Ramadan Buffet 2011 : The Living Room, Westin KL

The Ramadan Buffet at the Westin stood out for me for one primary reason.

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Yes, you saw right! DURIANS were part of the fruits spread!!! Not just ice cream, or cream, or pureed version, but actual pulps of sultry, creamy durians! HEAVEN! :P

Here I decided to get creative with my ais kacang.
Check out my masterpiece – dollop of icy ice-cream, all condiments available thrown in & top it up with pulps of durians! Who says only durian chendol works? icon wink CHEVROLET: TRANSFORMERS 3 SCREENING

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Many thanks to the friendly Chef who realized my affinity for durians, I was served 2 scoops of pungent creamy durian ice cream at my table too~

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Ok ok, enough of my excitement for durians & sweets. Let’s get started on the REAL food for the Ramadan spread here at The Living Room, Westin KL. icon wink CHEVROLET: TRANSFORMERS 3 SCREENING

The notable savouries here are definitely the meats. The lambs; whether prepared western-styled, in briyani, in curries, roasted or Indian-grill were all tasty & succulent. The same can be said for the fowl dishes. Brownie points goes to the Roast Mongolian Wild Chicken Roulade, served with steamed man tou & mongolian sauce.

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I was tempted to doggy-bag this home. I think I can finish this whole roll in one seating! LOL.

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LAMB DISHES.

My weak spot. Though I had to admit that I was disappointed that they didn’t have a whole grilled lamb.

Lamb in spiced sweet soya sauce & tomato. 

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 Tandoor lamb & chicken with freshly baked naan.

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Aromatic lamb leg with boulangere potatoes. 

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The Indian sectionLamb chops Tawa Mirch pan- grilled on the spot. And so was the Salmon Fillet Pepper Masala; which was utterly delicious!
Other items here includes the obligatory lime pickles, cucumber raita, mint & coconut chutney. Fried items (which I avoided for diet reasons, but they looked nice & crisp) are Sindi Pakora – crisp chickpea flour battered indian cottage cheese, cauliflower & capsicums.

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And of course old time favourites like Roti Canai & Murtabak made their due appearance.

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CHICKEN DISHES.

This Ayam Seri Menanti – Oven roasted chicken with pickles was rubbed in a very tasty marinate & the steamed glutinous rice served with it is the closest you can get for your lemang fix. Yup, no lemang available at the spread… but…..

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………they have briyani rice!

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This is the first buffet I have tried this year that serves the aromatic Briyani.

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Fluffy grains with lamb fillets & hard boiled eggs. I personally thought that the rice could have been more flavourful. Anyhow…

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The Ayam Briyani – Braised Chicken with spiced cardamon & coriander tomato paste fared better.

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Chicken & young jackfruit curry with cassava leaves – this was aromatic & creamy with tender meat. *Thumbs up*

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Not to be outdone, the Chinese section was just as good.

Otak – otak (a fish paste steamed with fish & coconut milk & spiced, among other things) was commendable.

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Below:  The chinese fried rice was given an interesting twist as it was fried with szechuan bean sauce for added zing.

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But this section really shone with the delicious Hokkien noodles; fried with chives & steamed dory. I didn’t even miss the lard!

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“Xiangsi” fried beef, green chives & sweet daikon – Tender chunks of beef stir-fried.

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Crispy “mui heong” salt fish with spring kailan.

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Next up, the BEEF dishes.

Beef Ribs. These looked really promising but in the end I found the marinate to be overpowering.

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But this – Gulai Tetel – Braised Beef with candle nuts, turmeric & local bay leaves was good stuff, and totally hit the spot if you’re a lover of parts – meaning tendons, sinews and all.

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Soups.

Cream of mushroom, Indian vegetable rasam (Indian spiced hot & sour herb soup) & Sup tulang rawan merah (Malay spiced short ribs with tomato).

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BUBUR LAMBUK. **Loved the hanging cauldron!

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Pancakes with twist – topped with local savouries instead of the usual sweets.

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The toppings: Chicken rendang with pickles, Sambal sardines, Creamed mushrooms & Potato curry with raita.

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The ubiquitous Italian section – Pasta. Extraordinary sauce anyone?   icon wink CHEVROLET: TRANSFORMERS 3 SCREENING 

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Appetisers.

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One of the less ordinary offerings on buffets – TACOS!

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Piquant “kerabu mee hoon“.

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Catfish, a quintessential Malay favourite, served with sambal.

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Papaya salad.

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Sweet spicy beef fillets.

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Another quintessential dish, the Nasi Kerabu. One of my favourite Malay rice dishes. I love them all actually, nasi dagang, nasi lemak, nasi kerabu!

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Japanese.

The Jap section wasn’t as extensive as I would have like, since I’m a lover of sashimi. Still, this is supposed to be a classic Malay & local spread, hence the lack of emphasis on the Japanese fare is forgiveable.

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Seafood.

Gulai nenas ikan masin – Curry salted fish with pineapples – Creamy, fruity & slightly spicy. Delicious!

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Salmon head curry. A specialty from Westin KL.

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Crispy curried marinated jumbo squid. As crispy as its namesake!

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Prawns curry.

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Prawns sambal.

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Assorted grilled fishes with traditional dips.

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I really liked this one, the red snapper has an interesting marinate & its flesh was fresh & sweet.

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Finally we have come to the desserts!

Fresh fruits.

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Almost all buffets comes with the chocolate fountain these days huh?

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Oreo Cheese cake. This was so-so.

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Chocolate cake – no complains here – moist & rich as it should be!

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Strawberries cake. 

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Assortment of good quality thickly cut loaves. One of them has olive paste, but I much preferred the other.

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Traditional Malay kuihs.

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Roti John!

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Apple crumble pie. This was nice, not too gooey for the apple fillings and has a nutty overall texture that I adore.

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Upside down pineapple cake. I loved this! The sweet tangy pineapples paired interestingly with the rich chocolate.

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Coconut creme caramel.

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Baklavas, an all-time favorite Greek pastry that has many, many variations.

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More desserts…

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Phew! Taking pictures of the whole spread was an exercise session itself! And here’s some shots of Westin’s The Living Room’s interior & ambiance. It’s pretty spacious & certainly suitable for large gatherings.

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Buffet Details:
The Santapan Buffet (HALAL) happens every Mon to Thurs from only RM 108++ /pax & Friday to Sunday at RM128++/pax, from 7pm – 10.30pm.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Westin Dining at +603 2773 8338 or visit www.westindining.com.my.

All pictures are:
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Category : Food