Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Ramadhan Buffet, Kites Restaurant, Holiday Inn, Glenmarie, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Guest writer, Polly Szantor, tells of her pre Ramadhan experience at Kites Restaurant, Holiday Inn, Shah Alam...

Arriving at the Holiday Inn in Glenmarie was like a dream.  I instantly forgot the stress of driving round and around Subang Jaya trying to find the place, and focused on the beautiful entrance and the huge, open-plan lobby and café.  High ceilings added to the sense of airiness, and the backdrop of palm fronds evoked a tropical beach somewhere totally exotic.

I had been invited to preview the Ramadhan Buffet at Kites Restaurant, planned for July 18 to August 18, 2012. Kites features all-day dining, with buffets for breakfast and dinner along with a la carte options. The concept for the Ramadhan Buffet is intriguing and promises to offer diners a cornucopia of dishes. Three guest chefs have been invited to prepare food that is close to their hearts. Until their arrival next month, Executive Chef Francis will be trying out recipes they have sent to him, and it is these dishes that I was lucky enough to sample.

With 25 years of experience in preparing Arabic delicacies, Syrian Chef Ebrahim Mohd will create several of his specialties, including Laham Mandi, tender chunks of lamb, marinated in nutmeg, cloves, ginger, black pepper and lemon and served with special fragrant rice. The Hummus made to his recipe was brimming with garlic and lemon, while the Tabouli was heavy on the parsley, light on the bulgar and all the more delicious for it. The velvety Arabic Chicken Curry, spiced more delicately than the Indian or Malaysian varieties, was also mouth-watering, with a subtle difference that made it rather intriguing. Chef Ebrahim will also be preparing a variety of grilled meats, kebabs and koftas throughout the Buka Puasa celebration.

Chef Santosh Kumar Chaniyal from India is a master in Mughlai cuisine, a fusion of Persian, Turkish and Indian cooking traditions with a strong Muslim influence. This cuisine favours the use of exotic spices, chili, nuts, raisins, cream, yogurt and milk.  Chef Francis executed beautifully the Moglai Mahi Mahi in a rich, sweet, sour and spicy tomato sauce. It had the perfect amount of heat to complement but not overwhelm the fish. He could not quite be persuaded to part with the recipe but hinted that along with chili and cumin, he used a variety of herbs. The Curried Vegetables were slightly al dente and lightly spiced but not at all oily, very tasty indeed. Other dishes not to be missed will be Chicken Biryani and Kashmiri Rogan Josh. Rogan means oil and Josh refers to the passionate crimson depth of the mild chilies used in this recipe. The addition of cream, tender morsels of lamb and cashew nuts make this a fitting dish for a Mogul emperor.

It will be thrilling to watch the third guest, Chef Charles Huang from Zhenzhou, China who will bring his special talent of transforming plain dough into exquisitely fine noodles. Pulled noodles are made by twisting, pulling, untwisting and folding the dough to double the strands. This is done over and over to produce one super-long noodle. Chef Huang will pair his noodles with chicken and mushrooms and with mutton. He will also create several Chinese Muslim specialties, including homemade mutton soup, pan-fried egg dumplings and steamed buns. 

The buffet will feature all the Malaysian Buka Puasa favourites along with several vegetarian options and a wide selection of desserts. The dining area will be extended to the poolside with special decorations to create a contemporary backdrop. The Ramadhan Buffet Dinner at Kites is priced at RM 94++ for adults while for children and senior citizens it is RM 55++. There is a special price from 18th – 24th July when the buffet dinner is RM 84++ for adults and RM 45++ for children and senior citizens.

The hotel also accepts group or company bookings for Buka Puasa. Surau facilities with an Imam for Sembahyang are available at the hotel.

Book early before 10 July for substantial discounts - terms and conditions apply. For booking and reservations please call 03- 7802 5240 (9am – 5pm) and 03- 7802 5200 (after 5 pm) or email  ramadhan@holidayinnkl.com.my

Previous posts on Holiday Inn:  25 March 2012, 6 March 2012

Kites Restaurant 
Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie
1 Jalan Usahawan U1/8
Seksyen U1
40250 Shah Alam
Selangor D.E. Malaysia
+603 7802 5200 Ext 2400


  1. That the place with the live band playing?

    1. Ooh, good question. I don't know about a live band. Haven't seen one in the restaurant, but there could be live music in one of their other outlets.

    2. I didn't see a space for a band, Suituapui.

  2. mmmmm, i'd love a good rogan josh! one of my favorite indian recipes, even though i don't get a chance the have indian food very often :D

    1. I'm partial to Indian food too - try to limit myself though as my favs are all of those calorie laden rich curries. :-)

  3. i met Polly! :) she is so lovely and nice write-up from her!

    Latest: Thai Chakri Palace

    1. She's a talented lass isn't she. :-)

    2. Thank you so much. It was great to meet you too, Ohfishiee, or should I just call you Fish?

    3. yeahh3x...