Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Graze @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Change has come to KL Hilton, where Senses, one of our top restaurant recommendations, was replaced this month by Graze, which offers classic European recipes.

It's a bit sad though to see Senses vanish; it could take some time to become accustomed to Graze, which sports a distinctively different, consummately casual look.
Sampling of Senses entries: Feb. 2009, July 2009 & Sept. 2009.

Graze's menu takes fewer risks than Senses', but the food remains beautifully prepared & brilliantly palate-pampering. Worthy of plate licking.

Fresh meat & seafood are the highlights here: these 300 triumphant grams of a veal T-bone steak, served with chunky hand-cut fries & bearnaise sauce, should satiate the most ravenous medium-sized carnivore.

It's meat at its juiciest, promising full-bodied, full-blooded pleasure in every bite.

Back to basics with pure meat & potatoes, plain ol' protein & carbs (with fibrous veggies thrown into the mix): Slow-cooked Dorper lamb shoulder & grilled rack (the latter's more succulent) with parsley mashed potatoes.

Graze's bouillabaisse boasts a lighter-than-expected touch, delicately sweet in flavor but full of fleshy lobster, sea bream & snapper.

Savor the shellfish stew with some toasted baguette & rouille.

Audrey Chin, a former junior sous chef at Senses, heads a remarkable kitchen here. We loved every bite of everything, even the side salad.

Popping the bubbly. To be sure, Graze's booze is expensive, with nearly no wines below RM200.

The Hilton must have had its reasons to turn Senses into Graze. We can't help preferring the former, partly because we had numerous excellent experiences there, stretching back to the Kelly Brennan era (remember that cheerful chef?). Still, Graze is top-notch in its own right.



Graze,
Kuala Lumpur Hilton.
Open daily for lunch & dinner.

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30 comments:

  1. Great post, Sean. That lamb shoulder, especially, looks divine!!!

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, i sometimes shun lamb cos it can be a little too gamy for me, but this one was near-perfect in both taste and texture :D

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  2. Wow that is a big change from the old look. You've reminded me I have dining voucher for a meal there. Must go take a look soon. Meat looks great.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it seems a bit more like a modern hotel steakhouse now, and maybe i'm not used to it, but i think i still prefer the look of senses :D yeah, the meat here is mouthwatering! hefty cuts, very tasty =)

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  3. Veal? Did I hear veal? 300g of veal? Pls price me in...hehe :D

    The bouillabaisse looks mighty fine...along with d Dorper lamb =)

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    1. Ulric: ooh, the veal t-bone is RM98++ ... ya, a bit pricey but actually surprisingly reasonable for a hotel restaurant =) the bouillabaisse is RM92++ and the lamb is a steal at RM58++! :D

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    2. Hmmmmm...a 300g veal t-bone at RM98++ is reasonable lar...and the lamb's pricing IS truly a steal! =)

      Maybe I'll skip d bouillabaisse since the portion looks small for RM92++...hehe :P

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    3. Ulric: yup, pretty fair prices here. and there even pastas and risotto at RM33++ on the rest of the menu =) the bouillabaisse is one quite-large main course (or two can share as a starter), but you're right, it's the one i'd most likely skip out of these three =)

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    4. Haha...instead I'll order the tortellini with escargots n the cheese souffle appetiser...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: excellent choices, sir!

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    6. Mighty fine find, sir...especially on d veal! :D

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    7. Ulric: there were also regular steaks and prime rib on the menu, but of course, the veal was the most sensible choice =)

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  4. Got meat kah? From the name, I thought it would be all greens...

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, cows graze on grass, humans graze on steaks? :D

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  5. Oooo they're finally open! Can't wait to try it too. The meats look good.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, the whispers and rumors about senses being replaced turned out to be true! :D

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  6. My member card is going to expire, need to visit this place soon. hehehe

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    1. CK: wahhh, i want a member's card too! hopefully you'll get a good deal here :D

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  7. Parsley mashed potatoes good? I LOVE mash potatoes..

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    1. Sycookies: i was kinda stuffed, so i might not have finished the potatoes, but oh yeah, they were moistly creamy and tastily flavorsome, heh :D

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  8. Dorper lamb? Veal? Certainly worth a visit :)

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    1. TNG: yeah, i think the lamb's a south african breed, raised in australia :D

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  9. oh no! what happened to senses! but hopefully graze would be a change for the better

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    1. AugustDiners: ya, i guess the hotel wanted to go in a different direction after all these years. i wish both Senses and Graze could exist at the same time, cos both were/are great! :D

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  10. Hmmmm Looks like my intended visit to Senses is now gone. Was just planning a visit there when we stay over at Hilton end of this month with our pals.

    The veal t bone looks like a must for me...

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i procrastinated a bit too long, and i didn't manage to say farewell to Senses one last time =) having said that, the veal still cheered us up! :D

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  11. The good old meat-and-veg has had a lot of bad press so hurrah for Graze for making it delicious! Love the name of the place too..cute

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yeah, the fundamental things should apply when it comes to food sometimes. and there's nothing as fundamentally satisfying as a brilliantly done plate of meat, potatoes and veggies! :D heheh, yeah, there are lots of restaurants named Graze overseas, but none in KL so far =)

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  12. I guess when the restaurant looks too fine, the guests will have the impression that they have to break the bank to pay for the bill and thus Graze would probably attract new customers with a more casual dining approach.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, that does sound logical. graze's food prices are also cheaper than sense's, generally =)

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