There are loads of great and varied dining options in KL, however if the hankering is specifically for quality beef, for us the only location to be sought out is currently Prime, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur.
We were itching for some red meat indulgence, therefore once again, we made our way to Prime.
Some of the best steaks we have eaten are from this restaurant.
The freshly baked breads here are really good. It's really hard to stop at one piece. The only thing that stops us is the thought of the steak that awaits us.
Freshly baked walnut and Emmental cheese bread
Seaweed, salted and cinnamon butter
We skipped starters since we had a heavy lunch and went straight for the meat. Choosing a steak off their a la carte menu can be pretty daunting... Wagyu, Kobe, Angus and not to mention all the different cuts. In the end, I settled for the Australian Master Kobe (Marble Score 9 and above) oyster blade steak (RM130 for 220g). The steak was perfectly cooked to a medium doneness. Tender and juicy with an intense flavour, I let out a sigh of pleasure after each and every bite. I especially liked the caramelised bits of fats which melted in the mouth.
Decadent Australian Master Kobe steak
Since we have the Starwood card, Hubby decided to splurge and order the Blackmore Wagyu Cube Roll (RM398 for 220g).
"Blackmore is a 100% full blood Japanese Wagyu Beef with a consistent high marbling score of 9+ (Australian Highest Score). Slaughtering only 40 cattles per month, the availability of cuts are exclusive. Served by renowned restaurants such as French Laundry, Per Se, Rockpool and Iggy's Singapore."
It is said that at room temperature, the marbling melts giving the meat its "melt in the mouth" moisture and tenderness. Hubby was definitely wowed by the Blackmore beef; it was delicate, with a smooth, buttery texture. It really brings a whole new meaning to the term "melt in the mouth". Our only grouch would be that this cut was too thin, rendering some parts of the steak to be cooked medium to medium well, rather than medium rare as requested.
With his urge to taste the Blackmore Wagyu satisfied, Hubby later declared that upon return to Prime he would likely settle for my Australian Master Kobe agreeing that it was delicious.
For our side dishes, we shared the Sauteed Green Asparagus (RM15) and Truffled Mash Potato (RM15). The mash potatoes was absolutely divine.
Sauteed Green Asparagus - sweet and crunchy
Truffle mash potatoes - heavenly
For desserts, Hubby had one of their signature dishes, Rich hot Chocolate Cake, served with chocolate sauce and stracciatella ice-cream (RM30). A fitting end to a fantastic dinner.
Delectable chocolate cake
I had the Crepe Suzette served with preserved orange zest and rich vanilla ice cream (with Cointreau liquor upon request) (RM30). The portion was huge, and probably sufficient for 2 to share. The orange zest was a little too overpowering for me to enjoy this dessert properly.
Verdict: Lovely ambience, great steaks.
To read about our previous lunch experience, click here. For the full set of photos, please visit my Facebook page.
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 12.00pm to 2.30pm (Lunch); Monday to Sunday: 6.30pm to 11.00pm (Dinner)
Price: Expensive. RM716.98. We got 50% discount with the Starwood card, making it RM358.45.
Location: Prime, 5th Floor, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Directly opposite KL Sentral station and next to KL Hilton)
Tel: 03- 2263 7555
Parking: RM8 for the first 2 hours, RM4 for every subsequent hour.
GPS Coordinates: 3.135685, 101.686524
*Winner of TimeOutKL Best Steak House 2011.