Fancy the scents and sights of a Ramadan food bazaar without the heat and the crowds? If that strikes a chord, consider an iftar meal in the clouds, at the spacious, traditional Rajawali restaurant located at Awana Hotel, Resorts World Genting. The spacious restaurant overlooks the green links of the Awana golf course, and offers beautiful views of the setting sun, making it a destination out of the ordinary for a memorable Ramadan buffet. The exceptional location demands an impressive menu. The chefs at Rajawali have outdone themselves by designing three menus which will be served on rotation during the buffet period. Drawing from memories of idyll kampung childhoods, to the complex flavours of dishes from the Middle East, the Ramadan promotion at Rajawali is designed to bring diners on a tantalising food tour, where textures, flavours and spices abound. All menus will offer a smorgasbord of items, with a mix of Malaysian, Western, Indian and Middle Eastern. Menu one features penne bolognaise, rendang paru, fish head curry, steamed fish, spiced fried chicken, chickpea marsala, mixed vegetables and a signature kangkong belacan. The second menu offers lasagna, opor daging, jhinga marsala, spiced fried quail, sweet and sour fish, vegetable pakora, kailan with salted fish and mixed vegetables; while menu number three comprises of fussili marinara, lamb vindaloo, fish head in assam pedas, assam fish, aloo gobi, pajeri terung and mixed vegetables. Commencing 6 June to 5 July 2016, the Ramadan spread will be ready for guests from 6pm, and will run until 9.30pm daily. The gastronomic offering is priced at RM100 nett for adults, RM50 nett for children, and RM80 nett for senior citizens.
Rehydrate with a range of traditional breaking-of-fast beverages like air sirap bandung (rose syrup in milk), sirap selasih (basil seeds in rose syrup), a variety of cordials, iced lemon tea, hot teh tarik and tongkat Ali-infused coffee. There are five to seven varieties of local and imported dates to select from for the breaking of fast, along with the traditional porridge, bubur lambuk which is a nourishing, savoury congee of prawn, chicken, minced beef, anchovies, slowly simmered with spring onions, fried shallots, ginger, garlic oil, chilli flakes and other aromatics. Those wanting to start slow can ease into their
feast with fresh bread rolls and a choice of mushroom, tomato or potato soup, moving on to a crispy array of fritters ranging from banana, sweet potato, yam, breadfruit and cempedak. There will also be the Chinese eu tiow or oil fritter, now known as ‘cakoi’ along Malay food circles. Among the other items to be savoured are roast lamb with homemade black pepper and mint sauce, creamy ayam percik, a variety of satay including tripe and liver satay, grilled otak otak, and a variety of grilled fish and seafood, along with their quintessential sauce accompaniments which include chili sambal, sambal belacan, budu, cincaluk sambal, sambal tempoyak and tamarind water. These will pair wonderfully with the spread of edible raw greens (ulam), and local salads (kerabu). A special corner will be dedicated to Kelantanese delicacies such as gear box soup (a peppery beef bone marrow broth) served with fresh crusty bread, and signature rice dishes from the state, including nasi dagang, nasi kerabu and nasi tumpang. Fans of middle eastern cuisine will also appreciate the Arabic briyani rice and the chicken and lamb mandy served with yoghurt and tomato chilli chutney. Also on offer are chicken, lamb and beef kebabs made with tortillas or pita bread, served with vegetable raita. Bread fans will also be able to savour beef, sardine and chicken roti John. In true street food style, expect the kind of fare prevalent in food markets across Malaysia: loklok (steamboat with food prepared on skewers), murtabak, roti canai, poori, chappati, dhosai, idli, as well as fruit rojak, stuffed grilled beancurd pockets and pasembor rojak. Additionally, tuck into local delicacies like Ipoh curry mee, fried kuey teow, chicken and duck rice, a mind-boggling variety of laksa (Buyong, Sarawak, laksam, Johor), as well as perennial favourites like vermicelli in soup, mee jawa, mee bandung, mee rebus and mee kari. For the more Western in palate, there will be cold seafood platters which include oysters, mussels, scallops and crabs served with Thai sauce, Tabasco and lemon wedges, as well as assorted pickles. Desserts range from the simple to the lavish, with a selection of fresh cut fruits and Malaysian favourites like soursop, longan, pulasan, pomelo and hogplum, and assorted kuih (lapis, rainbow lapis, lompang, talam, talam Nyonya, onde-onde, seri muka, putri mandi and many other favourites). For that distinct street food feel, there is also a variety of sweet porridges such as green bean with kampung durian, Nyonya bubur cha cha, pengat pisang Raja, cendol, shaved ice and an ice cream counter. There is the added convenience of surau facilities on level seven of the hotel where both male and female guests can perform their Maghrib prayers prior to the breaking of fast.
Adding to that, Awana Hotel guests may also inform the service personnel at Rajawali during the break fast service if they are going to be partaking of the Ramadan buffet and wish to be taken to the Awana mosque for Tarawih. The hotel will try its utmost to arrange van service to the mosque, although it is deemed an ad-hoc service.
Observances over, it is time to tuck in. For more details, please call 03 – 2718 1118 or log on to www.rwgenting.com.