PAYA SERAI RESTAURANT,
Hilton Petaling Jaya,
2, Jalan Barat,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03-7955 9122
Business hours: 6am to 1am, daily.
WHICH dish best describes your heritage?
Is it your grandmother’s beef rendang or your mother’s masak lemak fish?
Paya Serai restaurant at Hilton Petaling Jaya is featuring a smorgasbord of heritage flavours this Ramadan comprising hundreds of local delicacies.
The hotel’s executive chef Ridzuan Malek and his culinary team have prepared local favourites such as Gulai Kawah, Rendang Tok, Ikan Bakar Melaka, Malay-style whole roast lamb (top pic), percik chicken, beef or fish, lemang, putu piring and apam balik, to name a few.
“Our Ramadan buffet theme celebrates Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage and culinary diversity,” said Ridzuan.
The buffet consists of 35 action stalls, live cooking stations and 300 dishes on a rotational menu.
Paya Serai restaurant is known for serving up a hearty and delicious spread during Ramadan, and this year is no different.
The dishes from the various states in Malaysia will leave you reminiscing your favourite roadside stall or kampung delicacy.
“This year, we are emphasising food authenticity in our buffet preparation.
“We want Malaysian and international guests to experience Malaysian hospitality as well as the robust flavours of our National Heritage cuisine this Ramadan,” he added.
About 80% of the dishes on the buffet will be “National Heritage” dishes, marked with brown tags to let patrons know of their special status, in a collaboration with the National Heritage Department.
The biggest pull at the buffet is the made-to-order Asam Pedas fish and seafood, served in mini claypots. Piping hot and having just enough spiciness, the stingray bathed in the fiery red gravy is fresh and firm.
You will not miss the huge cauldron on one side of the buffet that is simmering with Gulai Kawah, placed next to the roti canai stall.
After a long day of fasting, it would be good to start with the impressive number of kerabu (salads) – from Kerabu Taugeh, Kerabu Betik and Kerabu Mangga to Kerabu Udang — to name a few.
Another favourite is Ikan Keli Bakar, stuffed cencaru (scad fish) and kerisi(seabream).
The Nasi Kandar features Telur Ikan Goreng, Ikan Bawal Goreng Berempah, Telur Dadar and Ayam Panggang.
Which Ramadan buffet would be complete without nasi briyani? Try the lamb briyani, Sotong Goreng Kunyit and the must-have – Rendang Tok.
Not only is lemang available but Lemang Jagung is baked every evening throughout Ramadan.
Durian lovers can rejoice as the hotel has set up a Durian Orchard station at the courtyard area outside.
Hilton Petaling Jaya will also provide Muslim diners and guests a venue to perform their terawih prayers at the hotel.
Prayers led by an imam from a local mosque will be held at the hotel’s function room upon request by diners who call in to make reservations at Paya Serai.
The Ramadan buffet promotion from 7pm to 10pm is priced at RM165 nett per adult and RM85 nett per child below 12 years old, until July 2.
For the last three days of Ramadan from July 3 to 5, the buffet is priced at RM149 nett per adult and RM79 nett per child.
For reservations, call 03-7955 9122 ext 4260, 4261, 4267.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.