus

It is easy to smell the prime rib from a few metres away; like a primitive perfume that lures all carnivores into a trance. Nicely charred around the edges and cooked to medium doneness, it was a mammoth sight and a glorious one too.

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1kg Wagyu Prime Rib — now that’s what I call a good steak! πŸ˜€

The meat was beautifully tender with precious rims of tasty fat that further flavoured the beef. So good! No other steakhouse has topped this experience for me so far and I have no intention of looking for one anytime soon.

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Charred edges and juicy centre

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Creamed spinach, Portobello mushroom and onion rings

For RM480, I find the prime rib very good value for money as it feeds at least 3 adults comfortably and comes with steak fries. You can also opt to add on sides like the Portobello mushroom (RM30), creamed spinach (RM20) and onion rings (RM12).

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Idaho steak fries potato

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Illy coffee flavoured tiramisu

I have one gripe though – they changed the presentation of the tiramisu (RM30) and I much prefer the old one, served in a deep bowl. While the new tiramisu looks prettier and better to photograph, the deep bowl helps seal in the moisture from the Sambuca liquor.

But that aside, this still remains my favourite steakhouse in Kuala Lumpur. Hands down. Read about my visits to Prime here (first visit), here (video blog), here (Sher Wagyu) and here (Beef Wellington).

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Ambiance: 8/10
Price: 5.5/10
Food: 8.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Still the place for steak, to me.

Prime
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Tel: 03-2263 7888
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13 Responses

  1. kkgn

    Is this an invited review? πŸ™‚

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Sorry to disappoint you but it’s not. Decided to blog about this since I realised I didn’t do a proper prime rib review. πŸ˜‰

  2. Sally

    Any discount card/membership card/discount credit card giving discount?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      For now, just the SPG Card. For better info, you should call the hotel to inquire further.

  3. TSM

    Maybank Visa Infinite and World MasterCard is offering discounts at most (if not all) restaurants in Starwood hotels in KL. Prime is definitely included though πŸ˜€

    The discounts are similar to the ones SPG is offering. 50% discounts when dining for 2.

  4. Sally

    Why only 5.5 point for price when you said the prime rib is value for money?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      The 5.5 score is considered a “reasonable” amount to pay, as we’re looking at a minimum spend of RM300 per pax. You be the judge.

  5. sy

    hey lynn, other than prime, any other restaurant which you would rate the food 8.5 or above?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hi sy,

      You will have to read through my blog. There were a few places that got 8.5 and higher from me. πŸ˜‰

  6. phoon

    do you use the starwood card?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I used to use the Starwood Card, but it’s not longer valid. They are now under SPG.

  7. iffa

    hm too bad its only pork free. not certified halal is it? maybe they drizzle some wine on their steak as to add flavor or anything else. just wish I can taste that !

    1. Bangsar Babe

      It’s pork free because they serve alcohol. Not because they drizzle wine on their steak.

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