Following the current national’s trending topic of crispy chicken rendang saga at MasterChef UK happened just two days ago, we dig further into this juicy debate and hence, this list of juicy recommendations. Enjoy!
1. Rendang Tok at Bijan Bar & Restaurant, Jalan Ceylon
Located nearby Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bijan Bar & Restaurant prides itself as a pioneer of fine Malay cuisine. Here you can find a good number of rendang dishes including Rendang Tok, a traditional slow-cooked caramelized beef in aromatic spices and coconut milk, and also Rendang Itik Bijan. Make sure you try out their famed Chocolate Durian Cake too! Bijan is also the recipient of multiple awards from Time out Food Awards, Malaysia Tatler, The Miele Guide, and The Lonely Planet Guide to Malaysia
2. Rendang Daging at Enak KL, Feast Village Starhill Gallery
In celebration of its 13th anniversary this year, Enak KL is reopening its door at Feast Village Starhill Gallery, delivering heartwarming Malay classics through its thoughtfully curated menu. Check out their Rendang Daging, a slow-cooked beef in coconut cream and Enak’s signature blend of ground spices. If you are looking for something refreshing to go with, feel free to order their latest addition – Kerabu Jambu Air Ikan Bilis!
3. Angus Beef Rendang at Opium, Changkat Bukit Bintang
Served with a choice of lotus leaf buns or poppy seed rice, Opium’s Angus Beef Rendang is definitely a luxury version of rendang dish. Even the restaurant itself is unique enough to lure your hearts. This pork-free establishment focuses on Asian Oriental interior design and is furnished with age-old artifacts such as opium bed and opium pipes. Check them out!
You have probably tasted Madam Kwan’s iconic nasi lemak at some point, so why not try out the second most popular dish at Madam Kwan’s – Nasi Bojari. This dish is a tri-coloured rice with beef rendang, assam prawns and deep-fried chicken drumstick. Till today, Madam Kwan herself stills cooks away in the central kitchen from 5am to 9am, including this beef rendang.
5. Nasi Lemak Rendang Ayam at Wondermama, all outlets
Wondermama is a vibrant, modern and creative Malaysian restaurant that brings a modern twist to the traditional local flavours. Apart from the Nasi Lemak Rendang Ayam which features chicken rendang and sambal sotong & prawns, we can’t take our eyes off the Nasi Lemak Salted Egg Chicken either!
Chocolate, a wonderful lust even among avid food lovers! Find out more about where to satisfy your sweet indulgence!
Chocolate Cremeux, Coconut Custard, and Coconut Espuma at Sitka, Eatinghouse + Winebar
Sitka, Eatinghouse + Winebar in Damansara Heights never fails to impress patrons with its ever-changing innovative menu of modern cuisine. This intimate, 40-seat neighbourhood eatery works with hand-picked local producers, fishermen and small farms to encourage and support sustainable food practices. Make sure you order their one-of-a-kind heavenly creamy Chocolate Cremeux which we guarantee that you can’t get it anywhere else!
Warm Bitter Chocolate Fondant, Almond Crumble and Pistachio Ice Cream at Yeast
This chocolate dessert from Yeast is something to die for. Enjoy a heart-melting romantic moment when you sink you teeth into the chocolate fondant – hot and intense with a meltingly soft core. A gooey, decadent dessert with a molten middle – irresistible! In the picture is another chocolate dessert from Yeast – Chocolate Mousse.
Soaking in the ambiance in rapt admiration of its elegant interior decor, BLVD House nearby KLCC offers not only the charm and service that discerning patrons, but also the must-have Oozing Nutella Beignets. The bite-sized beignets hold a centre of warm Nutella (omg!) and are then covered with Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar. This dessert is best eaten with the Salted Caramel Gelato which comes with it.
As what its name has suggested, this Valrhona Chocolate Ice Cream served with Mascarpone Cheese, Nut Biscuits, Salted Caramel Sauce and Viola Flower marks the start of a no-return journey of sweet indulgence. But really, who cares about the calories and guilt when you are having such a wonderful treat!
Imagine creamy D24 durian sandwiched between moist chocolate cake and coated in chocolate ganache – heavenly! Get one now at the award-winning Bijan Bar & Restaurant, located nearby Changkat Bukit Bintang. If you are a durian lover, make sure you don’t miss its Durian Cheesecake as well!
From 5-star hotel buffet to award-winning Malay fine dining restaurant, get your buka puasa meal sorted here!
'Warisan Baba & Nyonya' Buffet at Vasco’s, Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Starting from 27th May – 24th June, diners will be introduced to an array of unique, flavourful and colourful Peranakan signature dishes, cooked using fresh ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Dishes include Pai Tee, Kambing Pangang Berempah Portugis, Ikan Pari Gerang Asam, Nyonya Curry Laksa & more! Don’t forget to bring complimentary Vasco's Signature Nyonya Curry Laksa homemade paste during this promotion! Buffet price is RM188 nett per adult, with Buy 1 Free 1 offer on selected dates.
‘Selera Warisan Negeri' Buffet at Bijan Bar & Restaurant
This Ramadhan, Chef Shawal and his culinary team will be taking diners through a food heritage journey. This year’s buffet comprises of 4 rotating menus based on the 4 regions in Malaysia – north, south, east and central, showcasing unique and iconic dishes like Keropok Lekor, Serabai, Lontong, Laksa Kedah, Sambal Hitam Pahang, Solok Lada, Asam Pedas Daging Tetel and many more. Grill stations and live-cooking stalls are available too! Make a reservation via TABLEAPP to enjoy special rate of RM110 nett per person.
'Mahligai Nelayanku' Buffet at Cinnamon Coffee House, One World Hotel
Executive Sous Chef, Saiful Baharin and his culinary brigade will be showcasing more than 100 authentic local dishes and flavours, from appetiser to desserts and anything in between to remind you of home. Get indulge in dishes like the Kambing Opor Daun Selum, Ikan Kari Asam Pedas, Daging Masak Tiga Rasa, Daging Deng Deng, Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak, Bubur Lambuk, Sup Gearbox, Daging Kawah, Ayam Percik, Burung Puyuh Berempah and Sup Ekor Lembu Bersantan, and many more! Buffet price is RM160 nett per adult.
‘Khazanah Sajian Desa’ Buffet at LINK, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
Experience a memorable Ramadhan at LINK with an all-inclusive Ramadhan buffet to share with family, friends and colleagues. The special buffet will offer a selection of seafood on ice, five kawah, bubur lambok, Mongolian grill, D24 durian ice cream, free flow of durian and the festive roasted whole lamb as the buffet's highlight. For those wishing to experience an all-in-one buffet dinner, LINK will be offering Ghazal performance throughout the length of the promotional period. Buffet price is RM168 nett per adult.
'Warisan D'Ramadan' Buffet at Dondang Sayang Coffee House, Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Inspired by the neighbouring countries of Malaysia, Chef Zam and his team have prepared Tradisi Nusantara dishes for this Ramadhan buffet. Be spoilt for choice as you take your pick from an array of Asia Signature sumptuous delights include Ayam Panggang Madu, Ikan Patin Gulai Tempoyak, Sambal Udang Petai, Daging Masak Hitam, Salad Pucuk Paku, Kerabu Mangga and many more! Buffet price is RM128 nett per adult.
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.
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!
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.
Malaysians are so proud of their food that they will defend the pride to death (kidding!). Malaysians are the kind of people who go on foodie road trips, driving up and down the country in search of that chicken rice plate in Ipoh or that cendol store in Penang. We are so proud of our awesome food that nobody else’s cuisine will ever be able to measure up. In this blog we are going to reveal 5 BEST restaurants in KL that offer truly unique Malaysia taste. Check ‘em out!
Located a mere stone throw’s away from KLCC and Bukit Bintang, Bijan Bar & Restaurant is the ultimate destination for the city’s top high-end restaurants for Malay cuisine, with a warm, romantic ambience to set the mood for an unforgettable dining experience. While the typical Malay dishes such as rendang and ulam raja are well known here, the desserts – most notably the Gula Melaka Cake, Pandan Pudding and Bandung flavoured home-made ice cream and Durian Cheesecake – steal the limelight.
Songket Restaurant serves authentic fine Malay cuisine inspired by age old family recipes infused with a modern twist. It prides itself in its ability to retain the authenticity of Malay cuisine yet constantly finding ways to creatively blend this authenticity with the contemporary palate. The restaurant is housed in a bungalow that is converted to resemble a “kampong” house and has alludes a calming, relaxing ambience – an experience hard to find in the city. This complemented with a truly entertaining multi-cultural dance performance, makes one’s dining experience even more complete.
With an elegant fine-dining twist, Enak KL offers Malay dishes in relative comfort. It is almost like a trip down memory lane to the good old days when you visit your great grandmother for a family dinner get-together. In addition to the nostalgic atmosphere, each of the familiar all-time local classics such as Satay, Gado-Gado and Rendang Padang are prepared using age-old recipes that have been passed down for generations to stay true to delivering their renowned traditional Malay Fine Cuisine that warms your heart! Plus, no sweet tooth could resist their tropical desserts such as pisang caramel!
Housed in a rustic and inviting village-style shack about 15 minutes outside the city centre, Mandi-Mandi is surrounded by lush greenery and fetching water features. A popular choice for intimate wedding dinners thanks to its romantic ambience, patrons frequent this picturesque eatery for its satisfying Malay-Thai cuisine and private perfect-for-two pondoks. Mandi-Mandi is definitely a presentation of one great culinary experience that is unmatched.
Experience truly Malaysian cuisine at Madam Kwan’s. As a young enthusiastic foodie, Kwan Swee Lian was inspired by the rich cultural mix of cuisine in Malaya. Today, Madam Kwan combines elements of these diverse cultures to share her uniquely created Malaysian Cuisine for all food lovers to enjoy. From the signature Nasi Lemak to “wok” style Hokkien mee, there’s something for everyone to savour those special dishes that is uniquely Malaysian. She has made the menu not only unique to her but uniquely Malaysian to satisfy your palate.