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Set Meals: The Square @ Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre

May 25, 2017


A stalwart of hospitality in KLs city centre, Novotel is conveniently sandwiched somewhere between KLCC & Pavilion, but succeeds in remaining a serene refuge from the crowds & clamour. Its now a potential oasis for white-collar workers seeking a business lunch or after-office dinner that wont break the bank: Novotels flagship restaurant, The Square, recently introduced all-day set meals with financially sensible incentives - each set costs a very fair RM30 nett, buoyed by a Buy 4 Free 1 bonus.

Executive chef Saravanan Subramaniam has more than two decades of formal experience, & hes enthusiastic about his offerings, which take cues from both East & West, serving up a little spice, a touch of savouriness & a pinch of sweetness in each recipe. Youll find inspirations from Japan & Korea melded with Malaysian & other influences in the three temptations of Fish Katsu with Garlic Fried Rice, Beef Teriyaki with Spudsters, & Grilled Chicken with Sidewinders & Peanut Sauce.

Our favourite is probably the fish - moist, tender red snapper, crisply breaded, with flavoursome rice thats both firm & a bit sticky. The beef (remember to request for it to be cooked medium-rare if thats your preference) comes in a hearty serving with lots of broccoli, though the spudsters (crunchy-fried mashed potato fritters that we cant stop munching on) pretty much steal the spotlight. Grilled chicken is a safe choice, saucy & familiar for the local palate, with fleshy skewered meat bolstered by more potato-loving accompaniments, this time in the shape of sidewinders that seem like a cross between wedges & chips. Each set is completed with a fruit platter & a choice of coffee & tea for RM30 nett, available daily from lunch through dinner.

 Our thanks to Novotel for having us here. We were briefed that The Square will also be serving an iftar buffet spread for Ramadhan starting May 29; this year sees the introduction of a new concept - Pondok Nasi 5 Benua, which showcases herb-mixed rice including Nasi Al Bukhari De Mat Fairos, Nasi Daging Kedah, Nasi Kuzi Kambing, Nasi Kerabu Kelantan & Nasi Kabsa Ayam, partnered with ulam-ulaman & lauk-pauk galore, like Ayam Masak Habang, Rendang Daging Tok Perak, Gulai Berlado Sotong Tumis Melaka, Udang Harimau Masak Gulai Oelek Nusantara, Kambing Panggang, Bubur Lambuk & more. 

The Square
Lobby Level, Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur. For reservations: 03-2147-0888