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Ramadhan Buffet 2009 @ JW Marriott Hotel KL – 108 Traditional Favorites, RM54++

I know many people are looking for a cheaper Ramadan Buffet. So I searched high and low for a prestigious hotel that offers Ramadhan Buffet at an affordable price, somewhere around RM50. That’s not an easy task especially if you are looking around Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle. Most hotels’ Ramadan Buffets are either too expensive (RM78-98++) or the hotel itself is located too far away from KL (eg. Putrajaya, Subang)
Then I saw JW Marriott’s Buka Puasa Buffet of 108 Traditional Favorites priced at RM54++ per person. I thought it fit most buffet goers’ budget and the hotel itself is prestigious enough since it’s located next to Starhill Gallery along Jalan Bukit Bintang.

whole-roast-lamb

The buffet is held poolside with stalls decorated in of Malay-style that give a some what ‘kampung’ ambiance. The highlight of the entire buffet gotta be the Whole Roast Lamb‘s carving station.

roast-lamb

Chef Jamal carving the roast lamb for the diners. Bubur lambuk is also available here.

roast-lamb-slices

The roast lamb was not bad, better than many that I have tasted before because it was served hot and not too dry.

nasi-dagang

We loved the soft and slightly chewy Nasi Dagang with curry. Tandoori was fair.

ayam-masak-merah

Ayam Masak Merah and Rendang Kerang are highly recommended. The same couldn’t be said for the Daging Salai Masak Lemak Cili Padi though, I found it too tough for my liking.

ayam-percik

Ayam Percik was enjoyable with tender chicken parts seasoned with a lot of lemongrass to give the aroma.

nasi-briyani

The Nasi Briyani with Mutton Curry was also great stuff.

sambal-udang-petai

But I loved the Sambal Udang with Petai a whole lot more for its super fresh prawns and spiciness. It’s quite addictive you know.

sup-kambing

If you’re a Sup Kambing lover then you will be glad to know the Sup Kambing served for the Buka Puasa Buffet is top notch. Although a little oily, it was flavorful and the chunks of mutton were just unbelievably tender with very little smell.

satay

It’s impossible not to have Satay in a Ramadhan Buffet, and the ones served here are meaty with a perfect balance of fat and delicious. I advise you to take those which are just off the barbecue grill because they tasted sooo much better than the cold ones.
I know because my 2nd round of satay was cold, and it just didn’t tasts as nice compared to the ones I took in the 1st round. The warmth and freshness do make a whole world of difference when it comes to food.

ikan-bakar

For Ikan Bakar there were a few types of fish available like Pari, Cencaru and Kembong. The sauces include Sambal Belacan, Sambal Kicap and Air Assam. Although fresh, it was pretty normal tasting and nothing spectacular.

roti-jala-murtabak

The Roti Canai, Chicken Murtabak and Roti Jala were nice but not the gravy (Vegetable Curry and Vegetable Dalcha) because they are too sourish. I think you are better off dipping the roti into the Mutton or Chicken curry gravy instead.

papadam-keropok

Assorted keropok like Pappadom, Fish Keropok, Prawn Keropok, Keropok Belinja and Vegetable Keropok.

salad

Gado Gado

fried-fish

Salted Fish

ramadan-desserts

Desserts like Sago Gula Melaka with Santan, Gula Melaka with Cincau, Butter Cake, Chocolate Cake and Pudding.

sago-gula-melaka

Sago Gula Melaka and Cincau, though nothing great were interesting.

fresh-fruits

Then you have a variety of fruits as well. And now, for a quick and brief tour of the Buka Puasa Buffet.

ais-kacang

Ais Kacang stall

cakes-desserts

Dessert stall offering traditional Malay kuih muih.

cili-padi

A variety of Sambal Sambal Melayu (Sambal Belacan, Sambal Tempoyak, Sambal Mangga, Sambal Nenas, Cincaluk Budu)

salad-corner

Malay Appetizers like Gado Gado with Peanut Sauce, Kerabu Pucuk Paku, Kerabu Daging, Kerabu Mangga with Ikan Bilis, Pickled Fruit, Acar Jelatah, Acar Rampai and Salted Fish.

curries

Traditional mains like Gulai Beef, Ikan Tenggiri Goreng Berlada, Beef Rendang, Rendang Kerang, Ayam Percik, Ayam Masak Merah etc.

keropok

Keropok, next to the Malay Appetizers section.

teh-tarik

A stall dedicated to teh tarik was setup and manned by a person dressed in traditional Malay clothes. Ring the bell when you want a cuppa lol. Not bad tasting and not too sweet.

rojak

Rojak section, you can mix your own rojak here if you want. Or simply ask for assistance if you are afraid it would get messy.

rambutan-pulasan

Quite surprised to see Pulasan being offered here. I prefer it more than rambutan because it’s sweeter and fleshier.

fruits

Fruits and dates

jw-marriot-buffet

The buffet’s left section which houses the appetisers, traditional mains and nasi dagang, as viewed from the pool.

ramadan-buffet

And the right section, where all the stalls of satay, desserts, nasi ayam, noodles are located at. Here are some of my personal thoughts regarding JW Marriott’s Buka Puasa Buffet:

  1. Food is generally tasty and fresh except the normal items like roti canai, nasi ayam and keropok. Be a smart buffet goer and aim for the main dishes ok.
  2. RM54++ per person is not cheap nor too expensive, it’s reasonable. After tax and service charge it’s RM62.10 per pax
  3. Lack of seafood like prawns, crabs and clams
  4. The 108 traditional favorites as mentioned in the buffet menu include fruits and desserts as well (not as impressive as it sounds anymore)
  5. Overall quite recommended if you are looking for a good Ramadhan buffet in KL with a mid-range budget.

JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur (opposite Pavilion)
183 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2719 8666
Fax: 03-2715 7010
Email: bukapuasa@ytlhotels.com.my

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  1. Camily

    Nice food, great spread and excellent service. We are having the friend reunion there every year without fail! Great destination with affordable price. What else are you looking for? :)

  2. Mohamed

    Nice pictures. The food look yummy yummy delicious. But…except for the kambing panggang, no western dishes at all? Salad?

  3. shah

    emm.. it look nice for the food.. but i think the food is not so variety coz it is not included the japanese food or western little bit.. i really wanna try sushi.. emm another one.. the place is not so romantic, i mean not in the hotel.. maybe next time u could show the enviroment during buffet time k..

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      vkeong

      Hi shah, the place is indeed not romantic.. is just like a normal restaurant.. nothing special so I didn’t show the photos. pool side should be the best place, but it’s smoking area

  4. ali

    may be you could try at the acsana hotel.. at there by using online booking u can get around RM39.. for 4 star hotel.. the food is quiet variety… u should try dude and post your comment here..

  5. Shrug Bug

    Holiday Inn Glenmarie’s Ramadhan buffet is looking awesome this year. They’ve maintained last years price, and doubled the number of stalls. Crazy stuff!
    7803 1000.

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