Sunday, May 27, 2012

Grand Launch of Five Sen5es, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Last week, we were invited to the Grand Launch of Five Sen5es, the new Chinese restaurant in The Westin Kuala Lumpur.  We have previously dined here when it was still known as EEST. At that time, they served a variety of Pan-Asian cuisine, including Chinese, Japanese etc. 

Awaken your five senses..

The new Five Sen5es serves authentic Cantonese cuisine with a Szechuan influence, including signature dishes from the best known cuisines in China such as charcoal roasted whole suckling pig served on pancakes with barbecue sauce, Australian southern rock lobster steamed with XO Shao Xing wine, and authentic Peking duck. 


During the Grand Launch, five different rooms were set up to allow guests to immerse themselves in Five Sen5es' sensory signatures, using sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. It was fun and interactive, and we got to learn a little about what went into the preparation of the dishes and of course, taste them too.

A magnificent sight...

The Sense of Sight


The famous authentic traditional Peking duck in two series


Chefs slicing the Peking duck skin to make some pancake wraps for us. 


Sizzle sizzle.. 

The Sense of Hearing


Hear it sizzle as the chefs prepare them on a hot pan

Pan seared stuffed prawn with enoki mushrooms in honey maki jus 


A whiff of truffle scent..

The Sense of Smell

One of my favorite ones was the sense of smell, we walked into the room and was instantly greeted by the familiar smell of truffle oil.

Wok-fried seafood silken egg mousse, crispy creme brulee, truffle oil scent 


A cooling sensation..

The sense of touch


This was really cool - the crispy black fungus and pork layers, with "zi kong" chilli vinegar oil dressing was served in a teapot filled with dry ice. 


The pork layers itself was frozen... makes my tongue tingle!

Szechuan spiced hot pepper wanton


Close your eyes and taste..

The Sense of Taste


We were asked to put on blindfolds at this station, before being led into the room to taste the sensory dish. I thought it was chicken broth but turned out it was Imperial Double Boiled Morel Broth with Australian Scallop Dumpling. (I should have peeked at the sign outside the door before I went in ;P)



Crispy hand wrapped king crab roe dumpling


Signature cocktails


Koi fish


There was also a Chinese calligraphy demonstration. We got one each for our kids. 


Here's Baby D's name in Chinese :P


Lion dance to grace the launch of Five Sen5es


Live lobster


After a short speech by the Hotel GM, we were invited to sample a 6-course Chinese dinner. The most interesting dish was the "Dan dan" noodles - it was fascinating watching the chef prepare it in the open kitchen. I've even taken a video here to share with you all - oh the skills!


Custom wine glasses

Open kitchen


I also had the pleasure of meeting one of my readers at the launch. To Junnie, if you are reading this, thanks for coming up to me to say HI :)




Watch the making of "dan dan" noodles here..

Full set of photos available to view here. 


Opening times: Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm, Dinner: 5.30pm to 10.30pm

Click here to see a la carte menu and dim sum menu. Weekday dim sum buffet is priced at RM48++ and weekend dim buffet at RM68++. For Starwood Privilege, only 20% flat discount is applicable.

Non-halal.

Location: Five Sen5es, Level 1, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2731 8333

GPS Coordinates: 3.14779, 101.714569

18 comments:

  1. Wow, I would love to try that crispy black fungus and pork layers, sound great!

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    1. The presentation with the dry ice was really interesting!

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  2. wow, pretty dramatic way of presenting the different dishes! but it looks like a fun and memorable dinner :D

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    1. The concept of the five senses behind all the dishes were very interesting. It's things we never really notice nowadays anymore as we usually just concentrate on the looks and taste.

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  3. I was there last weekend for dinner. The food was pretty good but the service was slow, they were really understaffed.

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    1. Hopefully they will pick this up and improve their service.

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  4. Wanna go dim sum buffet with me? You can watch how many baskets I can eat. :P

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    1. LOL, I know for a fact that YOU CAN EAT :P

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  5. For Starwood Privilege, the 20% discount is for the dim sum buffet right? If order ala-carte still get 50% if dine with 2?

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    1. Yes, if I'm not mistaken. However, if u need clarification you can email them at westindining@westin.com

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  6. my mom went here the other day. she kinda enjoyed the meal here. :D

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    1. I plan to go there for dim sum soon.

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  7. The dim sum buffet sounds good. Can't wait to try it out next month when life resume normally after mid June:D

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    1. I'm also looking fwd to go try the dim sum buffet.

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  8. what a creative launch! I ll take a bit of everything minus the durian.. kakaka! ;)

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    1. Hehe I also tried everything except the durian! ;P

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