Have you been busy checking out Ramadhan buffets in town? Perhaps, you’re looking for something simpler like street food offerings at the many Ramadhan bazaars around the city. These food bazaars would be the best place for you to look for wholesome dishes like nasi kerabu or ayam bakar, as well as traditional cakes to satisfy your sweet cravings.

But if your tolerance towards spicy food isn’t that great, we have some recommendations for you. The best dishes of the month include the humble steamed buns with braised pork belly as well as the unique Bornean cuisine that is currently being served at the newly opened Borneo Bangsar — try its Mee Kolo if you’re planning to visit anytime soon. (Featured image: Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur)

Braised Pork Belly Buns

The dish: If you’re looking for some comfort food in a restaurant that focuses on pizzas, burgers and pasta dishes, the Mezze Bistro has one dish that would interest your appetite. The slow braised pork belly is marinated with the usual Chinese spices and soy to create a nice balance of umami and savoury. The succulent meat is cradled in a fluffy steamed bun and served with pickled cucumber, coriander and crushed peanuts. Together, the flavours are well balanced and appetising – making this dish a great starter to your full dinner course.

The place: Mezze Bistro is tucked in the cosy neighbourhood of Jalan Kasah where the row of wine bars including Vintry and La Risata is. The space is intimate with a cool vibe, which makes it perfect for an evening of wine and dine after working hours. Mezze also has a great selection of gourmet cheeses, cold cuts and wines to choose from.

Price: RM38

Mezze Wine Bar & Bistro, 132, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, +603-20950122

Augustus Angus, Grilled Thick Skirt

The dish: Le Meridien KL’s new Chef de Cuisine at Prime, Ramiro Moya has put together an exciting menu that is rooted in Latin food culture, using locally grown ingredients. The Argentinian chef has cooked with world-renowned chefs like Gordon Ramsey and Pablo Massy. One of the standouts is the Augustus Angus, Grilled Thick Skirt with Celeriac puree, Cabrales shallots and micro-green salad. The menu highlights premium cuts and this is one that would be an instant favourite among carnivorous foodies. The meat is served with a pink peppercorn beef jus for an extra aromatic zing.

The place: The interior at Prime is simple and cosy, accented with warm shades of earthy neutrals and orange. There is a huge wine cellar that showcases a wide selection of vintages as well as your usual wine list to pair with the food available. You’ll be able to see the dry-aged beef that is processed in the restaurant as well.

Price: RM188

Prime, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, +603-22637434

The Borneo Rajah

The dish: If it is your first time trying Bornean cuisine, The Borneo Rajah makes the perfect tasting platter for you to sample the interesting flavours of ingredients and dishes native to Sabah and Sarawak. Local produce is flown directly from the Borneo region – you can taste interesting ingredients like Bario rice from Sarawak and Tuhau, a wild ginger stem from Sabah in this dish. The Borneo Rajah comprises terubok roe (from a bony fish), oyster pancakes, fried pork or squid, grilled kacangma chicken, homemade salted fish, hinava (a dish made of cured fish from the Kadazan tribe), Bario rice salad and Tuhau sambal. It is almost like the traditional lalapan dish, found only in Sabah and Sarawak.

The place: Borneo Bangsar is a newly opened restaurant in the bustling Jalan Telawi in Bangsar. The restaurant has a jungle theme as a tribute to the abundant rainforest of Borneo. There is a sense of tropical vibes as well as a minimalistic design style that is accented with indigenous design elements like woven baskets and tribal art.

Price: n/a

Borneo Bangsar, 11 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +6010 250 2255

Martin Teo
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.