It seems like just yesterday that we were making new resolutions for 2012, doesn’t it? Before we knew it, the year flew by and it’s now time to start indulging in the year’s most widely anticipated year-end celebrations: Christmas! Just because it’s a festive holiday doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of preparation to do, though. Where to go and what to eat are among the most crucial aspects that can make or break a person’s Christmas. Not to worry – Expatriate Lifestyle has scoured the nation high and low and compiled a list of the finest Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals that will leave you raving well into the New Year. From classic English fare to French, Italian and Japanese cuisine, here are our top picks.
Where: Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: If you enjoy traditional English Christmas fare, be sure to try Albion’s 4-course Christmas Day special featuring pudding, blackberry parfait and of course, roast turkey stuffed with chestnut, apples and potatoes.
Contact: 03-2141 9282
Price Range: RM130++
F Concept Dining by Buffalo Kitchens
Where: Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: Make it a Christmas to remember by dining on pan seared duo of foie gras and crispy sweet bread with homemade cherry vinaigrette, freshly baked oysters and butter poached black bass with goji berry polenta and chanterelle sauce among others. Optional wine pairings are also available.
Contact: 03-2201 1710
Price Range: RM150++ to RM200++
Where: Ritz-Carlton, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: For a truly borderless Christmas celebration, join the Christmas brunch at Cesar with offerings such as Italian asparagus risotto, roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, aged prime rib in rich bone marrow gravy, Alaskan king crab and tiramisu.
Contact: 03-2142 8000
Price Range: RM198++ (Adult), RM98++ (Child)
Where: PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: Chatz Brasserie puts the ‘M’ in marathon with their Christmas Day Marathon buffet from 12.30pm to 10pm. For those on a lighter diet, there is still a Christmas Eve buffet dinner from 6.30pm to 10pm.
Contact: 03-2147 0088
Price Range: RM108++ (Adult), RM54++ (Child)
Where: Georgetown, Penang
What’s Cooking: Choose from no less than 5 mouth-watering Christmas menu courses featuring dishes like roast turkey with gin & juniper gravy, slow cooked lamb shoulder, duck rillettes and roasted pumpkin with harissa yogurt.
Must Try: Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, eggnog cheesecake and Christmas ice cream
Contact: 04-263 7299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Price Range: RM88++ to RM155++
Cinnamon Coffee House
Where: First Avenue, One World Hotel, Bandar Utama City Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
What’s Cooking: Aside from roasted whole turkey served with potato, vegetables and cranberry, keep an eye on the a la minute live cooking stations for specialties like oven baked salmon roulade with rosemary green curry sauce and seared Chilean sea bass in saffron broth.
Contact: 03-7681 1157
Price Range: RM 6.30pm-10.30pm: RM118++ (Adult), RM59++ (Child); 12pm-4.30pm: RM70++ (Adult); RM35++ (Child)
David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces
Where: Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill, Penang
What’s Cooking: Surrounded by cool, fresh air on a hill, feast on delicacies such as roast rack of lamb, grilled salmon fillet, Christmas pudding, mince pie and mista salad
Must Try: Christmas roast whole turkey with stuffing
Contact: 04-828 8337
Price Range: RM108++
Where: Various branches in KL and Selangor
What’s Cooking: Partake in lovingly made Christmas desserts ranging from Buche de Noel, English Christmas pudding and bibingka to cranberry & white chocolate panettone.
Must Try: Pear and cinnamon ice cream smoothie, gingerbread latte
Price Range: RM14.90++ (desserts), RM12.90++ (drinks)
Ee Chinese Cuisine
Where: Eastin Hotel, 13 Jalan 16/11, Pusat Dagang Seksyen 16, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
What’s Cooking: For a sumptuous, refined Chinese dining experience, try this restaurant which boasts an array of Cantonese dishes such as Peking duck and dim sum for Christmas Eve dinner. Each patron is also entitled to a glass of wine accompanying his or her meal.
Contact: 03-7665 1111
Price Range: RM168++
Where: Prince Hotel, No. 4, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: From appetisers, salads, soups, BBQ dishes to a carving station and desserts, Eccucino’s buffet dinner spread is truly one to experience. Enjoy a wide range of international and local dishes for Christmas Eve buffet dinner, Christmas Day buffet brunch and the Christmas Day buffet dinner.
Contact: 03-2170 8888
Price Range: RM122++ (Christmas Eve); RM110++ (Christmas brunch); RM122++ (Christmas dinner). Free for children below 12
Where: Level 2, Prince Hotel, No. 4, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
What’s Cooking: Are you the type that loves their share of sushi for Christmas? Then you’ll love Enju’s Unlimited Ordering Sushi Dinner on Christmas Eve including all-you-can-eat Nigiri and Maki sushi.
Contact: 03-2170 8888
Price Range: RM88++
Where: Bangsar Village I and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: Lunch is an occasion to look forward to even more this month with Espressamente Illy’s weekday lunch special at both branches (12pm to 3pm). Expect breakfast combination sets until 11.30am including fresh coffee and pastries, and toasted muesli with seasonal fruits and natural yoghurt. After 11.30am, enjoy mixed platters of Italian vegetables, cheeses and cold cuts as well as the Weekday Tea-Time Special (3pm to 6pm) comprising any cake of your choice with Illy’s beloved coffee. For those looking to get their drink on, Illy Pavilion will also be selling bottles of Campari Bitter Sweet Soda.
Contact: 03-2141 0028 (Pavilion KL); 03-2287 7078 (Bangsar Village I)
Price Range: RM 35++ (Weekday Lunch Special); RM14–RM32 (Breakfast Combo Sets); RM29-RM68 (Mixed Platters); RM18 (Weekday Tea-Time Special); RM23++ (Campari Bitter Sweet Soda)
Where: Level 2, Eastin Hotel, 13 Jalan 16/11, Pusat Dagang Seksyen 16, 46350, Petaling Jaya
What’s Cooking: Renowned for its dedication to offering only the freshest of ingredients, Eyuzu is a Japanese food lover’s sanctuary with dishes ranging from teppanyaki to sukiyaki, tempura, ramen, sushi and more. The Christmas Eve dinner also serves one pot of sake per table.
Contact: 03-7665 1111
Price Range: RM98++ (Adult), RM49++ (Child)
Feringgi Grill & Bar
Where: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang
What’s Cooking: Amuse bouche, poached prawn, duck consommé, rabbit loin and angus beef tenderloin make for a juicy and delectable Christmas Eve and Day dinner.
Must Try: Slow cooked venison or turkey, chestnut glaciers
Contact: 04-888 8888
Where: 34-C Batu Ferringhi, Penang
What’s Cooking: Switch things up with a garden party Christmas. Enjoy a complimentary coffee before sampling a canape recipe session under the tutelage of award-winning Chef Liang. Next, dine on vegetarian lasagne and other delicious dishes. Guests can also expect free giveaways including a George Town Street Art notebook and Chef Pearly Kee's latest recipe book 'A Nonya Inheritance'.
Contact: 016-457 0221 (Michelle)
Price Range: RM85
Where: The Westin Kuala Lumpur, 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: Christmas will indeed be an affair to remember with Five Sen5es’ unique China-meets-Europe theme for its upcoming Christmas Eve Chinese buffet. On Christmas day, lose yourself in delicious dim sum and an irresistible buffet spread at the ‘Icy’ brunch.
Contact: 03-2773 8338
Price Range: RM188++ (Christmas Eve). RM158++; Half-price for children aged 6-12 (Christmas Day brunch)
Gaya’s Beach Side Bar & Restaurant
Where: Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort, 527 Tanjung Bungah, Penang
What’s Cooking: Gaya’s Christmas Eve dinner serves up a variety of classic Western delicacies. Begin with a slow roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and thyme au juice; indulge in fried buttered prawn, lamb patties with tapenade, pan-fried salmon with capers sauce as well as a delicious serving of orange glazed roast duck. Reserve ahead to make sure you get a seat.
Contact: 04-899 9999
Price Range: RM40++ (Child), RM80++ (Adult)
Gobo Chit Chat
Where: 5th Floor, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: Go from Christmas Eve lunch and dinner all the way to Christmas Day brunch and dinner at Gobo Chit Chat which offers all-day dining with a sushi bar, Thai appetiser buffet, open noodle kitchen and bakery. A curved, 10-meter high ceiling provides the backdrop for anime visuals for a truly memorable urban Christmas meal.
Contact: 03-3233 29888
Price Range: Dec 24: RM68++ (Lunch), RM128++ (Dinner); Dec 25: RM108++ (Brunch), RM108++ (Dinner)
Kitchen Art Brasserie
Where: Lobby, Level 2, Empire Hotel Subang, SS16/1 SS 16, Subang Jaya, Selangor
What’s Cooking: Have a festive mix of Asian and Western delights with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffets here. Anticipate choice offerings of appetisers and main courses along with traditional Christmas desserts. Be sure to have room in your stomach for fresh seafood on ice, baked beef Wellington stuffed with mushroom and roast turkey.
Contact: 03-5565 1228
Price Range: RM98++
Where: Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang & Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: For the month of December, La Bodega is catering to cheese lovers with a lavish Cheese Platter consisting of 4 cheeses served with dry fruits and crackers. For those on the go, try the Fast! Fast! Lunch special on weekdays (12pm to 3pm). Wine aficionados will especially enjoy La Bodega’s Wine of The Month selections including Golden Delicious Chenin Blanc 2012 and Torresella Merlot.
Contact: 03-2287 9468
Price Range: RM25++ for 1 person, RM35++ for 2 persons (Cheese Platter); RM25++ inclusive of soft drinks & coffee (Fast! Fast! Lunch); RM22** per glass & RM108** per bottle (Wine of The Month)
Where: Terrace at Hock Choon, Ampang KL
What’s Cooking: Add a Mexican twist to your Christmas with spicy and savoury fare including the Welcome Margarita, leg of pork adobada, cod fish casserole and sweet pastries with burnt caramel sauce.
Must Try: The piñatas!
Contact: 03-4253 5251
Price Range: RM190 (Adults), RM100 (Children under 12)
Where: 33, Lot 5, Ground Floor, Wisma Winbond, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KL
What’s Cooking: For starters, try salmon with avocado creamon toast and baked portobello mushroom with cheese. Then, choose main course options such as oven-baked Boston lobster with cheese and grilled Wagyu striploin served with a vegetable ratatouille. Top it all of with a pannetonne drizzled with maple syrup. For groups of four people, there is a separate set menu with the famous Wagyu tomahawk as the order of the day.
Contact: 03-2161 5867
Price Range: RM190, RM680 (four-person set)
Le Meridien Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Where: Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: Enjoy Christmas Eve and Day brunches and buffet dinners at Le Meridien’s acclaimed line-up of restaurants including Gastrol Sentral, Latitude 03, Latest Recipe, Favola and PRIME.
Price Range: RM148++ to RM298++
Malacca Holiday Inn
Where: Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz, Malacca
Sirocco Italian Restaurant: 5-course Italian set dinner
Essense Kitchen: Christmas High Tea and Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner
Must Try: Christmas cookies, chocolate praline, roasted turkey/chicken at Herron’s Kopi Counter
Contact: 06-285 9000 (ext to F&B)
Price Range: RM55++ to RM88++
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Where: Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Christmas Day Mega Brunch @ Mosaic, Mandarin Grill, Lounge On The Park
Mosaic: Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner
Mandarin Grill: Christmas Eve & Day 5-Course Dinner
Must Try: Christmas goodies and hampers at the Festive Desk, Lobby Level (9am-9pm daily until 31 December)
Contact: 03-2380 8888 or email email@example.com
Price Range: RM178 to RM298
Where: No. 132, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: From 18 to 28 December, Mezze will be having an exclusive Christmas feast menu along with a bubbly bottle offer and champagne oyster promotion.
Contact: 03-2095 0122, 012-2015 5794 (Ling), 016-608 5585 (Magic)
Price Range: RM120++
Nathalie Gourmet Studio
Where: Solaris Dutamas and Downtown
What’s Cooking: Partake in a French-style Christmas with foie gras in transparency of passion fruit and coffee, fleur de sel and spice brioche and truffled French brie de Meaux cheese from Bordier.
Must Try: Slowly cooked veal ballotine stuffed with blue lobster
Contact: 03-6207 9572 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Price Range: RM 230++ to RM290++
Palace of The Golden Horses
Where: Jalan Kuda Emas, The Mines Resort City, Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
What’s Cooking: Treat the family to a feast of roast prime ribs with truffle sauce, pastas, baked salmon and much more at the buffet dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Those who arrive in red or white during Christmas will get a complimentary fruit mocktail. Hurry and reserve seats before 20 Dec to get a 30 percent discount.
Contact: 03-8943 6688
Price Range: Christmas Eve dinner: RM98 (Adults), RM49 (Children); Christmas Day dinner: RM88 (Adults), RM44 (Children); Christmas Day brunch: RM68 (Adult), RM34 (Children)
Sheraton Imperial Hotel
Where: Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur
What’s Cooking: You’ll be spoilt for choice with Sheraton’s amazing Christmas menus at their highly acclaimed restaurants.
Contact: 03-2717 9900
Where: Ground Floor, Eastin Hotel,1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
What’s Cooking: Swez Brasserie’s colourful and visually appealing Christmas buffet spread is almost too pretty to eat. Feast your eyes (and stomachs) on cold cut platters of chicken and duck breast, beef Wellington and Yorkshire pudding.
Contact: 04-612 1128
Price Range: Christmas Eve Dinner: RM 138++ (adult), RM 69++ (child); Christmas Day Hi-Tea: RM 68++ (adult), RM 34++ (child); Christmas Day Dinner: RM 80++ (adult), RM 40++ (child)
The Press Room
Where: Lot G110 Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
What’s Cooking: The Press Room is sparing no expense with their tempting festive delicacies. Enjoy a glass of French House Wine to go with a meal of seared Maguro tuna with remoulade sauce, stuffed turkey breast with The Press Room Christmas stuffing and Christmas pudding with crème Anglaise among other dishes.
If you’d like to get the celebration started a little early, try their Weekly Set Lunch from Mondays to Fridays (12pm to 3pm) or their weekly Sunday Roast featuring roast beef ribeye or lemon and sea-salt quarter roast chicken or roast lamb leg.
Contact: 03-2095 8098 or email@example.com
Price Range: RM198++ (Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Lunch & Dinner); RM39++ for 2 courses (Weekly Set Lunch); RM45-55 for adults & RM35 for children (Sunday Roast)
Tuscany Italian Restaurant
Where: Putrajaya Marriot Hotel, IOI Resort, 62502 Putrajaya
What’s Cooking: With a 4-course Christmas Day set lunch and a Christmas Night BBQ buffet dinner, Christmas has never looked so good. Expect rounds of antipasti, pizza, roast lamb, risotto and other barbecued meats. As you dine, be entertained by the restaurant’s in-house strollers.
Contact: 03-8949 8888
Price Range: RM88++ (Set lunch); RM98++ (Buffet dinner)
Where: Putrajaya Marriott Hotel & Spa, IOI Resort City, Sepang Utara
What’s Cooking: Go fancy with Zest’s gala buffet dinner and Christmas brunch (11.30am to 4pm) where global holiday delicacies await on a buffet line. A live band will perform Christmas carols while Yoyo the clown entertains children with balloon sculptures, face painting and a magic show. You also can’t go wrong with carved roasts, oysters, briyani gam, gulai kawah and noodles.
Contact: 03-8949 8888
Price Range: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner: RM105++ (Adult); RM63++ (Child); Christmas Day Brunch: RM82++ (Adult); RM49++ (Child)