Enjoy a classic Malaysian high-tea in KL, indulge in chocolate in Melbourne, tuck into juicy steaks while enjoying a pristine view of Hong Kong, and more.

Local Flavours

Guests of Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur now have more daytime dining options as all-day dining restaurant The Courtyard offers a lunch buffet as well as a Truly Malaysian Afternoon Tea set, introduced earlier this year. Located on the eighth floor, the restaurant enjoys warm natural sunlight pouring in through the large glass panels, but customers may choose to sit outdoors on a pleasant day. The buffet spread features a mix of dishes from local Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines, along with a selection of Western items. Enjoy the highlight of the day at the carving station, which serves scrumptious meat dishes such as Whole Roasted Rosemary Chicken or Overnight Roasted Lamb Shoulder. At the live grill, customers can have their favourite meat or seafood grilled to order, including Malaysia’s favourite Satay with spicy peanut sauce. Select local favourites at the dessert counter, from Malay kuih to ais kacang. Served in quaint enamel tiffin carriers, traditional local bites in the Truly Malaysian Afternoon Tea set are best enjoyed with a hot cup of teh tarik for a truly Malaysian experience.

Sweet Dough 

Adding to the list of noteworthy brunch options in Kuala Lumpur is Dough & Dolce, a bakery-cafe that takes pride in freshly baked bread and pastries. Located on the quiet side of Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Dough & Dolce is where you’ll find carb-filled comfort meals anchored by sourdough bread. The breakfast menu serves up classic dishes like baked eggs with chicken sausage, crab meat with fluffy scrambled eggs, pesto and fresh burrata cheese, and even a hearty Australian rib eye with eggs – each dish served with a thick slice of sourdough toast.

Lunchtime features another selection that includes soups, sandwiches and pastas, including buttercream chilli clams, toasted chicken pesto sandwiches, and smoked duck pasta. Your best bet would be to have the cheese toastie sandwich with tomato soup: the rich melted cheese, tart soup and perfectly grilled sourdough bread can make the worst of days into a better one. And when all’s done, don’t skip out on the sweet treats– the Nutella-filled doughnuts, Valrhona pain au chocolat and chocolate dacquoise praline tart are among the cafe’s favourites.

More Mörk 

A chocoholic’s visit to Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without dropping by Mörk Chocolate Brew House on Errol Street, now even more so with its new seasonal menu. Created in collaboration with Shaun Quade, the founder of the much-celebrated Lûmé fine dining restaurant, the menu includes an updated version of Layered, Mörk’s signature combination of warm aerated custard and chilled chocolate that now features beetroot and raspberry custard and beetroot pulp crisp. Those looking to warm up after a cold day won’t go wrong with the Mulled Cacao Cider, a spin on the European traditional mulled apple cider using cacao husk and pepper from Madagascar, and the Cacao Flight, which comprises three tasting expressions of the cacao bean – raw, roasted and refined. On the dessert side of things, Quade has also been busy creating new items such as the standout vegan Strawberry & Eucalyptus Lamington. If this is your first visit, don’t miss the signature Campfire Hot Chocolate, a hot cocoa drink made with 70 percent cacao served alongside maple wood smoke, torched house-made marshmallow and charcoal salt – you won’t experience a better cup of hot chocolate.

Steak Out

Steak aficionados will be glad to know that 37 Steakhouse & Bar is now open at The Peak Galleria in Hong Kong. Built on the same formula for success that made its outlets in Roponggi and Shanghai such a big hit, this latest outpost offers an elegant way to spend a night in Victoria Harbour. On the menu is a selection of Josper-grilled steaks featuring Prime Black Angus, Australian Rangers Valley Cross-bred Wagyu, Australian Black Angus, Korean Hanwoo 1++ and dry-aged Prime beef from Belgium. The steakhouse is also one of the few places in Hong Kong with Kuroge Wagyu sourced from Hiyama, one of Japan’s oldest and finest meat suppliers. Non-steak lovers aren’t left wanting, with dishes like roasted French spring chicken, Australian lamb chops, oysters, scallop carpaccio, sea urchin and crab barley risotto, and whole lobster served with fennel and herb butter. End your meal in style with the deconstructed tiramisu or the signature Mountain on Fire, a decadent baked Alaska-style dish featuring vanilla, pistachio and chocolate ice-cream, Grand Marnier and candyfloss.

Thai-ed Up Cuisine

Make your holiday in Phuket even more memorable with a visit to The Plantation Club. Located within The Pavilion Phuket hilltop retreat, the restaurant has launched a new sustainable, locally and ethically sourced menu under the guidance of Executive Chef Rey Ardonia, whose resumé includes a stint at the award-winning Bracu in New Zealand. Here, you’ll find a selection of refined Thai dishes like Chiang Mai Khao Soi, where a sous-vide ballotine of Khlong Farm baby chicken is served with chicken croquette, yellow curry, noodles, pickled cabbage, peanuts and coconut foam; Geang Poo Bai Chaplu, where blue swimmer crab is char-grilled and marinated with yellow Phuket curry and served with rice noodles and crispy bitter leaves; and Kanom Bliak Bun, the restaurant’s modern take on a classic Thai dish that fuses coconut ash pudding with peanut brittle, young coconut, mulberries, coconut sauce and black sesame seed ice cream. You can choose to enjoy the dishes by ordering them off the à la carte menu, in the form of four- or six-course tasting menus, or the nine-course Plantation Journey meal.