Going to the Big Apple

The Big Apple Restaurant at Berjaya Times Square Hotel & Convention Centre features a Buka Puasa Buffet priced at RM58++ per adult and RM30++ per child. The dishes are prepared by guest chef Thiti from Thailand as well as resident chef Yusof Abdul Majid and his team. For reservations, call 03-2117 8000 ext 8133. 

Many choices for buka puasa  

Traditional home favourites and fusion dishes are highlighted at Café Serena Brasserie of Hotel Nikko Kuala Lumpur. The Ramadan Buffet Dinner is priced at RM80++ per person. The first 25 group reservation with a minimum of 30 persons with deposit payment gets a complimentary fruit cake. Also available is the Ramadan Bento Box Specials at the Benkay Japanese Restaurant priced at RM68++ and RM88++ per set are available. Both promotions are until Nov 4. The hotel also offers private group dining for Ramadan and Buffet and High Tea priced from RM70++ to RM100++ per person. For reservations and bookings, call 03-2782 6228 (Café Serena Brasserie), 03-2782 6168 (Benkay Japanese Restaurant) and 03-2161 1111 (Hotel Catering Specialist). 

Poolside dining  

The poolside area on the sixth floor and Starhill Conference Centre on the fourth floor of the JW Marriot Hotel Kuala Lumpur have been transformed into a Ramadan Bazaar throughout the month. The hotel’ Ramadan Buffet priced at RM48++ per person is featured here. For reservations, call 03-2719 8666. 

Special mocktail 

The Terrace at The Regent Kuala Lumpur is having a Ramadan Buffet Treats priced at RM70++ per person until Oct 30. The menu includes over 75 types of dishes with the specially concocted mocktail Mukjizat taking the limelight. In promoting a healthy lifestyle, the menu includees free flow of freshly squeezed fruit juices. For reservations, call 03-2117 4888 ext 4351. 

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.  

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. 

TAMARIND HILL, 1 Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama, Ampang, KL (Tel: 03-4256 9100). Business Hrs: Wed-Mon, lunch (12.30pm-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm). Closed on Tuesday. Pork-free. Its lush setting creates the perfect ambience for a romantic interlude, well away from the hectic pace of the city. Serves a wide selection of Thai appetisers, BBQ sea bass, caramelised prawns and a must-try lemongrass drink. 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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.  

PASSAGE THRU’ INDIA, 235 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (Tel: 03-2145 0366). Business Hrs: Lunch (11.30am-3pm); dinner (6:30pm-11pm); Sunday Buffet Lunch (11am-3pm). Serves Indian cuisine ranging from the North to South and East to West. Many must-try dishes. There is a wide selection of naan and tandoori from the a la carte menu. Try the Kulfi, an Indian ice cream for dessert. Private rooms and function halls are available for booking.  

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).  

OZEKI TOKYO CUISINE, Menara TA1, Jalan P. Ramlee, KL (Tel: 03-2166 4263/03-2166 4286). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (12.30pm-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10.15pm). Pork-free. Known for its hot pot dish nabe, which is similar to the Chinese steamboat except that the raw ingredients are only available seasonally from Japan. The soup base is prepared with fish stock and the vegetable mizuna. Features Hari Hari Nabe, Zosui, fresh Canadian oysters.  

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.  

RAHSIA, 13 Jalan Damai, KL (Tel: 03-2142 5555). Business Hrs: Tues-Sun (noon-midnight). Closed on Mondays. Pork-free. Good food and ambience are its core attractions. Housed in a bungalow, it offers indoor and outdoor dining at its landscaped garden. Oil lamps on each table present a romantic allure with classical jazz tunes in the background. Boasts a contemporary menu of nouvo French cuisine and trendy Asian dishes. 

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.  

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