FES­TIVE IN­DUL­GENCE

Sink your teeth into what the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur has to of­fer for the year-end cel­e­bra­tions, writes phoebe cheong

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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.

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