AirAsia latest creation is a Santan restaurant -named after its in-flight menu brand on its aircraft- which opened its doors in Kuala Lumpur. The airline’s first ASEAN fast food restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia enabling more customers to enjoy a variety of Asean cuisines and coffee at affordable prices.
Dishes offered by AirAsia on its aircraft have turned iconic over the years, particularly the famed Nasi Lemak – a fragrant coconut rice accompanied with pieces of beef marinated in a coconut/spices gravy. The famed dish and more are available since early December in a city restaurant.
The restaurant and cafe were launched by the Minister of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs of Malaysia YB Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, AirAsia Group Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, CEO of AirAsia Group Tony Fernandes and AirAsia Group President (RedBeat Ventures) Aireen Omar and General Manager of Santan Restaurant and T&CO Cafe Catherine Goh at Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur.
At the opening, General Manager of Santan Restaurant and T&CO Cafe Catherine Goh declared that, “the opening of this flagship restaurant is the beginning of something great for the Santan and T&CO brands. We have seen a significant appetite for our in-flight menu offerings beyond our flights across the region and this is our answer to that demand,” she indicated.
” We are very proud to extend what started out as an in-flight menu into new markets and reiterate our support for local and Asean producers, suppliers; apart from creating new job opportunities with affordable franchising. By the end of 2020, we aim to have five owned Santan restaurants and 100 franchisee-operated restaurants and cafes within the next three to five years with expansions in global markets, ” added further Catherine Goh.
Designed to enhance customers’ dining experience through a personalised digital journey, the restaurant and cafe features a smart menu equipped with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, which is able to recommend popular dishes based on time, past ordering patterns as well as demographic taste. Customers can order directly from santan.com.my as well as T&CO mobile app.
Offering Asean delights and popular favourites for only RM12, foodies can now indulge in Pak Nasser’s Nasi Lemak and Uncle Chin’s Chicken Rice on-ground as well as other dishes inspired by popular Asean cuisines such as Pineapple Fish Noodle from Cambodia, Chicken Inasal with Garlic Rice from the Philippines, in addition to Asean-sourced coffee and tea, snacks and desserts inspired by local flavours such as the Nasi Lemak Quinoa Wrap and Onde-Onde Cake.
To celebrate the opening of the flagship restaurant, promotions for dishes have been offered to customers for a limited time for online orders.