If you are looking to celebrating this festive season in a classy venue complete with old-world colonial charm, there’s no better place than at The Majestic Kuala Lumpur, specifically their Colonial Cafe.
It never fails to take my breath away every time I walk past the Orchid Conservatory and enter the Colonial Cafe. This restored heritage building retains much of its past colonial grandeur as can be seen by the beautiful decor of the Cafe. Plush furnishings, rich timber panelling, soft warm lighting and crisply starched white tablecloths set the pace for a luxuriantly cosy dining experience at the Colonial Cafe.
While The Majestic Kuala Lumpur has prepared various festive cheers at their F&B outlets, our intimate dinner preview was a showcase of their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus.
Our hosts for the evening were none other than the lovely Jenny Low (Director of Business Development) and Adrian Ooi (Guest Transport Manager). The Majestic Kuala Lumpur does hosting in style for sure as we were well taken care of throughout the evening.
To set the mood in the right festive direction, we enjoyed a glass of Torralta Prosecco Superiore Di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene. The smooth tangy bubblies immediately soothed and relaxed us.
Before long, an Amuse Bouche of Chicken Liver Crostini was served. A petite golden toasted bread cube holding smooth tasty chicken pate was a good start to our dinner.
This was followed by a lovely Starter of Woodsmoke-infused Blue Mussell, Scallops and Salmon on Avocado Puree, Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing made pretty with tendrils of micro cress. Honestly, the plating was too pretty to eat! I took several sips of the Dourthe No.1 Bordeaux Blanc and proceeded to dig in, feeling tinges of regret of having to destroy that prettiness. But it was really tasty with the sweet fresh marine flavours lingering in the mouth, paired nicely with the sauvignon blanc.
A typical Scottish Chicken & Leek Soup, cheekily named “Cock a Leekie” came next. Flavoured delicately with chopped leek and speckled with some herbs, the comforting soup warmed the tummy well enough.
In preparation for the mains, a tangy Orange Sorbet in a martini glass was placed on the table. The smooth citrus sorbet was propped with a slice of dehydrated orange, its intense flavour enhancing the palate cleanser in the nicest way. I wished I could have another scoop.
We tried 2 mains: Baked Salmon with Lemon & Dill Sauce and Trio’s King comprising Turkey Breast, Sausage in a Blanket with Herbs Stuffing served with Creamy Mash, Minted Mushy Peas and Red Wine Gravy.
Of the two, I preferred Trio’s King as I found the baked salmon a tad too bland although the clean light fruity tastes of the Argentinian Bodega Norton Barrel Chardonnay did a decent job of jiving up the fish somewhat.
The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend of Dourthe No.1 Bordeaux Rouge paired well with the tender juicy turkey breast and I loved the freshly baked fragrant sausage puff cocooned in crisp layers of pastry. The rounded aromatic complexity of the red wine gave a lingering finish to this excellent main course – I’d go for this again!
For a sweet finish to the almost-perfect meal, there was a Christmas Pudding served with Vanilla Sauce and White Chocolate Ice Cream. A whiff of the spices and dried fruits in the pudding reinforced the festive air.
As I sipped my camomile tea, the plate of Petits Fours was a welcome accompaniment. Christmas cookies and chocolates were just perfect as we sat back and absorbed the beautiful festive vibes, listening to the melodious vocals of the ever-popular Solianos drifting in from the foyer of the Colonial Cafe.
Christmas Eve Dinner: Colonial Café’s 5-course dinner is priced at RM280 nett per person; RM380 nett with wine pairing
Christmas Day Dinner: RM220 and RM320 respectively without and with wine-pairing
New Year’s Eve Dinner: RM350 nett or RM480 nett with wine pairing.
If you prefer buffets, the Contango at The Majestic Kuala Lumpur serves:
Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch priced at RM180 nett per person
New Year’s Eve Countdown Dinner and New Year’s Day Lunch and Dinner Specials are at RM200 nett per person. For an additional RM70, there’s free flow beer and wine.
THE MAJESTIC HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
50000 Kuala Lumpur