The Retox Brunch at Flock in W Kuala Lumpur is just the perfect place for those seeking something fun and vivacious. Available every first Sunday of each month, I think this might just be one of the best buffet brunches available in the city.
Price-wise and food-wise.
Of course, I expect no less from W Kuala Lumpur’s Executive Chef, Richard Millar whom I’ve known since his days at W Bali. His foie gras chawanmushi left such an impression on me 6 years ago and I was thrilled to find it at the Retox Brunch.
You’ll have to order this from the ala minute menu – served in tiny egg-shaped ramekin and as delicious as I remembered it to be. I ate five of these at brunch because it was so good. You get this creamy egg custard texture and luxe flavour from the pureed foie gras, with bits of chicken and crab at the bottom.
Flock’s Retox Brunch begins at Woobar where you’re served an array of signature cocktails (mocktails, if you opt for the non-alcoholic package) while waiting for your table. Once you’re ready, the staff will usher you into Flock where brunch awaits.
A seafood spread of freshly shucked US oysters, Alaskan king crab and prawns takes centre stage at Flock. Right next to it is the live grill and carving station where you will find beef ribs, prime rib, grilled scallops and fish on offer. There’s also Raclette cheese so do ask them to melt some onto your meats and seafood.
I was initially puzzled as to why Chef Richard asked me to start at the Japanese section. Once I did so, there’s no turning back. From freshly seared foie gras sushi to torched salmon belly with caviar on rice, you’ll want seconds. I highly recommend you start here too.
W Kuala Lumpur gets their cheeses from a local supplier called Milky Whey and the produce is good enough to rival the cheeses from Europe. Black pepper studded cheese, smoked gouda, paprika lavoush and amber blue were all delicious and their own right. Definitely one of the better cheese selection I’ve seen at a buffet.
The grilled slipper lobster, prawns and scallops are worth checking out – they go super well with a dollop of bearnaise sauce for extra richness. I was pretty fixated on these and of course, the prime rib so when the time came for desserts, I could only manage a few bites from Jien’s plate.
Remember to try the wagyu beef rendang with nasi lemak; sambal isn’t great but the rendang on coconut rice more than makes up for it. The ingredients are ethically and locally sourced and organically grown, from cheeses and chocolates, right down to the honey at breakfast.
Flock’s Retox Brunch is priced at RM188+ per pax inclusive of mocktails, juices and soft drinks. For an additional RM100, you get to enjoy as much cocktails, wines and beers as you like. The latter is obviously, the wiser choice.
Brunch starts from 12pm till 3pm, first Sunday of each month. :)
Food: 7.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: One of the best brunches in KL.