Ruby and I recently headed over to Graze – the modern European brasserie at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, for an exclusive chef’s table dining experience. Graze recently underwent an upgrade to bring guests a taste of true authentic European cuisine through a stylish but modest way.
The restaurant’s revamp refreshed three (3) areas of the restaurant: outlet setting, service style, and menu choices – by bringing back diners’ favorites while staying true to its foundation, serving hearty, high quality European cuisine.
Focusing mainly on French, German and Italian cuisine, the outlet prepares their dishes using the freshest ingredients, finest cuts of meat, sustainable seafood and in-season produce.
The interior of the outlet is warm and cosy – with the use of dark woods as well as artsy black and white portraits of Europe’s famous landmarks on the walls that certainly sets the mood for a relaxed brasserie dining experience, or a romantic dinner date.
Helming the kitchen is German Chef, Darrius Seitfudem, Chef de Cuisine of Hilton Kuala Lumpur, who leads the culinary team in Graze. Chef Darrius’ forte is well-balanced seafood dishes utilising European cooking techniques, however his culinary shines through when he’s fusing local seasonal produce and imported ingredients to create a unique blend in flavours.
“With Graze’s new modern brasserie concept in mind, I’ve taken well-known European dishes and gave it a new taste profile by using carefully selected produce to bring the unique European season to life in Kuala Lumpur through simple yet tastefully crafted dishes. I am set to take our guests on a journey through France all the way to Italy. The European odyssey continues to Austria and to the place of my birth Germany,” said Chef Darrius.
Chef Darrius created the Signature11 – eleven dishes that are big in taste, thoughtfully presented and tastes as good as it looks. Some signature dishes that are highly recommended include, Salmon Tartare and Homemade Linguine Pasta for appetizers, the must-try Provencal Fish Soup, a spicy fish soup from Southern France, Squid Ink Gnocchi, Vienna Schnitzel, Baked Scottish Loch Fyne Salmon Fillet and decadent Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé for dessert and a selection of more dishes.
If you like wine, Graze’s experienced staff will be on hand to help you choose the perfect wine and vintage to match the setting the mood and taste.
At the chef’s table, we got a really up close look at how the food was prepared. Chef Darius gave us a wonderful tutorial (I say tutorial because it really was like a little cooking class) of how to make five (5) different types of gnocchi.
Now prior to this chef’s table, I was really not a fan of gnocchi as every single experience I’ve had somehow resulted in me trying some tasteless and bland gnocchi. Hence I was pretty intrigued to see how Chef Darius’ creations would be different.
Squid Ink Gnocchi
Sautéed prawn, scallop, clams, sun-dried tomato, garlic sauce
Paired with the Belles Vignes Chardonnay 2015 (France)
Instead of the bland lumps of pasta that I was expecting, I was greeted with little parcels of gnocchi loaded with umami flavour! The sauteed prawns, scallops and clams added even more umami goodness while the sun-dried tomatoes and the garlic sauce balanced out the dish with some sweetness and richness! Wow! My perception of gnocchi had totally changed after this dish!
The wine which was a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier grapes, had a nice balance with the body and citrussy notes of the Chardonnay, pairing well with the delicate aromas and peachy flavours of The Viognier. This kept our palates really fresh and easily cut through the richness of the garlic sauce!
Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi
Pest crème, toasted pine nuts, rocket leaves, shaved Parmesan
Paired with the Mantellassi Sosso Bianco 2016 (Italy)
The deep rich flavours of the tomato gnocchi was matched with the earthy rocket leaves, with nutty notes from the pine nuts, and some richness of the shaved Parmesan. This dish was balanced out by the refreshing light bodied white wine which imparted lots of floral, citrus and melon notes. A lovely mix of different flavours and textures which worked splendidly!
Blue cheese sauce, sautéed cherry tomatoes
Paired with the Lunardi Chardonnay 2017 (Italy)
Not everyone can take blue cheese. Fortunately not only can I take it but I actually love it hence this dish agreed with me very well indeed! This was one really rich dish with the parmesan in the gnocchi and the blue cheese sauce, balanced with the sweetness from the cherry tomatoes and the acidity of the wine which imparted lots of flavours of tropical fruits and pineapples.
Roasted napolitana sauce, fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella
This one was different from the three (3) previous dishes – served in a piping hot hot plate instead of in a dish. When I was a child, one of my favourite dishes was spaghetti with a tomato based sauce like bolognaise or napolitana and this really brought back memories. This was a rather simple dish with just a few ingredients however the end result was lovely comfort food that hits all the right notes and warms the heart with it’s combination of the rich and creamy cheese with the sweet sauce and the greens!
This dish wasn’t paired with any wine however it was really good enough to be enjoyed on its own!
Wow! My entire impression of gnocchi has changed! I never knew gnocchi could taste so flavourful and delicious! I must say that I’m so totally impressed by Chef Darius’ culinary skills.
Graze might not be on the radar for most couples celebrating their special occasions, however I must say that with food as good as this, I won’t be surprised if more and more diners visited this gem of a modern European restaurant!
Situated on Level 5 at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Graze seats up to 70 people including three (3) private rooms, which comfortably seats 8-12 and an indoor balcony dining area which seats 14 pax.
Reservations are required at Graze.
Graze is located at:
Level 5, Hilton Kuala Lumpur,
3, Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Telephone: +603 2264 2264
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday from 12 noon – 2.30pm and from 6.30pm -10.30pm for dinner
For more info, head over to https://life.hiltonkl.com/graze-modern-european-brasserie
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