Our culinary journey continues this week with Le Noir at TREC, Ben’s at Publika, and Latest Recipe at the Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur. Read on to see if any of the dishes call out to your appetite.

Nasi Istimewa by Ben’s

Ben's Nasi Istimewa
Ben’s Nasi Istimewa

The Dish: Nasi Istimewa translates directly to mean special rice, and boy is it so. The portion is recommended for two to three persons, but we reckon even four people can share this enormous dish. Two plates of ulam rice with fish crackers and pappadam are served on the side of the main attraction — a platter of assam crab curry, udang berempah, butter chicken, ayam percik, fluffy fried soft shell crab with sambal, Thai beef salad, fried poached egg, rojak buah, bok choy and cucumber salad. We were slightly overwhelmed by the cacophony of flavours, so we recommend that you sample each component separately. Truly Malaysian, the spice level is not for beginners, especially the fried poached egg that had a good dollop of sambal on it.

The Place: Ben’s Publika is located near The Square at Publika. Indoor seating is an option but on a good day, it’s nice and relaxing to dine al fresco near the outdoor bar. The ambience is cosy and comfortable, with simple and stylish furniture that’s not pretentious. You could have a family meal here, catch drinks with the colleagues after work or just go by yourself to enjoy a good meal.

Price: RM138 (serving size 2-3 pax)

Ben’s, Lot 37A & 37B, Level G2, No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 6205 2768, thebiggroup.co

Buffet lunch with additional dim sum dishes by Latest Recipe

Latest Recipe - Dim Sum 5
There are now more than 50 varieties of dimsum in addition to the regular buffet spread.

The Dish: Latest Recipe’s Sunday lunch buffet has recently added a dim sum counter to its already staggering selection of dishes. You can dine on Japanese, Western, Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisine varieties, but now remember to try the restaurant’s dim sum choices too. A welcomed addition to the buffet selection, there’s now more than 50 dim sum dishes for you to add to your plate.

The Place: Latest Recipe is on Level 6 of Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur. Having undergone a refresh not too long ago, the restaurant is nice and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows welcoming ample natural daylight. The buffet counters are displayed around a central pillar in the middle of the restaurant, while the live-cooking stations are on the right hand side once you step in. If you need a little privacy, there’s a private dining room that’s perfect for an intimate family meal or birthday celebration.

Price: RM128 nett per adult
             RM64 nett per child

The buffet lunch is available every Sunday from 12 – 2.30pm.

Latest Recipe, Level 6, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, No. 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, +6 03 2263 7434, www.lemeridienkualalumpur.com

Snapper ceviche by Le Noir

Snapper ceviche by Le Noir.
The Snapper ceviche is something we’ll be going back for more.

The Dish: Ceviche has always been a yes for us, and this is one to add to the go-to ceviche list in KL. The fish had a good texture and clear flavour that guaranteed its freshness, which went superbly well with the citrus juices and avocado salad it was served with. Just thinking about it now makes us want more.

The Place: Le Noir is located at The Hive in TREC, further down and around the corner from when you first drive into the area. There’s three floors that includes a live music and acoustic area, a DJ lounge and a rooftop bar. We like the cosy seating area on the first floor that has glass walls and ceilings — great to relax and catch a view of the Petronas Twin Towers in the sunset.

Price: RM35 nett

Le Noir, TREC, Unit H-G-07, The Hive, TREC, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 17 495 7217, www.facebook.com/lenoirkl