The Buka Puasa Grand Buffet at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
James Gibbs, of Air Venture, dines in “Buka Puasa” style at the spectacular Mosaic restaurant of the regal Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the center of Kuala Lumpur.
There are quite a number of superlatives you can apply to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel that is situated next to KLCC. However, when reflecting over the sumptuous Buka Puasa dinner, there are several that particularly come to mind; that is quality, ambience and heavenly. The recently renovated restaurant is unique and tasteful with soft and soothing lighting throughout. Most floor and service areas have been elegantly chiseled from expensive rocks creating a pristine environment of visual texture to enjoy the food. Guests may also choose to dine in one of two private dining areas.
As you enter the restaurant there are so many options or cuisine so it is maybe the toughest decision that you will have to make that day as to where you are going to start. There is just so much food! Salads, Indian, Italian, mixed grill and a dessert bar artistically crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Holger Deh that is so big you would need about a week to gorge yourself on all the options there.
For me it was the glistening rows of oysters and salmon rolls that beckoned from a glacier of ice that was lit from underneath. The oysters, were of course, amazing as were all the other seafood hors d'oeuvres including prawns and succulent sushi.
At the grill there was a vertical BBQ with several trussed chickens pirouetting around the coals. Choose from chunks of salmon, various sausages, fish, meats that are then grilled before you. The roast beef was also cooked to perfection as were all the supporting condiments.
The visual and taste experiences just kept on enticing return trip to the various international cuisine bars located around the restaurant. Another area to mention was the juice bar with so many great choices including a particularly delicious chilled mango lassi.
The Indian and Malay sections provided so many different exotic flavors and colours… Kashmiri Lamb Kofta. Murtubak, Sambal Udang Petai, Burbur Lambok, Sup Tulang Rawan to name a few. Honestly, the only thing one can say here is that you just have to go and try for yourself! Just writing about this just makes me want to jump into my car and go do it all again!
The Malay Kitchen Sous Chef, Kamarudin brings experience from several notable restaurants around the country. He said however, his greatest culinary inspiration came from his grandmother who was a meticulous, authentic cook of traditional Malay dishes. Here he spoke with particular pride about the Rendang curries served with lemang that is commonly enjoyed at this time of the Islamic year.
For lovers of food Italian there is plenty on offer with pizzas, pastas and all a variety of cooked meats.
Whether you are fasting or not, it is well worth the trip into the city to experience some of Malaysia’s finest foods offered during the month or Ramadhan.
Price for the Buka Puasa feast is RM108++ (Sunday to Thursday) and RM128++ Friday and Saturday night. Visit www.mandarinoriental.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +6 (03) 23808888 for reservations.