Curated for diners who are willing to try new things during Ramadan, this list boasts delicious ideas for guests as well as hosts for the perfect family affair. This year’s line-up includes new and upcoming restaurants, food by celebrity chefs, a slew of various cuisines and even a delivery option.
CurATE at Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur
Celebrity chef Datuk Fazley Yaakob began his star-studded career after winning MasterChef Celebrity Malaysia in 2012. Since then, Fazley has collected numerous awards, including the recent Golden Chef Award at the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival 2018. During the holy month of Ramadan, Chef Fazley will team up with Junious Dickerson, executive chef of all-day dining restaurant CurAte, to offer a culinary journey across Asia, showcasing cuisines from Thailand, Indonesia, China, India and, of course, Malaysia. With the bright and airy restaurant overlooking the KL skyline boasting a stunning sunset, it is a wonderful venue for family and friends to celebrate this special time of the year.
145 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. May 6-June 4, 6-10.30pm. RM178++, RM208++. Call 03 2382 8630 to reserve.
De.Wan 1958 by Chef Wan
Bringing guests back to a time when it was de rigueur to dress up for dinner, Datuk Redzuawan Ismail — or better known as Chef Wan — presents a buffet dinner immersed with traditional flavours at his newly opened 13,000 sq ft restaurant at The LINC KL. Guests can enjoy a series of authentic local dishes, including some of his original recipes, on top of a wide selection of classic delights. As much as the food speaks for itself, the state-of-the-art venue is also worth a mention. The design reflects the well-loved celebrity chef’s cheery personality, accentuated with a tropical palette to evoke paradise in an urban setting. A series of captivating 360° projection mapping blankets the entire restaurant with spectacular visual effects. There is truly no better way to buka puasa than with a feast that satisfies both the physical and visual appetites.
The LINC KL, Lot 2-2, Level 2, No 360, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. May 10-June 4, 6-10pm. RM150 nett for adults; RM70 nett for children. Call 012 203 5920 to reserve.
Nobu KL’s Twilight Symphony menu is perfect for those looking to explore beyond traditional Malay dishes this festive season. Curated by executive chef Philip Leong and his team, the four-course menu elevates the restaurant’s signature Japanese-Peruvian Nobu style with hints of Malaysian flavours. To start off the evening are a cold platter of dates, crispy shiitake with betel leaf, Salmon New Style and clear soup, then settle the stomach with a hot platter of baby tiger shrimp, warm mushroom with yuzu dressing and assorted sushi. Choose a main course dish from Salmon Yuzu Butter with Crispy Leaves, Chicken Truffle Teriyaki or Shiso Crusted Lamb with Torch Ginger Chimichurri Salsa, before ending the meal with a delightful crispy sago, nutty pancake or date cake.
Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. May 6-June 4, 6-10.30pm. RM280++ per person. Call 03 2164 5084 to reserve.
Don’t feel like going out? No worries. Have delicious meals delivered to your doorstep instead. The newly launched PichaEats offers an array of specialities from Syria, Palestine, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mini buffet for up to 10 people includes mouth-watering nasi impit, Syrian satay, baklava, tabouleh, Arabic chicken rolls and eggplant pepper dip. Alternatively, catering is also available for corporate and personal events. An evolution from The Picha Project, PichaEats’ steadfast goal remains to serve great food while allowing talented refugees in Malaysia to make a living. Half of the proceeds go to the chefs.
Villa Angsana Condominium, Jalan Krian, Off Jalan Ipoh, KL. RM365, RM370 for 10pax. Order here or call 012 679 4353 for more information.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano
Play host to your family reunions at Pietro Ristoran Italiano. Book a week in advance and select one of the three buffet menus for large groups — all serving over 20 well-loved Malaysian dishes as well as some Italian specialities. If buffets are not your cup of tea, Pietro’s hidang set menu is perfect for small gatherings of up to eight people. Start your meal with dates, selected Malay kuih and a free flow of iced lemon tea, then choose up to six dishes (from starters to desserts). Diners can build their menu from an array that includes Kerabu Mango, Asam Pedas, Gado-Gado with Peanut Sauce, Oxtail Soup, Johor Laksa, Thai Egg Omelette, Tiger Prawn Sambal, Chili Crab, Panna Cotta and Bubur Pulut Hitam with coconut milk.
Ground floor, ECM Libra, 8 Jalan Damansara Endah, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. Until June 30, 6-11pm. RM120++ for buffet (min 30 pax); RM150++ for set menu (min 8 pax). Call 03 2093 6433 to reserve.
This article first appeared on May 6, 2019 in The Edge Malaysia.