Sourced from deer herds in Australia, roast venison with its less fatty texture and slightly gamey taste makes for a nice change from the usual roast lamb dishes served at Ramadan buffets. ― Photos: ART CHEN/The Star
FOR this year’s Ramadan, the Dorsett Putrajaya’s Citra Rasa Restaurant led by its award-winning chef Shamsul Rizal Johari is offering more than 500 different main dishes.
Presenting a good mix of traditional Malay food ranging from staples like daging dendeng, pajeri kedondong and clam rendang, the mains will also include a variety of other cuisines.
Then there are hot plates holding stuff like stir-fried beef or Thai-style fish to go with the different varieties of rice, from nasi beringin to seri wangi.
But even with 500 mains, there are some definite standouts in Dorsett Putrajaya’s offerings this fasting month.
One definite break from the norm that Citra Rasa is taking is its decision for roast meat where, instead of the ubiquitous roast lamb, the restaurant is going with barbecued venison. Yes, deer meat!
Sourced from Australia’s commercial deer herds, the meat has a texture that is more tender than lamb, yet holds more flavour than beef or lamb.
“We wanted a break from the usual lamb and briyani style,” said Shamsul Rizal, adding that they could top up the roast if needed.
Right next to the deer slowly roasting on the spit, you have the “Shell Out” seafood barbecue for on-the-spot grilling.
Ingredients such roe-filled shishamo (smelt), bamboo clams, flower crabs and pre-marinated shrimp, as well as corn on the cob are available for patrons to pick for the commis chefs to cook off.
Between these two stands, you have choices of sauces and dips, from the usual mint jelly or mushroom, or black pepper sauce, to less common pairings of mango chutney.
For durian lovers, Citra Rasa’s kitchen is bringing in a variety of fresh durians from Negri Sembilan that will be opened on the spot.
Those who visit Melaka will often recognise one stall, where Citra Rasa has brought in hawkers from there to cook up one of the state’s more famous dishes – kuih keria.
The deep-fried doughnuts, glazed heavily with gula melaka, taste just as great as the ones you buy along Jalan Limbongan.
Meanwhile, as fast-breaking progresses, the Sri Mawar band will be playing nightly for diners throughout Ramadan.
As an added bonus, the hotel has also brought in a different celebrity every Friday to perform for the floor.
Dorsett Putrajaya’s Ramadan buffet promotion kicks off on May 29 until June 24, with each person dining in at RM120 nett.
Children aged seven to 12 years old, people with disabilities and senior citizens between 65 years and above dine at half price.
CITRA RASA RESTAURANT, Level 3 Dorsett Putrajaya, Lot 3 (Lot 3C5) Precinct 3, Putrajaya. (Tel: 03-8892 8388). Business hours: 7am to 10.30pm, daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.