During my stay at Resorts World Genting with the beautiful backdrop of Genting Highlands, I was fortunate enough to try some of the best local and international cuisines at SkyAvenue.
SkyAvenue has the best international F&B brands of Asia under one roof along with scrumptious local halal as well as non-halal food options. It is a mecca for food lovers with over 70 top restaurants under one roof. Food in Genting Highlands, as in other parts of Malaysia is not just to survive but Malaysians are true blue foodies and take immense pride in their cuisine.
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Gastronomical Delights at Resorts World Genting – Best Food in Genting Highlands
Here are just a few of many cuisines and delicacies that we had an opportunity to try during our 4 days with Resorts World Genting at their various locations like SkyAvenue, First World Hotel and Awana Hotel.
SkyAvenue brings the No 1 coffee roaster of France to Genting. Boasting of over 2.4 million cups served daily across the globe, Cafés Richard coffee brings the same cheerfulness 6,000 ft above sea level.
Cafés Richard is one of the flagship new international openings at Resort World Genting’s acclaimed lifestyle mall SkyAvenue, and is already garnering accolades for it’s authentic coffee and delightful French food.
This Parisian cafe embodies French life and cafe/ bistro culture. From its lovely black & white decor to the delightful coffee, the delectable high tea and sides, this is the perfect place to unwind and spend your evenings at SkyAvenue.
At Cafés Richard, I enjoyed coffee cocktails for the first time and was blown away by how sensational they were. Kind of reminded me of Bailey’s Irish coffee but definitely more intense.
With carefully curated beans from across the world, this joint offers a worldly selection. Top of the line are Perle Noir, Ethiopian Moka Yirgacheffe, Costa Rica Tarrazu, Massaya, Sumatra “Orang Utan” and the rare Jamaican Blue Mountain. You see why this is a mecca for coffee lovers?
My absolute favorite item from the menu was the flavorsome Poulet Chasseur. In plain English thats a Charbroiled chicken in Mushroom sauce served with salad and fries. Just thinking about it now is giving me serious pangs of hunger.
Burger & Lobster
This London based restaurant chain boosts of fresh live lobsters flown in straight from Canada to tantalize your taste buds exclusively at SkyAvenue. With over 20 outlets across the globe, the chain has marked a name for itself in the international food circuit.
Nova-Scotia lobsters and beef burgers are the top choices of guests as they make a beeline for this popular restaurant as soon as they check into their comfy rooms at Resorts World Genting.
This happens to be their first outlet in Asia and the restaurant is extremely popular with long waiting queues at any given hour of the day, even with it’s spacious 150-person seating.
The lobster tank which houses lobsters of various sizes, up to 3.8 kg is quite the center of attraction at this joint with guests taking pictures and holding them (I am guilty of that!).
I could totally see why as this was the best lobster I ever tasted and it doesn’t put a dent on your wallet either – I realized these imported lobsters (Priced below $40) in this lovely restaurant happened to be cheaper than at a seafood outlet in Delhi.
Lobster main course is served in 3 signature styles – The big boy, The Original and Chili Lobster. After a few minutes of contemplation we finally zeroed in on the Chili lobster, to suit my Indian taste buds.
We also enjoyed international beers and interesting mocktails – The iced tea stood out as it was served on a makeshift IV. I found it to be very innovate with an equally creative name – “Time Keeper“. It is simply a relishing blend of black tea, palm sugar, calamansi lime and kafir lime leaf.
Dim, mellow lights add to the joints ambiance and lobster craters on the walls perk up the decor.
Lobster rolls are another recommended entree with blocks of fresh Lobster served in three different preparations namely The Chili (with chili sauce), Seven Samurai (with seven spiced sauce), and The Original (with Japanese mayonnaise).
The B&L and Mayfair burgers are the other hot sellers for burger enthusiasts.
Malaysian Food Street
Another feather in the hat of Resorts World Genting, this is the highest and biggest 70’s style food court in Malaysia at 6000 ft, with a capacity of over 1000 people.
Malaysian food street boosts of some of the best Asian non-halal hawker dishes. If that isn’t a food lovers paradise, what is? You can try from an array of street food delights sorted by cities as well as country (Yes, of course I had Indian food there!).
With 5 zones, 20 stalls and 3 special kiosks, you can be assured of having the best food from around Malaysia, under one roof.
Sunny patios and retro interiors make for an interesting decor with options to choose from Kuching food, Malacca cuisine, Petaling street, Little India as well as Ipoh and Penang food.
It can be hard to choose but from this wide array few dishes that caught my attention were – Hainanese Chicken Rice, Penang Fried Kuay Teow, Curry Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Sarawak Kolo Mee, Dim Sum, Assam Laksa, Fish Head Curry, Portuguese Seafood Bakar-Bakar, Satay, Chicken Wings, Bak Kut Teh, Hokkien Mee, Roti Canai and several other traditional items.
Resort Seafood Steamboat
One of the most innovative concepts was that of the Seafood Steamboat restaurant. We dined at this lovely place where Irene, RWG’s asst PR manager, guided us expertly to try the best steamed seafood.
We had a choice of two soups – Tom yum and chicken clear- Might I add both were exceptionally delicious. All we had to do is put our choice of Seafood and veggies into our choice of soup, cover for 15-20 mins and enjoy a lovely dining experience. The seafood itself was very fresh and we thoroughly enjoyed this creative concept.
One of my favorites was this newly opened Spanish restaurant called ‘La Fiesta’. During my trip to Barcelona, I tried some local cuisine and wasn’t impressed at all but here at La Fiesta I had to say “delicioso” after every scrumptious bite. Right from the appetizers to the main course – everything was finger licking good.
I can pretty much guarantee that this newly opened joint will soon become one of the best Spanish restaurant in Malaysia – That’s how good this cozy, traditional Catalan eatery is!
La Fiesta has an open kitchen from where top chefs churn out splendid Spanish flavors one after the other.
Two dishes from their menu were SO good that I had to order seconds – Costillas de Iberico and Calamares a la Andaluza. To make things easier, in simple English this means Marinated Iberico pork ribs and Deep fried Calamari with garlic mayonnaise dip. Don’t they sound heavenly? Each bite rewarded us with one foodgasm after the other.
Iberico pig is surely the winner at La Fiesta. This rare breed of pigs found exclusively in Spain, is known for heavily-marbled meat with a nutty flavor. This prized meat is sourced from the best producer in the world for Iberico and hence the meat is part of few platters on the menu (Iberico, Chorizo and Salchichon).
Even the cocktails were simply the best I had in Asia. A simple gin and tonic was presented in such a manner that we felt as if it was the most exclusive drink at the bar.
The flaming Sangria had everyone in the restaurant stand up and look at our table. Want to know what all the fuss was about? Watch this video below –
In short, there is a lot to fuss over La Fiesta – From the gourmet paella to the familiar tapas, the famous Iberico or the exquisite Spanish cheese with a glass of the signature Spanish Cava wine. This joint gets full marks from me on all grounds.
We had breakfast at the lovely Coffee terrace which is rightly named as it offers lovely valley views of Genting highlands and the cable way. Apart from the views, there is a lovely buffet spread of local and international delicacies to help you kick start your day.
The Food Factory
The food factory is another interesting breakfast buffet option at First World Hotel. We were so deprived of Indian food though-out our Malaysian trip that when we saw Chicken curry, at The Food Factory, we knew instantly what we wanted to eat. The bakery section was especially interesting here and I found the charcoal breads to be very palatable.
Flavours is a lovely cafe at Awana Hotel and we enjoyed our last meal in Genting highlands at this adorable hangout. Let me warn you the portions here are humongous and we had to take away more than we could eat. The burgers and chicken cordon bleu at Flabours cafe would get my vote anytime.
Ramadan Buffet at Awana Rajawali Coffee House
I had never tried Ramadan buffet prior to this but all I knew was these Ramadan dinners when Muslim’s break their fast, are usually grand. I knew there would be over 100 different types of dishes but still when I stepped into the Awana Rajawali Coffee House, I was taken aback.
There were so many different types of BBQ, Soups, Appetizers, Sides, Mains and Desserts that it took me 30 mins to just stroll around open-mouthed, looking at all the dishes and tying to decipher the best options. Mutton dishes were especially exceptional and so was the rice Briyani. Sadly I could not try even 20% of all the food, though, I paced myself and had small bites in order to maximize my experience.
Overall experiencing this food paradise with Resort World Genting was simply an incredible gastronomical journey. So have you ever tried the food in Genting Highlands? If not, I am sure after reading this post you want to head straight to this hilly paradise and enjoy these orgasmic cuisines.