So what's NEW about this Fresh Market dining concept at Serena Brasserie? According to Chef de Cuisine Suhalmi Tasir, this Fresh Market dining concept gives guests the opportunity to try fresh, quality produce prepared in their preferred method of cooking. We went around and sampled the fantastic, extensive variety of food on offer, and here are some of the highlights of the new Fresh Market experience:
1. Succulent air-flown seafood
Choose from an array of seafood such as tiger prawn, mussels, sea bass fillet, salmon fillet, squid and more, and then bring it to the live cooking station. Everything is prepared a la minute, so be prepared to wait. However, you will not need to wait in line; simply bring one of the lolly sticks (with your table number imprinted on it) with you to any of the cooking stations, and pass it to one of the chefs with your plate of raw ingredients, while indicating which cooking method you prefer. There are over 10 cooking styles to choose from, such as bouillabaisse broth, Portuguese stew, stone-grilled, Cordon Bleu, deep fried (batter / breaded), teriyaki style and more.
Our seafood bouillabaisse
2. Meat and poultry selections
You can make your meat and poultry selection from a small chiller - there is striploin, tenderloin, ribs, duck and lamb rack. I would highly recommend the Australian lamb rack - it was beautifully grilled to a medium doneness, so good we had to go back for seconds!
3. Garden crisp vegetables
There are over 25 selection of vegetables to chose from, simply select and add them to your seafood or meat dishes. Or you can start your meal with a fresh garden salad.
4. Sang Har Mein
Do check out the Noodles counter, and order a plate of sang har mein, aka freshwater prawn noodles. Egg noodles are topped with a smooth egg gravy and halved freshwater prawns.
5. Risotto and pasta
We usually avoid these two items at a buffet spread, however please do not miss out on the risotto ai funghi served here at Serena Brasserie. As I mentioned earlier, the dishes here are cooked a la minute to ensure guests have the freshest, best dining experience. Beautifully prepared, the risotto ai funghi was cooked al dente, and then tossed in the giant Grana Padano wheel and topped with rocket leaves. You can also find Paella Valencia (traditional Spanish rice dish) or Arroz de Marisco (Portuguese seafood rice) here.
6. Fresh seafood on ice and sashimi
And of course, not to be missed here is the amazing spread of fresh seafood on ice and sashimi. I love the fatty cut of salmon on offer, as well as the crayfish, slipper lobster and succulent prawns. There are also freshly shucked oysters, crabs, scallops, tuna sashimi and sushi.
7. Fresh juice
Pick from one of the freshly squeezed juice bottles on display or select your preferred combination from the display of fruits, and the juice will be delivered to your table.
8. Desserts and Cheese
Sinful desserts await you at the Dessert counter, including cakes, pastries, chocolate fountains, local desserts and New Zealand Kapiti ice cream. There is also a nice selection of imported cheese such as Gouda, Cheddar, Brie and Blue Cheese, along with dried fruits and nuts.
For reservations, please call Serena Brasserie at 03-2782 6228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening times: Lunch 12.00 noon to 2.30pm (Mondays to Fridays), Dinner 7.00pm to 10.30pm (Daily)
Location: Serena Brasserie, Lobby Level, InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2782 6228
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