Can you believe we’re nearly halfway into 2017? That means the month of Ramadhan is nearly here, and that means it’s a time for fasting, family, and Ramadhan buffets.
There’s something delightful about Ramadhan buffets– perhaps it’s the unique wealth of choice, opportunity and lavish excess of a buffet, magnified after a day of fasting. And during Ramadhan, the anticipation of a seemingly endless spread of food and the joy of breaking fast with everyone around you at the exact same time combine to make a Ramadhan buffet dinner an absolutely wonderful experience.
Intrigued? Here are 7 places you can enjoy a Ramadhan buffet dinner in the month ahead. Remember to book– these places sell out fast.
For those who don’t mind a more unconventional buka puasa dinner, or for those who simply believe that variety is the spice of life, Contango serves up an interactive dining experience that includes Japanese, Thai, Western Grill and Italian cuisine with a special focus on Local Malay cuisine from different states of Malaysia .
A: The Majestic Hotel, 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T: +603-2785 8000
25 May – 25 June 2017, 7.00 – 9.30 pm daily
RM145 nett per pax
For a modern twist, make your way to Bijan, where you’ll find updated contemporary fare that’s still deliciously and unmistakably Malay. Their buffet is unique in that it features 4 rotating menus inspired by the 4 regions in Malaysia – North, South, Central & East. Each menu runs for 2 days before changing, so call ahead to check before booking!
A: Bijan, 3 Jalan Ceylon 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
19 May – 21 June 2017, 7.00 – 9.30 pm daily
RM110++ per pax
The Citarasa Ramadhan spread at the Istana is a classic stalwart of the Ramadan buffet scene. I have fond memories of dinners here as a child, utterly enthralled by the selection of traditional desserts on offer. An evening here always makes for a delightful family event.
A: Hotel Istana, 73, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T: +603-2141 9988
27 May – 25 June 2017, 7.00 – 9.30 pm daily
RM169 nett per pax, RM175 nett per child, early bird prices available
Make a note of the Tradisi Pembuka Citarasa as you’ll be able to get in for half-price on the first and last 5 days of Ramadan. This spread is a veritable feast of traditional Malay cuisine, featuring Kitchen Art Brasserie’s signature Pais Ayam, Sup Gear Box, Roasted Lamb, and a wide variety of other local favorites.
A: Empire Hotel, Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
T: +603-5565 1388
27 May – 25 June 2017,
RM128 nett per adult, RM64 nett per child or senior citizen, early bird prices available
You’ll love the lively, bustling bazaar that the Serena Brassiere turns into during Ramadhan, filled with aroma of delicious food such as Roasted Whole Kibas with Garlic and Thyme, Daging Rusuk Masak Berempah, Gulai Ikan Tongkol, Ikan Bakar, Satay, Cendol and more! This buffet is also notable for being one of the few with a durian stall. Yep, you heard that right! A durian stall.
A: Intercontinental Hotel, 165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T: +603-2782 6000
26-31 May & 21-24 June: RM 148 nett per pax, RM 78 nett per child
1-20 June: RM 178 nett per pax, RM 98 nett per child
If you’re hankering for something a little less local, head to the new V E Hotel & Residence in Bangsar South. Expect a line-up of aromatic dishes both local and exotic, such as rich cream Hummus, Lamb Shank Tajine, Lamb Ouzi, Iranian Kebab and Shish Taouk, Malacca-style Kawah Kari Kepala Ikan, Ayam Percik Terengganu carved to perfection and succulent Kelantanese Kambing Golek.
A: V E Hotel & Residence, Bangsar South City, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T: +603-2246 2888
29 May – 23 June 2017
RM128 nett per pax, early bird prices available
Feeling lavish? How about a buffet dinner at the St Regis? At RM220 per pax, the Barakat & Syukur Dinner spread boasts a wealth of Malaysian favourites and even a – wait for it – Roti John station, where diners can custom-make their own versions of the beloved street food on the spot. Roti John at the St Regis. Bet you never put those two in a sentence!
A: No. 6, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T: +60 3-2727 1111
1-20 June 2017, 6.30-10pm
RM220 nett per pax