Few days left before the Ramadan ends – time flies! We hope that you have been enjoying a wonderful Ramadan and shared precious moments with your friends and family. Before Ramadan month comes to an end, mark the last Ramadan week with a grand feast at the 7 Most-liked Ramadan Buffets in KL.
The Mill Café @ Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
Go for traditional bazaar concept! Embrace the spirit of the holy month and embark on a unique epicurean journey at The Mill Café, located at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur. The Mill Café features a 5-star buffet where you can savour a lavish selection of Asian and international flavours, including over 100 tantalising specialities presented in 24 market-styles stalls. TABLEAPP Exclusive: Book Now to get 34% OFF!
LINK – All Day Dining @ Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
Almost 300 dishes and condiments, all prepared in their traditional best! The special “Selera Kampung” fare presents an array of delish delights which include but not limited to: traditional Malay appetisers, claypot assam pedas, kawah favourites, traditional Malay kuihs and local / seasonal tropical fruits, and onsite Turkish ice-cream maker.
Treat yourself with authentic Indian cuisine at Passage Thru India, voted as the Best Indian Restaurant by the culture, arts, and Tourism Ministry! Get thrilled with the buffet of mouth watering dishes prepared with recipes from India. This Ramadan, the restaurant features over 30 mouths watering dishes with pure spices and selected herbs and only using healthy cooking oils.TABLEAPP Exclusive: Book Now to get 10% OFF!
Come to discover traditional and local cuisine with innovative fusion! At Bijan, they are innovating ways of enjoying Malay food, introducing accompanying wine to enhance flavours and ways of preparing local delicacies in a fine balance of old and new. This ‘Selera Ibunda’ buffet will be taking diners down the memory lane and stirring up fulfilling memories of some almost forgotten dishes. Not to forget their famous Chocolate Durian Cake made from D24!
Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall @ Jalan Putra, Chow Kit Free flow of steak, anyone? Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall’s buka puasa buffet features special daily carvery including Halal Australian beef, New Zealand lamb and BBQ chicken from their Josper Charcoal Oven that adds uniquely special flavour to the meats. You will also have access to homemade desserts table and local specialities.
Atmosphere360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower @ Menara Kuala Lumpur
Breaking fast with an incredible Kuala Lumpur city view! The restaurant is housed in the world's 7th tallest tower – the KL Tower – where the view is breathtaking. The modern authentic Malaysian and International cuisines served for its buffet will leave a lasting Ramadan mark in your heart. Come with family or friends and enjoy this delightful buffet.
Who’s up for international flavours with traditional Malay recipes? Gobo Chit Chat offers a variety of local and international dishes. Other culinary highlight includes lok lok steamboat delights, Penang murtabak, tempe kelapa and a variety of Arabic dates. Plus, free flow of Haagen-Dazs ice cream while enjoying gamelan performance which is available every night! For every group of 6 persons, one dines for FREE.
Escape yourself for a night at one of these bars – sit back and enjoy a drink or a dinner with wonderful live music performances. Check this selection of 5 Best Bars with Great Vibes in KL you should better go for it, it’s worthwhile!
Located along Jalan Mesui, Pisco Bar, the highly-popular restobar, is known for introducing a diverse and unique range of mouth-watering Peruvian and Spanish tapas in KL. A marriage of Spanish hot bloodedness and the poised, chic ambiance, Pisco Bar is one of the most established gathering spots where you can meet your friends and make new ones. With the electric urban chic atmosphere that the bar offers, you can easily absorb the ambience with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Head upstairs to a welcoming setup for live music; there are bar stools and sofas around a generous performance space, and an elevated stage that offers the ideal layout for a variety of events such as cocktail parties, live performances, movie screenings, fashion shows. Many of Kuala Lumpur’s trendiest revellers flock to Pisco Bar – especially on the weekend – so make sure you have your table booked beforehand!
COMO is, in fact, a rejuvenated version of its thriving sister outlet Pisco Bar in Changkat Bukit Bintang. COMO has an unique character that attracts trendy locals, yuppie expats and international travellers – a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends all around the world. You can get some drinks and bespoke cocktails at COMO while enjoying the techno and deep house tunes all night long. Need a bite? Grab some awesome Spanish traditional tapas with a contemporary Malaysian twist at COMO! With great line-up of live performances every week, it is not a surprise that COMO is always full house. Have fun at this little treasure located in the trendy area of TREC KL, one of the hottest nocturnal nightlife spots in KL!
After a long day at work, Mezze Bar & Bistro in one of the quiet rows in Damansara Heights, is the perfect place to relax with live bands performances. The bar welcomed lots of international and local famous artist, mainly staging contemporary mainstream and jazz performances. Jazz music icons like Michael Veerapen, Rachel Guerzo and Dasha Logan already have set fire during their talented performances. Every Friday and Saturday nights from 9.30pm onwards, the Malaysia’s well-known jazz pianist, Michael Veerapan performs live music performance at Mezze Bar. It is not a huge space, but the cosiness of the venue makes for an intimate, casual sessions with the musicians. Enjoy the performances while savouring vivacious variety of small tapas, charcuterie and cheese plates. Go ahead and pair them with an excellent wine, cocktail or whisky.
Located along the infamous street of Changkat Bukit Bintang, right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, The Rabbit Hole is a must-go restobar. You will be impressed with its interior offering different concepts – the colourful and artistic graffiti bar perfect for casual gatherings with friends, the green laser dance club room where the walls, DJ console and bar are made of 3-Dimensional Origami Art, and the chic and comfy Arthur's Lounge which bears resemblance to an old English gentlemen's club. Concerning the drinks the bar offers a wide array of beers and cocktails with signature fantasy-themed drinks like Mad Tea Party and Firefall. This very original and unique concept bar is designed and builds around inspirations of the well-known fantasy narratives of Alice in Wonderland & Narnia Chronicles. Reservations are highly recommended.
Located in Bangsar, Bobo KL is one of the famous bar and restaurants in KL. Bobo KL offers unique jazz performances at the Piano Lounge upstairs, just above the restaurant. A beautiful entrance and stairway adorned with art leads to a space where music takes centre stage. Here, you can come for a dinner and enjoy the relaxing and chilling ambiance the restaurant offers. If you like Jazz music, then it would be heaven for you – the restaurant invites artists for live jazz music six nights a week. You may have the chance to meet Elvira Arul or Stephanie Reese during their talented show at the restaurant.
From the classic cocktails to the modern upgrades, here are the must-try cocktails in KL. Bars with friendly ambiance and delightful cocktails to your preference. Enjoy!
Opium’s signature house cocktails @ Changkat Bukit Bintang The moment you stepped into Opium KL, one of the most stylish resto-bars in Changkat Bukit Bintang, you will be impressed by the interior of the restaurant inspired by the Opium regimes of the east – age-old artefacts such as opium bed, opium pipes and rows of huge Chinese wine pots! Beautifully presented in charming ceramic bowls and glasses, Opium KL’s extensive beverage menu consists of single malt whiskies, Chinese rice wines, beers, spirits, and house wines, as well as uniquely-named signature and classic cocktails – Peking Man (vodka, puer tea, longan, lime juice, egg white, and orange bitters), and 50 Shades of Grey – just to name a few. The Black Dragon is a must-try at Opium, with its creamy crème de cassis, lemon juice and blackberries, all blend with a strong vodka to enhance it.Click here for online reservations >
Pisco Bar's Pisco Sours @ Jalan Mesui Located in the very heart of Kuala Lumpur, Pisco Bar serves up a Peruvian-inspired menu in a trendy, laid-back setting. During dinner hours, Pisco Bar introduces to KL a great range of unique Peruvian and Spanish Tapas. But it is definitely after dinner when, encouraged by the raw and industrial sexy look of the interior, Pisco Bar acquires its unique character. The Bar proposes a flexible layout which allows cocktail party, live performances with some of the trendiest DJs in town, movie screenings, and many more. If you have the chance to come by here, you really should try the signature cocktails of the bar. One of the must-try drinks is of course, Pisco Bar’s signature Pisco Sours. It’s a light, foamy beverage containing pisco, egg white and sugar to give a sweet taste, while adding lime to balance the sweetness with some acidity. We also like the Peanut Butter & Jelly shooter, comprising frangelico & cranberry! Click here for online reservations >
SkyBar's Lychee Rose @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur SkyBar is the one of the most stunning rooftop bars in KL, offering a great selection of wines, beers, spirits, and cocktails, including signature cocktails such as Lychee Rose. This martini evokes memories of fresh Turkish ‘rose lokum’ but with subtle alcohol undertones. The palest of pink with a plum lychee resting in the bottom of the classic glass, Belvedere vodka, lychee liqueur and rose syrup for your drinking delectation. Lychee Rose is a sweet and feminine drink, and is widely welcome by ladies. Located on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel and with a modern interior design, SkyBar is the place to go to spend quality time with friends while enjoying the amazing views of the Petronas Twin Towers. Most nights feature mellow jazz and soft rock, with DJs kicking the atmosphere into high gear on certain days. Yes for relaxing ambiance!Click here for online reservations >
Ojos Bar's Taiwanese Cocktails @ Jaya One
Ojos Bar came up with very original and interesting concept: Taiwanese cocktails. The founders behind Ojos Bar believe that cocktail making is all about stimulation of all 5 senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. At Ojos Bar, their cocktails carry a lot of Taiwanese influence and are easy to drink and well mix up. Their famous one is the Cococabana – the glass is coated nicely with cocoa powder and topped with a homemade cotton candy. It is a great mix of smirnoff vodka, creme de casis, white wine, lime, Ojos ginger syrup, and ginger ale. You can also enjoy their Taiwanese snack to accompany those tasty and sweet cocktails. Every 2 weeks, a Taiwanese mixologist is invited to become a guest mixologist in Ojos Bar to work along with David, a Malaysian mixologist to serve the best concoctions to customers. Click here for online reservations >
Maison Francaise @ Jalan Changkat Kia Peng
Maison Francaise is a special place that pays true attention to details. Here you will get to experience, the very best of French haute cuisine through a repertoire of inventive French classics and an extensive wine list of over 150 premium wines from France. Relax yourself while sipping the delightful cocktail ‘a la francaise’ while overlooking the pool. Some cocktails offered at Maison Francaise are great classics and some with a twist. Don't miss the signature Punch cocktails – French Punch is originally made according to a recipe that involves the following rhythm: “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.“; That would be: lime juice, sugar, rum, and water. Although in new versions, many different fruits can be supplemented, so enjoy our signature collection of punches that make you feel the French inspiration. And that is not all, you can also enjoy the long list of Kirs – the most difficult task is to choose!Click here for online reservations >
Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant, Dua Annexe, Kuala Lumpur
Well hidden at the modern luxury Dua Annexe apartment along Jalan Tun Razak, Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant is a traditional Japanese restauran The restaurant offers varieties of attractive Japanese foods, not to mention their Sake and Shochu. The well trained waitresses at Kirishima KL are dressed in kimonos – something which is rarely seen in Malaysia, although there’s one or two restaurants out there that does the same. The restaurants’ regulars are a mix of locals and Japanese that resides in Kuala Lumpur.
Despite situated in one of the most expensive lands in the heart of KL city, the food here are priced reasonably, food comes in large and generous portion, and the ingredients used are always fresh. Every Tuesday and Friday, the team at Kirishima KL will have fresh items air flown from Japan.
The desserts are worth a mention, especially Ginger Sorbet and Wasabi Ice Cream which are made fresh from kitchen. Almost missed these two rare items because they are off the menu; diners will have to make a request and it is very much depends on luck.
Special recommendations are available at Kirishima KL and are changed weekly, so diners always have different choices.
Dinner Buffet 2016 at Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall, Kuala Lumpur
Barely open for half a year, Las Vacas’ latest addition now sits at Sunway Putra Mall. The location is perhaps new, but you might have heard of its well-known sister outlet along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng. The renowned beef-inclined steakhouse, which also doubles as a deli and butchery, boasts a wealth of different cuts and meats at varying price points.
During this Ramadan festive, Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall offers a dinner buffet from 9th June – 4th July 2016, available daily from 6.30pm – 9.30pm, featuring a special daily carvery including Halal Australian beef, New Zealand lamb, and BBQ chicken.
The carvery at Sunway Putra Mall outlet is prepared using JOSPER Charcoal Oven – Josper, which worth the value of a car (!), is an elegant combination of a grill and an oven in a single machine that adds the unique flavour of the finest embers, giving a unique texture and juiciness in all meats.
Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall is the only outlet in the Las Vacas family that has the masterpiece Josper oven. Naturally, carvery steals the limelight for this Ramadan buffet. Take a look at the cuts below.
Check out some of the dishes available at Las Vacas’ dinner buffet at Sunway Putra Mall outlet. Pretty eye-pleasing indeed.
A pure surprise that I had during the night is Las Vacas’ French pastries selection. Well, to be frank, desserts and pastries are rarely a highlight for buffets but at Las Vacas it was exceptional. I first started to taste the pastries without having much high hopes but I was so wrong – the pastries, are heavenly made! Before I realised, I started to fill my plate with almost every pastry available at the counter – and I had to make second helping.
Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall's dinner buffet is priced at RM80 nett (per adult) and RM40 nett (per child).
Here comes the first and lovely surprise, ladies and gentleman: Celebrity Chef Norman Musa, Europe’s leading award-winning UK based Malaysian Chef and official food ambassador for Kuala Lumpur, brings you his very special Ramadan buffet at Eccucino, Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences. This year’s Ramadan menu will feature a host of favourites and signature dishes that are traditional, with a modern twist. How lucky I am to discover Malaysian dishes with a talented Malaysian celebrity chef that has been based in United Kingdom for 21 years!
Upon arrival, I was already impressed by the restaurant interior design. The decor allows the simplistic beauty of the food to really shine. A large bright open room, pretty laid tables and sweet and warm light highlighting the dishes – making me really anxious to taste this buffet! The restaurant buzzed with excited energy and was comfortably full with seemingly satisfied patrons.
While we were waiting for the hour of Iftar, I couldn’t hold my excitement and decided to have a sneak peak of the buffet. All was very impressive and this has my taste buds awaken. Through every counter, you can taste a local malay flavour with modern twist for delightful fusion dish. Even for people who are difficult with food you'll find whatever you want here.
Break fast time arrived! I decided to start with the Rendang Beef Wellington’s – it was created by Chef Norman Musa exclusively for Eccucino’s Ramadan buffet. When I first tasted it, the mix of everything just popped inside my mouth, you can enjoy the taste of the delightful rolled beef, then comes the taste of the wrapped spinach and mushrooms that are perfectly blend with the pastry. Plus, it has an amazingly-baked crust!
Star of the night – the Rendang Scotch Egg! It is a boiled egg coated with breadcrumbs. The savour of the soft boiled egg blends extraordinary good with the crispy texture of the roasted coconuts and minced chicken which is infused with authentic Rendang flavour. This adorably round-shaped fusion signature is deep fried and you can really feel the crunchy aspect of this dish. Chef Norman advises us to savour it with a salad. This is what I like about this buffet, through the boundless creativity by Chef Norman, simple ingredients could be turned into something extraordinary that just blows your mind away. After the Chef Norman’s cooking demonstration of this dish it made me realize that it’s something that I can easily cooked at home. Chef Norman will have more live cooking demonstrations during his special appearances on 14, 22, 25 and 30 June 2016.
Here comes my favourite of the night! Lemongrass Roast Chicken was created by Chef Norman for his fans to celebrate British Sunday roast but with a Malaysian flavour. The chicken was tender and accompanied with yellow sweet sauce which enhances the dish. The best way to savour it is to have it with some rice. The dish was executed perfectly, and the bright colours of the ingredients made it a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
My curiosity peaks when I saw the lamb rack counter was packed with people. I decided to check out what was the dish: the ‘Selom’ Lamb racks. – it made me wanted to taste it immediately. Genius idea of Chef Norman to prepare the lamb rack – water parsley, mustard, and delicate cheese – to enhance the meat and give it more delightful flavours. What is so amazing about this dish is the crispiness of the lamb rack which is coated with crunchy breadcrumb that leaves a memorable taste in the mouth.
Seafood lovers will also be satisfied. Be it the seafood counter or the live cooking station, you can have a feast on oysters, crabs, clams, fish, prawns and many others.
The delight never stops! Many more dishes and tastes to discover. If I can give an advice, take small portion of lots of different dishes. Be careful there is a lot!
Eccucino has a wide selections for dessert and salad. They even have a chocolate fountain which is very rare to be included in a buffet! Some cakes and pastries are made with dark chocolate, some with sweet caramel, while others are served with fruits to enhance the dessert, giving it a refreshing feeling. Don’t forget to spot their special durian ice cream if you are here!
Pullman KLCC Hotel “Buka Puasa” buffet dinner will be available daily at Ecuccino Restaurant from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, from 6 June to 5 July 2016. The buffet is priced at RM128 nett per adult and RM64 nett per child for children below 12 years old. Book your tableon TABLEAPP and make sure you berbuka with celebrity Chef Norman Musa at Eccucino, Pullman KLCC Hotel.
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Check out this week's dining guide on the best seafood restaurants in KL that are so worth of cholesterol. Time for some special delightful seafood!
One Seafood Restaurant IS the place if you are looking for good and quality seafood cooked Chinese style in Kuala Lumpur. You will find plenty of finger-licking dishes, all at reasonable prices. The dishes served here have traditional Chinese cooking elements with a fine dining twist. Their food ranged from a garden salad created from local market gardens, to fish, poultry and oysters fished live from their aquarium. The lunch, dinner, and dessert menus have been carefully assembled to offer tasty traditional fare and palate – pleasing specialties. And all this trying to use as much local produce as is available. The restaurant adheres to a philosophy that only what’s fresh will be served and the multi-course menu would be planned by their awards winning chef from time to time. The menu is drawn from more than 100 types of cuisines the chef has developed and continue to expand on.
Previously known as Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant (PJ), The Elite Seafood Restaurant maintains the same unique characteristics that have long made an all-time favourite among seafood enthusiasts despite the name changed. Owned by Unique Seafood Group of Restaurants – one of Malaysia’s largest suppliers of live seafood – you can rest assure that there is always a fresh and abundant supply of seafood at the restaurant. Besides the more common choices of live seafood, diners can also choose from rarer ones such as French turbots, Australian snow crabs, Alaskan spider crabs and Canadian geoduck clams. At Elite Seafood Restaurant, thematic VIP room is available for guest to have different feel for dining in in different atmosphere.
Southern Rock Seafood sells one of the best seafood in Kuala Lumpur. This place serves Western-style seafood with rave reviews from guests. Since 2008, they have supplied high quality imported seafood to Malaysia's leading hotels and restaurants and the most health-conscious households. They specialise in fresh and smoked fish and shellfish from Australia New Zealand and Europe. In 2015 they opened Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen right next door to their fishmongers to showcase their delicious product. Do keep your eyes peeled for their catch of the day, you never know what kind of surprise awaits! What’s better? TABLEAPP users entitle a 10% discount on total bills!
Calling all seafood lovers! You will love this restaurant. Just Seafood at Sunway Giza Mall serves up bounties from the sea, cooked on charcoal barbecue grills. You can choose to sit al fresco or indoors, both are equally relaxing! And when comes the time to dine you can expect to feast on lobster, giant tiger prawns, flower crabs, air flown scallops and oysters, clams, and more, served together with nine variants of Just Seafood chilli sauce. TABLEAPP users entitle a 20% OFF on total bills for every booking made online!
Nothing more authentic than the Unique Seafood dining experience. If you want to know what are the steps from the aquarium to your plate, that’s the best place. Live seafood swimming in tanks may seem squeamish to some but at Unique Seafood, that’s the only way to serve it. Freshness is their top priority. “From the tank to the table” seems to be their motto and seafood lovers can’t be happier. The Aquarium area features a spectrum of tanks filled with live fishes, prawns, lobsters, Alaskan crabs, clams and abalones etc imported from all over the world. Guests can make their selection of the live fishes and seafood from here to be prepared to their liking by the Master Chefs. What a genius concept!
If you are still hesitate this IS the restaurant to go. Brolly has multiple promotions on seafood at the moment. Here, you will get spoiled for choices from decadent oysters, to succulent grilled meats, to contemporary Asian to Southern Hospitality, and more. Current promotion covers crabs, oysters and Red Lobsters – you have the choice! Limited time offers only for booking made via TABLEAPP.
Ever thought of having a sip of martini with splendid view of KL skyline? Here are the best lounges to spend a great time while sipping sweet cocktails or savor delightful champagnes.
Housed on the 56th floor of Menara 3 Petronas, Nobu Kuala Lumpur is a wildly successful brainchild of Chef Nobu amongst the 32 restaurants in 28 different cities around the world. Here at Nobu Kuala Lumpur, diners may find themselves pleasantly chilling the night away at either Nobu Bar or Cigar Lounge after a graceful meal at the dining room. Nobu Club Lounge is the quintessential venue to celebrate special milestones and host impressive occasions. The sophisticated interiors and surrounding in-built plasma screens makes the Club Lounge an ideal location for relaxing with either friends or family, with picturesque views of the Twin Towers and cityscape. The adjoining Cigar Lounge is also a timeless haven for debonair gentlemen, offering a selection of the world’s best cigars. Indulge in their Fruit Sake infusions and other house pourings at RM25 nett during their Happy Hour promotion, every Friday and Saturday, 6pm till closing.
The new rising star Enfin by James Won is the latest addition to KL’s fine dining scene. Enfin’s bar, a splendidly stunning white marble counter accentuated with atmospheric designer lighting, creating an old-world yet modern ambience that is relaxing. They have a whole array of craft cocktails, rare single malt whiskies, fine wines and a stellar list of Cognacs and Champagnes. Diners will be served by Enfin’s award-winning Sommelier team. For those who enjoy cigar, you could unwind yourself at the beautifully appointed al fresco raised wood deck seating in their expansive garden lined with groomed mature trees. This french restaurant also houses the only Krug Chef's Table in Asia.
At Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill, whilst sipping your favourite martini, whether stirred or shaken, the view of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the illumination from the surroundings makes a stunning masterpiece to behold. The Lounge makes an impressive beverage menu with cocktails being the specialty and is conducive for before and after dinner cocktails and digestives. Find your right pairing from their finest selections of wine, whisky, cocktail, that will seduce you to dance with the swirls of colours – be it red, white, golden or rosè. The diverse range of beverage are carefully selected to match the sweet, bubbly or intense character you seek.
With its majestic architecture, the Grand Salon surprisingly offers a cosy atmosphere where you can enjoy light music while sampling afternoon tea or evening cocktails. Additionally, their energetic live band will keep you entertained all night long, every day except Mondays. No plans for weekends yet? Unwind over the weekend with the delightful ‘Heavenly Hi-Tea’ at only RM65 nett per set at the elegant setting of the lounge. So don’t hesitate, come and have a great time while relaxing!
A hidden gem quietly tucked away in KL Sentral area, Punch Bar & Lounge offers a good choice for those who want to relax after work. When it comes to restaurants and bars in Kuala Lumpur, Ramada Plaza KL is the trendy spot to please your palate or just a great night. If it's sophisticated pre-and post-dinner drinks you fancy, Punch Bar & Lounge has the fizz, the sizzle, the bubbles and the buzz. Sit back, relax, and indulge in a diverse range of cocktails or linger for a moment with a lively aperitif.
Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, a reputable 5-star hotel, presents its “Selera Kampung” fare at its anchor diner: LINK – all day dining, available from 13 June to 2 July 2016.
Inspired by reminiscence and memoirs of the balik kampung exodus during the festive season, the “Selera Kampung” fare is surely a hit with almost 300 dishes and condiments to look forward to, all prepared in their traditional best.
The special fare presents an array of delish delights which include but not limited to: traditional Malay appetisers, claypot assam pedas, kawah favourites, traditional Malay kuihs and local/seasonal tropical fruits. The special highlights of the “Selera Kampung” fare to look out for will be festive wagyu beef, onsite Turkish ice-cream maker (one of the only eight makers in Malaysia!) and Malaysian favourite spiky king of fruits – durians!
This festive buffet will take up the entire space of the restaurant, even at the terrace outside – that’s going to be a huge feast – for a time of sharing and feasting with friends and family.
When I walked into the restaurant, I was amazed by the environment and the restaurant's decor. LINK, located at the Lobby Level, the restaurant exudes a warm contemporary feel with a culinary drama. The 360-seat new attitude all-day dining revolves around the interactive show kitchens displaying a sumptuous array of food, a dining concept that brings the excitement of cooking from behind the scenes to your table. High ceiling, well-lighted, large tables, spacious environment, beautiful set up, glorious space… Everything here is done to impress.
The staffs at LINK are friendly and welcoming, me and my colleagues were received with great warmth. Chef Mohd Juzaili Shah first walked us through the concept of “Selera Kampung” buffet – to bring people back to the sweet wonderful memories of kampung – and how he and his team took few months to plan and design the buffet menu and finally, presents it during Ramadan period.
What left me with a great impression in this buffet was the effort made on the presentation and decoration. It was so nice that I didn’t dare to serve myself thinking that I might destroy the work in the process.
From the appearance,Masak Lemak Cili Padi Siput Sedutreminds me of escargot in garlic butter, a dish usually served at my home in France. In France, when cooked, snails are prepared with garlic and parsley butter, added for seasoning and they are normally served in their own shell, as starter. Escargot is an intriguing dish, but it’s also one of the most difficult to eat, people would normally use a snail tongs to extract the meat in a pulling motion from the shell. But here, no special cutlery used to extract the meat, you must suck the meat out! For my first time it worked well. Be warned,Masak Lemak Cili Padi Siput Sedutis cooked with a lot of spices, hence the spiciness level could be overwhelming even for Malaysians but the spices enhance the dish very well, giving it a whole new level of sensory experience.
Udang Masak Hijau is a dish absolutely for prawn lovers. Very light curry, the dish itself is quite mild and lovely. It is a very aromatic dish with freshly prepared prawns, presenting authentic Malay cooking style, which certainly brings out the buffet’s kampung theme.
As a person who is fond of potatoes, there was a dish that sparked my interest because of its dark greyish-green curry-like sauce. At first glance, it seemed intimidating and probably a bit too much to be comprehended however when I tasted the curry sauce, it was a delightful surprise to taste buds – it was sweet, not even a slightest hint of spicy – a pleasant surprise indeed. Not to mention the perfectly tender meat in this dish. Lesson learnt – never get deceived by looks.
“Selera Kampung” buffet has a live cooking station serving roasted lamb, kebabs and Malaysians’ favourite – satays! We all know that peanut sauce plays a very important part when it comes to eating satays – it either makes or breaks the food. And to our delight, LINK’s satay peanut sauce is another surprise of the night – thick textured, well-balanced with generous portion of roasted peanuts – totally adds flavour to the satays served.
“Selera Kampung” buffet serves a handful of pencuci mulut, diners would spot local fruits (including durians!), traditional Malay kuihs (Kuih Seri Muka, anyone?), pastries, Malay-styled pickles and many more at various counters, not to forget a salad bar for all.
Of course, the must-have dates will be present during the buffet throughout the Ramadan month. The dates at LINK are imported from Tunisia – definitely quality ensured!
Before leaving I absolutely had to try the Turkish ice-cream! Traditional Turkish ice-cream, unlike normal ice cream, is thick and chewy with an elastic texture, perfect to be consumed slowly without a fear of it dribbling down the cone. Vendors often tease the customer by serving the ice-cream cone on a stick, and then taking away the ice-cream with the stick by rotating it around, before finally giving it to the customer. It was fun trying to get the ice-cream from the maker. I have to say that at the end I was dizzy trying to get hold of the ice-cream. Not easy at all.
“Selera Kampung” buffet is the result of a 5-month work. Chef Mohd Juzaili Shah and his team worked hard to offer their customers a buffet worthy of the theme. Almost 300 types of dishes will be served during Ramadan month and 90% of the dishes served are authentic local cuisines, living up the kampung theme. And personally, I think they have succeeded in creating the experience from the combination of multiple efforts on food preparation, set up and decoration.
The food was tasty and the service was perfect. The staffs are very attentive and are always around – I didn’t even have to ask them for their attention. Each time when I returned to my table from taking foods from the counters, my table has already been cleaned and my drinking glass was refilled. Every single time. I felt I was treated like a queen.
A good place to spend precious time and breakfast with your family and friends during the holy month. Come enjoy this special Ramadan buffet for RM140 nett per person and receive one complementary seat to be utilized on the same day with every 10 paying diners.
Has this review boosted your appetite? Don’t hesitate to come and discover this buffet throughout Ramadan by booking your table on TABLEAPP.