12 Days Of Christmas: How To Indulge Over The Christmas Holidays

Christmas Dinner | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

It’s close to the end of such a unique and perhaps somewhat turbulent year of 2020, and to paraphrase Shakespeare in the Twelfth Night exclaims, “If Christmas be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it!” In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, let us get festive by celebrating the close of this year with celebrations of Christmas that continue to shine in our own city of Kuala Lumpur. Since we cannot travel, here’s our list of 12 of the most interesting Christmas offerings around town.

Christmas Food | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

Sleighing Around Town: Festive Menus Here To Raise Your Spirits

As the festive mood of the holiday season as well as the anticipation of a brand New Year double up, many eateries across town has come up with international cuisine inspired Christmas menus, not to mention an array of New Year offerings to bid adieu to the challenging journey of this year with hopes for a better 2021 ahead. This way choose your favourite things to do over the festive season without having to leave the country. Here are some of our top picks.

Horizon Grill, Banyan Tree Christmas | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

Nippori Christmas At The Horizon Grill, Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree and Pavillion Hotel celebrate The Festive Times by launching their Christmas & New Year’s Eve Marry multi-course menu at their iconic Horizon Grill. Indulge in a Nippori influenced Christmas extravagance with courses such as snow crab and salmon mousse terrine, Kaluga Queen caviar-infused egg mimosa and sirloin wagyu with a memorable accompaniment of a local touch of tender roasted pumpkins encircling a hearty curried potato mash, and not to miss matcha scones and their cempedak cheesecake verine under Chef Fodil Baghal’s hands at Altitude’s Holiday Afternoon Tea.

  • Christmas Eve 5-Course Dinner Menu at RM588 nett per person
  • New Year’s Eve 6-Course Dinner Menu at RM788 nett per person
  • Holiday Afternoon Tea at RM148 to RM188 nett per person

Horizon Grill
Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
Level 58 & 53,
No. 2, Jalan Conlay,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2113 1821

Marini's on 57 | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

Italian Christmas with a View at Marini’s on 57

For those looking to celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve, Marini’s on 57 is serving a refined modern Italian Christmas menu, with a view to match. The Christmas menu consists of items such as the Hokkaido Scallops, Lobster Tortelli and Turkey Confit while the New Year’s Eve menu comes with the Lobster Carpaccio, Carnaroli Risotto, and Wagyu Tenderloin MS9, amongst other delicacies, and for those who don’t eat meat, they also have a vegetarian menu. The Italian restaurant also has one of the best views for New Year’s Eve with a view overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers.

  • Christmas Eve Dinner at RM480++
  • Christmas Day Dinner at RM480++
  • Vegetarian New Year Eve Dinner at RM628++
  • New Year Eve Dinner at RM980++
  • New Year Eve Dinner at RM1,180++ for window seating

The Marini’s on 57 Christmas 2020 set dinner is available on 24 and 25 December 2020 and is priced at RM480++ per person. The New Year’s Eve set dinner menu is available only on 31 December 2020 and is priced at RM980++ per person for non-window seating, RM1,180++ per person for window seating and RM628++ per person for the vegetarian option.

Gobo Chit Chat, Traders Hotel Christmas | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

Bountiful Seafood Banquet At Gobo Chit Chat, Traders Hotel

Enjoy an extensive festive seafood buffet at Traders Hotel’s 5th floor restaurant, Gobo Chit Chat comprising most varieties of crustacean and molluscs that you can best imagine. Indulge in prawns, crabs, oysters, mussels, crayfish, scallops and more alongside with traditional festive roasts and a hearty closing with house-made mince pies.

  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Buffet Dinner at RM178 to RM288
  • New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner at RM248 to RM388

Gobo Chit Chat
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2332 9888

Gastro Sentral, Le Meridien Christmas | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

An À La Française Experience at Gastro Sentral, Le Meridien

Enjoy a casual French epicure for Christmas or New Year festivities at Gastro Sentral with a 3-course or 4-course Christmas and New Year’s Dinner with dishes such as Baby Chicken Roulade with Cep Mushroom Stuffing and Honey-Pepper Glazed Smoked Duck Breast with Duck Liver, Angus Beef Striploin Gratin with Forest Mushroom Fricassee served with Pulled Brisket in Filo and more.

  • 3 Course Christmas Eve Dinner at RM208 nett per person
  • 4 Course New Year’s Eve Dinner at RM238 nett per person

Gastro Sentral
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
2, Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2263 7888

Lounge At The Park, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur Christmas | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Lounge On The Park, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Immerse yourself before a serenity of tropical green scenery at the courtyard of Mandarin Oriental’s lounge with their spread of Christmas Afternoon Tea. Celebrate the Christmas feeling with seasonal festive treats such as the German Black Forest reindeer praline with dulce cream, Santa’s Hat cheese cassis with Belgian speculoos, and French chestnut mont blanc. The gingerbread creme brûlée is arguably the star of the tea with strong ginger notes on its torched caramelized surface, giving a festive touch of winter spice to the classic burnt cream dessert. If you’re feeling extra jolly this year, grab a panettone made by chef Luigi Stinga and  consider donating to their Christmas Tree Of Hope, which help feeds those in need.

  • Christmas Afternoon Tea at RM158 per person
  • Christmas Afternoon Tea at RM218 per person with 1 glass of Taittinger Champagne

Lounge on the Park
Mandarin Oriental
Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2380 8888

Quan's Kitchen, FourPoints Chinatown Christmas | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought.

Bak Kwa Crusted Turkey at Quan’s Kitchen, Four Points Chinatown

Open your eyes to a unique turkey roast crusted with Oloiya’s chicken Bak Kwa in Quan Kitchen’s new interpretation of a Christmas classic. Conventionalists can still savour in other traditional Christmas dishes such as poached Norwegian salmon, beef bourguignon, sautéed brussels with toasted walnuts and cranberry, while those with a Malaysian stomach can also indulge in laksa, yong tau foo and on-the-spot Mongolian teppanyaki. Enjoy a festive closing with mulled wine, red velvet yule logs, a generously spiced pecan cake and Christöllen.

  • Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Buffet Brunch at RM128 nett per person
  • Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner at RM158 nett per person

Quan’s Kitchen
Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown
8th Floor,
2, Jalan Balai Polis,
50000 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2035 7333

Roost | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

Danish Christmas Roast Duck at Roost

For those looking for something different, Roost is specially catering a traditional Danish Roast Duck for the Danish community in Kuala Lumpur, and this is the best time to try something completely different if you’re not looking for turkey. The offerings from Roost include a Slow Roasted Whole Turkey, Roasted Prime Rib, Bone in Lamb Leg, in addition to their iconic Danish Vanilla Rice Pudding. For those looking for a tipple, they also do Christmas cocktails such as the Naughty & Nice made with chocolate wine.

  • Slow Roasted Whole Turkey at RM550
  • Roasted Bone in Lamb at RM350
  • Roasted Primerib at RM725
  • Slow Roasred Duck at RM350

69-1, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
+6012 209 0226

Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur Christmas | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

Black Garlic Roasted Turkey at Curate, Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

For persons with preferences of variety, indulge in an international gastro-journey at Curate’s Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet with a spread of American and Italian delicacies, to the east with Indian curries and Asian stir-fries. Enjoy an elaborate seafood fare from a crustacean bar with oysters and caviar included in the package. Say goodbye to 2020 with a comforting Cantonese fare which includes Peking Duck Pancake with Sea Urchin and Braised Ramen with Boston Lobster and Abalone at Yun House on New Year’s Eve. For those looking to spend some quality time at home, theres the Black Garlic roasted turkey available for delivery.

  • The Lounge’s Christmas Tea at RM188 nett
  • Curate’s Christmas Feast at Curate at RM208 nett
  • Curate’s Christmas Eve Dinner at RM268 nett
  • Curate’s Christmas Day Brunch at RM228 nett

Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur
145, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2382 8888

Joloko Christmas | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

A Caribbean Christmas at JOLOKO

Fun food location JOLOKO is offering a selection of Caribbean inspired Christmas menu featuring Crispy Cuban Roasted Pork, Jerk Spiced Turkey Drumstick and the Jamaican Gizzada Coconut Tart. The flavours are taken from different islands throughout the Caribbean, so this menu is perfect for those looking to have something a little spiced up. For those interested, there’s also the JOLOKO Caribbean Food Cruise which features dishes from across the island.

  • JOLOKO Caribbean Food Cruise at RM135++
  • Christmas Brunch at RM135++ ( Free flow alcohol RM310++)
  • Christmas Dinner at Rm175++
  • New Year Eve Tasting Menu at RM215++

43, Jalan Kamunting,
Off Dang Wangi,
50300 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2694 1100

Seven and ATAS, the RuMa Hotel | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

Christmas Cocktails at ATAS Modern Malaysian Eatery, The RuMa Hotel

Enjoy a specially curated 5-course Christmas dinner menu by Executive Chef Tyson Gee at ATAS Modern Malaysian Eatery with his signature twist on local provenance and heirloom ingredients with dishes such as Foie Gras Torchon, Prawn and Scallop Cannelloni with Caviar. Have a choice of seabass or roast turkey for mains to fit into the festive mood, and end it with a sweet note of a classic warm Christmas pudding with honeycomb ice cream. In addition to the food, the Seven Bar at the RuMa Hotel will also be serving a selection of Christmas cocktails in collaboration with Lilin + Co and Shawn Chong.

  • Christmas Cocktails at Seven Bar runs till 31st December 2020
  • The Christmas Dinner at RM288 per person
  • The Christmas Dinner at RM458 per person with wine pairing

ATAS Modern Malaysian Eatery
The RuMa Hotel and Residences
7, Jalan Kia Peng,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2778 0888

Flock, W Kuala Lumpur Christmas | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

A Boozy Christmas Brunch at Flock, W Kuala Lumpur

Celebrate Christmas with Flock’s glamorous Retox Brunch with Christmas embellishments with a sumptuous buffet spread of Whole Roasted Turkey with Apricot & Sage Stuffing, Foie Gras Chawan Mushi, Red Wine Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek. Get even more festive with sweet winter temptations of Hangover Fruit Cake and Blueberry Yule Log. Flock also offers a Boxing Day special of a fresh seafood display featuring Alaskan King Crabs Legs and Freshly Shucked Fine de Claire Oysters, mains of Angus Beef Tomahawk and Cod Fish with Brown Butter. RETOX At Dusk on New Year’s Eve sees an even bigger, better and bolder spread with offerings like Transmontanus Caviar, Grilled Spring Chicken, Lobster Bisque, Miso White Cod with Brown Butter.

  • Christmas Set Menu at RM188 nett
  • RETOX At Dusk: Xmas Eve Edition at RM288 to 728 nett
  • RETOX Brunch: Xmas Edition at RM328 to 728 nett
  • Boxing Day Xmas Buffet Dinner at RM288 to 728 nett

W Kuala Lumpur
121, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
+6012 347 9088

Brasserie, St. Regis Kuala Lumpur | 12 Days Of Christmas | Food For Thought

A Festive Trunk at the St Regis Hotel

Reunite with the St Regis’ annual Santa’s Kitchen pop up to purchase the iconic St Regis crest-studded Festive Trunk which include treats such as their signature Teh Tarik and Calamansi Valhorna Chocolate Bar, Christmas Stöllen, Chocolate Christmas Tree pralines and gingerbread houses. The Brasserie is offering a sumptuous Christmas dinner buffet spread with oyster and caviar bar and traditional festive roasts, while a Festive Afternoon Tea awaits at The Drawing Room.

  • Luxury Trunk at MYR980
  • Classic Trunk at MYR618 without Champagne
  • The Brasserie Christmas Day Brunch at MYR418 to MYR598 per person
  • The Brasserie Christmas Eve Dinner at MYR418 to RM598 per person
  • The Drawing Room Festive Afternoon Tea at MYR158 to 248.00

The Brasserie
The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
No 6, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2,
50470 Kuala Lumpur
+6012 2801 303

Make Your Own Asian-Twist Christmas Recipes by Ili Sulaiman at Home

As a bonus, we have included something special for those who love to cook at home. The famed Malaysian celebrity chef Ili Sulaiman comes from a very impressively mixed heritage, and this Christmas, she has created a series of dishes that you can enjoy with your family through her recipes including the Wonton Chips and Sashimi Salsa, Hainanese Chicken Chop, Roast Kicap Chicken with Asian Stuffing and her Sweet Potato Cake with Coconut Drizzle.

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Chloee Lee

A now-unemployable law graduate pursuing her license to be employable, who finds all sorts of things related to food fascinating. A part time Mandarin food writer, photographer with neo-noir aesthetics, and a Traveler’s Notebook user who finds her passion in food through drawing, journaling and creating ASMR food making videos. Hoping to bring a new ground of understanding of food and gastronomy to revamp the ordinary perception by people about the concept of a foodie by her writings in order to cultivate better respect and taste for food.

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