Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Chocolate Buffet and Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Chocolate Buffet, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
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Chocolate Buffet


Valrhona Chocolate Buffet and Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur 

Words by Polly Szantor
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

Ah chocolate – the very word sets my heart a-flutter and endorphins racing – so a visit to the Valrhona Chocolate Buffet at the Grand Hyatt was a mega event… be still my heart and let me enjoy every moment! Thirty8 is an interactive restaurant and bar, on the 38th floor of one of the newest hotels in town, with a panoramic, 360 degree view. As I made a circuit around the dining area I felt as if I could run and jump, soar above the KLCC sky-bridge and disappear into the great blue yonder.

Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Valrhona Chocolate
The towers provide a stunning backdrop for a smorgasbord of chocolate treats, and the comfy sofas and armchairs encourage one to slow down, relax and sigh with contentment. Chef Brett Muller and his team use luxury Valrhona chocolate from France for their creations, and you can sample the milk chocolate hazelnut or the 99% cacao, which is bitter, deep and quite thrilling. 

Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
View of the Towers from Thirty8
Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Thirty8

There’s a heady selection of cakes and tarts. The Guanaja Chocolate Tart with Gold Leaf is smooth and creamy while the Carabie Truffle Cake is fluffy and light with a thin layer of sponge in the centre, a perfect foil for the airy truffle. The Carabie Dark Chocolate Cake is dense and moist, a complete contrast to the Chocolate Opera with its feathery sponge cake and crispy praline.

Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Carabie Truffle Cake
Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Carabie Dark Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Guanaja Chocolate Tart with Gold Leaf
Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Chocolate Opera
The Chocolate Pralines are marvellous – Passion Fruit with White Chocolate, Hazelnut with Milk Chocolate, and my very favourite, the 38 Raspberry; dark chocolate and raspberries, what could be better? There are also Chocolate Rochers, roasted, slivered almonds enveloped in various shades of chocolate, and a selection of Macaroons.

Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Chocolate Pralines
Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Macarons
Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Chocolate Rochers
Some of the treats come in glasses, for example, Caramelia Chocolate Soup, another creamy smooth delight with a wonderful consistency that drips off the spoon.  You can also try white and dark Chocolate Mousse, and if that’s not enough, move over to the Live Station where one of the chefs will be happy to fill a crispy Brandy Snap with Guanaja Dark Chocolate Espuma, or help with the fruit skewers and strawberries for dipping into velvety heaven.

Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Caramelia Chocolate Soup
Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
White and Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Brandy Snap
For an additional RM20, why not add on Thirty8’s Afternoon Tea?  There are four Finger Sandwiches – cucumber, dill and cream cheese, smoked salmon, chives and lemon butter, egg mayonnaise with watercress and chicken with horseradish – providing a savoury start.  The tender scones are served with   strawberry and apricot preserves and Chantilly cream, and there are several little cakes. I especially enjoyed the Almond Friand, which was like a little Baba filled with caramel sauce. There’s a selection of tea and coffee to accompany the dainty delights. Just one word of advice; if you plan to take pleasure in the Chocolate Buffet and the Afternoon Tea, do allow plenty of time to linger. It’s the perfect location to while away an afternoon, and the longer you stay, the more you can eat!

Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Afternoon Tea
The Buffet and Afternoon Tea are served daily from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. The Chocolate Buffet is MYR78.00 per person and RM98++ if the Afternoon Tea is added on. Afternoon Tea alone is RM68++.

Chocolate Buffet, Afternoon Tea, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Mmmm...
Reason to visit:  For a special, chocolate indulgence and to enjoy the spectacular views of the KL skyline.

Thirty8
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12, Jalan Pinang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2182 1234 ext 2340



6 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic. I'm definitely headed here.

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  2. Looks fantastic, but I'm slightly afraid of something like this. Not sure if I'll be able to avoid fever for the next whole week after. lol

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  3. wow... buffet of chocolates?? sounds sexy and awesome to me...

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  4. Yummmm!!! Truly heavenly for chocolate lovers...

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  5. I will avoid chocolate for whole year if I go for this, haha!

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  6. Mmmm, very nice. I love chocolates. The Chocolate Buffet is MYR78.00 hmmm expensive.
    Hope you have a great weekend.

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