• Ronn Tan

The Best Christmas menus to check out in KL for 2020

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Hello there, it's Ronn!

2020 might have been the longest year (it sure felt that way) but we can still end things on a high note. A joyous and festive one, in fact. It's the most wonderful time of the year and one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday season is through food. Of course.

This roundup highlights some of the best places to check out for all things festive — from unique roast turkey creations to decadent buffets to exquisite set menus.

1 | Pullman KLCC

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To mark the holiday festivities this year, Pullman KLCC is offering the Elfin Eve Dinner Buffet and Christmas Dinner Buffet at Sedap Restaurant. Feast on a plethora of festive delights, including roast turkey, fresh seafood selection, and traditional Christmas desserts .

The lowdown: Elfin Eve Dinner Buffet is priced from RM178 nett per person and available on 24 December 2020 (6.30pm - 10pm); Christmas Dinner Buffet is priced from RM158 nett per person and available on 25 December 2020 (6.30pm - 10pm).

2 | Nobu Kuala Lumpur

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Wrapping up 2020, Nobu Kuala Lumpur has curated a special festive menu. Created by Executive Chef Philip Leong, A Wintry Affair For Two at Nobu Kuala Lumpur is a five-course menu — featuring options such as Lemon Sole with Dry Miso and Yuzu Olive; Smoked Angus Beef Tenderloin with Jalapeño Miso; as well as Green Tea Mince Pie Flambé with Rice Ice Cream.

The lowdown: The menu is priced at RM488++ per set (for two); available from 1 December to 30 December 2020.

3 | Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

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With the theme of A North Pole Wonderland, the hotel will be offering Festive Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge. The afternoon tea consists of both sweet and savoury homemade seasonal delights. They include Lobster Salad in Saffron Roll with Caviar Cream; Five Spiced Duck; Mixed Fruit Financier; Chestnut Mont Blanc; as well as Currant and Candied Orange Scones.

The lowdown: Festive Afternoon Tea is priced at RM75 nett per person (or RM145 nett per person with one glass of Veuve Clicquot); available from now until 31 December 2020

4 | Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown

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Up for a festive feast at Quan's Kitchen? This year, the hotel has created a buffet spread featuring traditional favourites. They include Roast Lamb; Bak Kwa Crusted Mandarin Turkey; Mongolian Teppanyaki; Braised Boeuf de Bourguignon; and Whole Poached Norwegian Salmon.

The lowdown: The buffet is priced at RM158 nett per person on 24 December 2020 (6.30pm - 10pm) and RM128 nett per person on 25 December 2020 (11.30am - 3pm).

5 | Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

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Reinforcing the Christmas spirit at Kwee Zeen, the hotel is serving a spread filled with local and international options. You will find mouth-watering Christmas delights, a cheese selection, fresh seafood, a plethora of entrées, and Christmas turkey with traditional stuffing.

The lowdown: The buffet is priced from RM228 nett per adult on both 24 December 2020 (6pm - 10pm) and 25 December 2020 (12.30pm - 4pm; 6pm - 10pm).

6 | New World Petaling Jaya Hotel

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Head over to PJ's Bar and Grill for a hearty feast this holiday season. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a myriad of Christmas treats with the four-course menu — featuring delectable festive creations.

The lowdown: The menu is priced from RM168 nett per person on both 24 December 2020 (7pm - 10.30pm) and 25 December 2020 (7pm - 10.30pm).

7 | Hilton Kuala Lumpur

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In addition to the 20-feet Christmas tree at the hotel's lobby, Hilton KL also has a plethora of culinary options this festive season. At Vasco's, get treated to a joyous buffet spread filled with options such as Boston Lobster Mornay; Wagyu Beef Scotch Egg; Honey Glazed Spice Brined Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce; as well as Salt-Crusted Salmon Trout with Fennel.

The lowdown: The buffet is priced at RM248 nett per person on 24 December 2020 (6.30pm - 10.30pm) and lunch on 25 December 2020 (12.30pm - 3.30pm). For dinner on 25 December 2020, the buffet is priced at RM228 nett per person (6.30pm - 10.30pm).

8 | Maria's SteakCafe

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The popular spot for all things steak is celebrating Christmas this year with a special creation — a classic roast turkey with turkey sauce, cranberry sauce, sauté vegetables, and roast potatoes stuffing. Here's a gentle reminder to make your bookings one week in advance.

The lowdown: The turkey is priced at RM380+ (3.5kg - 4.5kg) and RM480+ (5kg - 6kg). Available from 15 December to 1 January 2021, you can contact 03 7496 6415 to place your order.

9 | W Kuala Lumpur

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For Christmas this year, Retox Brunch is returning with the Xmas Edition. At Flock, treat yourself to Red Wine Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek; Whole Roasted Turkey with Apricot and Sage Stuffing; as well as desserts such as Rose Lychee Berries Santa Belt Gateaux.

The lowdown: The buffet is priced from RM328 nett per person and will be available on 25 December 2020 (12pm - 3pm).

10 | Prime

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Prime at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur is offering a four-course menu curated by Chef de Cuisine Ramiro Moya. The dinner menu is an amalgamation of signature Prime flair and the holiday spirit. You will find dishes like Grain Fed Black Angus Australian Ribeye with Rubia Gallega Marrow Sauce; and Brûlée of Duck Liver Parfait.

The lowdown: The menu is priced at RM458 nett per person (RM498 nett with a glass of champagne); available on 24 December 2020.

11 | Botanica+Co

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The restaurant's Christmas menu this year consists of creations such as The Christmas Roast Platter. The sharing platter includes Roast turkey, boneless lamb leg roast, rib eye beef roast, and salmon wellington; served with dukkha roasted vegetable, duck fat roast potatoes, turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce. Treat yourself to Mulled Wine and Krismastini while you're there.

The lowdown: The Bo+Co Christmas Roast Platter is priced at RM350; the rest of the 2020 Christmas menu ranges from RM15 to RM65.

12 | The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

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To ease your holiday dining stress, the culinary team at the hotel is offering their signature Roast Turkey — served with homemade apple stuffing, caramelised chestnuts, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and turkey jus.

The lowdown: The roast turkey is priced at RM698+ (5kg - 6kg).

13 | Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

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Get the Festive Family Meal delivered to you this Christmas. The holiday spread is ideal for a group of 8 to 10. Dishes include Chicken Caesar salad; Chilled Tiger Prawn with Cocktail Sauce; Whole Roasted Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce; Lasagna with Wagyu Beef Ragout; Truffle Mashed Potato; Norwegian Salmon Gravlax; Christmas cookies; Stollen; and more. Self-collection is also available from JP teres.

The lowdown: The spread is priced at RM1,900 (excluding delivery); available from 24 November 2020 to 1 January 2021.

14 | The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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For Christmas, the hotel has curated a special afternoon tea menu. Inspired by Monkey Island Estate Bray-On-Thames, the Limited Edition Afternoon Tea allows you to experience a taste of Bray. Expect finger sandwiches, luxury butter scones, a selection of cakes, and more. The afternoon tea will be available in The Tea Lounge, The Drawing Room, and The Orchid Conservatory.

The lowdown: The afternoon tea menu is priced at RM70 nett at The Tea Lounge, RM90 nett at The Drawing Room, and RM120 nett at The Orchid Conservatory; available from 24 December to 27 December 2020 and 31 December 2020 to 3 January 2021.

15 | Entier French Dining

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Entier French Dining's Festive Tasting Menu — Le Magie de Noël — will be presented in seven chapters. Curated by Chef Masashi and his culinary team, the menu consists of celebrated ingredients such as scallop, sweetbread, caviar, lobster, oyster, and wagyu beef.

The lowdown: The menu is priced at RM510 nett per person (plus RM160 nett per person for wine pairing menu); available for dinner daily until 9 January 2021.

16 | Kampachi at EQ

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Gear up for a Christmas Eve Omakase dinner at Kampachi with your loved ones. The five-course menu includes Japanese Sweet Tomato and Crab Meat Salad; Seared Skipjack Tuna Sashimi; Grilled Lobster with Miso Sauce; Cold Soba Noodles with Sea Urchin; as well as Japanese Persimmon.

The lowdown: The menu is priced at RM388 per person with an additional RM150 for wine and sake pairings; available on 24 December 2020 from 6pm to 10.30pm.

Reservations: Contact 03 2789 7839 or dineateqkl@kul.equatorial.com.

17 | Marini's On 57

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For the festive period, Marini's On 57 has curated a special seven-course dinner menu. Feast on Hokkaido Scallop with Black Truffle and Caviar; House-made Lobster Tortellini; Turkey Confit with Roasted Sweet Potato Foam; Coral Trout with Shaved Black Truffle; and more. There is also vegetarian menu option with dishes such as Ricotta Cheese Ravioli with Morel Mushrooms as well as Carnaroli Risotto with Beetroot Pesto.

The lowdown: Both menus are priced at RM480++ per person; available on 24 December and 25 December 2020.

Reservations: Contact 03 2386 6030 or reservations@marinisgroup.com.

18 | Kenny Hills Bakers x BOSS

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Available exclusively at the Bukit Tunku outlet, Kenny Hills Bakers is offering five-course Christmas menu like no other in collaboration with BOSS. On the menu, you'll find Chicken Liver Parfait, Truffle Butter, and Organic Sourdough; Classic Lobster Bisque; Salad of Baby Spinach, Butternut Squash, Crispy Yam, and Cranberry Dressing; KHB Christmas Turkey with Roasted Vegetables and served with a roasted turkey jus; as well as Strawberries, Whipped Mascarpone, and Meringue, on a Hazelnut Sable. In addition, 10% of all profits will be donated to The Lost Food Project.

The lowdown: The menu is priced at RM188+ per person; available from 11 December to 25 December 2020.

Reservations: Contact 012 234 1734 (WhatsApp) or 03 6206 4111; a gentle reminder to make your booking two days in advance.

19 | Sheraton Petaling Jaya

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For Christmas this year, Sheraton PJ is offering Slow Roasted Turkey that's available for takeaway. The turkey will be served with roasted potatoes, buttered vegetable, Brussel sprouts, apple and chestnut stuffing, giblet sauce, as well as cranberry and peppercorn sauce. You can also get Christmas log cakes with flavours ranging from Spiced Pear to Crunch Pistachio.

If you're looking to dine-in with friends and family, there will be buffet offerings at Feast on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The lowdown: Slow Roasted Turkey (4.5 kg) is priced at RM488 (prior 24 hours required); Christmas Log Cakes range from RM88 to RM98; Christmas Eve Dinner is priced at RM178 per adult (available on 24 December 2020) and Christmas Day Brunch is priced at RM158 per adult (available on 25 December 2020).

Reservations: Contact 03 7622 8888.

Where will you be going this festive season? It's definitely a joyous and cheerful period, but make sure to stay safe outdoors and follow healthy and safety guidelines — including wearing your masks and practicing social distancing.