Besides exercising discipline and self-control, Ramadan is also the time when Muslims celebrate the act of togetherness with loved ones, families and friends, especially during iftar (the breaking of the day’s fast) to maintain a bond and create positive memories. However, since many of us are career-minded individuals and do not have the luxury of time to cook at home, dining out for iftar is an excellent solution.
So, to help you decide on where to have iftar during Ramadan in 2018 that is to begin on 16 May 2018, here are some of Gaya Travel Magazine’s picks of scrumptious buffets in Klang Valley:
1. VERANDAH RESTAURANT, CYBERVIEW RESORT & SPA
A personal favourite of our very own foodie, Verandah Restaurant of Cyberview Resort & Spa takes the Ramadan buffet seriously with extravagant spreads you could ever lay your eyes upon. All dishes are prepared with care and packed with amazing flavours that won’t disappoint even the most discerning of palates. Guests may choose to dine indoors or at alfresco on a beautifully lit terrace; either way, Verandah Restaurant certainly offers a joyful culinary celebration for groups of families and friends. For the comfort of parents to enjoy their food with Ghazal entertainment, kids playroom is available with cartoon movies and toys to entertain the children.
Moreover, in conjunction with the resort’s 20th anniversary celebration on 20 May this year, 40% discount is offered on that day. A complimentary hot air balloon sunrise ride for two persons is offered to every group booking of 150 persons.
Signature Dishes: ‘Seafood live-on-the-wok’ featuring fresh swimming tiger prawns and crabs cooked on the spot to guests’ preference, fresh Australian oysters, paella, rotational kampung menus like dishes cooked in gulai kawah (rich curry-like sauce) and asam pedas (spicy and sour), rendang flavoured ice cream, and succulent lamb belly cooked in Sheng Jian-style.
Price: MYR149 nett (adult); MYR75 nett (child); MYR100 nett (senior citizen). Early Bird promotion: MYR120 nett (adult); MYR45 nett (child). 20% discount is accorded to credit cards by all banks.
Reservations: +6 03 8312 7042 / +6 03 8312 7041
2. LATEST RECIPE, LE MERIDIEN KUALA LUMPUR
Latest Recipe – a frontrunner in the local culinary scene – presents an epicurean escape with the ability to satisfy those who have an insatiable appetite for international cuisines. The menu is certainly robust with a hint of sophistication. Expect a generous variety of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Western fare, including fresh seafood and the most colourful desserts, all deliriously delicious and prepared to perfection despite being produced in the large amount. There are also at least five distinct open kitchens, encouraging interaction between guests and chefs while dishes are prepared a la minute.
Signature Dishes: Sendi berbiri kuah merah tairu bawang putih (lamb shank cooked in red sauce drizzling with garlic yoghurt), mee kuah putih salmon sambal kering pedas (noodles in white salmon gravy with dried chili paste), kerabu ayam panggang bersama sambal manga tumbuk-asam jawa (roasted chicken salad with green mango chili paste and tamarind paste) and pengat durian (sweet and thick durian porridge).
Price: MYR180 nett (adult); MYR90 nett (child). Early Bird promotion: MYR120 nett (adult) and MYR60 nett (child) – available on first come, first serve basis.
Reservations: T: +6 03 2263 7888 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. JP TERES, GRAND HYATT KUALA LUMPUR
Presented as an ideal venue for after-work get-togethers, family occasions or catching up with friends, JP Teres at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur has two private dining rooms and an alfresco area on a large terrace that is surrounded by lush greenery and water features. Its vibrant show kitchens are dedicated to preparing an array of authentic Malay, Chinese and Indian delights, with additional BBQ Night menu on Fridays and Saturdays, and ‘Seafood on Ice’ menu on Sunday. But this restaurant has been drawing a steady stream of loyal customers for one thing: the steamy fragrant chicken rice cooked to perfection!
Signature Dishes: The classic chicken rice, roast whole lamb percik-style, nasi dagang (rice steamed in coconut milk and eaten with fish curry) and pandan chiffon cake.
Price: MYR178 nett (adult); MYR89 nett (child). Early Bird promotion (17 – 23 May 2018): MYR158 nett (adult) and MYR79 nett (child). Group Booking Special from 24 May 2018 to 13 June 2018 is at MYR168 nett per person (minimum booking of 20 persons are required).
Reservations: T: +6 03 2182 1234 / E: email@example.com.
4. KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has always been popular among corporate guests to have their iftar due to its convenience in terms of facilities and location, comfort and mouth-watering Ramadan offerings. This year, the centre’s award-winning 52-strong culinary team presents multicultural fares from 11 states in Peninsular Malaysia. There is also a dedicated Muslim praying room and on-site ablution facilities available for Maghrib, Isya’ and Tarawih prayers.
Signature Dishes: Harissa whole lamb served with sauce and condiments, pita kebab Arab daging cincang (minced meat), Japanese teriyaki, roasted fish Tikka and Thai-style BBQ seafood.
Price: MYR145 nett per person.
Reservations: T: +6 03 2333 2888 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. VASCO’S, HILTON KUALA LUMPUR
Experience the cultural journey at Vasco’s Hilton Kuala Lumpur, where the culinary team prepares a diverse showcase of over 200 authentic classic dishes representing 11 states in Peninsular Malaysia. The delight of this buffet dinner is the live cooking station that offers à la minute mains by the culinary team, which guests can customise the dishes to their desire. Hilton KL is also connected to KL Sentral, the main hub of transportation in Kuala Lumpur, making it incredibly accessible.
Signature Dishes: Melaka’s special Asam Pedas Dondang Sayang dengan Burasak, Sup Merah Temasik Bengkulu and Ikan Bakar Wak Safri Si Kuda Kepang from Johor and Negeri Sembilan’s Masak Salai Gulai Lemak Cili Api Nismilan.
Price: MYR188 nett (adult); MYR100 nett (child). Rates for the first and last five days of the Ramadan month (17 May – 21 May / 13 June – 17 June 2018) start from MYR100 nett.
Reservations: T: +6 03 2264 2264 / W: life.hiltonkl.com / W: TABLEAPP.com
6. MELTING POT CAFÉ, CONCORDE HOTEL SHAH ALAM
With ‘The Best of Kota Anggerik’ as the theme for this year’s Ramadan buffet, Concorde Shah Alam offers over 100 scrumptious dishes including its 10 time-tested signature specialties. The hotel also specially arranges the Muslim praying room and Imam for Isya and Tarawih prayers for Muslim diners’ convenience.
Signature Dishes: Sup Gear Box (cattle bone soup boiled with onions and herbs), Nasi Kandar Seksyen Sembilan, Kambing Panggang Berempah Bawang Putih (spicy roast mutton with garlic) and Apam Balik Oat Rangup (griddle crunchy oat pancake.
Price: MYR128 nett (adult); MYR64 nett (child). Rates for the first five and last three days of the Ramadan month are at MYR98 nett and MYR90 nett per adult respectively.
Reservations: T: +6 03 5520 8000 ext 2210 and 2304 / E: email@example.com
7. PAYA SERAI, HILTON PETALING JAYA (PJ)
Hilton PJ invites its guests and diners to experience a friendly culinary experience as if they are attending a Hari Raya open house, celebrating over 150 dishes which are all derived from ‘kampung’ or traditional favourites across Malaysia.
Guests’ dining experience would surely be even more delightful as Paya Serai also works closely with local food truck vendors, serving an extensive range of cuisines and local delights such rojak, satays and char kuey teow.
Signature Dishes: Kambing Panggang (roasted lamb), Bergedil Ayam Dan Kentang (potato and meat fried patty), Kari Ketam Ubi Keledek (crab curry cooked with sweet potato), Siput Sedut Masak Pedas (spicy sea snails) and Lemang Jagung (glutinous rice mixed with corn kernel cooked with coconut milk inside hallowed bamboo stick).
Price: MYR189 nett (adult); MYR99 nett (child). Rates for the first and last three days of the Ramadan month start from MYR169 nett (adult) and MYR89 nett (child). Early Bird promotion: MYR149 nett (adult); RM79 nett (child).
Reservations: T: +6 03 7955 9122 / W: www.zestPJ.com
8. THE GRAND CAMPBELL HOTEL
With over 100 kinds of dishes, The Grand Campbell Hotel presents its Ramadan buffet with the theme of nostalgic dishes. There will be three different menus that will be served on a rotating basis each day during this Muslim’s holy month. The menus are served by experienced chefs and they are led by Chef Rosli Shuib.
Signature Dishes: Kambing Golek (barbequed lamb), shawarma kebab, sambal Jawa (Javanese hot spicy sauce), Ayam Percik (spicy marinated grilled chicken), Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) and Nasi Campur (mixed rice).
Price: MYR75 nett (adult); MYR40 nett (child); FREE for kids below six years old. Early Bird promotion: MYR60 discount.
Reservation: T: +6 03 2694 1717 / +6 012 687 1518
9. THE STRAITS ESTATE, VE HOTEL & RESIDENCE
In the hope to inspire love, togetherness and the spirit of giving back, VE Hotel & Residence through its reputable all-day-dining restaurant, The Straits Estate introduces the VE Di Hati (VE at Heart) programme which focuses on three defining areas.
Through VE’s Straits Festival, diners will be feasted with scrumptious delights which celebrate the specialties from around the straits of Malaysia. On the other hand, VE’s Share The Care provides a platform where RM1 from each Straits Festival sale throughout the holy month will be donated to VE’s Hotel’s adopted children home. Meanwhile, VE’s in Your Heart depicts the hotel’s humble hope that their guests will always remember and keep their friendships in their hearts.
Signature Dishes: Ayam Kurma Navratan (Navratan chicken korma dish), Daging Hitam Mamak (Mamak beef cooked in soy sauce), roasted lamb, smoky shawarma, Madras lamb masala, Nangka Muda Masak Lemak (young jackfruit cooked in yellow curry), Daging Kerutup (stewed beef stir-fried with spices) and Pulut Panggang (grilled glutinous rice).
Price: MYR128 nett (adult); MYR64 nett (child below 12 years old and senior citizen above 55 years old). Early Bird promotion: 50% off on weekend buffets (limited to the first 200 bookings only).
Reservation: T: +6 03 2246 2888
10. POT & PAN, PUTRAJAYA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE (PICC)
Renowned for serving one of the best iftar buffets in Putrajaya, Pot&Pan Restaurant is ready to greet this year’s Ramadan with tantalising local and Asian favourites consisting of comestibles originating from Thailand, Arab and Malaysia. Executive Chef Abdul Rahim Abdul Bakar leads the team in whipping up a buffet spread that boasts specialities presented in ‘Ramadan bazaar-style stalls and live cooking stations. For diners’ convenience, a dedicated prayer room, an on-site Imam for Maghrib, Isya’ and tarawih prayers, ample free parking space, Quran recitation by Ustaz Syed Omar, and busker performance by KamiJadi band are provided. A lucky draw with a prize pool of MYR10,000 to be won by lucky diners is also on the cards.
Signature Dishes: Roasted lamb, tomyam kuey teow, Thai laksa, mango with glutinous rice, som tam (spicy Thai salad), Kedah laksa, marinated roasted chicken with gravy, various types of soup, PICC sweet potato doughnut, and Arabian dishes such as khabsa (mixed rice with meat) and mandi (rice eaten with ‘moisty’ meat cooked separately).
Price: MYR98 nett (adult); MYR49 nett (child).
Reservations: T: +6 03 8887 6186 (Pot&Pan) / +6 03 8889 1188 (PSR) / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
11. TRACE, ELEMENT KUALA LUMPUR
Element Hotel‘s guests can soak in the magnificent city views while they whet their appetite with popular classics that are sure to please one’s cravings. Themed as ‘Dari Dapur Bonda’, the buffet lines showcase an extensive selection of local Malay cuisine that can be traced back to the Chef’s kampung (village or hometown) with a bountiful selection of home-cooked goodness just the way a local mother would approve!
Signature Dishes: Fresh mango salad that comes with eggs or seafood, Sup Gear Box (boiled cattle bone soup), ikan sembilang salai with pucuk ubi (smoked catfish with cassava shoot), Rendang Daging Minang (Minang beef stewed in coconut milk and spices), Nasi Hujan Panas (multi-coloured rice), bubur lambuk (rice porridge filled with assorted spices and meat), whole roasted chicken and lamb.
Price: MYR158 nett (adult); MYR69 nett (child). All Maybank, HSBC, Citibank, Affin and UOB credit card members are entitled to 30% discount throughout the festive period.
Reservations: T: +6 03 2771 3351 / E: email@example.com
12. WOW KL!
Kicking off on 21 May 2018, the strategically-located and tourism-themed restaurant WOW KL (formerly Saloma Bistro & Theatre) features ‘Nostalgia’, an extensive dinner buffet spread comprising over 100 dishes served nightly until 15 June 2018 in conjunction with Ramadan (Muslim fasting month). The buffet intends to take diners on a trip down memory lane on the variety of local dishes traditionally served during hallow month. Besides lavish spread, diners are also feted to enigmatic ghazal performance and Malaysian cultural showcase.
Signature Dishes: Grilled fore shank; tandoori chicken; variety of gulai (spicy gravy and sauces) and soups; and four flavours of the nostalgic brand of carbonated drinks called ‘Long Chan’.
Price: MYR111 nett (adult); MYR78 nett (child between 6 and 12 years old).
Reservations: T: +6 03 2161 0122 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org