FRASER RESIDENCE KUALA LUMPUR,
No. 10, Jalan Cendana,
Off Jalan Sultan Ismail,
Tel : 03-21910888
Business hours : 6:30am to 11pm.
TO GIVE guests something new and different after a long day of fasting, Relish at Fraser Residence Kuala Lumpur has put together a special buffet spread of Middle Eastern cuisine coupled with local dishes.
Executive chef Ishak Said and his team have carefully selected the best of both worlds to serve to diners in their “Seribu Satu Malam” buffet.
“The local dishes are a combination of flavours from all over the country,” he said.
Ishak said 60% of the four menus on rotation featured local food comprising some 200 dishes each day.
At the head of the buffet line are salads that include tabbouleh, fatoush and hummus.
Tabbouleh is a vegetarian dish made from tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur wheat and onions, seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice while fatoush is the Arab version of a garden salad with fried pita bread instead of traditional croutons.
Diners can start with the Chicken Sharwarma in pita bread and move on to the briyani.
The Arab briyani is packed with aromatic coriander and mint as well as rose water, and Ishak has included lamb and boiled eggs into the rice.
Although filled with strong herbs, the briyani had a light flavour while the lamb was soft and juicy.
Another lamb dish is the Tajine Barkouk (Moroccan-style lamb), flavoured with prunes, coriander and honey.
While one would expect it to be sweet, the dish was surprisingly mild and the lamb was soft and filled with juices from the prunes and honey.
Outside on the verandah, a whole roasted lamb awaits diners.
According to Ishak, the lamb marinade is also typically Middle Eastern.
Local food lovers can rejoice as there are ample dishes to whet your appetite – from rojak buah and pasembor to ulam and a variety of sambal, includingtempoyak, sambal belacan, budu and cencaluk.
At the main dish corner, a special Ikan Asam Pedas awaits diners. The flavours are a combination of recipes from different parts of Malaysia with big pieces of tenggiri added to the dish.
Rendang lovers can try the beef rendang, a mesh between Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia recipes.
“This is one of our most recommended dishes. The Sarawak rendang is spicy but delicious so we combined the recipes and made it a signature dish,” said Ishak.
Spicy prawn sambal, juicy ayam percik and vegetable dalcha with either Arabbriyani or white rice are also a must-try.
For lovers of grilled meat, there is freshly made beef and chicken satay as well asikan bakar.
At the dessert counter, try the Middle Eastern selections such as babosa – a dessert similar to the Indian halwa, and omali – a sweeter version of bread and butter pudding with cream caramel, as well as various Arabic sweets.
Traditional Malay kuih, bubur kacang hijau, ais kacang as well as an assortment of cakes and fresh fruits are available.
The buffet is priced at RM98 nett for adults and RM59 nett for children (six to 12 years old) as well as senior citizens (55 and above). All prices are inclusive of GST.
There are also two special offers where when five people dine one eats for free, and when 10 people dine two eat for free.
Parking is also free.
Buffet hours are from 7pm to 10pm.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.