Saturday, 24 November 2012

Heavenly food at Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Writer Polly Szantor and photographer Cheryl Hoffmann sample delicacies at Celestial Court Restaurant, Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur
Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton IMperial, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Comfort Food, Dim Sum, Fine Dining Restaurant

You know those evenings when you’re not looking for really fancy food but you want something a few cuts above the place around the corner, something that satisfies your desire for comfort food and turns out to be even better than anticipated?  I’d like to suggest the restaurant where I dined a few nights ago, Celestial Court at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. This is the Sheraton’s elegant Chinese restaurant which offers Cantonese a la carte choices, Dim Sum favourites and traditional dishes with a hint of fusion, that arrive at the table without airs and graces  It’s good, honest, down-home cooking here.
Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton IMperial, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Comfort Food, Dim Sum, Fine Dining Restaurant

Executive Chef Ho Boon has recently created several new, a la carte dishes, and I can honestly say that everything I tried was delicious.  We began with Fried Prawns in Chunky Mayonnaise - tasty, juicy and totally desirable. 

Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton IMperial, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Comfort Food, Dim Sum, Fine Dining Restaurant

The Tempura Soft-shelled Crab and Shredded Vegetables, served with Wasabi Mayo, had a Japanese twist that was echoed later in the menu and was crunchily delicious.

Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton IMperial, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Comfort Food, Dim Sum, Fine Dining Restaurant

I confess that I swooned as I sipped on the Double Boiled Chicken Soup with American Ginseng. I could feel it permeating my body with goodness and I noticed that all my dining companions drained the cute little teapot containing the precious broth. I was sure I was healthier after imbibing this treat.

Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton IMperial, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Comfort Food, Dim Sum, Fine Dining Restaurant

The Pan-Fried Lamb Cutlet was served unexpectedly rare with a melt-in-the-mouth quality that only happens when the very best of meat (in this case Australian) is cooked to perfection (by Assistant Chef Chan Hoo). The meat was served with a sauce reminiscent of the Canadian barbeque variety, very down-homey and satisfyingly tangy.

Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton IMperial, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Comfort Food, Dim Sum, Fine Dining Restaurant

Now take a good look at this. It seems simple; a chunk of steamed black cod nestled on spinach in a rice porridge puree and topped with fried shredded ginger and black caviar.  Nothing fancy, but hands down, the crowning glory of the menu.  This combination of gently cooked fish, crispy ginger, salty caviar, earthy spinach and silky rice sauce is an inspired creation, and is hands down the most engaging dish on the menu. For this miscellany I would return, over and over again.

Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton IMperial, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Comfort Food, Dim Sum, Fine Dining Restaurant

Moving onwards, we tasted Crispy King Prawn with Cornflakes and Shredded Egg. I love crispy and I love prawns, so this worked beautifully for me. The cornflakes were super-crunchy and lots of fun to eat with chopsticks!


Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton IMperial, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Comfort Food, Dim Sum, Fine Dining Restaurant

The final savoury dish was Celestial Court Fried Rice, a healthy combination of glutinous rice, brown rice, barley, sunflower seeds and other odds and ends, topped with bonito flakes (the Japanese touch again) that gyrated in the heat and confounded the photographers.  This is comfort food at its very best.

Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton IMperial, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Comfort Food, Dim Sum, Fine Dining Restaurant

We ended with one of the house signature desserts, Pumpkin Puree with Coconut Gelato, sheer heaven in its sweet smoothness, vaguely reminiscent of pumpkin pie yet enjoying that Asian twist of coconut.

Reason to visit:  For the comforting food, relaxing atmosphere and to come away with an overall feeling of well-being.

Celestial Court is open daily for lunch from 12 noon to 2:30pm Mondays to Saturdays and from 10am to 2:30pm on Sundays and public holidays.  Dinner is served 7 days a week from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. 

For reservations, please call 03-2717-9900 or email restaurants.imperial@sheraton.com

Celestial Court Restaurant
Sheraton Imperial Hotel
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur

12 comments:

  1. Oooo...place sure looks classy and posh!!! Love the look of those prawns!

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    1. I know you're fond of prawns! These were tender and sweet, very yum!

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  2. the fried rice seems a lot healthier than regular chinese fried rice, thanks to the use of brown rice, barley and sunflower seeds! nice touch :D

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    1. Yes, I think Chef Ho has purposely added some healthy options to the menu, like the rice and the Steamed Black Cod. My favourites on the menu were the cod, the rice and the soup, all relatively low-cal choices.

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  3. One of my favourite places for Chinese too... not just tasty food - i always look forward to the contemporary plating.. especially the dimsums! :D

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    1. If you already like Celestial Court, you'll love the new menu!

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  4. I absolutely loved the soup that night. So comforting and energizing!

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  5. Everyone gets one teacup of soup?? Seems like the same size as a jar of Brand's Essence of Chicken. :D

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    1. Actually, the serving was one teapot of broth, and the chicken and ginseng were served on the side. It thought it was just the right amount.

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  6. hey... i was there last weekend, but for dim sum =) all the dishes look pretty good yea! =)

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