Ramadan Buffet in PJ – Cinnamon Coffee House @ One World Hotel

The buffet spread at Cinnamon Coffee House at One World Hotel has always been an exhausting one to photograph. I have dined here a few times and in the early years it was one of the best buffets in PJ.
Variety-wise it’s endless as you can find everything from soups to breads to grilled seafood to dim sum to Japanese. Cinnamon Coffee House is LARGE, and thus there’s plenty of space to showcase all the food, and separate dining sections, both indoor and outdoor.
Even the seating arrangements differs, some on sofas and while on banquet chairs.

While other hotels features live stations with at most 10 types of dishes, at Cinnamon Coffee House offers 30-40% more per section.

In a nutshell, Cinnamon Coffee House is where you want to be if you think variety = value for money. At RM128 ++ per adult, gorge yourself silly and don’t blame me if your tummy rebels after Japanese, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Italian, and whatever else at ONE sitting! 🙂

The past 2 years had been a bit shaky, but this year I felt that quality and the taste of food had marginally improved.

So head over to One World Hotel  to experience their mouth watering Ramadan delights in Cinnamon Coffee House this year. The wide diversity of home-cooked traditional favourites, delectable desserts, tempting Indian cuisine and Malaysian hawker food showcased nightly should not give anyone any reason to complain. 

Since I have so many pictures, I’ll keep my ramblings short. 🙂

BELOW: Assorted Cold Cuts and Condiments, Smoked Chicken Platter with Mixed Pickles, Potato Salad with Shrimp, Shredded Duck Salad with Lemongrass, Shrimp and Honeydew Salad, Jelly Fish with Spicy Sauce and Crushed Peanut are part of the must try appetizers on my list.
Don’t miss the seafood on ice and the Japanese corner if you’re a lover of these.

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Fancy something more localized as an appetizer?

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Well, go and knock yourselves out with appetisers like Umai Umai (Spicy Seafood Salad), Kerabu Telur (Marinated Egg Salad), Kerabu Pucuk Paku, Jelatah Harian (Cucumber & Pineapple Salad), Acar Buah, Kerabu Mangga & Betik Muda (Mango & Papaya Salad), Kerabu Ayam (Marinated Chicken Salad with Coconut).

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But be sure to make some space in the tummy for main dishes.

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Local hot dishes like Ayam Percik, Daging Bakar Asam, Daging Rendang Tok, Ikan Patin Masak Lemak, Kupang Masak Berlado, Siput Sedut Masak Asam Manis, Daging Rendang Tok, Ikan Tenggiri Pajeri, Nangka Muda Lemak Cili Padi dengan Tulang Ikan Masin, Lala Tumis Petai Asam Pedas and Udang Rendang Berkerisik and many more are available for your gastronomic pleasure.
Frankly I wasn’t able to sample more. It took both of us an hour just to photograph everything!

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Mughal Emperors would have nodded in approval with these. The Nasi Briyani and it’s side dishes all looked irresistible.

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Don’t be put off with the colourings of the nasi kerabu. They’re completely coloured with natural colourings from edible flowers and plants. The one in blue was made from Bunga Telang and completely safe for consumption, that I assure you.
My favourite is the Nasi Ulam (top) followed by the Nasi Kerabu and the Nasi Dagang.

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No Ramadan buffet is worth spending a pittance on without roasted lamb. And I’m pleased to report that the hardcore lamb enthusiasts (like your truly) will be delighted to see the usual lamb offering in the grill section.

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The New Zealand Roast Whole Lamb with Briyani Rice and Vegetables served with Mint Sauce, Black Pepper Sauce or Mushroom Sauce are one of the better ones I sampled this Ramadan.
I was informed that there will be a little twist in the grill section every Saturday night. Instead of a perfectly roasted lambs, a whole roasted deer will be served instead on Saturdays. So if you crave to sample something a tad more exotic like a freshly hunted deer, do make a point to book your table on Saturdays instead of weekdays. 🙂

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Murtabak , Shawarma, Popiah Basah, and Roti Canai.

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The chef diligently rolling popiahs on request.

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Irresistible pastries and tasty buns for those who don’t mind some extra carbs.

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More bread, fresh from the oven.

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Cheese to pair with your bread with.

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Like Alice who might have felt lost in Wonderland, I felt lost too, with too much food to pick from in the buffet!
This year the spread has well, spread (pardon the pun) to the outside of the coffee house.

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I noted that there’s also small changes of layout within the coffee house in comparison to last year, but it was nice as it made navigation much easier, not to mention visually pleasing too.

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Spotted the Noodle Station outside when I was wandering around for more food to eat.

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And Yong Tau Foo Station too.

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Bubur Lambuk, served with a wide variety of condiments. Something that you won’t want to miss apart from the roasted lamb, as these are only served during the holy month of Ramadan in most Ramadan buffets.

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And not forgetting hawker dishes prepared on the spot. This was at the Noodles Station.

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Char Kway Teow, Nasi Goreng Kampung, Mee Mamak and Fried Carrot Cake (this isn’t too common at buffets!) are part of the hawker fares that will be ensure that you forget any diet you may be on. And these gyoza (pot stickers as below) are not to be missed!

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Feeling like going for something Italian? Well then, say “Ciao a tutti” to the pastas at the pasta counter.

There’s assorted pasta and a wide variety of sauces. Just put forward your request to the chef in charge and he will whip up your pasta right away!

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At the soup counter and salad counter, chefs’ recommendations includes Sup Kambing Berempah, Sup Ayam Pedas, Tom Yum Seafood Soup, Sze Chuan Soup with Crabmeat and Shellfish Bisque Soup with Fresh Basil.

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Dim Sum counter.

Freshly steamed dimsum, satay and assorted ketupats.

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My all-time favourite refreshing beverage, the ice kacang is also available in the buffet.

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The cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery in ‘Hansel and Gretel’ would have gone green in envy should she have seen the desserts offered in ‘Aneka Selera Kayanganku’ buffet by Cinnamon Coffee House.

There’s all you can eat Bubur Jagung Manis, Chilled Longan and Peach, assorted Ice Creams, Ice Kacang with Condiments, Cendol with Condiments, Chocolate Fountain, Pandan Kurma Layer Cake, Nutmeg Coconut Pie, Chocolate Moist Cake, Kurma Cheese Cake, Kurma Linzer Tart, Honeydew Pudding in Glass, Panna Cotta, Strawberry Mouse assorted fresh fruits and many more.

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Another must-try item in the dessert section; Ice Cream Goreng.

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Skillfully fried for you upon request.

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Don’t forget to end your gluttony with plenty of fluid, yeah?

There’s plenty of refreshing beverage for you to hydrate yourselves with after indulging in all sort of food earlier.

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Here’s the culinary maestros who are responsible for such a bountiful spread.

Aneka Selera Kayanganku

Synonymous with the theme, ‘Aneka Selera Kayanganku’ buffet is a fantasy come true for  all gluttons and foodies alike. This may not be my first time sampling their Ramadan offerings, but I was impressed with the variety on offer nevertheless. Last year’s Ramadan offerings was decent, but this year’s was even better. Now, can you seriously say no to that? My trainers in the gym might not approve my gastronomic rendezvous, but I am but a mere mortal. How could I resist such temptations? Eat first and hit the gym later. 😀

There will be 6 rotating menus for the Ramadan month this year. I have included as below just one of them for your reference.

Aneka Selera Menu 1

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For reservations, call Cinnamon Coffee House at 603 7681 1157. The ‘Aneka Selera Kayanganku’ buffet spread will be available from 8th July 2013-8th August 2013 priced at RM128 per adult and RM64 per child aged 4 – 12 years old.

*Photography by Kevin Tan using his EPL -3.

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