Christmas gatherings at restaurants and hotels will be very different this year but why not take this opportunity to enjoy a more intimate setting at Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown? We were invited down to Chinatown for a preview of their upcoming Christmas range at Quan's Kitchen and the main highlight of the spread was its Roasted in Chinatown Turkey. But we will get to that in a bit.
Matching the aesthetics of the entire hotel, Quan's Kitchen boast an elegant interior of jade green and brick walls - befitting of its neighbourhood settings. Its ceiling-to-floor windows allow guests to enjoy beautiful views of the KL skyline all day. In line with SOP, the restaurant is operating at 50% its usual seating capacity with tables spaced evenly apart for social distancing. Waiters and staff are equipped with face masks and gloves whether it was to serve us with food and drinks or to clear the tables.
Now the Christmas spread at Quan's Kitchen was fairly small compared to many other hotels and restaurants but that allows for the kitchen to fully focus on ensure the quality of its dishes. From cold salads to unique fusion dishes, roasted meat and comforting local dishes, it was hard to find a miss on the buffet line. Most importantly, the spread doesn't draw attention away from its main highlight, the aforementioned Quan’s Kitchens’ Roasted in Chinatown Turkey.
Turkey is a tricky meat for me as it has the tendency to easily overcook and become dry. The thickness of its white meat also means that marinating it to lock in the flavours can take hours. Thankfully Quan's rendition nailed it perfectly. Brined for 24 hours, the succulent Tom Turkey is crusted with Oloiya’s Chicken Bak Kwa and roasted to perfection with flavors reminiscent of Chinatown's iconic food scene. Oloiya in case you didn't know has a shop right in the center of Petaling Street and this collaboration could not be fitter.
The Chicken Bak Kwa allows a tang of caramelised sweetness to its tender meat, perfectly balancing each other out. On the sides are truffled potatoes, apple and chestnut stuffing, maple glazed carrots, sautéed broccolini with almond flakes and roasted Brussel sprouts. All wonderfully done, I might add.
Another must try for me was their roasted lamb - so good I kept going back for seconds and thirds. The meat was succulent and juicy on the inside with just the right amount of crisp to the outside. The accompanying sauces of mint or cranberry, which I drizzled between my lamb and turkey slices, were fantastic.
Now, what is a buffet without some accompanying dishes to compliment the main stars? If turkey or lamb doesn't do it for you, well don't worry because Quan's Kitchen Christmas spread also offers quite an interesting array of fusion Asian dishes. What stood out on the preview night were the mussels in coconut broth, whole poached Norwegian salmon, and Mongolian Teppanyaki. The latter was recommended by the team at Four Points by Sheraton and well, I was glad I listened.
Of course, if you have a hankering for something more local, their Yong Tau Foo and Laksa stations were pretty much up-to-par to what is expected by the Malaysian taste standards. Credit where it was due, their fish paste in toufu skin was very good.
Throughout the night, their Christmas Very Berry Cocktail and Mulled Wine helped cleanse the palate for rounds one, two, three, four and dessert. I would have liked the mulled wine with an option of warm or hot considered that was how this drink was usually served abroad.
Kids will enjoy the dessert table, stacked and filled to the brim with cakes, yule logs, cookies, biscuits and ice-cream! Adults too can indulge on the sweet treats there before heading downstairs to the hotel's equally as beautiful bar, Jann for a night cap which was what many of us did after the food preview. Their happy hour runs from 4pm to 9pm daily, offering two of their signature cocktail drinks for only RM40!
Already I am making plans with my friends and family for revisit Quan's Kitchen for the Christmas and/or New Year's. But understanding that a usual gathering might be challenging in current times, Four Points by Sheraton KL Chinatown also has the option of taking away its Roasted in Chinatown Turkey at only RM450 for 5kg with all the trimmings and fillings included.
Even Jann's drinks can be done takeaway style in the form of Jann Boozy Basket (RM288). Nothing says Christmas like a hamper filled with limited edition Yuletide cocktails (includes the Very Berry and Mulled Wine!), specially crafted Chocolate Concierge cognac-infused chocolates, artisanal nuts and whiskey and gin minis paired with their homemade Bitters for those who enjoy a little tipple.
24 December 2020 - Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner
6.30pm – 10.00pm
25 December 2020 - Christmas Day Buffet Brunch
11.30am – 3.00pm
31 December 2020 - New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner
6.30pm – 10.00pm
1 January 2021 - New Year’s Day Buffet Brunch
11.30am – 3.00pm
Countdown to 2021
Usher in the New Year with full bellies, happy hearts and spectacular views of the KL skyline at Jann. Celebrate from sunset till countdown with unlimited beer, wine, house spirits and selected cocktails for RM299-RM349 per pax from 6pm to midnight. Limited seating available.
While you're there, why not stay a night at one of their deluxe rooms? My staycation there was absolutely blissful. Read about our review of Four Points by Sheraton KL Chintatown here.
If you're looking for a night out to enjoy a grand Christmas or New Year's feast, then why not head down over to Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown where a grand affair awaits. For enquires, reservations or to place an order, call/ WhatsApp 012-507-3327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur Chinatown
Address: 2 Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.