It seems as though we’ve started a little holiday tradition here at Zafigo. Every year, you’ll find a festive feasting guide for the major holidays, and now that life has (more or less) gone back to pre-pandemic normality, it’s time to gorge in person! Of course, you can always opt for a delivery from one of these hotels/restaurants or an awesome small local food business, but one of the things to love about the season is the spirit of togetherness. So, why not feast in person?

Whichever way you decide to go, we can assure you that you’ll probably want to loosen your belt buckle for this list. We’ve got 14 amazing hotel restaurants and standalone eateries for you to take your pick from!

Maria’s SteakCafe, multiple locations

Famous for their award-winning and mouth-watering steaks, this year’s Christmas offering comes with a range boasting the finest cuts from Australian Wagyu MB7 to Japanese Wagyu A5, and even Maria’s famous Beef Wellington, with or without Foie Gras, which will make you savour every bite.

If you’re not big on beef, choose from either their fresh Atlantic White Cod or New Zealand Lamb Cutlet instead. All sets also come with Fried Camembert, a soft and creamy French cheese paired perfectly with Cranberry Sauce as a starter, a decadent Truffle Mushroom Soup, as well as sliced Lemon Loaf.

Address: Lot 157, First Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2181 6788 / +6010 902 0386

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Oh Cha Matcha, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Okay, while their Christmas offerings offer sweet guilt-free treats, their new menu of healthy mains should always end on a sweet note. Consider it a gift to yourself! We’ve got our eye on the Santa’s Village Decorating Kit and absolutely loved the umami flavour bomb that was the Matcha Soba Noodle from their Heal-Tea-licious Menu.

Address: 130, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 7732 0397

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Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail

Enter a world of enchanted wonder when you step through the doors of Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur. While you indulge in their holiday buffet (which we honestly believe to be the best in town) with local and international highlights including lamb cutlet, roasted prime ribs, lobster thermidor, and myriad desserts to choose from, the kids can also enjoy themselves from a number of holiday activities while you go back to the spread at Lemon Garden for seconds (or thirds and fourths).

Of course, their take-away and delivery menu is also tough to beat, where you can order your holiday roast and take your pick from delights such as succulent and juicy Roasted Whole Chicken (2.5kg), Duck a I’Orange (1.8kg), Slow-Roasted Australian Lamb Leg (2.5kg), Roasted Tomahawk (1.5kg), Roasted Grain-fed Beef Sirloin, (1.2kg) and more.

Address: 11, Jln Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2032 2388

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Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, City Centre

There’s plenty of festive feasting to be had at this 5-star respite in the heart of the city. If hi-tea is what you desire, head over to Lounge on the Park for a spot of Arty’s Festive Afternoon Tea in collaboration with haute jewellery label Chopard, featuring specially curated pastries and desserts (from RM188 per person).

If that’s not enough indulgence, Mandarin Grill is also offering a festive menu this season, created by Chef Marco Caverni. Serving both lunch and dinner, there’s even a 4-course Chopard dinner menu (RM668 per pax) to choose from.

But for a culinary experience you won’t soon forget, book yourself a spot at the hotel’s The Grand Christmas Day Brunch (RM488 per pax) that features a jaw-dropping spread extending across Mandarin Grill, Mosaic, and Lounge on the Park.

Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2380 8888

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DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City, Shah Alam

Those of you on the Shah Alam side of town ought to head to DoubleTree by Hilton if you’d like some holiday treats. Boasting special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffets at Makan Kitchen, you can look forward to the likes of salmon coulibiac, maple-glazed turkey meatloaf, coconut husk-smoked beef brisket, slow roasted ‘berlado’ rub lamb leg, tulang gear box – braised lamb shank with spices and chilli gravy, daging harimau menangis, and durian tempura.

To help get you in the spirit, there are also some, well, spirits to be enjoyed — like the mulled wine and holiday sangria (both alcoholic). For the teetotallers, enjoy a special beverage called Candy Cane Christmas which you’ll only be able to get on these two days.

Address: Finance Avenue, i-City, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Tel: +603-5650 0200

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Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown

Enjoy a local twist on holiday fare when you dine at Quan’s Kitchen in Four Points by Sheraton. Helmed by Executive Chef Gerald Chong, he’s created signature dishes such as Slow Roast ‘Rojak Nyonya’ Lamb of Leg, Marmite Roasted Lamb of Leg Kapitan, and Marinated Beef Striploin that you can enjoy for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner, Christmas Day Luncheon, or any Buffet Dinner for this season.

Besides the festive buffets, you can also indulge in the takeaway menu, Christmas-themed afternoon teas at the lounge, gift hampers for friends, special cocktails, and more.

Address: 2, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2035 7333

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W Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Ampang

Ring in the season in style when you tuck into the luxurious Christmas menu at W Hotel Kuala Lumpur. While the property does boast a number of dining destinations, you’ll do best to celebrate the year end at Flock, where a delightful 4-course meal has been specially curated by their talented chefs.

The 4-course meal features Confit Duck Legs with Herb Roast Kohlrabi, Pomegranate Gastrique Sauce, Pan Roasted Salmon with Scallops, Edamame, and White Wine sauce, and is paired with mouthwatering desserts.

If you prefer quantity over all else, then the Holly Jolly Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner, The Jingle Feast Buffet Brunch, and the Christmas Fete Buffet Dinner will be a better choice. Then, if you have it in you, adjourn to the Living Room Live Christmas Eve Edition featuring Stankonnexions from 9pm until late to usher in the yuletide joy on Christmas Eve.

Address: 121, Jln Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2786 8888

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Marini’s on 57, City Centre

If fine dining Italian is your idea of how to really celebrate the season, then you’re in luck! Marini’s on 57 is hosting a special Christmas dinner, and it’s sublime. Priced at RM580 per person for a normal table and RM680 per person for a window table where you can also take in the stunning view, your meal starts off with Uova — scrambled eggs, parmigiano foam, and shaved black truffle, before a lobster tail starter.

Then, for the pasta course, it’s a cappelletti stuffed with cheese and truffle, topped off with a butter sage cream. For mains, you’ve got three delectable options — turkey prepared two ways, braised beef cheek, or seared cod fish. Finally, you end things on a sweet note with truffle tiramisu. But what’s a Christmas meal without panettone? Of course, you’ve got to have it with large dollops of chanttily cream. Yum.

Address: Petronas, Level 57, Menara 3, Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2386 6030

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Marble 8 Steak House, City Centre

All you carnivores out there are going to need to book yourself a spot at Marble 8’s Christmas Day Lunch or Christmas Eve Dinner (each meal at RM588 per pax). It’s a meat lover’s dream from start to finish, where you kick things off with mini Christmas wagyu burgers replete with gold leaves. Then, it’s a lush hamachi starter to lighten the mood before your pasta course of lobster spaghetti aglio olio.

Right before your mains, you get a turkey course served with berries compote and truffle croquette. For the main event itself, choose between a wagyu tenderloin A5 doused in a succulent truffle beef jus or a seared barramundi in creamy peppercorn sauce. Finally, it’s baba au rum for dessert, because Christmas.

Address: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2386 6030

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Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, KL Sentral

For holiday-themed decadence, visit Gastro Sentral for a creative feast where Citrus Infused Slow-Cooked Turkey Marble Roulade, Seared Foie Gras, and Grass-Fed Beef Loin with Truffles make for the highlights on the season’s set menu.

But if a massive spread is what you seek, the hotel’s got it too at Latest Recipe. Here, you’ll find a medley of over 150 selections, including tapas, Slow-Roasted Rib Eye and Roasted Turkey on the carving station, as well as heaps of desserts.

Address: 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2263 7888

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The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang

Get a taste of Christmas meals from all around the world as you embark on a culinary journey from The Living Room. The restaurant’s special spread will allow you to discover diverse delicacies from over 10 countries, such as Spanish Seafood Paella and Jamaican Spiced Braised Oxtails. Vegetarians are not left out at the Vegetarians of the World corner serving up dishes like French Cauliflower Gratin and German Braised Red Cabbage among others.

Besides food, The Westin has pulled out all the stops to make the festive buffet experience even more magical, especially for the kids! There will be a magic show by a fun and engaging magician walking to diners’ tables on 24, 25, and 31 December. So be sure to book your spots for those dates!

Address: 199, Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2731 8333

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Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

This year, Sunway Putra Hotel in Kuala Lumpur is hosting ‘A Festive December to Remember’ and invites guests to bring loved ones to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s feasts. Located in the hotel’s Coffee House, the space is decked out with all of the Christmas spirit from trees, lights, and tinsel to Christmas-themed food, carved fruits, and truly beautiful desserts!

You can choose from a wide range of delectable dishes and cuisines, like Spanish, Asian, and Italian – featuring Paella Valencia, Mutton Curry, and a personalised Pasta Station. Vegetarian options are limited, but delicious, nevertheless. After a plate or more of mouth-watering mains, you move onto the eye-catching desserts, like Mango Pudding in a Champagne glass!

Address: Sunway Putra Mall, 100, Jalan Putra, Chow Kit, 50350 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +603 4040 9888

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Parkroyal Collection Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang

If you’re looking for a Christmas buffet with a fabulous selection of seafood, then head to Thyme, Parkroyal Collection KL‘s all-day dining restaurant. Serving almost everything from seasonal classic turkey and lamb roasts, to fresh sushi and sashimi, to everyday Malaysian favourites like patin tempoyak, prawn vindaloo, and chicken rice, you’re in for a captivating feast for the senses.

Enjoy all this and heaps more morsels of deliciousness when you dine here for Christmas Eve Dinner (RM328 per pax) or Christmas Day Brunch or Dinner (RM298 per pax).

Address: Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Number: +603 2782 8388

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The Lemon Tree, Parkroyal Collection, Bukit Bintang

Add some zest to your Christmas with The Lemon Tree’s ‘A Summer Christmas’ festive offerings! Devour delicious desserts from a lemony Frosty Snowman ‘fatcaron’ – yes, a fat macaron – to a Lemon Mousse Cake in the shape of an actual lemon! Or for those of you with savoury tastebuds, the festive menu also includes a Turkey Lasagne and Sourdough Platter with mouth-watering house-made garlic butter.

The seasonal beverages are special too! You get to sip away on unique and refreshing cooler drinks, like Pineapple Lemonade or Grapefruit Peach Mojito, in a summery atmosphere surrounded by lemon trees decorated with stylish Christmas ornaments – truly embracing the summer Christmas vibes!

Address: Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6010 322 2888

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*All images courtesy of respective hotels and restaurants.