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New eats: THIRTY8, Hoppers and Define:food

It’s been awhile, but here’s to the return of one of our favourite columns — New eats! In this post, we check out THIRTY8’s afternoon tea buffet called High on Sugar, specialty appam restaurant Hoppers; and Bryan Loo’s newest F&B venture, Define:food.

High on Sugar, THIRTY8

For those who're in love with the cocoa.
For those who’re in love with the cocoa.

The Food: The strawberry milkshake that’s made to order is one of the sweet treats to highlight, besides the roomful of chocolate treats. Yes, there’s a room with a dessert table that’s covered entirely with chocolate in various forms — mousse, cake pop, little buttons, brownies, soufflé, dark chocolate cream, pralines, Tyrolean cake, Black Forest in a glass and flourless chocolate cake, amongst others. We also greatly appreciated the unlimited a la carte menu for savoury dishes that includes assorted dim sum, Black Angus beef meatballs, Caprese salad and steamed sea bass, to name a few. There’s also a live noodle station, and a sandwich or wholemeal waffle station on weekends.

L-R: Black Angus beef meatballs, wok-fried carrot cake and assorted dim sum.
L-R: Black Angus beef meatballs, wok-fried carrot cake and assorted dim sum.

The Place: THIRTY8 is the signature restaurant of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, located on the 38th floor of the hotel. For those who have limited time in KL and want to take some great photos with the Petronas Twin Towers, THIRTY8 has a fantastic view of the towers which you can enjoy while savouring a good meal. They also serve some pretty neat cocktails which you can try while enjoying a sunset view of the Twin Towers. Make sure to book a good table for sunset, though!

Price: RM120 nett per person on Fridays (3-5pm)
RM150 nett per person on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Come 2 December 2016 onwards, the High on Sugar buffet will have a festive spin! Look forward to jolly new inclusions like mini Santa Clauses, gingerbread houses and classic Yule log cakes.

THIRTY8, Level 38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12 Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2182 1234, www.kualalumpur.grand.hyatt.com

Teh Tarik ice cream and coconut milk appam, Hoppers

The bowl-shaped appam is inspired by the Sri Lankan style of cooking appams.
The bowl-shaped appam is inspired by the Sri Lankan style of cooking appams.

The Food: Where do we even begin? First up, we personally haven’t tried appam before this so it was a culinary discovery for us as well! Appam, also known as hoppers (hence the name of the restaurant) is a form of pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. At Hoppers, you can choose to have your appam with savoury or sweet toppings. Our favourite savoury dish and that which we recommend is the butter prawns appam — buttery, fresh prawns in a fragrant curry leaf, garlic and chilli butter sauce. For something sweet, we loved the appam that comes with a scoop of either Teh Tarik or Chendol ice cream with coconut milk. The coconut milk is served on the side so you can choose how little or much you’d like to have. Much to our satisfaction and enjoyment, the Teh Tarik ice cream tasted as you would expect teh tarik to, rich and sweet with a very slight hint of bitterness from the tea which tied the creamy coconut milk and appam together nicely.

Peppered goat with pomegranate and butter prawns in the background.
Peppered goat with pomegranate and butter prawns in the background.

The Place: Hoppers is located along Jalan Pudu. Re-fashioned from an old law firm, they’ve really done good with facelifting the office space and turning it into a bright, relaxing place to enjoy your appams. If you’re driving, look out for a peacock symbol as the Hoppers shop sign might not be easy to see from road level. With it’s ample natural daylight, bright colours of pink, blue and a spray of green from the live plants indoors, it is a very Instagrammable restaurant.

Price: RM12 for one scoop of ice cream, RM18 for two scoops
Savoury appams from RM12; sweet appams from RM5.

Hoppers KL, 76, Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2022 0832, www.hopperskl.com

Pasta Verde, Define:food

A good pesto pasta is so hard to come by these days.
A good pesto pasta is so hard to come by these days.

The Food: In our hunt for good pesto pasta, we’re happy to report that we’ve found one at define:food. The Pasta Verde with pesto Genovese and shaved Grana Padano was delicious, just the right amount of saltiness from the cheese and green goodness from the pesto, though we personally would like to taste more pine nuts in there. This dish is a great option if you want to get a pasta fix that’s not too heavy, so you don’t feel sluggish or guilty.

The roasted tomato soup gets a gourmet twist with basil foam, a Parmesan Grissini and more pesto genovese.
The roasted tomato soup gets a gourmet twist with basil foam, a Parmesan Grissini and more pesto Genovese.

The Place: define:food is located at the crossing from Mid Valley Megamall to The Gardens Mall, just across the fountain from Tim Ho Wan. The restaurant is family-friendly, and there’s a conveniently located elevator for guests to bring up any strollers or wheelchairs if needed. Large windows and bountiful natural daylight make it a very pleasant and relaxing environment to enjoy a good meal at, and we appreciate that there’s a generous number of electrical sockets around the dining tables for charging devices.

Price: RM21
Starters from RM18, mains from RM21; dessert from RM19.

Define:food29-1,Level 1, Signature Offices, The Boulevard, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2201 1316