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Here’s where to feast like a king this Christmas season

What’s your recollection of a Christmas dinner? Roast turkey with a side of chestnuts and cranberry sauce or the humble shepherd’s pie? Whatever’s on the dining table, the abundance of food during the festive season means the joy of sharing and giving – the kind of happiness that brings families and loved ones together.

So what better way to celebrate this festive season than to bring back the good old memories with food. Some of these dining menus take you back to rustic Christmas dinners with classic flavours like pot roasts, pies, stews, puddings and log cakes, including a Kristang staple, devil’s curry.

Whether you’re preparing for a festive feast at home, or heading out to celebrate Christmas, dining choices are never-ending this holiday season. Here’s a list of places to wine, dine and be merry in the yuletide spirit – or even take home a ready-made turkey for your home parties.

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Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Enjoy a Christmas buffet at Sedap Restaurant with a range of festive classics like salads and pies, grilled meats and flambéed Baba au rhum for desserts. The Christmas Eve buffet (RM168 nett) will also feature a carving station for you to enjoy traditional roasted turkey served with cranberry and orange compote, beet chutney and cranberry mustard. There is also a section on beautiful small bites (we dare you to find the red potato salad) that are bound to spoil you for good. If you’re going for a party and don’t want to arrive empty-handed, take away Pullman KLCC’s roasted turkey cooked with Malaysian spices such as percik, tandoori and more at only RM390 nett; available from 10th to 31st December 2018.

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W Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Flock ignites taste buds this season by bringing together locally-sourced sustainable ingredients in a sleek setting with a special curated menu by Chef Richard Millar. Whether it’s during the eve or on Christmas day itself, enjoy everything from turkey breasts, pudding, seafood and more from the special menu. Capture the free spirit of the festivities with Flock’s brand new signature Whatever/Whenever service. Call for a chocolate fountain, a cheese display or a cold cocktail – W will make it happen for you.

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Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Celebrate the holiday season with an enchanting array of culinary delights at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur. Head over to Gastro Sentral for a 3-course Christmas Eve Dinner (RM168 nett) with classic dishes including Chicken Wellington with Chestnut Puree and Buttered Brussels Sprouts and the Deconstructed Peach Melba. For something more quiet and elegant, make a booking at PRIME for an exquisite 4-course dinner (RM388 nett) and enjoy the Charcoal-Grilled 200 Days Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin, the Sous-Vide Stuffed Turkey Roulade and the Chocolate Chestnut Yule Log. If you’re craving for some Italian cuisine, Favola takes you on a journey through Venetian flavours with a 4-course Christmas even dinner (RM288 nett). Indulge in dishes like Chicken and Black Truffle Tortellini, Warm Green Zucchini Bavarois with Seared Prawn and Scallop, and Ginger Bread Cheesecake.

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The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Gather at The Living Room’s Christmas Village at The Westin KL to enjoy a sumptuous dinner buffet on Christmas Eve at only RM170 nett per person. Be sure to have your hands on the honey glazed spiced brined roast turkey with all the seasonal trimmings. On Christmas day, come over for an elegant hi-tea buffet that features everything from spiced puddings and fruitcakes. Another option would be Prego with its Bubbalicious Dinner featuring a flamboyant spread of festive flavours from baked stuffed quails to lamb racks and more.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Bring out the festive spirit from now until 29th December 2018, enjoy an evening barbeque party every Friday and Saturday at Tosca, DoubleTree’s Italian Trattoria featuring a side table service of Churrascaria-style meat carving. Hop over the Makan Kitchen for Christmas hi-tea brunch or feast in its Christmas dinner buffet from 22nd to 25th December. You can also ease your Christmas stress by visiting the Food Store to take away traditional yuletide favourites including five mouth-watering roasts to sweet treats like log cakes, gingerbread houses, stollens and more.

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Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

Grand Millennium KL has everything you need from festive-themed brunches to elegant dinners for a truly magical year-end celebration. Don’t miss out on their 3-day special Christmas Dinner (RM168 nett) that comes with traditional oven-roasted turkey, lemon herb crusted Norwegian salmon fillet, homemade Cumberland sausages with caramelised onions, slipper lobsters and a delectable Christmas-themed dessert counter. On 25th December, come over for Christmas Brunch at The Mill Café and enjoy everything from stuffed lamb leg to Christmas almond stolen.

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Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Don’t miss out on Shangri-La Hotel KL’s Festive Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Lounge. The kitchen team has prepared an assortment of savoury options from Maine Lobster Mill-Feuille to Alaskan King Crab in Saffron Rolls with Avocado, as well as sweet treats including Mont Blanc, Petit Buche de Noel, Apple Tarte Tatin and Mendiant Raisin and Pistachio. For something more indulgent, book at table at Lemon Garden’s Festive Lunch and Dinner Buffets with a plethora of cuisines and free-flow festive-themed mocktails to quench your thirst.

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St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

Lavish menus await at St. Regis Kuala Lumpur. Start off with The Drawing Room Festive Afternoon Tea (RM158 ++) with decadent log cakes, warm scones and Xmas Tree meringues. Head over to The Brasserie for an indulgent dinner spread of traditional roasts, live cooking stations serving foie gras and risotto, an oyster bar and a Christmas dessert corner exclusively on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, you can enjoy brunch at both The Brasserie and Astor Bar with specialty dishes available only on Christmas Day. Look out for carolers and fun activities for the kids. And if you’re looking for a scrumptious roast for family reunions, The Brasserie’s Festive Roasts comprising Traditional Christmas Turkey (RM698++) and Signature Lamb Rack (RM698++) are now available for pre-orders.

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Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel

Savour the enriching flavours of traditional roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, BBQ beef ribs, stuffed squids and smoked duck at Sheraton PJ’s all-day dining hub Feast. The Christmas-themed dinner buffets start from the 17th to the 30th of December 2018. Delivery is also available across Klang Valley if you’d like this served in the comfort of your home during the festivities. The hotel’s acclaimed Yue Chinese Restaurant and Miyabi Japanese restaurant also offer enticing options including a 6-course dinner (RM168 nett) and a Japanese buffet (RM200 nett) on Christmas Day.

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Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur brings the rustic charm of Bloomsbury to the city with a yuletide feast that centres around classic British favourites. Throughout the month of December, enjoy specially crafted menu comprising fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, prawn cocktail, beef wellington and more. For desserts, there are plenty to choose from including the sticky date pudding and banoffee pie. There’s also a celebratory Christmas Day Brunch at the Man Tao Rooftop Bar where you can unwind in a one-of-a-kind ambience overlooking the city. But if you plan to throw a year-end party here, the Man Tao is available for private bookings.

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Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Raise a glass this festive season at Aloft KL with a special dinner buffet throughout the month of December at only RM118 nett. Dig in scrumptious oven roasted turkey, beef stroganoff, lamb ragout and many more. Don’t miss out on the in-house signature yule logs that double as a great gift for family and friends. If you fancy a tipple, head up to MaiBar to enjoy specially crafted cocktails that celebrate the festive spirit.

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The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

If you’re planning to celebrate the festivities at The Majestic Hotel, you’re in for a treat. Start with a Christmas Eve Dinner at the Colonial Cafe with mulled wine, sliced roasted turkey and homemade yule log cake. On Christmas Day, bring your family to The Tea Lounge, The Drawing Room or The Orchid Conservatory for an Christmas-themed afternoon tea. Stay on for dinner at the Contango with traditional dishes including roast turkey, mince pie and more.

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Element Kuala Lumpur

Element Kuala Lumpur brings you a festive culinary experience at Trace Restaurant & Bar with the season’s best offerings. Enjoy the smoked whole Norwegian salmon trout and glazed honey-spiced whole roasted turkey. The Australian Angus prime rib is also a highlight alongside a table of assorted desserts and sweet treats. And being high up on the 40th floor, you’ll be dining like a king whilst overlooking the breathtaking view of the city.

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Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

As you walk into Lounge on the Park, be greeted by the fresh scent of pine with a Chopard Christmas tree. Enjoy the Chopard Christmas Afternoon Tea from now until 24th December 2018 with specially curated festive delights. You’re also invited to savour the Daily Festive White Page 6-course menu at the Mandarin Grill for a surprising treat as well as the Christmas buffet dinner at Mosaic that offers the best of the yuletide season. On the way out, grab the beautiful white yule log cake home with you.

Martin Teo
Editor
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.