Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Four Seasons @ Cap Square

Mention the words "London" and "Roast Duck" and you will get a very irritated man in front of you. Unlike the many students roaming every tight corner of London who had access to plump juicy roast ducks all year round, i was one of those unfortunate or fortunate ones that finally got to visit London only last year and had full intimate contact with the Bird.

To be introduced to roast duck, was probably a blessing or a curse, depending how you want to see it. But what so special, i first imagined when my friend got all worked up and order a whole duck per person.

Apparently one does not eat "proper" roast duck till they eat roast duck in Four Seasons @ Bayswater. Myth has it that what we are eating in Malaysia are skinny cloned ducks that are forced to do a triathlon everyday till their meat becomes lean and mean.

So when someone mentioned that Four Seasons opened in Malaysia, the vivid picture of fat pieces of smooth roast duck drenched in a sweet sauce, slowly devoured for there were nicely de-boned. I would do anything for a meal there again, seriously.

Then when i entered into the dead and almost zombie like car park of Cap Square, i regretted for a split second. With a shopping centre and cafe concept shipped directly from the west, yet hidden so well within the streets of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang, this was the last place i expected Four Seasons to open at.

Oh well, it is all about the duck, no?

For a split second, i contemplated on a whole duck, i mean after all one whole duck was cheaper then ordering two halves, isnt? (RM46 vs RM25 per half) Well logic got over gluttony and i suppose i made the wise choice of half a duck. Apparently, when i ask for the duck to be de-boned like you would in London, the captain said no, it is just chopped to pieces. I knew it, seeing that the ducks were like skeletons compared to their obese cousins in the West.

Taste wise, the lean meat was good, the skin not overly crispy but i miss the melt-in-your-mouth sensation from the duck fat. Ask for the char siew sauce and you are probably at the first flight of stairs to high blood pressure heaven.

For RM 16, i thought the kai lan was nothing but a small bunch, too expensive for a vegetable. Stir fried with alot of garlic though.

The BBQ Pork Ribs for RM 16 was also quite decent. The meat was easy to tear out from the bone and there was alot of charred pieces that reminded me that i also miss my char siew (aka BBQ pork).

With two bowls of rice and drinks, the bill came close to RM75 plus, which is not exactly cheap. THEN again, thats what? 12 quid, something so micro for those who grew up on London Four Seasons duck and hankering to get the nostalgic feeling all over again, albeit not the real deal.

Address and contact details:

Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant
Lot G16 & G17
Capsquare
No. 7, Persiaran Capital Square
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 2698 9393

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Not the real deal but almost there. Wouldn't mind if they don't make their car park so eerie to park in and if their ducks gained a bit of weight. Did i mention there is a cinema there that almost no body goes?

26 comments:

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Hmmm...so unlike my duck experience here. My duck was meaty and tender. Even rif who enjoys Baywater's duck said it was almost as good.

The manager told me I could have the duck de-boned...just like London's. Dunno why he said it can't be done now. 0_0

The kailan is expensive...then again, their vege and tofu dishes are all quite expensive.

Simon Seow said...

Want to eat duck ah, go Petaling Street Sei Ngan Chai or ask Precious Pea to roast one for u la. LOL.

J2Kfm said...

pricey. better spend more on the duck than the kailan.

myCoffee said...

Hmm.., so does it live up to all the hype? I wonder how does it compare to my current fave at Long Foong, SeaPark. The picture looks yummy though.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

This place isn't so dead on weekdays, is it? I hear the restaurant is packed at lunchtime.

daphne said...

ahhh. The expensive vege is where the resturant earn their big bucks frm isnt it?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

daphne: must be la..or they will say its imported from dunno what land..

ll: is it?? got no idea, then i suppose going on a saturday is more fun and exclusive then isnt?

mycoffee: not really..its the ducks i tell u..

j2fkm: and pay more money for constipation medicine..

simon: too many imitation sei ngan chai la..dunno which is which..

bangsar babe: yeah i read urs n i wondered mine was less then desirable..went there last saturday..wondered it if it improved by then?

lingzie said...

hmmm i am rather tempted...just because it's supposed to be from london and i did have really good ducks there! :P
strangely enough i dont eat duck here. perhaps that's about to change with four seasons? :)

Nic (KHKL) said...

four season reminds me of fbb's all seasons hotel..haha!

nice looking duck there. tumpang tanya: where's capsquare ar? near putrajaya ar?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: aiyah ar..i mentioned between jln sultan ismail n jln ampang..

if u knw where yut kee is..its across the road and walk down..

lingzie: its definitely a skinnier version lar..well n u hav to come dwn to KL to try it..

Henry Yeo said...

Think you may have to rear your own ducks french style to make them fatties.

leo said...

omg u sure it's the london's branch?? hahahah jialat u'd see me there everyday if it is!!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

henry: hahah they mention that there r ppl who do so..just questionable quality apparently

leo: YEAP THE SAME ONE! well not the same one as 3 years ago wor, apparently thats how long Four Seasons has been sold to the Royal China Group..want to go this one?

ling239 said...

the duck looks good...
but i prefer crispy skin type ~ ^_^

mimid3vils said...

The veggie really small portion~~ less than 10 stalk?

zewt said...

sighhhhhhhhh....

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I also went there last Saturday! I was there around noon wor...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bangsar: hahah im pretty sure i was there at noon too! n i saw only 1 table beside me (a couple with a baby)..

zewt: don't sigh la..one piece ok rite?

mimi: yeah lorr

ling239: i know wat u mean..personal preference i suppose

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Hmmm...we must have miss each other then. When I was there there were more people already. Like 5-6 tables occupied.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bangsar: haha i suppose so..im sure since u like it so much..we might bump to each other soon enuf!

CUMI & CIKI said...

haro! i love the photos you take! always looks good

Bangsar-bAbE said...

And if you do spot me, come over and say hi ya! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: hahah thanks..

bangsar: sure will!

fatboybakes said...

i actually find 4 seasons roast duck in london overrated. dont you?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: well the duck is alr heart clogging as it is..isnt that what its all about?

§pinzer said...

The place closes early too, after 10pm its eerily deserted :/