Set your tastebuds alight with piquant sambals and local kerabu salads
Still there is no denying that Dorsett Regency Kuala Lumpur's Citarasa Selera buffet reveals some unexpectedly good delicacies on the evening we were there.
Top on our list is Sayur Lodeh, a delicious turmeric-accented mixed vegetable curry with pieces of fu chuk (layered bean sheets) and tempe (pressed and preserved soyabean cake); the gravy is moreish when generously doused over plain white rice. You can even sprinkle a little Serunding (spicy chicken floss) over it for additional enhancement.
Spicy squid with chilli (top) or classic Chicken rendang anyone?
Now that the durian season is tapering off, I was ecstatic to find Ikan Keli Masak Tempoyak - a traditional East Coast curry cooked with river catfish, fermented durian and coconut milk in the line-up. Again best savoured with rice, the soft, fine fish meat in creamy yellow curry is something to write home about.
Sink your teeth into these tender pieces of Braised lamb with parsley
My other sublime finds from the buffet include Nasi Lobak Merah - buttery rice with shredded carrot; Gulai Udang - prawns in a mildly spicy, tomato-based gravy; Kerabu Mangga - spicy, tart and briny shredded young mango salad with fried ikan bilis (anchovies) and Pasembur - local salad of shredded cucumber and yambean with assorted fried fritters, fried beancurd and egg.
Hubby had double helpings of the Braised Lamb (it looks similar to Kambing Kurma to me), Rojak Buah (the sauce has all its flavours nicely balanced) and Curry Crabs which I notice he walloped with great relish.
I also sampled some Eel Sushi and Handrolls which passed muster and was impressed by the hearty Roast Lamb with Briyani Rice.
Sweet parcels of Kuih Koci and Sago
Didn't have quite enough tummy space to fit in more so I settled for a frothy glass of milky Teh Tarik with a piece of Dodol and Steamed Tapioca. There were also Bubur Pulut Hitam and Bubur Cha Cha as well as assorted cakes and kuihs to satisfy the sweet-toothed.
All in all, we had a whale of a time thanks to Jaafar Onn and Haiza who were in their element as they sang, danced and picked sporting diners from the capacity crowd to join them on stage.
The Citarasa Selera priced at RM75++ per person will be available until August 30, 2011. For reservations, call Checkers Cafe at tel: 03-2716 1000 extension 188.