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Wednesday September 9, 2009
Eating Out with C.S.NATHAN
TREAT your family and friends to a sumptuous buka puasa spread at the Springs Cafe in the newly-opened Nilai Springs Resort Hotel in Seremban this Ramadan.
Guests have the opportunity to sample the Ramadan offering in a delightful setting overlooking its grounds which includes its sister property - the Nilai Springs Golf and Country Club’s 27-hole golf course.
The menu showcases over 100 dishes ranging from traditional Malay favourites like lemak kuning pisang muda (banana cooked in coconut gravy) to Western picks such as cream of asparagus soup.
Executive chef Hasri Hassan said the buka puasa menu was themed Selera Malaysia to reflect the country’s culinary heritage.
“We have quite a number of kampung-style dishes on our menu but we didn’t want to limit it to just Malay cuisine as most of us enjoy spicy Indian curries and Chinese fried noodles.
“For that reason, we’ve thrown in some popular favourites such as Indian biryani and masala crabs, Chinese-style kung po mussels and loh hon chai in addition to our very traditional Malay offerings like lemak kuning perut dan nangka (cow’s stomach and jackfruit cooked in coconut gravy) among others,” he said.
Diners can also whet their appetitie on ulam and kerabu (kampung herbs and Malay-style salads), lemang and exotic dishes like Siamese ox-tail soup just to name a few starters on the menu.
Hasri said he would be personally frequenting the pasar tani for fresh local produce daily.
“It’s essential that we use only the freshest ingredients and whatever is in season. In fact, most of the traditional Malay herbs used in our salads can only be found there,” he said.
Apart from the buffet spread, diners can also check out the live action stalls dishing up popular ‘fast’ food.
“We have nine live action stalls serving hawker staples like satay, roti canai, murtabak, ikan bakar (grilled fish), koay teow and the all-time favourite ABC (air batu campur).
“There will also be one stall each serving bubur lambuk and grilled meats like lamb and chicken,” said Hasri.
Springs Cafe can accomodate about 450 guests and includes indoor and outdoor seating arrangements.
Despite just recently opening their doors to the public, hotel food and beverage manager Alwie Manaf said he expected about 400 guests daily during the Ramadan period.
“Our hotel is not too far for those from the Klang Valley and our rates are much lower compared with hotels in the city,” he said.
The Ramadan buffet is priced at RM45++ per adult and RM32++ per child.
Pay only the nett price of RM45 per adult for dining vouchers bought before Aug 21.
The hotel is also offering savings for group bookings. Buy 10 dining vouchers and get an extra seat free.
A three-piece band will also be serenading diners during the fasting month.
Prayer facilities will be provided for Muslims and overnight guests can also have their sahur meal at the hotel for RM25++.
For reservation or enquiries, contact 06-850 2280.
SPRINGS CAFE, NILAI SPRINGS RESORT HOTEL, PT4770 Nilai Springs, Putra Nilai, Negri Sembilan. (Tel: 06-850 2288) Business hours: 6am to 11pm daily. Sahur - 4am to 5.30am, buka puasa - 6.30 to 10pm.
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