Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Bubbly Brunch at Thirty 8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Hotel Kuala Lumpur


Words by Patricia Podorsek
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

There are views, and then there are VIEWS. Many restaurants in KLCC can boast views of the park, the twin towers, the skyline. But how many can boast views of ALL of these, through floor-to-ceiling windows at eye level with the sky bridge? Only the Grand Hyatt’s Thirty8. A 360-degree view of the city centre awaits you from the moment you step off the elevator.

The interior views aren’t bad either. While I was particularly taken with the views of the Bloody Marys and Passion Fruit Martinis, Monica was busy capturing the elegant buffet lines through her lens. The brunch line-up showcases the best of Asian and Western cuisine, from Crystal Shrimp Dumplings and Mutter Paneer to Duck Rillettes and Raspberry Lamingtons.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Cocktails - Bloody Mary, Passionfruit Martini
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Mocktails

A live jazz ensemble sets the tone for a classy meal with friends. Free-flowing SanFelletto Prosecco adds the celebratory note to the bass and grand piano. Even kids get to join in on the fun, with their own section set aside for art and entertainment.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Live Entertainment
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Children's Entertainment

A gorgeous display of sushi and sashimi graces the start of the cold section, including yellowtail and octopus. Salmon lovers can overload with the options of raw, smoked, AND cured salmon, the latter a highlight with its soft fresh flavor and just a hint of lemon. Tiger prawns and blue swimmer crab on ice can be found just nearby, along with scores of freshly shucked oysters, which could have ended my meal right there and then.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Sashimi
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Oysters Shucked Fresh

Thankfully, Monica dragged me further along to the dressy but understated salad station. Along with the standard DIY greens, we enjoyed the tangy balsamic beetroot and quinoa salad, tossed with feta and pecans. Our favorite, however, was the smoked duck and marinated leek salad, whose juicy textures and earthy flavors came sealed with a shallot vinaigrette.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Salad Bar

And for those who feel shackled to their tables by so many good starters, salad comes to them in the form of a mobile Caesar station!

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Table Service Caesar Salad

Two adornments festoon the open kitchen buffets at Thirty8: Tastefully potted herbs and white hats. Dozens of white hats. Not sitting on tabletops, of course, but on heads. Live cooking stations lace the hot sections of the brunch line, again in both Asian and Western styles.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Wok Station

From the wok station, we sampled seared scallops sauteed with asparagus that had melt-in-the-mouth interiors only achieved by the intense heat of the bonfire under the pan. Even more spectacular were the butter prawns, briny silk with a hint of curry.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
From the Wok A La Minute
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Butter Prawns

Nearby, three smiling chefs delivered an education in the art of dim sum folding.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Dim Sum Made Fresh

At the carving station, succulent prime rib and leg of lamb can be complemented by snappy Bearnaise or tangy chimichurri. Roasted duck and roasted chicken are also on hand, so carnivores can relax. No one will go hungry at this meal!

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Carving Stations
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Roasted Meat with Chimichurri Sauce

Other white hats stand ready to prepare a smattering of dishes served a la minute. From this table service menu, a simple pizza topped with crisp arugula arrived zesty and hot. We skipped the pasta option in favor of the brooding and complex mushroom risotto infused with truffle oil and reggiano parmesan. More festive was the tender grilled ocean trout crowned with tomato confetti.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Mushroom Soup
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Pizza - Part of the Menu Made A La Minute
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Grilled Ocean Trout

Although tempted by other Continental and Clay Pot favorites, we moved on to Course Number 47: Bread and cheese. Thirty8 imports all their cheeses from Europe: pungent Roquefort and full-bodied Emmenthal. Best was the creamy Brie, oozing out of the casing in fragrant pools, ready to be lapped up by crusty artisanal bread, all freshly baked in Hyatt ovens.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Breads and Cheeses
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Cheese
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Cheese Glorious Cheese!

No brunch is complete without wanting a taste of all eighty-four desserts. Colorful macaroons, lemon tarts, jars of luscious tiramisu and rosella creme brulee… it was hard to know where to start. Each reflected our general consensus for brunch at Thirty8: tremendous consistency of superbly-prepared, high-quality food.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Desserts
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Strawberry Lamingtons
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Macarons
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Pear and Yoghurt Cake
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Pretty Desserts
Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Tiramisu
Sunday brunch prices begin at RM222 nett per person without alcohol, rising to RM370 nett for the free-flow option that includes prosecco, selected cocktails, and the very drinkable Benchmark 2013 Chardonnay and Shiraz.

Bubbly Brunch, Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KLCC, hotel, brunch, buffet, prosecco, bubbly, Champagne, free-flow, view
Benchmark Chardonnay
For the best possible interior and exterior views of KL, air quality notwithstanding, head to the Grand Hyatt for Thirty8’s fabulous bubbly brunch.

Reasons to visit: Excellent selection of well-prepared dishes, both Asian and Western, with stunning views of the city center make this one of the best brunch options in town.

Thirty8
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50450 Kuala Lumpur
+60 3-2182 1234


16 comments:

  1. I love light live music. Nice! Ahhhhh!!! I met a clown too, should be in my blogpost tomorrow. Lovely food, great selections...and I love everybody looks so nice and friendly.

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    1. Having live entertainment definitely adds to a fun atmosphere at brunch.

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  2. What a cool place! Wish i could visit the place someday :)

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    1. Great views Ken. A good spot for people visiting KL.

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  3. Entertainment! We are so spoiled for choise in KL! We took your recommendation and visited the Marble 8 brunch recently with friends and a bunch of kids and had a great day. The free-flow over there is half price compared to the Hyatt though so will have to save this one for a special occasion =)

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    1. It certainly has been a fun adventure for us trying the different options around the city.

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  4. I love to see people happy in what they do and proud of their work, and this is what I am seeing here! Wonderful! :)

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    1. The staff were very friendly. We enjoyed their playfulness as much as the meal itself. :-)

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  5. Cheers! But where's the bubbles in this bubbly brunch ya? LOL

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    1. Very first pic! Glasses look huge at this angle. ;-)

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  6. OMG....the food here is absolutely grand looking! ;) With the number of white hats, I'm sure it's going to be stellar service here.

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    1. Grand Hyatt seems to have a great rep around the world for their super fresh ingredients and quality service.

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  7. I went a couple of times at the Hyatt hotel and completely agree with your review. Looking now at your photographs, good memories came back to me. It really is an incredible place with a top-quality service. I love your photos of smiling staff, here where I live it's different..... a smile truly brightens one's day ;-)))))

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    1. I've had good experiences at Grand Hyatt's across the world too. Agreed - smiling staff make a world of difference. :-)

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  8. More bubbly?? Will join you anytime, babe! xoxo

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