Inspired by Malaysia

Flavourful journey:

Inspired by Malaysia’s Straits heritage and rich melting pot of cultures, this year’s ‘Ramadan Bersama Citarasa Bonda’ spread at The Straits Estate, VE Hotel & Residence, aims to delight palates with an impressive selection of traditional and local favourites in a myriad of rich flavours. Signature dishes include Asam Pedas, Kari Ayam Kapitan, Portuguese Lamb, Siakap Teochew, Daging Kerutuk, Gulai Umbut Pisang, Chicken Pongteh, Madras Lamb Masala, Beef Tauchu, Lamb Roghanjosh, and Chicken and Apricot Tajine. The live stalls offer appetisers and desserts such as onde-onde, pie tee, popiah and keria gula melaka. The buffet dinner is available until June 4, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily. It is priced at RM108 nett per adult; children and senior citizens get to dine at half price. For reservations, call 03-2246 2888.

Taste of the past

‘Hidangan Nostalgia’ is the featured theme for the Ramadan spread at Sheraton Petaling Jaya this year. It is available at two venues – Feast all-day dining restaurant until June 4 at RM138 nett per person, and Grand Ballroom until May 31 at RM98 nett per person. The spread offers over 80 dishes that will leave diners reminiscing about the old days, such as Ayam Percik, Nasi Briyani with Kambing Panggang, Gulai Tempoyak Ikan Patin, Lemang Pulut Hitam, Roti John, Sup Tulang Rawang, Ketam Lemak Cili Api, Gulai Ayam, Mee Kari Salmon, Pengat Durian and assorted fried desserts such as cekodok pisang, pisang, cempedak, keledek and keladi. Children get to dine at half price. Dinner is served from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. For reservations, call 03-7622 8958.

Taste of Ramadan

Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur is presenting its ‘Selera Rasa Ramadan’ buffet spread at Dondang Sayang Coffee House. For salads and appetisers, there are ulaman raja, kacang panjang, kacang botol, kerabu ikan kembung, kerabu ayam, kerabu kerang, sambal belacan and budu. For main courses, there are Ayam Percik Serai Wangi, Oxtail Stew, Daging Salai Lemak Rebung, Lamb Tandoori, Puyuh Goreng Berempah, Lemang with Rendang Ayam and Gulai Kawah Tulang Rusuk. The buffet dinner is priced at RM138 nett per adult, RM 70 nett per child and RM88 nett per senior citizen. It is available until June 3, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily. For reservations, call 03-2160 5923.

U RESTAURANT, 69, Jalan Bangkung, off Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, KL. (Tel: 03-2093 1268). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sundays. Pork-free. The restaurant uses the ‘omakase kaiseki’ concept where chefs decide on how to cook and present the ingredients.

DA ON FINE KOREAN CUISINE, Lot 6.40.00, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, KL. (Tel: 03-2141 2100). Business hours: 11am-10pm, daily. Pork-free. The restaurant serves up authentic Korean favourites in a contemporary setting, with emphasis on air-flown specialities. Its menu offers a bit of everything – barbecued items, comfort food like soups and rice, a la carte items like pancakes, rice cakes, tempura and beancurd, as well as desserts.

SKILLET AT 163, Lot 163, Fraser Place, No 10, Jalan Perak, KL. (Tel: 03-2181 2426). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm, daily. Pork-free. The chefs combine artistry and experience to create the restaurant’s unique contemporary cuisine, showcasing European dishes with an Asian flavour. The lunch and dinner menus are regularly tweaked based on the best seasonal produce. Highlights include the restaurant’s Texture of Chocolate and Lemongrass, Cempedak and Coconut desserts.

TANZINI, Level 28, GTower, 199, Jalan Tun Razak, KL. (Tel: 03-2168 1899). Business hours: 5pm-10pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sundays. Pork-free. This award-winning restaurant is known for its fine food, featuring fresh ingredients, creatively presented with a touch of flair. For a more private setting, head to Tanzini Upper Deck for a unique fine dining experience right ‘under-the-stars’ with distinctive star-lights fixtures and spectacular view of the city’s night cityscape.

PLOY, G-2, Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, KL. (Tel: 03-2095 0999). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sundays. Pork-free. The restaurant breaks away from the conventional norm of dishing out Japanese and Thai cuisine to present contemporary and elegant ideas on a plate. Some of the dishes to look out for include Spicy Miso Soup, Crispy Fish Basket, Emperor Burger and Spaghetti Spicy Corn Beef.SHOOK!, Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL. (Tel: 03-2782 3875, 019-6000 495). Business hours: 6am-11pm (Sun-Fri), 6am-midnight (Sat). Offers an assortment of innovative as well as traditional favourites, including fresh sushi and sashimi, Chinese Wok-Fried Jumbo Fresh Water Prawns with Crispy Noodles, Wagyu Beef with Mash and Sauteed Mushroom as well as the bestselling Snow White Dancing Prawns with a sinful mayonnaise glaze.

SOUTH SEA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 229, Jalan Dua A, Kampung Baru Subang, Shah Alam. (Tel: 03-7846 1401 / 03-7846 5813). Business hours: 11.30am-10.30pm, daily. Pork-free. The restaurant has been serving quality seafood since the 1980s, with exotic items such as geoduck, Australian lobster, Estuary tiger garoupa, Sri Lankan crab, Japanese escargot, fresh abalone, mantis prawn and Empurau fish.

HORNBILL RESTAURANT & CAFE, KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Taman Tasik Perdana, KL. (Tel: 03-2693 8086). Business hours: 9am-8pm, daily. Halal. Dine amid hornbills at this unique restaurant offering the Hornbill Restaurant Special Nasi Lemak, Madras-Style Fish Curry, Chicken Varuval, Vegetable Curry, Penang Char Kuey Teow, Spaghetti Napolitaine and Tenderloin Steak.

A SLICE OF HEAVEN, G-K07C, Citta Mall, No 1, Jalan PJU 1A/48, Ara Damansara, PJ. (Tel : 019-334 1366). Business hours: 10am-10pm, daily. Its festive edition menu includes Songket Raya, Balik Kampung and Sambutan Aidilfitri cakes that can be ordered in moist chocolate, sugee fruit and spiced marble flavours; prices range from RM238 to RM528. Raya novelty cupcakes are priced at RM9 each and RM58 for a set of six in the following flavours: cappuccino, raspberry chocolate, raspberry vanilla, heavenly chocolate, chocolate peanut butter and vanilla.

BANGKOK HOUSE, 6-3A-O, Sinaran TTDI, Jalan Mohd Fuad 3, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 012-206 9872). Business hours: 11am-11pm, daily. Halal. The family-run restaurant has managed to capture the essence of Thai cuisine, which is known for its extreme flavours – from tongue-scorching spiciness to simple yet decadently sweet desserts. Menu highlights include Miengkham, Seafood Tom Yam Soup, Panaeng Kung, Pla Neng Manao with either garoupa or siakap and Thab Thim Krob.

SONGKET RESTAURANT, No 29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KL. (Tel: 03-2161 3331). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm (Mon-Fri), 5pm-11pm (Sat, Sun & public holidays). This restaurant brings Malay fine dining to a different level. Come and savour true Malay flavours with sumptuous servings of traditional dishes such as rusuk panggang, sup ekor, pucuk paku goreng and durian tiramisu among others. As you dine, be entertained by their cultural dance performance on weeknights from 8.30pm to 9.15pm.

AROMA RESTAURANT, 204, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, KL. (Tel: 03-2276 0032). Business hours: 11am-10.30pm, daily. Offers both north and south Indian food. Signature dishes are its Maharajah Sheek Kebabs, Fish Briyani, Goa Fish and Mango Curry, Black Pepper Crab, Lamb Patiala, Palak Paneer and Tandoori Prawns.

MALGUDI CLASSIC INDIAN CUISINE. 17, Lorong Universiti C, Section 16, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-7931 2556). Business hours: Noon-3.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, daily. Dedicated to the imaginative and creative cuisine of southern and northern Indian cuisine, with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available. Touted to serve one of the best briyanis in the Klang Valley.

RESTORAN KUKUS STIM HABIS, 34, Jalan Presiden F, U1/F, Accentra Business Park, Glenmarie, Shah Alam. (Tel: 03-5567 9161). Business hours: 10am-4pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sunday. Specialising in Terengganu, Kelantan and Peranakan fare, this place endeavours to bring homemade flavours back to the dining table. Specialities include Master Dulang, Ganu Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kerabu Tulen, Kari Ayam Kapitan Cina and nasi lemak kukus sets. Meals are served thali-style, where curries, vegetables and condiments are served in little containers on a stainless steel plate.

ARCH CAFE, Kuala Lumpur, Lot G01 and G.03A, Ground Floor, Pacific Express Hotel, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Market Square, KL. (Tel: 03-2022 0878). Business hours: 7am-7pm, daily. Enjoy the Lee family’s own well-kept recipes of Malaysian dishes such as Hainanese Chicken Chop, Malaya Nasi Lemak and Chicken Rice Balls in an Art-Deco setting. This restaurant is also well-known for its cakes and pastries, its signature being the Durian Imperial Cake.To submit food listings and food-related queries, please email or call 03-7967 1388 ext 1322.

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