7atenine Restaurant at Ascott KL
Tease The Sense, Indulge With Style
7atenine is a restaurant known for its sexy vibe and good food that comes highly recommended. There are no live bands but the rattle of the espresso machine, chatter from the kitchen and clinks of glasses from the nearby tables all add up to a dining experience with a buzz.
Located within the Ascott Hotel KL, the award-winning restaurant is stylish, chic and elegant, with white furnishings accented with black trimmings, splashes of fuchsia and turquoise fixtures and glittery disco balls hanging overhead. The décor is very post-modern meets Havana, with white sofa beds and limber accupunto chairs contrasting with 400-year old dark wood railway sleeper floors and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide views of manicured lawns with towering trees.
All that said however, lofty 7atenine manages not to be pretentious or intimidating. It bills itself as a supper club (a restaurant that doubles as a social club) and is divided into two sections: the mezzanine level is where you will dine and the ground floor is the place to gossip with a glass of champagne in hand.
Set along Jalan Pinang, 7atenine is another successful venture by Fred Choo and Michele Kwok (of WIP, Bangsar and SoulED Out, Sri Hartamas fame). 7atenine’s menu is its star attraction. Food served is equal parts rustic and modern with a strong emphasis placed on the quality of ingredients.
The menu is divided into three sections: featherweight (starters), heavyweight (mains) and super heavyweight (desserts). If the menu’s technical jargon confuses you, just let your server recommend dishes: you really cannot go wrong as almost everything tastes delicious.
The restaurant’s carte du jour has the full works but a foray into 7atenine’s offerings has to begin with its starters: the rich and creamy mushroom soup, made from seven types of mushroom puree and warm milk froth, comes highly recommended.
Another starter that will definitely kick start your evening meal is the china bay prawns: the dish pairs pan-fried prawns in garlic-infused butter and a spicy potato basket with mixed salad greens drizzled with tangy vinaigrette.
7atenine’s selection of mains scores top points. Perfect for sharing, the House Speciality 789 Platter is the best way to sample a little bit of everything: the dish is a combination of braised lamb shank, ginger poached chicken and charbroiled tiger prawns.
Another top choice is the bestselling pommery chicken, a succulent grilled chicken breast with mustard glaze, served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables. However, if you feel like mixing surf and turf, give the house specialty Gambero beef a go: it is a chunky charbroiled slab of beef with skewered prawns and scallops. You could also opt to sample 7atenine’s take on local food: the lamb madrasi, cooked in spicy gravy, raitha and served with papadum and beriyani rice or flat bread, is particularly good.
The drinks menu at 7atenine is an infusion of champagnes, wines, local and imported beers, liquors and cocktails galore. They even have a selection of Haagen Daaz-based cocktails: a particular favourite is the strawberry dream – a mix of strawberry Haagen Daaz, Bailey’s Irish cream, strawberry puree and strawberries.
For desserts, try the deep-fried chocolate dumpling drizzled with chocolate sauce, dark chocolate gateau topped with vanilla ice cream and the plantain brulee (a sticky, caramelised banana in dark rum infused crème brulee). If you are in the mood for lighter, local desserts, sample the sticky rice mango served with coconut ice cream.
Located just opposite the city’s most notable attraction, the Petronas Twin Towers, it is pretty easy to get to 7atenine to enjoy a pleasant semi alfresco meal: hop on the LRT and alight at the KLCC stop. From there it is a short walk down Jalan Pinang to the Ascott hotel where 7atenine is located.
7ateNine @ Ascott
- Opening Hours: 16:30 – late (weekdays); 18:00 – late (Saturday)
- Address: Ascott Kuala Lumpur, No. 9 Jalan Pinang, 50450
- Tel: +603 2161 7789 or +6012 210 3055