THIRTY8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

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Is it just me or do some of you find Thirty8 at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur a bit confusing to get to? I know there are signboards pointing you to the right direction and hotel staff to guide you there, I found my first time experience a bit ‘potong steam’ because of that. It could be better now, for this visit was about 3 months ago.

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Service needed bucking up. Despite the spacious interior and vacant tables, we still had to wait a while for a one. On top of that, we were made to change tables twice. Some of the staff were a bit over eager that afternoon, to a point my friend and I felt uncomfortable.

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Seafood counter

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Fresh crusted bread rolls

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Salted butter

The complimentary bread was nothing to shout about. It was freshly baked with a crusty exterior, and served with salted butter. We shared an Arugula Tomato Salad with Tomato Olive Oil Dressing, Sea Salt and Black Pepper (RM25). Presentation was pretty and the assorted tomatoes were nice and sweet. But I didn’t find any wow factor in this.

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Arugula Tomato Salad with Tomato Olive Oil Dressing, Sea Salt and Black Pepper

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Fried Rice with Prawns, Scallops and Crispy Silverfish

The Fried Rice with Prawns, Scallops and Crispy Silverfish (RM20) was recommended to us by our waiter, and it was a big disappointment. There was no wok hei, no umami and little kick. If you like your fried rice just lightly flavoured, then this might tickle your fancy.

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Roasted Half Duck, Five Spices and Pepper Compote

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Béarnaise Sauce

We tried the Roasted Half Duck, Five Spices and Pepper Compote (RM60), a dish recommended by our waiter. While I wasn’t wowed by the combination, I will give credit to them for deboning the duck. #lazybum The duck flesh was adequately tender and the skin was crisp all over.

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Vanilla Soft Serve with Mango Melba, Vanilla Ice Cream, Raspberries and Almond Crunch

Dessert was a saving grace – I had the Vanilla Soft Serve with Mango Melba, Vanilla Ice Cream, Raspberries and Almond Crunch (RM18). Simple presentation, but it evoked my childhood memories of tucking into a nice big ice cream sundae. Only, this was way better. Filled with tangy raspberries, mango cubes, almond crunch and smooth vanilla ice cream, this could fix any bad day I’m going through.

On a whole, we weren’t impressed with the food we had. I will return again with rif to check out the steaks and grilled items. Hopefully, we wouldn’t leave as disappointed as I did this time.

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Ambiance: 7.5/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: I didn’t try enough food to properly judge, but what I had were disappointing.

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THIRTY8 Restaurant and Lounge
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2182 1234
Email: [email protected]

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Comments

  1. Ooh, I might be in the minority, but I actually like the extra effort of reaching this outlet. Taking the elevator up from what we thought was the hotel lobby on the ground floor to the REAL lobby, the impressive and unexpected one up in the sky, then having to take a staircase down to the restaurant, I think it gives us a chance to really take in the setting before we sit down. Though heh, if I were in a hurry, then maybe I’d be less positive about it :D

  2. Aikss….nice place but not the food. Too bad…*sigh*
    That fried rice can see its more like just stir fry, sort of heating up the rice together with ingredients :-p

  3. Go all the way up there and order nasi goreng, haiya..lol…..nice views though!

  4. one of my worst food experience – terrible food and way way overpriced
    too many foreign workers who are too green
    will recommend your readers to AVOID this place

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