It was a very busy day for me and my husband. I was buzzing around going for events and whatnot while my husband was stuck at work, but I’m really glad we both managed to make time to hop over to Utara Coffee House Armada Hotel last week for their Ramadan Buffet preview. Ahemm, as usual… since it was another one of those ‘busy day date night’, I made some effort to dress up before meeting my husband at the hotel. This time around I got all excited and picked my pink baju kurung from the wardrobe, earning teasing from blogger friends who were present that night. :P But hey…I had fun. That’s what mattered most. Anyway, just like the previous year, this year Utara Coffee House is once again offering a wonderful gastronomic spread for the Holy month of Ramadan.
Upon arrival at Utara Coffee House, I immediately spotted mouth-watering traditional and international favourites. With more than 100 dishes available, Executive Chef, Chew Teik Chye (whom I secretly dubbed as the jolly Chinese Santa Clause as he’s always full of surprises) promises to showcase a wide selection of dishes that emphasizes on a variety of flavors and scent that will titillate your palate after a long day of fasting.Since this is a buffet and I was practically spoiled for choices, I can’t really comment on every single dishes that they are offering, but I’ll show you what’s worth piling up your plates with.
There’s fresh ulams, and if you’re a fan of greens, I’d recommend you to go for it.
I’m a huge fan of sourish stuff, so I kicked off my Ramadan feast with jeruks (pickled fruits), but I wouldn’t recommend you to do that if you have been fasting for the whole day. You might want to try something milder instead as appetizer. Or even better, start off your breaking fast with the sweet pastries that Utara Coffee House is offering.
Rojak is something you wouldn’t want to miss too. The thick prawn paste sauce is yummy enough to send you to heaven and back.
Salads was available too, but I gave it a miss this time around.
One thing that you must have at Citarasa Traditional Ramadan at Utara Coffee House is their bubur lambuk. This dish is not only authentic but heavenly too, and I had two helpings of this.
Roasted lamb and nasi briyani. Loved the roasted lambs to bits. It was perfectly done.
Shish-kebabs and sides is also something you might want to try.
Now, being a Pengangite, I’m always fussy when it comes to my laksa, but this…this earned my approval.
Sambal petai udang
To-die-for curry fishead.A perfect pair for the nasi briyani or nasi berempah.
Yummilicious roti jala
Serundings to pair your lemang with. Now, the Citarasa Traditional spread is very generous.
The spread would make you wish that you have a few empty tummy to fill them up with…
But if you want my advice, I would say that you take a bit of everything and start off your breaking fast session with either appetizer or dessert first, then work you way through the mains, or you won’t be able to most of the things on offer, as they are really good.
Desserts include traditional Malay Kuih, French pastries and tempting sweet delicacies such as Pengat Nangka, Bubur Pulut Hitam, Ais Kacang and Bubur Cha-Cha all prepared specially for the sweet tooth.. Do keep a lookout for the sweet Baklava. That’s their new house special and a must try. There’s also a variety of beverages prepared for you to quench your thirst: Cincau, Kelapa Muda, Jagung, Kembang Semangkuk, Selasih and more.
‘Citarasa Tradisi Ramadhan Buffet Dinner’ priced at RM85.00++ per adult and RM43.00++ per child from Monday, 7 July 2014 – Sunday, 27 July 2014.
For those who can’t wait for the feast to begin, Utara Coffee House will commence with a Pre-Ramadhan Buffet Dinner from Monday, 23 June 2014 – Saturday, 6 July 2014 priced at RM65.00++ per adult and RM33.00++ per child.
To mark the end of the fasting month and welcome the joyous festival of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Utara Coffee House will also be celebrating the occasion with a wide selection of goodies through the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Hi-Tea Buffet priced at RM60.00++ per adult and RM35.00++ per child on Monday, 28th & Tuesday, 29th July 2014 from 12noon to 4.00pm. For reservations, please call (03) 7954 6888 ext. 4557 Utara Coffee House.
Now, on a side note, I discovered that there’s an awesome deal on the web. iBuy Malaysia, the leading e-Commerce and flash sales business in the South East Asian region, presents the Top 25 customer’s choice buffet deals to your inbox all this month from 18th June 2014 till 30th Jun 2014, through its subsidiaries LivingSocial and MyDeal Sdn Bhd. LivingSocial and MyDeal Sdn Bhd join forces to give customers two new buffet deals everyday throughout the campaign period except on weekends. Customers can expect a variety of cuisines such as Japanese, Chinese and many more, all in one collection page called “Top Buffets”. Through this campaign, customers are encouraged to share their experiences and feedbacks by sending in their reviews. 2 customer reviews will be selected every week and will be rewarded with a free buffet voucher for 2 people.
And guess what, folks? Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel PJ is actually listed in this campaign! So if you’re looking forward to feast at Utara Coffee House or any other restaurants with generous buffet at a fraction of the price, you might want to hop over to this site and take advantage of the promotions that they are offering. All you need to do is purchase the voucher, print it out and call the restaurants for bookings before dining.