Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill Now Open At Sunway Resort Kuala Lumpur
The Sunway Resort dining room is also Ramsay’s inaugural restaurant in Malaysia and the first Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill outside of the UK. Its recent opening coincided with the extensive renovation and refurbishment of the hotel. Just a short stroll from the entrance, you cannot help but catch a glimpse of the massive black-and-white portrait of the celebrity chef almost beckoning you to enter. The front half of the restaurant is dedicated to a lounge-like setting and a gorgeous bar with floor-to-ceiling windows while the interiors house the main dining space as well as three private rooms — perfect for serious business talk or sealing deals. Glittering chandeliers abound and the entire restaurant seats up to 150 guests at a time. Be sure to admire the monochrome works of familiar British icons, taken by celebrated pixmen Terry O’Neill and Arthur Steel, adorning the walls. On our visit, we spotted Swinging London goddesses Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy; and fans of popular culture would not fail to recognise Mick Jagger and Sean Connery.
Lest we forget we are actually in Malaysia, the culinary team has thoughtfully provided a local touch in the form of a Hibiscus Mojito (RM65), made using rum, mint, fresh lime and homemade hibiscus syrup. There is also a selection of homemade lemonades and iced teas (all RM25 each) for those who wish to keep things kosher.
The menu is relatively similar to what you would find at the Savoy Grill, although there are a few Hell’s Kitchen (named for the reality show and part of the Gordon Ramsay food empire, with outlets mostly found in the US) inclusions, such as the Mac & Cheese (RM50) and Angus beef burger (RM120). Iconic starters to try would be the Heritage Tomatoes (RM85) with burrata, the Arnold Bennett twice-baked soufflé (RM100) featuring smoked haddock and aged cheddar and, of course, the steak tartare. Literary enthusiasts should opt for the soufflé, naturally, seeing that the Savoy chefs originally created a very famous omelette in the English writer’s honour after he completed his last and longest novel, Imperial Palace, while staying there.
For mains, nothing is as theatrical or redolent of old-world dining rooms than the Classic Beef Wellington, served guéridon-style. It is also interesting to note that Ramsay himself, having grown up on the dish, never fails to order it should it be featured on any menu, be it in the middle of Milan, Paris or New York. And certainly Sunway’s Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill’s version is faultless — perfect beef tenderloin lovingly encased in puff pastry interspersed with layers of duxelles, accompanied by pomme purée, red wine jus and a green salad. Alas, at RM290 a slice, you’d best not come ravenous.