The Best Hotel Restaurants in Malaysia You Shouldn’t Miss
Now and then, we would like to just order a nice meal to relax and enjoy instead of cooking at home. We would look up restaurants, but hesitate when we see that the restaurant is in a hotel. Some of us think that hotel restaurants are just places where they sell overpriced food just to fleece tourists who don’t know any better. However, that’s just an overgeneralisation, and that would mean you might miss out on many amazing food opportunities. Some of the hotel restaurants in Malaysia are among the best in the country, offering not just unique tastes but also atmospheres that you can’t find elsewhere. With that in mind, here are five of the best hotel restaurants in Malaysia that we can find.
Kebaya Dining Room @ Seven Terraces, Penang
Seven Terraces is a beautiful hotel in Penang that has been converted from a row of Anglo-Chinese terrace houses built in the late 19th century. They have been refurbished and repurposed into a hotel in order to preserve the heritage houses in the World Heritage Site of Georgetown. Along with the aesthetics of the hotel, Kebaya Dining Room also seeks to preserve the palates of the historical Peranakan heritage with a menu of classic Indo and Straits Chinese Nyonya dishes. That said, however, the chefs are constantly walking a tightrope between conservation and innovation in wanting to try new techniques and flavours while keeping as best as possible with the spirit of the atmosphere. In 2018, it even received the Travelers’ Choice award from Tripadvisor, winning first place for Malaysia’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant, and 12th place overall in the whole of Asia. There’s no a la carte option here, only a 4-course menu consisting of an appetiser, main course, greens, and dessert, and you are given an extensive choice for each of the items.
Kayuputi @ The St. Regis Langkawi, Kedah
There is no lack of amazing places to eat in Langkawi, but Kayuputi takes the proverbial cake when it comes to hotel restaurants. Designed by world-renowned designer Bill Bensley a.k.a the king of luxury resorts, Kayuputi is created to have a beautiful view of the Andaman Sea, not to mention the antiques and teak columns decorating the restaurant. Featuring Asian-Fusion cuisine, the chefs at Kayuputi will blow your mind with food pairings that you will never think could work, such as sweet corn polenta with flower crab and Hokkaido scallops. For a fantastic dining experience at Kayuputi, the six-course tasting menu called Journey is most highly recommended.
PJ’s Bar & Grill @ New World Petaling Jaya Hotel, Selangor
If you’re looking for a place to dine with a magnificent view of the urban landscape, there’s no better place than PJ’s Bar & Grill which has a nice 360-degree view of the city. Not only is it the largest rooftop bar in Petaling Jaya at 30 floors high, a viewing deck is also there for those who desire to take in the panoramic skyline of the city. As a bar, they have an extensive drinks menu of varying cocktails where even classics are taken up a notch by their take on tradition, such as a Negroni made with Jose Cuervo Gold instead of gin. As a grill, they specialise in Western and Asian grilled dishes alongside their tantalising appetisers, such as Crab Cakes and Jumbo Satay.
The Mansion @ The Majestic Malacca, Malacca
Similar to Kebaya Dining Room, The Mansion is another restaurant seeking to preserve a cultural tradition in cuisine. Kristang is an ethnic group of people who are a mix of Portuguese and Malaccan cultures which came about when the Portuguese came to Malacca in the 16th century. The Mansion is headed by celebrity chef Melba Nunis whose cookbook won Best in the World in the Woman Chef category at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards (GWCA) in Yantai, China. Some of the dishes are based on Chef Melba’s family recipes scribbled on pieces of paper by Chef Melba’s mother and kept in an old shoebox. As unique as each dish is, you won’t go wrong with starting with the Inchimintu Karangezu, which is Chef Melba’s signature dish of baked stuffed crabs. Surprisingly, pineapple goes really well with prawns in Kari Malayu Kung Nanas, prawns simmered in coconut curry together with pineapple.
Jeff’s Cellar @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Ipoh, Perak
If the atmosphere is one of the most important aspects of dining for you, look no further than Jeff’s Cellar, located within a 260-million-year-old limestone cave. Jeff’s Cellar is one of the few hotel restaurants in Malaysia featured in international publications like CNN and Tatler for their unique dining experience. The dishes are just as impressive as the surroundings as you taste one of the signature menus prepared by Chef Boon Lee, whether it’s the exquisite seven-course caviar menu or the popular five-course Chairman’s Favourite menu. Of course, calling it a cellar without having wines as its main feature would not make much sense, and Jeff’s Cellar is proud of their extensive wine collection which includes several rare vintages. This is the best place if you wish to impress your guests (and your own gullet).
Which of these five hotel restaurants in Malaysia are you most likely to plan to visit for your next food adventure? Are there any other hotel restaurants that you think deserve a mention? Let us know in the comments!
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