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.