Ahh it’s that time of the year again, the month where Muslims around the world strengthen their connection with the Almighty by observing fast and performing extra act of charity. For most people too, this Holy Month also makes an ideal time to celebrate togetherness and reconnect with loved ones. And what better way to do so than catching up over a nice meal during iftar (breaking of fast)?
Hence, for that very reason, we gathered up a list of top buffet places in Klang Valley, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, broken down into the must-haves should you get overwhelmed by the extensive choices. Of course, these places are carefully handpicked by us after taking into consideration the menus, facilities like prayer rooms, and the ambience. Bon appetit!
1.Oxtail Soup at Latest Recipe, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
Prepared by simmering the oxtail with local herbs and spices until it becomes tender, this dish is meaty, warm and comforting with a burst of flavour from the bukhari spice. Coriander leaves, potatoes and vegetables perfectly complement the flavour of the soup, tantalising your taste bud, making it a perfect dish for the whole family! The oxtail soup by Chef Budiman truly embodies his philosophy in cooking: filled with love in bringing people together. Trust us, one taste will change the way how you appreciate soup forever!
You may also like: With the theme Citarasa Harmoni, patrons are spoiled for choice with a myriad of local, western and even Japanese dishes specially curated by the outstanding culinary team. Some of our other favourites include the special bubur lambuk (porridge cooked with spices) infused with fragrant oil, the immaculate sashimi, rendang utara that is slow-cooked for six hours, and home-made mango pudding using fresh mango.
Rates: MYR80 nett per adult and MYR90 nett per child. Early bird vouchers are available now at RM128 nett per adult and RM64 nett per child, on a first come, first served basis. Member of Marriot Bonvoy can enjoy 10% discount off the early bird pricing.
Reservations: +6 03 2263 7434 / email to email@example.com
2.Daging Dendeng Ibunda at Latest Recipe, Le Meridien Putrajaya
Daging dendeng has its roots in Javanese cooking, prepared with traditional spices and local herbs and cooked for hours to perfection. The chef at Latest Recipe uses his grandma’s recipe, so you may expect it to be comforting, and ready to tantalise your taste bud with an explosion of flavours. It’s authentic, it’s perfect. Believe us when we say that this could be one of the best daging dendeng you’ll ever try – we had two servings and still thought we didn’t have enough!
You may also like: Dining at Latest Recipe will always feel like a feast, filled with a mouth-watering spread of over 100 delectable dishes for patrons to enjoy. Be sure to taste the traditional favourites like cencaru pais kelapa, patin tempoyak, daging salai masak lemak cili api, ikan berlada, ayam masak tempoyak, cencaru sumbat belakang, all the delicate Japanese cuisine and end it with a sweet note with chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fresh fruit.
Rates: MYR168 nett per adult and MYR84 nett per child. Holders of CIMB, Maybank, Citibank, HSBC and UOB debit or credit cards may enjoy preferred discounts (terms and conditions apply.)
Reservations: +6 03 8689 6888 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3.Nasi Kandar at JP Teres, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Presenting a complete local experience with over 150 dishes, the buffet menu at JP Teres is curated by Chef Nazib and Chef Sanjay who are keen on sharing their timeless family recipes by emphasising the heritage of Malaysian flavours. We’re in love with the nasi kandar, made with passion from the Penangite himself, Chef Nazib. The fluffy warm rice goes oh harmoniously with the thick fish head curry, okra and salted egg, creating a symphony of flavours that remind you of the birthplace of this dish – now, who says you have to go to Penang to get a quick nasi kandar fix?
You may also like: Signature chicken rice with steamed chicken and roasted chicken, Chef Sanjay signature chicken varuval, Middle East specials such as shawarma and falafel, sautéed mussels with black pepper, braised oxtail, braised pumpkin, traditional Malaysian beef soup, pandan chiffon cake and finally Pahang’s pudding diRaja. On Friday and Saturday nights, the chefs will fire up the grill for exclusive Barbecue Nights, featuring a selection of meats and sustainable seafood. Sundays are fuelled with a selection of freshly prepared seafood on ice.
Rates: MYR178 nett per adult and MYR89 nett per child. Early bird promotion lasts until 12 May 2019, offering discounted prices at MYR158 nett per adult and MYR79 nett per child. Rates for group bookings are MYR168 nett per adult and MYR84 nett per child (minimum of 20 adult bookings).
Reservations: +6 03 2182 1234 / email to email@example.com
4.Bukhara Rice served with Gulai Kawah at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Specially prepared by their award-winning chefs, the fluffy Bukhara rice pairs perfectly with aromatic curry that is accompanied by tender pieces of meat – their delicate combination of flavours creates a lasting impression that we believe you would cherish for a long time. The curry comes in three flavourful varieties including gulai kawah daging campur bersama kedondong (beef curry cooked with ambarella), gulai kawah tulang rusuk kambing bersama ubi kentang (lamb rib curry with potato), and gulai kawah ayam kampung bersama pisang muda lemak manis (chicken curry cooked with young sweet banana).
You may also like: In addition to hosting classic Ramadan dishes, the menus also offer contemporary and international choices for diners looking for something a little different. Dishes include Arab minced beef pita kebab, Japanese teriyaki and selection of sushi, roasted fish tikka, Hainanese chicken rice, Thai BBQ, steamboat and Penang char kuey teow. There will also be durian stalls for patrons to enjoy!
Rates: MYR150 nett per person and is available for bookings on weekdays between 8 until 31 May 2019. Corporate bookings are available (for 100 persons and above) daily throughout Ramadan, from MYR128 nett per person. With two customisable menu choices – the delightful Ramadan Al-Mubarak and the tantalising Ramadan Al-Kareem – clients have the option to personalise them with various ‘Chef Action Station’ add-ons.
Reservations: +6 03 2333 2866 (public bookings) or +603 2333 2877 (corporate bookings) / visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.
5.Ayam Golek Istana at Kwee Zeen, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Dine like royalty with Dato’ Chef Ismail’s signature dish, Ayam Golek Istana, a wood-fire broiled chicken dressed in chef’s secret gravy recipe! Served on a bed of vibrant and delicious raisin and cashew nut biryani rice, this dish bursts with rich sweet and savoury flavours that leave you wanting for more.
You may also like: Besides the array of delectable Malay delicacies, the buffet also includes Chinese, Indian and Western favourites such as asam pedas ikan pari (stingray cooked in sweet sour gravy) and the flavourful curry laksa!
Rates: MYR188 nett per adult and MYR94 nett per child.
Reservations: +6 03 2720 6688 / or email HA123-FB2@SOFITEL.COM
6.Barbecue at Lemon Garden, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
The main attraction at Lemon Garden has always been the live action corner with a barbeque pit serving an array of sumptuous delights such as shish tawouk (charcoal grilled chicken cubes), Iranian kubbiedeh (charcoal grill minced lamb), Iranian tikka mastih (charcoal grilled beef), barbecued chicken wings, fresh water prawns Siamese style, grilled US Oysters and more.
You may also like: The culinary team at Lemon Garden has carefully put together a buffet menu which infuses rich Malaysian flavours to its wide spread of specialities such as rendang pipi lembu (braised beef cheek with Malay herbs and dried coconut paste), ikan besar bakar sos 3 rasa (baked whole fish with hot, sweet and sour sauce) and nasi beriyani kambing (lamb biryani). There will also be festive favourites like lemang pulut hitam, ketupat palas, and serunding.
Rates: The Festive Dinner Buffet is priced at MYR203 nett per person from Sunday to Thursday and the Festive Seafood Dinner Buffet is priced at MYR236 nett per person from Friday to Saturday. Early Bird Offer is now available for dining period from 5 until 14 May (except 10 & 11 May) at MYR175 nett per person and is only valid from Sunday to Thursday.
Reservations: +6 03 2074 3900 / email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7.Seafood offerings at Charcoal, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Seafood connoisseur can savour a myriad of fresh offerings with the ‘Seafood-on-ice’ items such poached tiger prawns, flower crabs and New Zealand mussels. But if you prefer your seafood to be cooked, then the baked fresh oysters with orange cheddar cheese and creamed spinach, along with the marinated squid with turmeric and kerang dengan air asam (shellfish dipped in tamarind sauce) prove memorable.
You may also like: Other 180 mouth-watering specialties ranging from Malay, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese to Middle Eastern, including Charcoal nasi lemak telur bungkus, sambal ikan sardin, ayam panggang percik, gulai ikan yu dengan daun kesom, and roasted duck with spicy sauce. The dessert selections are also extensive, including those flavoured with the king of fruit, bubur pulut durian and ais kacang with durian paste.
Rates: MYR162++ per adult and children between the age of six and twelve years old can enjoy 50% discount while those below the age of 6 years old eat for free. Maybank and CIMB cardholders, Lifestyle by Saujana and Saujana Golf and Country Club members will enjoy a 20% discount with T&C apply.
Reservations: +6 03 7843 1234 ext. 6122 / email to email@example.com.
8.Lubina Ala Sal (Baked Seabass Fish with Rock Salt) at Putra Hall B, PICC
Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) promises to unlock an explosion of flavours with its iftar offerings, and we believe them. Take the lubina ala sal for example, a dish commonly found in Spain and Italy, cooked by having the fish simply blanketed in rock salt and baked to perfection, producing moist, perfectly seasoned fish. It’s so simple, yet hit all the right notes!
You may also like: Experience ‘Ramadan bazaar’ under one roof that serves over 300 unique Asian delights such as sup belut (eel soup), puyuh goreng berempah (fried quail), nasi kuning ayam rangup mangga muda (yellow rice with crunchy unripe mango), nasi Arab Khabsa and Mendy, taufu fah (tofu custard) with palm sugar syrup, and finger-licking churros.
Rates: MYR98 per adult and MYR49 per child. All prices are subject to 6%.
Reservations: +6 03 8887 6168
9.Seafood-live-on-the-wok at Verandah, Cyberview Resort & Spa
The seafood-live-on the-wok corner here has been a crowd favourite for years, treating patrons to a myriad of fresh patin (catfish), tilapia, salmon and have them cooked by the chef in either asam pedas (spicy sour) or masak tempoyak (cooked with fermented durian) on the spot. It’s a little of freedom that makes a nice touch to the buffet.
You may also like: Deep-fried Homemade Musang King Durian Rolls, masak lemak, gulai kawah with beef or chicken; and smoked duck and fish, banana Thai pancake, nasi ayam tempayan, live prawn selections cooked to preference, popiah kapitan.
Rates: MYR138 nett per adult, MYR68 nett per child and 30% discount for senior citizen. A complimentary hot air balloon sunrise ride for two persons is accorded for every group booking of 200 persons.
Reservations: +6 03 8312 7042/7041
10.Oven Baked Whole Sambal Fish at The Mill Café, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
A baked fish meal is a healthy option that leaves you full but not stuffed, and this powerfully spicy sambal baked fish is no exception. The fish is moist yet packed with dramatic flavours that we think foodies would enjoy.
You may also like: Malay traditional cuisines that befit the theme of ‘Nostalgia Desa’ such as biryani rice, gulai daging salai and bubur serawa durian. However, alternative flavours such as Chinese and Indian cuisines are also available at the cafe. It also has an al fresco area fronting the street of Bukit Bintang where guests may enjoy delicious local fruits including mangosteen, banana, pineapple, salak (thorny palm or snake fruit) and, of course, durian.
Rates: MYR158 nett per person.
Reservation: +6 03 2117 4163 / email to firstname.lastname@example.org