SINO SCENE HONG AND SZECHUAN CHINESE RESTAURANT,
Swiss Garden Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur,
117, Jalan Pudu,
Tel: 03-2785 1111 (ext 1272)
Business hours: noon to 2.30pm (lunch)
and 6pm to 10.30pm (dinner), daily.
Swiss Garden Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur’s Sino Scene Chinese Restaurant tantalises diners’ taste buds with its modern and classic styles of Hong Kong and Szechuan cuisine.
Szechuan cuisine is renowned for its hot, sour, sweet and savoury sensations. Hong Kong cuisine, on the other hand, has a distinct emphasis on fusion because of its blend of cultures and traditions varying from Cantonese and Hakka to Teochew and Shanghainese.
According to food and beverage director Danny Wong, it was only natural to have a Chinese restaurant as Swiss Garden Hotel & Residences is a popular venue for wedding dinners and the Chinese menu is one of the choices clients opt for.
The restaurant specialises in claypot dishes and is helmed by Chinese chef Alex Choong Mian Sang.
With more than 20 years of international experience under his belt, he had worked for seven years as chef de partie in Brunei and as an executive head chef (Asian cuisine) in Zhejiang, China.
For the review, we were served the restaurant’s signature dishes.
The meal started with Aromatic Peking Duck served with cucumber, spring onion, hoisin sauce and pancake.
The dish disappeared within minutes.
To showcase the restaurant’s Szechuan flavours, the chef served Szechuan Bird’s Nest with Crab Meat Soup. It was also a nice way to warm up on a rainy day.
Next was Steamed Chicken with Ginseng in Claypot. This nourishing dish is one of my favourites as the flavourful gravy complemented the fall-off-the-bone chicken.
This was followed by three seafood dishes: Crispy Sea Grouper Siamese Style was a mix of sweet, sour and a hint of spiciness; Salted Egg Prawn with Pumpkin; and Green Shell Abalone with Sea Cucumber and Shiitake Mushroom (top pic).
Initially, I thought the shell was merely decoration but the chef said that was the shell of the abalone, which was imported from Taiwan.
The prawn dish had a nice balance of flavours. “The sweetness of the pumpkin and saltiness of the salted egg complement each other,” said the chef.
Next up were Braised Vegetarian Parcel and Seasonal Vegetables with Scallop Sauce, adorned with baby pak choy topped with goji berries.
This was followed by Wok Fried Rice with Smoked Oyster. I enjoyed it even though I was pretty full by now as the rice was fluffy and not too salty.
Lastly, we were served the Sino Scene Special Durian Pancake with Chilled Aloe Vera, something durian fans may enjoy in particular.
The presentation was “Instagrammable” with the red papaya and aloe vera juxtaposed against the black bowl.
The restaurant, which seats up to 150 people, has a private room with two tables.
With Mid-Autumn Day just around the corner, Swiss-Garden International offers eight traditional favourites.
The mooncakes are presented in a set of four and priced at RM118 and RM68 per gift box. There are two different kinds of mooncake boxes to choose from: Imperial Gold and Autumn Migration Carrier Series.
The Imperial Gold box (RM118) can be converted into a jewellery box or makeup box and the flavours include White Lotus with Single Yolk, White Lotus, Pearly Jade and Red Bean.
The Autumn Migration Carrier Series (RM68) contains Black Sesame, Assorted Fruits and Nuts, Pure Lotus with Single Yolk and Pearly Jade.
The mooncakes are available online at www.swissgarden.com until Sept 15. Prices per piece are between RM28 and RM32.
Swiss Garden International Mooncake Shop is also available at Swiss Garden Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur and Atria Shopping Gallery as well as One Utama Shopping Centre until Sept 15.
For details, call 03-2785 1111 (ext 1272 / 1191), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.swissgarden.com,facebook.com/SwissGardenInternational or follow @swissgardenofficial on Instagram.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.