Like colours and songs, nostalgia evokes a score of deep-seated, powerful emotions – from sheer happiness to fiery passion, and sometimes, even longing and bittersweetness. They work like timestamps, reminding you of a time gone past. And the new SKY51 at the award-winning EQ Kuala Lumpur plays on these memories exceeding well.
Once upon a time, EQ Kuala Lumpur was known as Hotel Equatorial KL. It has since been redeveloped, but not without its time-defying legacies aside from its iconic location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur such as the Blue Moon bar, a popular watering hole, and Chalet, its award-winning Swiss restaurant. Today, EQ Kuala Lumpur has, quite literally, raised the bar for these two establishments – as high as 51 storeys up.
As you step out of the lift on the 51st floor of EQ Kuala Lumpur, you will be welcomed by a sea of shimmery lights and a greeting table, against a magnificent backdrop which features the gleaming Petronas Twin Towers in all its glory. Glance to your left and you will find Blue, peer right and you will see Sabayon – both reminiscent of Blue Moon and Chalet respectively.
A bespoke bar and lounge which screams “Partying at the top of the world!”, Blue pulsates to the energy of Kuala Lumpur. Experience the city skyline as you have never before while you sip on Blue’s signature Smoked Negroni. Alternatively, allow the very enthusiastic senior mixologist to spoil you with a cocktail (or a mocktail, that works too) of your choice, depending on what is fresh off the menu.
The breathtaking establishment boasts a variety of seating including an upper deck for more privacy, perfect for intimate date nights, post-work drink ups, or getting down with a beat or two (because we know Malaysians take their nightlife seriously). Just be sure to choose a clear night so you can enjoy the dazzling view while knocking back a couple of dizzying mixes. The experience will leave you heading home in a state of euphoria.
Chalet was known for many things, but perhaps one of its most standout signature items was its creation of Sabayon Du Chalet. The Sabayon Du Chalet aka the “dancing dessert” was no one trick pony as it was a treat in more ways than just one – the restaurant staff would take turns to whip the cold egg-based dish into shape in sync with the music.
Born again as Sabayon, it is now presided over by a Michelin-starred chef featuring signature dishes from the great cuisines and capitals of the Old World. You will be rendered spoilt for choice as the exquisite pickings range from a three-course all the way to a seven-course dinner set that are matched to each delectable dish. Sabayon’s highlights include Puree of Cod, served in Amuse Bouche; Szechuan Flavoured Breast of Mulard; and Baked Semai 72% Chocolate Ganache. Here, your tastebuds will go on a journey that your appetite will thank you for.
Do note, however, that you should make prior reservations as the restaurant only seats 80.
Also worth mentioning is Nipah, which showcases pan-Asian cuisine and culinary culture in all its richness and variety, and the soon-to-be relaunched Etoile. EQ Kuala Lumpur may be a world of a difference compared to the establishment it once was, what with its super high ceilings, opulent yet modern finishing, and renewed attention to fine detail, but the familiarities which have been brought into the future will take you on a nostalgic walk down memory lane.