Saturday, July 20, 2013


Mind-boggling and jaw-dropping was how I felt after I surveyed The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s Juadah Iftar-Night of Traditions spread. 

Muslim patrons will have the chance to break their day-long fast with Zam Zam water served at their tables.  A selection of refreshing, ice-cold drinks such as sugar cane, sirap bandung (rose syrup with milk) and soya bean among others is also available to quench one's thirst.

The entire restaurant resembles a festive night market, complete with a gambus-strumming musician and live cooking stations dishing out 101 local delights for buka puasa.

Downstairs at the Lower Lobby, a small exhibition and display of imported marble, leather and brass handicrafts is held; a boon for those who wish to spruce up their homes for the coming Hari Raya celebration.
It's a veritable treasure trove of fine rosewood furniture, hand-knotted carpets and intricate, hand-embroidered fabrics with gold and coloured threads.

But I digress. Back to the food front, these are the 'must makan' dishes when you break fast at The Living Room:
1. Westin Briyani  

Golden hued briyani rice with pillowy thick Mamak-style omelette, braised spiced pineapple & cucumber salad, sesame seeds, fried shallot, cashews and chunky beef pieces. Scrumptious on its own or accompanied by Rendang Paru (sliced beef lungs simmered in chilli and spice paste with coconut milk), Sambal Goreng Jawa (fresh prawn sambal) and Daging Gulai Kawah (curried beef).

2. Ayam Kampung Gulai Nangka

A typical kampung dish that should assuage the longing for one's far-flung village or hometown. This rustic, simple but super-sedap chicken and young jackfruit with cassava leaves curry will transform plain white rice into something utterly magical; its delicate spiciness and lemak richness heartwarmingly comforting.

3. Hot Dog
This is an unexpected addition but what's a Malaysian pasar malam without a burger stall? It's a hot hit too especially with young diners who couldn't get enough of the tender chicken frankfurters. I give it the thumbs up too as these are the better quality ones; mine had a faintly charred smokiness to it which made it even more irresistible. There are also chicken patties in burger buns which are not too bad either.

 4. Roasted Snapper with Chive Cream Sauce

Ok, this is not very Malay but there's no reason why you should miss out on this gorgeous specimen. The fish's firm, sweet flesh tasted superb enough on its own. Turn it into an epicurean delight by dabbing on a little of the oniony chive cream sauce that will have you returning for more.
5.  Indian Odyssey
Tease your tastebuds with a distinctly different spectrum of spices from the Indian continent over at the Indian kitchen. The chefs on duty will oblige your requests for oven-fresh Naan, Chapati and Puri. Traditional condiments of Dhall Thadga, Potato Masala, Reshmi Kebab, Lamb Tandoori, Fish Tikka and Prawn Tandoori are available to complement them.

I felt like Aladdin as I uncovered several claypots and found them brimming with piquant curries of Chicken Khadai, Hyderabadi Paneer Tikka Masala, Shabji Jal Frezy, Aloo Ghobi Punjabi and Vegetable Pakora fritters.

Due to the extensive array available, I found more than five delectable dishes of course. I'd recommend these meaty options to sample: mildly spiced shawarma (pic above) and tender baked ribeye with thyme sauce and grilled squid with black soy sauce spiked with bird's eye chillies.

Other popular dishes run the gamut from Prawn & Glass Noodles Kerabu, Nasi Ulam, Assorted Tacos and Kerabu Pelam Daging Bakar (Spiced Mango with Grilled Beef Salad) to Ayam Panggang Pedas Pucuk Paku (Spicy Roasted Chicken with Ground Coconut & Fern Tendrils),  Rojak Buah Hentian Pagoh (Tropical Mixed Fruit Salad with Shrimp Paste Dressing) and Bubur Lambuk. 

I was thrilled to bits when the dessert section proffered wispy swirls of baby pink Candy Floss on a stick; jolting back childhood memories of fun fairs and amusement parks. There was also a bountiful counter of tropical fruit slices of every colour imaginable, Malay kuihs and decadent cakes: Red Velvet Cake (surprisingly moist and topped with a light cheese frosting), Chocolate Ganache, Fudgy Cashewnut Brownie and Cherry Cheesecake as well as local sweet broths.

Priced at RM128++ per adult and at RM64++ per child (complimentary for children below 6 years old), the Ramadan buffet spread will be served from 6.30pm to 10.30pm until 31 July.

Reservations are highly recommended. Call 03-2773 8338 for seats are going like hot cakes.
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KY said...

that candy floss is.. a bit out of place isn't it? lol

I love the look of that snapper tho, with some sambal it should be absolutely fantastic.

Alice JomMakanLife said...

@KY yes but I'm sure the kids won't be complaining ;D as neither will I. The snapper had me hooked but heck, you're right...some sambal will make it even nicer!

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