Yvonne, Marketing Director at Le Grandeur Hotel Palm Resort in Senai invited me to have dinner at The Grill at Cocomo.
The Grill at Cocomo is located at the ground level between the reception and the pool at Le Grandeur Hotel Palm Resort.
(We earlier had lunch at the resort's Xin Shan Long 新山龙 fusion Japanese-Chinese restaurant.)
Initially, I wasn't introduced to Chef Ravi because he was already in the thick of action in the open kitchen when we arrived. Yvonne just allowed me to roam free for photo taking. The fire and vibrations from the open kitchen caught my eye. Chef Ravi had a kind of magnetic presence, authority and flow as he went about commanding the kitchen. It was a pleasure to watch the man in action.
Later, we sat down with Chef Ravi and found out that he had over 20 years' experience in several hotels including JB's Holiday Inn (today's Mutiara Hotel). Passionate and high energy, the cheerful Ravi is still experimenting and trying new ways of cooking in his quest for perfection.
As a food blogger, I enjoyed the privilege of photographing our dinner being prepared :P
The meaty braised lamb shank warming up on the charcoal grill. Taking this photo made me hungry.
Yvonne's order of grilled chicken breast turning beautifully golden on the charcoal grill.
This sizzling steak was making me drool.
Back at our table, the simple garlic toast was perfect in getting our stomach juices flowing.
Australia chilled rib-eye RM88.00+ (200 grams)
I asked for my steak to be done medium rare. Made from a thick slab of Australian chilled rib-eye, it was tender and savoury with beefy juices.
Braised lamb shank RM68.00+
Braised lamb shank - one of my favourite dishes. Fall-apart tender and savoury with a slight hint of that lamb gaminess that make mutton lovers swoon.
Grilled chicken breast RM58.00+
Yvonne let me try a piece of her order of grilled chicken breast. It was tender, slightly moist and the caramelised sauce gave the skinless white meat a mild savoury flavour.
Grilled salmon steak RM78.00+
The thick slab of orangey hued char grilled salmon steak. The caramelised sauce on the surface mellowed the distinctive salmon flavour. As the slab was nicely grilled, the inside was still moist.
The main courses come with complimentary salad buffet.
To end off, we had cake and ice cream desserts.
Mascarpone cheese cake RM15+
Choc banana filo RM18.00
If you like charcoal grilled seafood, steaks or chicken, check out The Grill at Cocomo Le Grandeur Hotel Palm Resort in Senai, Johor.
Restaurant name: The Grill at Cocomo (in Le Grandeur Palm Resort)
Address: Jalan Persiaran Golf, off Jalan Jumbo, Johor (near Senai Airport)
Hours: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 19 Dec 2013
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