It’s been a while since many of us have heard the familiar chime in the airport that plays before announcements. But as we were waiting to “board” the plane for The Grand Getaway dining experience in Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, hearing it brought up a surge of memories and reminded us of the joy of travelling.

Combining fine dining with an “in-flight” simulation, we can see the effort the team has put into the little details to heighten the experience. The walkway to the Grand Ballroom now has a check-in airport counter, walkalators and going further in, there’s even the boarding gate. The familiar airport announcements are playing, the servers wear the fictional uniforms of “Go Grand Airways”, the entry ticket for your dinner is also in the form of a boarding pass.

Small tip: we were also told to come in earlier to wait at the gate, like a real flight and enjoy some pre-flight drinks. We didn’t read the invite properly and were almost late for the take-off! So do go in earlier, or you’ll miss the first part of the show.

Walking into the ballroom, the chairs we’re seated on are actually real airplane seats from a decommissioned Malaysia Airlines record-breaking craft. Authentic, but TBH, the airplanes are not known for comfortable seats so they did provide a pillow per seat (which Sarah ended up removing altogether, oops).

Throughout the immersive dinner, which comes with 360° visuals, lights, and sound show, we got to taste dishes inspired by places all over the world. As we tasted each course, the screens surrounding us played videos exploring the locations and also displayed fun facts. There’s even in-flight entertainment in the form of a special magic show.

The waiters and waitresses also do slight changes in their uniform to reflect the country that we’re stopping at. For example, in Russia, they donned the ushanka, the winter fur hat with ear flaps. On top of that, there was fake snow that rained down, shimmering in the lights and gave us a cold winter vibe.

TOKYO: Japanese scallop, wakame, shoyu, radish, sesame dressing

This light and tasty dish lets you enjoy the natural and sweet flavour of the scallop coupled with the crisp wakame (marinated seaweed). It was so easy to eat and a great start to the dinner! Sarah wanted to ask for more of this dish to dapao back 😂

SAN FRANCISCO: California clam chowder

We didn’t even know San Fran was famous for clam chowder (VX admits that her knowledge of SF is limited to 3 facts: Silicon Valley is there, it’s hilly, there are trams). Although the soup was quite tasty,  it is a LOT of bread to the soup amount. We were too busy eating and didn’t look at our fellow diners, but neither of us were able to finish up most of the bread-bowl. 

MOSCOW: Forest berry sorbet

Another assumption challenged, VX thought Russia was too cold to have a regular supply of berries, but turns out, Russians regularly use berries in their dishes (especially in their infused vodka). 

This is the most Instagrammable dish thanks to the smoky mist that swirls around the sorbet as you eat. It works well as a palate cleanser, with very strong raspberry notes.

🥇FAVOURITE | VENICE: Oven baked lamb rack, lemon, herb, sauteed garden greens, truffle mash, thyme jus

Can we say Venice had the BEST visuals on screen, because the introduction video for this course was actually shot in Grand Hyatt KL itself, starring the chef as he made this very dish. 

We enjoyed this dish so much we turned it into a commemorative snapshot

The lamb was soooooo tender, it was easy to slice and chew, and the truffle mash that accompanied the vegetables was really yummy too. We ate and finished everything on the plate happily which might explain why we had trouble with the last course…

Kuala Lumpur: Mochi, sundae, pavlova, tiramisu, sago gula melaka

With 5 desserts on 1 plate, this dish led to a dilemma: which to start with first? We ended up loving the pandan mochi the most, but we had to skip on the sundae because both of us don’t like anything with bananas. 

We had a really fun night, and we love how this gave us a tiny taste of travelling again, in a year where we weren’t able to do just that.

Prices start at MYR 450 nett per person for the Premium Economy Class. You can get 20% off bookings from Jan 1, 2021 to Mar 31, 2021 with the promo code “FLY20” upon check-out on the website. Dinner starts at 7pm sharp daily, but do get there early! This will run until June 30, 2021 so you have a few months to catch it!

Book your flight on the website.

 
 
Also Read
Born In The First MCO, These Soup Desserts Look To Combo Traditional & New Flavours

We tasted and sampled a variety of Sugirl Desserts' popular sweet soups, which combine traditional, local, and new flavours.

Like Their Famous Market Namesake, Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks Now Has Boba!

We taste the new boba series from Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks, which are Boba Milk Tea, Brown Sugar Fresh Milk Boba & Honey Fresh Green Tea.

WFH Is Great And All, But A Luxe 3D2N Workcation At Ritz-Carlton KL Is Better

We spent a glorious workcation enjoying the luxury that The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, including a suite, buffets and more.

Our PM & M’sian Royalty Are Patrons Of This Chinese Restaurant That First Opened In 2005

A review of popular dishes from Luk Yu Tea House in The Starhill Dining, known for their selection of pork-free dim sum.

If We Had To Pay For Premium Dim Sum In KL, THIS Is The Award-Winning Place We’d Go To

Li Yen, an award-winning Chinese restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur known for its premium dim sum and authentic Cantonese cuisine.

We Queued For 40 Mins To Try This Popular Ramen In Mont Kiara

Known for their authentic ramen and tsukemen, we review Kanbe Ramen's popular dishes in 163 Retail Park Mont Kiara.

Pamper Yourself With These 7 M’sian Beauty Tools To Get Closer To Your #SkinGoals

Habo by Ogawa has a range of beauty devices for skincare, here's the features of each one, their target area, and how easy it is to use them.

This Ultimate Matcha Box From Oh Cha Matcha Has 23 Matcha Items For Crazed Matcha Lovers

The Ultimate Matcha Box from Oh Cha Matcha is a tasty dessert box made in a charitable collaboration with other local bakers.