Taking over from Senses is Graze, a casual dining restaurant offering classic European recipes. Audrey Chin, a former sous chef at Senses heads the kitchen and she has done a remarkable job in revamping the menu which features classic French-Italian flavours.
We were there one month back, courtesy of Hilton KL, to have a massive food review session. I love the casual classy dark-wood setting at Graze; this means I can still dine at a proper hotel restaurant on my dress-down weekdays without feeling overly cautious. I love the affordable price tag evens more: appaetizers start from RM 28 and pasta dishes costs an average of RM 33!
For appetizer we had (from top left, clockwise):
Calamari Fritti – Flash Fried Squid (RM 28). The calamari rings were battered deep fried to tender perfection, great to go with Graze’s house made tangy dipping sauce.
Pissaladiere Tart with Olives and Anchovies (RM 28). This onion tart is a Southern France special. This crispy crust is the perfect combination for my love of anchovies, olives and smooth caramelized onions. I found it a tad too sweet for my liking though.
Mimolette Cheese Souffle with Raisins and Pine Nuts (RM 28). The mimolette cheese has a nutty quality to it, and hints of fruits and caramel as I tasted it. Now I understand why it is a favourite cheese of Charles de Gaulle. The cheese soufflé was light and airy, so pleasr remember to dig in before it starts to collapse.
Steak Tartare with Hand Cut Fries, Onion Jam, Toasted Sour Dough Bread (RM 42). It tasted so fresh you can almot hear it still mooing. Good and fresh slab of meat is the secret to a good steak tartare and I’m so glad that Graze done it right.
Smooth Chicken Liver Parfait, Caramelized Apple Jam, Toasted Baguette (RM 28). This chicken liver pate was so delicious – the liver flavor was muld but the texture was perfectly smooth and creamy.
Goat’s Cheese Beignets with Swet Millet & Garden Salad (RM 25). The outside was crispy while the filling was creamy, gooey and savory. The garden salad was perfect I must say. It has chock full of good-for-you ingredients such as cous cous, zucchini, sun dried tomatoes, honey coated walnuts and the dressing was really light and refreshing!
For mains we tried:
Bouillabaisse, Sea Bream, Snapper & Lobster with Toasted Baguette & Rouille (RM 92). It is a classic French shellfish and fish stew recipe, prepared with the freshest possible seafood. Chef spent five hours in making a good fish stock before throwing in the rest of the ingredients and flavored with saffron. So rich and tasty and the seafood was cooked to perfection.
Moussaka – Baked Lamb & Aubergine (RM 38). A classic Greek Moussaka recipe made by layering eggplant with a spiced meat filling and topping it off with a delicious creamy bechamel sauce. Piping hot, and browned with crispy edges; sounds a lot like a comfort food to me.
Tortellini of Potato & Fontina with sautéed Escargot & Baby Spinach (RM 33). The pasta soaked up all that wonderful flavor and seasonings of the creamy sauce and tasted delicious. And who can say no to escargots? There was a really nice garlicky taste to it.
Grilled Snapper, Caper Butter, Haricot Vert & La Ratte Potatoes (RM 58). The snapper was perfectly grilled with a lovely grilled smokey taste, and juicy and flavoursome. La Ratte potato is a type of small potatoes from France. It was creamy, earthy and unique nutty flavor. Quite unusual!
Roast Chicken with Garlic & Thyme, Ruby Roseval Potatoes and Button Mushroom (RM 42). This reminds me of Jamie’s Oliver Perfect Roast Chicken recipe which uses a lot of garlic and thyme. However, Chef Audrey’s version is even better! She brined the chicken with milk; resulting in meltingly tender chicken meat.
Slow Cooked Dorper Lamb Shoulder & Grilled Rack with Parsley Mashed Potatoes (RM 58). The meat on the rack was exceptionally succulent and fine flavored. As for the shoulder, the shanks are braised for long hours; leaving it moist and soft.
Prime Rib Steak (350 gram, RM 188). The prime rib steak is the most expensive item in Graze’s menu but one can always opt for cheaper cuts such as sirloin and tenderloin. My stomach could not take on anymore food but everyone else seems to like it.
KY the gentleman.
Graze takes pride in their fine selection of imported cheeses as we can see from their ‘cheese wall’ as we walked into the restaurant. We tried brie, cheddar, blue cheese, goat cheese, mimolette and Epoisses that night with honey truffle, dried apricots and quince marmalade. It was a fun and educational cheese tasting session as it was my first time trying the super stinky Epoisses cheese. Epoisses is a cow’s milk cheese that is washed in Marc de Bourgogne to create a pungent, spicy classic. Someone said it smells like inside of someone’s butt and it was once banned from France’s public transport. It was so creamy and the taste is actually quite subtle and delicate with a hint of earthiness. You either love it or hate it!
Desserts were Warm Tarte Tatin & Vanilla Ice Cream, Graze Chocolate Tart, Lemon Tart with Fresh Berries (RM 18 each). Graze’s dessert choices is boring after we were being presented with these impressive array of starters and mains. However, I like the the chocolate tart best.
I can foresee that Graze is going to make it big in KL’s food scene. It might be a food review session but with all honesty, almost every dish we had here has been pretty close to flawless, and some have had me swooning with delight. Must applaud chef Audrey Chin and her team for doing such a good job.
Graze @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur
3 Jalan Sentral, KL.
Opens daily from 12 noon to 230om, 630om to 1030pm