January 22, 2016

CNY 2016 @ Five Sen5es, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Celebrate the Brilliant Year of the Monkey

More indulgence awaits this festive Chinese New Year as The Westin Kuala Lumpur welcomes the year of the Monkey with abundance of festive favorites! The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s Cantonese restaurant, Five Sen5es, is set to impress diners this Lunar New Year with a multi-sensory dining experience of Sight, Taste, Scent, Touch and Sound.

As the New Year revolves around blessings of Longevity, Riches, Peace, Wisdom and Virtue, Chinese Chef Tan is presenting his repertoire of mix traditional and modern signature creations in 3 exquisite festive set menus together with a selection of fresh Yee Sang, alluring festive a la carte dishes and an enhanced dim sum brunch.

Five Sen5ses, a modern and contemporary dining space that serves Cantonese cuisine, has diners enjoying a plush menu of scrumptious dim sums to gourmet dishes of premium ingredients. The restaurant’s d├ęcor captures the essence of trendy and modern aesthetics with lots of gorgeous hues of cherry wood set in well-spaced design. Diners can enjoy their meal on the modern banquette seating or the traditional seating in the main dining room which happens to also showcase an open live kitchen as its highlight. Surrounded by nature’s elements of greens and water as well as stone elements, Five Sen5es is indeed a sight to behold.

Below are the selections of dishes selected from the 3 festive set menus as well as a la carte available from 9 January to 21 February 2016. Starting off with a big auspicious bang, we toss into the New Year with an enhanced obligatory Yee Sang!

As Yee Sang is symbolic of good luck, properity, health and things auspicious, go lux this year and savor Five Sen5es’s Norwegian Fresh Salmon Yee Sang & Abalone with Added Charcoal Grilled Meat.

The Yee Sang itself is a kaleidoscope of colors and flavours with an assorted textures from its classic ingredients as well as modern additions. With Chef Tan’s special plum sauce, fresh slices of creamy salmon, highly prized Australian Spring Sliced Two Head Abalone and smoky charred sweet grilled Bak Kwa, the Yee Sang is indeed truly special and luxurious.

While the standard portions available cater to smaller groups, special sized ones may be available subject to availability. Ours was a portion fit for 30 pax. It was indeed a memorable night filled with lots of fun cheers and laughter as we Lou Hei in amazing heights!

Besides that Yee Sang, there are also other Yee Sang such as Taiwanese Top Shell Abalone & Norwegian Salmon Yee Sang and more. Yee Sang can be enjoyed by dining in or to be taken away for celebrations in the comfort of your homes with loved ones. Prices start from RM76 nett per standard serving.

A first for me, the Double Boiled Pigeon with Chinese Ham & Baby Cabbage was deliciously comforting albeit a tad rich. Pigeon was superbly tender with rich and smooth flesh while the cubes of Chinese ham added loads of umami flavours to the broth as well as textures. The baby cabbage boiled for hours literally melts-in-the-mouth and lend its sweetness to the robust broth.

The Poached Chicken with Spicy Garlic Sauce may looked decent at sight but the flavours and textures of this dish was impressive and went beyond our expectation. Succulent and tender poached chicken are smothered in a piquant sauce that is beautifully addictive. Lots of crushed peanuts coupled with aromatics and hints of chili took this dish to new heights as we find ourselves scooping up the sauce happily that went so well with the chicken!

The next dish of Deep Fried Pork Spare Rib & Berries with Haw Berry Sauce looked gorgeously festive in colors and presentation. Though the dish looked modern at sight, rest assured, the flavours are truly traditional as Chef Tan uses Chinese ingredients of brown sugar pieces coupled with dried haw berries and other ingredients to concoct this dish. The natural sweetness of the brown sugar and distinctive flavours of haw really brought back childhood memories when savoring this dish. Coupled with fresh berries, the dish really stood out in flavours.

It’s also another first for me for the fish course. While most places tend to stick to the classic steamed fish, Five Sen5es served theirs as Braised Pomfret with Roasted Pork Belly & Cherry Tomatoes. The majestic fish was lightly battered and fried to a crisp finish with a soft and moist flesh. The lightly sweet and sour braised pork belly and cherry tomato sauce was moreish and tasty. It did reminded me of the classic sweet and sour dish and yet this one was taken to another depth of flavours with the addition of roast pork and lots of garlic cloves.

Many deemed that the next dish is simple to prepare but according to Chef Tan, the dish of Crisp Fried Prawn with Pumpkin & Salted Egg Yolk Mousse really requires skills to prepare. One needs to make sure the prawns are just nicely coated with a thin batter and fried to perfection before coating them in just the right amount of the creamy pumpkin and salted egg yolk. There was also a good balance of sweet and salty flavours between the pumpkin and salted egg yolk to ensure that this dish taste sublime in every sense.

Slow Boiled Clay Pot Rice with Assorted Wax Meat & Chestnut is literally my top favorite clay pot rice dish this year! The rice is beautifully fluffy, almost creamy with a luscious tender bite. The abundance of rich and moreish waxed duck meat, Chinese sausage, liver sausage and chestnuts with lots of spring onions and special sauce takes the rice to whole new heights in terms of flavours. The sumptuous balance of sweet and savory is mastered to perfection and I find myself going back for seconds despite being already full. A must- order dish as this one is the best clay pot rice with waxed meat version I have had this year!!

End the feast with an unusual but delectable dessert of Glutinous Rice Dumplings in Sweetened Soya Milk & Ginger Juice with Deep Fried Chinese Pancakes. Even the dessert is crafted with much thoughts. Chef Tan and his team has painstakingly wrapped Nian Gao with sweet potato to resemble a tortellini dumpling before steaming it and serving it with freshly grated coconut. The rice dumpling was delicious too with a sesame seed filling while the sweet broth was served warm with gentle notes of delicate sweetness.

Five Sen5es Chinese New Year Set Menus

Happiness Reunion Chinese New Year Set Menu 1
RM 1,688 nett per table of 10 persons

Blessings Reunion Chinese New Year Set Menu 2
RM 1,988 nett per table of 10 persons

Abundance Reunion Chinese New Year Set Menu 3
RM 2,288 nett per table of 10 persons

List of festive set menu details are available here.

Simply Dim Sum Brunch (09 February 2015 and weekends)

The second day (09 February 2016) of the Chinese New Year is also known as “Hoi Nin” in Chinese, meaning the beginning of a year. Celebrate the day with an enhanced version of the Simply Dim Sum Brunch, which is based around the All You Can Eat concept as well as interactive pass around dishes. On top of that, Roasted Whole Pig, Poon Choy and Wax Meat Rice are especially added to the sumptuous buffet spread to mark this auspicious day.

Simply Dim Sum Brunch with enhanced menu is also available over the weekends from 02 to 21 February 2016. Five Sen5es has pull out all the stops with their All You Can Eat Dim Sum, to the extent that for an additional amount, diners can enjoy free flow of selected beverages to go with your All You Can Eat experience.

RM138 nett per person
Includes free flow of Chinese tea
additional free flow of soft drinks and Chinese tea RM20 nett per person
additional free flow of soft drinks, chilled juices and selected beers RM60 nett per person
additional free flow of soft drink, chilled juices, selected beers and wine RM80 nett per person

For Reservations, please contact Westin Dining at 603 2773 8338 or email: westindining@westin.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100, Kuala Lumpur
Phone: (60)(3) 2731 8333

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