This is my fourth Ramadan buffet review within a week, and if you are silently wondering whether I’m getting bored of hotel food and buffet, the answer is a definite ‘no’. As I go around the Klang Valley hunting for good food to eat during iftar and sahur in the upcoming Ramadan in June 2015, I discovered that the restaurants and hotels in Kuala Lumpur still got more to to offer this coming Ramadan.
If you are looking for a bit of everything to eat within the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur with a reasonable price this coming Ramadan, here’s one you can consider.
Seasons Cafe, Grand Seasons Hotel. The hotel is located somewhere along Jalan Pahang and is easily accessible via public transport. The in house cafe, Seasons Cafe is offering quite a generous selection of food in their buffet spread this coming Ramadan. They do not have any specific theme for Ramadan but they have most of the Malaysian favourite cuisines with over 130 delectable dishes ranging from tempting appetizers to tantalizing desserts.
As this is a buffet and there are too many food for me to try at one go, I’ll just highlight some of their chef’s specialties.
An assortment of dishes that I think a must try over here and not to be missed.
Sup Ekor (Oxtail soup). After almost a day fasting, one would definitely appreciate a bowl of this flavourful and appetizing food. It was intensely flavoured and definitely would make a great pair with a plate of plain rice or some bread.
Nasi Briyani Ayam is divine. The magic of this Nasi Briyani lies in the way rice is transformed into something ambrosial. Very aromatic rice dish made using whole spices only this dish is good to be eaten on it’s own but is best served with a side of curry and vegetables.
Rendang Daging is actually a traditional Minangkabau curry dish where chunks of beef is slowly simmered in a myriad of herbs and spices til it was cooked to perfection.This one was a tad too spicy for me to take on it’s own, so I paired this with my plate of Nasi Briyani and the result was positively addictive.
Ayam Golek Berempah Panggang. Roasted chicken marinated in flavorful spices and is usually drenched in sweet and spicy coconut sauce. It said to originates from Kelantan and is generally a favourite dish during Ramadan and festive seasons. Got to love this unique dish. It is both sweet and savoury at the same time.
Siakap Tiga Rasa. Fish lovers would appreciate this sweet, sour and spicy dish. The fish was fried to perfection and was naturally sweet. The sweet, sour and spicy sauce serves only to enhance the fish’s natural flavourings. Do give it a try if you chanced upon this dish at Seasons Cafe Ramadan Buffet spread. It’s sensational, and this is an honest comment coming from someone who actually detests fish dishes.
Laksa Johor. Being a Penangite, I’m a little biased. While I think that nothing could ever beat the Penang’s version of laksa, this bowl of Laksa Johor managed to win my heart over. Another must try dish in the buffet.
Roti Shawurma. Shawurma is a Levantine Arab meat preparation, where lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, veal, or mixed meats are placed on a spit, and may be grilled for as long as a day and is usually stuffed into an assortment of Arabic bread, usually pita bread. I did not manage to try this but I suppose it is irresistible as my son pretty much polished his share off the plate.
Buah Melaka is a type of traditional Malay dessert made from glutinous rice flour and filled with palm sugar chunks. Chewy on the outside and chunkily sweet on the inside, this traditional dessert is just lovely.
Ketayap, a type of rolled green coloured pancakes filled with sweet coconut fillings. I’m not quite a fan of this dish, so I gave it a miss and can’t comment much about it.
Pulut Inti. A traditional glutinous rice dish topped with sweet coconut topping and wrapped in banana leaf. Quite a lovely dish and a must they if you want something sweet and filling but doesn’t want to go through those cloyingly sweet desserts.
Kuih Cara Berlauk was my favourite kuih and this was sensational. But then again, I love everything savoury, so naturally I like this kuih a lot.
Those are some of the featured chef’s specialty in Season’s Cafe, but like I mentioned in the beginning of this article, they have a generous selection of Malaysians favourite you can indulge on during iftar. Here’s some other things you ought to keep an eye on:
Steamboat section. A rare appearance in Ramadan buffet, I must say.
Action counter with grill section where you can pick whatever you want and get the chef to cook it for you.
Salad counter for you to assemble your bowl of salad.
Japanese Food section. Not much choice here but enough to satisfy one’s cravings for Japanese food if they are a fan.
Fresh local fruits to cleanse your palate.
And of course, Ais Kacang counter where you can customize your own bowl of Ais Kacang.
One would definitely be spoiled for choices with loads of Malaysians
and International favourite in Seasons Cafe this coming Ramadan. So if you are looking to sample abit of everything, this is the place that you’d want to go.
Ramadan Buffet Dinner is available from 18th June-17th July 2015 at RM89.00nett per pax. The early bird special booking starts from 2nd May-10th June 2015. Early reservations is recommended. Call 03-26978888 ext 8819/8801 or email at [email protected] to make your bookings and reservations.
For information on current and ongoing promotions in Grand Seasons Hotel, hop over to their website here: http://www.grandseasonskualalumpur.com/