Live cooking stations prepare the best of authentic Malaysian cuisine in stylish indoor/outdoor restaurant
November 12th, 2012
The much anticipated August 2012 opening of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur marked the first new 5 star luxury hotel to open in the Malaysian capitol for 10 years, and with it two of the featured interactive cooking style restaurants for which Grand Hyatt are famous for throughout Asia. On the upper 38th level of the hotel- directly below the top, 39th floor lobby- is the elegant, chic restaurant, lounge and wine bar- THIRTY8, and on the ground level of the building, occupying an expansive indoor and outdoor space is JP teres – a vibrant, cosmopolitan restaurant that serves choice selections representing the diverse ethnic origins of authentic Malaysian cuisine. The three main ethnic cuisines of Malaysia- Malay, Chinese and Indian are all represented- with a series of open kitchens showcasing the preparation of the dishes. Diners have a choice of eating in the air-conditioned comfort of the indoor space, or on the outdoor garden terrace- cooled by evening breezes and large overhead fans.
Located in the heart of the commercial centre of KL- and directly adjoining the Convention Centre at KLCC- the hotel is convenient to the major shopping malls and office towers. JP teres restaurant can be accessed internally from the ground floor reception lobby of the hotel building, or from the street level entries to the outdoor terrace. JP teres opens daily from 11:30 am, and is already popular as a lunch destination for both hotel guests and the nearby office workers, and as a delightful place to enjoy relaxed after-work drinks and dinner in the evenings.
The front section of the restaurant- adjacent to the entrance- and with dessert counter in the background.
The layout of JP teres features a voluminous indoor space with a double height glass facade facing out onto an outdoor walled terrace garden. The indoor space is configured in a long “L” shape, with the open kitchens aligned across the back wall and facing out over the dining tables. The design has a contemporary chic feel of understated sophistication, with the vibrant orange-red marble counters elegantly coordinating with the orange-brown palette of the soft furnishings. Dark timber floors contrast with the light beige/ white tones of the walls and ceilings. The indoor dining spaces are broken up into different zones across the floor space, with some booth seating in the centre section. A staircase leads to an upper level space directly above the entrance foyer that functions as a luxurious private dining room and lounge.
Full height glass doors open out from the indoor space to the large outdoor terrace. The central feature of the terrace is the prominent bar that protrudes out from the dining room facade. On either side of the bar are various seating arrangements- with dining tables interspersed with lounge seating. The entire terrace is enclosed within a curving stone wall, with soothing running water features, and tropical plants providing an oasis of tranquility and privacy in the heart of the city.
The cooking station counters are fashioned from sheets of red marble.
The indoor dining tables overlook the outdoor terrace through full height glass panels.
Dining tables setting- with one of the open kitchens in the background.
The indoor dining room occupies a voluminous space with double height ceiling and with outlook over the outdoor terrace through floor to ceiling glass.
An elegant private dining room and lounge are located on the upper level at one end of the restaurant.
The outdoor Terrace & Bar
The large outdoor terrace is set within a walled garden with water features, and various dining table arrangements and lounge seating areas.
The impressive bar is the central anchor of the outdoor terrace space, and can be sealed off behind folding glass panels in case of inclement weather.
The outdoor dining and lounge settings- with elegant, yet casual furnishings of teak wood and woven rattan.
Live Cooking Stations & highlighted dishes
Open kitchens are a signature feature at Grand Hyatt restaurants across Asia, and the live cooking at JP teres is the latest example of this popular interactive culinary experience. All dishes are freshly prepared to guests orders at the various cooking stations, using authentic local ingredients and the traditional cooking methods of the different cuisines- Malays, Indian and Chinese. A wide selection of the famous dishes of Malaysia’s cuisines are offered on the A la Carte Menu, with the show kitchens encompassing satay grills, roti hotplates, tandoor ovens, woks, and a dessert counter. Selections of the iconic Malaysian dishes found at street stalls across the country featured on the menu include Satay sticks; Nasi Goreng and Nasi Lemak; Popiah (spring rolls); Chicken Rice; Prawn Sambal; Penang Char Kuey Teow noodles; Hokkien Mee; Fish Head Curry and Beef Redang. The serving portions are generous, and prices very reasonable.
Beverages include freshly squeezed juices, signature coolers such as Ice Lemon Tea; and local specialty drinks such as Teh Tarik and Kopi Tarik. Alcoholic refreshments include beers, champagne and wines, and cocktails.
One section of the wok live cooking station specialising in serving chicken rice.
Nasi Ayam: Chicken rice – roasted or poached chicken, ginger rice, chicken broth, chili ginger sauce.
Pilihan Aneka Satay: Barbecued skewers (6pcs), cucumber, onion, rice cake, peanut sauce. Choice of Chicken, Beef, Lamb.
The Popiah (Spring Roll) is prepared freshly to order.
Popiah: Fresh spring roll, braised turnip, prawn, boiled egg, peanut.
The wok live cooking station
Clockwise from top L
Rendang Daging: Braised beef, lemongrass, galangal, turmeric leaf, spices, coconut.
Kari Ayam: Chicken curry, onion, garlic, coriander, fennel.
Sambal Kangkong: Wok fried morning glory, garlic, fresh red chili, shrimp paste.
Sambal Udang Petai: Prawn sambal, tomato, onion, chili, cluster beans.
The Dessert Counter- located near the entrance to JP teres
Pandan Chiffon Cake: with soft serve ice cream, fresh mango.
Pulut Manga: Fresh Mango, sticky rice and fresh coconut milk
JP TERES- Malaysian Restaurant at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Address: Street Level, 12 Jalan Pinang. 50450 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
Reservations: +60.3. 2182 1234
Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 am~ 11:00 pm
Dress Code: Smart Casual