Celestial Court at Sheraton Imperial KL
Kuala Lumpur Restaurants & Dining0
Taking its inspiration from classic Chinese heritage, Celestial Court in Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, right in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur, is renowned for its array of innovative Cantonese offerings.
Distinguished and majestic, the restaurant has won a number of prestigious awards, including recognition from the internationally-renowned Food & Wine Magazine.
Its palatial pagoda-style entrance features a giant Chinese vase, plush red carpeting, white banisters and columns, and polished dark marble steps. Displayed on the wall near the entrance are the various awards won by the restaurant over the years.
Red, black and gold accents dominate Celestial Court's interior, softly illuminated with halogen lighting. Window seats overlook the famed Asian Heritage Row – a stunning view at night when all the restaurants and nightclubs lining the street come alive. At the end of the hall are four private dining rooms of varying sizes where private dinner parties can be held.
The restaurant is busiest during lunchtime, with almost all the seats taken. Walk-in customers from nearby offices make up the majority of its clientele. The ambience shifts from lively and exciting during the day to tranquil and relaxing during the night, when there are fewer diners around.
Despite its elegant and regal look, Celestial Court has a surprisingly warm and laid-back atmosphere, probably because of its friendly, smiley staff members who are ever ready to attend to your orders and requests.
A selection of premium wines and liquors are available to accompany meals. Diners can request for a special chef's recommendation on the right wine to go with each appetizer, main course and dessert, specially selected to bring out the flavours of the food served.
Celestial Court offers ‘Halal’ Cantonese cuisine ranging from innovative and seductive fusion dishes to wholesome and comforting traditional recipes. The restaurant’s Master Chef, Mr. Ho Boon, has years of expertise in Chinese culinary wonders under his belt, constantly pushing the boundaries, giving traditional dishes an interesting twist. More than just food, his creations are near-culinary masterpieces, both in taste and in presentation. It's plain that a lot of thought has gone into the preparation of the dishes; his passion in his art is clearly reflected in the dishes.
We start off with one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, honey-spiced roasted rack of lamb with sweet bean in Mongolian sauce, the perfect entrée to our dinner. Our main course consists of sautéed sea tiger prawns with minced garlic and shallots in homemade chilli sauce, deep-fried boneless chicken with fresh mango julienne served with Thai chilli sauce and sautéed vegetables with fresh lily bulbs, which is absolutely celestial, to say the least.
Our prawns are so big that we stare at them in disbelief for quite some time – even the couple dining at the table next to ours comes over to check them out! For dessert is chilled sweetened cream of mango with bits of pomelo and sago, topped with vanilla ice cream and liberally sprinkled with almond flakes, which provides a refreshing finale to our dinner.
The restaurant is also said to have some of the best dim sum in town, with a wide variety offered in a dim sum buffet happening from 12:00 to 14:30 on Monday to Saturday, and from 10:00 to 14:30 on Sundays and Public Holidays.
The motto ‘Service with a Smile’ comes to mind when dining at Celestial Court. Charming girls in cheongsams serve you with grace and hospitality. Our hostess, Ms Wai Ling, who also happens to be the restaurant’s manager, personally attended to us, providing service with a personal touch. At the end of our dinner, even Chef Ho Boon came out of the kitchen to meet us at our table, and we duly took the opportunity to let him know how marvellous our dinner had been. It was a truly special experience; we not only felt well served, but also truly welcomed.
Celestial Court is located on the third floor of the five-star, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, on Jalan Sultan Ismail, just a few minutes’ walk from the Medan Tuanku Monorail Station and the Dang Wangi LRT Station.
From the lobby, take the lift to the third floor. The restaurant is on the right-hand side as you come out of the lift. Alternatively, if you prefer to use the stairs instead, start your journey from the grand staircase in the lobby. The restaurant is one level up from the hotel’s Essence restaurant.
- Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 – 14:30 & 18:30 – 22:30;
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10:00 – 14:30 & 18:30 – 22:30
- Address: Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2717 9988
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