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Melting pot of crowd favourites


(From left) Azizah and Dzulkarnain, along with their team of chefs, have prepared numerous dishes for the Ramadan buffet spread. — Photos: MuHAMAD Shahril ROSLI/The Star

(From left) Azizah and Dzulkarnain, along with their team of chefs, have prepared numerous dishes for the Ramadan buffet spread. — Photos: MuHAMAD Shahril ROSLI/The Star

MELTING Pot Cafe in Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur is featuring a variety of dishes this Ramadan, from kampung classics to signature favourites, through its Semarak Rasa Ramadan promotion.

With about 150 dishes served each night, diners have plenty of options to choose from.

The crowd’s favourite stop for starters is the seafood on ice, as many were spotted selecting fresh prawns and green mussels.

I also noticed that the Steamed Fish with Ginger was a popular dish.

After savouring spicy dishes like curry, the Hot Steamer corner offers a welcome treat, with an assortment of tasty dim sum.

To give this year’s buffet a different touch, the team of chefs – Chef Dzulkarnain Salleh, Chef Rogayah Sharif and Chef Azizah Abdul Malik – introduced the star attraction, the “fried seafood corner”.

Cooked on the spot are crabs and prawns as well as Three-Spiced Lala and Kam Heong-Style Lala.

The spicy sambal udang tempoyak goes well with white rice.
The spicy sambal udang tempoyak goes well with white rice. 

I found the flavour of turmeric slightly overpowering as the fried seafood left an odd aftertaste.

The live cooking corner also offers dishes cooked on the spot, with fresh prawns, salmon, chicken, beef and squid.

Almost every buffet will serve white or briyani rice and you can enjoy yours with the Lamb Shank Stew which did not leave a gamey smell or taste and was easy to chew. Other good pairings are Daging Masak Kicap and Kari Kepala Ikan.

You may also want to try Ekor Asam Pedas Bunga Kantan, Paru Goreng Berlado, Gulai Urat Lembu Berserai, Daging Dendeng Kering Berlado, Ayam Lemak Pucuk Ubi, Kailan Goreng Cili dan Ikan Masin, Sambal Kepah Minang and Pucuk Manis dengan Keledek.

Not to be missed are simple but comforting street food such as Roti John, murtabak ayam and chapati with sambal sardin.

Melting Pot‘s Ekor Asam Pedas Bunga Kantan which uses oxtail.
Melting Pot‘s Ekor Asam Pedas Bunga Kantan which uses oxtail.  

Guests can also tuck into Melting Pot’s popular dishes including sup gearbox, sup tulang rawan, sup ekor, ikan bakar percik, and stuffed whole lamb with briyani rice.

At the soup station, guests can pick the meat of their choice and how much they want in their soup. The chefs will then pour the soup over the chosen meat.

These items are rotated in three different buffet menus daily.

End your meal with traditional or assorted cakes and French pastries.

Ramadan meal aside, the hotel is also offering a special buffet spread for sahur.

Among the favourites that are served are bubur lambuk, mee mamak, nasi lemak, teochew porridge and sandwiches.

The dinner buffet is priced at RM148 nett per person, until June 10.

Diners who do not mind getting their hands dirty can try the Siput Sedut Daun Selasih.
Diners who do not mind getting their hands dirty can try the Siput Sedut Daun Selasih.

Prices are inclusive of 6% GST, which will be zero-rated effective June 1 and this will be reflected in the guest’s bill.

A 15% discount is offered to guests dining from June 11 to 14.

The sahur buffet is from 3am to 5.30am, from Sundays to Thursdays, and 11pm to 5.30am on Friday and Saturday. It is priced at RM55 nett per person.

MELTING POT CAFE, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 2, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur (Tel:03-2717 2233) Business hours: 6am to 3am.

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

   

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