Ramadhan Buffet Armada Hotel PJ – Sinar Ramadhan Al- Mubarak, Utara Coffee House

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

In PJ, I would recommend Armada Hotel if you’re seeking  an option for buka puasa in a hotel. At RM85+, you’ll be spoiled for choice, and the food is good. Affordable and good food in a comfortable setting with plenty of parking, such a great deal right?

For a start, the grills, satay and the ubiquitous lamb are present of course. This is followed by the long line-up of traditional and Malay favourites as per every Ramadhan buffet.



One of the live stations here that has a perpetual queue is the “special” seafood station that dishes out stir-fried seafood in a variety of sauces such as “kam heong” chilli, soy sauce and etc, ala minute. Seafood lovers were seen piling their plate high with the assortment of prawns, squid and fish.

Huge prawns, bamboo clams (my favourite seashells), mussels and squids.

Toss some vegetables on it and send it to the wok!

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Fresh from the wok!

Moving inside, the appetisers station beckons.

BELOW: The Ulam, Kerabu, Nasi Ulam, Briyani, Rendang and the works.

Rojak – Pasembur.

Rojak Buah.

Bubur Lambuk.

Roti canai ala minute and Roti Jala with Chicken Curry.

Ulam and sambal, one of the best combination for a salad. 🙂

Pickles for every fancy.

Not forgetting the traditional, the nostalgic “kampung”  Lemang and ketupat to pair with the lovely curries.

Squid Salad – Kerabu Sotong.

Nasi Ulam – very tasty.

The Sup Ekor here was one of the better ones I had this year. I love it’s deep rooted flavour and herbs nuances that was immersed in every drop.

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It was good that I came with an appetite that evening, and was able to eat every hot dish on the buffet row. For the hot dishes, I had my eyes on the duck. And so were the steamed fish. Satisfying my chinese food craving at a Ramadhan Buffet? Nothing wrong right?! LOL.

Well, that’s what buffets are about yes? Being able to tuck into a hundred different food at the same time! 🙂

The rest of the hot dishes as below; from prawns to crabs to beef and chicken to cow lungs.

Armada Hotel’s buffet are one of those which lean more towards the traditional and Malay spread versus international or western.  A small respite from the chillis and coconut milk comes in the form of cold station – fresh seafood, tempura and sushi.

On the western front, this baked fish dish was particularly outstanding.

The fish was fresh and flaky and the baking process sealed in its flavour from the cheese, spices, pinenuts and beans on top.

Some people asked me if I got bored eating so many Ramadhan buffets. averaging almost one per night for the last 2-3 weeks.
My reply? Yes, and No.
Each Ramadhan spread offers a slight variation in terms of taste, even if it’s rendang and chicken curry and bubur lambuk all over again. Some are better than others, that’s redundant for me to point out.  Likewise for variety. In addition to that, I tend to seek the “specials” of each buffet, looking out for uncommon recipes or preparation methods or some unique house special.

For Armada Hotel, one was the seafood ala minute station as I have mentioned earlier and another was their desserts.

Desserts are not to be missed as most are delectable. Yes, really.
They are of |the-above-average” standard for a buffet. I was happy to note that some are out of the ordinary, and that makes testing them fun.

Bread and Butter Pudding.

Whole cakes of assorted kinds. The spread is generous, and you can actually cut yourself half a cake if you wish! :DD

Star shaped Dodol – creative yes? 🙂

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These were really pretty but a tad too sweet.  It would seem that some of their desserts are Middle Eastern inspired, such as the rice dessert below.

And these nutty, sticky finger- licking  squares are delightful if you like nougats.

Delicious and moist butter-based cake.

Fruit Compote.

More fruits in syrup.

I was too lazy to take down each name, but basically there were 3 different cream caramel that evening and we liked 2 of them.


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Here’s another one that was unexpectedly good. A concoction of pastries, nuts and fruits soaked in cream.
Another Middle Eastern inspired dessert? It looks and taste like one.

I had their cheesecake before during high tea and I liked it.

BELOW: A must for me at buffets – the ais-kacang!


Next comes the array of Malay and Nyonya kuih. All are good as they were rich and sweet enough; evidently prepared with sufficient expertise.

2 weeks of Ramadhan has gone by. So where have you buka puasa like I did, with a bunch of friends and with loads of good food? 🙂

DETAILS:

Date: 9th July- 31st August 2012

Venue: Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel, Petaling Jaya

Time: 7 pm-10.30pm

Price: 23rd July- 18th August, RM85+ per person

10+1 promotion applicable for voucher purchase until 31st October 2012

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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? 🙂