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.
Eating a vegan diet doesn’t mean lack of choice or taste. You have plenty of possibilities and different meals. Check out this vegan-friendly restaurants selection for interesting daily dishes that will melt your tummy (and heart too)!
The salad bar spots cheerful colours in its décor, adopts the motto ‘Every bowl’s a personal masterpiece’ as each salad can be customised according to personal preference with choices of mixed lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado and vegetables. Diners may also opt for the salad of the day and round up meals with soups, smoothies, and fresh fruit salads. Its simple and healthful menu contains a huge lineup of exceedingly fresh salad and sandwich fixings, soup and quenching juices and smoothies all at very reasonable prices. The sandwiches and salads are big enough they can easily be shared. Highlights? Fresh custom build salads at reasonable prices!
Come at Marmalade to enjoy their fresh and healthy menus. Their menus consist of homemade dishes, such as wholesome salads, delightful pasta, healthy smoothies, and Mom’s delicious carrot cake, significantly Marmalade. More over, it’s a kids friendly restaurant too! Homely food, cozy ambiance, and the amusing sounds that happy kids make as they frolic in the designated play areas, it is a restaurant dedicated just for the young at heart. Marmalade has been winning various awards, namely Best Healthy Eats and Best Healthy Eating/Vegetarian Restaurant by Time Out KL Food Awards.
Discover a surprising number of delicious meat-free menu items at La Mexicana, an authentic Mexican restaurant. Did you know La Mexicana Ampang’s kitchen is run by Mexican-Italian chef Carmela? Want to try something refreshing? Try this salad made of imported cactus leaves with guajillo chili. You’ll likely love La Mexican’s creamy, chilled beetroot soup with crispy fried tortilla chips. So come on, book and dine out with us!
Imperial Chakri Palace is well-known for its superb and Authentic Thai Cuisine prepared by award winning chefs. And they made a special vegetarian menu only for you! It offers plenty of choices. You can choose between different fried dishes, healthy vegetables, noodles, fresh salads, soups and so many others. Besides, for health reasons, all their dishes have no added MSG, additives or preservatives and are cooked with low cholesterol oil.
Fiercer by Fierce Curry House brings authentic Indian cuisines to the table. Contradicting to the common beliefs that authentic Indian cuisine is all about meaty tandoor, to the delight of vegetarians, Fiercer by Fierce Curry House does offer vegetable mains too! You can also taste vegetarian snacks such as vegan samosa, apart from their vegetarian mains tandoor for example, Paneer Tikka, soft juicy chunks of cottage cheese marinated in yoghurt, ginger, garlic, spices and grilled in the tandoor. Be sure to save some room for an irresistible dessert!
Lately you've probably heard about people queued for hours for durian cendol in Shah Alam. It has gone viral and successfully stirred the curiosity of people who want to taste more varieties of durian desserts. Now, embrace yourself as we showcase five must-try durian desserts in KL.
You know the toffee pie with its buttery-salty-crunchy crust made of biscuits, creamy and creamy whipped cream… Well, durian lovers will be trilled to discover it from another angle. Enjoy this super sinful Duffee (Durian-Toffee) Pie – a dome of freshly-whipped cream conceals a generous layer of durians drizzled with sticky toffee; the whole thing sits on a base of baked digestive biscuits. Cut through the cream and that unmistakable aroma assails the nostrils and the immediate surrounds. We bet you will be crazy about this flavourful indulgence.
Chocolates and durian are always an excellent pairing. The story of Bijan’s wildly famous Chocolate Durian Cake began by Lissa after being inspired by a chocolate-covered durian candy bought at a Bangkok airport. The unmistakable durian aroma blends in well with the chocolate between the soft spongy cake layers. A slice of heaven, trite as it sounds. Spot Bijan’s Durian Cheesecake when you pay them a visit as well!
It is the must-have dessert for any dessert lover. We all love a good pudding for its springy and milky texture paired with fragrant aroma and sweetness, but here at Li Yen, you will find the pudding made with durian. For the signature pudding, the chefs at Li Yen use the bittersweet D24 variation for its mellow properties that will not overpower the palate. Freshly made daily, one should not be surprised to see different colours of pudding served, as it changes according to the pulps used for the day.
Known for its bold and creative take in Chinese cuisine, this restaurant tries a new recipe: Musang King Durian Pancake. As the name suggested, only premium quality is selected. With its soft skin and creamy texture, the flesh of the durian is incorporated into the batter to create the custardy and pungent flavours. With its soft skin and creamy texture, it is almost like eating a real durian pulp.
Tiramisu is one of the most popular Italian cakes whereby the ladyfinger is dipped into strong soffee then layered with mascarpone. Let’s do try it another way: Durian Tiramisu! The ladyfinger soaking syrup, helped tone down the strong durian flavour. Packed with durian goodness, this is definitely a match made in heaven! Check out their durian flavoured ice-cream too!
There's nothing better than cooking up a feast on the grill. Practically anything can cook over a flame. Grilling can never be the same especially when you pay a visit to these 5 Best Restaurants for Grill in KL!
Slick, Sexy and New Age is the only way to describe Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill. At the lounge, whilst sipping your favourite martini, whether stirred or shaken, the view of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers makes a stunning masterpiece to behold. The Grill offers arguably the best steaks with different fine cuts. Gobo Upstairs' team of fine chefs maintains that the best way to enjoy a piece of steak is to have it grilled and that is exactly how they will prepare it for their guests and to their preference. Here you can savour either sirloin, rib eye, tenderloin, T-Bone steak… and many other recipes.
In the dining room, Pampas Grill & Bar offers a daily tasting menu with a journey of seasonal ingredient, pure, clean and intense flavours. In addition, they have filled out their menu with options to suit any mood: tender lamb, succulent chicken, seafood and crisp fresh salads – all finished with a flair that is uniquely Pampas. The Bar provides a simple yet mouth watering cocktails, mocktails, malt whisky, premium vodkas, imported beers and many other beverages. A carefully chosen wine list features wines from all over Europe, South America and Africa, include wines by the glass.
ROCKU Yakiniku, a casual, upbeat and edgy Yakiniku restaurant that drives a new wave of interest in Japanese grill and it is not surprised to see long queues outside the outliets. Delivering a fresh concept, ROCKU Yakiniku defines convention by melding a traditional style of Japanese dining with modern entertainment. Guest can savour their food hot throughout the entire meal, and there’s no better way to enjoy the tantalizing cuts of meat, ranging from beef to lamb, pork and chicken, flown in all the way from Australia and New Zealand.
Dine amongst a serene environment overlooking synchronized water fountains, ponds and a beautifully landscaped garden. Dining at Laman Grill and Steak restaurant is a feast for the senses as an open kitchen concept provides guests with a view of the kitchen and mouth watering dishes cooking away. Sit back, relax and taste the grilled US and Australian prime steaks. And for the Meat Lovers there is the Combo Platter made of beef ribs, lamb rack, stuffed chicken wings, beef fillet mignon, chicken ballotine, lamb ragout, mushroom fricassee, and special chef's sauce. TABLEAPP users 10% OFF for A la carte.
Hamasho is an authentic Japanese BBQ restaurant that is first of its kind in Malaysia. Located in Desa Sri Hartamas, they focus on quality seafood for grill, and that is traditional Japanese Izakaya style. Succumb to delightful squid, taraba crab legs or tuban shell. Did you know all their chef and waitress came from Japan? Here you will see the staffs dress up in traditional kimono and a room full of of Japanese charm!
Close your eyes, imagine the sound of flowing water, gentle breeze fingers through your hair, the soft and subdued light and the delicate smell of food which opens your appetite. Open your eyes, this is not a dream, you are at the Bijan Bar & Restaurant! This atmosphere and the way the restaurant played with the lights, the bamboo blinds and palm trees make this place a very relaxing and chilling place. I immediately felt good and comfortable the moment I stepped into the restaurant, the concept works very well.
Here no one can deny the friendly and jovial atmosphere. Sitting comfortably at your table you will witness a quality service and a smiling and welcoming team. The staffs are always around to make sure everything is going well and that you needed nothing else. Also, you can appreciate the bar with its lounge atmosphere and its sympathetic staffs. All gathering in this alfresco dining area, I was sitting next to other media that I didn’t know. But it didn’t last long, since there is a very friendly atmosphere we can easily meet and talk with people. This is the perfect place to spend good time either with your family or friends.
Open since 2003, Bijan Bar & Restaurant acquired a significant and recognised experience in the Malaysian restaurant scene and more precisely in Kuala Lumpur. It has earned a lot of awards. It has won Best Malaysian Restaurant in 2015 awarded by the Malaysia Tatler. But that’s not all; we also find the restaurant in The Lonely Planet Guide to Malaysia, The Miele Guide … and so many others!
Recommended by most gastronomic guides, Bijan Bar & Restaurant offers gourmet cuisine that highlights local products. In addition, you will discover authentic and traditional Malay food. The good place for me to start my Malaysian discovery!
Bijan Bar & Restaurant has a tradition of serving up a storm every year during the holy month of Ramadan. Similarly this year, Bijan’s Sous Chef Mohd Shawal and his culinary team will be taking diners down the memory lane and stirring up fulfilling memories of some almost forgotten dishes of the yesteryear recipes handed down over the generations. Not forgetting dishes of traditional recipes marrying with modern day ingredients to recreate that once familiar taste, hence, the name ‘Selera Ibunda’ Buffet. This Ramadan, prepare to succumb to the wonderful and generous buffet spread which offers you different and various tastes.
First, when I discovered the buffet, I was very pleasantly surprised. Unlike France where the food is presented in dishes, here the Bijan restaurant pulls out all the stops. The foods are presented in large and sumptuous terrines, which give a very big charm to the buffet.
Starting with the appetisers, you will fall for the delicious Cucur Udang, the delicate Nasi Impit and Sayur Lodeh or even Sata Terengganu, the fresh traditional dish from Malaysian state of Terengganu. Sata Terengganu consists of spiced fish meat wrapped in banana leaves and cooked on a grill. It is a type of Malaysian fish cake, the main ingredients are grated coconut, sardines, ginger, onions and chili peppers.
Keep going with the grill with the flavourful Kepak Ayam, the tasty Satay Ayam and the generous Satay Daging. Here don’t wait for your dishes to come, stand up, bring the food you chose to the live cooking station and see the cooks preparing your plate under your eyes.
Now getting into the heart of the subject, you will certainly appreciate the shrimp and its sauce that Masak Lemak Udang Nenas brings you. This delicate and flavourful sauce made with fresh cream reminds me about French cooking.
You'll be amazed by the powerful taste of the Rendang Tok Hitam and Rendang Udang. But a typical Malay food wouldn’t be this typical if we didn’t have it with rice, isn’t it? You’ll find the famous and tasty Nasi Kerabu Biru and Nasi Minyak accompanied by tasty Sambal Hitam. This was the first time I saw blue rice, it really intrigued me. Guess why it was blue? It is made with butterfly pea flowers! I find it really creative and original. Then, don’t forget to taste the delightful cooked chicken of the Opor Ayam, you will love it!
For the last part, you will appreciate the various desserts that the restaurant proposes to you. For me it was an opportunity to discover tropical fruit that we didn’t have in France. I started with the mangosteen, and I totally loved it, little but very juicy and tasty. This was a great discovery but not the only one. Right after that, I jump to longan. I thought it was lychee but when I taste it, it was more delicate. But you can also finish your meal with the delightful Coconut Crème Caramel and for the fruit lovers you will be served.
And not to forget to end the night with a bang – Bijan Bar & Restaurant’s wildly famous signature – Chocolate Durian Cake, created by one of Bijan’s founders, Lissa after being inspired by a chocolate-covered durian candy bought at a Bangkok airport.
The Bijan restaurant offers a multitude of varieties of wine. Sit back and enjoy a delicious and tasty cup of wine.
If you want to taste the flavours and the Malay specialties, you may visit Bijan Bar and Restaurant’s page here. Bijan’s Selera Ibunda buffet spread will be rotating daily with 5 specially tailored menus. The buffet spread includes grill stations and live cooking stalls that serve the different “panggang” items and many more of other old favourites.
This Ramadan buffet will be starting from 10th June – 3rd July 2016, from 6:45pm – 9:30pm, at the price of RM90++ per person. A-la-carte menu is available from 9pm onwards.
As the restaurant is wildly successful and widely applauded, we highly recommend online reservation before moving to the restaurant.