Dinner @ Chynna Restaurant, Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel (Hilton Central)

>> Dec 29, 2009

A couple of weeks back, I went to Chynna Restaurant @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel for dinner. Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel is situated right opposite KL Central, making it quite convenient for tourist to travel about Kuala Lumpur.

Chynna Restaurant

There were 7 of us, enabling us to request for a room. As Christmas was around the corner, there was a special festive menu set priced at RM200 per person. It was a 6 course meal.

We were approached by a tea master from China who was keen on showing off his skills for my camera. This tea (the welcoming tea) is a little sweet as it was supposed to clear your taste buds before your meal.

Tea Master at Work

Welcoming Tea (darker in colour) and a Chinese Tea of Our Choice

Our meal started off with a combination of smoked oolong tea Sha Tian pigeon & golden roll stuffed with salmon & mango.

Smoked Oolong Tea Sha Tian Pigeo & Golden Roll Stuffed with Salmon & Mango

I must say, the pigeon was somewhat good. It had a crispy outside, and the meat wasn't tough. However, the bone in the middle either gave me a choice of leaving a large portion of meat behind or dirtying my hands. I chose the latter. I would rather not dirty my hands in a fine dining restaurant. The roll somewhat resembled a type of fusion roll found at most Japanese Restaurants.

Next came the soup. It was a sharks fin soup (sorry shark) with Chinese mushrooms, dried scallops, clams and sea cucumber.

Double-boiled Superior Shark's Fin with Sea Treasure in Supreme Broth

The soup was somewhat tasty but at the same time quite light, which is typical of a Chinese double boiled soup. I quite enjoyed the multitude of flavours that was playing around my palate.

Next came the main course; a combination of crispy seared foie gras & Wagyu sirloin with US asparagus & honey chives potato.

Combination of Crispy Seared Foie Gras & Wagyu Sirloin with US Asparagus & Honey Chives Potato

Normally, 2 strong ingredients wouldn't go well together but I feel that the combination of Foie Gras and Steak was not bad. I really did enjoy the Foie Gras, it was crispy and nicely browned on the outside and had that soft melt-in-your-mouth texture on the inside. The problem with this dish was with the beef. The steak contained too much excessive fat and the meat wasn't tender. A slab of Wagyu with a good marble score usually has a large amount of fat and meat in between each other which makes it soft. This however, had pure spongy fat around the meat and not in between the meat. I would guess that this wagyu probably only had a marble score of 2-3 only.

Note: Wagyu is a species of cattle. Wagyu doesn't mean the meat is always soft and tender. Always ask for the marble score if you are paying a high price for your steak.

The next dish was the stuffed cabbage heart with mushrooms & vegetarian duck in brown scallop sauce.

Stuffed Cabbage Heart with Mushrooms & Vegetarian Duck in Brown Scallop Sauce

This dish looked quite pretty in appearance as the cabbage was specially folded in to make a nice round dome. The vegetarian duck in the cabbage tasted more like meat than flour. No wonder there are more and more vegetarians out there these days.

Next was the noodle dish. My guess is that Chinese restaurants usually serve noodles/rice as the last course before dessert to ensure that the diners do not go home with a half-full stomach.

Noodles with Assorted Seafood & Vegetables, Hong Kong Style

The noodles tasted good, and came with nice big and succulent prawns. The scallops and clams were also big and juicy. One of the fine things about dining at hotels is that the ingredients are usually larger and better in quality compared to other non-hotel restaurants. However, the price you're paying is higher as well.

We ended our meal with the dessert; ice-cream with some condiments.

Mint Ice-Cream with Red Beans, Corn & Nata de Coco

The dessert was a little disappointing. The ice-cream on its own was fine. However, eating it with the other condiments was a wrong choice. It definitely didn't match well with each other.

Anyway, the dinner was quite good, but in terms of value for money, I would suggest you find somewhere else to eat. I have been here a couple of times before. Definitely one of the better Chinese fine dining places you can find around Kuala Lumpur. After all, you are paying for the environment as well!

Note: Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel is part of the Hilton group, which allows you to get discount for food and non alcoholic beverages based on how many diners are present. (100/number of diners) = percentage of discount allotted. Minimum of 2 people. For more than 10 diners, a discount of 10% will be allocated throughout.

Example: 2 people would entitle you to a 50% discount. 3 would be 33% discount.

Attire: Smart-Casual

Restaurant rating: 8/10
Pricing: About RM160 per person.
For Dim Sum: About RM60 per person.

*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Chynna Restaurant,
Hilton Kuala Lumpur,
3 Jalan Stesen Central,
50470 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone number: 03-22642264 / 03-22642592

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM


Alpha Ace December 29, 2009 at 3:00 AM  

mmm ... for that price ok lohhh~
since d most expensive of it was d wahyu beef~

Last time my wahyu beef wasn't up to my expectation even though i had that in Genting n prepared by top notch chef~ but other dishes did made the dining worth every penny~

you hav to try Genting Olive Restaurant - affordable, cozy n best for value~

Baby December 29, 2009 at 3:29 AM  

how do you remember the menu so well?

i'm * slurp slurp *

Tummy Rumble December 29, 2009 at 3:35 AM  

@Alpha Ace, could I have more details of the place pls?

@Baby, write it down :)

Nikel Khor December 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM  

yoyo...again...its rely enjoy to hvae a kungfu tea on spot..

here me at Nikel Khor

thenomadGourmand December 29, 2009 at 11:19 AM  

Genting Olive is up at Genting Highlands! So yea, if you are goin, u can try it out.

Tummy Rumble December 29, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

@thenomadGourmand, ok.. will check it out one day...

Willy C. December 29, 2009 at 3:08 PM  

Dude..rmbr a long long long long long time ago, in WWE there was a female wrestler called Chyna or smthing like tht eh?! haha...

Tummy Rumble December 29, 2009 at 7:32 PM  

@Willy C, no idea about that.. hahaha...

JS,  December 30, 2009 at 12:07 PM  

I've been there for dim sum before but not dinner. The dim sum is quite good.

JC,  December 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM  

thanks for the nice post

Tummy Rumble January 1, 2010 at 11:04 PM  

@JS: I recently went there for dim sum as well. Will put it up soon :)

@JC: no prob..

henry,  January 3, 2010 at 1:33 AM  

you eat out everyday? nice post

Stefanie January 3, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

This one looks great! :D

Tummy Rumble January 5, 2010 at 6:49 PM  

@henry: nop..

@Stefanie: thanks :)

Anonymous,  February 9, 2010 at 4:17 AM  

Netter Beitrag

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