Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Chynna @ Hilton KL

High class Chinese dining....

Once in a while, my parents will agree to spend a little more, and try out a nicer restaurant... mostly for special occasions. This time, it was my 30th birthday (*SOB*), so we decided to try out the pretty famous Chinese restaurant, Chynna, in the KL Hilton.

It is not a large area but it's well decorated, so it feels cosy yet lush - overall a nice, classy ambience:
Inside Chynna....

The little details really added points (in my books anyway) with small touches like the beautiful, detailed plates really made the place feel special:
What pretty plates!....

We were welcomed with their signature Eight Treasures Tea, expertly "shot" into our cups by the almost kung fu-like precision of the in house tea sifu with his traditional metal tea pot:

- Butter Prawn (RM 69++):
This was my father's pick for the night. While it is probably a localised Chinese dish, we thoroughly enjoyed it - Plump prawns (bouncy!), fresh and with a slightly crisp golden brown outer layer coated with a rich, creamy sauce that had undertones of curry leaves
Decadent buttery goodness....

(Look at the size of the prawn!)
I EAT U! :D....

- Black Bean Duck Breast (RM 36++):
This was the only dish I didnt quite enjoy that night - while the slices of meat were tender, I found the black bean sauce a bit overpowering
(To be fair, I don't really like black bean sauce actually, but my mum does - which is why we ordered this dish)
It ain't a pretty picture, unfortunately....

- Black Pepper Beef (RM 58++):
We were told by the waiter that this is one of their most popular dishes and I can see why - Yummy! :D The beef had a really interesting texture, tender but with some nice crispy bits, and coated with a fragrant black pepper sauce - would definitely this again...

- Baby Bak Choy with Garlic and Scallop (RM 72++):
Fresh, crisp greens matched with fairly sizeable, juicy scallops - nothing spectacular about this dish, but nothing to really fault either....
A healthy choice to balance the meal....

- Yang Zhao Fried Rice (RM 36++):
(Note: This photo is just one serving - there were at least 4 servings in total from the fried rice we ordered)
Again, this was nice, but without that extra wok hei that would have made this stand out:
Some carbs are a must....

- Seacoconut with Lemon (RM 10++), and the Aloe Vera sorbet (RM 14++):
Both desserts were a nice balance of sweet and slightly sour - a refreshing way to end the night:
The seacoconut dessert....

The sorbet....

While the food was enjoyable that night, it was the service that really stood out to me - friendly and knowledgeable without being intrusive....
(I was also really surprised how much I enjoyed the food considering that there is no porky goodness served there....)

Unfortunately, while the prices aren't exorbitant considering the quality of ingredients + nice environment + excellent service, it's probably not very accessible on a daily basis*. I suppose that this would be a great place to entertain business associates or dates where you are really trying to impress. :)
(* Well, on my bank balance/paycheck, anyway)

So it's: Nice ambience, good food, excellent service BUT prices are expensive (unless you have the Hilton card)....

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Chynna @ Hilton KL

3 Jalan Stesen Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur

Taste: 7
Ambience : 8
Service : 8
Price** : RM 80/++ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-2264 2592/2696
Opening Hours: Weekdays 12noon to 1030pm, Weekends 11am to 1030pm


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  1. Oohh your birthday dear? HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! :) Great food spread! :)

  2. Happy Belated Birthday. Food here is pretty pricey hor.

  3. oooo, welcome to the thirtysomething-club! but you're still the baby of the bunch lah. you'll be in your early 30s for quite awhile some more, while the rest of us are struggling to stave off late-thirties-hood :D

  4. to iamthewitch:
    Thanks! :)
    That was in early Aug tho - can you imagine how bad my backlog of blog posts is?? lol

    to Joinme.com:
    Ok. Thanks...

    to baby sumo:
    Yarr! Definitely for special occasion dining only unless u r really rich....

    to Sean:
    In my heart, I know its not "old" but strangely it was still hard to say goodbye to my 20's....

  5. Happy Super-Belated Birthday!

    From a Late Thirties Guy...hahaha :)

  6. to Ulric:
    LOL... Thanks! :)

  7. Happy Belated Birthday! :)

  8. to jason:
    Thanks! :)
    (*wail* I'm getting olddddddd!)

  9. Hmm.....from picture itself it is not so attractive.

  10. to Jobless Girl:
    I think that's prob my fault - I don't have a professional camera, so the photos don't look nice in low light....


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