I was studying in Cyberjaya a few years back and had several times come across Top Hat Restaurant but never once step foot on this restaurant (because it was just too expensive for a student). Today, I still feel the same. No student or at least many students can’t afford luxury food like Top Hat everyday. Now that I am no longer a student and is now working like every other adults working like crazy everyday, VK and I decided to treat ourselves at Top Hat. Since Cyberjaya is way too far away from Kepong, we decided to go to Top Hat’s main branch at Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted with many framed-up certificates awarded by Malaysian Tatler to Top Hat Restaurant for being Malaysia’s Best Restaurant for the year of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007. That’s five consecutive years in a row. Not only that, there are many framed-up old newspapers and magazine reviews about Top Hat too. The combination of all these made me wonder why I didn’t come to try this place earlier.
Top Hat Restaurant serves classic Western dishes with a subtle touch of Asian flavours. One of their signature dishes is their vegetarian Signature Top Hats priced at RM10 for half a dozen. It looks just like the Pai Tees in the Chicken Rice Shop except here; the vegetables are placed in “hats” instead on a “bowl” or “basket”.
I wanted to order their Grilled Chicken with Lentil Rice, Spinach Salad with Yogurt Dressing, but chicken dishes were not available that day. So I ordered their Panfried Norwegian Salmon with Lime Leaf Sauce for RM65.00. The salmon was served with mashed potato & sweet potato and some saute baby french beans with lemony dressing. The salmon was very good but a little bit too dry. I love the mashed potato. It was soft and tasty.
VK ordered their Set Menu which comes with a bowl of Wild Mushroom Soup, a main course – Char Rib Eye, dessert – Signature Tiramisu Cake and Coffee/Tea for RM108.00. The Char Grill Rib Eye is served with saute vegetables and cepe mushroom sauce. The Rib Eye was good. It was very juicy and tender.
For desserts, VK ordered Top Hat’s Signature Tiramisu Cake. This is by far, one of the best tiramisu cakes we had. Strawberry jams were laid on the plate as spreads to make this cake taste even better. It was not too sweet. It was crunchy at the side. It was very fulfilling. I absolutely love this piece of cake. And we were very lucky that day as we took the last piece, so I guess this is a favourite for many Top Hats’ patrons.
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