There is something mysterious about Element Kuala Lumpur hotel, the first ever full fledged Element brand to open in South East Asia, tucked discreetly in Menara Ilham, the third tallest building in the city designed by the globally acclaimed Foster+Partners. Menara Ilham is among Kuala Lumpur’s most recent state-of-the art office towers, with an impressive art gallery that sets it apart from its neighbours.

The Element chain, which is part of Westin, is already popular in America and China. Built green from the ground up, the hotel promotes eco-friendly practices and draws inspiration from the sense of renewal that defines the Westin brand experience.  Element Kuala Lumpur consists of 252 well-appointed rooms ranging from studios to 3-bedroom units. Its 39th floor houses the spa, in-door swimming pool, gym and exercise rooms in line with the ‘live well’ concept. It also has meeting rooms for guests to use for business or small scale functions.

We boarded the unassuming lift with discreet buttons to the 40th floor where TRACE Restaurant And Bar is located. What greeted us upon arrival is the hotel lobby, and an impressive panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur city skyline. The restaurant, which is a few steps further in, features floor to ceiling windows, promising abundance of natural sunlight during the day and stunning view of Kuala Lumpur skyline during the night.

From the left Pastry Chef, Chua, Sous chef Gerald, Executive chef hashrul and sous chef Shukry

TRACE is all about being kind to yourself and your surroundings whenever food is concerned. Of late, “clean eating” – which means being mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin and the plate – seems to be a popular catchphrase among health-conscious adults. In short, clean eating means eating whole foods, or “real” foods (those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, handled, and made as close to their natural form as possible). The name TRACE speaks for itself: the objective is to create transparency around what is in the food and where it came from. The restaurant is therefore committed to serving fresh, local produce, which in turn supports local farmers and reduces carbon footprints.

TRACE is the only food and beverage outlet in the hotel, serving dishes with pizzazz and conscience. With Executive Chef Mohammad Hashrul Sehwan at the helm, diners can look forward to a well balanced menu featuring local and western-fusion cuisine. With a wealth of experience from reputable international hotel chains under his belt, one can expect an unforgettable dining experience here. Each dish is thoughtfully crafted and artistically put together to retain its freshness and flavour so that it is not only a feast for the taste buds but also to the sight as well.

Diners, especially guests who stay at Element Kuala Lumpur, should start their day right with TRACE’s signature Rise Breakfast to set them in good mood. The breakfast comprises wholesome spread such as homemade granola, refreshing smoothies and chef’s daily special egg presented in different rendition every day, including the 63-degree Centigrade sous-vide hen’s egg. We especially love Beans & Toasts Supreme, a localised dish with Middle Eastern influence.

For lunch and dinner, TRACE features a la carte signature main courses such as Sous-Vide Baby Chicken, Nasi Kukus Ayam Berempah (steamed fragrant rice with spiced fried chicken and condiments), Alaskan Black Cod and the fruity Live Well Salad.

Dessert lovers are also in for a treat when they dine at TRACE because its dessert offerings are sinfully divine. Do not miss Exotic Fruit Lava Carrot Cake and Earl Grey Chocolate Sphere. You will leave TRACE with a big smile on your face, guaranteed!

TRACE Restaurant And Bar is open daily from 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., serving breakfast buffet, lunch, dinner and handcrafted cocktails. The restaurant is also designed to cater for intimate functions and celebrations such as birthdays, baby showers and family gatherings.

For reservations, please call +6 03 2771 3351 or e-mail to element.kualalumpur@elementhotels.com.

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