Monday, May 29, 2017


Dark, sweetish and slightly drier than curry, the Daging Masak Hitam Johor is a befitting dish that lends shine to the newly launched Dining Under The Stars buffet at TrEat Restaurant & Bar, Oakwood Hotel & Residence KL.
Unlike Perak's famed rendang tok which is completely dry and enriched with kerisik (fried grated coconut), this speciality remains moist with deep-seated spice accents permeating the cubes of beef. Delicious.
The dinner promotion coincides with the fasting month and new Chef de Cuisine Addy Dzulfadzly Abdullah takes pride in serving a modest but sedap spread of 222 local delicacies for buka pausa from 29 May until 24 June.

Slake your thirst after the day-long fast with chilled drinks: soya bean, mata kucing, sirap selasih and teh tarik before you proceed to sample the variety of dishes laid out. Assorted kerabu and fresh ulam resonates with me especially the crunchy and zingy Kerabu Pucuk Paku tossed in sambal, shredded Kerabu Mangga, Thai-style Glass Noodle Kerabu and Pineapple Kerabu; each distinctly holding their own with varying degrees of hotness and textural interest.
Plain rice is a compelling 'must have' when it comes to relishing the piquant Rendang Ayam Pedas and my fave, Patin with Tempoyak Curry. The former should please spice fiends who like hot and spicy dishes whilst the latter is an acquired offering best suited for palates that find pungent fermented food appealing. Honestly, the version here is rather muted but packs enough 'oomph' to satisfy fans.
Don't miss the stalls set up by the Poolside where fresh off the grill items are served. The chef's signature percik sauce lifts the Roast Lamb to raveworthy new heights, imbuing the mildly gamey meat with bright spice nuances and rich, nutty santan creaminess. Even the Beef Satay deserves mention alongside traditional festive eats like Ketupat and Lemang complemented by Beef and Chicken Serunding. 

Back at the main spread, appetisers such as Cold Soba Noodles & Squid Salad and Tuna & Mixed Veges Salad are refreshing choices to savour before diving into the heftier dishes. Both starters are light yet delightfully apt to counter a day's worth of sweltering heat.
Despite its unappetising appearance, we recommend the Mussels with Black Pepper Sauce which are surprisingly on-point; their inherent fresh sweetness and springy succulence inviting enough to leave you asking for more.
One unusual dish we haven't seen elsewhere is Duck Egg Curry, a cheery yellow-tinged masak lemak curry with partially poached and fried duck's eggs. Intriguing but worth trying as it is most scrumptious.

Despite the modest spread, we reckon there are more than enough specialities to leave you spoiled for choice. Fresh lettuce and salad greens are part of the line-up as is Sayur Masak Jawa, Bubur Lambuk, Nasi Briyani, Assorted Chilled Seafood and a chef on duty to dish up Pasta upon request.
Even the sweet array of dessert ticks the requisite boxes, from colourful Malay Kuih and hot broths like Bubur Cha Cha to Continental Cakes, Bread & Butter Pudding and Fresh Fruits. Trying to fit everything in would be unthinkable so be selective and choose your indulgences carefully.

Priced at RM77+ per adult and RM39+ per child, the promotion is available from 6.30pm to 10.30pm based on rotational menus.
Opened in November last year, the 251-unit Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur is part of the international Oakwood group which has properties in 20 cities across 11 Asia-Pacific countries.
For reservations at TrEat Restaurant & Bar, call tel: 03-2710 9180. Address: Ground Level, Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur is located at 222, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

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