This is one event that nobody can miss – the Buka Puasa Ramadhan month where everybody gets to taste delicious good food at every corner! In June this year, our Muslim friends observe the fasting month of Ramadhan – a time of abstinence and reflection in preparation for the month of Syawal, when they celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
We were lucky enough to get invited to most of these places for a review! Now let’s see, what are the specialities that you can find at each place or destinations.
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu (Food Rating: 9/10) – From RM98 onwards!
Going into a new approach, Latest Recipe is a place where you must try at least. Focuses on healthy and delicious specialty menu, the latest recipe that brought to you by LMKK is featuring over 300 dishes – to have fresh and organic vegetables, healthy food, variety of cuisine in one stop, with a touch of local and native culture.
Everyone has to agree with me on this. Ramadhan food is HEAVY and having an Organic Station in the hotel allows guests to complement their taste buds with heavy and light food at the same time. The vegetables are locally from Kinarut.
What’s fascinating is the Coconut Station. Don’t you dare to look down on the use of coconut. They are one of the foods that are rich with health benefits. Try out the Coconut Juice with Vanilla which it was incredibly soothing and what else – Coconut Ice Cream, my favourite (I had two! Eeks!). Of course they are normal ice cream is available. Not only on desserts tho, but you can taste coconuts on main dishes like coconut prawn and chicken – if you are lucky.
If you’re there, try spot the special table in the middle of the circle. That’s for the chef and he will be ever-ready standby for you as you request or customise your food with your own recipe when you’re at the Sambal Station or Rojak Station (Must try: Fruit based Sambal). What I like about LMKK is that we can take the chance to interact with the chef and feel comfortable throughout the whole experience. It’s another experience that applies to everyone – personal touch.
Made by the hotel from scratch, including sauce and peanut, Sotong Tutok is addictive and it is my first time having it. And Ikan masin! You will be amazed with choices of salted fish that they offer to compliment to your dishes.
Latest recipe restaurant in Le Meridien has 5 unique stations – Indian Station (Must try: Cheese naan and tandoori. Don’t forget the yogurt and chutney sauce!), Mongolian Station (Must try: Scallop with Mushroom and vege. Choose your own sauce! Best to mix with spicy sauces). See, Mongolian Station is new in Le Meridien. Previously, it was Japanese. Frankly speaking, I never like their Japanese food which I guess it was not their specialty. So Mongolian Station is better, but be careful with the mix of sauces! It might be too salty when not aware.
Noodle Station (Must try: Nyonya Curry Soup. Choose your own noodle and ingredients. Normal days they would have 2 or 3 type of soups, but during the Ramadhan month, there will be 5 different soups to choose from!), Tampatan Station (Specialty in LMKK. Must try: Manuk Pansuh, Bamboo Chicken – a Sarawak dish, Nasi Bukit, Ambuyat and Ikan Pinasakan. Note that they use Sea Bass). Carving Station (Must try: Roast Lamb and Bambangan Chicken Golek).
What’s Golek? – It’s the way the chickens are rotated for grilling where most you can see at the Ramadhan bazaar. How did a hotel like Le Meridien do most of their grilling? Take some time to check out their burn baby burn station at the parking lot, outside the lobby.
Must try desserts? Banana Porridge.
So that’s about it! Gather your family, friends and colleagues. It’s RM 158nett per person.
Visit their Festive Desk for Early Bird Vouchers:
RM98 per person from 7 to 12 June 2016
RM118 per person from 13 June to 6 July 2016
Children aged below 7 years old dine – free.
Children aged 7 – 12 years old – 50% discount.
SPG members enjoy a 15% discount
Discounts for Credit Card holders? Yes. There is. Ask the hotel! 😛
Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu (Food Rate: 6/10)– From RM118 onwards!
More than 200 lavish Ramadhan dishes were displayed at Promenade Café which is located at the hotel lobby, offering Buffet Sungkai on top of the existing International Buffet Dinner.
Separated into 6 Stations as well, there are Salad Station (Must try: Fresh Scallop. Don’t forget the sause!), Local Station (Must try: Slipper lobster. I ate 3 of them!), International Station (Must try: Creamy Potato Soup, Grilled Beef and Tomato Fish), Chinese Station (Must try: Roasted Duck – oh this is so good with crispy duck skin, and Dim sum!), BBQ Station (Must try: Roasted Lamb with Mint Sause – olala) and last Dessert Station (Must try: ABC and Chocolate Moist Cake)
This that I like about Promenade is that every year they invited the residents of Rumah Anak Yatim (RAY), an orphanage in Tambunan to Buka Puasa with them to signify the essence and true spirit of peace, forgiveness and togetherness at the forefront of this piety month of Ramadhan.
What’s fascinating was the Premium Ramadhan Desserts. I didn’t realise there are such beauty available until the next table was snapping photos of those pretty desserts. Quickly, I took a seat and joined the gang. It’s only RM3.00 per piece for takeaway! There are Assorted Mini Fruit Tartlets, Durian Cream Puffs, Mini Cream Puffs and Mini Eclairs. I am a fruit tart lover, so I am biased. I mean, it’s valuable! To compare with other bakery that sells fruit tarts? Promenade will be my choice this time.
So that’s about it! Gather your family, friends and colleagues. It’s RM 148nett per person.
Early Bird Vouchers:
RM118 per person
*PPP & PPTM members enjoy a 10% discount on Normal Price.
*After the Buka Puasa crowd leaves (normally around 8pm), there’s still another 2 hours left for the buffet. After 8pm, all new incoming diners are entitled to 40% discount off RM148nett (i.e. RM88.80nett)
Rosea Café at Grandis Hotel (Food Rate: 6/10) – RM85
This is my first time exploring the Ramadhan Buffet Dinner at Grandis Hotel. Previously, I had a spontaneous lunch at the Sky Bar and tasted the most incredible Butter Prawn with Rice meal. They use tiger prawn man! So, I was thinking, why not I have a good try on their buffet?
Lively and vibrant surroundings. When asked which was my favourite, I would definitely say the Satay (which I rather like the Chicken Satay than the Beef), most of the seafood dishes and Desserts (Malaysian Sweet and International Sweet). Malaysian Sweet – which you can find most of the Malaysian Kuih Muih. OMG I never had so many Malay kuih stuffed into my mouth, because this kuih muih are sinful sinful. Hence, I will always control my takings. But, this time I knew I can’t handle it after the first bite. Must try: Kuih Lapis, Kuih Lenggang, Onde-Onde and Kuih Wajit.
The meat of the Satay is grilled to perfection making its meat very tender and juicy, with generous amount of meat per stick, and the peanut sauce is thick. So, when I mentioned “most of the seafood dishes”, I’ve tried out the Seafood on Ice section which most importantly fresh. Just grab any seafood you like where there are Flower Crab, Prawn and Mussels. On the Main Course (Must try: Kambing Masak Itam, Ikan Pari Masak Kari, Sweet and Sour Crab and Sambal Tumis Sotong).
At the Dessert Section, the Opera Cake is worth mentioning. Excellent cake and tasted amazing! CHEESE ALERT! Green Tea Cheese Cake is a must try for cheese and green tea lover. One more highlights, the Bubur Pulut hitam (Black Glutinous Rice Cooked in Coconut Milk and ginger). Slurpps. It’s nice. Trust me.
However, I did not get to try out all the food that Grandis offers, because there are 4 buffet menus which they will circle daily. So, if you get to see the food that I mentioned, you know which are the must try.