The decor is elegant, contemporary and very posh. The glass water feature was quite unusual and reminded me somewhat of the Dalek's out of Doctor Who. Only this one in Lafite doubles up as a dessert showcase had tons of mouthwatering desserts. Contrary to what we've heard, the service we received that afternoon was excellent. Food service was nicely paced, giving us some time to chat in between courses and indulge in our food and surroundings. It is always a nice touch when my handbag gets a seat of its own (two Japanese ladies saw that I was given a handbag stool and asked if they could have one too lol).
Lovely appetizers to kick start our meal..
We both decided to order one cold and warm appetizer each. My first appetizer of Yellow Fin Tuna Tartar, topped with black sesame crisp, crushed avocado, cucumber salad, ginger yuzu vinaigrette was exquisite. Beautifully presented, with fresh and clean flavours.
I had the Spiced Risotto for my second appetizer. The risotto was very rich and creamy; topped with duck bolognese and sits on a bed of braised radicchio lettuce. It was a lovely dish, but if I knew it was going to be so rich and filling, I would have ordered only 1 appetizer.
We were slightly disappointed with Hubby's appetizer of Quail eggs and asparagus. This was categorised as a warm appetizer but everything on the plate was cold. The white asparagus was cold, the poached quail eggs was cold and not runny enough and even the Bernaise sauce was cold.
The main courses were spectacular...
It has been quite a while since I ordered fish for a main course but I made an exception today and ordered the Golden Brown seared Atlantic Cod Fillet. A great choice indeed! I was most impressed with the big chunk of roasted cod placed before me. Served with baby potatoes, young carrots, green beans, asparagus and black truffle sauce, this was simply heavenly. It was so good, I wanted to lick my plate clean.
Hubby's main course, the Braised Short Rib was equally impressive. The short rib was very tender and flavourful and was served with crispy celeriac sticks, young brocolli, corn and thyme sauce.
A sophisticated candy store..
I would strongly advise that you start your lunch sharp at 12 noon, so that you can slowly enjoy your meal before moving on to the buffet dessert showcase. Some of the dessert items get snapped up really quick, for example, the cheese platters were all gone by the time the second table went up for their dessert.
I was impressed with the dessert selection available that day. I loved everything I tried, especially the macaron. It was hard to stop after the first one. I must have eaten at least 5 that afternoon.
Simply irresistible macaron
The handmade chocolate bars were very good, particularly the Caramel Fleur de Sel. Also available to purchase at Cinnamon coffee bar in Lobby Level. The pastries were excellent; everything was so pretty and delicious. The dessert showcase is a real treat for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Verdict: In hindsight, we should have only ordered 1 appetizer and 1 main course and left more room for dessert. We didn't expect the desserts to be so good since it was technically a buffet. On top of being delicious, the food at Lafite is also visually appealing (beautiful food always scores extra points with me). All-in-all, a wonderful meal :)
Non smoking restaurant.
Dress code: Smart casual
Opening times: Lunch Monday to Friday 12.00 - 2.30pm; Dinner Monday to Saturday 7.00pm - 10.30pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Tel: 03- 2074 3900
GPS Coordinates: 3.1541, 101.706297
*Winner of Best Fine Dining Category - TimeOutKL 2009 & 2010 awards