Ramadhan Buffet 2012 – Kitchen Art Brasserie, Empire Hotel Subang

** For more Ramadhan reviews click HERE –> Ramadhan Buffets – Where’s your favourite?

NOTE: A guest post by foodie Kevin.

It started with an invitation to the review for Seenak Warisan Ibunda at Kitchen Art Brasserie, a buffet at Empire Hotel featuring traditional Malay cuisine with delicacies from different regions rotated on a weekly basis (Perak from 21-30th July, Kelantan from 31st July – 8th August, and Negeri Sembilan from 9-18th August).
Thing is, I never knew that Empire Hotel had its own dining options, considering that Empire Shopping Gallery has a lot of food choices.

Below: Entrance and banner for Seenak Warisan Ibunda at Kitchen Art Brasserie, Empire Hotel Subang.

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Below:  Some of the food stands at Kitchen Art Brasserie – Bubur Manis for desserts, Kerabu Som Tam, Fried Vegetables (think tempura), Roast Meat.

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What’s a Malaysian buffet without Ais Kacang? Here’s the DIY ice shaver and its various condiments.

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And now for the food tasting. Do note that due to me arriving after buka puasa time (the time to start eating after fasting the whole day)), only barely recognizable scraps are left at certain food trays.

To start off, there is the Sup Gearbox which happens to be the chef’s specialty for this season. Hearty stew made from slow braised joint cooked for over 6 hours until the meat literally falls off the bone. Yes, the meat literally fell off; so the meat is at the bottom of the giant wok. But in this bowl there is the connective tissue which is gelatinously smooth, almost melt in your mouth. Guess I won’t need any glucosamine for a while with this. Too bad there’s not much meat in my bowl  🙁

Below: The giant wok of Sup Gearbox. Yes, it does look oily but it’s quite good once you get past the layer of oil.

Below:Would you want some pasembur or Som Tam to start off your dinner?

Or how about  jeruk or salads?

Here’s a variety of kerabu as cold dishes to kick start your appetite. Overall, they are quite decent fare, though a bit on the bland side.

It’s always good to have something with a touch of acidity before tucking into the hearty mains. You see here the usual  acar and kerabus to whet your appetite.

And an assortment of sambal, cencaluk, etc. and grilled seafood as expected of a Ramadhan buffet.


Main courses which can never go wrong: Ayam Goreng Berempah, Rendang Daging Tok Perak, Kambing Kurma and Telur Dadar (Egg Foo Yong). While these dishes are quite decent, I wish they were warmer as it cooled down a lot by the time I got back to the table. There were more choices, but they got picked clean before I got a look at them 🙁

For something more “soupy”, go for the Bubur Lampuk or the noodle section.

Below: More local favourites: the Murtabak and Roti Jala, and some chicken curry and dhal to go with it. The curry was balanced in flavour and the  dhal was thick. Too bad the murtabak and roti jala was cold, I would have prefered them to be made fresh on the spot.

From top left, clockwise: Keropok Lekor, Goreng Sukun, Cucur Udang and Goreng Pisang.

Some of the assorted Malay kuih that seems interesting are like the Kuih Lepet (left) and Kuih Lepet Pisang (right). The Kuih Lepet itself was a pleasant surprise as with some hint of saltiness in the santan, making it a savoury bite. The embedded gula merah core gave it an added sweetness. As for the Kuih Lepet Pisang, it was done nicely, without going down the sugary path of the banana cake.

A refreshing end to a buffet – fresh fruits.

Overall, while there are some areas for improvements, there were no major disappointments. The Sup Gearbox is something that would make you go for seconds while certain dessert items do make you think that the additional calories are worth it.

Some of the dishes may taste below par, but the variety of the buffet spread does seem to be an attraction point considering that the menu will be rotated throughout the Ramadan period with Kelantanese and Negeri Sembilan specialties coming up. Well, considering that this was at the start of Ramadhan, I’m in hope that the quality will improve after this.

Venue: Kitchen Art, Empire Hotel

Time: 7pm-10.30pm

Price: RM86+ per adult and RM50+ per child (4-12yrs old)

Contact: 03-5565 1388 / www.empirehotel.com.my

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Browse more if you wish:

  1. Dorsett Regency, Kuala Lumpur
  2. MayTower Hotel & Serviced Residences, KL
  3. The Mill, Grand Millennium Hotel, Bukit Bintang
  4. The Lounge, GTower Hotel, KL
  5. The Living Room, Westin KL
  6. Cinnamon Cafe, One World Hotel
  7. Latest Recipe, Le Meridien KL
  8. Paya Serai – PJ Hilton

These are for last year Ramadan’s.
I’m running the Becky’s 30 Days 30 Giveaways and for coming days it will be mostly Ramadan buffets for 2 pax. So do visit my page RebeccaSawBlog FB here and stay tuned for the announcement. 🙂

Here’s the round-up for 2012 Ramadan Buffets. I’ll include the links once I published the posts this week. I’m trying to write as fast as I can! 🙂

1. Ramadhan Buffet at Melting Pot Cafe, Concorde Hotel, KL
2. Ramadhan Buffet at Soi 23, Pacific Regency, KL
3. Ramadhan Buffet at Fuzion, Sunway Spa and Resorts
4. Ramadhan Buffet at Checkers Cafe, Dorsett Regency, KL
5. Ramadhan Buffet at Flavors, Swiss Garden Hotel, Pudu KL
6. Ramadhan Buffet at Cinnamon Coffee House, One World Hotel
7. Ramadhan Buffet at Kitchen Art Brasserie, Empire Hotel Subang
8. Ramadhan Buffet at The Mill, Grand Millenium Hotel, KL
9. Ramadhan Buffet at JW Marriot, KL
10.Ramadhan Buffet at La Maison, Silka Maytower Hotel & Serviced Residences
11. Ramadhan Buffet at Paya Serai, Hilton PJ
12. Ramadhan Buffet at Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel, PJ
13. Ramadhan Buffet at Serena Brasseria, InterContinental Hotel, KL

14. there’s more for sure… let me eat first and I’ll update! 🙂

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Leave me a comment if you have any enquiries on Ramadhan Buffets this year ok? 🙂

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