Sarawakian flavours dominate the buka puasa buffet at Chatz Brasserie this year. The Land of Hornbills is famous for its Sarawak laksa and the version dished up here by the Parkroyal chef hits the spot. The gravy and sambal are similar to what we had savoured in Kuching. So sedap we asked for repeat helpings.
Also available is Kolo Mee, the Sarawakian version of wantan mee (egg noodles) with chicken ‘char siew’. It’s served dry with the fragrance of deep-fried shallot oil bestowing the noodles with lush flavour.
A good variety of Sarawakian specialities: Umai (raw fish/prawn/squid marinated in lime juice), Manok Pansoh (chicken cooked in bamboo), Dayak Black Pepper Beef Stew, Fried Oyster Pancake, Nasi Goreng Dabai and colourful Kek Lapis gives us a delicious overview of the East Malaysia state. Local spices and herbs are discernible in the myriad of dishes, evoking bright, palate-pleasing depth of flavours.
On the local front, Chef Joseph Kuan and his team cook up a bountiful spread including an aromatic Nasi Kerabu speckled with finely cut herbs, complemented by assorted curries, main dishes and barbecued items.
Culinary buka puasa gems worth sampling from the expansive spread range from Kerabu Jantung Pisang and Udang Masak Tempoyak (love the shelled prawns in the mellow, rounded fermented durian curry with hints of fresh turmeric leaves) to Gulai Tetel Melaka (slightly gristly but the meaty chunks in tangy curry are droolworthy).
Familiar faves of Gulai Siput Batang Keladi and Ayam Percik alongside Rendang Rusa (diced venison simmered to tender richness in toasty chilli-spice blend, coconut milk and kerisik) are also highly recommended.
Barbecue cravings are easily satisfied by the wide selection of freshly grilled meaty items: whole Roast Lamb, Satay, BBQ Giant Skewers of Beef and Chicken. These are cooked outside at hawker-style stalls by the patio so keep your eyes peeled for them.
The Selera Asli Malaysia buka puasa buffet at Chatz Brasserie is served from 18 May to 14 June 2018. Price: RM148 nett per person and RM74 nett per child (4-11 years old).
For reservations at Chatz Brasserie, please call tel: 03-2782 8301. Address: Lower Lobby, Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL.