Experience the cosmopolitan flavours of London right in the heart of KL, as The Library @ The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur presents Two Friends – One Cuisine, a limited-time only dinner menu featuring guest chef Alexander Tyndall, of Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s restaurant at the Threadneedles Hotel. Collaborating with YTL Corporate Executive Chef Wai Look Chow, the four-course dinner is available from now until July 20 2019, showcasing the best of each ingredient through modern and traditional culinary artistry.
The elegant interiors of The Library immediately sets guests at ease, with intimate dining spaces and cosy corners. Surrounded by bookshelves (hence the name) ad lots of wood, the warm lighting and classy vibe makes for great conversations with friends and loved ones over a glass of wine, as you wile the night away enjoying the delights of a full fine dining experience.
We kicked off with a prelude of amuse bouche to whet the appetite – Oysters Rockefeller au Gratin, and Seared Scallop with skirlie potato cake and vanilla purée. The oyster was large and juicy, topped with a creamy blend of butter, parsley and green herbs with a layer of melted cheese that accentuated the oyster’s brininess. The seared scallop was perfectly cooked, and the potato cake lent an element of crispiness to the bite-sized appetiser.
The light and airy Tempura Quail, which comes with pickled cucumber, kimchi puree and polenta fritata had each individual ingredient shining on its own, but also coming together to form a beautiful mix of textures and flavours. I enjoyed the bouncy quail eggs with their creamy centre, the robust, slightly gamey and tender quail meat, cut through by the tanginess of pineapple slices and the kimchi puree.
Here is your chance to taste a signature Marco Pierre White dish – Marco’s Lobster Macaroni – an oceanic bisque of lobster and macaroni topped with black truffle. You’ll taste the familiarity of a simple, homemade comfort food – namely Mac n Cheese – spruced up with luxury ingredients, including generous portions of sweet lobster tail, gruyere cheese and earthy black truffle.
Next came Roasted Rack of Lamb with Cockles, Baby Spinach, Gratin Dauphinois (sliced potato baked in milk and cream) and Roasting jus. The meat was top grade, slicing apart like butter before melting in the mouth. The cockles didn’t go well with the meat, but it was still easily my favourite dish of the night.
Ending the night on a sweet note, we had Chef Alex’s signature dessert – Wheeler’s Poached Pear with vanilla panna cotta and passion fruit sauce. The poached pear had just the right amount of sour-sweet to balance out the thick but smooth creaminess of the panna cotta.
A cheese platter was served at the end of the meal, although this isn’t part of the 4-course dinner; featuring Vintage Stilton, Mature Cheddar and Ripe Brie. Personally, I love blue cheese so the Stilton was my favourite, but it may taste a little strong for others.
The exclusive four-course menu will be available from now until July 20 2019, from 7pm until 11pm and is priced at MYR350 nett per person with an option of wine pairing at MYR450 nett per person.
For dining reservations and enquiries, call +60 3 2142 8000 or email
*I was invited as a guest to this food review as part of work. Views here are entirely my own.