Old-styled X’mas grill


PARKROYAL GRILLLevel 6Grand Plaza Parkroyal Kuala LumpurJalan Sultan IsmailKuala Lumpur03-2147 2305 

Business hours: Dinner nightly from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Sunday.  

Pork-free 

The Yuletide festivities are always best celebrated in the company of those you love. Previously, most families sat down to a sumptuous Christmas Eve dinner cooked by Mom. But times are changing, and with more mothers being caught up in the working world today, dining out on Christmas Eve is a more practical option. 

Spare mum all the hassles of cooking this year and just round up the clan for an exquisite Christmas Eve dinner at the Parkroyal Grill. 

The Parkroyal Grill is looking better these days.

The restaurant, reminiscent of a charming colonial home with its punkah fans and rustic timber finishing, is perfect for candlelit dinners and festive revelry. With plush new carpets and more streamlined furniture, the outlet now exudes a dignified yet genial ambience that will make anyone feel at home. 

Executive Chef Phuah Chooi Soon has adopted a similar approach for his five-course Christmas Eve menu, blending traditional favourites with modern cooking techniques. Our dinner commenced with Paperbark Smoked Turkey Breast Salad with Figs, Cranberries Compote, Giblet Roulade and Sweet Plum-Cinnamon Dressing. A light and tantalising appetiser, it teased the taste buds with its mixture of bitter, sweet and savoury flavours.  

This dish had us looking forward to the next course. 

The Yellow Squash Broth and Grilled Mushroom Dumplings drizzled with Basil Oil turned out to be a clear, mellow consommé with diced butter squash and two dainty dumplings of minced chicken and mushrooms. Following this, a tangy, refreshing Champagne-Citrus Sorbet was served to cleanse our palate. 

For the main course, you can select Charbroiled Rib of Venison or Tranche of Salmon. The former is served with Pan-Seared Foie Gras, Chestnut Bread Pudding, Sautéed Covent Vegetables and Morel Sauce, while the latter comes with Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Asparagus Risotto, Braised Fennel and Caviar Beurre Blanc.  

The generous slice of foie gras and the sumptuous morel sauce gave the venison rib big, bold flavours. Although a little incongruous, the Japanese pickled ginger atop the foie gras helped to temper the richness of this hearty dish. The salmon was just as noteworthy for its creamy asparagus risotto and aromatic braised fennel. The deep-fried soft shell crab provided textural contrast to the salmon, while the globules of roe added a touch of brininess to the buttery white sauce.  

Much to our relief, the Apple Ginger Terrine and Strawberry Ricotta Cream with Mixed Berries Compote was a nice, light dessert. The ginger-flavoured sponge and shredded apple terrine was complemented by dollops of ricotta cream and tangy mixed berries poached in syrup. 

Venison with foie gras.

This special Christmas Eve menu is priced at RM110++ per person. A similar five-course dinner is also available on Christmas Day featuring Lobster Medallion and Yabbie Cocktail, Double-boiled Chicken Consommé with Sliced Smoked Chicken, Raspberry Sorbet, a choice of Pan-fried Halibut Fillet on Parsnip Smashed Potato or Baked Tenderloin with Foie Gras, Bean Ragout and Wild Mushroom Sauce, and Strawberry Chocolate Pâté with Mascarpone Cheese and Berries Compote. 

In an era where informal service dominates the current restaurant scene, we liked the seemingly old-fashioned fine dining service here. On the evening we were there, the restaurant was buzzing with different groups of diners, ranging from hotel guests to families with small children in tow. All of them were competently attended to by the staff. 

We can’t think of a nicer way to celebrate Christmas and New Year than having a sumptuous feast and being made to feel like a million dollars in one go! So go ahead, give Mom and yourself a treat at the Parkroyal Grill. W

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