Lunching in Style at Urban!
City folks looking for a quick business lunch should head on over to Urban at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur. Urban, a modern eclectic restaurant with French influences is a favorite hotspot of many gourmands. Helmed by Chef Sharusmizal and team, Urban represents his creative playground for a list of his sumptuous dishes. Urban hasn’t changed much since I last visited and its Aussie native bright orange interior remained as vibrant as ever.
Urban is now offering the Executive Set Lunch Menu available from Mondays to Fridays, from 12.00 noon to 2.30pm to cater to the business crowd. Diners can enjoy the 3-course Executive Set Lunch Menu priced at RM50nett. Choose an appetizer, a main course and a dessert from the various selections of each course.
There are three choices of Appetizer and these comprises of salads, various light versions to keep energy going but not heavy to drag one down.
Opt for Caprese Salad, a rich mix of sweet fresh smoked buffalo mozzarella paired with highland tomato wedges, mesclun greens, basil, pesto, olive powder and a few more ingredients. It’s a classic pairing of the Italian flag of red, green and white. The olive powder proved to be a unique addition of flavours.
Caesar Salad is always a crowd pleaser. Romaine lettuce with croutons, shaved parmesan cheese, micro greens and garlicky creamy dressing makes a very tasty and simple salad.
If you are one to go for a luxe salad, then opt for the Nicoise Salad, a classic French salad of tuna, potato, egg, tomato and more. Urban’s version had seared tuna, boiled egg and potato, haricot bean, tomato, onion, greens, caper berry and an anchovy dressing.
Diners have a selection of 5 main courses to choose from and these ranges from French to Italian to American.
Thread Fillet with Kenya Beans, Le Puy Lentil, Crabmeat Beignet, Celeriac Puree and Chardonnay Orange Butter may have a mouthful of ingredients but they all certainly work deliciously together. The crispy skin of the thread fillet is delish and the flesh is firm and sweet. The crabmeat beignet is divine and many would wish for more than one. The light fresh citrus and butter sauce held the ingredients all together.
Another dish worth ordering is the French classic of Ballotine of Chicken & Truffle with Mushroom Puree, Asparagus, Pommes Mouseline, Golden Raisin and Morel Jus. Chicken made lavish with truffle, mushrooms, asparagus and morel jus, it’s definitely a winning combination of earthy moreish flavours. The chicken is also beautifully tender and moist.
For those who prefer their carbs, the Spicy Chili Prawn Spaghetti is simply the perfect pasta for lunch. Pasta cooked al dente, large sweet prawns and spicy chili notes with cheese and herbs is a plate of robust and fiery flavours.
There’s a burger crave in everyone and so one can also opt for the Classic Beef Burger served with steak fries and spicy barbeque sauce. A juicy beefy patty with melted Swiss cheese and the usual sidekicks is completed with toasted sesame bun. The burger is a whopper in size so it’s perfect for big appetites.
There is also a vegetarian option of Vegetable Lasagna. Enjoy oozing melted cheese sauce and tomato sauce on grilled vegetables for pure comfort.
The trio selection of desserts offer diners a nice selections of sweets that are not overly heavy for lunch time.
For a light and refreshing finish, enjoy the Exotic Fruits with Basil Sorbet.
Chocolate lovers should take on the Urban Chocolate Fudge with Home Made Toffee and Sesame Ice Cream. Decadently dark and bittersweet with buttery toffee is given a twisted note of sesame ice cream.
To go the divine route, end the lunch with Crispy Custard of Home Made Crème Brulee with Fresh Fruits. The crack of the toffee on the crème brulee is music to anyone’s ears. The rich and sinful egg cream is offset beautifully by the fresh fruits.
Urban Executive Set Lunch is priced at RM50nett for 3-course and is available from Mondays to Fridays from 12noon to 2.30pm. To know more information about this promo, call 03 2141 9988 ext. 3691.
Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Lobby Level, East Wing
73 Jalan Raja Chulan
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Lunch 12:00noon to 2:30pm
Dinner 6:30pm to 10:30pm
On Saturdays, Urban is open for dinner onlyClosed on Sundays and public holidays