Thursday, 18 April 2013

Cilantro – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

When planning where to eat in KL (aside from the “street food” see here) there was only one restaurant on my ‘must do’ list… the restaurant widely regarded as Malaysia’s best - Cilantro.

Housed within the MiCasa All Suite Hotel, Cilantro is a French restaurant that makes use of Asian ingredients - particularly those from Japanese chef, Takashi Kimura’s homeland.

Cilantro has twice been listed in the Miele guide’s list of the Asia’s Top 20 Restaurants (at No.8 in 20122 and No.6 in 2012) but it dropped out of the 2013 rankings.

We opted for the Dégustation Menu.

Bread with Black Truffle Butter and Amuse Bouche (the butter was the highlight of the meal)

Confit of Foie Gras with Brioche

Capellini with Abalone (undoubtedly the stand out dish)

Lightly Smoked Ocean Trout with Asparagus

Lobster & Sakuraebi Soup

Wild Bar (Sea Bass) Fillet with Leek Etuvée & Sliced Hotate (Scallop)

French Veal with Jus

Grilled Wagyu with Mushrooms

Crème d’Anjou with Raspberry Sorbet

Chocolate Soufflé Renverse with Caramel & Chestnut Cream

The meal, setting and service were all good but I do not feel as though Cilantro is on a par with high-end restaurants in, say, neighbouring Singapore or the UK – if we were to return to KL, we would probably stick to the “street food” and casual dining venues.  


  1. The meal looked ok but bears absolutely no reflection to Malay cuisine.I can never understand why these high end Asian restaurants (many in Bangkok) serve up very highly priced western food when they should be adapting and moving forward with their own countries national cuisine.

  2. Hubby and I was there in the afternoon on the same day and he commented "maybe we will see Hungry Hoss here" LOL! Maybe next time ;)


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