JOHOR-born Malay sous chef Hasbullah Sabani’s selected traditional kampung dishes are featured at Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur’s buka puasa buffet. The buffet highlights over 70 dishes daily and the promotion is priced at RM80++ per adult and RM40++ per child. Packages are also available for groups above 60 persons at RM70++ per person. For reservations, call 03-2711-8866 ext 258.
A Ramadan buffet with the theme Bazaar Ramadan is available daily at the Dewan Raja Laut of Quality Hotel City Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Highlighting traditional kampung fare, the buffet features more than five rotating menus. The promotion is priced at RM45++ per adult and RM22++ for children and senior citizens. For reservations, call 03-2693 9233 ext 8023/8017.
TASTE Penang and Nyonya cuisines during Ramadan at three of Penang Village’s outlets in the Klang Valley. The Ramadan Buffet is priced at RM25.90++ per adult and RM15.90++ for children below 12 years old. For reservations, call 03-7722 4288 (TTDI), 03-8024 6828 (USJ 9) and 03-8888 4268 (Putrajaya).
MAJU PALACE RESTAURANT, Level 5, Menara Maju Perdana, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (Tel: 03-2691 8822). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11.30am-3pm); dinner (6pm-11pm). It offers a scenic view of the city with six private rooms and a main dining hall that is ideal for weddings and social functions. Serves Chinese food with a twist, such as the Baked Australian Scallop in Cream Cheese Sauce. Uses only fins from Coral sharks, which are caught for their meat as well as their fins. Besides venison, the restaurant serves emu, ostrich and eel.
GAIA BISTRO, 27, Jalan Alam Jaya 21, Taman Alam Jaya, Batu 9, Cheras, KL (Tel: 03-9074 4202). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11.30am-2.30pm); dinner (6pm-1am). Serves hawker fare, Western dishes, snacks and noodles in generous portions.
EURO DELI UPTOWN, 53 Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, PJ (Tel/Fax: 03-7729 1112), EURO DELI GRILL, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, (Tel: 03-2162 6991) & EURO DELI SHOP, Damansara KIM (Tel: 03-7726 7495). Business Hrs: Daily (10am-10pm). Non-Halal. Serves traditional, authentic German and Swiss food and over 100 types of sausages, including several popular European varieties. Sizes range from cocktail sizes to those measuring 17mm to 50mm. Some of them are Malaysianised such as the satay, rendang and char siew sausages. It has about 12 types of German beers or juices.
SANTINI@SURIA, KLCC, Lot No. G45B, Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, KL (Tel: 03-2382 0329). Business Hrs: Daily (11am-2am). An outdoor bistro that offers Italian cum American fare amid a casual and relaxing atmosphere. A good venue for a quick snack or a proper dinner.
AH TUAN EE’S PLACE, No. 74 Jalan SS2/72, PJ (Tel: 03-7957 2915) & Berjaya Times Square, Lot 03-115, KL (Tel: 03-2142 4199) Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (noon-3pm); dinner (6pm-10pm). A “non-smoking” restaurant that seats 70 people. Features authentic Penang Nyonya cuisine. Uses only drumsticks in its chicken dishes. Known for its Otak-otak and Perut Ikan.
NYONYA FOODHOUSE, Lot 3.06 and 3.07, 3rd floor Atria Shopping Centre, Jalan SS22/23, Damansara Jaya (Tel: 03-7729 7279). Business Hrs: Daily (10.30am-10pm). Offers pure authentic Nyonya fare cooked in the time-honoured tradition. Features specialised dishes with over 52 dishes, including Nyonya desserts and freshly made Sambal Belacan daily.
NYONYA RESTAURANT, 52 Jalan SS2/24, PJ (Tel: 03-7875 9709). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11.30am-3pm); dinner (5.30pm-9.30pm). It has been in business for the past 29 years, offering authentic Nyonya spread. Dishes worth trying are Kapitan Chicken, Sambal Udang, Kerabu, Assam Fish, Otak-otak, Sambal Petai, Baba Dumpling and Sayur Paku.
FUNG WONG BISCUITS (FWB), LG 010A, Lower Ground Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, KL (Tel: 03-2284 4806). Business Hrs: Daily (10am-10pm). Non-'Halal'. Its main outlet is in Chinatown, KL. Has been selling home-made traditional Chinese biscuits associated with Chinese culture for the past four decades. Popular for its Chinese Wedding Biscuits (Kit Fun Lai Paeng) and Hong Kong Wife Biscuits (Loh Poh Peh), available throughout the year. Offers meat- and non-meat biscuits, home-made Oriental pizza, sandwiches and Chinese desserts, including house speciality Green Coffee.
SHROOMS RESTAURANT, Lot 139, 1st Floor, Suria KLCC, KL (Tel: 03-2166 5633). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (noon-2.30pm); dinner (6pm-midnight). Offers French cuisine fused with Oriental cuisine. Shrooms Early Bird Dinner is from 6pm to 7.30pm daily. Gourmet Set Lunch and Dinner are also available, with a weekly menu change.
CAFة FLAM, OB2-G-U1&U2, Oasis Boulevard, Sunway Pyramid (Tel: 03-7492 0068). Business Hrs: Daily (noon-1am). Pork-free. Speciality is flam, a type of French Pizza with thinner and crunchier crust, with lightly burnt corners for that extra freshly baked bread aroma. Flams are more suitable as a starter or a titbit to go with your beer. The outlet’s exotic delicacies include escargots. It has a bar and music room with a live jazz band that performs from 7pm to 10pm.
ZEN JAPANESE RESTAURANT, Lot 082-FU2, First Floor, Oasis Boulevard 2, Sunway Pyramid (Tel: 03-7492 4922). Business Hrs: Mon-Thurs (11am-midnight); Fri-Sun (11am-1am). Pork-free. A swanky outlet with a design similar to the chic urban Japanese restaurants in Japan. Has an outstanding selection of seafood. The menu is fairly extensive and includes French-style food. There are also the value-for-money set lunch and dinner. Offers a full wine bar as well as a large selection of sake.
KIN NO UMA JAPANESE RESTAURANT, Palace of the Golden Horses, MINES Resort City, Jalan Kuda Emas, Seri Kembangan, Selangor (Tel: 03-8943 2333). Serves a variety of grilled and deep-fried dishes, hot and cold noodles, hot pot dishes and desserts. Bento Express Lunch (Mon-Sat, noon-2.30pm), Saturday Buffet Dinner Doyobi Yoshaoku (6.30pm-10.30pm) and Sunday Buffet Lunch (noon-2.30pm).
SHEESH MAHAL RESTAURANT, 33 Jalan SS15/5A, Subang Jaya (Tel: 03-5621 3671). Business Hrs: Mon-Fri, lunch (11.30am-3pm); dinner (6pm-10.30pm); Sat & Sun (11.30am-11pm). Specialises in Moghul cuisine, which is well known in Pakistan and Northern India.
KANNA CURRY HOUSE, 29 Jalan 17/45, PJ (Tel: 03-7958 4814). Business Hrs: Daily (7am-10pm). Its lunch crowd comes as early as 11am for its banana leaf meal. Mutton and quail dishes are available from the a la carte menu. Food here is spicy. Highly recommended are its tairu (fresh yoghurt), moru (thinner yoghurt) and lassi. One of the must-try condiments served with rice is the fried dry chilli stuffed with salt.
AVANTI ITALIAN-AMERICAN RISTORANTE, Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, PJ (Tel: 03-7492 8000 ext 3176). Business Hrs: Mon-Fri & Sun, lunch (noon-2.30pm); Mon-Thurs & Sun, dinner (7pm-10.30pm); Fri, Sat & Public Holidays (7pm-11.30pm). Closed for lunch on Saturdays. Pork-free. Features Italian-American cuisine plus a nightly performance by the Singing Chefs and Waiters. The outlet specialises in recipes that are light and refined, yet hearty in portions. Popular for its Business Lunch (Mon-Fri, noon-2.30pm), Sunday Brunch (11.30am-2.30pm) as well as its a la carte selection.
RESTORAN PIZZA UNO, 78G, Lorong Memanda 1, Taman Datuk Ahmad Razali, Ampang, KL (Tel: 03-4260 4088). Business Hrs: Daily (11.30am-midnight). Pizzas are cooked in a wood fire oven. The outlet offers 11 varieties of pizza. There are also pastas served with four pasta variants. Besides dine-in, home delivery to selected areas is available.
TASTE HAVEN, 16-00-01, Lorong Batu Nilam 1D, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang (Tel: 03-3323 7332). Business Hrs: Mon, Tues, Thurs-Sun, lunch (noon-3.30pm); dinner (6pm-11pm). Closed on Wednesdays. Boasts a café concept. Offers tasty one-dish meals served in generous portions. Seafood is used liberally in the cooking.
RESTORAN SERI MELAYU, 1 Jalan Conlay, KL (Tel: 03-2145 1833). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (noon-3pm); dinner (6.30pm-11pm). Halal. Serves traditional Malay cuisine buffet style. A total of 250 dishes are prepared every night while the menu changes daily on a rotation basis. It has a live cooking station. The Sudut Warisan features the Malaysian BBQ Special for dinner (6.30pm-10pm) only. The restaurant, which exudes Malay rustic charm and seats 500, features live cultural performances between 8.30pm and 9.15pm nightly.
T.G.I. FRIDAY’S, Life Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (Tel: 03-2163 7761), Section 14, PJ (Tel: 03-7957 3245), Subang Parade (Tel: 03-5634 2956), 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, PJ (Tel: 03-7729 4822). Business Hrs: Daily (11am onwards). Pork-free. Free jockey service only available at the Section 14, PJ outlet. Known for its extensive menu, energetic service and fun atmosphere. Weekday also features Value Lunch.
VICTORIA STATION, 11-17 Jalan Setiapuspa, Medan Damansara, KL (Tel: 03-2093 8833). Business Hrs: Daily (noon-midnight). Serves a variety of thick, creamy soups. Its menu features seafood, poultry, lamb, pasta and steaks accompanied by a choice of Black Pepper, Bombay, Garlic, Victoria or Rossini sauce. Accommodates requests for preferred cooking styles.
CHAKRI RESTAURANTS, Imperial Chakri Palace Suria KLCC (Tel: 03-2382 7788 /0276), Chakri Palace Plaza Mont Kiara (Tel: 03-6203 3770/780), Chakri Palace KLGCC (Tel: 03-2095 5218). Business Hrs: Daily (11.30am-10pm). Varies from one outlet to the other. The menu varies between outlets. Imperial Chakri Palace serves strictly Thai cuisine while the rest serve Western and Malaysian food. Value-for-money meals with set lunches and speciality dishes available. Catering services available.