Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur

Multi-Cuisine Restaurant - Grand Hyatt’s Signature Restaurant

Occupying the entire 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, the restaurant, wine bar and lounge, THIRTY8 promises the best panoramic view of the city’s skyline.

I was running late for my reservation at THIRTY8 on a Saturday evening but to my surprise, the staff were very hospitable and welcoming upon my arrival and escorted me to a nice corner table facing the KL towers. First noticeable elements of the restaurant were the spacious seating and entertaining ‘show kitchens’. The different open-kitchen counters serve an array of cuisines covering western flavours from steak and seafood options as well as sushi and sashimi and Chinese dishes. The restaurant’s Executive Chef, Tommy Franssila from Sweden, succeeds in this multi-cuisine dining style within this posh yet relaxed restaurant. Tommy boasts an international career that kicked off in London, having joined the Hyatt Group in 2000 and has worked in Melbourne, Bangkok, and Sao Paolo.

The sleek, sharp interiors with dim lighting offers an extensive range of international wines, champagnes (by the glass and bottle) and a variety of different cocktails. This is indeed the place to go to splash some cash as the restaurant even stocks the impressive 1989 bottle of Vintage Magnum of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, priced at RM36,000.

While I was browsing the menu, the waiter served a complimentary starter of Indian naan bread with chicken liver pâté. The pâté was very scrumptious and addictive as the secret (shared by the waiter) lies in cooking the dish with pineapple and orange juice. I settled with the restaurant’s signature crab cakes, the variation platter of sushi and sashimi and juicy Irish oysters as starters. The crab cakes came in a large portion and definitely lived up to its reputation by being moist and meaty while the sushi, sashimi and maki-mono selection were nicely presented and most importantly, fresh. The oysters were accompanied with a variety of sauces to suit your liking. The highlight of the meal however, was without a doubt the main dish which was a medium-rare Wagyu tenderloin steak.

Come dessert time, I could not resist the title, THIRTY8 Signature Cake on the menu and settled for this ‘surprise’ option. The waiter would not reveal a clue when I questioned him about the dish, he simply grinned and replied, ‘Just wait and see’. The cake made a grand arrival to the table, presented in a glass dome. At this point, I still could not see through the lid as the dome’s interior was cloudy. Soon enough, the waiter unveiled the dish - a soufflé-like multi-layer chocolate cake filled with hazelnut mousse. However, the surprise did not stop there as he then generously poured caramel sauce over the cake, creating a striking hollow through the dessert. Juicy raspberries and home-made banana ice-cream topped off the very-sinful dessert.

Katrina Too is a freelance travel writer and lived in Malaysia

Photographs courtesy of The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine International
Need to book Advisable
Clientele Families, corporate diners, groups and couples
Restaurant good for Couples, Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business
Cost per head Expensive
Dress Code Smart Casual
Dining Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

High ceilings, open ambience, relaxed and quiet. I found the local staff to be very helpful.

Additional Price Comments

Appetisers from RM15, sushi and sashimi from RM105, mains from RM40.

Last updated on 27-12-2014

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