Five Sen5es

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - EATING -

It’s about as classy a dim sum restau­rant as it gets, which is to be ex­pected, given its lo­ca­tion in a lav­ish ho­tel like The Westin KL, just across from Pavil­ion. The decor is mod­ern and monochro­matic, with its dark grey ceil­ing, clean lines and smooth mar­ble walls. At the en­trance there’s a trick­ling foun­tain in shiny black mar­ble, in case there’s any doubt you’re eat­ing some­where ex­pen­sive.

Luck­ily for us, Five Sen5es is hav­ing a 50 per­cent dis­count on its all-you-can-eat menu – only dur­ing the month of July, mind – and to­gether we pore over the menu and tick off ev­ery­thing we want, which is nearly ev­ery­thing they have.

We be­gin with the deep­fried yam puffs, each bite of which yields a warm crispy crush of yam, a lovely bal­ance be­tween sweet and savoury. Then come the baked egg tarts, each del­i­cate morsel crum­bling apart in the mouth, giv­ing way to the gooey mid­dle. ‘We need three more plates of th­ese,’ one of us re­marks, which be­comes a common re­frain – we keep re­turn­ing to the menu, tick­ing off more items and try­ing to re­mem­ber what each dish was.

The rich, sump­tu­ous xiao long bao is an in­stant favourite: dumplings stuffed with bak kut teh soup, pock­ets of hot meaty juice burst­ing over the tongue with ev­ery bite. We’re let down a bit by the chee cheong fun, the rice dumplings stuffed with pork. It’s bland, ame­lio­rated some­what by the sweet sauce slathered over it, but it’s limp and soggy, when the best we’ve had tends to be fluffy and springy. We shrug, and or­der more plates of yam puffs.

When we leave we’re bask­ing in the warm after­glow of a good meal, but some­thing keeps nag­ging at us. At RM34 per per­son, this was great value – but by the time you read this, the price will have gone back to RM68, which seems a bit steep. But let’s keep in mind what we’re pay­ing for: good (per­haps not the best) dim sum in a lux­ury set­ting, in the heart of KL’s shop­ping nexus.

Noah Nazim The Westin KL, 199 Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (03 2773 8338/www.sp­grestau­rantsand­bars.com). Tue–Sun, 12noon– 2.30pm; 6pm–10pm.

Best for A pricey din­ner with vis­it­ing fam­ily mem­bers, or when you’re en­ter­tain­ing some clients and you want to show that money is no ob­ject.

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