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Melting Pot Café @ Concorde Hotel KL

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Melting Pot Café @ Concorde Hotel KL

We were being serenaded to by strollers, Begema 5, during our dinner. Four guys and a gal, harmonizing beautifully to ‘When you tell me that you loved me’ by Diana Ross.

That’s when Terry (Red FM Drive) leaned over and crooned in my ear.“Aly, can you put more beef in your soup?”

He was getting desperate, as his side of the table was beef-free due because Yin (Red Breakfast Producer) doesn’t eat it. I ignored him a while longer because I was enraptured with the music…

“Sure thing!” I whispered back, got up and returned with a stack of beef ready to be cooked in a choice of either Chicken Broth, or Spicy Tom Yam. “Which one do you want?” I asked him “Tom Yam-lah!” he replied, almost as if I’d asked him if the sky was blue.

That’s what I love about steamboat. It’s really fun to cook your own food, don’t you think? I think it brings people closer together.

We were halfway through our meal at Melting Pot Café, Concorde Hotel, and it was at that point that I realized that this was probably the liveliest, most energetic hotel coffee house that I’ve ever been in. It was only a Tuesday night, and the 216 seating restaurant was packed.

When we first sat down, Julini Mohd. Yusof, Marketing Communications Manager, explained to me that that was how it always was at Concorde KL. All their outlets feature live music that adds to, not interrupts, your meal. “The strollers are especially popular here. Guests love them, and we don’t want them to leave!”

Whether it’s breakfast, noon, dinner or supper, the chatter goes on 24 hours.

Melting Pot Cafe is located on the lobby level, and serves Asian and Continental cuisine. From Monday to Thursday, and Sunday, guests can indulge in Melting Pot Café’s Supper Buffet. A few different menu’s are rotated, and Buffet Supper Menu A’s offers a huge selection of fresh produce, most of it cooked for you by friendly chefs at the live action stations. Some of the popular items from this menu include Tempura Prawn from the ‘Let’s Wok-Wok’ section, and a set of Nasi Lemak, Ayam Merah, and Sambal Kerang from the ‘Hot Food’ section. Favourites from Menu B are the Yong Tow Foo, Gourmet Sausage and Nasi Briyani. Desserts include freshly baked pastries like Chocolate Éclair, and local favourites like Bubur Pulut Hitam.

I scanned through the list as was speechless for a second. “Wow. That’s a lot of food! “ I said to Julini.

“It is!” replied Julini. “But that’s not all. Tonight, you’ll be sampling our Steamboat Buffet, which is available on Friday and Saturday nights, from 11pm to 2am.” She smiled, and added, “Of course, feel free to try the dinner buffet as well.”

Let me give you a taste of the dinner buffet first…

Fantastic, we all thought to ourselves, although Dilly (Red Breakfast) looked a little scared at the sheer amount of variety. “Stick to Steamboat Dilly!” I exclaimed.

She nodded quietly, a little overwhelmed as well.

I’m glad we did stick to steamboat, because it was good…

Two shiny metal pots magically appeared in front of us, one for each side of the table.

A clear steaming Chicken Broth, and a Spicy Tom Yam Soup. Both were equally exquisite in flavour. I made the executive decision to cook everything at once!

I know you’re not supposed to do that, but at least I separated the vegetables into the Chicken Broth and put the meat and seafood in the Spicy Tom Yam. With an assortment of noodles, vegetables and eggs to thicken your broth, you will be spoilt for choice.

With tantalising sauces to complement your meal…

As well as delectable desserts…

I chatted briefly with Chef Dzulkarnian, Junior Sous Chef of Concorde KL, fondly known as Jo Salleh.

He hails from Kuching, Sarawak, and has been with the hotel for 12 years. “I like it here,” he smiles. “I feel at home”. Under the trained eye of Executive Chef Arthur Hang, Chef Dzul has blossomed to tempt us with local delights such as Teochew Porridge and, of course, the mouth watering steamboat.

I tried to imagine what it would have been like if it really was the weekend. You’re hungry, it’s late, and you want something that’s tasty but not so filling that you’ll fall asleep driving back. The Steamboat Buffet at Melting Pot Café is the perfect way to round off your evening. Supper will never be the same again…

Thanks to Julini, Chef Dzul, and the team at Melting Pot Cafe for making our ‘Steamboat Supper’ so memorable.

Starting Monday 17th May – Friday 21st May, Tune in from Eleven2Three to win a supper for two, including mocktails, at Melting Pot Café, worth RM150! The Big Red Food Review with me Aly. Only on Red FM. Today’s Best Music.



2 Jalan Sultan Ismail

50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Type of cuisine : Local/International fare

Type of outlet : Café

Business hours : 24 hours

Tel : (03) 21442200

Fax : (03) 21441628



Written by alyredfm

May 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Posted in Reviews

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