I’m so looking forward to the next coming weeks. I had my 1st taste of mooncakes for 2011 ( HERE) & just a few days back, I gorged on a full spread of Ramadan buffet at Dorsett Regency Hotel KL, right besides the Ritz Carlton on Jalan Imbi.
Oh yes, it’s that wonderful time of the year again!
30 days of holy fasting (for those who observe this practice), 30 days of raiding Ramadan bazaars all over town & 30 days of feasting on Ramadan buffets (if you can afford it!). Oh yea! *happy dance*
Here at Dorsett Regency KL, BOOK EARLY (like NOW!) for the spread you see below for only RM60 NETT.
Variety is always the key to buffets; and I’m as usual, thrilled to see Japanese fare on the buffet line. Not much, but good enough for me as there were salmon & unagi (eel)!
I always tend to skip the soups during buffets. Why waste precious stomach space on heavy soups & liquids right?
But not so this time. Both varieties I sampled that night (Cream of Mushroom & the Sup Ekor Berempah) was marvellous. Why? Because both soups were prepared from scratch & lovingly simmered for hours, in addition to using a very good recipe that produces the perfect flavour.
*Chunks of oxtail in the pot, of which I dug out to chow on. The meat was falling off the bone!
* Thick & hearty Cream of Mushroom which wasn’t too cloyingly creamy. *thumbs up!*
Next worthy- of- note items on the buffet is the fresh seafood. Buffet -goers are after all, seekers for value- for- money deals.
Well, you will get your monies worth here; as there are freshly snucked oysters, mussels & bright red prawns plus a WHOLE lamb on the spread!
Delicious marinated lamb with briyani rice.
Tender, firm meat & perfect when paired with the fragrant rice; (which was pretty plain on its own) so do eat it with the tasty marinated lamb; doused in some mint sauce if you wish!
Picked up some tender, well marinated satay while I was at it too!
After some lamb & grilled chicken & beef satay, it’s time to hit the live stations. The grill station offers pretty decent seafood selections.
All grilled wrapped in banana leaves for that lovely lingering after- grill smoky taste.
Grilled & good to go….
I had some to sample of course, and personally found them to be a bit plain. Perhaps that’s cos I missed out on the chilli?? Duh! My bad.
Talking about chillies, this is fabulous news for chilli fans.
Variety of sauces, sambals and pickles were available – Sambal belacan, sambal tempoyak, sambal nenas, cincaluk, kicap pedas, budu, sambal mangga muda, sambal cili kelapa, sambal bawang garam berlada, sambal hijau.
AWESOME! Douse your food with these traditional sauces for that added zing!
You can choose to start your buffet with some punch too, and steer away from the conventional salads & opt instead for the selection of Malaysian appetizers and salads – Gado-gado, acar rampai, ulam-ulam melayu, ketam goreng berempah, pecal, tahu sumbat, serunding daging, hati ayam goreng berempah, kerabu pucuk paku kerang, kerabu ayam, kerabu perut, kerabu jantung pisang, kerabu paru air asam, som tam mangga dan betik, telur masin, ikan masin goreng.
Ok, this post is getting a bit too wordy. I’ll leave you to the pics!
Bubur Lambuk! It’s really nice to see old time traditionals like this at a buffet.
Not missing out on the smoked items like salmon, etc of course.
Noodl-ing time! Mee rebus with condiments.
Beef Rendang. A perennial favourite.
The perfect match with some “lemang” – steamed glutinous rice in bamboos.
Ayam Goreng Rempah Basah. This was really good, the marination permeated through to the bone & the meat remained moist & tender.
Ikan Keli Goreng Cili Padi. Sweet flesh & it was nicely spiced with the bird eye chillis.
Braised Chicken with Sea Cucumber and Beancurd.
Apam balik – pancake with corn and ground peanuts. Pisang goreng & cempedak goreng – Fried banana and cempedak fritters.
Drinks : Malaysian beverage counter – Sirap bandung, sirap selasih, sugar cane, soya bean
My favourite! Ice Kacang!
Topped with 2 scoops of ice cream for me alone!
My other favourites: Creamy & rich Serawa Pisang, Bubur Chacha, Bubur Pulut Hitam & Red Bean.
Not forgetting the desserts like cakes & traditional snacks.
And our Malaysian fruit salad – Rojak.
Healthier options – Plenty of local & international FRUITS.
Plain fruits too healthy for you? Dip them in this chocolate fondue then!
Just a thought, how does chocolate coated dates taste like??? Never mind, I’ll try it next time!
Chicken rice counter – Roasted chicken with flavored rice and condiments.
Here’s your chance to catch Chef Jaafar Oon in action too!
Ok, here’s the FULL LIST of items, possibly more during the Ramadan month itself.
CHECKERS CAFE RAMADHAN BUFFET MENU.
Malaysian beverage counter – Sirap bandung, sirap selasih, sugar cane, soya bean.
Selection of Malaysian appetizers and salads – Gado-gado, acar rampai, ulam-ulam melayu, ketam goreng berempah, pecal, tahu sumbat, serunding daging, hati ayam goreng berempah, kerabu pucuk paku kerang, kerabu ayam, kerabu perut, kerabu jantung pisang, kerabu paru air asam, som tam mangga dan betik, telur masin, ikan masin goreng.
Variety of sauces, sambals and pickles – Sambal belacan, sambal tempoyak, sambal nenas, cincaluk, kicap pedas, budu, sambal mangga muda, sambal cili kelapa, sambal bawang garam berlada, sambal hijau.
Assorted crackers and condiments – keropok ikan, keropok udang, keropok sayur, keropok ubi, keropok malinja, kacang kuda rebus, papadoms, kacang pedas, tapai pulut, buah kurma, jeruk mangga, jeruk cermai, jeruk betik, jeruk mangga muda.
Cold cuts and salad bar – Assorted cold cuts with mustard, relishes and pickles; assorted salad with dressing and condiments.
Selection of sushi – With soya sauce and wasabi.
Noodle counter – Mee rebus with condiments.
Chicken rice counter – Roasted chicken with flavored rice and condiments.
Roti canai and murtabak – Indian pancake with lentils curry and sambal.
Apam balik – corn and ground peanuts.
Grilled items – Marinated grilled meats, seafood and satay with condiments.
Pisang goreng and cempedak goreng – Fried bananas & cempedak.
Ice kacang and cendol – Shaved ice with variety of condiments and syrups.
Hot beverage counter – Teh tarik and kopi tarik.
Ice cream counter – Variety of ice creams and toppings.
Dessert counter – Serawa pisang, chilled peach with sago and coconut, dates crumble, selection of Malay kuih and Nyonya kuih, international cakes and pastries, homemade cookies, assorted mousse and jelly, selection of Malay cookies, bubur pulut hitam, bubur cha cha, fresh fruit platter.
Soup counter - Sup ekor berempah and cream of mushroom soup with condiments.
Carving counter – Whole roasted lamb with sauces, pita bread and Lebanese bread.
Hot dishes counter – Gulai ikan kering, sambal petai dengan udang, sambal tempoyak pucuk ubi, ikan asam pedas, kari kepala ikan, pais ikan bakar, ikan bakar air asam, ayam goreng rempah basah, ikan keli goreng cili padi, rebung masak cili padi, pucuk paku masak lemak cili padi, sotong tumis jintan, lamb vindaloo, braised chicken with sea cucumber and beancurd, stir fried choy tam with garlic, mini steak with rosemary cream sauce, bubur lambok, nasi seri tanjung, steamed white rice.
Jaafar Onn signature dishes – Nasi lebaran, nasi pusa, nasi seri tanjung, ayam masak dara, daging masak muara, daging patang pinang.
Checkers Cafe is located on the 1st floor of Dorsett Regency KL.
Conclusion: If you are looking for an affordable Ramadan buffet in the vicinity of KL, Checkers Cafe is an ideal choice; good buffet spread, delicious traditional favourites prepared by a famous seasoned chef & is a comfortable classy venue for both corporate gatherings/ family/among friends.
RESERVATIONS: Please contact: (It’s only RM60 nett/pax NOW).
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