From a menu that honours local traditional dishes to cuisine from the Middle East and Thailand, here are some options for buka puasa this month.
Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur
The Ramadan buffet by Chef Mohamad Yusoff at Melting Pot Cafe serves a hearty spread consisting of traditional kampung dishes such as Sup Gearbox, Sup Ekor, Laksa Johor, Ayam Masak Merah, Ayam Percik Kelantan and Gulai Tunjang Minangkabau. Adding to the classic highlights are Thai specialities curated by chef Nopporn Nutto. Guests can look forward to flavourful soups and salads, such as red and clear tom yam chicken soup, grilled beef salad, glass noodle salad with seafood and mango salad with peanuts. If you want some noodles, tuck into their special Kway Teow Nam.
2, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Until April 21. RM178.00 nett per person. Discount of 50% for children from six to 12 years old. Call (03) 2717 2233 for reservations.
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Serena Brasserie presents Santapan Serantau, featuring more than 200 dishes — appetisers, main courses and desserts — from all over Malaysia and other countries, by 10 of the hotel’s culinary aces. You can expect to indulge in traditional Malay offerings such as Sup Kawah Pecah Meletop, Ayam Panggang Bumbu Bali Barongan and Sotong Bakar with Sambal Mangga. Looking to explore beyond local delights? The buffet also serves a selection of international favourites including Singapore Chili Crab, Tong Seng Kambing and a variety of pasta from penne and tagliatelle to spaghetti and linguine.
165, Jalan Ampang, KL. RM258 per adult and RM155 for children. Until April 21. For reservations, reach out to (016) 202 4623 or email [email protected].
W Kuala Lumpur
W Kuala Lumpur revamps its all-day dining restaurant Flock into a Bazaar Malam, offering multiple stalls that serve local delicacies specially prepared by executive chef Haznizam Hamzah and sous chef Suhalmi Md Tasir. Its crowd favourite, Roti John Stall, is a unique and flavourful station that dishes out soft and crispy flatbread loaded with a selection of delectable fillings like lobster, tender chicken, lamb and creamy cheese. Barbecue aficionados can savour high-quality meat grilled in different styles from around the world including the Middle East and Thailand.
Level 8, W Kuala Lumpur. Until April 21, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. RM288 per adult and RM144 per child. Kids below five eat for free. Book via [email protected] or WhatsApp (012) 347 9088.
EQ Kuala Lumpur
For the traditionalist at heart, Nipah restaurant offers the rich and diverse flavours of Malaysia with an array of classics such as Gulai Lemak Cili Padi Daging Salai, Nasi Beriani Kambing Batu Pahat and Som Som Gula Melaka. There are other options for seafood, local salad (think Kerabu Betik Muda, Pecal Jawa and Tauhu Sumbat) as well as assorted sambals to choose from. If you are in the Raya mood already, do not miss out on lemang pulut, best eaten with serunding daging and ayam, and kuah lontong sayur lodeh served with ketupat nasi.
Ground Floor, EQ, Equatorial Plaza, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL. RM228 per adult and RM114 per child. Until April 21. Email [email protected] or WhatsApp (012) 278 9239 for enquiries.
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Travelling during the month of Ramadan can be quite challenging, but trust Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur to transport you to 13 states across the country to sample specialty dishes from each region. The Santapan Warisan Melayu menu, developed by sous-chef Saiful Asrul Sadin, presents a variety of meals such as Udang Galah Lemak Asam Nenas from Perak, Siput Sedut Lemak Kuning from Negeri Sembilan and Puyuh Goreng Berempah Bonda from Perlis. Guests can also enjoy gamelan performances in the hotel lobby from 6.30 to 9 nightly.
Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Until April 22. RM298. Call (03) 2330 8888 or email [email protected] for reservations.
Parkroyal Collection Kuala Lumpur
Wishing you were in your kampung to savour grandma’s cooking for buka puasa instead? Step into the all-day dining restaurant Thyme for its Selera Juadah Kampung buffet. You can delight in traditional favourites such as Kambing Golek, Nasi Kandar, Aneka Bubur, Rojak Lambung Mamak and Gulai Kawah. The eatery offers an alfresco dining experience with hawker-style live-action stations parked by the outdoor terrace. Char kuey teow, murtabak and seafood are freshly prepared upon order by a team of professionals. Make sure to end your meal with their selection of kuih-muih and mouth-watering desserts.
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, KL. Until April 21. RM228 for adults and RM114 for children. Call (03) 2782 8493 for reservations.
The Chow Kit
Plan a buka puasa appointment with two friends to sample the Citarasa Malaya set by The Chow Kit as the portion is ideally set to cater for three. Start with a selection of dates and Malay kuih-muih, followed by charcoal-grilled Satay Ayar and Cucur Udang. Choose between Nasi Ulam or Nasi Minyak to pair with Kedah’s famous Udang Sambal Petai Berlada and a smoky, grilled Johor-style Ikan Bakar marinated in an array of ulam-ulaman, as well as other side dishes. Wrap up the meal with Bubur Pulut Hitam and Sago Gula Melaka.
1012, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Chow Kit, KL. Until April 21. RM420 for three guests. Visit thechowkit.com/eat-drink or contact (03) 2778 6688 for booking.
This article first appeared on Mar 27, 2023 in The Edge Malaysia.