December is soon coming to an end, along with 2022 (are you as relieved as I am?) and the holiday mood is in full gear! As the merriment of Christmas shifts to the countdown excitement of the new year’s arrival, you may be wondering, “What will I do on New Year’s Eve?”
How about closing the year splurging on good food, wine and perhaps a little dance to usher in 2023? Whether you’re after a lavish tasting menu or a luscious buffet with killer views of the gorgeous fireworks, we present you the 10 best places to dine and usher in the new year in Kuala Lumpur.
1. Marini’s on 57
Typically a party hotspot come New Year’s Eve, Marini’s on the 57, located on the Petronas 3 Tower grants you a panoramic view of the city’s landscape as well as a great view of the fireworks display when the clock strikes 12. For 2022’s New Years Eve celebration, Marini’s on 57 is offering an eight-course dinner selection.
The dinner opens with Gallagher oyster with green apple vinaigrette, seared foie gras with fig jelly on brioche bread, and scrambled eggs with parmigiano foam complemented with shaved white truffles. Next is a sweet Hokkaido scallop with porcini mushroom puree and trout roe starter, followed by a flavourful lobster tortellini with lobster bisque and caviar for the pasta. Choose between the tasty wagyu tenderloin score 9 or the seared turbot for your main dish.
As the New Year’s Eve dinner edges to a close, nibble on Taleggio cheese slices and tarts as a pre-dessert, and then satisfy your sweet cravings with a delectable truffle tiramisu dessert.
New Year’s Eve’s Dinner: RM1,080++ per person (non-window seating ) & RM1,180++ per person (window seating)
2. Marble 8
Nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Marble 8 on Level 56 of Petronas Twin Towers houses a plush steakhouse, bar and lounge. The bar’s futuristic architectural design encompasses floor to ceiling glass walls and offers a stunning view of the Petronas Twin Towers making it the ideal setting for fireworks viewing.
On New Year’s Eve, the Marble 8 set dinner course starts off with a mini Cchristmas wagyu burger amuse bouche, followed by a lobster and zucchini salad with apple lemon sauce, basil mayo and tomatoes. The pasta is an indulgent house-made pappardelle with shaved truffles and truffle butter sage sauce. Sounds amazing? There’s more!
For the main dish, the options are the wagyu tenderloin M9 with grilled asparagus and truffle mashed potatoes, or the baked Atlantic cod with sauteed vegetables and saffron potatoes. And lastly for dessert, you get the irresistible classic tiramisu topped with fresh berries.
Marble 8 New Year’s Eve dinner: RM888++ per person
Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
+603 2386 6030
Mon to Thu: 6.30pm – 11.30pm
Fri to Sun: 12pm – 3pm & 6.30pm – 11.30pm
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3. Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Positioned opposite the iconic building and the Suria KLCC mall, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur is probably the best place to watch the city’s fireworks display up close. But that’s just the side ‘dish’— they are well known for their buffets.
Indulge in a sumptuous New Year’s Eve meal at Gobo Chit Chat, one of the best all-day dining and international buffet restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. The restaurant offers a fine mix of local and international dishes and the buffet counter features a Japanese sushi bar, appetiser bar, open noodle kitchen and a bakery.
Don’t forget to head to SkyBar. This is the hotel’s cocktail lounge and it has an exquisite view of the Petronas Twin Towers through its floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also a pool where you can sit by sipping on the bar’s divine drinks selection while watching the beautiful fireworks display.
New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner:
Standard: RM268.00 nett per adult & RM134.00 nett per child
Premium: RM408.00 nett per adult (Inclusive of Prosecco &and House Wine)
4. Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Nobu Kuala Lumpur is poised to reign in on the end-year festivities for 2022 with their all-new Festive Omakase menu. In true Nobu fashion, guests can expect nothing less than an amazing dining experience, with a menu specially curated by Nobu’s world-famous chefs.
Start off with Hamachi tartare with caviar, yuzu olive and dry miso before moving on to a refreshing plate of cold soba abalone with nori soup. For mains, indulge in the baked king crab with egg white and the heavenly wagyu sirloin in aji amarillo sauce, with burnt celeriac puree and a side of persimmon chutney.
But of course how can one dine at Nobu devouring their impressive freshly-flown sushi, right? This festive menu includes a selection of kohada, tairagai, hirame kobujime, tamago and toro. End your year on a sweet note with Nobu’s ornament hazelnut praline filled with orange yuzu marmalade, yuzu gel and a luscious feuilletine milk chocolate ganache.
L4A-05, Level 4A Shoppes at Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur No, 145, Jln Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
+603 2380 0028
Mon to Fri: 11.45am – 2pm & 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 1pm – 4pm & 6pm – 10.30pm
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5. The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur is one of the city’s most prestigious hotels. And they plan on showing it too, with a New Year’s Eve agenda to rival other spots in the city for the best view. Dress to impress at their themed gala dinner, “Havana Nights”.
The Astor Ballroom will be transformed to suit the theme. So, dress the part and rumba the night away on the dance floor. But first, treat yourself to ice-cold mojitos and the curated South American and International dishes from over 10 of their buffet and live cooking stations.
The countdown at Astor Bar continues as the soulful R&B Jazz singer, Dani Komari, takes the stage to bring the songs of yesteryear’s music to life with a modern twist. Tap your feet and sing along to vintage sounds with influences of Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, and Etta James, for a spectacular experience to usher in the New Year.
Be prepared to be wowed as the hotel lights up the city’s skyline with the most spectacular display of fireworks— the longest in the city. For an unforgettable New Year’s Eve, The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur is truly the place to be.
The St. Regis New Year’s Eve Buffet: RM623 per person
The St. Regis Astor Bar countdown: RM264+ per person
6. W Kuala Lumpur
Sprawled across the 8th floor of W Kuala Lumpur with a vast open kitchen is Flock, a vibrant all-day dining restaurant. Inspired by the bold flavours of Pan-Asian, its down-to-earth cuisines showcase colourful creations with a spin.
Flock remains unbeatable with its impressive Australian Cuisine, authentic Malaysian dishes and a huge variety of other meal options. Enjoy a peaceful yet refreshing family-friendly New Year’s Eve here with their RETOX AT DUSK (a New Year Eve special) that attracts people from all over the city to try their semi-buffet arrangements of huge spreads.
Flock New Year Eve Dinner:
RM438 nett per person, for food and endless selected non-alcoholic beverages
RM598 nett per person, for food and endless selected alcoholic beverages
7. Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
Looking for a taste of luxury? Located on the 58th floor of Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, Horizon Grill exudes a Gatsby-esque ambience and boasts a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the city. Their special 6-course menu is designed to make any gathering merry. The menu showcases the black truffle toast, Alaskan king crab, tuna toro, the Santa Maria grilled Kyushu tenderloin and pan roasted turbot.
Once your tummy is filled, head to Vertigo on Level 59. Take in stunning views of Kuala Lumpur from above while enjoying personalised drinks from their mixologists. Spend an electrifying night at the highest rooftop bar in town, a glamorous party highlighted by the beats of the guest DJ and fireworks display right in front of your eyes, as the stroke of midnight leaps into the new year.
Horizon Grill New Year Eve Dinner: RM988 net per person, including 1 glass of Champagne.
8. Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur is all set to ring in the New Year with an exciting line-up of exclusive offers. The hotel has something to suit this joyous occasion, from an intimate dinner for two to a family celebration or get-together.
Over at Lemon Garden, feast in style with a grand and sumptuous buffet which features gastronomic delights of Asian and Western cuisine alongside speciality dishes prepared for New Year’s Eve with dinner at RM298 per adult and RM149 per child.
Celebrate the countdown at Arthur’s Bar & Grill and enjoy a live performance by the URB band which includes a free flow of house-pouring beverages for two hours, priced at RM188 per person. The New Year’s Eve dinner menu showcases specialities with a live carving trolley and the best of Arthur’s favourites: Australian black angus prime ribs, oven roasted Spanish lamb shoulder and Norwegian salmon en croute. You’ll also indulge in their range of decadent festive desserts. This menu is priced at RM258 nett per person.
9. EQ Kuala Lumpur
Get ready for 2023 with the New Year’s Eve dinner at EQ Kuala Lumpur. Sabayon (include a description of this restaurant) will offer a taste of the high life to mark the beginning of the new year. Its countdown five-course degustation menu is priced at RM2,688+ per couple for limited window seats, and RM2,388+ for regular seats. Both options are inclusive of a bottle of champagne. The New Year five-course dinner is priced at RM688+ per person, with wine pairing costing an additional RM328+ per person.
After your meal, head over to party at the Blue rooftop bar. Here, you can expect for an energetic countdown with performances, an all-night party, and fireworks set against the most coveted KLCC views. Part indoor lounge with plush chairs, a glittering bar and floor-to-ceiling windows, and part outdoor terrace, your night at Blue will be a memorable one, so gather up your best buddies for this celebration!
New Year Eve Countdown Party: RM128+ per person, includes 1 drink
10. Hilton Kuala Lumpur
To commemorate how special the year has been, Hilton Kuala Lumpur has something in store for the whole month of December. With the theme ‘Season of Splendor’, one is sure to be dazzled, razzled and spoiled with indulgence. You can expect exciting things not just for Christmas but for New Year’s Eve as well!
Start off with dinner at Vasco’s, a unique all-day dining restaurant with an al fresco feel and interactive live kitchens serving international cuisine from around the globe. Enjoy signature delights such as wood fire pizzas and freshly-grilled meats.
Once dinner is over, let your hair down and toast to 2023 at The Lounge. Indulge in the yummy pass around canapés accompanied by a glass of sparkling drink. Fun activities await for all ages including a 3-piece band playing, magician shows, DJ spinning to the countdown with a balloon drop.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Celebration: RM298 per adult and RM149 per child
New Year Eve Countdown at The Lounge: RM198 nett per person
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