Breaking fast with city views


Khairuzaman has prepared some of his favourite dishes such as nasi dagang for the Ramadan buffet at Trace.

DINING in the city centre with a scenic view while enjoying good food is a winning proposition.

Those looking for a memorable spot to break fast during Ramadan can head over to Trace Restaurant and Bar on the 40th floor of Element Kuala Lumpur.

Its executive chef Khairuzaman Ahmad Hadzri has some of his favourite dishes lined up to tantalise diners’ tastebuds.

Going by the theme “Desa Vibes”, the chef has incorporated kampung dishes such as nasi dagang, which is a popular staple in his hometown of Terengganu.

The presentation of the nasi dagang is eye-catching as layers of ingredients are neatly stacked inside a banana leaf and wrapped into one dish.

The dagang rice is first steamed with coconut milk and left to cool down. It is next wrapped into a cone-like shape using the coconut leaf and layered with sambal, tofu tempeh and pickles.

“Growing up, I ate various versions of this nasi dagang. My grandmother would incorporate suhun which is a type of transparent noodles in her nasi dagang. I have also tried those with homemade chicken floss or better known as serunding.

“This nasi dagang dish takes a lengthy process to prepare and is ideally eaten with fish curry.

“I enjoy eating it with fish curry made from mackerel or what locals call ikan tongkol, ” said the chef.

The Ramadan spread at the restaurant also includes Briyani Kambing Percik.

Khairuzaman said dishes such as Sotong Goreng Berempah are among those on the menu that locals will enjoy.

Several types of local salad such as Kerabu Ayam Cendawan, Kerabu Daging Salai and Kerabu Mangga will also be available.

“Guests can look forward to about 15 main dishes each day at the buffet spread.

“We anticipate the office crowd from the city dining at our restaurant and they will be able to unwind and enjoy the great spread we have, ” he said.

Smoked honey grilled beef with grilled pineapples, roasted chicken rice, asam laksa Penang and dim sum are among the other highlights of the buffet.

At the dessert corner, look out for the Serawa Durian served with Arabic bread besides the various colourful and mouth-watering local kuih.

The buffet priced at RM128nett (adult) and RM64nett (child) is available from April 16 to May 9, from 6pm to 10pm.

TRACE Restaurant and Bar, Element By Westin, Element Kuala Lumpur, Ilham Tower, No.8, Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel:03-2771 3388/3351) Business hours: 7am to 10.30am and noon to 10pm, daily.

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

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