Woo Bar @ W Hotel Kuala Lumpur

One of the latest 5-star hotels to grace the Kuala Lumpur skyline, W Hotel  is a cool and edgy establishment, designed for those with a rebellious streak and creative individuals who thrive on non-conformity. Don’t expect to find chandeliers or dated-looking leather couches here!

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I was visiting for a food review at their Cantonese restaurant, Yen, recently – and couldn’t resist going on a tour of the other parts of the hotel. The pool deck was my favourite, the cabana/bar area with its high ceilings giving it a lofty sense of space.

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W Hotel KL probably has one of the best pool views in town: you can swim with a full view of the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers

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True to their edgy concept, the lobby is called the “Living Room”, and the Concierge, the “Whatever/Whenever” counter. Dangling from the ceiling are rows of colourful neon threads, reminiscent of a cascading waterfall.

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The ‘waterfall’ booths make for cosy meeting spaces

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Flock, W Hotel KL’s all-day dining restaurant, is a warm and inviting space with quirky bird-themed touches, including seats shaped like bird cages.

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Breaking once more from tradition, the restaurant boasts an open kitchen concept where you can watch the chefs in action. It almost feels like being in someone’s home!

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Tiffin carriers – a staple in many households – are the Malaysian equivalent of Japanese bento boxes. At Flock, the colourful containers are used to serve freshly baked bread.

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Next, we adjourned to Woo Bar on the Living Room level, where friendly mixologists whipped up several cocktails. Rows of liquor and ingredients line the shelves, as well as unique cups and glasses for serving.

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  • (From left) Nut This Time – Dark Rum, Nuts insued Camparini, Blood Orange, Lime and Simple Syrup
  • High Five – gin, lime, mint, Tualang Honey and pomegranate
  • Bouquet – Gin, macadamia bourbon, Tualang Royal Black Honey, mint and Floral Spray

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Not a big fan of alcohol because I get migraines whenever I have them, even in small amounts, but taste wise, these were not bad at all. I especially liked the High Five as it only had a faint taste of gin, with a stronger hint of honey.

WOO BAR 

W Kuala Lumpur, 121, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2786-8888

Review: Cantonese Dim Sum @ Yen, W Hotel Kuala Lumpur

What’s better than dimsum? Dimsum with a view! 

Discerning diners can have the best of both at the newly opened Yen @ W Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the latest addition to the hotel’s culinary destinations. Reinterpreting traditional favourites with a modern twist, the Cantonese resto presents well-loved dim sum fare such as siew mai and har gaw, infused with creative ingredients like foie gras and black truffle.

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Zoom up to Level 11, where the cosy dining spot welcomes diners with a warm atmosphere,  bathed in ambient golden light. Breaking from traditional reds typical of many Chinese restaurants, Yen boasts a clean and modern design of black and grey, wood and metal. Of particular note are the unique honeycomb-shaped ceiling panels and dining dividers.

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The Yen Dim Sum Tasting Set Menu is ideal for those who want to try a bit of everything. The set is priced at RM102 per pax, with a minimum order of two persons. The platter above was prepared by the chef for food review purposes, so patrons can expect a larger portion when they order the actual set.

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Start off with the steamed goodies: Sarcodon Asparagus Prawn Dumplings and Chicken Siew Mai with Black Truffle.

The flavour of asparagus was subtle and refreshing, while the chewy green skin was the perfect texture and thickness with the smattering of fish roe lending everything a salty burst. The chicken siew mai was excellent as well, with bouncy, tender meat and the truffle providing a savoury, earthy aftertaste.

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Fried dimsum lovers will enjoy the Crispy Yam with Foei Gras and Chicken, as well as the Cod Fillet with Chilli Padi Cheese and Spicy Sauce. I particularly liked the latter, with its crunchy exterior enveloping tender, sweet fish on the inside. The chilli padi cheese gave it a spicy, creamy kick without overpowering the dish. Good stuff!

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The Yen daily soup changes according to your visit. During our review, we were treated to a nourishing, lip-smacking bowl of chicken, abalone and various Chinese herbs.

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Carb lovers will be glad to know that the set includes Stewed Ee Fu Noodles, with Minced Prawns, Mushrooms and Dried Ground Flounder. The silky smooth noodles, coated in a rich savoury sauce, slips down the throat almost effortlessly.

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Round off the meal with a refreshing Lemongrass infused Ai-Yu Jelly, Natural Peach Resin and Yuzu Pearls. 

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We ordered extra desserts: these tiny egg tarts, made with egg whites, were gone in seconds.

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The ultimate dessert. Like nothing I’ve ever tasted.

Milk Pudding with Truffle might sound like an unusual combination, but it was a marriage made in heaven. The soft, light sweetness of the creamy pudding paired with the earthy taste of truffle was absolutely divine. If anything, I’d come back to Yen JUST to have this. 11/10 

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Yen has a seating capacity of 50 in the main dining area, with five private dining rooms that can seat up to 12 pax. Some of the rooms are equipped with their own toilet and pantry.

YEN 

Level 11, W Kuala Lumpur, 121, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Open for lunch and dinner.
Tel: 03-2786-8888