When you have been abstaining from eating and drinking all day, a satisfying meal during Iftar (the breaking of Muslim fast during dusk) is a must. To find out where, follow the list below to find out Gaya Travel Magazine’s selected pick where to conduct (or even celebrate) Iftar in Klang Valley this year :
1. Verandah Restaurant, Cyberview Resort & Spa
We must say that among the best places to experience a remarkable Iftar is this restaurant, arguably one of the best places that gives you the most for your money while dining in such a serene, romantic setting. The buffet spread is incredibly massive with 222 menu items that’s guaranteed to leave you in a buffet-induced coma post-dinner. And while some buffets in town are great in specialising at one thing but mediocre with the rest, you definitely won’t have such a case when dining at Verandah Restaurant. This includes the creative take on ice cream flavours such as savoury chicken rendang and cendol! On top of that, you can take part in the cooking process in choosing your own selection of fresh ingredients like vegetables and seafood, which will then be cooked on the spot in front of you. Also, for the comfort of parents with young children, Kidz Mini Playground is available nearby.
Highlights: BBQ Charcoal seafood, gulai kawah, deep fried homemade crispy Musang King durian rolls, asam pedas ( spicy tamarind gravy) and chicken rendang (chicken stewed in coconut milk and spices) and ice cream.
Price: MYR138 nett per adult on weekdays, MYR100 nett per adult on weekends.
Contact: +6 03 8312 7091 / 7092
2. Pot & Pan Restaurant, Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC)
PICC never gets it wrong when it comes to serving scrumptious buffet in conjunction with the Muslim fasting month! This year, they are ready to impress diners with an extravagant iftar feast comprising various flavours of local and international fare, ranging over 300 different dishes! Diners can enjoy iftar amidst atmospheric Middle East setting complete with the alluring sound of Arabic instruments playing throughout the evening. Guests will also be entertained by renowned songstress Rosma AF. The PICC management team will also give away Malaysian traditional porridge, Bubur Lambuk, to public at the main entrance to share the blessings of the hallowed month.
Highlights: Nasi Briyani Buloh (briyani rice cooked in bamboo), Kaki Lembu Panggang (roasted veal), special homemade fish grill and traditional Malay kuih.
Price: MYR98 (adult), MYR49 (kids, from 6 to 12 years old). Special promotion with 15% discount for early birds. In addition, any online purchase (www.ticketonline.my/picc) is entitled 20% discount.
Contact: +6 03 887 6000 / email@example.com
3. Latest Recipe, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
The ever-grinning Chef Budiman will once again helm the kitchen at Latest Recipe with tantalising dishes from around Malaysia during the holy month, featuring the most cherished traditional picks. Besides, it also offers Japanese fare such as Teppanyaki, tempura, sashimi and more. Other must-try fares are kebab and kofta from the Mediterranean, prepared in the chef’s own way with spices that evoke aromatic senses. To round up the extraordinary culinary journey, diners can indulge in the choice of over 30 desserts!
Highlights: Kerabu ayam (chicken salad), kerabu ikan bakar with belimbing buluh ( butterfly-pea flower grilled fish with bilimbi), bubur lambuk Mikerhani, rendang ayam pencen with pucuk ubi (chicken stewed in coconut milk,spices and cassava leaves) , roasted lamb, Roti Jala (lace pancake) with serawa durian (durian gravy).
Price: MYR180 nett per adult, MYR90 nett per child (Early Bird vouchers are sold at MYR130 nett for adult and MYR65 nett per child from now until 20 May 2017)
Contact: +6 03 2263 7434 / firstname.lastname@example.org
4. The Eatery, Four Points by Sheraton Puchong
Malaysia is the epitome of food haven, and The Eatery’s latest Iftar offerings reflect that fact. For this coming Muslim fasting month Ramadan, why not rock your taste buds with the restaurant’s lavish ‘Selera Nostalgia’ selection, curated carefully by the culinary team and features all-time Ramadan must-haves and Malaysian favourites from Malay, Chinese and Indian origins. While you’re at it, celebrates togetherness as you dine with your loved ones amidst a nostalgic ‘kampung’ setting.
Highlights: Nasi Kandar (northern Malaysian dish of mildly-flavoured steamed rice accompanied by a variety of curry-based meat dishes and vegetables) ,ayam dara masak biryani (spring chicken with biryani spices) , Roti John, gado-gado (vegetables with peanut sauce), kerabu ayam panggang (roasted chicken salad) and pengat nangka (jackfruit simmered in coconut milk).
Price: MYR140 nett per adult and MYR70 nett per child aged 4 to 11 years old (Early bird vouchers are sold at MYR100 nett per person from 10 April to 29 May 2017)
Contact: +6 03 5891 8888 / email@example.com
5. Nook, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Nook is intimate yet bold and hip, making it an ideal spot for diners to have a quiet date night or small dinner parties while breaking their fast during dusk. This recently certified halal restaurant will feature a buffet spread comprising over 150 dishes that are cooked on rotational basis, allowing guests to enjoy various dining options throughout the month, prepared by the hotel’s dedicated culinary team, led by Nook’s Sous Chef, Ahmed Zaki bin Harun. Expect to see a variety of traditional Malay favourites, including Chinese-, Indian- and Western–influenced delicacies.
Highlights: Nasi Kambing Sumbat (stuffed whole lamb rice), grilled fish, slow braised beef shin rendang, lamb pot pie, Sarawak laksa and ABC with pulut durian (durian served with glutinous rice steamed and coconut milk).
Price: MYR135 nett per adult (Early Bird vouchers are sold at MYR100 nett from 15 April until 28 May 2017)
Contact: +6 03 2723 1188
6.Clock Tower Courtyard, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
‘Magical Ramadan Nights’ at Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside offers diners an sumptuous Iftar experience with a lively ‘bazaar’ feel around the stunning clock tower courtyard. The culinary team has put up a selection of halal-certified Malay, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Turkish selections. After Iftar, diners can relax and unwind in tranquil surroundings of enchanting architecture and enjoy seven forms of live entertainment including a traditional band, magical clown act and fire-eating performance.
Highlights: Grilled seafood, Chinese dim sum, satay, all you can eat durian and kunafa
Price: MYR169 nett per adult, MYR100 net per child
Contact: +6 03 8890 0000 / firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Melati or Terazza Brasserie, Dorsett Grand Subang
Have a taste of local kampung delicacies at Enak-enak Ramadhan at Melati or indulge in Middle East cuisine at Wonders of Iftar at Terazza Brasserie. Grand Dorsett offers you a wide range of local and international choices that will surely leave diners satiated throughout the fasting month. Expect a daily menu rotation of over 80 delicious varieties to fill your stomach! While dining Enak-enak Ramadhan at Melati, diners will be serenaded by Geng Wak Long through traditional yet contemporary music and wayang kulit performance. At Wonders of Iftar at Terazza Brasserie, diners are transported to the Middle East by satisfying their cravings at ten live action stations – they can end their meal in a sweet way by savouring Dondurma, a Turkish signature ice cream that does not melt easily. The hotel also provides Muslim prayer room for guest’s convenience.
Highlights: Gearbox (beef bone marrow) soup, traditional Malay kuih, Nasi Biryani Gam (briyani rice), Nasi Mandy (Arabic-type rice) with roasted whole lamb and Hainanese chicken rice.
Price: MYR145 nett per person (Enak-enak Ramadan), MYR155 nett per person (Wonders of Iftar). Early birds can get advance purchase vouchers at 25% off.
Contact: +6 03 5031 6060 / email@example.com
8. Charcoal, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Come together and enjoy the delightful gastronomical spread with the theme ‘Menikmati Aneka Judah di Saujana’, comprising a well-rounded mix of local hawker favourites, traditional local and Nyonya delicacies, including Western and Japanese options. The Saujana Hotel team of chefs are ready to please all palates, young and old.
Highlights: Whole roasted deer (on rotation with whole roasted lamb), Itik Kukus Rendang Cili Padi (Braised Duck Stew with Chili), Dondurma (Traditional Turkish Ice Cream) and crepes with nangka (jackfruit) and cempedak fillings.
Price: MYR175 nett per adult, 50% discount for senior citizens (aged 60 years and above) and children (aged 6-12 years). 20% discount for Lifestyle by Saujana (LBS) members, including Maybank or Citibank Credit Card affiliates with prior reservation.
Contact: +6 03 7843 1234 / firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Balik Kampung at Pullman KLCC
The Balik Kampung buffet dinner is back at Eccucino Restaurant, Pullman KLCC between 26 May and 24 June 2017! This much anticipated traditionally-inspired satiating spread will see the return of favourites like rendang tok, beriyani rice, sugar cane, coconut drinks and more, complemented by other delights such as fresh seafood, unending spread of hot food and sweet tempting desserts, all presented in stalls and live cooking stations. The Pullman KLCC also offers specially tailored buffet menus for those interested in organising private or special get-togethers of 50 persons and above during the fasting month.
Highlights: Rendang Tok (meat stewed in coconut milk and spices) , Nasi Beriyani bersama Kacang Gajus, Kambing Panggang Berjintan, Udang Goreng Berempah ( fried shrimp with spice ), and Ayam Panggang Madu Berbijan ( sesame grilled chicken ), including a sugar cane machine and coconut drinks for the kampung-style experience.
Price: MYR150 nett per adult, MYR75 nett per child (aged from 6 until 12 years old)
Contact: +6 03 2170 888 extn. 8119 / email@example.com
10. Temptations, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Savour your taste bud with Malaysian classics at Temptations for Iftar. The culinary team, led by Chef Ali Tuwin, will engulf your senses with a feast of more than 100 Malay dishes daily! Not only that, diners can enjoy Kampung style ikan bakar (grilled fish) and satay at live action stations. Complete the meal by ending it with array of sweet desserts, then head up to the urban tropical oasis to be spoilt by all-you-can-eat tropical and local fruit.
Highlights: Biryani gam ayam (chicken briyani), ayam masak daun limau purut (chicken cooked with spices and lime leaves), Serawa Durian ( durian gravy) with glutinous rice and the must-have beef or chicken bubur lambuk.
Price: MYR145 nett per adult, 50% discount for children from aged 6-12 years. Early birds will enjoy the Ramadan buffet at MYR110 nett person.
Contact: +6 03 2771 6692 / firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)
The crowd-pleasing KLCC’s ‘Kampung in the City’ Ramadan offering returns this year with more varieties, led by their award-winning 52-strong culinary team who infused their own traditional home-inspired flavours into every dish served. On top of that, clients have the option to personalise each spread with various ‘Chef Action Station’ add-ons. The centre also offers its guests a designated prayer room, prayer mats, sandals. On-site ablution facility and an Imam to lead Muslims in their Maghrib, Isya’ and Tarawih prayers.
Highlights: Nasi kerabu tulang rusuk kerutup bakar (butterfly-pea flower coloured rice with grilled beef ribs marinated in kerutup sauce), jantung pisang tumis pedas ikan tamban (spicy sardines stir-fried with banana flower), gulai ayam kampung bersama buah betik manis (farm chicken curry with sweet papaya) and nasi daging air asam utara (Northern-style rice with beef cooked in a tamarind sauce).
Price: RM115 nett per person
Contact: +603 2333 2866 (Abby), +603 2333 2877 (June)
12. Melting Pot Café, Concorde Shah Alam
With ‘Citarasa 7 Kampung’ as the theme this year, Melting Pot Café at Concorde Hotel Shah Alam offers more than 100 dishes in their menu. The culinary team lead by Chef Hafizi Abd Aziz highlights on seven special traditional Malay dishes, whereby each of them hail from Johor, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan, Melaka, Penang and Perak. Diners can also look forward to the hotel’s signature ‘gearbox soup’ and bubur lambuk.
Highlights: Daging masak hitam (sweet black beef), kuzi ayam (kuzi spice chicken), ayam percik (roasted spiced chicken), hot and sour Szechuan soup, ikan tilapia masam manis (sweet sour tilapia) and rendang daging (meat stewed in coconut milk and spices)
Price: RM 123 nett per person. Special price of RM 95 nett per person for the first five days and last three days of Ramadan month.
Contact: +6 03 5512 2200 / email@example.com
13. Saffron Brasserie, Ancasa Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur
Ancasa Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur chooses “Selera Desa Kembara Iftar” as its ramadhan theme this year that offers a variety of delectable traditional Malaysian food inspired from several culinary hot spots in Kuala Lumpur such as Jalan Medan, Pasar Lama, Foch Avenue, Jalan Pudu, Warung Jalan Peel and Jalan Dato Keramat specially prepared by well-experienced chefs, Chef Yohanis, Chef Mariam, Chef Syukri and Chef Alias.
Highlights: Arabic rice served with grilled lamb (Nasi kabsah with kambing bakar), roasted lamb (kambing golek), screwpine flatbread (roti canai), a wide selection of desserts made of durian such as durian gravy (serawa durian), paste, cake and pudding.
Price: MYR68 nett per adult and MYR40 nett per child. Early birds can enjoy their lower rate as low as MYR58 nett per person, which valid until May 15, 2017.
Contact: +603 2026 6060 (ext. 7703)
14. Bazaar 33, Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, Kuala Lumpur
Authenticity guaranteed! Get ready to tantalize your taste bud at Bazaar 33, located on thirty third level, in expansive view of Kuala Lumpur skyline. This year’s buffet spread offers Nusantara feast, specially catered by the hotel’s culinary experts. Diners can enjoy iftar in a pleasing and cosy ambience in their stylishly furnished Bazaar 33 without the long queues.
Highlights: Kambing masak hitam (sweet black lamb), ikan pari asam pedas (stingray cooked in spicy tamarind gravy), and a variety of ulams other dishes served with piping hot steamed white rice.
Price: MYR 99 nett ( 1st & 4th week) and MYR 128 nett ( 2nd & 3 rd week) per adults and MYR 50 nett ( 1st & 4th week) and MYR 64 nett ( 2nd & 3 rd week) per children and senior citizen. One dine for free for every group of 11.
Contact: +6 03 2332 7777 (ext 6819) / firstname.lastname@example.org
15. Warisan Delight, Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur
This upcoming fasting month, Hotel Maya offers iftar buffet featuring sumptous home-styled of ‘Citarasa Warisan’ accompanied by a spread of international and local delicacies to suit your palate. Specially prepared by culinary team lead by Chef Hasbullah Sabani, diners can enjoy local delicacies.
Highlights: Kerabu jantung pisang berudang (shrimp and banana leaves salad), nasi beriani (briyani rice), sambal udang galah (spicy lobsters), serawa durian (durian gravy), ais kacang (ice blended with syrup and other topping)
Price: MYR 80 per adult ( 1st week), MYR 128 per adult ( 2nd to 4th week), half price for children between 5-12 years old. Early bird voucher priced at MYR 99 per adult are available from 10th April to 20th May 2017.
Contact: +6 03 2711 8866 (ext 258)
16. Tonka Bean Café & Deli, Impiana KLCC
Why here, you’d say? Because everything is so good! Expect to be spoilt for choice with a classical selection of both main dishes and desserts which all are escalated by punching fresh flavours, prepared with some very good quality ingredients, as well as a confident and capable kitchen led by Executive Chef, Chef Mazlee Abdul Rahman.
Highlights: Zam Zam water, Sup Gear Box, Kari Kepala Ikan Pedas, Gulai Daging Keting Rebung, 12 flavours of Baskin-Robbins ice cream and durian buffet.
Price: RM148 nett per adult and RM74 nett per child between four and 12 years old.
Contact: +603-2147 1025 or email email@example.com
17. Carousel, Palace of the Golden Horses
‘Seindah Ramadhan’ buffet line features seven action stalls with additional five food stations; with more than 150 delectable offerings from popular selection of Middle Eastern Arabic cuisine to well-known Asian favourites. Our top pick is the roasted camel meat which goes amazing with biryani rice.
Highlights: Roasted camel meat with condiments, pit-roasted lamb, gulai kawah, Sup Gearbox, lychee goreng, nenas goreng, rambutan goreng and tropical fruits buffet including durian, mangosteen, rambutan and langsat.
Price: RM108 nett per person (from May 22 – June 4 & June 19 – June 24), RM128 nett per person (from June 5 – June 11 & June 12 – June 28), RM78 nett per child and senior citizen for the whole month.
Contact: +603-8946 4888 ext 3781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org