With the reopening of our international travel borders yesterday, this year’s Ramadan is going to be extra special since many of us can finally spend this fasting month with our nearest and dearest. As much as nothing beats the familiar taste of homecooked delights, there will be days when we’d want to take a break and go out to feast on hearty meals. Ahead, we’ve put together a list of our top picks from the many hotspots in town that we’d recommend you to head to!
1. Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown
Ideal for buka puasa with your colleagues, Quan’s Kitchen is back with a more extensive menu thanks to Sous Chef, Meor Muhammad Syahir Meor Sahaid. This year’s curated menu revolves around Malaysia’s familiar bazaar cuisines that are popular this season. Bazar Selera kicks off with starters such as Acar Nyonya, Rojak Buah and Bubur Lambuk, after which seafood lovers can enjoy a wide spread of seafood on the ice counter that’s filled with fresh crabs, mussels, prawns and scallops for you to choose from. Indulge in mouth-watering classic favourites such as the Mongolian Roasted Whole Lamb that’s served with Bukhari Rice, Braised Mediterranean Beef, Kambing Kuzi with peas, Kam Heong Flower Crab and more. If you spot a guy who’s performing eye-catching stunts at Lan Zhou La Mien, drop by to try his fresh hand-pulled noodles that are served in a hot bowl of bone broth and served with thin slices of beef. To end your meal, the dessert options that you can pick from to sweeten your tongue are Sarawak Kek Lapis, Serawa Durian & Sago Pearl, traditional Ice Kacang Cendol and a variety of Malay kuihs.
Where: Quan’s Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown
When: 2nd April to 2nd May 2022
Price: RM158 nett
2. Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Transport yourself and your loved ones to the Middle East with Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur’s Selera Malaysia and Timur Tengah buka puasa buffet spread! Specially put together by the hotel’s very own Chef Nor Saiful and guest Chef Amjad Karkazan from the Middle East, this year’s spread features a variety of delights from both regions that’ll make this buka puasa event an unforgettable experience. There are two sessions daily – one from 6pm to 8.30pm and another one from 9pm to 10.30pm, so that you won’t have to rush through the jam to get here in time. At the same time, you’ll be able to listen to live Arabian performances at the lobby from 6pm to 9pm. The hotel has also gone all out to transform its space so that you’ll feel like you’ve landed in the Middle East; think Arabic motifs around the hotel grounds and a special spot at the grand Islamic arch at the entrance of Lounge on the Park where you can snap some photos with your loved ones!
Where: Mosaic & Lounge on the Park, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
When: 3rd April to 2nd May 2022
Price: RM228 nett (6pm–8.30pm) & RM138 nett (9pm–10.30pm)
3. MoMo’s Kuala Lumpur
If you’re looking for a happening place that serves modern-fusion and easy-to-eat meals to break your fast with, MoMo’s is the place you should be at! One of the must-tries that we immediately got hooked on was the Salmon Avocado Waffle Sandwich which is made of fresh salmon slices on a fluffy waffle with fresh guacamole and is topped with omelette, sour cream and chives. Alternatively, you can get the Fricken’ Chicken Waffle Sandwich, which is a combination of yummy-licious deep-fried chicken, melted cheese, mayonnaise and spring onions on a classic waffle. If you have a small appetite, then not to worry as there are lighter options of food available as well such as the house-made beef meatballs, spicy and mild chicken wings and spiced popcorn chicken. Another standout from MoMo’s ‘Mo’s Feast Mo’ Fun’ Ramadan Menu is the limited-edition milkshake flavours that we’re hooked on, which is perfect for those with a sweet tooth or those who are after a filling pick without having to eat a lot during buka puasa. The three flavours you can pick from are Banana Avocado, Lemon Gula Melaka and Mango Coconut – all of which can either work as starters or desserts!
Where: MoMo’s Kuala Lumpur
When: 1st to 30th April 2022
Price: RM68 (one portion of burger/hot dog, free flow of Earl Grey Berry Iced Tea, sides and ice cream) and optional top-up of RM10 for a glass of milkshake (French Vanilla/Double Chocolate) or RM22 for a glass of limited-edition milkshake (Banana Avocado, Lemon Gula Melaka and Mango Coconut). Takeaway bundles are also available for RM88 (two portions of burgers/hot dogs/waffle sandwiches, two sides and two drinks (Earl Grey Berry Iced Tea or Virgin MoMojito), with optional top-up of RM10 for a glass of milkshake (French Vanilla/Double Chocolate) or RM22 for a glass of limited-edition milkshake (Banana Avocado, Lemon Gula Melaka and Mango Coconut).
4. Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Can’t describe what traditional dish you like the most cos your favourites are made up of various selections from all the different states in Malaysia? Then The Courtyard at Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur should be on your list of places to break your fast at this Ramadan! Led by Chef De Cuisine, Ismadin Mohd Isa, Muhibbah Malaysia’s dinner feast is made up of a variety of dishes and sauces which are popular in the different states in Malaysia. Among the highlights from each state include Ayam Panggang Madu Berbijan from Kedah, Bubur Lambuk from KL, Daging Rendang Tok from Perak, Gulai Ikan Tonggol from Kelantan, Gulai Udang Harimau Batang Keladi from Melaka, Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak from Pahang, Kari Kambing Mangga Muda from Perlis, Kari Kepala Ikan from Penang. One thing for sure is that you’re going to go home feeling like a true Malaysian and knowing more about the specialities in different states after trying out this buffet spread!
Where: The Courtyard, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur
When: 7th April to 1st May 2022
Price: RM188 nett (Adult) or RM94 nett (Child/senior citizen)
5. Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
Go for the Sajian Istimewa buffet at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur if you’re after a place that serves Asian and international cuisines. Thanks to Chef Safee, Chef Safril and the team at Lemon Garden, you’re in for a treat as the buffet has got everything from Malaysian favourites to Asian delicacies and even Middle Eastern classics! Among the popular dishes you can expect here are Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Api, Daging Rendang Minang, Kambing Masak Kurma and Udang Masak Sambal Petai. Take your time to enjoy the bazaar-like concept at Terrace Garden that overlooks the Koi Pond, where you’ll be able to indulge in mouth-watering desserts such as Morello Berry Linzer Tarts, Onde-onde Cupcakes, Rose Bandung Macarons, Tropical Tiramisu, Strawberry Clafoutis and many more.
Where: Lemon Garden, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
When: 2nd April to 4th May 2022
Price: RM198 nett (Monday to Thursday) & RM268 nett (Friday to Sunday)
6. The Chow Kit
Despite the modern developments of KL, The Chow Kit is a hotel that will rekindle all your memories of being a true Malaysian. Citarasa Ramadan by the hotel’s kitchen and bar will bring back what it truly means to be ‘home’ this year, and the feast begins with a classic serving of an array of sweet Malay kuihs and red dates, followed by the starters – Cucur Udang and Satay Ayam. Among our favourite mains that we’re sure will tickle the tastebuds of everyone who is seated at the table include Burung Pyuh Berempah, Curry Udang and Rendang Dendeng. But if you’re looking for a seafood option, you can go for the Golden Sea Bass where the whole fish is deep-fried and served with a sweet, spicy and tangy mango salsa. Not forgetting, those who love veggies will give a chef’s kiss to the Kacang Botol Sambal Belacan and Tempoyak Daun Kayu, where you can expect pucuk ubi leaves slow-cooked in fermented durian mixed with coconut milk. Rest assured, everyone is going to go home feeling happy and truly satisfied after having a memorable dinner in this cosy place!
Where: The Chow Kit Kitchen & Bar
When: 3rd April to 2nd May 2022
Price: RM250 (2-3 pax) & RM450 (4-5 pax)
7. Tune Hotel KLIA-KLIA2
Have a family member or friend who is returning home from abroad but can’t seem to find a way to make it back in time for buka puasa? Not to worry, as Makan at Tune Hotel’s Warisan Kampung is one of the must-try places this year! Featuring three sets of menus – Berbuka set, Pasangan set and Keluarga set, the dishes have been specially curated to bring back the taste of traditional Malay dishes in Malaysia. For the Berbuka set, guests have the option of choosing either the Lamb or Chicken Biryani that’s served with acar and dhalcha, desserts (Ais Kacang, Bubur Pulut Hitam or Pengat Pisang) and finally, with a choice of Sirap Bandung or Teh Tarik. As for the other two sets, guests can choose their own starters, mains, vegetables and desserts according to their liking! Tip: if you’re going for either of the last two options, be sure to pick the Ikan Masak Lemak Chili Padi as the sea bass is cooked with creamy, spicy gravy and chili padi for that extra kick.
Where: Makan, Tune Hotel at KLIA-KLIA2
When: 8th April 2022 onwards (only on Monday, Wednesday & Friday)
Price: RM50+ (Berbuka set), RM120++ (Pasangan set) and RM220++ (Keluarga set)
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