Luxury Chinese Dinner at Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur KL

My food choice has definitely been gravitating towards the more oriental option these days. 
That explains the rather frequent posts on luxury Chinese food posts in this space. 
Claimed as one of the best Chinese restaurants in KL, Chynna is located on the fifth floor of Hilton Kuala Lumpur in Central KL. To cater to Malaysia's diverse ethnic groups, this restaurant is pork free. 

A walk into the seating area of the restaurant felt like we were temporarily disconnected from the urban hustle and bustle and being transported back to the ancient luxury Chinese diners, a reminiscent of Shanghai in the 1920s

The subtle "clinking" of the substantially weighted ceramic wares, the sophisticated chatters of the patrons and staffs clad in both modern and ancient costumes, this place is refined and polished in every single way. 

We were ushered by a friendly receptionist to our table, which was unfortunately hidden in a corner. Though it provided ample privacy, the lack of ventilation/ air conditioning was a complete letdown.
It wasn't a pleasant experience to be dressing in pretty dresses and sweating buck loads inside,  the warm tea certainly didn't help either.

That aside, we absolutely adored the ambiance.
Every diner is entitled to a complimentary cup of welcome tea poured from a long-spouted pot and all its attendant theatrics.
Tips: If you wish to enjoy more of his stunts, make sure to record a video of him or take a photo of him, he would then switch up his routine to a more fascinating performance.

As we are not particularly dinner person, we went for the a la carte options, which we thought suited much better with our appetite and our budget.
If you're into a fuss-free dining experience, feel free to choose from one of their set menus from prices as low as RM229 per person with a minimum order of 2 sets.

We ordered some of the most random dishes in the world, so, just be warned.

Pan-seared homemade Siew Mai with Foie Gras Mousse (RM38 EACH) 
Heart-throbbing price tag. 
I was hesitant to even take a bite cause it was literally RM38 just for a bite. 
Dumpling was juicy and flavourful, 
and it was made better paired with the popping roes and creamy foie gras mousse. 
Undoubtedly a lavish twist to an ordinary siew mai. 

Wok-seared Japanese Hokkaido scallops topped with fragrant pickle, chili and egg (RM83 / 2pcs)
Ginormous scallops came in the most appealing presentation. 
Already winning just by the look of it. 
We thoroughly enjoyed the sheer sweetness that diffused onto our taste buds attributed to the freshness of the scallops. 
Though the impeccably fried eggs flavoured with pickle and chilli made the perfect sides, I'd suggest eating them separately to be able to savour the goodness of the scallops. 

 Vegetables of the day (Local or Hong Kong) (RM44)
Basic stir-fried with garlic. 
Fresh and crunchy, but a little too oily for our liking. 
And definitely overpriced for how simple it was. 

Wok-fried rice vermicelli with salted egg yolk (RM48)
D's high on the salted egg yolk trend so we ordered this to curb his craving. 
Not as creamy and buttery as we expected of any usual salted egg yolk dishes, 
and definitely took us a while to finally taste the salted egg yolk on the noodles. 
The portion definitely feeds more than one. 
Again, too oily for my liking. 
I wouldn't recommend this dish. 

with light soya sauce, coriander, and leek (Price depends)
Codfish is my favourite fish of all time, so I had really high expectation for this dish. 
And I am happy to report that, it didn't disappoint at all. 
The codfish was very well handled, the steaming has managed to salvage the high moisture content of the cod, providing the cod with a savoury flavour profile accompanied by firmer, chunkier flakes. 

All in all, it is an extremely expensive Chinese restaurant with amazing ambiance great for celebrating special occasions. 

Chynna, Hilton KL
Address: Level 5 of Hilton KL, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Lunch : Mon to Fri - 12.00noon to 2.30pm
             Sat & Sun - 11.00am to 2.30 pm
Dinner : Mon to Sun - 6.30pm to 10.30pm

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