A Feast for the Holidays
Celebrate Christmas in style with the finest festive menus in Kuala Lumpur, writes phoebe cheong
UndoUbtedly, Christmas is a holiday most would rather spend in the company of their loved ones. But often, one is at a loss when it comes to deciding where to celebrate – especially when you have so many opinions thrown into the mix. Well, look no further: to ease your holiday dining worries, here are some of the finest festive dining experiences that the city has to offer.
NOBU KUALA LUMPUR
For the holiday season, executive chef Phillip Leong and his team at Nobu KL have planned out a sevencourse Christmas Omakase dinner that features delightful dishes like Green Tea Smoked Salmon, King Prawn with Matcha Foam and Jalapeno Miso, Wagyu with Wasabi Black Bean Glaze, and even a Snowman dessert that is composed of green tea panna cotta, white chocolate mousse, and green tea sponge. Meanwhile, the Christmas Omakase lunch includes Salmon Tartar, Risotto with Furikake, and Junsai Ponzu, a signature Nobu style sushi cup. Those who dine at Nobu on Christmas day itself will also be treated to live entertainment throughout their evening.
To celebrate its first Christmas this year, the metropolitan Brasserie Fritz pairs its specially designed menu with special festive cocktails a great curation of wines. Its menu features oyster gelée with potatoes and leeks, cheese Vacherin Mont-d’Or with potatoes and mustard and berries blancmanger for dessert. For the main courses, choose from hamachi marinated with lemon, fennel and horseradish; lobster poached with bergamot and celery; chicken poached with truffle, parsnips, butternut squash and cabbage; or beef roasted with onions, braised red wine and foie gras. Its special Christmas turkey feeds 10 to 12 people, and allows diners to choose their preference from traditional brine, spice and lavender honey, and chermoula. The Christmas turkey is also served with apple chestnut and raisin stuffing, orange cranberry relish, sautéed festive vegetables and roasted potatoes.
HILTON KUALA LUMPUR
It’s all about sugar, spice and all things nice this year at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Vasco’s, Hilton’s signature all-day dining restaurant, brings to the table traditional favourites like roasted turkeys, gingerbread goodies, chocolate Yule logs and cinnamon stars. Hilton’s ORO Café, on the other hand, will be serving up stuffed turkeys with vegetables, gravy, and cranberry sauce, Christmas stollen, log cakes, mince pies, gingerbread houses and traditional Christmas cookies. Hilton’s modern European brasserie Graze also offers guests a special four-course menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, ending things on a sweet note with classic Christmas pudding for dessert.
THE MILL CAFE |
THE GRAND MILLENNIUM HOTEL
This year, The Grand Millennium Hotel’s Mill Cafe welcomes the season with a curated selection of culinary delights. The Christmas day brunch is a lavishly merry feast that includes home-smoked salmon with assorted meats, freshly shucked oysters with salmon roe and tobiko roe, stuffed lamb
leg, chilli crab, pan-seared seabass with orange butter sauce and ratatouille, chocolate log cakes, almond stollen, mince pies, apple cranberry crumble pie and more; while the Christmas dinner features oven-roasted turkeys, Norwegian salmon fillets topped with lemon herb crust, Australian chilled beef ribeye, braised black pepper lamb shanks, chicken cordon bleu, and even a Christmas dessert counter.
Dine with your family and friends over a view of the city’s centre this Christmas at the Cantaloupe. Priding themselves on their cuisine made with invention and integrity, Cantaloupe’s festive menu this year includes plenty of lavish delights: geoduck carpaccio with caviar d’Aquitaine, shiitake fettucine, champagne mousseline, and lemon zest; beetroot cured ocean trout with crème fraîche, potato fondant, and roquette salad; torched Australian scampi with grilled watermelon and mizuna salad; poached oyster with green garlic custard and seaweed consommé; roasted wagyu with shaved truffle, burnt onion, and red miso glaze; and tarragon noodles with raspberry pearls, yuzu crémeux, and Guanaja crumble - perfect for those who want a luxurious edge to their Christmas dining.
HORIZON GRILL |
BANYAN TREE KUALA LUMPUR
Celebrate Christmas by the city skyline with Horizon Grill’s elegantly memorable feast for the senses. As the Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur’s signature seafood and grill restaurant, its fourcourse dinner on Christmas eve comprises a special Christmas salad made with roasted roots and smoked salmon, chestnut soup with confit celeriac and beef bacon, a main course of roasted prime rib with horseradish espuma, buttered baby potatoes, spinach salad and beef jus, and its Christmas Ball dessert made with chocolate soil and mixed fruits jelly. Its Christmas brunch the next day features salt baked seabass with orange and oregano dressing, Avruga caviar, Christmas turkey with chestnut stuffing, whole roasted wetaged prime rib and whole roasted lamb shoulder.
For a twist on your classic Christmas feast, drop by fiery Fuego with your loved ones this holiday season. Made for sharing, the menu presents diners with a choice of Little Plates or Big Plates, the selection for the former featuring red emperor snapper and scallop ceviche with burnt tomato dressing and papaya salsa picada, jalapeño croquetas with cucumber ribbons and rosemary compressed pineapple, and artichoke huancaina with duck breast and quail egg. Meanwhile, the Big Plates offer up grainfed sirloin steak with molho à campanha, slow cooked salmon with flying fish roe and zucchini flower, pollo con lima with spicy Colombian salsa and passionfruit, and freshwater prawn with ajillo butter sauce. End the meal with the saccharine aftertaste of pandan ‘unfried’ ice cream with cacao crust and deep fried coconut polenta cake.
BRASSERIE 25 |
HOTEL STRIPES KUALA LUMPUR
This festive season, Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur takes us into the heart of Bloomsbury by bringing back some good old British favourites. For dinner on Christmas Eve, the rustic Brasserie 25 bar starts its menu off with a prawn cocktail that’s followed by spiced butternut soup with crostini. The main course presents diners with two options, the first being a traditional roasted turkey stuffed with sage and chestnuts that comes served with Brussels sprouts, roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Pan-seared barramundi is the latter choice, the dish served with roasted potatoes, carrots and parsnips with lemon butter sauce.