The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

The Grand Getaway KL

Monica Tindall

I am constantly surprised by Malaysia’s food and beverage industry’s ingenuity and refusal to give up. No one is lying down and letting a pandemic dominate their survival. Instead, creativity is being pushed, and diners have even more extraordinary dining experiences at their service. The Grand Getaway at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is one such production inviting guests to travel the world with a 360-degree virtual experience. (Be sure to scroll to the end to get the code for a 20% discount for readers of The Yum List.)

The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

The journey begins by purchasing your seats online and receiving your boarding pass. Bring the QR code to scan 20 minutes before take-off to partake in the full journey. Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur’s Grand Getaway entrance looks just like a section of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It’s complete with a flight information display system, airline counter, luggage check-in, travelator and uniformed hosts. There are even announcement chimes and boarding calls, putting full sound effects into play.

The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
International Depatures
The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Check-in Counter

Once we’ve presented our boarding passes, we’re invited to board through our gate to the Grand Ballroom of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Taking our places in former seats from a Malaysian Airlines aircraft, we buckle up and settle in for the around-the-world flight. A 360-degree LED technology system projected on the walls of the ballroom gives a real-time airport ambience. Use of the enormous room means tables are well spread apart giving diners an exclusive feel and more than catering for physical distancing SOPs.

The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
The Grand Getaway KL

Safety Announcement & Take-off

With all passengers on board, our attendants prepare us for the flight with a safety demonstration. We’re encouraged to leave our devices ON and enjoy the flight. The two-hour journey begins with a view from the cockpit at the front and panoramas seen from the windows overlooking the wings on the sides. The engine rumbles, and we take off!

The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Safety Demonstration – The Grand Getaway

Go Grand Airways Airliner Menu

Tokyo

Our flight sets down in Tokyo with a scene from Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift lifting our heart rates. A racecar does a 360 spin around the ballroom. Soon the stage transforms into images of busy city streets and later to more peaceful temples and gardens as we eat.

Japanese scallops are our first course. They’re golden from the pan, fresh and tender. The accompanying condiments of wakame, radish, sesame and shoyu dressing support the freshness of the sea and a generous scoop of roe adds pleasant bursts of liquid.

The Grand Getaway KL, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Scallops

As we take to the air once again, a card trick is facilitated by our in-flight entertainment officer, and the result leads to our next destination, San Francisco!

San Francisco

Iconic scenes of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, trams and the famous winding streets of San Francisco are displayed. As we take it all in, flight attendants strut the aisles wearing sparkly top hats and lay down the next dish, Californian clam chowder. Served in a bread bowl, the soup itself is a small portion but I recommend refraining from eating its carb container as there is still sorbet, lamb and dessert to come.

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Chowder – The Grand Getaway

An add-on of RM 100 will get you a free flow of wine. It’s nothing fancy but works well with the food. Tonight we sip on Down Under Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Sunnycliff Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, but the labels could change as the days move ahead.

The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Free-flow Wine

Duty-free

A cart of “duty-free” items for purchase is rolled out. Flyers can pick up chocolates, macarons and other such memorabilia on board.

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Duty-free

Moscow

Moscow follows on our flight schedule. We’re welcomed to the city with a grand display of architecture and winter scenes accompanied by snow! Falling from the ceiling, the flakes grace our hosts’ shoulders who make an entry with ushankas – Russian fur hats with ear flaps. Images of Russian architecture, babushka dolls and lively dancing brighten our surrounds as forest berry sorbet is served. The palate cleanser is smooth and sports a nice balance of sweet and tart.

The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Moscow – Brr! – The Grand Getaway
Palate Cleanser
Sorbet

There’s no chance of taking a nap on this flight as it’s time to work off some calories before the main meal with a nightclub scene and light show. As the tunes abate, Venice is announced with canals, gondolas and attendants masked in Venetian volto.

Venice

Oven-baked lamb rack with lemon, herbs, sauteed garden greens, truffle mashed potatoes and thyme jus is our last dish before heading back to Kuala Lumpur. Prior to departure, we learn some fun facts about the Italian city. Then we’re advised to fasten our seatbelts as we head to our final destination.

The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur KL
Welcome to Venice
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Lamb – The Grand Getaway

Despite a little turbulence on board, our approach to KL ends well, and we’re received with images and music showcasing beautiful Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur

Waitstaff arrives donning batik and presenting a worldly platter of sweets serving as a memento of our around-the-world trip. Mochi, sundae, pavlova, tiramisu and sago gula Melaka act as an edible memory, and postcards give us something to take home. Coffee and tea are included in the package, but we finish with the last sips of our wine.

The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
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Dessert

The Grand Getaway Review

The Grand Getaway at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is testament to the persistence and desire to thrive of the food and beverage scene in KL. Not willing to lay down their guns, they live the philosophy of “Go Grand or go home!”

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Go Grand or Go Home

The Grand Getaway
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12, Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website

The Grand Getaway Operating Hours
Daily: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

#TheGrandGetaway @GrandHyattKualaLumpur

The Grand Getaway Price

The Yum List readers may enjoy 20% off for bookings up to March 31, 2021. Use this code “FLY20” when making a reservation on the website.

Premium Economy Class at MYR 450 nett per person
· 5-course Airliner Menu
· Free flow of signature coolers (non-alcoholic)
*Add on MYR 100 nett to enjoy free flow of house pouring wines

Business Class at MYR 650 nett per person
· 5-course Elite Menu
· Free flow of signature coolers (non-alcoholic)
· Exclusive one-hour access to Go Grand Premium Lounge at level 37 for pre-boarding cocktail
*Add on MYR 100 nett to enjoy free flow of house pouring wines

Junior Class at MYR 250 nett per person
· 5-course Junior Menu
· Free flow of signature coolers (non-alcoholic)

**A surcharge of MYR 200 nett per person applies on top of the selected price on specified blackout dates (December 24, 25 and 31, 2020 and February 14, 2021).

First Class Suite and Family Getaway packages are available with room stay, breakfast and return chauffeur service included. For more details, menus and reservations, phone +60 3 2182 1234 or email [email protected]

Find more restaurants for special occasions in KL here and stay up-to-date with the latest gourmet and travel recommendations for Malaysia here and here.

6 Comments

  1. I miss soup in a bun. Don’t think we can get it anywhere here.

  2. What an interesting experience! We had something similar in Chicagoland back in the late 90’s related to dining while traveling in the Star Trek Enterprise.

  3. I’ve done clam chowder in San Francisco and had in bread bowl.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  4. What? They didn’t serve you fish and chips from England?! Ha …

  5. A great idea. It must be a great experience!

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