Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur's 20th Anniversary

#1 Happy Birthday to Hotel Istana!

Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre is celebrating its 20 years of glory in the month of October 2012! For the past 20 years, KL has undergone massive transformation but Hotel Istana remains within the Golden Triangle, providing us its best services. 

In conjunction with the 20th Anniversary, we celebrated such remarkable occasion at Urban Restaurant to highlight their years of achievements and success as one of the best household brand hotels in Malaysia.

#2 Mr Praba G Menon
Area General Manager

Mr Praba and his crew, who have been with the hotel since its opening, expressed their pride to be a True Malaysian hotel, owned and managed by Malaysians and their service that embraces a Truly Malaysian Hospitality.

#3 Cappucino

During this celebrative event, our dinner was a culinary adventure as we were served with a myriad of starters in individual servings, followed by a live carvery station and some lip smacking desserts. 

Cold Hors D’ oeuvres

#4 Oysters on Half Shell and Mirin, Dashi Soy Reduction

An oyster drenched in a mixture of ultra light Japanese sake and soy sauce was a stand-out. Sitting elegantly with a fragrant lemon slice, it was an excellent pick-me-up if you were looking for something light, tasty and healthy to nibble on before a snooze. 

#5 Duck Rolled with Chinese Pan Cake, Red Chilli, 
Julienne Scallion Plum and Sesame Seed

Sliced roasted duck married with paperthin crepe was sweet and savory. Shredded scallion sprinkled on top of it were not merely for garnishing, you would have to taste it to discover its magic. 

#6 Prawn Cocktail with Rambutan and Mango Salsa

The prawn cocktail would appeal to fans of this particular seafood. Enhanced by a subtle fruity zing, the appetizer is definitely tempting your palate. 

#7 Chilled Gazpacho Soup “Shots” with Scallop Lemongrass Skewer

#8 Miniature Buckwheat Blinis with Crème Fraiche, 
Smoked Marlin and Caviar Cold Water U.S.

#9 Udon Noodle with Sesame Chilli Dressing and 
Tempura Chicken Floss Sushi & XO Sauce Peking 

And I spotted a good Japanese fusion delight there. Wrapped in Japanese seaweed, the chicken floss deep-fried in tempura style adds a crunchy crisp to the sushi rice. Lovely!

Hot Hors D’ oeuvres

#10 Wild Mushrooms-Caramelized Onions-Roasted Peppers Tart

#11 Char-Siew BBQ Chinese Chicken with Hainanese Chicken Rice and Spring Onion Julianne

#12 “Laksa Lemak” in Cup with Soba Noodle Prawn, 
Bean Curd, Bean Sprout in Coconut Gravy

#13 Wrapped Banana Leaf Mini Salmon with 
Tandori Spice and Mango Mint Chutney

Tasty treats from bite-sized chicken quesadillas to mini salmon wrapped in banana leaf opened the appetite, especially when they were served piping hot from the kitchen to retain its amazing juiciness and aroma. 


#14 Grilled Tenderloin of Beef with Horseradish Cream

Labelled as a fine dining restaurant, Urban dished out some special main course which kept their guests glued to their seats. The mild, sweet horseradish cream was a lovely accompaniment to the fragrant herb meat, embodying a good balance of flavours.


#15 From Top to Bottom: 
Crème Brülée, Chocolate Éclairs, Pavlova with Mix Fruit, Panna Cotta

A sweet ending to the delightful meal was a colorful variety of miniature desserts. You can take comfort in the fact that most of the offerings are refreshingly light yet sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

#16 Miniature Crème Brülée

As much as I know this is bad for my waistline, I couldn't resist myself reaching for a helping of the smooth creme brulee; it is undoubtedly the lesseer of most sugary evils. 

#17 Miniature Chocolate Fudge Brownies

#18 Cake Cutting Ceremony 

(Top) From Left: Mr Ghazali Idris, Ms Letchumy Murugaian, Ms Pathmah Sinnathamby, Ms Ong Lean Gnoh, Mr Zamri Redza, Ms Maiyah Manaf, Mr Nathan Vaithi and Mr Eugene Yeo
(Bottom) Long Service Associates

Once again, congratulations to Hotel Istana!
Along with its 20th Anniversary, there are many exciting ongoing promotions,
check them out at

Urban Restaurant

Lobby Level, East Wing
Istana Hotel Kuala Lumpur
73, Jalan Raja Chulan, 
50200 Kuala Lumpur.
For reservation: 603-2141 9988 ext 3691
Fax: 603-2144 0111

Business Hours:
Carvery Lunch: 12.00pm – 2.30pm 
Dinner : 6.30pm – 10.30pm 
Saturdays: Open for dinner only 
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays


  1. oh Hotel Istana is already 20 years old?? haha, but i actually thought it's older, hehe~~

  2. That's an awesome 20th anniversary celebration!

  3. 20 amazing years? Wow!

    And yes...20 amazing years of yummy food too >.<

  4. Wow the food looks so special and tempting... =D

  5. congrats to that hotel

    the food were really great
    and is that ice carvings?
    thats pretty cool

  6. Yup!!! Been there long ago, 20 years only kah? Any discounts on rooms? 20%?

  7. Everything looks so yummy!! I like the idea of the gazpacho + scallops and bite-sized chicken rice, haha! :D Hotel Istana really brings back memories coz last time my dad used to bring me to eat there. :)

  8. wow, 20 years is definitely an achievement. much respect to istana hotel! :D

  9. the food looks so beautiful that I don't feel eating it! =P

  10. Yay 20 years is quite the awesome achievement :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. I think I might visit just for the buckwheat blinis.

  12. wah 20 years already. I have been there once for buffet.

  13. Food here will never disappoint me :)

  14. Never been there for conferences, perhaps another good location. Thanks for the intro. :)

    Revisited Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang, Malaysia

  15. That's a lot to choose from. But I'm especially interested in the Duck Roll with Chinese pan cake.

  16. 20 years. thats a remarkable achievement!


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