Where to Dine and Wine this Festive Season

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A quick roundup of hotels and restaurants to call for festive food!

Christmas and New Year’s is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated festivities around the world. The month of December is always eagerly anticipated, as it is also a month of holidays. Imagine, having family members and friends gather around for Christmas at the end of the year, and the day is filled with nothing but good food, exciting chatter and laughter, all in high spirits. Let’s look at some of the restaurants and hotels in Kuala Lumpur that have taken a different approach to festive meals this season.

Stripes Meets Bloomsbury by Hotel Stripes

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This Festive Season, Hotel Stripes takes you to the gateway of London’s West End, into the heart of Bloomsbury, where the newest addition to YTL Hotels – The Academy Hotel London – is famously located. Engage in a blend of modern and vintage touches at Brasserie 25 with a nod to the lives and loves of the Bloomsbury Set – the collection of writers and intellectuals comprising Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster, and Lytton Strachey – who lived and worked in the area in the early 20th Century. The Bloomsbury Set embraced life to the fullest, in the pursuit of knowledge, romance and delightful experiences.

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Rejuvenating the hearty and comforting classics of Britain’s culinary history, this modern reiteration makes the perfect expression of culinary creativity at Hotel Stripes throughout the month of December for lunch and dinner. The specially crafted menu for New Year’s Eve Dinner include many favourites such as Baked Tunworth, Chicken Pot Pie, and Traditional Beef Wellington. As for the Christmas Day Brunch, expect to be ushered to the Man Tao rooftop bar for a one-of-a-kind festive feast.

Hotel Stripes
25, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit,
50300 Kuala Lumpur.

+603-2038 0000

Sugar, Spice and All Things Nice at DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Dine at Makan Kitchen, the all-day dining restaurant of DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur and indulge in either a Christmas Hi-Tea Brunch or Christmas dinner feast like no other. This Christmas at Makan Kitchen, be tempted with a traditional Christmas meal featuring five different mouth-watering roasts and juicy cuts of meat from turkey, lamb, prime rib, chicken ham and salmon.

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  • Makan Kitchen All-Day Dining

Christmas Hi-Tea Brunch, 25th December 2018 RM 118 Nett (Adult), RM 59 Nett (Child). Available from 12.30pm – 4pm.

Christmas Feast, 25th December 2018 RM 158 Nett (Adult), RM 79 nett (Child). Available for dinner from 6.30pm – 10.30pm.

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  • Festive specials at Tosca

Until 29th December 2018, Tosca, the Italian Trattoria restaurant of DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur is set to heat things up with an evening barbeque party featuring a side table service of Churrascaria-style meat carving.

Happening every Friday and Saturday for dinner only, RM 128 nett. Add on RM 30 to enjoy free-flow of Tiger draught beer for one-hour. Available from 7pm – 8.30pm.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur
The Intermark, 348, Jalan Tun Razak,
Kampung Datuk Keramat, 50400 Kuala Lumpur.

+603-2172 7272

Festive Celebrations at JW Marriot

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Shook!

Shook! will also be hosting a New Year’s Eve Big Balloon Drop Dinner Buffet and Celebratory Toast from 7pm to 11pm on 31 December. Priced at RM298 nett per person, the buffet will offer a variety of pasta, lasagna, appetisers and marinated vegetables from the Italian counter; roasted prime rib and salmon en croûte from the carving station; fresh seafood and teppanyaki from the Japanese counter; dim sum and steamboat from the Chinese counter as well as desserts, fruits, assorted ice cream and much more. A New Year’s Eve Glitter Party with Live Band & DJ is set to take place from 10pm till late to further enliven the evening.

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Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill will be presenting an array of signature Latin dishes with vibrant flavours to usher in the year-end celebrations. The New Year’s Eve Latin Fiesta Dinner Buffet with Big Balloon Drop features tantalising dishes such as oven-baked herb mushrooms, patatas bravas, roasted garlic chilli chicken, garlic prawns, scallops in shells, roast beef, quesadilla with cheese and chicken, apple crumble cake and a variety of homemade sweets amongst others. Priced at RM 158 nett per person, the dinner buffet is available on 31 December from 7pm to 11pm.

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The New Year’s Day Tapas Buffet at The Table will delight diners with delicious gastronomic delights including roast lamb leg, mini sea bass fillets, Mexican meatballs, patatas bravas, herb roasted tomato soup, Mediterranean pasta salad, smoked salmon as well as desserts such as crème caramel, warm chocolate pudding, churros and more. The buffet at the table will be served from 12pm to 3pm on 1 January 2019 at RM 118 nett per person.

JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
183, Bukit Bintang Street,
Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Ritz Carlton

Tis’ the season for the annual Puttin’ On A Ritzy Christmas at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur. A collection of distinctive dining and festive specials have been specially crafted by the culinary team in celebration of the year-end festivities.

This year, the festive curations at The Library are designed by award-winning Corporate Executive Chef, Chef Wai who has recently made his debut at The Library. The Library’s new dining concept is based on one of Chef Wai’s most prominent international accolades close to his heart – a coffee table book collaboration with celebrity and Michelin-starred Austrian chef Johann Lafer, with whom he shares a great culinary and personal friendship with. The book showcases the passion for food and life of two celebrated chefs in Malaysia and Germany, transcending borders to bring to diners unique culinary experiences.

Be it a tête-à-tête with a dear one or a soirée with friends and family, the hotel’s festive curations will certainly make this joyous season a truly unforgettable one. Events range from Thanksgiving Afternoon Tea to Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Bubbly Brunch. Events that are still available for booking as below:

SUNDAY FESTIVE ROAST

Awake to a perfect Sunday morning and gather loved ones to celebrate the season with a gourmet buffet featuring indulgent seafood, a selection of antipasti, Japanese delights, roast prime rib and tantalising desserts paired with free-flow of bubbly at The Library. A lively play area with enjoyable activities for the little ones is available throughout the brunch.

  • 30 December, Sunday at The Library from 12pm to 3pm
  • From RM225 per person

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER

Dress up to the nines and usher in the New Year in an intimate setting with an exclusive menu specially crafted by Chef Wai. The four-course menu entails Blue Lobster with Nantua Sauce, Kasturi and Plum Sorbet, Duck Breast with Tamarind and Palm and Cocoa Gâteau with Mint. The evening culminates with a New Year Countdown and Balloon Drop at Shook! at adjacent Feast Village Starhill Gallery.

  • 31 December, Monday at The Library from 7pm to 11pm
  • From RM275 per person

FESTIVE GOURMET PACKAGES

Rejoice in the festive season by bringing home to loved ones, a Classic Roast Turkey or Chef Wai’s Signature Cedar Smoked and Roasted Turkey. The Festive Gourmet Packages come accompanied with homemade Brussels Sprouts, Glazed Chestnuts and Pumpkin Pie.

  • Available through 30 December
  • From RM500 per package
  • 48-hour advance notice is required

FESTIVE GOURMET HAMPERS

The life-sized Gingerbread House at the Lobby is beautifully made out of sugar, spice and everything nice. Browse through the collection of elegant gourmet offerings and customised festive hampers, which make perfect gifts for family, friends and colleagues this festive season.

  • Available from 1 to 31 December
  • From RM250 per hamper
  • 48-hour advance notice is required for customised hampers

Prices are in Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% service tax. For more information and reservations on the hotel’s festive offerings this season, please call +603 2142 8000 or email dining@ritzcarlton.com.my.

The Ritz-Carlton
168, Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with loved ones at Nobu Kuala Lumpur by treating them to a Special Omakase menu for the holidays. Featuring a range of premium ingredients, the two special menus for Christmas and New Year’s will be sure to make this festive season an extraordinary occasion.

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From 22nd to 25th December, Executive Chef Philip Leong and the talented kitchen team at Nobu KL will offer a 7-course Christmas Omakase dinner, priced at RM590++. The menu will feature a not-to-be-missed spread of uniquely crafted dishes which includes a refreshing Green Tea Smoked Salmon & King Prawn with matcha foam and jalapeno miso, a juicy melts-in-your-mouth Wagyu with Wasabi Black Bean Glaze, and a festive Snowman dessert comprising a mix of green tea panna cotta, white chocolate mousse and green tea sponge.

A celebratory 5-course Christmas Omakase lunch, priced at RM250++ per person, is also available on 24th & 25th December. This will include an invigorating Salmon Tartar & Junsai Ponzu, a signature Nobu Style Sushi Cup, and a flavourful Risotto with Furikake. Guests dining at Nobu KL for dinner on Christmas Day itself will also be treated to live entertainment throughout the evening. The holiday festivities continue as the highest altitude Nobu restaurant to date elevates the holiday season with an exceptional New Year’s Eve Omakase. Also boasting a 7-course menu, the New Year’s Eve Omakase is available from 29th December –1st January, and is priced at RM645++.

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Included in the price is a special line up of traditional Japanese entertainment on 31st December, making Nobu Kuala Lumpur the perfect venue to watch the fireworks and ring in the New Year. The New Year’s Eve Omakase features a succulent Botan Ebi and Kanpachi Endive Salad, a freshly made Butter Poached Lobster with watercress broth and glazed figs, along with a tantalizing Smoked Wagyu with Ice Plant Dry Miso, and a decadent Petit Four dessert made up of a Japanese purple potato Wagashi, a salted caramel Macaroon, a jasmine tea & peach gel Praline as well as a vanilla ice cream, cranberry & pistachio Ice Cream Sandwich.

On 31st December and 1st January, Nobu KL will also offer a unique 5-course New Year’s Lunch Omakase, priced at RM250++ per person. The indulgent selection of dishes includes a New Year’s Zensai Moriawase, a Poached Chilean Seabass and a Tenderloin with Passion Fruit Wasabi Salsa. For inquiries or reservations, please call 03-2164 5084 or WhatsApp 019-389 5085.

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Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC,
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

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