The Grand Hyatt Experience: Valrhona Chocolate Buffet at THIRTY8

For our much-belated anniversary, I treated the beau and I to a night’s stay at the Grand Hyatt in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. One of the trials and tribulations of long-distance relationships is that your anniversaries —— or any other special occasions worth popping champagne for —— can hardly be celebrated on the day itself (much less month). For us, this relationship milestone was honoured a good five months after the actual date, no less special in any way though.

As a matter of fact, it was much, much more. We were exceptionally lucky that day, as we received a (beyond) gracious complimentary upgrade to a Grand Suite for the night, a monumental fifteen hundred difference in price which I didn’t have to pay for, bless them —— thrice! Needless to say, Grand Hyatt shot up to the very top of my list of favourite hotels, settling down comfortably beside W, which remains absolutely unperturbed as my reigning and ultimate favourite.

The suite was breathtaking of course, even more so than we expected, but that’s to come in a later post. After a very elating check-in and an equally elating wander around the suite, we went up (yes, up) to THIRTY8, the hotel’s swanky restaurant, bar, and lounge for afternoon tea and their esteemed Valrhona Chocolate Buffet.

Located on the —— yes, you guessed it —— thirty-eighth floor, THIRTY8 offers a sprawling three hundred and sixty-degree panorama of the capital city, complete with towering ceilings made for the gods —— or more accurately, grand, world-class hotels (practically deemed as gods in the hospitality industry). It’s actually situated on a floor below the reception, or what they call the Sky Lobby, much to our amusement, although the entrance to the hotel remains on the ground floor (it’d be bewildering otherwise).

Now, this comes as no surprise, but I love sky-high bars and lounges, especially when there’s chocolate involved —— not too different from our very chocolaty experience at the OXO Tower in London earlier last year (which I’ve still yet to write about, my goodness —— this is going to keep me accountable). And with sky-high locations, come stunning city skylines, yet another thing I adore tremendously, which we continued experiencing later that night when we went over to Marini’s on 57 for post-dinner drinks.

I think it can be said that I’ve already dragged the beau along to about ten (or more) elevated bars and lounges encompassing the cities of London, Beijing, and KL, bless the man for always accommodating my (very nicely expressed) demands, and happily so at that. And yes, I’m definitely planning on adding many more of these gems to my list of cosmopolitan experiences as time goes by —— conveyances of sympathy to the beau can either be e-mailed over to him or me.

Starting it all off with THIRTY8’s afternoon tea set (their three-tier main attraction isn’t pictured, unfortunately) —— something fresh and savoury to tickle our tastebuds before throwing ourselves entirely into chocolate heaven. The waiting staff were very accommodating, and recommended their aromatic tea infused with wild berries to us. Which we enjoyed whilst taking the ambience in, sharing a conversation on understated elegance while a jazz pianist tinkled away on the baby grand’s ivories in the background. Bliss.

And le chocolat, bien sûr,

Such decadence. Less is more is obviously non-existent in these parts.

What a feast.

From an initial standpoint, sinfully indulging in a chocolate buffet sounds magical. But it’s actually extremely filling, not to mention their rich array of cocoa treats is quite extensive. Some of them even looked too good to eat. And I’m not a natural sweet-toothed person per se, so I couldn’t take a massive lot in all at once, although the ones I did taste were fantastic. I enjoyed the white chocolate macarons best, and of course, the classic chocolate fondue, with fresh strawberries. Still, I do love all types of chocolate, from dark, to milk, to white —— they each have their respective merits.

We opted for another variant of tea —— a delicious blend of Chinese tea —— after finishing the first, and lounged around for another leisurely hour or so before heading back down. Life is indeed, good.

The Valrhona Chocolate Buffet is available every afternoon at THIRTY8, from 2pm to 5pm. For reservations and enquiries, please contact THIRTY8 at +603-2182 1234 (ext. 2340) or e-mail



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