Thursday, May 25, 2017

Set Meals: The Square @ Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre

A stalwart of hospitality in KL's city centre, Novotel is conveniently sandwiched somewhere between KLCC & Pavilion, but succeeds in remaining a serene refuge from the crowds & clamour. It's now a potential oasis for white-collar workers seeking a business lunch or after-office dinner that won't break the bank: Novotel's flagship restaurant, The Square, recently introduced all-day set meals with financially sensible incentives - each set costs a very fair RM30 nett, buoyed by a Buy 4 Free 1 bonus.

Executive chef Saravanan Subramaniam has more than two decades of formal experience, & he's enthusiastic about his offerings, which take cues from both East & West, serving up a little spice, a touch of savouriness & a pinch of sweetness in each recipe. You'll find inspirations from Japan & Korea melded with Malaysian & other influences in the three temptations of Fish Katsu with Garlic Fried Rice, Beef Teriyaki with Spudsters, & Grilled Chicken with Sidewinders & Peanut Sauce.

Our favourite is probably the fish - moist, tender red snapper, crisply breaded, with flavoursome rice that's both firm & a bit sticky. The beef (remember to request for it to be cooked medium-rare if that's your preference) comes in a hearty serving with lots of broccoli, though the spudsters (crunchy-fried mashed potato fritters that we can't stop munching on) pretty much steal the spotlight. Grilled chicken is a safe choice, saucy & familiar for the local palate, with fleshy skewered meat bolstered by more potato-loving accompaniments, this time in the shape of sidewinders that seem like a cross between wedges & chips. Each set is completed with a fruit platter & a choice of coffee & tea for RM30 nett, available daily from lunch through dinner.

 Our thanks to Novotel for having us here. We were briefed that The Square will also be serving an iftar buffet spread for Ramadhan starting May 29; this year sees the introduction of a new concept - Pondok Nasi 5 Benua, which showcases herb-mixed rice including Nasi Al Bukhari De Mat Fairos, Nasi Daging Kedah, Nasi Kuzi Kambing, Nasi Kerabu Kelantan & Nasi Kabsa Ayam, partnered with ulam-ulaman & lauk-pauk galore, like Ayam Masak Habang, Rendang Daging Tok Perak, Gulai Berlado Sotong Tumis Melaka, Udang Harimau Masak Gulai Oelek Nusantara, Kambing Panggang, Bubur Lambuk & more. 

The Square
Lobby Level, Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur. For reservations: 03-2147-0888

6 comments:

  1. So many sets to choose from! I'd be at a loss. Decisions...decisions. :D

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    1. Suituapui: a good kind of dilemma! :D

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  2. Nice photos Sean. This hotel is really in a great location.

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    1. The Yum List: thanks! and yup, very accessible ;)

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  3. For a set lunch at comfortable hotel's cafe, RM30 is definitely well worthy~

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    1. Choi Yen: yep, i agree :D

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