Link- All Day Dining ‘Selera Kampung’ Ramadan Buffet 2016

'Selera Kampung' Ramadan Buffet 2016

 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.

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The elegant interior of LINK – all day dining at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar.

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.

Chef Mohd Juzaili Shah (leftmost) and his team at LINK – all day dining, posing in front of a delicious looking roasted lamb.

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. 

LINK’s Claypot ‘Assam Pedas’ counter.

Saffron Biryani with golden raisins and cashew nuts.

Masak Lemak Cili Padi Siput Sedut, one of Chef Mohd Juzaili Shah’s proudest dishes in this buffet.

From the appearance, Masak Lemak Cili Padi Siput Sedut reminds 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 Sedut is 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. 

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Udang Masak Hijau

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.

Delicious Kambing Masak Kurma

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. 

Live cooking counter at ‘Selera Kanpung’ buffet

“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.   

Assorted local tropical fruits available at the buffet.

Pastries, traditional Malay desserts and mixed pickles for dessert counter.

“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. 

Tunisian Dates – a must-have during Ramadan!

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!

Having same fun with the Turkish ice-cream maker.

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.



Link – All Day Dining

Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar.

No. 1, Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3,

59200 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

Daily: 6:00am – 11:00pm

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Bijan Bar & Restaurant’s ‘Selera Ibunda’ Ramadan Buffet 2016, Kuala Lumpur.

‘Selera Ibunda’ Ramadan Buffet 2016

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. 

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A candle for a subdued atmosphere!

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.

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Bijan Bar

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The Bijan entrance.

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!

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Hall of fame – a wall full of awards.

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Best Malaysian Restaurant 2015, awarded by Malaysia Tatler.

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.  

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Bijan Bar and Restaurant will be having ‘Selera Ibunda’ buffet for this year.

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A preview of wonderful and generous buffet by Bijan Bar and Restaurant.


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. 

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Good old Malay desserts that will take you down memory lane.


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. 

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Delicious Masak Lemak Udang Nenas.

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!


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Nasi Kerabu Biru and Nasi Minyak plate.

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Rendang Tok Hitam


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.

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A corner of delightful desserts for sweet tooth!

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.

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Bijan Bar and Restaurant’s signature – Chocolate Durian Cake.

The Bijan restaurant offers a multitude of varieties of wine. Sit back and enjoy a delicious and tasty cup of wine.

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Wines collection.

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.

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Online reservation is available via TABLEAPP.

As the restaurant is wildly successful and widely applauded, we highly recommend online reservation before moving to the restaurant.


Bijan Bar & Restaurant

3, Jalan Ceylon,

50200 Kuala Lumpur,


Daily: 4:00pm – 11:00pm

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