Gour­mand Deli

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An ex­ten­sion of L’or­angerie, Gour­mand Deli is the go-to out­post for a late lunch or a ca­sual tête-à-tête over cups of fine cof­fee or tea. Glass show­cases filled with tempt­ing oven-fresh breads, dainty en­tremets and pas­tries, and hand­made Val­rhona choco­late pra­lines are topped off by ro­tund glass con­tain­ers of colour­ful mac­arons.

The menu is a suc­cinct con­trac­tion of L’or­angerie’s with sig­na­ture sta­ples like St. Regis burger and nasi lemak with but­ter lob­ster top­ping the list of ‘must haves’. Light open­ers to whet the ap­petite range from freshly made sand­wiches to Asian starters such as Viet­namese rice pa­per rolls. The lat­ter come pret­tily pre­sented with shred­ded greens and fresh herbs, car­rot and sliced prawns com­ple­mented by a zingy dip on the side.

Malaysia’s peren­nial favourite of nasi lemak goes luxe with two show-stop­ping ac­com­pa­ni­ments: a whole rock lob­ster grilled and topped with but­tery egg floss and de­lec­ta­ble Wagyu beef cheek ren­dang. The in­her­ent sweet­ness of the lob­ster is am­pli­fied by the flossy, savoury tufts of egg and but­ter while the melt­ingly ten­der beef also ticks all the right boxes in terms of tex­ture, flavour and spice quo­tient – a rare feat few re­sort chefs suc­ceed in pulling off.

The strength of its lo­cal culi­nary prow­ess gains fur­ther trac­tion from the de­li­cious serv­ing of fried ba­nana frit­ter balls (cekodok) served with a glass of foamy teh tarik. These dainty frit­ters boast more mashed ba­nana than flour, which goes a long way in en­hanc­ing their sweet ap­peal.

Here, the nasi lemak goes luxe with a whole rock lob­ster and Wagyu beef ren­dang

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