Sink your teeth into what the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur has to offer for the year-end celebrations, writes phoebe cheong
Sink your teeth into what the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur has to offer
Ready yourself for an exquisite celebration beyond expectations this festive season at the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, with lavish menus that promise indulgent decadence for everyone as well as exceptional service and outstanding cuisine. With spectacularly curated Christmas and New Year’s dining experiences lined up, revel in the yuletide magic and countdown to 2019 with the people dearest to you in the most uniquely memorable way you can imagine.
For starters, take a peek at the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur’s Holiday Trunks. The elegant travelling trunks, which are wrapped in finely crafted faux leather and feature brass locks and studs and the iconic St. Regis crest, come filled with traditional treasures like Christmas stollen, gingerbread houses, terrines and even champagne – perfect as a gift of good cheer or as a sweet beginning to the holiday festivities.
The Brasserie, the St. Regis’s resident French restaurant, also has plenty of continental culinary delights in store for the end of the year. Its Festive Roasts menu, tailored to ease your holiday dining stress, features a traditional Christmas turkey and its signature lamb rack both roasted to perfection and served with apple stuffing, caramelised chestnuts and Brussel sprouts.
Meanwhile, the Brasserie’s La Nuit de Noël dinner on Christmas Eve offers a dazzling spread of traditional roasts, live cooking stations like foie gras and risotto, an assortment of cheeses, an oyster bar, a Christmas dessert corner and more. Freeflowing sparkling wine and cocktails add to the magic of the night as carolers ring in the Christmas cheer, making the celebration all the merrier. The Le Repas de Noël Christmas brunch on the following day even has Santa himself making an appearance!
To kick off the new year, the Le Reveillon New Year’s Eve dinner at the Brasserie presents diners with a six-course menu, featuring sumptuous dishes like foie gras terrine with truffle artichoke, Boston
lobster with grapefruit, Wagyu beef tenderloin with celeriac, cherry and Jerez vinegar jus, and a Brix de Meaux with figs and a Mont Blanc chestnut for dessert. Children aged 12 years and below are not excluded from the feasting, and they may dine on a fourcourse children’s menu instead. The New Year’s Day brunch, on the other hand, serves up an assortment of cuisines like turkey terrine, foie gras crème brulée, caviar, cheese fondue, homemade pasta, beef prime ribs and even a selection of Malaysian favourites that include the St. Regis’s signature nasi lemak.
The St. Regis’s Astor Bar, a space that combines both modern-day glamour and old-world elegance, also plans to open its doors to Kuala Lumpur’s first adults-only brunch on both Christmas and New Year’s Day. Although the brunches provide a unique focus on exquisite cocktails such as its signature Asam Boi Mary, The Astrid, and Rat Pack Rusty Nail, the specially designed five-course sharing menu is the true star of the show. The menu for Christmas features indulgent treats like ahi tuna tartare, smoked devilled quail eggs, royal Japanese egg benedict, New England clam chowder and bourbon slowcooked short ribs, while the lavish line-up for New Year’s Day includes house-made chicken Pâté en Croûte with pistachios and truffles, freshly shucked oysters, fresh lobster, house-made beetroot cured salmon and more. Free-flowing red and white wine, cocktails and spirits will also be available during the brunches, and the Astor Bar also welcomes patrons to count down to 2019 on New Year’s Eve with the city’s most extensive list of wine, whiskey, gin and champagne. For those who aim to end the year with a bang, the Havana Nights gala dinner at the Astor Ballroom on New Year’s Eve is sure to raise the heat, with live music and DJs around for you to rumba, mambo and salsa the night away under bright chandeliers and over sips of ice-cold mojitos.
Another delectable affair by the St. Regis is the festive afternoon tea at the Drawing Room, where guests savour scrumptious delights like decadent Christmas log cakes, warm scones with clotted cream and house-made jam and a white Christmas tree meringue under the Drawing Room’s glistening five-tier crystal chandelier.
At what seems to be the highlight of the New Year’s celebrations at the St. Regis, gather at the dual-level rooftop Crystal bar and ring in the new year with a spectacular countdown and the longest fireworks show in the city. At 10 minutes long with 600 shots worth of fireworks, watch the city skyline light up in showers of giant sparks and dance the night away to great music under the stars.