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.
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. :)
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.
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.
But that night, I had carnal cravings for oysters – Prime serves fresh Irish oysters with 6 different dressings (RM70 for ½ 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.
Seared sea scallop (RM55) featured 5 plump scallops, lightly browned and perfectly cooked, with a poached egg at the centre.
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.
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.
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).
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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Food: 8.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Still the place for steak, to me.
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2263 7888