This post has been sitting in my “Draft” folder for a few months already. I’ve been so caught up with recent events that I had ignored this draft for some time now… shame on me… and it’s one of my favourite steak places, too! So, here’s how the story goes…
“Are you game for Prime this weekend?” – that was an sms I received from DL not too long ago. What kinda question is that?! As far as I’m concerned, I’m always game for Prime, anytime! Who isn’t?
As far as I know, Prime @ Le Meridien holds the title of “Serving the Best Steak in Town” and I believe I have never read a bad review about that place. Well, if there’s one, I haven’t stumbled on it yet. I felt it’s time we check it out to see whether it lives up to that status. A reservation was made for an early dinner there and when we arrived, we were practically the first guests there that evening.
Before long after we were seated, we were served with Prime’s famed freshly baked breads with 3 types of butter. All the cautionary advice about not gorging yourself on those breads flew out the window because we did gorge ourselves on those excellent breads. We can’t help it, they were just so good. Crispy crusts, warm soft centres – who can resist? Especially when we just slathered on the butters – my favourite was the truffle butter. I am usually very cautious and stringent with butter on bread but you can see from the photo above this did not hold true at all – blame it on Prime’s bread and butter lah!
Our 1st Starter: Seared Sea Scallops – a divine plate of 7 plump scallops served with a poached egg in the centre with parmesan potatoes and fresh herbs dressing. You tell me – what is there not to love about this dish? The scallops were sweet and bouncy, the egg was perfectly poached (yolk beautifully runny) and the light dressing flavoured but did not overwhelm the stars of the dish. Love it.
Foie Gras Experience (RM75)
Then came the next starter: the Foie Gras Experience – a trio of decadent foie gras in different cooking styles. The 3 versions: terrine’d, charcoal-grilled and creme bulee’d.
My favourite’s the simple charcoal-grilled piece … I think that’s the best way to have foie gras… just grill it lightly so that the full flavour and texture of it can be savoured, without any other distraction!
So… the stars of Prime… their steaks, of course! I have heard so much about their Master Kobe Oyster Blade… I ordered that, without hesitation. And all that’s been said about this cut, well… it’s true. This is truly a marvellous piece. The marbling’s very good and every bite was tender, juicy and oh-so delicious! I was guarding my plate fiercely because DL and LL were really digging it too!
Master Kobe Oyster Blade (RM130/220g)
O Connor Fillet Mignon (RM240/340g)
The boys ordered the bigger portions (yes, all 340g!) of O Connor Fillet Mignon and the Grass-fed Black Angus Fillet Mignon. They were not as tender as my Oyster Blade but they were just as flavourful. Both cuts were more robust in terms of texture and the expert level of grilling could not be faulted. The guys were ambitious, opting for the bigger slabs and after finishing their steaks, they realised perhaps they should have gone for the smaller cuts because by then, they were so full of meat they could not eat desserts after that! We did have 2 side dishes though… Truffle Mashed and Saute’ed Asparagus (both at RM15 each) to balance out the meal.
Black Angus Grass-fed Fillet Mignon (RM190/340g)
Prime is a great place to splurge, for special occasions, or when the steak pangs hit. Looking at these photos now makes me want to go indulge again, soon!
Prime Steak Restaurant
5th Floor, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur