When the Le Meridien team told me they were planning to revamp my favourite buffet place in town – Latest Recipe – I was sceptical and to a point, hoping they didn’t go through with that plan. Because it meant I wouldn’t be able to dine there for a few months (three to be exact) until they reopen. That day soon came, and I paid Latest Recipe a visit to see her facelift.
Thankfully, it wasn’t a major facelift. Just some changes here and there, cleverly utilising the spaces, adding life and colour to the atmosphere and expanding the buffet spread. The mood is energetic as the open kitchens give Latest Recipe an upscale “hawker” feel, minus the chaos of course.
True to their calling, Latest Recipe still features a selection of Indian, Chinese, Malay, Japanese and Western cuisine – with more variety added to the spread. The Indian section remains a highlight where Northern and Southern Indian treats are served and rotated on a daily basis. Pity the Kakadai Crab Curry wasn’t available when I went, but the lamb masala didn’t disappoint. I usually go for two rounds at the Indian section because there’s just so much to try!
Another feature I love at Latest Recipe is the pasta station where you get to pick your preferred pasta along with sauces and condiments. My all-time favourite? The fettuccine carbonara with bacon and mushroom. If you catch Chef Antoine at the pasta station, ask him for an aglio olio. He makes a mean one. Latest Recipe now sports a large variety of grill items, like lamb leg, baby lamb, roast chicken, prime rib and duck.
The Malay section showcases a selection of ulam, masak lemak, sambals and rendang from Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan. But I personally love the teppanyaki from the Japanese station, where the chefs cook up an amazing prawn, chicken and fish hot plate on the spot. The prawn teppanyaki is worth going for seconds and thirds, trust me.
When (or if) you make it to dessert after the mind-boggling spread, try the softserve yogurt ice cream which is now a feature at the dessert section. Alternatively, go for the waffles with butter and syrup – that’s my regular pick after every meal at Latest Recipe.
On the whole, the food is still good and I like the new additions to the spread. While the place has been given a facelift, I like the fact that some things remain the same so it doesn’t feel like I’m dining in an entirely new venue. And it still remains one of my favourite buffet spots in town! :)
Prices are RM 108++ for lunch (Monday to Friday) and RM 118++ per person for dinner (Monday to Thursday). Buffet Dinner from Friday to Sunday is priced at RM 128++ per person. The Sunday Roast buffet lunch is available at RM 118++ per person.
Food: 7.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Same old favourite but new look. The food remains as good and with a better variety!
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur, 50470,
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 03-2263 7434