QUALITY over quantity is what Nook’s sous chef Ahmed Zaki Harun believed in when designing the menu for the Ramadan buffet at Nook, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral’s all-day dining restaurant.
The restaurant’s 150 dishes may be dwarfed by some other places that offer up to 300 dishes but Ahmed Zaki believes that diners can appreciate the taste of food better with a smaller spread.
“Instead of a big spread, our focus is on quality. This year, we will offer kampung delights,” he said.
The halal restaurant will offer traditional Ramadan favourites at its live stations, on a rotational basis daily, in addition to its buffet of local and international cuisine for buka puasa.
The chef’s Slow Braised Beef Shin Rendang takes centre stage on the buffet line at Nook’s carving station. Slow cooked for more than seven hours and seasoned generously with salt, pepper, cinnamon, and star anise, it will be available daily at the buffet.
“I chose the shin as it goes well with the rendang and is succulent and tender,” he said, adding that diners would enjoy the tender meat.
Another highlight is the Nasi Kambing Sumbat (lamb stuffed with rice).
“The lamb, which is imported from New Zealand, is stuffed with rice and roasted in the oven so the rice absorbs the juices from the lamb,” he said.
Ahmed Zaki also recommends the Telur Itik Masak Lemak (duck egg stew), which was great with rice.
Wings are not my favourite part of the chicken but the Wok-fried Teriyaki Chicken with Green Leek had me going for seconds.
You can also make your own version of pasembur by choosing your favourite ingredients. I chose the fried squid rings.
At the noodles section, the Sarawak laksa with its vermicelli soaked in the broth was truly delightful.
Honestly, 150 dishes was certainly more than enough for me as by the end of the meal, I was stuffed before I got to try everything at the buffet.
Nook’s A-List Ramadan Buffet is priced at RM135 nett per adult and will be available, daily, from May 29 to June 25, 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Early bird vouchers are available for sale until May 28 at RM100 nett per voucher and RM90 nett per voucher for purchases of 36 vouchers and more.
Children between the ages of six and 12 get a 50% discount.
NOOK, ALOFT KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL, Level 1, No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2723 1188) Business hours: 6.30am to midnight.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.