Since Diwali falls on a Tuesday this year on November 5, it marks an opportunity for an extended weekend. To skip the long queues at restaurants, here are some great buffets that will still ensure a festive celebration.
Aloft Kuala Lumpur
Dubbed ‘An Indian Spice Trail’, the month-long dining promotion features an elaborate spread by chef Kumeresan Chandra Sagaran. He revisits some of his father’s recipes and recreates the favourite dishes he ate as a child. Expect a melange of dishes such as lamb varuval, biryani, spicy fried chicken, baked fish with toum (garlic dip), roasted lamb tandoori and a belly-warming crab rasam. For those who prefer something milder, the tomato rasam still packs a punch.
Nook, level 1, Japan Stesen Sentral, KL. Make reservations via 03 2723 1188. Until Nov 30, 6.30-10.30pm. RM118 nett per adult; RM59 nett per child.
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Skip the hassle of preparing a homemade feast and make a beeline for Serena Brasserie’s traditional Indian buffet. The kitchen serves a wide selection of classics, from aloo samosa, mutton seekh kebab, paneer papad ki sabzi (cottage cheese braised with turmeric), Andhra spicy fish curry, bhuna gosht (lamb stew with Indian spices) to chicken butter masala. Leave some room for desserts — the phirni (sweet rice dessert with dried fruits) and kesar suji ka halwa (semolina dessert) are unmissable.
Serena Brasserie, 165, Jalan Ampang, KL. Book via 03 2782 6000. Dinner, Nov 3-5, 6-10pm; adult, RM149++, child, RM75++. Lunch only on Nov 6, 12noon-3pm; adult, RM142++, child, RM71++.
Pullman Kuala Lumpur
Their famous Australian lamb tandoori is only the tip of the iceberg — dig into jheenga masala, tandoori meats, as well as a variety of desserts that include laduu, payasam and more. A basket of piping hot Indian breads straight from the tandoor will make the perfect accompaniment to the curries. Wash them all down with a comforting cup of chai.
Sedap, 4 Jalan Conlay, KL. Make reservations via 03 2170 8119. Dinner, Nov 6, 6.30-10pm. RM140 per adult.