Month of #DineWithChef Events Kicks Off at Grand Hyatt


Kicking off a series of bespoke, limited-time events, THIRTY8’s #DineWithChef began in earnest on Thursday, May 9, with ‘The Spirit of Poland.’ This three-day event, a collaboration between Grand Hyatt and the Embassy of Poland, and under the guidance of Polish Executive Chef Grzegorz Odolak, welcomes two visiting Polish chefs.

The 2024 #DinewithChef series will showcase the different spaces around the hotel, including the well- known restaurants THIRTY8 and JPteres, the semi-alfresco POOLHOUSE, and the newly opened event space on Level 5 of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Throughout the month of May, #DinewithChef will showcase a flurry of gastronomic collaborations between the head chefs and guest chefs — creating events that takeover the hotel over several key dates starting May 9.

For the ‘Spirit of Poland’ three-day event, a curated à la carte menu is offered through Saturday, May 11.

Grzegorz Odolak, known as Chef Greg, boasts over two decades of professional experience in the culinary world. Hailing from Poland, his journey began with a profound fascination for Thai cuisine, where he meticulously refined his culinary skills. Throughout his illustrious career, Chef Greg has led an indelible mark on various Hyatt properties across the globe, including Hyatt Regency Warsaw in Poland, Hyatt  Regency Dubai, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas, and Park Hyatt Chennai. He has also served as an opening task force member for Hyatt Regency Bali and Grand Hyatt Bali, infusing his creations with a distinctive flair that seamlessly blends freshness and innovation.


Executive Chef Grzegorz Odolak


As for the visiting chefs, Celebrity Chef Marcin Budynek’s culinary odyssey has taken him through the vibrant kitchens of Spain, the rustic charm of Italy, the eclectic flavours of England, the exotic landscapes of Chile, the rich culinary heritage of South Africa, and the gastronomic haven of France. It was in France, under the tutelage of the esteemed Dominique Pootie, former Head Chef for President Francois Mitterrand, where Marcin honed his craft and embraced the artistry of haute cuisine. Marcin’s culinary prowess shines brightest in his innovative reinterpretation of Polish cuisine. Drawing inspiration from the bountiful offerings of local and regional produce, his creations pay homage to the unspoiled beauty of nature. With a deft touch and a creative flair, Marcin infuses traditional Polish dishes with contemporary twists, elevating them to new heights of culinary excellence. Beyond the confines of his kitchen, Marcin extends his culinary influence to the masses as a host and co-host of popular daytime television cooking shows, where he shares his expertise and passion for gastronomy with a wide audience. As a promoter and juror at culinary competitions, Marcin nurtures emerging talents and celebrates culinary excellence.

Meanwhile Executive Chef Mariusz Olechno, CEO of the Koku Group, culinary enthusiast, educator and author of cookbooks. He is a travel enthusiast and an avid motorcyclist with an unquenchable passion for discovering new flavours and inspirations in Poland and around the world.
With over 20 years of experience as a chef acquired both nationally throughout Poland and internationally, Mariusz is a man of many passions. As the owner and sushi chef of the largest sushi bar chain in Poland – KOKU Sushi, Mariusz has been setting trends in Polish sushi gastronomy for years. His openness and warmth make him a figure who enthusiastically brings people together around the table, celebrating both tradition and innovation in the culinary arts. His passion, knowledge and constant pursuit of excellence make him a leader and authority in the industry.

The limited à la carte ‘Spirit of Poland’ menu includes a pair of creative cocktails (along with an alcohol-free mocktail), four appetisers, four mains, and two desserts. You may have a hard time choosing! We sampled a few dishes from the menu and were amazed by the delectable flavours and impeccable presentation – and probably could have made a meal from the appetisers alone, they were so fantastic! Tableside visits from Chef Greg elevated the dining experience even more.


We loved the tableside visits from the personable Chef Greg


Smoked beef tartare, cherry smoke wood, homemade pickles, sourdough bread (RM68)
Marinated herring fillets, garden herbs, apple gel, horseradish espuma (RM68)
Chicken liver parfait, rowanberry jam, toasted challah bread (RM58)
Sour rye soup “Zurek”, lamb sausage, cage free egg, boletus mushrooms, marjoram (RM48)

Slow-braised beef cheek, potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, pickled kohlrabi (RM128)
Duck leg confit, “lazy” dumplings, beetroot, plum mousse (RM118)
Pan-seared turbot fillet, leek sauce, asparagus à la Polonaise (RM148)
Boletus mushroom dumplings pierogi style, mature cheese sauce, chive oil (RM98)

Classic Polish baked cheesecake, kaymak sauce, cherry sorbet (RM50)
Poppy seed meringue cake, fresh raspberries, whipped cream (RM50)

All prices are nett, inclusive of service and tax.


Marinated herring fillets


Smoked beef tartare


Slow-braised beef cheek


Event Highlights – #DinewithChef

9 – 11 May | THIRTY8: The first official event in the #DineWithChef series sees Chef Greg teaming up with two distinguished chefs from his homeland — Polish Chefs Marcin Budunek and Mariusz Olechno. In collaboration with the Polish Embassy in KL, the three chefs will serve up a la carte dishes that capture the essence of Poland’s culinary heritage and “The Spirit of Poland” with contemporary techniques.
12 May | THIRTY8: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur will host a Mother’s Day Brunch at RM198 per person in an exclusive culinary showcase by Chef Greg, Chef Stig, Chef Holger, Chef Enzo and chefs from Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur as well as Chef Pande from Andaz Bali. There will also be sparkling wine and unique mocktail and cocktail creations on offer such as “Dear Mummy” at RM48 per glass.
13 – 17 May | JPteres: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur will partner with Chef Pande Cipta from Andaz Bali to offer an Indonesian-inspired menu for buffet lunch at RM128 per person coupled with Original Thai Tea brand, ChaTraMue and a selection of specially crafted drinks to complement the buffet. 
17 May | Level 5: A highlight of the #DinewithChef series sees an exclusive and intimate Sake Tasting Omakase Dinner at RM628 per person in collaboration with Sushi Azabu.
18 – 19 May | THIRTY8: Serving up a menu of afternoon tea delights at RM148 per person or RM268 per person with a glass of Champagne from 12pm to 5pm, Chef Stig and Chef Holger will take over THIRTY8, treating guests to upscaled versions of classic savoury and sweet dishes in this Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur Afternoon Tea. Expect some Nordic creations and a dessert tray! 
23 – 25 May | THIRTY8: Guests of #DineWithChef will be treated to an exclusive sneak peek of Hyatt Centric City Centre Kuala Lumpur when Chef Enzo from Napoli takes the wheel, serving a variety of delectable Italian dishes from antipasti, fresh pasta, main course, and dessert to curated bar snacks.
25 May | POOLHOUSE: In collaboration with Milawa, experience an exquisite selection of wines paired with delectable canapés in the Grant Burge Guiding Wine Tasting from 4pm to 6pm at RM180 per person. This event is limited to 20 pax.
1 – 30 May | POOLHOUSE and JPteres: Chefs Ramu and Izmin of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur will be showcasing their signature dishes from their own respective kitchens at the popular Weekday Malaysian Buffet Lunch at JPteres for RM128 per person and Weekend A La Minute BBQ at POOLHOUSE for RM178 per person.

For more information about #DineWithChef, its events and the restaurants at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram. For reservations and dining enquiries, kindly email or send them a message on WhatsApp at +6012.621 9869.


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