Prince Hotel´s Eccucino

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Prince Hotel´s Eccucino offers a sumptuous Greek and Mediterranean feast this Mother´s Day

Most people won´t bring their mothers to work, but Chef George Diakomichalis brings his mother, Chef Poppy, to cook with him at Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur´s international restaurant – Eccucino.

From May 10-20, you can go and taste Chef Diakomichalis (and his mother´s) Greek offerings – perfect for Mother´s Day. There are several types of olives for starters, as well as grilled eggplant. The main course, though, is where the chef and his mother have outdone themselves.

Eccucino is lined up with a Greek and Mediterranean buffet that is both tasty and instructional. The prawn saganaki is perfect, being slightly overcooked so as to complement the texture and taste of the feta cheese. Overcooking the prawn ensures that the texture of the succulent prawn meat melds into the feta, or the other way around, making it really, really good.

The beef moussaka is to die for, tasting like great lasagna, while the beef stew, though simple, is hearty and tender. The beef is so tender, the sinews come apart with a weak prod of the fork – simply excellent.

The skewered lamb souvlaki incorporates eggplants instead of any other vegetable or fruit to counter the tender lamb cubes. This eggplant-dominated spread is simply wonderful, with the purple fruit (not a vegetable, as it has seeds) complementing the lamb, beef or seafood perfectly.

For the souvlaki, it presents a fresh counterpoint that is not too far from the grilled sensibilities of the dish.

The crab cakes are a bit dry, but Chef Diakomichalis´ real piece de resistance is the dessert, particularly the baklava. This version has the filo pastry in neat little cylindrical shapes and the almond fillings spread judiciously during the rolling.

Chef Diakomichalis is a fourth generation Patisserie chef, from his mother´s side, so it is not a coincidence that he – and his mother – are masters of this and other pastry dishes.

The man is currently the Executive Pastry Chef at Kalymnos Pastries in Australia, and if all those credentials are not enough, he has his mother to back him up.

This Greece – Food of the Gods! The Greek Mediterranean Cusine buffet promotion is priced at RM98++ (until May 20) and includes complimentary dining for children under 12.

For a Mother´s Day special, a Mamma Mia buffet brunch is being odffered on May 13 – priced at RM75++ with complimentary dining for mothers and grandmothers as well as children under 12. They are also throwing in a mother-son cooking demonstration and a Sompoton Spa Mother´s Day gift voucher as well.