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The first Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill outside London will open at Sunway Resort this Saturday on June 18, 2022

This story was first published on November 4, 2021, and updated on June 14, 2022.

For years, Malaysians have been entertained by the antics of legendary chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay. We’ve been riveted, watching him train other chefs to their fullest potential in MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen. We’ve delighted in watching him verbally tear apart hopeless restaurant owners in Kitchen Nightmares. We’ve laughed at the countless jokes and memes highlighting his quick temper and talent for memorable insults.

We'll finally be able to try this British chef’s gourmet cooking for ourselves when Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill opens in Sunway Resort on June 18, 2022. 

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“It will have all the hallmarks of a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Great service as well as obviously the great food that has a touch of Britain in it, that you would expect and an all-round wonderful dining experience,” says Ramsay in an email interview. “I love this part of the world and I think Kuala Lumpur is a very cool, multicultural food city so I thought the time is absolutely right to bring this concept to Malaysia.”

This restaurant will be housed in Sunway Resort, the flagship hotel located in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur. This will be the first international opening for a Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill outside of London. For those wondering what to expect at his new restaurant, Ramsay reveals the menu was shaped by his experiences in Malaysia while filming travel documentaries.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in the region between [filming] my Great Escape and Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, so I’ve really become familiar with all the flavours here. Personally, I’m most excited for my Short Rib Rendang. We also have a King Crab Laksa which I hope will prove to be a favourite dish with our diners,” says the chef whose restaurants had received a total of seven Michelin stars.

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“I loved visiting Malaysia and getting to understand the different cuisines that make up the country. I really enjoyed learning from the local street vendors. But what still haunts me in my nightmares is durian,” Ramsay quips. “I love how much Malaysian cuisine is a melting pot of different cultures in the area. It’s really what makes Malaysia so incredibly unique. My favourite dish has to be nasi lemak. I love a good rice dish, especially when Uncle Roger approves!”

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Those who watched Gordon’s Great Escape will no doubt remember the iconic scene where he visits Aunty Aini’s Garden Café in Negeri Sembilan, and gets schooled over the making of rendang. Ramsay remembers the incident fondly.

“I loved learning from Aunty, she really kicked my butt in the kitchen! And it really opened my eyes to rendang and its complexity. Then when I visited Indonesia for Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, I got deeper into all the ingredients that go into a rendang. When I did that, I feel like I perfected the dish. Well, at least I really hope I did!” says Ramsay.

While he might be a global star, the chef isn’t just resting on his laurels. His current mission is to earn a third Michelin star for Le Pressoir d’Argent, his restaurant in Bordeaux, France. Ramsay is also awaiting a time when the pandemic is no longer a threat and the world can return to dining as normal.

“Food is part of everybody’s culture, and we all celebrate by dining out so I’m hopeful that we’ll see a stronger industry when we are able to finally lift restrictions around the world,” Ramsay says.

“We’ve all been massively affected by the global pandemic. It’s been heartbreaking not just for hospitality but for a lot of customer-focused industries. I think food and drink will bounce back to pre-pandemic levels, we’re already seeing it in London and America. People have missed dining out and breaking bread with each other, and I truly believe that is something we are all longing to do. To create a celebration through food really is a joy.”

What’s his advice for Malaysian chefs who also want to succeed on a global level, just like he has?

“Put your head down, be humble and work hard. To me, I’m always a chef first, not a TV star or host. Believe in yourself, and don’t take no for an answer!” Ramsay concludes.

Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill will open for dinner from 6pm to 10.30pm. For reservations, email gordonramsay.rsvp@sunwayhotels.com or call +603 7492 8000.

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