Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Thirty8 Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Buffet Breakfast priced at RM68++ per person
38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Seafood platter for two persons RM360
Boston lobster, tiger prawns, seasonal oysters, Alaskan king crab legs, flower crab, clams and black mussels. Prawns come straight from the tank and are boiled upon request.
38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Sashimi Platter RM 150  
 Snapper with shredded radish, tuna, Tasmanian ocean trout (lighter in colour but better in taste than Norwegian salmon), prawns, seaweed, salmon, tuna and amberjack sushi, sea urchin, squid topped with flying fish roe – everything except for the tuna comes from Japan. The tuna comes from the Indian sea. 
38, Thirty Eight, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Rib Eye M7 Wagyu 350g RM300
With choice of Bearnaise, mushroom, green peppercorn and chimichuri sauces. 
38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Baked Rice in Lotus Leaf RM25 - this was supposed to be a side dish but is so grand could be a filling main
38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Banana, Pineapple and Coconut Crumble with vanilla soft serve ice cream RM18 
38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Signature Cake RM18 - Layered soft chocolate cake, fresh berries and banana ice cream is hidden by a glass cover spewing fog from a bowl of dried ice - it makes a definite entrance


Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Naan with Duck Liver Pate
There can be no finer kickoff to your day than a buffet breakfast at Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Located on the thirty eighth floor, 360 degree cityscapes are a definite allurement. Colossal windows stream the morning sun waking up even the sleepiest of diners. Live cooking stations divided succinctly into Western and Asian sections spill scrumptious aromas from the kitchen and, wait staff continually greet you by name checking in on your satisfaction level.

Live egg, waffle, pancake and noodle stations are well organized amongst a spread catering to even the fussiest of eaters. Full fat milk, low fat milk, skim milk and soya milk alongside bowls of cereals, bircher muesli and home made sticky toasted granola – possibly one of the most scrumptious I’ve ever had, bowls of berries, dried fruits, fresh fruits, nuts, home made breads (fig and walnut, rye, grain, baguette… the list goes on), yoghurts… and that is just a small section – of which I had trouble getting past. Unpack the other stations in much the same way and you see a good variety of options as a common thread.

38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Double Boiled Chicken Soup RM30
wolfberries, mushrooms, Chinese dates
 and herbs sweetened with lychees 
The uncomplicated layout and sleek design is just as spectacular at night. Sunset is a magical time to visit as you watch the daylight fade and the city begin to luminesce.  A stool or lounge chair at the wine bar looking directly out to the twin towers is a perfect perch for a pre-dinner drink.

Quite a diverse menu is on show with Japanese, western and local chefs all ready to take charge of their own specialties. Duck liver pate served with naan bread is the standard on the table – a welcome diversion from the common olive oil and balsamic. This unlikely fusion brought magic to our tongues. Cool sweet pate with salty warm naan proved an intercultural marriage of success.

Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Alsace Riesling HVH
An impressive menu of wines by the glass beats the boredom of your average KL offerings. Five whites, five reds, one champagne brut and one champagne rose make up the list. Struck by so much choice, the sommelier kindly allowed us to taste the three we were deciding between before committing. With a fantastic knowledge of wines he guided us through each wine by taste, bouquet and a little history.

The label of Billecart –Salmon is a rare find in Kuala Lumpur and good value at RM49 per glass. Alsace Riesling HVH from France proved light and easy drinking. We ended up choosing though a Cloudy Bay from New Zealand, Te Koko. Priced at RM280++ per bottle this sauvignon blanc is aged in a French oak barrel so an earthy characteristic is present, not common in your typical whites from this region. It’s easily confused with an old world wine with its woody notes. With such a fragrant aroma, I could almost use this one as a perfume. Sniffing my glass gave me almost as much pleasure as sipping.
Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Te Koko

The evening we dined saw a mind-boggling quantity of food consumed. From a fresh Seafood Platter on ice, to Double Boiled Chicken Soup, a Sashimi Platter, Rib Eye M7 Wagyu, Banana Pineapple and Coconut Crumble to their Signature Cake - which finished the meal with a real “wow” factor – it was hard to stop. The Signature dessert came out in clouds (literally) of mystery on a white platter with a bubbling mist seen underneath a glass cover. Lifting the top, the misty surrounds (created by dry ice) slowly dissipated leaving a luscious tower of dark mousse and chocolate cake aside a scrumptious ball of banana ice cream. This is a decadent dream for any sweet tooth.

With excellent views, informative staff and an extensive menu still unexplored, Thirty8 at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur will be seeing us again.

Reason to visit: sleek contemporary ambience, 360 degree city views, buffet breakfast
38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Billecart – Salmon

Thirty8
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12 Jalan Pinang

50450 Kuala Lumpur 
Malaysia

Tel: +60 3 2182 1234
Fax: +60 3 2182 1288 

Email: kualalumpur.grand@hyatt.com 
Open 6am – 11pm

12 comments:

  1. It's just nearby my office, next time must suggest my boss to bring us there for lunch, :P

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    1. Good idea for your boss :-) The views are worth a trip in themselves. A breakfast meeting might be a nice idea.

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  2. gosh, i'd need to work for many hours to pay for that slab of steak, but looking at it, i'm betting it'd be worth it! super-delicious things are worth sacrificing some cash, heh :D

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    1. Oh yeah, steak was pretty juicy. Special occassion might be worth saving your dollars for. Also big enough for two!

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  3. Wah, get me that Seafood Platter! I'm so envious!

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    1. Nice presentation too - atop an enormous bucket of ice.

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  4. the crustaceans looked very appealing :)

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    1. As fresh as I imagine you can get in KL.

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  5. How much was the bottle of Alsace Riesling going for ?

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  6. Arghh.... I miss hotel's breakfast buffet T_T

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  8. The chocolate layer cake looks tempting!yummy :)

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