4 regional culinary recommendations for the foodie traveler

Kuala Lumpur is a hotspot for great dining options, but sometimes it’s nice to tickle your palate a bit away from home. Here are some ideas.

Sky Beach — Bangkok

Want to feel on top of the world? Head to Thailand’s tallest rooftop bar, The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon for a bird’s eye view of the dazzling city below as the sun goes down, or to witness the city bustle during the day.

With a selection of late-night drinks – curated by Beverage Director and one of Bangkok’s most celebrated mixologists, Milk Thanaworachayakit – to sip, dive into the 78-story bucket list-worthy experience at the above ground level with some American-style bites. Surrounded by potted palms and retro decor, visitors will be transported to a new level of comfort with live music playing in the background.

To keep up with the ambitions and environment of the place, Milk’s drink program includes a series of potions that will do the trick. Bird’s Eye View, a tequila-based cocktail infused with fresh mango and citrus, has a hint of spice from the fiery bird’s eye chili, otherwise known as Thai chili or chili pepper. If you prefer a concoction to combat the summer heat, there’s the All-Day Frosé. A liquid fusion between a Slurpee and a soft, the drink offers a frothy texture with notes of dry rosé, Aperol, Lillet Rosé, peach and lime.

For something more boozy yet fruity and refreshing, the Wet Gold cocktail offers an intoxicating combination of pineapple aged rum, Dolin Rosso and Campari to add a touch of bitterness.

114 Naradhiwas Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok. Every day, from 10 a.m. to midnight. To book call 02 085 8888 or email [email protected].

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse—Genting Highlands

If you’re missing that luxury dining experience in a New York-style steakhouse, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Resorts World Genting has you covered. Just opened on the 83rd birthday of founder Wolfgang Zwiener, the restaurant sits 6,000 feet above sea level and boasts all the elements of grandeur associated with the brand, from wooden interiors to chandeliers, as well as a magnificent wine cellar and bar.

While it was designed to be a throwback to the New York original, established in 2004, Resorts World Genting’s steakhouse adopts a sleeker, more upscale atmosphere, which follows the upscale SkyAvenue resort. Designed to accommodate 110 visitors, indoors and outdoors – overlooking some of the most scenic parts of Genting SkyWorlds theme park thoroughfare – the restaurant offers delicious food and excellent service.

While the menu features brand signature dishes such as porterhouse, rib eye, tenderloin, sirloin and beef burgers, it doesn’t leave out essential sides like mashed potatoes and spinach. stir-fries, which remain simple to best accompany the meat. Dessert options include classics like cheesecake, tiramisu, sundaes, and pecan pie; sweet treats can be served on a platter to share if it’s a party.

Combined with its delicious menus and equally refined setting, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s wine selection also follows the norm, as the brand believes that a good drink to accompany a good steak is mandatory.

Level M, SkyAvenue. Every day, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. To book call 03 6101 1118 or email [email protected].

The Brewery — Singapore

Located in the heart of the historic Fullerton Heritage District, La Brasserie offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Marina Bay waterfront – the perfect place for a weekend brunch.

With prices of S$118 (RM374) per adult and S$59 per child, La Brasserie’s Brunch by the Bay includes delicious choices such as the Ocean Catch Sharing Platter, which is loaded with fresh poached seafood with homemade dips like smoked salmon, snow crab, Maine lobster, tiger shrimp, scallop and bouchot mussels.

The main course includes Meat Galore, a platter for two that serves Grilled Angus Côte de Boeuf, Bordelaise Beef Cheek Broccolini Almondine, Truffle Fries and Champignon. For vegetarians, a classic wild mushroom risotto made with stewed forest mushrooms and herbs awaits.

To suit diners with a more Asian palate, the restaurant also offers an Asian Cuisine segment featuring exotic choices like The Pier’s Prawn Laksa, which features prawns, rice vermicelli, quail eggs, bean curd puffs and spicy coconut broth. And to end the feast on a sweet note, an assortment of macaroons, Fullerton Fudge Cake, Coconut Kaya Mango-passion Trifle and other tempting desserts await you. For those who want festive drinks on the weekends, there is also unlimited champagne and delicious house cocktails.

80 Collyer Quay Singapore. Sat & Sun, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. To book call 65 6877 8911 or email [email protected].

Restaurant Hōseki — Dubai

Recently awarded a star at Michelin Guide Dubai 2022, Hōseki Restaurant is an exquisite and intimate dining room at Bulgari Resort Dubai. Hōseki, which means “precious stone” in Japanese, has only nine seats and celebrates the omakase experience, where customers leave the choice of dishes to the chef.

With three choices of spreads – Kohaku, Hisui and Ruri, named after special gemstones in Japanese – on the lunch menu, diners can witness this one-of-a-kind experience through a four-course meal that includes a selection of appetizers, sushi, miso soup and tamagoyaki. Preparation of the meal will be led by Chef Masahiro Sugiyama, Tokyo’s sixth generation of sushi masters. Prices for these different dining experiences range from AED1,000 (RM1,199) to AED2,000.

Sitting in the quiet, dimly lit room, patrons will find themselves enjoying their meal with a view of Dubai’s magnificent skyline through a glass wall. So if you’re looking for a private and unique destination to host your special occasion, Hōseki Restaurant might just be the answer.

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Jumeira Bay Island, Jumeira 2, Dubai. Thu-Sun, 1 p.m. To book, call 971 4777 5433 or email [email protected].

This article was first published on June 27, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.

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