As we find ourselves in January, I just started to come to grips with the new year’s reality. Last month’s festivities seem not that long ago but oh joy, new celebrations are emerging, since the Year of the Wood Dragon will hit it off on 10 February 2024, according to the Chinese calendar.
We had the pleasure of receiving an invitation for a Chinese New Year’s feast at the esteemed Sichuan Kitchen in Four Points by Sheraton KLCC.
Upon entering the first floor, our gaze was captivated by a long-stretched table adorned with a beautiful arrangement of the ingredients for the traditional yee sang. After the traditional lion dance, we were invited to participate in the joyous tossing ritual, symbolising prosperity, good luck, good health and so forth, before being welcomed to Sichuan Kitchen for lunch.
Welcome to Sichuan Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton KLCC
The restaurant is impressive in both décor as well as layout. Unlike conventional dining halls, the place has got an intimate ambiance, with individual booths set up for the famous hot pot experience. Our lunch was served in the privacy of dining room number 128, in a simple yet stylish and comfortable setting for six. Our waiter was pleasant, knowledgeable about the food and the menu and swiftly providing us with clean plates and filling our water glasses.
While the Sichuan style stewed seabass was tangy and fresh, the chicken succulent and the beef slices could only be described as delectable, the lamb dish emerged as my favourite. Hats off to the chef who originates from Sichuan! I also loved the marinated black fungus, and the Century eggs were delicious.
Some dishes contain the typical Sichuan pepper, offering a numbing sensation rather than a typical fiery heat from traditional chili peppers. Pfew!
It was quite a delightful challenge to uphold my air of refinement, while trying to hold back Sichuan pepper-induced tears. I gave up and gave in to my tears. It was good to notice I wasn’t the only one at the table having some trouble with the spiciness of the food. It was great though!
Post-lunch, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the staff provided each diner with a thoughtfully prepared take-away bag with the leftovers of our meal.
If you plan to bring kids, who may shy away from spiciness, there are a few non-spicy dishes on the set menu like the tofu, the mushrooms and the soup. However, it is worth noting that these options might not be for every little diner. Have a look here at the restaurant’s full menu for Chinese New Year. Hé jiā huān lè – happiness for your whole family!
For those who like to plan ahead, the restaurant has got an Early Bird promo offering 20% discount for bookings made before 31 January 2024 and 10% off for bookings from 1 – 8 Feb.
The Chinese New Year dining sets feature the PDR Set Menu 1 priced at MYR 168 nett per person (minimum 6 pax) and PDR Set Menu 2 at MYR 198 nett per person (minimum 6 pax). They will be available until February 25. You can make bookings via this link here or by calling +603 2706 9099.
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We were invited by Four Points by Sheraton KLCC. As always, our opinions are honest and our own.