51/2 Mile, Jalan Pantai,
71050 Si Rusa, Port Dickson
Tel: 06-647 0888
Business hours: 7.00am to 11.00pm, daily.

THE MONTH of Ramadan is here again and as is the custom these days, restaurants and hotels are offering a spread of festive delicacies to their guests for the breaking of fast.

At the Avillion Admiral Cove in Port Dickson, the chefs are sticking to a tried and true formula of serving kampung-style dishes reminiscent of mum’s cooking.

Senior sous chef Ahmad Muji who presides over the hotel’s kitchen during Ramadan said guests often preferred traditional flavours and dishes that reminded them of home-cooked food.

“After a day of fasting, people often look forward to a nice, wholesome meal which reminds them of the flavours they grew up with.

“Most people are busy at work and do not have the time to go home and prepare elaborate meals like their mothers or grandmothers used to make and these are the dishes they crave especially during Ramadan,” he said.

He said there were more than 100 items on the menu daily which ranged from sushi to Western-style dishes and pastries.

For starters and to whet appetites, guests can pick from traditional ulam (local herb salads) like ulam raja, daun silum and tenggek burung served with a selection of sambal or opt for the more common romaine or iceberg lettuce salads with accompaniments.

“We rotate our menus daily so repeat customers can look forward to something different each day. There is plenty to choose from and guests will be spoilt for choice.

“For mains, we have a variety of rice dishes including nasi hujan panas and nasi ulam served with spicy curries and vegetables,” he said.

Ahmad said among the favourites were the middle-eastern inspired Ayam Kuzi which is a popular Kelantanese dish, Minang dishes like Daging Salai (smoked meat) and Masak Lemak Cili Padi (meat, seafood or vegetables cooked in a spicy coconut milk broth) which Negri Sembilan is famed for and a variety of traditional dishes from other states.

Action stalls doling out freshly cooked food like fried noodles, tosai, grilled meats and desserts including ice kacang and cendol will also be set up at the hotel’s Traders’ Food Shop restaurant.

“Those who long for the kampung-style gulai can have their fill as we’ll also be cooking up a different curry (gulai kawah) in huge woks daily.

“And twice weekly, we’ll be serving whole-roasted lamb which is another much-requested item during the fasting month,” he said adding that fresh produce and quality ingredients were used to prepare the meals.

Priced at RM35++ per person, the Ramadan buffet at Avillion Admiral Cove is a steal compared to many other outlets.

Food and beverage manager Sedrick Soosay said the good food and affordable prices made it an excellent choice for those wanting to treat their family or friends to a comforting meal.

“The ambience is also something different. After your meal, you can walk around the property and enjoy the sea breeze and view of the marina.

“We can seat more than 300 people at any one time inside the restaurant, along the terrace and in our outdoor marquee,” he said.

Adults who reserve their seats at the Ramadan buffet at least a day in advance will get a five per cent discount.

Children between four and 12 and seniors 55 years and above only pay half price and for 10 reservations, an additional person gets to eat free.

Besides tucking into hearty meals at the hotel, guests could also take advantage of tthe promotional room rates offered during the period.

Soosay said from Aug 1 to 25, guests who book rooms at the hotel at the regular rates will enjoy breakfast for two people and a RM50 food and beverage rebate.

“It is a good deal all around and we hope people will take advantage of it,” he said.

The Ramadan buffet will be available from Aug 5 and until the end of the month.

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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