The Ramadan Buffet at the Westin stood out for me for one primary reason.
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!
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?
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~
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.
I was tempted to doggy-bag this home. I think I can finish this whole roll in one seating! LOL.
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.
Tandoor lamb & chicken with freshly baked naan.
Aromatic lamb leg with boulangere potatoes.
The Indian section: Lamb 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.
And of course old time favourites like Roti Canai & Murtabak made their due appearance.
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…..
………they have briyani rice!
This is the first buffet I have tried this year that serves the aromatic Briyani.
Fluffy grains with lamb fillets & hard boiled eggs. I personally thought that the rice could have been more flavourful. Anyhow…
The Ayam Briyani – Braised Chicken with spiced cardamon & coriander tomato paste fared better.
Chicken & young jackfruit curry with cassava leaves – this was aromatic & creamy with tender meat. *Thumbs up*
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.
Below: The chinese fried rice was given an interesting twist as it was fried with szechuan bean sauce for added zing.
But this section really shone with the delicious Hokkien noodles; fried with chives & steamed dory. I didn’t even miss the lard!
“Xiangsi” fried beef, green chives & sweet daikon – Tender chunks of beef stir-fried.
Crispy “mui heong” salt fish with spring kailan.
Next up, the BEEF dishes.
Beef Ribs. These looked really promising but in the end I found the marinate to be overpowering.
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.
Cream of mushroom, Indian vegetable rasam (Indian spiced hot & sour herb soup) & Sup tulang rawan merah (Malay spiced short ribs with tomato).
BUBUR LAMBUK. **Loved the hanging cauldron!
Pancakes with twist – topped with local savouries instead of the usual sweets.
The toppings: Chicken rendang with pickles, Sambal sardines, Creamed mushrooms & Potato curry with raita.
The ubiquitous Italian section – Pasta. Extraordinary sauce anyone?
One of the less ordinary offerings on buffets – TACOS!
Piquant “kerabu mee hoon“.
Catfish, a quintessential Malay favourite, served with sambal.
Sweet spicy beef fillets.
Another quintessential dish, the Nasi Kerabu. One of my favourite Malay rice dishes. I love them all actually, nasi dagang, nasi lemak, nasi kerabu!
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.
Gulai nenas ikan masin – Curry salted fish with pineapples – Creamy, fruity & slightly spicy. Delicious!
Salmon head curry. A specialty from Westin KL.
Crispy curried marinated jumbo squid. As crispy as its namesake!
Assorted grilled fishes with traditional dips.
I really liked this one, the red snapper has an interesting marinate & its flesh was fresh & sweet.
Finally we have come to the desserts!
Almost all buffets comes with the chocolate fountain these days huh?
Oreo Cheese cake. This was so-so.
Chocolate cake – no complains here – moist & rich as it should be!
Assortment of good quality thickly cut loaves. One of them has olive paste, but I much preferred the other.
Traditional Malay kuihs.
Apple crumble pie. This was nice, not too gooey for the apple fillings and has a nutty overall texture that I adore.
Upside down pineapple cake. I loved this! The sweet tangy pineapples paired interestingly with the rich chocolate.
Coconut creme caramel.
Baklavas, an all-time favorite Greek pastry that has many, many variations.
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.
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.