High-tea with Malaysian flavours

Steamed Vegetable Herb Dumpling with Abalone Sauce.

LUXURY hotels are aplenty in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, and Hotel Istana’s Taman Sari Brasserie weekend high-tea buffet is a special dining experience to complement the atmosphere.

Overlooking a landscaped garden and swimming pool, diners can enjoy the authentic Malaysian flavours and immerse in the luxurious ambience with natural lighting.

The spread includes a potpourri of Western dishes boasting a variety of fresh, wholesome bite-sized dishes that will tantalise your taste buds.

Folding up the sleeves of his black and white chef uniform, Taman Sari Brasserie executive sous chef Mohd Khezir Idris approached us with a wide smile and an extended hand to show the delicacies in store for us.

“You should try the Nasi Dalcha,” he said while removing the glass lid from the chafing dish that released a tempting scent of aromatic rice and spices.

(From right) Mohd Khezir and sous chef Ahmad Nizar Haphas showing some of the food served at the high-tea buffet at Taman Sari Brasserie in Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur.
(From right) Mohd Khezir and sous chef Ahmad Nizar Haphas showing some of the food served at the high-tea buffet at Taman Sari Brasserie in Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur.

Sitting on a bed of banana leaves, the bright yellow rice gets its colour from a concoction of dhal and other spices and it is topped with mutton curry and vegetables and sprinkles of fried onion and raisins.

“It is important that we showcase authentic local delicacies because it distinguishes us from other big hotel chains around Kuala Lumpur,” added Mohd Khezir.

The delectable treats also comprise some Malay specialities such as Chicken Kasturi, Beef Briyani and Braised Briyani Chicken with Cashew Nuts.

Don’t miss out on the vegetable dhal, thosai and chicken murtabak from the Indian speciality corner.

The murtabak will have you biting into a crunchy pastry exterior before getting to the succulent chicken filling.

Staying true to their Malaysian roots, the Chinese section comprises Fried Yee Mee with Prawn, Chicken Goujons, and Seasonal Vegetables with Oyster Sauce.

The Steamed Vegetable Herb Dumpling with Abalone Sauce is a must-try too.

Nasi Dalcha.
Nasi Dalcha.

There is a slight tartness in the abalone sauce but it complements the juicy and mildly sweet steamed dumplings on top of green leafy vegetables.

For dessert, chilled durian cendol, ais kacang with condiments, pengat durian with steamed glutinous rice, and Apam Gula Hangus are a few delicacies available at the buffet.

While dining alongside live cooking stations, children will be entertained at the kid’s corner with face painting, a movie and mini buffet counter incorporating dainty finger food and desserts.

The Taman Sari Brasserie weekend buffet high-tea is priced at RM85 nett per adult and 50% off for children aged five to 11.

Diners can choose the buffet or a la carte menu.

The buffet is served on weekends and public holidays with a tailor-made menu according to the festive occasions.

It is available from 12.30pm to 4pm.

TAMAN SARI BRASSERIE, Lobby Level, Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 73, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2141 9988 ext 3667). Business hours: 6.30am to 10.30pm, daily.

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

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