|Steaming Dim Sum Baskets|
|Rice and Noodles from the Buffet|
|Yong Tau Fu|
|Lo Mai Kai - Sticky Rice with Chicken Char Siew|
|Roast Duck and Char Siew Plate|
|Pan Seared Home Made Turnip Cake Topped with Pork Floss|
|Wanton in Chili Oil|
|Pan Fried Dumplings|
|Fried Banana and Teh Tarik Ice Cream|
|Five Sen5es, the Westin|
|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
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 2731 8333