Getting the best of three worlds

The Japanese Gyoza with shrimp and chicken filling is crunchy and bursting with flavour. — Photos: ONG SOON HIN/The Star

BOREDOM may have set in for some during the movement control order (MCO) as eating at home for days on end has some craving for a nice dining experience elsewhere.

With the country now in the recovery phase of the MCO, hotels like Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur are ready to welcome diners once again, with standard operation procedures (SOP) in place, of course.

Interestingly, the hotel has also introduced an innovative twist to its dining experience.

Hotel Maya general manager Sharmini Moganasundram said the hotel had developed new set menus that combined signature items from three restaurants operating at the hotel — Japanese and Cantonese restaurant Still Waters, all-day dining Maya Brasserie and Malaysian breakfast restaurant Ramah Tamah.

Nasi Kerabu Ayam Goreng Berempah.Nasi Kerabu Ayam Goreng Berempah.

This would allow more people to enjoy the crowd favourites from the different eateries, she added.

The eateries can accommodate up to 60 people at any one time while maintaining the required social distancing.

For starters, the juicy and buttery taste of the crispy prawns in Wok Fried Shell-less Tiger Prawns with Butter, Golden Oat, Curry Leaves and Bird’s Eye Chillies is bound to whet the appetite.

Another appetiser, Butter Squid with Salted Egg Yolk, marries the creaminess of the sauce with the springy texture of the squid.

If that sounds a little too rich, Japanese Gyoza with Shrimp and Chicken offers a lighter touch, with the delicately fried gyoza skin wrapping the succulent meat mixture.

Double Boiled Old Cucumber Chicken Soup.Double Boiled Old Cucumber Chicken Soup.

The spicy and thick Braised Hot and Sour Sichuan Soup hits all the right notes with its flavourful mix of crab meat, fish lip, shrimp, black fungus, mushroom, Sichuan vegetables and bean curd.

For the main course, a signature dish here is Nasi Kerabu Ayam Goreng Berempah.

The set, which comes with salted egg and fish crackers, pairs the lightly flavoured nasi kerabu with the well-seasoned lip-smacking fried chicken.

Another must-have is Set Nasi Tomato Ayam Masak Merah, which is served with jelatah, papadom and sambal belacan.

The sweet and sour taste from the tomato in the rice and moderate level of spice will appeal to those who are not too fond of spicy food.

Olive Vegetable Fried Rice with Shrimp, Fish and Golden Crispy Garlic is recommended for those who love vegetables — it is colourful comfort food on a plate.

Wok Fried Shell-less Tiger Prawns with Butter, Golden Oat, Curry Leaves and Bird’s Eye Chillies.Wok Fried Shell-less Tiger Prawns with Butter, Golden Oat, Curry Leaves and Bird’s Eye Chillies.

Another dish worth trying is its best-seller Creamy Chicken with Curry Leaves and Homemade Spicy Dried Shrimp Sauce.

There are three different set menus diners can choose from which comprise appetisers, main dishes, soup and desserts.

The set menus are priced at RM60 onwards for two people, while a la carte options range from RM8 to RM48.

Dine-in is allowed, but only available on weekdays except public holidays, from 11am to 8pm.

Breakfast is available at Ramah Tamah from 7am to 11am, with Malaysian dishes such as Nasi Lemak, Fried Mee Hoon and Maya’s Curry Laksa at RM7 with a choice of kopi kampung or teh tarik.

Delivery is also available and free delivery is applicable for a minimum spend of RM60 within a radius of 5km and RM80 within a radius of 10km.

In celebration of its reopening, Hotel Maya is offering the Maya Elite Privilege, a cash voucher programme to enable hotel guests to pre-purchase cash vouchers in denominations of RM50 and RM100, which can be used at its eateries, spa or for its rooms.

Grilled Japanese Shishamo FishGrilled Japanese Shishamo Fish

The holder will enjoy an additional 30% discount and is fully transferable.STILL WATERS, Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur, 138, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2711-8866).

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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