Orchard setting for buka puasa


  • Eat And Drink
  • Thursday, 11 Jun 2015

A chef carving some whole roasted lamb over by the carving station.Jom Balik Kampung festive dinner food review at Pullman hotel in Putrajaya. MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

PUTRAJAYA may not seem like anyone’s idea of a kampung, which is why Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside is pulling out all the stops to give diners that very experience this Ramadan.

Pullman Putrajaya invites diners to balik kampung and break fast with the Jom Balik Kampung Festive Dinner, complete with its orchard-themed setting.

This festive buffet is spread out between B’s All Day Dining and the open-air outdoor terrace Laguna, where diners can treat themselves to fresh local fruits at the “Dusun Durian” stalls.

In keeping with the Ramadan theme, the buffet line features a street bazaar concept to highlight certain special dishes.

Serenaded by a live ghazal band, diners will be spoilt for choice in breaking fast as the promotion features a spread of over 100 dishes, with both local and a few international dishes.

No Ramadan feast would be complete without a selection of ulam.Jom Balik Kampung festive dinner food review at Pullman hotel in Putrajaya. MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star
No Ramadan feast is complete without a selection of ulam.

The Malay section offers the usual bubur lambuk with several other dishes, but my personal favourites were the Asam Pedas Fish and the Beef Rendang Minang.

The great taste of the fish lies in the gravy, which is fairly spicy and has a strong zesty taste, possibly from a generous use of sour lime.

The beef rendang, on the other hand, has a slightly sweet quality to it and is quite rich in flavour.

In the Chinese section, diners can try unusual interpretations of dim sum, lok-lok and char koay teow, but what stood out for me was the tasty chicken rice.

A wide selection of Malay soup and porridge, which includes the quintessential bubur lambuk.Jom Balik Kampung festive dinner food review at Pullman hotel in Putrajaya. MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star
A wide selection of Malay soup and porridge, including the quintessential bubur lambuk.

I was also recommended to try the barbeque lamb shoulder from the Chinese section and while I found the meat a little on the tough side, the sauce coating it was quite sweet and savoury.

Diners are likely to try the giant garoupa, whole lamb or beef leg over at the carving station, and right next to it, the Western corner has some interesting Mexican dishes such as chimichangas and quesadillas, as well as pizza and pasta.

Grilled stingray and satay can be found together with various fried foods, and the Indian section has quite a wide choice of dishes too.

The feast would not be complete without a trip to the dessert section, where diners can have a few types of dates, fresh local fruits, traditional Malaysian kuih, Western cakes and treats, ais kacang, ice cream, as well as coffee and a variety of local drinks.

The Chinese section features pork-free versions of dim sum for the benefit of Muslim diners.Jom Balik Kampung festive dinner food review at Pullman hotel in Putrajaya. MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star
The Chinese section features pork-free dim sum for Muslim diners.

The Jom Balik Kampung Festive Dinner promotion is priced at RM128++ for adults. Children aged six to 12 eat at half price. The promotion runs nightly from June 18 to July 14, between 7pm and 10.30pm.

B’S ALL DAY DINING, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside, No 2, Jalan P5/5, Presint 5, Putrajaya. (Tel: 03-8890 0000 ). Business hours: 7pm to 10.30pm, daily. Pork-free.

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.


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