JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Tel: 03-2715 9000
Business hours: 7.00pm to 10.30pm,
daily (buffet dinner only)
“We have been doing this for many years and it has proven to be quite popular with diners.
“As they say, nothing beats nenek’s (grandmother) cooking,” says JW Marriott executive chef Zaffar Abdul Samad.
Zaffar says his grandmother was one of the many contributors to their popular Ramadan spread.
“We collected recipes from our mothers and grandmothers over the years, and decide which ones to use, each year,” he said, adding that 138 was the exact number of dishes served every year.
In the true spirit of Ramadan, the buffet is held under the open sky by the swimming pool, high above the hustle and bustle of Jalan Bukit Bintang.
With rustic wooden stalls, an enormous grilling station and a whole lamb on a spit roast, the entire kampung experience is made complete with a group of kompang players to entertain diners.
Among the many dishes offered at JW Marriott, the whole spit-roasted lamb has to be the main highlight.
The meat was very succulent and the taste was greatly amplified by the mint sauce.
As with any Ramadan meal, the satay has to be well done and JW Marriott has done a decent job.
This Ramadan buffet also offers a unique station for ulam and rojak.
Many of the main dishes may be somewhat unfamiliar to city dwellers but are certainly worth a try.
Diners who have had their fill should remember to save a little room in their stomachs for dessert as the hotel offers a variety of traditional Malay kuih and other desserts.
Some of the delicious delicacies available include tepung pelita, kuih bahulu, seri muka and several varieties of agar-agar.
And what better way to end the night than with a refreshing glass of sirap bandung or a steaming glass of teh tarik?
The JW Marriott Ramadan buffet runs until the eve of Hari Raya and is priced at RM75++ per person at the poolside.
An alternate indoor venue is available at the fourth floor Starhill Conference Centre at only RM65++ per person.
Children from the ages of 7 to 12 eat at half price while children below the age of seven eat for free.
This applies to both venues.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.