Our tour around The Five brings us to Quin, a smart casual French contemporary restaurant located at The 5th Place.
Quin is a labour of love by Wong Yin How, founder of the Tinkerman restaurant collective. When he began the planning of Quin, he reached out to a former intern that had worked with him 10 years ago, Whye.
After Whye’s internship, she travelled around Asia and gained experience in Robuchon au Dôme in Macau and was a part of the team that opened Nobu in KL (where she met the great Robert De Niro). Whye has returned to the Tinkerman restaurant collective and is now the senior sous chef at Quin.
Like the other restaurants in Tinkerman’s portfolio, Quin’s name finds its roots in the name of the place it occupies, which is The Five. Quin is derived from the word “quintet” which refers to any group of five people or things. The beautiful name is complemented by an elegant dining space that seats 28 people at a time, and the restaurant also has a private room that seats up to 12 people.
At a glance, Quin’s menu takes you to the classic era of fine dining cuisine, but the secrets are immediately revealed when you take that first bite.
The ingredients sourced for Quin’s menu come from Europe, Japan and also locally to give a Malaysian touch to the dishes. A lovely example of this is the canard, a 7-day dry-aged duck served with sour squash, broccolini and cherry port sauce. The method used is unlike the European style (which leaves overall meat tender) – instead, the chefs at Quin use a technique that is used by local specialists to achieve a more crispy outer whilst maintaining the tenderness of the flesh.
To bring out more of the flavour, Whye uses Earl Grey, orange and ginger, giving the canard an aromatic taste.
Another dish that needs an honourable mention is the bouillon de dashi. This is a dish made up of pan-seared foie gras, unagi, maitake, and mizuna served with a dashi broth. The dish seeks to balance out the more rounded flavour of the foie gras and gently introduces French cuisine to their patrons’ palettes. A must-try!
Quin offers a two and three-course menu for lunch without wine pairing, but for dinner, you have an option of a four or five-course menu with wine pairing from Quin’s curated collection - which is highly recommended :)
This is a great restaurant for a formal work lunch or a romantic dinner for two. The interior complements the menu perfectly and for those that miss the fundamentals of fine dining, this culinary experience is not to be missed.
Stay tuned as we uncover more secrets at The Five.