If you want to sit down to a sumptuous menu or tuck into a lavish buffet this Christmas, you’d better book soon. Don’t spend your holiday in the kitchen, toiling and sweating like a maniac, where’s the fun in that? Here are out top 10 Restaurants to Visit for Christmas 2015 and New year 2015.
1. Colonial Cafe @ The Majestic Hotel
I’ve always love the Colonial Cafe for that planters of Malaya ambiance.
And if delicious classical cuisine from the colonial era is your thing, then this is the place for you for Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Plush red leather chairs, crisply starched white tablecloths, a jazz quartet and timber paneling reinforce the colonial feel.. and makes things just oh so.. majestic.
And of course the Majestic Hotel celebrates the season, the majestic way. We highly recommend starting off with welcome drinks of Prosecco. Then moving along to the Salmon, Blue Mussel and Scallop starter as well as Butternut Squash soup. For the mains do not miss the Trios King – turkey breast, sausage in a blanket, served with potatoes, minted mushy pea and red wine gravy.
Trios King – turkey breast, sausage in a blanket, served with potatoes, minted mushy pea and red wine gravy
The sausages are to die for, and we really loved the moist, flavourful turkey – unlike some places that just cook it to death, and you end up feeling like your chewing on straw!
A Delicious Christmas pudding dessert caps of the yuletide experience must nicely.
This 5 course, Christmas Eve Dinner menu is priced at RM280 nett per person or RM 380 nett per person with wine pairing and Christmas Day menu is priced at RM220 nett per person or RM320 nett per person with wine pairing. Additionally, Colonial Cafe’s New Year’s Eve Dinner menu is priced at RM350 nett per person or RM480 nett per person with wine pairing.
More info here.
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, KL City Centre Malaysia
50000 Kuala Lumpur
Nobu KL’s Malaysian head chef, Philip Leong pulls out all the stops, come New Year’s Eve, with his 7 course Omakase menu, priced at RM750++, with a glass of champagne. And of course, being situated on the 56th floor of the Menara Petronas 3, has its perks – it’s like having front row seats to KL city’s most stunning, gleaming skyline.
Begin with the Zensai Moriawase – Toro Tartar, Kampachi Jalapeno, White fish Tiradito and new style salmon – all vibrant and vivid and you will already notice the Peruvian & South American influences right here. Next comes the assorted sushi- Chu-toro, Kampachi, Kinmedai and Aji. Of these, the prawn was the most awesome – stuffed with flavouring and roe and deep-fried, the entire head is so crispy it can be eaten like that. Chu-toro is also my favourite cut – not as fatty as the O-toro, and the perfect marbling makes it just melt on the palate.
This should be followed by the Buri & beetroot Salad with Dry Miso but the highlight for me, was the Kobe Beef with Goma sauce, served with caramalized chestnuts and pickled beetroot. Faultlessly good.
A cold noodle dish of Inaniwa clear Lobster Dashi, and a dessert of Shisho & Pistachio Entremet completed the course. This seven course dinner menu is priced at RM750++ and they will run in two sessions on New Year’s eve Dinner – best book early to avoid disappointment!
Nobu Kuala Lumpur,
Level 56 Menara 3 Petronas
Persiaran Kuala Lumpur City Center
+603 2164 5084/ +60 19 389 5085
For the exotic, try exciting your tastebud with Alsace Chef, Yves Pierre Renou’s cooking, and what his celebrative menu has in store for you. So, for the festive season, all menus start with an amuse bouche and a selection of starters to choose from, followed by mains, a refreshing palate cleanser, decadent desserts, and finally finishing off the night with seasonally created petite fours.
You may choose wine pairing with each course, or not. It is entirely up to you. At RM110 or so extra only, for the food-wine pairing, we’d say, go for the wines. Because they are good and pretty well selected. From Duck Foie Gras Dumpling with Cappucino of Pumpkin soup with Roasted Cumin, to Lamb Rump crusted with Black Olives, served on bed of Couscous with Christmas Chutney Rolls, it’s all fashioned to make your menu one of the more memorable ones, this Christmas and new year season. More in-depth info here.
Prices for set menus : X’MAS EVE 3-course SET MENU, from RM 160.00 ++ per person. NEW YEAR’S EVE 3-course SET MENU, from RM 185.00 ++ per person. For wine lovers, RM 110+ supplement for 3 glasses of wines
Mezze Wine Bar & Bistro
132, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2095 0122, Michael 016-66378083; Ling 012-2015794
4. Makan Kitchen @ DoubleTree by KL Hilton
Makan Kitchen boasts 5- spice-a-licious festive roasts this Christmas season in addition to a whopping 80 regular dishes. Come here if your appetite is big for all things Asian fusion!
Roast Lamb with Rosemary- Masala Spice Rub, Curry rubbed Australian Prime Rib Roast. Roasted Trout with Tandoori Spices, Five spice roast whole turkey and Honey Glazed Turkey Ham with caramelized Sarawakian Pineapple are the festive highlights.
Roasted Trout with Tandoori Spices – falky yet moist and delicious
Honey Glazed Turkey Ham with caramelized Sarawakian Pineapple.. so sinfully tasty you forget it’s just turkey ham!
Save 20% off for group dining and 5 pax and above.
RM145 nett per person. More info here.
348, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Phone:+60 3-2172 7272
5. Tatsu Japanese Restaurant @ InterContinental KL
At Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur, all 3 of their restaurants will bring your that Christmas & New Year’s Eve cheer in their own spectacular way. They call it the Musical New Year – with harmonic menus in all day dining restaurant Serena Brasserie and signature restaurants Tao Chinese Cuisine and Tatsu Japanese Cuisine.
The joy begins with the New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner at Serena Brasserie, with a toast to New Year countdown at IVIV (OneSixFive) Lounge & Bar with five piece live band performances throughout the night. The merriment kindles, with the oriental cuisine from Tao Chinese Cuisine and the traditional Japanese flavours from Tatsu Japanese Cuisine, specially orchestrated by executive Japanese Chef, Tadashi Inose.
Be it a sumptuous seafood spread at Serena Brasserie, or more oriental flavours from Tao Chinese Cuisine and the traditional Japanese flavours of 4-course gourmet in Tatsu Japanese Cuisine, you can be sure that the menus are designed to wow their diners.
The rich menu of new year indulgences at Tatsu Japanese Cuisine is nothing short of delectable.
With a 4-course gourmet of authentic Japanese flavours at RM 188 nett per person, encompassing appetisers of yuzu togarashi fried scallop and the Japanese New Year’s Celebratory Matsutake mushroom soup with grilled mocha rice cake, and main course choices of salads such as salt and sugar cured Norwegian salmon or Andaman ocean jumbo prawn and Norwegian salmon teppanyaki, in addition to the main course choice of grilled wagyu beef, all accompanied with Salt and sugar cured Norwegian salmon, specially curated by executive Japanese chef, Tadashi Inose. The dessert pairing of yuzu curd, red chiffon, raspberry marmalade, and sesame tuille is a great way to end dinner too.
If you choose the dinner at Serena Brasserie, priced at RM 248 nett per person, this includes free flowing soft drink and juices, and RM 428 nett per person with booze. Exclusively for the night, diners will acquire complimentary entry to the IVIV (OneSixFive) Lounge & Bar to revel in the New Year countdown, with a bottle of One Fo(u)r by Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte for guests opting to cheers to the buffet drinks package of RM 428 nett.
The symphonic gourmet continues at Tao Chinese Cuisine, with a 6-course Chinese fine dining year end meal, available from 31 December to 1 January 2015, at RM 188 nett per person. The luscious New Year Seafood Set Menu highlights Tao’s specialty Chilled North Canada lobster claw meat salad with lobster claw meat salad with fresh ginger dressing, double-boiled abalone and sea treasure fresh ginger dressing. Be sure not to miss the gratinated Hokkaido scallop with red prawn oil and coriander mango salsa, either.. super delicious.
Additionally, guests can toast to the New Year of 2016 with a Bloody Mary at Serena Brasserie, in the Hangover Brunch, available on 1 January 2015, from 11am to 4pm at RM 88 nett per person. The sprightly day invites guests to enlighten sombre moods with a Bloody Mary Bar – allowing guests to recreate their own glass of adventure just the way they like it, complemented by the extensive buffet spread of season’s customary favourites.
If you’re fast and make full payment by the 18th December, then you’ll get a 15% early bird discount. For more info : 03 – 2782 6000
165, Jalan Ampang, 55000 KL
Phone:+60 3-2782 6118