Would you want to have dinner while dangling 150 feet in mid-air? Many would call you crazy for the suggestion, but as it turns out, even more would jump at the opportunity...as Dinner In The Sky (DITS) Malaysia found out. Here for the first time in Southeast Asia, this one-of-a-kind dining experience was sold out in just 48 hours, and we just had to find out: is it worth it?
The journey begins next to the iconic KL Tower, in the carpark, and it's not quite as scary as it sounds. You're not individually suspended on the end of a rope, plate in your hands, like some kind of weird tetherball. Instead, you and your 21 other dining guests are actually strapped into a bucket seat at a table on a glass platform. The chef and staff are all on board as well with harnesses of their own.
Once everyone is secure, the crane starts lifting the glass platform into the air. If you're expecting a slingshot-style ride where you get flung into the air, this probably isn't what you're looking for, which is just as well when there's food involved!
The ascension is done slowly and in stages to ease anxiety and help the guests feel more comfortable with mid-air suspension. When the platform hits 30m in altitude, the crane stops and the first course is served. Commence the first round of picture-taking!
After the meal is finished, repeated checks are made and the safety crews will ask you if you're fine before the crane lifts you up higher. By the time the second course is served, you'll be at the maximum safe height of 150ft!
Although the height factor is the main draw of the event, the food was no letdown either - the five courses prepared by Chef Marc Fery of Hilton Kuala Lumpur were each impeccable creations, the veritable icing on the cake of the whole experience. Have a look at what you can have here.
Verdict? Strange as it is to say, DITS is actually an even better experience for those with a fear of heights as it gets your heart pumping and gives you an adrenaline rush akin to riding a rollercoaster. The platform is extremely stable, and if height does not bother you, you'll feel like you’re eating on landed ground - just with a great view of the whole city.
We recommend the evening slots where you get to enjoy watching the sun setting over the city skyline, as well as the night lights of the city (as the whole experience spans about an hour long), but each time slot is worth it. Priced at RM599, this is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed. Tickets are mostly sold out by now, but keep an eye on their Facebook page in case of any updates!
- You can get there either by driving or taking a taxi to the KL Tower. There's signage all over the place and it's hard to miss once you pass the parking ticketing booth.
- Small bags and phones are allowed on deck, however if your bag is too big and could affect safety in any way, lockers are provided at the entrance as an alternative.
- Do go to the bathroom before you go up as the crane will have to lower the entire table for you if you need to go while you're up there!