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“Great but not brilliant” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cilantro

Cilantro
Ranked #441 of 3,998 Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Malaysia
Level Contributor
93 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great but not brilliant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Our 4th visit, still great but not brilliant this time. Let's be honest, this is not a cheap restaurant so expected to pay a bit more but with that kind of quality of food, it's definitely worth it. The restaurant decor is simple and quiet. Staff were all helpful and was able to explain the menu. The same sommelier we met when we first visit and he's very friendly and recommended us the wine. Food were awesome. From appetizer to dessert, all tasty and well presented. One thing we hope they will improve is the dress code. It's a nice restaurant but tee shirt and jeans or flip-flop should not be allowed. But otherwise, we had a lovely evening and this is still top of my restaurant list.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank JK926
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Of average quality, but really overpriced food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

When we first sat down, little servings of truffle butter was placed on the table, with bread (not homemade), the butter wasnt slated and the truffles were overpowering. Obviously used too much truffle oil. after a while, i literally got a headache cos it was too strong. I chose the 4 course menu - 2 appetisers, 1 entree, and 1 dessert. One og the starters was a lobster souffle - not very flavorful, the other one was a risotto with tarabagani(some type of crab) - decent but not excellent. For mains was a poussin with truffles. when it arrived, all was on the plate was a slice of breast, and a little confit leg, and some truffle foam ( the menu stated truffle, not truffle foam, so i was disappointed), it was quite nice. dessert was a trio of valrhona chocolate - ice cream, some small cake, and another thing(didnt know wat it was, but it had almonds on it), it was quite nice as well, but again not superb. Overall, the portions they gave were quite small , asu'd expect in a fine dining restaurant. But for the price they charge - something like almost rm300 or something per person, u would expect a great meal, but i guess it wasnt to be. It was by no means bad, but merely average. Our waiter was v helpful, explaining everything we asked. when we asked to see the chef while having our dessert, the waiter said he had gone home already ( doesnt really say much abt his dedication to the job, does it?) All in all, if u have money to spend, i'm not discouraging u from visiting. but if u're looking for an amazing meal, i wouldnt suggest it. really not a value for money.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
5 Thank peoplered
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Hong Kong, China
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The staff is quite rude”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

There are a lot of 'rule' to follow, the customer can not change the table if the air con is cold, can not share the food....Somehow, the staff gives an impression that they are overvalue themselves. There are more good restaurants in KL compared to Cilantro and not worth the price.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank CChi2013
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Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, France
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289 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Excellent but not perfect !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Very good fine food experience during my stay in KL , in this nice restaurant !
The tasting menu was interesting but I found some strong differences between each dishes in terms of achievement !
Some of them were more balnced in terms of freshness and taste , some other were clearly less accomplished like for exmple the hot duck leaver , which was for me out of targetband expectation !
Simple dishes were clearly more efficient and tasty ,

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Xavier R
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Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“The Cilantro is a very good restaurant in all respects except for the food portions which are particularly small”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

The restaurant has very good food and the service is friendly and efficient. I don't particularly like the building it is located in but the ambience is quite pleasing inside the restaurant. The food seemed quite expensive and the portions were very small. I will go back though.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Amyn A
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