When Sunday roasts are mentioned for a considerable portion of Malaysians, what comes to mind are scenes from Hallmark movies. The ones where everyone gathers around the table to feast on an indulgent meal, usually prepared by that one culinarily ambitious mother or grandmother. While we may not offer the chilly climate complete with a warm fireplace, we can certainly help list down restaurants in Kuala Lumpur (KL) that cook up the perfect Sunday roast.
Typically following the iconic British-style menu, the locally-prepared roast contains meat (usually beef or chicken) accompanied by roasted potatoes, green vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, and brown gravy. Although the term ‘Sunday Roast’ would imply that it’s served on that day alone, you’ll be pleased to know that most of these spots sell them regularly, if not on the daily, which means you don’t have to wait for all the way till the end of the week to feast.
Jumping right into the list, here are nine restaurants in KL that serve the best roasts around:
Sitting high on the 51st floor of the Equatorial Hotel is the award-winning Sabayon. Feast away on their resplendent Rothschild Sunday roast while treating yourself to a stunning panoramic view of the concrete jungle’s metallic skyline.
Kick start your culinary journey with plump Gallagher oysters and a vivid quad of caviar (from Golden Trout to Russian Pike) before continuing with a flurry of extravagantly prepared seafood delights such as lobster Thermidor, white wine-cooked mussels, pan-seared Hokkaido scallops, and beetroot-cured ocean trout. Then, bite into the succulent rack of prime beef along with a selection of heritage vegetables and rich gravy served separately to pour to your heart’s content. If that isn’t enough of a highlight, marvel at the theatrical live plating of sweet treats, including mousses, macarons and petit fours (bite-sized confectionery).
To complete the heavenly experience, pair the spread with the signature Barons de Rothschild Champagne. If you’re not in the mood for some bubbly, there’s a free flow of wine, beer, cocktail, and non-alcoholic beverages available.
Located along the vibrant streets of Changkat, Rockafellers has a rustic roast that awaits you. Begin your meal with a bowl of either the flavourful oxtail or mushroom soup before diving into one of the five mouthwatering choices of roast served on a flat wooden board with fluffy Yorkshire pudding and a boatload of gravy.
Choose the type of meat that takes your fancy from their detailed menu list, which includes smoked Texas brisket; lemon, garlic, and rosemary roasted spring chicken; thyme and apple roasted wild boar; rosemary and garlic chimichurri roasted lamb; and finally, the crackling roasted pork roll that’s been stuffed with spinach and streaky bacon. All these tasty options are served with a side of beetroots, baby carrots, celery, along with a roasted jumble of potatoes, garlic and onions. If there’s still room in your tummy, end the feast with their rich brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream.
If you’re in search of a sinfully sumptuous yet quite traditional feast beloved by the English themselves, pop on over to GravyBaby. Focusing on the star of the show, dig into the literal plateful of either the perfectly roasted beef or chicken accompanied by roasted potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, a selection of fresh vegetables, and a flowing river of gravy (as expected, given the restaurant’s name). Alternatively, plant-based followers need not feel left out as they even serve an all-veggie version of the roast.
As the creative minds behind the establishment proclaim to whip up some of the best pies in town, why not finish off your British-inspired meal with generous helpings of piping hot apple pie topped with custard. Or go for the more modern one that has caught our eye: the pretty Eton Mess Cheesecake.
Arthur’s Bar & Grill, Shangri-La KL
Tucked away in the opulent Shangri-La Hotel is the elegant yet laid-back Arthur’s Bar and Grill that welcomes patrons with an inviting interior that appears to emulate the bustling bars of early 20th century Manhattan. Stealing the limelight is the juicy Australian black Angus prime rib elegantly served tableside on a carving trolley served with the classic Yorkshire pudding with a pair of French sauces called au jus (juices derived from the meats cooked) and béarnaise (pale yellow sauce with a creamy texture).
To complete the indulgent meal, order the traditional extras such as mashed potato and roasted cauliflower. Or go for the unconventional parmesan truffle fries or even tempura onion rings! Feel free to wash it all down with your favourite cocktail or alcoholic beverage.
Ben’s General Food Store
Guaranteeing satisfied appetites all around the room with wholesome, fuss-free meals is the café/delicatessen fusion known as the Ben’s General Food Store. Bite into their super juicy rotisserie chicken that’s been generously brined for a whole 24-hours and further spit-roasted to lock in its moisture. Regardless of the chosen cut (from quarter-sized to the entire bird), add a dash more flavour with either the chicken gravy or spicy peri-peri sauce. Complement the meat with savoury side items such as roasted potatoes, steamed greens, chicken rice, and salads for a more filling meal.
Literally translating to ‘The Pig’, El Cerdo revolves around a predominantly pork menu as favoured by the Spaniards. Fair to say, it is not a halal establishment, but pork-lovers will undoubtedly rejoice.
Try their signature cochinillo al estilo segoviano (Segovian-style suckling pig) that has been slow-roasted and seasoned with essential Spanish herbs paired with baby potatoes and their refreshing house salad. The portion sizing varies and depends on the cut chosen — either half or whole piglet. Available in à la carte and in their Golden Fortune and Joyful Reunion set course menus.
The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar
We know what you’re thinking – Sunday roast at a seafood joint, but yes, The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar does indeed sell a splendid roast to appease any meat lover. Offering three succulent varieties of meat, take your pick from the classic beef or chicken, or try the more offbeat but just as delicious lamb option as the highlight of the roast.
Either way, the meal is served with roasted potatoes and carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cheese, Yorkshire pudding, and creamy gravy. Moreover, vegetarians can enjoy the same set sans the roast itself for a lower price. However, keep in mind that this feast is only available on the weekends.
Jarrod & Rawlins
At Dorset-originated Jarrod & Rawlins, bite into an authentic helping of their impeccably tempting Sunday roast that will surely be a conversation starter for days. Offering three thick, tender, and oh-so-juicy slices of finely-prepared roasted meat, guests can choose to gorge on either the pork, chicken, or beef as the desired staple.
Of course, no British roast is complete without the irresistible traditional trimmings of roasted potatoes, charred onion, steamed broccoli, and carrots, as well as a couple of golden-crusted Yorkshire puddings with a side of gravy and honey mustard sauce.
Gavel Coffee Kitchen Craft Beers
Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon at the Gavel Coffee Kitchen Craft Beers digging into the sublime Sunday roast that’s deservedly been the talk of the town. In terms of the roasted meat itself, it’s indulgence galore, as you can select either the grass-fed lamb or grain-fed beef. Keep in mind that the type of meat served in either the whole rump or per person is alternated weekly.
Whichever you decide on, the meal is accompanied by garlic and rosemary roasted veggies, Yorkshire puddings, and the all-important gravy, English mustard, and mint sauces. Additionally, it should be noted that their beef wellingtons always sell out like hotcakes, so be sure to grab them while you can!