Hide KL, as the name suggests, is a quaint little restaurant situated somewhat hidden in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, behind a cleverly placed painting/door concoction at the concourse of Ritz Carlton Residences. (not Ritz Carlton hotel… I made that mistake)

our menu for the day
our menu for the day

The restaurant was opened in 2020 and headed by chef Shaun, a law-degree-holder-turned-chef who somehow decided that running a restaurant is a career decision over being a lawyer, more power him!

From what I read, Shaun has spent time training his craft under Michelin starred restaurants like Le Bernardin in New York & Kato in Los Angele.

Hide KL is classy, small (slightly over a dozen diner at any time), and very intimate. The seating arrangement is such that you get a good view of the kitchen and the food preparation counter. Chefs/servers will then bring them over to explain and serve them right in front of you.

Pineapple, Rum, Campari; Ikura Mud Crab; Black Truffle, Comte
Pineapple, Rum, Campari; Ikura Mud Crab; Black Truffle, Comte

The experience is almost like a cross between seating in front a sushi chef’s bar and being hosted at a close friend’s open kitchen, very warm, friendly, and interactive.

The tasting menu we had for our meal (changes from time to time):

  • Pineapple, Rum, Campari
  • Ikura, Mud Crab
  • Black Truffle, Comte
  • Black Truffle, Uni, Dadinho (supplementary)
  • Scallop, Caviar, Dashi
  • Uni, Clam, Chawanmushi
  • Kinmedai, Hotaruika, Meuniere
  • Hokigai, Razor Clam, XO, Koshihikari
  • Silver Hill Duck, Sunchoke, Savoy
  • Yam, Banana, Sweet Potato
  • Kaya, Horkasai, Coconut
  • Petit Fours

Black Truffle, Uni, Dadinho (supplementary); Scallop, Caviar, Dashi
Black Truffle, Uni, Dadinho (supplementary); Scallop, Caviar, Dashi

Right from the get-go, we were rather impressed with the amuse-bouche, a one-spoon mocktail that wakes up the senses. Their onion brioche with home made butter was sweet, warm, and made for a beautiful opening to an evening we greatly anticipated.

Uni, Clam, Chawanmushi
Uni, Clam, Chawanmushi

A trio of appetizers then greeted us, each were rather exquisite (and so were pretty much all dishes here anyway…) and provided an explosion of umami that you’d come to expect from ingredients such as caviar, crab, cheese, and black truffle.

We also had the uni (sea urchin) and black truffle supplementary that elevates the whole savory realm to another level, it was almost too much but I certainly wasn’t complaining.

Kinmedai, Hotaruika, Meuniere
Kinmedai, Hotaruika, Meuniere

More seafood followed, with clam and uni on top of a perfectly steamed chawanmushi, and then it was the first of the main dishes with kinmedai (splendid alfonsino fish) in hotaruika (firefly squid) in meunière. Well cooked and perfectly done.

Hokigai, Razor Clam, XO, Koshihikari
Hokigai, Razor Clam, XO, Koshihikari

The next couple of dishes were culinary experiments that should definitely be encouraged more. Using ingredients without restrictions from type or origin of cuisines, this “fried rice” dish with razor clam and Japanese rice was a delight, and even spicy! A bold break from the more traditional expectation from fine dining experience.

Silver Hill Duck, Sunchoke, Savory
Silver Hill Duck, Sunchoke, Savoy

For meat, we had the famed Silver Hill duck from Ireland that was dry aged and expertly prepared and served with a sauce from apple reduction. The meat were done just right, and those charred duck skin was crunchy in just the right way.

Yam, Banana, Sweet Potato; Kaya, Horkasai, Coconut; Petit Fours
Yam, Banana, Sweet Potato; Kaya, Horkasai, Coconut; Petit Fours

Dessert were a trio of playful creations that involves sweet potato, kaya, coconut, and more. They were certainly appropriate for the occasion and provided a more than satisfying ending to a memorable night.

This made me wonder, how many lawyers are actually better skilled in kitchen than in the court?

KY, chef Shaun, Jean
KY, chef Shaun, Jean

map to Hide KL at Ritz Carlton Residences

Address:
Hide KL
Concourse, Ritz-Carlton Residences,
105, Jln Ampang, Kuala Lumpur,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.156628, 101.7058536
Tel: 019-222 9842

KY eats – An Evening of Fine Dining Experience at Hide KL
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10 thoughts on “KY eats – An Evening of Fine Dining Experience at Hide KL

  • June 10, 2022 at 11:18 am
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    Impressive! No fine table linen? That would give it a special touch of class.

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    • June 12, 2022 at 9:39 pm
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      suituapui: easier to wipe down. haha.

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    • June 12, 2022 at 9:40 pm
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      Charmaine: this is priced at RM 650

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  • June 11, 2022 at 11:14 am
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    Wah, the dishes look truly exquisite! 😉 I’m sure you both had a lovely dining experience. As much as I like an open kitchen, I would prefer a more open dining space too. You’re quite right to say it feels like dining in a friend’s place because of the closed up walls (or partitions) on both sides. Ah, maybe that’s better, so you can concentrate on each other or the food…lol.

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    • June 12, 2022 at 9:40 pm
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      eatwhateatwhere: yes, it is a very unique experience for sure, we really enjoyed it.

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  • June 20, 2022 at 10:22 am
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    wahh very interesting menu eh

    those kind of food pairing. unique

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    • June 20, 2022 at 2:24 pm
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      taufulou: a great experience for sure.

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