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To commemorate my last day of work at KL and the hot chick’s vacation back to Malaysia. I decided that we should have a nice dinner at more exclusive place, a fine dining experience that is worthy of the occasion. It wasn’t difficult to choose Cilantro at Micasa Hotel, consistently voted as one of the best restaurants in KL. So I made the reservation last Tuesday and we headed downtown last Saturday night.

Truffle butter, Cilantro Restaurant at Micasa Hotel
nice ambiance, truffle butter and the tiger prawn with fish roe

Micasa Hotel is not exactly easy to find, I would have been unfashionably late if I didn’t have trusted N95‘s GPS navigation system guiding me to the restaurant. The somewhat hidden location gives an exclusive feel to the restaurant, the ambiance is very nice with the minimalistic deco, a Zen like environment.

Our waiter was very good, giving us the specials of the day and explaining the dishes in a professional manner. I ordered the dishes based on suggestions by Kelvin (who probably spent a small fortune dining there over the years). While waiting for our first dish to be served, we had some bread with the truffle butter. We were also served the excellent tiger prawn with fish roe, complimentary from the chef.

Appetizer, foie gras unagi, wagyu tartare, Cilantro Restaurant at Micasa Hotel
wagyu tartar (raw beef) and foie gras unagi

For starters, we had the Wagyu Tartare and Foie Gras Unagi. The wagyu tartare came with anchovy toast, egg mollet and Aioli sauce. Having been missing the raw beef sashimi I had in Tokyo, I just had to order this dish. The aioli sauce goes very well with the raw beef and egg, and the contrasting texture provided by the toast makes this dish such a delight to chew down.

The Foie Gras Unagi was very rich. Two generous slab of lightly cooked foie gras sandwiched between the grilled eel gives a very oily and rich texture that is best had with the accompanying salad. This dish is perfect for someone who loves fatty taste (in a good way).

Main dish, wasabi wagyu, foie gras duck, Cilantro Restaurant at Micasa Hotel
wagyu with wasabi crust and duck breast with foie gras

For our main dish, I had the foie gras with duck breast while the hot chick had wagyu beef with wasabi crust. I had been missing foie gras since the Zipangu experience more than 2 months ago, so a generous slab of foie gras was not to be missed. The duck breast was really great, so succulent and tender. I had never imagined duck meat to taste as good as this, coupled with the foie gras and a piece of radish and some vegetable for contrasting texture and character, it was just perfect.

The wagyu beef with wasabi crust was served with some seared mushrooms. I had a taste and thought it was excellent as well, the beef so tender you could cut it just using the spoon. The crust gave it a more sophisticated taste. The mushrooms were equally as good. However, I suggest against choosing the combination of Foie Gras Unagi and the Wagyu as the combination can be a little too rich.

Dessert, chocolate cupcake and earl grey ice cream, Cilantro Restaurant at Micasa Hotel
chocolate cupcake with earl grey ice cream

After the very satisfying main course, we ordered the chocolate cupcake with earl grey ice cream to share. If the appetizers and main dishes were excellent, the dessert was really out of this world. The chocolate cupcake has a molten core and the taste was just so good it was beyond words. Having the hot chocolate flows in your mouth while chewing some berries was just heaven on earth. The earl grey ice cream was quite unique though not too different from the green tea ice cream I had at Zipangu, it was very good.

The appetizers and main dishes were priced at around RM58 to RM68 while the dessert at RM32. With drinks, the associated tax and service charge, the dinner came to around RM361. Though it isn’t something I can afford on a regular basis, the experience was worth every cent.

Map to Micasa Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Cilantro Restaurant at Micasa Hotel

By the way, Cilantro is closing at the end of the year as Micasa is geared for a year long renovation. They are set to open an outlet at Midvalley Gardens with the same chef, though there will be changes in the menu. There are only 3 weeks left if you are to have the Cilantro experience.

Micasa Hotel Apartments
368B Jalan Tun Razak,
Kuala Lumpur 50400

GPS: 3.156874, 101.722530
Tel: 03-2161 8833

Discuss : KY eats – French Japanese Cuisine at Cilantro, Micasa Hotel

  1. Man. That’s really fine dining.

    Thank goodness for credit cards? ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. KY pays everything with cash ok? Even when buying houses and cars.

  3. or curse the credit card. lol

  4. bestnyer!
    ky also belanja-ed me makan:D

  5. Man, that ain’t cheap at all.

  6. Kelvin,
    If only monopoly money and Hell notes are legal.

  7. suanie,
    You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Not all good things are cheap. hehe

  8. Looneytune

    I think Cilantro have a special dinner course for dining before 7pm on weekdays.It was about RM100 per pax. Ate there this May when I was back and they still had it. Only problem is you don’t get to choose what is served, but it is good value for Cilantro.

  9. Looneytune

    Forgot to ask, are you leaving KL? Does that mean we will not get to read about yummy Malaysian food anymore on your blog?

  10. Looneytune,
    I won’t be working at KL, but at PJ instead. hehehehe. Not exactly far off. ๐Ÿ˜›

  11. nice lightinggg your mugshots =)

  12. niceeeeeee

  13. Another nice place for me to go.. hehe..

  14. lotsofcravings

    the wagyu n duck onli 68++??? cant be right?

  15. REta, ping,
    Thanks thanks. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Yeah, before end of the year!

    You’re right, 68++ for that dish. ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. very cheap! for so much foie gras and wagyu beef?!
    for that food you both had is seriously really really cheap! ๐Ÿ™‚
    must check that place out.

  17. Yeah Cilantro is a not bad place for a fine dining. A lot of review said is great too. Obviously i also don’t know where is it but thanks to wikimapia then only can find this hotel. Not really famous at all.

  18. Hi KY, for some reason that you have been visiting more upscale locations recently, i have noticed less reporting from your usual class of restaurants, I personally enjoy both, but the point here is the “hot chick”
    I see that each time the “hot chick” is in the picture, it is more of an expensive place, is there any thing going on, more than just coincidence

  19. yer.. so jealous!!! the food looks really delicious.

  20. carol, jehutyz,
    Yeah, it is a very nice place for reasonably priced fine dining.

    Well the next post’s going to be a cheap place, just coincidence. I cannot afford to eat expensive all the time. ๐Ÿ˜€

    go there then! hehe

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  22. Hey KY ^.^ I just came across your blog while serachig about Cilantro and it gives me a good impression about it ^.^ ahAHAH bUt I just wanna ask again, do you thiNk the environment as a work place{as in the way they train their workers,did they all turn out good? ^.^ Because I heard you mention the waiter was very nice,right? ^.^}, will it be good? ^.^ as i’ve an interview with the Outlet Manager tomorrow evening, I would really like some aDvice from yOu, the ExperiEnced one on whether the place. Thank yOu~ ^.^

  23. STella,
    It works, very well! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Hi just wondering do you know if Cilantro is still around? Has it re-opened after the Micasa renovation? Has the chef moved somewhere else and if so, is the quality in Cilantro still good?

  25. geewhiz,
    Yes! they’re back in business and I think still headed by the same chef. Personally I haven’t been back though.

  26. chocalate cupcake looks yummy!!i like chocolate

  27. agnes sim,
    yaa it’s nais!

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