Ramadan Buffet with Celebrity Chef, Jaafar Onn, at Checkers Café in Dorsett Regency Hotel

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

This was another buffet I sampled last year and waddled home burping heavily albeit happily. 🙂

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I remembered the flavourful freshly brewed soups and the amazing dessert spread. This year, the desserts were even better, with an exceptional Tapai Cake (tapai is a type of fermented rice wine) that was surprisingly pleasant, given that the smell and taste of tapai is an acquired taste.

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This cake delighted both in flavours and texture, with a distinct tapai smell but not overpowering so. The lingering tapai taste actually adds an interesting naunce to the character of the cake. I’m not a fan of tapai but I gave this 2 thumbs up!
That’s usually what I like to look out for in a buffet. Some familiar favourites are no doubt necessary but some new, maybe even funky items, whether it’s a curry, a cake or a hot dish  gave some buffets the edge to remain in the memory. Likewise, I would more keen to recommend and share with my readers as that’s something different to look our for.

Here’s another new cake creation entitled Kek Budaya Dorsett, a masterpiece by Badrol Hisham Mohd Ali, Dorsett Regency Hotel, Kuala Lumpur’s Pastry Chef. This cake is beautifully blended with distinctive Malay, Baba-Nyonya and Western flavours and the unique cake is layered with vanilla sponge, homemade fermented glutinous rice, and royal custard filling.

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Yes, I think the desserts are good here at the Ramadhan Buffet at Dorsett Regency Hotel, KL!

Here’s the bountiful dessert spread during my makan session here.

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I daresay there were more than 50 kinds of dessert alone. Some just brings the kid out in you, such as these ones on sticks and cones.

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Western desserts such as cakes and tarts were just as well prepared as their assortment of traditional kuih-muih.

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Regardless if it’s a simple one like the carrot cake below, or a classic one like a chocolate cake and cheesecakes, most of the desserts here didn’t disappoint!
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Here are the local Malay and Nyonya kuih, which I must say was just as adeptly prepared.

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Dodol – a sticky glutinous rice cake made from hours of stirring over low fire to attain the smooth, sticky consistency.

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Soupy desserts came in the form of Black Glutinous Rice with Coconut Milk.

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And for durian lovers – the  Serawa Durian was convincingly pungent.

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Bubur Cha-cha.

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Those with a sweet tooth are spoiled for choice for sure; for there was even a chocolate fountain!

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For me, the ais kacang is a standard accompaniment to my Ramadhan meals, just as essential as my lamb.

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Speaking about lamb, now you see it….

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….now you don’t!

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The lamb is no doubt a popular item in a Ramadhan buffet. I personally won’t pay more than RM50 for a Ramadhan buffet if there wasn’t lamb offered! 🙂
The same can be said for the grilled satays and seafood.

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But the limelight was on the hot dishes by flamboyant Chef Jaafar Oon, a well-known culinary master when it comes to local delicacies.

3) Selera Kampung Bersama Jaafar Onn di Dorsett Regency Kuala Lumpur

Your dinner will be graced by talented and witty Celebrity Chef Jaafar Onn who together with renowned singer Haiza, promises everyone a memorable dining experience.

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Curries, rendang, assam pedas, masak cili padi, sambal, masak lemak, kunyit and etc, you name it, he cooks them. We had aromatic briyani,  flavoursome curries and rich, freshly simmered soups that evening.

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Anyone game for  “Kerabu Perut Lembu” – Cow’s stomach “ceviche” tossed in chilli and lemon? 😛

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Mee Rebus Sg Dua Utara – hmm… I wonder if it’s the Sg Dua from Penang?

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Daging Dendeng.

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Kerabu Kacang Botol, Rendang Ayam, Kerabu Udang Mangga Muda and Aneka kuih Melayu

I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for fried bananas, potatoes and cempedak. 🙂
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These food stations are located outside of the cafe and I almost missed them. Good thing I walked around after my 5th round of the buffet! *burps*!

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To keep the menu exciting and the food fresh, the culinary team at Dorsett Regency Hotel, Kuala Lumpur will be changing the items on the Ramadhan Buffet menu daily. Thus, a whole month of excitement!

For more information on Dorsett Regency Kuala Lumpur, visit: www.dorsettregency.com/kualalumpur

Date:   17 July 2012 – 18 August 2012
Time:   Buffet Dinner (Monday – Sunday) 7.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Venue: Checkers Cafe at Dorsett Regency Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Price:   Buffet Dinner RM80.00++ per person

50% discount for senior citizen 55 years old and above, as well as 50% discount for children 4-12 years old.

For reservations, call +60 3 2716 1000 ext. 188.


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! 🙂


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

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Sean

    i’d like to try the tapai cake! luckily tapai is considered officially as halal 😀

    1. rebeccasaw

      It’s “wine”, wonder how it qualifies as halal 😛
      And why the people here in Peninsular are not making it by gallons!

      1. isaac976

        Tapai is considered halal in the muslim society because as told that even eaten at a given quantity you will not get drunk (so that is considered Halal)

      2. rebeccasaw

        Oh really? But I seen drunk people in Sibu, Kuching after they drink tuak.. oh wait.. that’s tuak.. not tapai.. hahah .. #fail

    1. rebeccasaw

      Don’t think about it. think about ALL the people here that doe not have the good fortune to be in Moscow NOW! :'(

      1. Akulah Pak Lan

        moscow is the 4th most expensive country in the world after japan..the first one i think it is norway..

      2. rebeccasaw

        WAhhhh.. and i do want to go Norway one day! How la…

  2. ejam

    kuih dan kek yg cantik2 rasa sayang jer nak makan…kalau tgk jer lapar ler pulak… 🙂

    1. rebeccasaw

      HEheh thanks Ejam! I hope you been enjoying good kuih and kek as well this Ramadhan so far?

      1. ejam

        bulan puasa ni wife ejam suka memasak, dapatlah merasa pelbagai kuih… 🙂

      2. rebeccasaw

        Ohhhh! Lucky u! 😀
        Homecooked paling best ok! Better than all the buffets and pasar ramadhan

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