A high level Chinese New Year luncheon at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant THIRTY8 must be the place in KL with THE best views, not just for a luncheon, but also for dinners. While I am still admiring the outlook from the 38th floor (did the name of the restaurant give it away?), the staff is preparing the yee sang on our table. Oh, how I love yee sang!


Not only does a yee sang come with all the well-wishing for the year ahead, it is also a fun thing to do, especially when restaurant staff joins in as well. Our yee sang comes with large slices of smoked salmon. Throwing all the yee sang ingredients in the air, is a fun and exciting start of a no doubt sumptuous luncheon.

Can we dig in, please?

After we’ve devoured some of the crunchy and tasty yee sang, we eagerly wait for the other courses to arrive at the table. When the staff places the dishes on the table, we’re admiring the broccoli with abalone and dried oyster, the glutinous rice with roasted duck, the roasted crispy chicken, and the steamed wild sea garoupa with garlic, chili and yellow bean paste.

As soon as it is socially acceptable to dig in, that’s exactly what we do! Love love love the steamed fish. It simply melts on your tongue and together with the yellow bean sauce it creates a gastronomical experience like I’ve not had before. Definitely our highlight of the lunch!

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The rice and broccoli dishes are super nice as well and the goji berries on top of the rice add a nice zesty taste to it. The hot crab soup is very filling; it was delicious, but knowing more was to come, I had to put my spoon down. Wok-fried prawns with curry leaves and fragrant oat were next on our plates. Crunchy on the outside, sweet and soft in the middle, that’s how we like it. The fragrant oats add a surprisingly nice touch to the dish.

Sweet endings

Our last course was a peanut soup, a sweet cream with white balls that turn out to be black sesame glutinous dumplings. This dessert is quite filling and since I only associate peanut with a spread on my bread, I am not too keen myself on this type of dessert. Of course that is just my personal view. My fellow table guests were devouring it, so it must have be good!

I loved the small cakes though that came with our coffee. Covered in sesame seeds and shredded coconut, they were a great ending for a superb meal.

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Overall, we had a great luncheon experience at a high level. The friendly, attentive, and helpful staff was like a nice breeze filling the air with the spirit of the Water Rabbit. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Useful info

The Grand Hyatt’s Chinese New Year 6-course set menu 1 is priced at RM988 (4 pax) and the 9-course set menu 2 is priced at RM1888 (8 pax). Have a look here at the menu. A la carte menu selections are available as well. The set menus at restaurant THIRTY8 will be available till 5 February 2023.

For reservations, please contact the restaurant at 03 2203 9188, click here on their website or email them here.

Would you like to have a look at more places around town where you can celebrate Chinese New Year? Have a look here at our listicle!

We were invited by Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. As always, our opinions are honest and our own.

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