It was 19th May 2015, and it happens to be both my husband’s birthday and our anniversary. Yes, yes. I’m a hopeless romantic. I married my husband on his birthday. :p Romantically speaking, I will always be his birthday gift. Practically speaking, he will never ever forget our wedding anniversary til he breathe his last as it was his birthday too.
Truth be told. Our marriage was no bed of roses but we have been blessed with 13 years together and still counting. Last year, we took a short trip to Hadyai and Songhkla, Thailand to celebrate his birthday and our anniversary, but this year, we were both busy with work and couldn’t manage to even arrange for anything. Me with events and food reviews and him with work. It’s been seriously a hectic month for us, but of course we do try to take some time off for each other and have a short date every now and then.
Aside from celebrating in the confines of our bedroom door, we didn’t plan for anything special but universe wants us to do it differently and we were invited to a Ramadan preview in Nook, Aloft Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Despite of having to work, my husband and I said yes to the thoughtful invitation, of course. Who can resist good food and some romantic time together with the love of their lives on their birthday and anniversary anyway? We certainly couldn’t.
It’s the time of the year for the mouth-watering delights of Chef’s A-List Malaysian Feast at Nook.
Nook will feature traditional local Malay delicacies, succulent barbecue, seafood delights and juicy roasted whole lamb this coming Ramadan 2015. They showcased a lot of food items that night but here’s highlighting some of the delicacies that is worth mentioning.
The buffet line-up offers an extensive selection of Malay dishes and regional specialities, along with appetisers, salad, condiments, breads, soups, main dishes, action counters and desserts.
Chef Adri and team has crafted the menus this year, adding in more local delights into the buffet, offering Chef’s star dishes such as Stuffed Whole Lamb Kuzi.
Lamb Kuzi. Don’t let the picture fool you. This dish was sensational. The meat was tender and juicy and perfectly flavoured. My husband and I love this Lamb Kuzi very much that we took more than just one helping of it that night.
Nasi Briyani was a tad bland in my humble opinion. Lacks the usual herb and spices taste but it makes a perfect pair for the assorted curries offered here in Nook.
A selection of curries in pot for your to pair your Nasi Briyani with.
Apart from assorted curries specially cooked for you to pair with the Nasi Briyani, there is also assorted sambals and curries served in claypots for your takings.
Sambal Udang Petai
Sambal Tempe Ikan Bilis
Fish Head Curry
Ketam Masak Lemak Cili Api
If you are not into strongly flavoured rice, you can try Nook’s steamed Chicken Rice with condiments.
Steamed Chicken. I did not manage to try this, but my husband said this one is simply delicious.
Porridge and condiments
One of the not to be missed Ramadan’s special, the Bubur Lambuk.
Dimsum is also available but I suggest you to give this a miss in favour of other mouthwatering dishes offered here at Nook.
Sarawak Laksa is available at the action counter. I can’t comment much about this as I was too busy devouring the Lamb Kuzi, but my son had two helpings of the Sarawak Laksa so I suppose this is very good too.
All time Malaysian favourite, the chapati
Spotted some beef and chicken satay too.
Street food favourite like Roti John is also available.
The grill section featured some interesting sea products like BBQ squids, fish and cockles.
Fans of fried food will be pleased to see that they are not forgotten either. There is plenty of fried fritters too over here.
My son found this gem at the fried food section. The Ayam Goreng Berempah, to be paired with some chilli dips. These are wonderfully flavoured and adeptly fried. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Spotted a lone pan of pasta over here.
The lamb stew is a must try too. It was such a comfort to the growling tummy.
Betis Lembu Rendang
The salad counter
Not sure if Pecal is categorized as salads but you can assemble and customize a bowl of your own at the Salad Counter too.
Fresh local fruits and pickles. Great to cleanse your palate with.
And not forgetting, Nook’s fun Ice Kacang. I did not make my own Ais Kacang as I was seduced by the dessert section.
Traditional Malay kuih is spotted at the dessert section.
But what really won my heart over is the temptations displayed here.
Chocolate Swiss Cake
Pavlova. Because we have been running around like some headless chicken and couldn’t find time for a proper celebration, we stole some of this lovely, colourful Pavlova from the buffet spread and brought it to the table and enjoyed the sweetness and the quiet birthday and anniversary night together before we end our little gluttony adventure.
Although it was not a exactly a proper birthday or anniversary celebration for both of us but Nook, Aloft Hotel KL has unknowingly made it to our book of memories. And a rather delicious one too.
Fancy some sweet and delicious moments with your loved ones too this coming Ramadan 2015? Well then, book Early! A-list Malaysian Feast buffet is priced at RM110nett per person and early bird special is available from 1 May until 21 June at RM90nett for 30 vouchers and below and RM80nett for 31 vouchers and above! Chef’s A-List Malaysian Feast is available from 22 June till 16 July 2015.
Nook is located at Level 1, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral and is open daily from 6.30am to 12am. For more information, please call +603 2723 1154 or zip an email to [email protected]