Ramadhan is finally here. Early mornings start with sahur or “pre-dawn meal” and ends right after the Maghrib prayers. Then, it’s time to “berbuka puasa” and this cycle continues for the entire month before all Muslims around the world celebrate Eid or Hari Raya.
Then again, it is also a special time of the year when all food-loving Malaysians rejoice at the amount of bazaars and buffets available all over the city. A plethora of delicacies from Malaysian cuisine will be available, from street food stalls to luxury hotels and restaurants – offering an unending feast of food that’s both tantalising and nostalgic. Local all-time favourites as well as traditional rarities are aplenty. From an assortment of kuih-muih and cakes to a medley of rice dishes, the choices are endless.
And in the name of responsible eating, it is important to always keep food consumption reasonable and realistic. You don’t want to end up contributing to food waste charts that have shown a tremendous wastage increase of 15 to 20% during festive seasons especially the fasting month.
Take away all that seriousness, and you’ll find Ramadhan a great month for self-reflection as well as reinvigorating bonds with friends and loved ones. Everyday is a reason for you to ‘buka puasa’ with those around you. So, we’ve rounded up our favourite restaurants around the city with buffets and menus to tantalise your appetite this Ramadhan.
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Celebrate the kampong spirit of sharing and get-togethers with special ‘dulang’ menus at Samadhi Retreats. Diners will be able to choose to dine in Tamarind Hill that focuses on the flavours of Thai cooking with Beef Green Curry and Thai Grilled Sea Bass at stake; or Tamarind Springs with its scrumptious spread of traditional Indo-Chinese dishes including Sauteed Squid with Salted Egg Yolk, Perch in Tamarind Springs Spicy Sauce (freshwater fish in a signature homemade sauce) and the classic Cendol Gula Melaka.
Price: RM 98 ++ per person
Samadhi Retreats, Jalan 1 Taman Tun Abdul Razak 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia, +603-2250 0801.
The Astor Room at St Regis Kuala Lumpur transforms into a formidable dining venue this ramadhan as the luxury hotel puts up a delectable selection for you to break your fast. Dig in to classics like beef and chicken rendang, paired with lemang and ketupat palas as well as Chinese five spice chicken rice and Jenahak fish head curry. Delicious as they are, don’t leave without trying the desserts as this year, the kitchens will be spotlighting its sweets by putting a local twist on traditional French creations. Think along the lines of pandan and kaya éclair as well as the coconut and pandan crème brulee.
Price: RM220++ per person
St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, No 6 Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2727 1111.
Live cooking stations and live music come together at Vasco’s at The Hilton KL where over 200 dishes from the 11 peninsular Malaysian states are represented. Dig in to the likes of gulai daging from Perlis, murtabak raja from Penang and sambal tumis udang harimau from Perak. Plus, don’t miss the live demonstrations and watch how kuih loyang is made on-site.
Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2264 2264.
While many hotel buffets choose to serve up mostly Malaysian and Middle Eastern dishes this Ramadhan, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara casts a wider net by including dishes from around the entire Nusantara. There’s a salad bar which extends beyond just the usual cold cuts and seafood but also ulam-ulaman and kerabu like kerabu pucuk paku and kerabu daging bakar. For those looking specifically for Indonesian specialties, check out the grilled stations where konro panggang Makasar and ayam panggang Sunda is served up with nasi hijau.
Price: RM178 per person from 15 May to 10 June or RM138 per person from 11-14 June 2018.
Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, 6, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2720 6688.
Legendary songstress Ning Baizura has recently ventured into the food industry with a restaurant that pays homage to her late father who was a restaurateur himself. Tudung Periuk – a moniker inspired from iconic P.Ramlee’s movie, Orang Minyak –celebrates classic Malaysian dishes like Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kerabu, Nasi Tomato and Sarawak Laksa. Our favourite is definitely the Nasi Kerabu, packed with fresh herbs and deliciously cooked condiments. Perhaps you may even meet Ning there as well, if you’re lucky.
Price: RM 49.90 ++ per person
Tudung Periuk, Block F-0-12 Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +6019-297 0839.
Go on a gastronomic tour of Malaysia as the Ritz-Carlton dishes up the culinary highlights of all 13 Malaysian states — and yes, that means Sabah and Sarawak too. Here, no dishes are left unturned as everything from keropok lekor to umai and all the much loved classics like rendang daging tok and ayam perchik are on hand to satisfy your appetite.
Price: RM118++ per person
The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Imbi, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2142 8000.
The Westin KL’s buffet spread at The Living Room is an extensive one with more than 50 appealing dishes. Their gulai keting keluak, which is lamb curry with kepayang fruit takes center stage at this huge buffet line. There are also live carving stations situated around the buffet, so you can get a good hot serving plate of their signature Westin biryani accompanied by roasted whole lamb. Expect cuisines from around the world so there’s definitely something for everyone.
Price: RM158nett per person
The Living Room at The Westin KL, 199, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2773 8338.
There are two different buffet spreads you can indulge at the Sheraton PJ. One of them is the Citarasa Malaysia spread that is themed to deliver nostalgic local dishes that reminds you of home, while the Arabian Night Dinner Buffet which has over 80 dishes will appeal to the adventurous gourmands who want something other than the norm.
Price: RM88nett per person for Arabian Night Dinner Buffet, RM118nett per person for Citarasa Malaysia
Sheraton Petaling Jaya, Lorong Utara C, Seksyen 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +603-7622 8888.