Ramadhan is upon us and it brings along with it, the much anticipated buka puasa festivities that we hold dear to our hearts (and our bellies once dusk sets in). From the hodge podge of food bazaars packed with vendors peddling their signature roti johns and aromatic bubur lambuks, to decadent buffet spreads offering classical Malay dishes, there are plenty of options around to keep diners on their toes till the month of Ramadhan comes to a close.
To make sure that you get to cover all grounds, we’ve put together a list of seven buka puasa places -one for each day- that you should definitely visit this Ramadhan.
Monday: TTDI Ramadhan Bazaar
Kickstart the week with one of KL’s most popular Ramadhan bazaars. Never a dull day when it rolls into town, this bazaar is a cornucopia of sights and aromas.
A long stretch of road that is eternally crowded and jam packed with stalls selling pretty much anything you imagine. There’s the instantly recognisable signatures of ayam percik, apam balik and kambing bakar all the way down to the strange but nevertheless fascinating murtabak maggi. Either way, the TTDI bazaar is a great place to discover and indulge in the wonders of our local cuisine.
Opened daily, it starts at about 4pm and vendors usually begin packing up between 7 to 7.30pm in preparation for Iftar. We definitely recommend getting there early to get first dibs on the food whilst its still fresh and also to dodge the queues which can get pretty intense, especially for the more popular stalls.Address: Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily, 4pm to 7.30pm
Tuesday: Food Matters
After a chaotic day of food bazaars, what better place to Iftar than within the coziness of your own home. Avoid the traffic jams, crowds and queues and instead, opt for a quiet night in with your food delivered right to your doorstep by the food delivery angels that reside behind Foodmatters; a food delivery online portal in Singapore and Malaysia.
They currently offer a monthly plan with a minimum of four meals per month and new subscribers can redeem additional savings of their meals right here. The best part is that the meals are all super healthy and jam-packed with nutrients so you get a break amidst all the feasting. Their menu also includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. We’re currently eyeing the Tom Yam Pasta with Tempeh and the Moroccan Meatballs with Couscous Pilaf.my.foodmatters.me
Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm
Wednesday: Bowery Petit
It’s the middle of the week so why not mix it up and go for something a little different. Bowery Petit is a newcomer to TTDI’s foodie sanctuary but its offerings of hearty, American-style comfort food has made it a welcome addition. The interior is simple, spacious and great for unwinding as you tuck into a hearty meal.
Their specially crafted Ramadhan Menu comes in both individual and sharing sets and lets diners mix and match a variety of dishes that include Cajun Blackened Chicken, Louisiana Seafood Platter and Harissa Roasted Lamb Shoulder across four courses for a hearty and super-satisfying meal. If that isn’t enough to tempt you, let us leave you with two words: Rainbow. Bagels.Address: 48, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily, 8am to 11pm
Thursday: Sambal Hijau
Round up your loved ones and head towards Sambal Hijau for the ultimate nasi campur. The restaurant offers an extensive selection of traditional Malay-style dishes within a no-frills, communal style dining experience. With no less than 50 dishes to choose from, the spread is an amalgam of fragrant curries, grilled meats, fiery sambals and veggie dishes.
Their dinner service also includes an a la carte Thai menu and family packages for groups. Depending on what you get, your total meal can come up to about RM20-something per person -expensive for mixed rice standards but the authenticity of the food makes it totally worth it. Go for the selection of chilled desserts to end your meal on a sweet note. Overall the combination of delicious, unpretentious food and the restaurant’s laid-back vibe makes it a great place to buka puasa and catch up after a long day.Address: Lot 2990, Jalan Sungai Penchala, Kampung Sungai Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Open daily, 7am to 2am
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Friday: Serai Restaurant
Mark the end of the work week with an oldie but a goodie. There’s something immensely comforting about ordering from a familiar menu and Serai Restaurant has a pretty good one to boot. With outlets in popular malls such as Empire, Paradigm and Pavilion KL, it wins in terms of accessibility and the fact that it’s one of the better food franchises in the Klang Valley is the icing on the cake.
The food is consistently delicious, reasonably priced and there is an easygoing ambience that really sets the mood. Choose between Western and local delights or go for the Thai Iftar Feast currently on promotion. Dishes include Soft Shell Crab in Mango Kerabu, Massaman Style Chicken Curry and Thai Style Fried Eggs with Chilli Basil.Multiple locations
Open daily, 10am to 10pm
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Saturday: Avenue K Rooftop Buka Puasa Buffet
It’s the start of the weekend and in honour of it, why not break tradition and go for a totally unique Buka Puasa experience. Eating dinner in front of the TV is definitely a popular guilty pleasure, Avenue K takes it to a whole new level this Ramadhan as it invites diners to come together and watch local Malaysian films such as Ola Bola and Munafik on its rooftop under a blanket of stars.
While you’re at it, feast on a sumptuous buffet spread of roast lamb, nasi biryani and so on. We can’t imagine a more memorable way to spend a Saturday night really. Adults pay RM55 to 65 Nett while children eat for RM35 Nett. Remember to call ahead to secure a spot.Address: Fourth Floor, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur
Daily from 14 June to 30th 2016, 5pm to 10pm
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Sunday: Mosaic Buka Puasa Buffet @ The Mandarin Oriental
We know, we know, two buffets one after the other might be overkill but we like to believe in the saying that every once in a while, too much of a good thing is just enough. And we’re applying that theory to this case.
Mosaic’s “The Spirit of Ramadhan” buka puasa buffet features a special menu lovingly created by the restaurant’s sous chef Kamarudin bin Dali and features family recipes that have been passed down through generations such as the Kambing Quzi Rencah Asli and the Kerabu Sotong Tradisi. Appetisers, soups, mains and desserts, there are over 100 dinner options to choose from including a generous selection of Chinese, Indian and Middle-Eastern dishes.Address: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jalan Pinang, 50088, Kuala Lumpur
Open Daily, 6am to 10.30am; 11.30am to 2.30pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm