Sunday, November 02, 2008

Hotel Maya - Still Waters, Cantonese lunch set menu launch

Add: Hotel Maya, 138 Jalan Ampang, KL
Located: Near KLCC, opposite Zouk

Hotel Maya has recently introduced a set lunch menu, with chinese cuisine tailored for the individual. These sets are available from Monday till Friday, at Still Waters, and is priced from RM$40. The meal comes with unlimited refills of jasmine or green tea. There was a consistent theme throughout the Cantonese contemporary meal, with the focus being on freshness, quality, and bite sized servings. The presentation was clean and sophisticated with white dishes used throughout. A typical set meal here would last one hour, with a good variety of dishes, which is suitable timing for a quick business lunch. Most tables here seat four to six people, but there is one private room available, which sits between 12 to 20 persons depending on the preferred layout.

Appetiser ...

The starter we chose was that of an Alaskan crab meat spring roll. I was impressed that it was not oiley, and the crab meat was both fresh and sweet. The manager explained to us that a lot of fine-tuning over the year resulted in an appropriate portion size, in order to allow the patron to complete all the courses!

Next came the Oriental codfish, which was served with a slice of Fresh ginseng. It was interesting that the cod had a meat-like firm but smooth texture. It was served in soya sauce which was fragrant yet not overpowering. I particularly enjoyed the generous slice of home made tofu, which the fish sat on.

The Chinese Spinach Vegetable with salted egg yoke was created as the Chef personally likes egg yoke. Once again the sauce did not overpower, and whilst the garlic pieces were mild, the flavours came through.

I enjoyed the next dish, Noodles in soup with Har Gao. The noodles had a smooth texture and just like the other dishes, it was simply easy eating! The way to enjoy this dish is to first eat the springy noodles (before it gets soggy), and finish off with the delicious har gao.

Finally, the Durian pancake was served. Despite this being a local D24 durian, the dish was well balanced and mild. I ended up leaving Maya full, but not with an over-ate feeling. The helpings were appropriately sized and delicious, and I look forward to my next visit here.

Other desserts, which can be chosen from other set menus ... Mango Pudding (Photo below) as well as Almond Jelly.

The Executive Chef gave an interview to the press who were present at this food tasting...

ps. Didn't indulge in wines, it was after all ... lunch!

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