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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Food: 5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: I didn’t try enough food to properly judge, but what I had were disappointing.
THIRTY8 Restaurant and Lounge
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2182 1234
Email: [email protected]