Delectable local favourites in cosy settings make these venues our top picks for Ramadan iftar
With the holy month of Ramadan just around the corner, there is nothing more heartwarming than breaking fast over a hearty meal peppered with delightful conversations and laughter after a day of spiritual reflection. With that in mind, we bring you five establishments where you can do exactly just that.
1. Pince & Pints Bangsar
Well known on the scene for serving all things lobster, The Lobster Briyani Gam and Buzzy Bandung pairs their star attraction with authentic Johorean flavours. Think basmati rice cooked in ghee, onions, spices, and topped with fried hard boiled eggs and potatoes for that satisfying crunch. Then wash it all down with their thirst-quenching bandung, a rose syrup concoction made with evaporated milk and ice cream soda.
2. The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Quintessential Malaysian flavours are brought into the spotlight at the Majestic Festive Banquet Dinner as the impressive spread – courtesy of Chef Zaidi and his team – showcases specialities from each state. These include Perak’s udang galah sambal, Kedah’s rendang itik, Johor’s kambing kuzi, and more. Saving the best for last, hop on over to the dessert section for mouthwatering kuih peneram, seri muka, buah Melaka, tapai pulut and of course, bubur kacang hijau with durian or santan durian. Alternatively, you may also check out the Festive Variety Dinner at Contango for mouthwatering kari ikan tenggiri, ketam kari masak, daging briyani, and more.
3. Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur
Bringing a taste of home to you is the Ramadhan Selera Kampung at Chatz Brasserie with 88 traditional kampung dishes, featuring not one, not two, but 12 types of rendang (curries)! And if your tastebuds are longing for something a little more extensive, feast on their spread of baked oysters, dim sum, chicken rice, and char kuey teow. End it all on a sweet note by digging into sago gula melaka, tepung pelita, badak berendam, and durian ice-cream. parkroyal.com
4. Bijan Bar and Restaurant
Having established a reputation for producing tantalising local fare, Bijan is set to tug at nostalgic heartstrings with its Selera Ibunda Buffet. The spread will rotate daily with five specially tailored menus; all jam packed with warm flavours of recipes from yesteryear, such as gulai lemak daging salai jantung pisang, masak lemak udang nenas, nasi kerabu biru, and more.
5. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Keeping to its wildly popular Kampung in the City theme for both public and private Ramadan events, guests will experience an explosion of flavours under the roof of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular convention centre. Some new additions include the scrumptious rice noodles with curry topped with crispy egg, vegetable salad with peanut sauce and deep fried seafood. And for the true blue Malaysian, the mee goreng mamak, seafood asam lemak Siam, chicken and beef satay, and rendang tok complete with nasi impit, ketupat, and lemang, will prove impossible to resist.