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The month of Ramadan is just a little more than a week away, and for many of us in the corporate world, it is also a time where companies will host buka puasa dinners, giving employees a chance to break fast together and mingle a little.

It is also a time where hotels and restaurants get busy with Ramadan buffet offerings, and lucky me, I already got to sample what JW Marriott at Bukit Bintang has to offer for this holy month in Muslim Calendar.

buka puasa dinner at JW Marriott
buka puasa dinner at JW Marriott

The buffet at JW Marriott will feature 108 of the best Malaysian delicacies from various states of the country, gearing towards “preserving heritage”. From the dishes we sampled, it definitely seems like they are doing what is claimed.

Case in point – sambal tempoyak (fermented durian) is available!

you'll definitely love it if you like it spicy
you’ll definitely love it if you like it spicy

Other traditional kampung dishes includes tongkeng ayam (bishop’s nose), goreng bercili, daging salai masak lemak dengan bachang and kupang masak rampai too are on offer.

Of course, ulam, satey, soup tulang, ikan bakar, roast lamb, keropok ikan, various kuih muih, fruits, and assortment of curry and vegetable dishes are to be expected as well. The preview only showcased a portion of what’s to be offered on the actual buffet, and we are already spoilt for choices.

two of my favorite things - tempoyak and paku
two of my favorite things – sambal tempoyak and paku

As for the dining areas, the pool side at 6th floor and the Starhill conference centre on the 4th floor will be transformed to a Ramadan bazaar to replicate the kampung ambiance.

fruits, traditional kuih, and more
fruits, traditional kuih, and more

Oh, and in case you’re wondering how much this feast will cost?

  • RM 60++ per person at Conference center
  • RM 70++ per person at poolside area

Certainly a very competitive pricing considering the 5 star setting and the rather stellar offering in terms of dish choices. I sampled quite a few dishes from the spread, and most everything was top notch and “ori”, except perhaps for the ikan bakar pari which I thought was a bit too chewy (hopefully this gets fixed). The roast lamb, tempoyak, and prawn with petai were particularly outstanding.

For reservations, call 03-2719 8666 or e-mail bukapuasa@ytl

cheng yi, shah, ciki, and I definitely had a great time
cheng yi, shah, ciki, and I definitely had a great time

Now I gotta wonder how other hotels within the area will respond.

map to JW Marriot KL

JW Marriot
183 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

GPS3.14765, 101.71372
Tel03-2715 9000

Last Friday I was invited to a buka puasa dinner at KL Convention Centre. Interestingly, even though this is my 6th Ramadan spent working at the towers, I’ve never had a buka puasa event there.

In fact, I didn’t even know that there’s an in house caterer at KL convention centre with full kitchen staff, chefs and all that jazz. Well now I do!

Buka Puasa at KLCC convention centre
so this is supposed to be an exhibition hall, now a dining area!

The buka puasa event is located at Hall 5 (think PC Fair) of the convention centre, a massive hall that was transformed into a giant restaurant with plenty of tables, 5 buffet stations, a dozen food stalls, and even plants and other decorations. It was quite impressive to say the least.

sup campur, roast lamb kuzi
sup campur, roast lamb kuzi

The one thing I always remember about every buka puasa dinner I went to was the queue. When you have everyone expected to eat at the same time, there’s always a long queue and LRT-type traffic going on. This isn’t so at this place, since the convention hall is massive and the buffet area spared to 17 different stations, human traffic is much more manageable.

buffet spread for buka puasa
goreng gorengan, ulam, jeruk, nasi ayam, sup asam pedas and more

Since the information is available (on every table), let me list down the dishes available

  • stall 1 – gulai kawah traditional
  • stall 2 – ayam dara percik gula kabung, madras chicken tikka with naan
  • stall 3 – wanton mee, Penang char kueh teow
  • stall 4 – whole roasted lamb kuzi, chicken briyani and condiments
  • stall 5 – goreng-gorengan
  • stall 6 – roti-bom, roti jala & murtabak served with curry and dhal
  • stall 7 – hainanese chicken rice
  • stall 8 – ABC with ice cream, crepe and waffle
  • stall 9 – chicken and beef satay
  • stall 10 – seafood asam pedas
  • stall 11 – sup campur utara
  • stall 12 – turkish chicken shawarma, italian pasta corner

soup, roast lamb, murtabak, desserts and more!
soup, roast lamb, murtabak, desserts and more!

On top of these you still have 5 buffet stations serving all sorts of lauk from daging dendeng to udang goreng kunyit, ulam to bubur, ketupat, lemang, and serunding too. It is impossible to sample everything even if I go there half a dozen times.

To be honest, I didn’t really expect too much from “catered food” but this buffet spread proved me wrong. Except for the slightly lack luster lemang (I love Lemang from Kijal) and ordinary pasta, everything we’ve tasted were actually very good.

Haze and KY at KLCC Convention Centre buka puasa dinner
now why can’t I pose as well as Haze -__-

My favorite of the night was the lamb, that whole roast lamb was so tender I think I’ve never tasted lamb quite as good as this. It was literally a revelation. Several others on the same table went on for second serving of the same thing too. The tiny desserts we sampled were delicious too!

KL Convention Centre

Buffet is priced at RM 90++ per person and runs till end of Ramadan, not a bad deal at all if you ask me.

Selamat berbuka puasa!

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre,
Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

GPS: 3.154443,101.712649
Tel: 03-2333-2888

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