Thursday, 14 February 2013

Dim Sum Brunch at Five Sen5ses, Westin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Steaming Dim Sum Baskets
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Dim Sum
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Rice and Noodles from the Buffet
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Yong Tau Fu 
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
 Lo Mai Kai - Sticky Rice with Chicken Char Siew
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Roast Duck and Char Siew Plate
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Congee
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Pan Seared Home Made Turnip Cake Topped with Pork Floss
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Wanton in Chili Oil
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Pan Fried Dumplings
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Durian Pancake
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Dessert Buffet
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Chocolate
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Strawberry Tart
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Fried Banana and Teh Tarik Ice Cream
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Five Sen5es, the Westin
Dim sum brunch, Five Sen5es, westin, Kuala Lumpur, Sunday brunch, Chinese restaurant
Free flow red and white house wine

Dim Sum Brunch at Five Sen5ses, Westin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Steaming bamboo baskets, clamour and shouts from the kitchen, hot tasty dumplings and, the general hullabaloo of a Chinese restaurant is what I love about humble hole-in-the-wall dim sum joints. Not so polite service, cryptic if-available-at-all menus and, questionable hygiene (was that indeed a rat I just saw scampering out the side door?) are the parts I’m not so fond of. Juxtapose that with a five star hotel brandishing excellent service, certifiable hygiene but a somewhat sterile environment, and it seems that it’s impossible to have it all. That is, until you visit Five Sen5es at the Westin Kuala Lumpur. 

A bustling open kitchen, flaming woks, misty water vapor hazing above towers of dim sum baskets, lively chatter and a buzzing crowd catching up on the week’s news, family happenings and celebrity gossip, set the stage for the Dim Sum Brunch at Five Sen5es. Coupled with superb service, a menu in Chinese and comprehensible English, and without doubt utmost care in cleanliness and food preparation, the dim sum experience at the Westin, seems to have made the unattainable, attained. 

The All You Can Eat Simply Dim Sum Weekend Brunch consists of both a buffet spread and interactive pass around dishes. Generally noodles, rice, baked goods, congee, soups and sweets are lined up on a smorgasbord, with steamed dim sum the principal fare that is passed around. This is however the Westin, so if you prefer not to leave your seat the staff are ever so obliging and do their best to carry out your requests. The weekday lunch dim sum, available Monday to Friday, is table service only. Also promoting the unlimited theme, you order by marking your menu placemat with your desired choices. Divided into: Appetizers; Baked; Chee Cheong Fun and Congee; Steamed; Soups, Dumplings and Noodles; Fried and; Sweets, the most difficult decision you have is “What to Eat?” This is where it becomes obvious just how much you love the company of friends at lunch (or rather the possibility to try more when dining with companions.)

Enthralled with the lively atmosphere, we did a bit of both browsing the buffet and bidding items to be brought to our table.  We were primarily merry that we were dining with friends and had time to catch up over a fun and delicious spread, but gleeful too to be able to order twice as much variety having dining buddies to share with. The steamed dim sum, turnip cake and sticky rice with chicken char siew were winners with the girls at our table. Our male counterparts, although claiming to be watching their lines (both!), eagerly chomped on the flaky char siew pastries, caramelized soy noodles, deep fried banana and, vanilla cream glazed mango pudding. Even after moans from the fellas of fullness and utterances of afternoon naps, both (again!) managed to polish off the remaining desserts on our table before heading out the door (no waste with those two around!).

The brunch comes with Chinese tea, but for those who like to make Sundays even more memorable (or unmemorable depending on your self control), there are options for free flow soft drinks, beer and house red and white wines. The wines we tested (all in the name of good reporting of course) were served at an appropriate temperature and rather pleasant for the price.  A sauvignon blanc and a merlot from the Chilean winemakers Concha y Toro merited more than a few sips. 

The All You Can Eat Simply Dim Sum weekend brunch is priced at RM 68++ per person inclusive of Chinese tea. For an additional RM12++ you can add soft drinks to the list and an added RM48++ upgrades you to chilled juices and selected beers. The free flow wine option is purchasable for an extra RM68++ per person.
Weekday’s lunch will cost you RM48++ per person. 
Both lunch and brunch run from 11:30am – 2:30pm. 

Reason to visit: combined hustle and atmosphere of a smaller street side dim sum joint with the service and hygiene of a five star hotel, Turnip Cake, Old Shanghai Style “Siew Loong Pau”, Lo Mai Kai (Sticky Rice with Chicken Char Siew), Honey Baked Bun with Pork Char Siew, Crystal Roasted Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun, Wanton in Chili Oil, Black Sesame Ice Cream, Crispy Honeycomb Banana

Five Sen5es
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 2731 8333
westin.com/kualalumpur


16 comments:

  1. Looks good but the western desserts stick out like a sore thumb. Should have some Chinese ones in keeping with the dim sum theme.

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    1. There are some Chinese ones hiding there too. I just didn't do a great job capturing them and what can I say... chocolate! ;-)

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  2. steaming-hot dim sum ... just the thing to get the mouth watering and stomach hankering for a good, solid breakfast! :D

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    1. and... rolling out the door wondering if you can nap for the rest of the afternoon ;-)

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  3. Those boys are quite a pair! But at least we get to taste more when they are around :) I could eat a plate of the turnip cake right now...yuuuuum

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  4. been looking for a dim sum place for quite some time. this one looks fabulous. i have weakness for turnip cake.

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    1. If you can go during the week, it's even better value!

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  5. From the first shot.. i actually thought you ventured out to delve into some real streetfood.. but then I saw 5senses LOL!
    I do love the dimsum here too.. but the best are still on the streets of KayEl :)

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    1. Ha, ha... hope you'll share your favourite street outlets with me one day soon. :-)

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  6. I wish I can have some hot congee for my breakfast, it was so cold!
    But now I'm back, yay! :D

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  7. great shots, but what are the toppings on the congee? Gong Hei Fatt Choi to you and your family too :)

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    1. It was a buffet style congee so I believe every single item on the display! ;-)

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  8. OH...so divine~~ I like my fried carrot cake with lots of bean sprout!

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    1. Me too! I love the texture of crunchy bean sprouts.

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