Can’t imagine that I’ve been driving past Impiana Hotel all these years, and never stepping foot inside. I mean, I’m pretty familiar with the surrounding area but just never saw a need to visit the place.
Luckily enough, a call from Carol, changed all this, and I found myself at Cedar on 15 one balmy afternoon in KL.
She asked us to join her for dinner, and we happily accepted. Nice to catch up with old friends I tell you.. these days, hardly anyone makes time for you, unless you fit into their plans to the dot.
As I watch the traffic in downtown KL pile up like downstream of a congested river of logs and give myself a virtual pat on the back for having the foresight to be early.
I choose a sunny spot on the balcony of Cedar on 15 and order a Pinot Grigio and wait for my dinner partners to arrive. The wine is nicely chilled and the balcony sunny if not a little humid. I am thankful for the icy cold wine that goes down the chute like a charm.
Amuse bouche of mussel
So, finally everyone arrives and dinner begins.
A delicious starter of Baby Spinach with shaved Parmesan, toasted Pine Nuts and Mustard Walnut Vinaigrette , served with a Promegranate Balsamic Vinegar. This is something I’d only be too happy to have for lunch, and ONLY that, for lunch. These days, I like keeping my lunches simple.
A real theme with Cedar on 15 is how the dressings are served. Mini pipettes are a cute touch.
Fresh Burrata Cheese – Air flown from Italy with Roma Tomatoes and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, wrapped in Balsamic Gelee. This was somewhat unfresh as it was rubbery, and stringy rather than soft and creamy.
Cream of Topin Ambour – with Truffle Oil and Bocconcini Cheese, served with Truffle Oil
Porcini Mushroom Soup – with Crème Fraiche and Chervil, served with Porcini Oil
Off all the soups, this porcini mushroom was the most delectable. I swapped the porcini oil for the truffle oil and it became even more heavenly!
Australian Scallops Veloute – Rich and creamy soup with sundried Tomato Timbal served with garlic oil
Fresh albeit a little too thinly sliced scallops in a creamy tomato broth, this soup was not bad. The best part of it was the scallops but they should have been more chunky for a better mouth feel.
Fjord Salmon from Norway, 180g – Perfumed with Lemon Basil Oil, creamed Spinach and Fondant Potato served with lemon olive oil
Lobster ala Cedar, 800-1000g – Boston Lobster grilled with Herb Oil and served with Vegetable Tagliatelle
Not much to complain about – a nice chunk of lobster that was well seasoned in herbs and olive oil, and accompanied by pasta. They serve you two half’s, in different styles, which makes it a little less mundane.
The other half of the lobster – good, but I preferred the one served with the Tagliatelle as it was more succulent
Wagyu Ribeye, Marbling 7 Per100gm, RM53
This wagyu was unfortunately served overcooked, and the fat concentrated in the middle of the meat. I prefer my wagyu evenly fatty, if you catch my drift. It was served on a slab of pink Himalayan salt – supposed to make the meat more salty, the longer you left it on. I took mine off in a jiffy, to prevent over-salting of course.
The mains came with a choice of sides, and we had Sweet Potato Fries, Green Asparagus with Herb Butter Mixed Oven Roasted Vegetable, Creamy Spinach – mostly good but the Sweet Potato Fries were somewhat soggy.
Cuban Rum – 1 for 1 till 10pm.. and a great pairing for dessert!
Crepe Suzette served with Grand Marnier
We could hardly make out the Grand Marnier in the Crepe Suzette, so it was a good thing we had the rum – what a delicious pair!
So, over wine, rum and dinner, we had a great time catching up on news, and I was sorry to see dinner drawing to a close. Hope it’s not too long before the next catch up session. Good friendships should be constantly kept warm, don’t you think?
Cedar on 15,
Level 15, Club Tower, Impiana KLCC Hotel,
13, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia
Phone:+60 3-2147 1111