A Sunday brunch feast at THIRTY8

I’m sure everyone’s heard the saying ‘Sunday, Funday’. However, I’m going to change it to ‘Sunday, Yumday’. Feasting and indulging, and not cooking our meals….. bliss!

On the last Sunday of April, my son and I headed over to THIRTY8 (so named because it’s located on the 38th floor) at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur for their once-a-month Sunday buffet. Expecting food in abundance, we went prepared: we skipped breakfast that morning. We take feasting seriously in our household!

Can’t beat that view

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The view of the Petronas Twin Towers when you get up to Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur’s lobby will never cease to take my breath away. It’s truly a sight to behold. Then down one level we went to get to THIRTY8. 

It was lovely to see plenty of diners already seated at tables. It’s nice to know that people are ready to get out and about after the long restrictions. It seemed like it was almost back to pre-pandemic days! 

As per any other buffet in town, you get the usual seafood on ice (though this was hidden behind the counter so look out for it! I thought they only had oysters until I went on my tippy-toes and saw the rest of the selection), salads, cheeses, soups and bakery items. There’s also a noodle station – the seafood on display is amazing – local fare, pastas made to order and western.

Where to start? How to finish?

If you’re seated at the ‘buffet with a view aka twin towers section’, here’s a tip: make sure you go all the way round. Don’t stop at the seafood on ice. The local fare is round the corner, as well as their famous chicken rice and not forgetting desserts! 

The teen’s first stop was the pasta station, as this is the start (or end) of the buffet line from where we were seated. The queue for the western cuisine was long, as this is one of the first stations that you come upon from that seating section with a view. Or perhaps it’s because Oven Baked Whole Norwegian Salmon, Australian Black Angus Prime Rib and Roast Lamb hardly ever make it to the home dinner table and they’re just such a treat!


I know I made a beeline there myself. Tip: when it was finally my turn, which took a while, I asked the chef to plate up two plates and he happily obliged.

Options for vegetarians

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It was a nice surprise to find plant-based alternatives to meats at the buffet line. I thought it was a really nice addition to have this option. The range is small but it’s a start!

Most buffets come with free flow of coffee and tea, but at THIRTY8’s Sunday buffet, there’s also juice and soda options. This is great and gives kids drink options besides plain old water.

No need to leave your table…

On top of the endless food options at the buffet line, THIRTY8 sends out food trolleys, giving table side service. I don’t know about everyone else, but I always find this exciting. Is it just me?

There were two hot food selections when we dined there: Chinese style steamed fish (this has got to be the biggest fish I’ve ever seen being dished out) and beef sliders. There was also a dessert trolley serving cannoli and my absolute favourite trolley: cocktails! The trolleys made their appearances twice whilst we were there. So don’t worry if you missed it; they do come around again.

The teen and I had a fabulous time and we left completely stuffed!

Useful info

THIRTY8 Sunday Buffet is a monthly brunch concept that happens every last Sunday of the month from 12.30 – 4pm. It is priced at RM248 nett per adult and children pay RM124 nett. Alcoholic beverage packages are available from RM 418 nett for free-flow pleasures as well. Please have a look at the menu here. If you’d like to book the buffet, please click here.

The buffet is complemented by table-serving trolleys coming from the cooking stations, the desserts counter and the bar. Currently, the buffet is on sale with a 15% discount up till 20 May 2022.

We were invited by Thirty8. As always, our opinions are honest and our own.

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