Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Ramadhan Buffet, Kababish Restaurant, StarPoints Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Entrance

I’ve had the good fortune to preview several Ramadhan Buffets recently, and each has been unique.  Photographer Vicki Fennessy and I were wondering what would be in store at the StarPoints Hotel, nestled in the heart of the Masjid India area.  The entrance was not imposing, and the place was quite difficult to find, so I wasn't holding out too much hope.  But after taking the elevator to the 14th floor, I was thrilled to find that Kababish Restaurant will be offering Pakistani delights during Ramadhan, and it was these dishes that I had the been invited to try.  Executive Chef Samson Victor competently heads a staff of six, three chefs from Pakistan and three from Malaysia.  Together they produce a myriad of dishes, incorporating a slight tweak of spices, no curry leaves but extra coriander, tantalizing differences that set Pakistani food apart from its North Indian cousins.

I began my dinner by sampling various Chaats.  The number of dishes with the inclusion of the word Chaat was a little confusing, and it was only later that I realised that this means appetizer or snack in Urdu.  No wonder they were so diverse.  I tried three varieties that were based on chickpeas and potatoes, each with a unique twist.   One was made with more tomato, another had dark red lentils and the third was mixed with a yogurt sauce.  Each was delicious, but I found the tomato version most pleasing.  With plenty of chilli and coriander leaves it reminded me of a nice, fresh salsa.

Chicken Boti Tikka
Samosa Chaat
Roghani Naan

Al fresco dining
The Restaurant has outdoor seating that is perfect for breakfast or a cool evening.  It was outside that I found the Samosa Chaat, crisp little savoury bites served with a hot sauce of chickpeas and tomatoes (hot both in temperature and in spice) and condiments such as potato cubes, raw onion, tomato and coriander.  There were also lovely chutneys that were highly desireable.  The large balcony allowed plenty of space for two of the chefs to show their skills.  Chef Hussain was busy at the tandoor oven making yet another form of Chaats - Paratha and Roghani NaanI enjoyed the potato-stuffed Paratha straight from the oven with the piquant chutneys, really a wonderful combination.  Chef Ghaffar fired up the barbie and very soon began to sear long skewers of Chicken Boti Tikka, which resembled Shish Taouk, and Lamb Kofta.  Soaking the chicken breast overnight in a marinade ensured a juicy finished product, cooked to smoky perfection.  I can never resist melt-in-the-mouth, lean meat so I must confess I went back for a second helping.
Lahori Fish and Pakora

I went back for more Lahori Fried Fish too, pieces of well-marinated red snapper cooked in a light batter and served with a zingy mint chutney, another lip-smacker that tingled my taste buds.  Battered yam, bananas and cempadak, and Mixed Vegetable Pakora rounded out the Chaats.  Obviously there was plenty of variety just with these snacks, but it was time to return inside for the mains.  Several dishes looked and tasted familiar: Aloo Palak (potatoes in spinach, rich and full of goodness), Asparagus in Oyster Sauce, Qeema Matter (peas and minced mutton in a clove infused sauce), Sotong Sumbat (stuffed squid) and Beef with Ginger.  The Biryani Rice was lightly spiced, and it paired well with the Chicken Badami Korma, tender stewed chicken in a rich curry sauce thickened with ground almonds.
Sotong Sumbat
Chicken Biryani
Gubger Beef

Chicken Badami Korma

By this time I’d eaten quite enough, but how could I write about the desserts without trying them?  Vicki and I shared half a hot Gulab Jamun each, oozing with sweetness and half a cold Rasgulla, a ball of Paneer soaked in sugar syrup.  I must admit that I could have eaten more of these goodies, but I managed to control my sweet tooth and felt all the better for it later.  There was also a salad made of apples and cucumber in mayonnaise, a rose blancmange and plenty of fruit.  To drink there was an unlimited supply of orange juice and the more traditional rose syrup with milk.
Gulab Jamun

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The chefs at Kababish...Chef Samson on the left

The Ramadhan Buffet will run from July 20 to August 19, 2012, between 6pm and 10pm, with a different menu for each day of the week.  It is priced at RM60 nett and RM30 for children aged 6 to 12.  There’s an early bird promotion from July 20 to 27.  Kababish Restaurant also has an extensive a la carte menu, which includes Western, Pakistani, Malay, vegetarian and barbeque options.  Outside the festive season, there is a lunch and dinner buffet at weekends only. 

Reason to visit:  Super-friendly service and authentic Pakistani food.  

For reservations call Rostardino: 603-2698-1866 or 016-393-9142

Fruit Chaat

Kababish Restaurant 
StarPoints Hotel 
149 Jalan Masjid India
50100 Kuala Lumpur


  1. Looks like a nice hotel. Thank you for visiting my blog. I have put you on my blogrol and am curious for your next publications.


    1. You're welcome. Traveling is a passion, so reading other's experiences is both informative and fun.

  2. Yummmm...food looks really good, not the usual stuff at Ramadhan buffets. Jalan Masjid India. New hotel kah? Never heard the name before... That's Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman side, right?

    1. You're right, Suituapui. The food is a little different from the regular Ramadhan Buffet fare. I think the hotel has been there for a couple of years. It's run by a Dubai-based company, ETA StarHospitality. It's at the opposite end of Jln Masjid India from Masjid Jamek LRT, almost at the T-junction.

  3. Never come across this hotel before..I have no idea where is Jalan Masjih India. Nevertheless, the food looks good =)

    1. Jalan Masjid India is in the area that used to be called Little India, not far from Sogo Department Store. If you type StarPoints Hotel in Google Maps, you'll find it. Happy eating!

  4. Nice post Polly! Pakistani food sounds like a nice twist on the usual Ramadhan buffets.

  5. Chicken Boti Tikka really got my attention here..... not many of the ramadhan buffet lines come with this. At most you got satay. but this yum yum!

  6. Delicious spread dear!! Pakistani food is one of my fav. After consuming so many Ramadhan buffets, I'm still seeking somewhere that offers something out of the ordinary!

  7. At the 2012 im working at kbabish..... miss so much....
    never forget ckicken bryani.....
    Tq all chef...n my sv hanna,my captain pkhupthong....really miss u all.....