Though it is already in the middle of the Muslim fasting month Ramadan, Gaya Travel believes that many Malaysians still look forward to meeting and enjoy together the wide selection of buffet spread and cuisines offered by food and beverage outlets to break fast at sunset or to have dinner. The following are a selection of 7 Ramadan buffets that diners can experience when being outside Kuala Lumpur.
The Saujana Hotel
Theme: ‘Juadah di bawah Sinaran Bintang’ (Feasting under the stars)
18 live action stalls featuring Roasted Whole Lamb, apam balik (crispy pancake with butter and peanuts filling), tandoori chicken and naan bread, Lemang Bakar (roasted glutinous rice in bamboo), otak-otak (grilled fish cake), yong tau foo (assorted stuffed tofu), and char kway teow (fried rice noodles).
150 mouth-watering dishes ranging from local and traditional Malaysian delicacies to Arabic, Japanese and Western cuisines are on the buffet spread.
Heavenly desserts like bubur durian dengan pulut (durian puree with glutinous rice), sago gula melaka (sago pudding with palm sugar), hazelnut chocolate cake, strawberry cheesecake, dark cherry bread pudding, and of course a selection of Malay delights.
Our Favourites: Bubur lambuk (savoury porridge), asam laksa, roasted lamb and putu piring (steamed rice flour cakes with palm sugar and coconut).
RM138 nett per adult and RM69 nett for children aged 6 to 12 years for poolside seating, whereas buffet entries to Charcoal restaurant are priced at RM150 nett per adult and RM75 nett per child.
Discounts available for most credit cards.
Available from 6 June until 5 July 2016. 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Reservations: www.shr.my/the-saujana-hotel / +6 03 7843 1234 (ext. 6122)
Theme: ‘Sajian Dapur Ibunda’ (Mum’s Kitchen)
The buffet spread showcases over 150 different authentic local dishes with a touch of Middle Eastern delicacies. Look out for old time favourites like daging hitam pedas mami (spicy black beef), percik udang harimau (tiger prawns in rich savoury sauce), ketam goreng halba campur sungai dua (fenugreek mixed spiced fried crab) and ayam masak lengkuas (galangal chicken). The dessert corner features popular Malay and western choices including brownies, cheesecake, rainbow cake, caramel banana, mud cake, blackberry crumble tart and more.
Our favourites: Satay (grilled small piece of meat served with spicy sauce), made to order asam pedas, laksa Johor, salted egg crab and cendol (creamy coconut milk, rich palm sugar syrup and condiments).
RM128 nett per adult and RM88 nett per child
Available from 6 June until 5 July 2016
7.00pm to 10.00pm at the Kitchen Art Brasserie.
Reservations: www.empirehotel.com.my / +6 03 5565 1288
Putrajaya International Conference Centre
‘Hidangan Tradisi Warisan Budaya’ (Traditional Spread of Cultural Heritage)
PICC is clearly a favourite for locals residing in Putrajaya and the neighbouring areas. Themed with ‘Hidangan Tradisi Warisan Budaya’, its Ramadan buffet is indeed value-for-money, especially for those who love to eat. Expect an assortment of 300 dishes on the menu including Malay traditional favourites, a variety of pasta, tempuras, grilled lambs and exotic local fruits, served fresh at the stations. At times, guests will be entertained by a highly talented line-up such as Afad Raihan, Rabbani, Wildan and Pawana. Besides, PICC also presents various activities for visitors to experience such as conducting prayers and Quran recitation classes, Tazkirah Zohor, Mualaf (Muslim Converts) casual forum, Ansari Training programme, bazaars and more.
Our favourites: Nasi Dagang Terengganu, Daging Salai and Kawah Warisan, all offering different types of curries.
Price: RM98 nett per adult and RM49 per child (6-12 years old). Children below five years old enter free. Corporate and big group rates are provided upon request.
Reservations: Please call +6 03 8887 6000 or ‘hotline’ +6 013 210 9447. Bookings can also be made online at www.ticketonline.my/picc.
Spring Garden Restaurant
Theme: ‘Sajian Nostalgia Kampung’
If you long for a more private dining experience with a tranquil ambience, do opt for Spring Garden Restaurant located on the lakeside of Putrajaya Lake that comes with a scenic view of the city’s iconic landmarks. Here, spoil yourself with a selection of the freshest bounty from the sea such as ocean fish, meaty crustacean and exotic shellfish. And if you come on weekends, there will be a spectacular light show called ‘Dazzle’ presented at nights, only throughout the month of Ramadan. The staffs are attentive and quick with their service. Also, there is a praying area available for guests’ convenience.
Our Favourites: Grilled seafood and Dim Sum
Weekdays: RM78 nett per adult and RM48 nett per child.
Weekends: RM88 nett per adult and RM58 nett per child.
Reservations: Please call +6 03 8889 1188
Cyberview Resort & Spa
Theme: International Buffet
When it comes to the Ramadan buffet, Cyberview Resort & Spa definitely is in a league of its own. Each year, they come out with one of the most exciting concepts with one of the most diverse menus for the guests’ dining pleasure. And this year proves no different. For the entire month of Ramadan, guests of Cyberview Resort & Spa can expect 248 lip-smacking menu items ranging from Malay, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, Italian together with its latest addition, which is the ‘live-on-the-wok’ seafood galore concept.
Guests have the pleasure of selecting their favourite live seafood item from the aquarium and cook according to their taste buds.
Apart from indulging in good food under the backdrop of a serene tropical garden, guests also stand a chance to win a lucky draw prize (1-hour ride in a hot-air balloon for two people) every week for the entire month of Ramadan. A Surau and children’s playing area are also available within the vicinity for the convenience of the guests.
Our Favourites: Rusa masak hitam (venison in black sauce), grilled seafood and telur itik masak lemak cili padi (duck eggs in spicy rich yellow coconut gravy)
Price: RM138 nett per adult and RM69 nett per child
Reservations: Please call +6 03 8312 7091/7092
Concorde Hotel Shah Alam
Theme: ‘Citarasa Negeri Selat’ (Flavours from the Straits States)
In this Ramadan month, the Concorde Hotel Shah Alam kitchen brigade at Melting Pot Café whips up an enthralling feast of the Citarasa Negeri Selat dishes for everyone. If you look for a buffet that serves a wide variety of traditional cuisines all the way from the North to the South of Malaysia, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam is definitely the perfect choice.
Diners can tempt their taste buds with appetisers like bergedil ayam (chicken deep fried potato patty), kerabu mangga muda (mango salad), selections of salad and snack. Be sure to try their roasted chicken, beef and fish served with various types of tantalising sauce.
As for the main dishes, you can try out their sambal udang petai (prawn and stink bean in chili sauce), kari kepala ikan (fish head curry), ayam goreng berempah (fried chicken with herbs), puyuh goreng (fried quail), nasi briyani daging (Indian rice with beef) and ayam cencaluk (chicken with fermented krill). The buffet also offers all-time favourite soups and delicacies at the Tiga Selat Corner including bubur lambuk ayam dara lada hitam (savoury porridge with black pepper chicken), sup ayam berempah (chicken soup with herbs), mee bandung (Johorean noodle) and ayam tandoori roti naan (tandoori chicken served with naan bread).
Finish your perfect buka puasa with the sweet and relishing desserts such as tiramisu chocolate cake, durian cheesecake, and selections of Malay traditional cakes.
Our Favourites: Seafood Mediterranean salad, baked beef kofta chives cheese sauce, marinated chicken cumin lemon yoghurt, ayam masak merah (chicken in spicy tomato sauce) and asam pedas ikan pari (sour and spicy stewed stingray).
RM 118 nett (adult)
Available daily throughout Ramadan
6.30pm to 10.00pm at Melting Pot Café
During the first and last 3 days of Ramadan month, diners can enjoy a special price of RM 95.00 nett (adult) and RM 47.50 nett (child).
Reservations: email@example.com / +603 5512 2200 (ext 2304)
Summit Hotel Subang
Theme: ‘Citarasa Selera Kampung’ (Kampung Taste)
If you are looking for a Ramadan buffet around Subang Jaya, consider feasting at Summit Hotel Subang’s Oceania Buffet Restaurant that serves scrumptious salads and appetisers, including the special soup that allows diners to customise the ingredients – with chicken or beef, and vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, and potato served with chilli sauce.
For the main course, diners may try Oceania’s local offerings such as asam pedas ikan pari (spicy and sour stingray), grilled fish, udang masak lemak tempoyak (shrimp in fermented durian paste), wok-fried squid with dried chili, nasi kerabu (rice with salad and mixture of herbs and vegetables), pineapple fried rice, and mee goreng mamak (fried noodle).
Apart from that, enjoy their mouth-watering desserts such as bubur pulut hitam (black glutinuous rice puree with coconut milk and palm sugar), pulut mangga (glutinous rice with mango), bread pudding, ais kacang (shaved ice with condiments) and cendol (shaved ice with creamy coconut milk, palm sugar syrup and red beans).
Our Favourites: Serawa durian (durian mixed with coconut milk and palm sugar), laksa Johor and Kerala fish curry.
RM 78 nett (adult)
RM 48 nett (child)
Available daily throughout the month of Ramadan
6.30 pm to 10.00 pm at Oceania Buffet Restaurant
Reservations: www.summithotelusj.com / +6 03 8023 3000