Friday, May 17, 2013

Vasco's @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur

As part of Hilton KL's F&B revamp, we're bidding farewell to Sudu & The Noodle Room, both of which have been merged into a new outlet, Vasco's.

The hotel's all-day-dining restaurant is supposed to showcase an "urban park" stylishness; it's spacious enough to seat scores of starving customers in the evening.

Sneaking a peek at the dinnertime buffet, the crowd-pleasing choices are naturally accounted for, from mussels on ice, sushi & sashimi ...

... to some intriguing mains, including roasted rib-eye with spinach-leek fricassee & olive oil, peppered duck breast in balsamic berry sauce & lasagna al forno with red bell pepper coulis. Not particularly pretty pictures, but this was after many customers had snatched their share.

Alluring slabs of medium-rare beef & freshly made thin-crust pizzas. Shouldn't nitpick about the solid selection here.

What we can wince at: the price, about RM128++ when the sun's setting. Ouch.

Still, every hotel needs a buffet restaurant, so this one serves its purpose very well. Ultimately, we'd leave here floating on a sugar high, no doubt about that.

Not keen on buffets? No worries: Vasco's also offers a contemporary-cuisine a la carte menu that includes kerabu crab salad, masala-scented porcini mushroom soup, burrata cheese pizza & warm chocolate brownies laced with kaffir lime leaves.

Booze at Vasco's is costly (wine starts at RM43++ by the glass); for this entry's liquor content, we head downtown to the Grand Millennium hotel's Bistro 160 lounge.

Grand Millennium does an excellent Gimlet (gin & lime cordial) ...

... & a fruit-filled Sangria that serves to soothe during scorching-weather days.

Vasco's @ Kuala Lumpur Hilton
Also check out Graze, the replacement for Senses (May 7 & May 15 entries).

Vasco's,
Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

28 comments:

  1. Wow Sean, you get to visit some amazing places, don't you? The presentation is really nice, and the ambiance looks warm and friendly. The medium rare beef looks amazing!

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    1. Linda: you're right, the beef was definitely what caught my eye the most among all these dishes! :D

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  2. For RM128++ the selection looks rather uninspiring. I would expect bigger selection and some oysters thrown in!

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    1. Kelly: oooh, apologies, i should have clarified, the selection's much bigger than this, but i only snapped pictures of selected dishes. there were too many people at the buffet counters, so it was kinda uncomfortable to take photos =)

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  3. have to admit the F&B revamp at Hilton seems quite interesting. I supposed for RM128++ being in the business hub, the price is 'OKlah'.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, it'll be interesting to see what also happens to Cosmo Lounge and the Vintage Bank wine bar, both of which now seem to be gone and are under renovation =) and yeah, I guess with inflation and everything, dinner buffets at the five-star hotels have already crept up past RM100++ mark, unfortunately :D

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  4. I like the name - Sudu!

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    1. Suituapui: short but sweet name =)

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  5. Is it possible that I'm now craving a Gimlet at 7:30am? Hmmm...

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    1. The Yum list: heheh, it's 1130am now and I wouldn't mind TWO gimlets :D

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  6. We are not a buffet fan, since we cant eat much, hahaha. Would rather try the a la carte menu. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, the a la carte menu here sounds good, especially the burrata cheese pizza! :D

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  7. Can't remember the last time I had buffet in a hotel anymore! Selection looks good! Although I find it strange that they serve pizza on the plates. :P

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    1. Iamthewitch: oh yeah, i guess we've become jaded with hotel buffets cos the dishes served at many of them are too similar. but ya, it's nice once in awhile to eat to our heart's content and enjoy a spread like this, heh :D

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  8. I think all buffet should come with free flow Sangrias!

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    1. KY; wah, i would like to appoint you to operate ALL the buffets in KL! :D

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  9. "spacious enough to seat scores of starving customers in the evening." <--- LOL!
    When comes to buffet, I'll nvr miss the varieties of cakes and desserts. They look too attractive to be missed :-)

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    1. Melissa: heheh, i like to choose the cakes which are very creamy. and also the ice cream! :D

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  10. Was actually waiting for your Vasco post before deciding whether to go there or not. Thanks! :D

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: ooo, i guess it's basically what we can expect from a buffet outlet in a hotel like the hilton. i think it's basically on par with le meridien's, though maybe i prefer the latter cos it's still more spacious and has more live cooking stations :D

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  11. I cant remember the last time i had full blown buffet! Well 2 years ago at Shangri-La KL, still one of my fave buffet places.

    Never felt buffet was worth the money since i am not a massive eater :P

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    1. peoniesandpancakes: ooo, i've had a few good memories at shangri-la's buffet outlet too, but i think it became too crowded in recent years. i used to hop around the hotel buffets just to get a feel of which were the nicest ones. and yeah, i can eat a lot, so it's worth it for me. i think i like the buffet at sheraton imperial hotel =)

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  12. Vasco's sounds too expensive! LOL

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    1. Ciki: inflation bites! heheh =)

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  13. Ohh.. im pretty sure they will cash in on Ramadan and offer ramadan buffet...

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    1. TNG: heh, yeah, this place is gonna be pretty popular for ramadan =)

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  14. wow i kinda like their interior made with different colours of wood for the partition and the counter. very tasteful indeed.

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    1. Eiling: ooh, i actually didn't really notice that. thanks for pointing it out! :D

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