Sunday, April 28, 2019

Buka Puasa Buffet @ Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur


Juadah Ramadan Iftar Buffet



The holy month of May brings forth much togetherness. Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur is bringing much togetherness with an ideal iftar spread in junction of the Ramadan month to be enjoyed by fellow Malaysians at their all-day-dining Café Mint.

From 5 May to 3 June, diners are to buka puasa with a feast of scrumptious local Malay cuisine along with other cuisines as well in the comforts of the quaint Café Mint. The dining area is spacious for the limited space of the eatery and diners can even have their sectioned off area due to the design of the space.


Tuck into the main highlight of the Iftar spread, Roasted Lamb where succulent slices of spiced marinated lamb is to be savored with the array of sauces available.




To get the appetite warmed up after a long day of fasting, a kaleidoscope of local Kerabu salads and Ulam-Ulam kampung along with Jeruk Buah Buahan, Ikan Masin and Telur Masin. The flavours of savory, sweet, sour and spicy is great to awake the palate for more goodies to come.



The long strip of hot buffet warmers are filled piquant flavours of classic Malay dishes such as Daging Panggang Masak Lemak Cili Padi, Kambing Kurma & Ubi Kentang, Ayam Masak Merah, Sambal Udang Petai, Lala Masak Paprik, Sotong Masak Kicap, Siput Sedut Masak Lemak, Kari Kepala Ikan Merah and Ebor Asam Pedas.



There’s also a tummy warming Bubur Lambuk and Sup Ekor Lembu if one is feeling in need for some comfort food.


Roti John and Aneka Ikan Panggang along with Ketupat and Serunding are classic favorites in Iftar buffet.





Let’s not forget some skewers of Chicken and Beef Satays!




Desserts are always a great way to a sweet ending and there is a decent list of aneka Kuih Muih along with Bubur Kacang Hijau along with Ais Kacang, Sago Gula Melaka, Pisang Goreng and Cekedok with cakes to choose from.





Throughout the period from 5 May to 3 June, diners will also be able to enjoy the special Moreh session at Café Mint after their Tarawih Prayer.


JUADAH RAMADAN BUFFET
Early Bird Offer: 29 April to 4 May 2019 - RM65 nett per adult
Normal Price: 4 May till 3 June – RM88 nett per adult
Children between 6-12 years old and senior citizen, 55 years and above: 50% off NP.

For reservation, call +603 2030 1888 or E: chkl.ramadan@cosmohotelkl.com


CAFÉ MINT
Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur
13 - 15, Leboh Ampang, City Centre,
50050 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3-2030 1888



Friday, April 26, 2019

Buka Puasa Buffet @ Melting Pot Café, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur


Citarasa 6 Sekawan

With the coming holy month of Ramadan around the corner, Melting Pot Café at Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur is getting ready to spoil their diners with a Citarasa 6 Sekawan buffet to commemorate the moment of Iftar.


Featuring over 160 dishes from authentic kampung favorites to various local cuisines as well as international favorites, the Citarasa 6 Sekawan buffet spread is simply not to be missed. Melting Pot is a constant hotspot for their amazing spread of sumptuous dishes set against a backdrop of the cityscape with their in-house resident strollers Begema 5 serenading diners for the evenings.




While standard classic Kambing Panggang with Sos Dadih Pudina and Sos Lada Hitam remains the highlight of the Iftar spread, there are plenty of other dishes that are equally tempting to whet the appetite for the evening.

The Citarasa 6 Sekawan spread includes Masakan Padang from the culinary team featuring an array of Gulai Ikan Masak Lemak Gulai, Sayur Kapau, Daging Dengeng Kering Balado Merah, Sambal Kentang Ikan Bilis Tempe and Ayam Pop with 3 Sambal. These are perfect with steamed rice, tomato rice or Biryani rice.


There are also plenty more timeless Malay dishes on the hot buffet warmers such as Siput Sedut Masak Lemak Daun Kunyit, Ikan Bawal Masak Kicap Berempah, Sambal Ikan Bilis Dengan Petai, Ikan Bakar Percik and more on rotational basis.

Street food favorite Roti John also made an appearance on the menu where toasty egg buns are sandwich with meat and veggies before being smothered with generous whizzes of ketchup, mayo and chili.


Live station where chefs are busy whipping up piping hot Ketam Goreng, Ikan Goreng, Udang Goreng and Burung Puyuh Goreng are constant favorite spots for many diners of all ages. Sink your teeth into succulent and tasty marinated quails, crabs, prawns and fish with that delicious crispy batter.

The Pembuka Selera section is a kaleidoscope of colours from the list of aneka kerabu such as Kerabu Taugeh, Kerabu Kacang Panjang, Kerabu Paru, Jelatah Timun Nenas, Serunding Ayam, Kerabu Hati Ayam, Kerabu Mangga, Pecel Kampung, Kerabu Kacang Botol Kelapa Parut, Telur Masin and Aneka Ikan MasinThe Rojak Buah and Jeruk Buah are good starters to get the palate going after a long day of fasting.


There’s the must-have Ulam-ulaman Kampung with Sambal Belachan, Sambal Tempoyak, Cencaluk, Sambal Kicap, Budu, Sambal Ikan Bilis Tumbuk and Sambal Cili Hijau to add more oomph to the flavour palate!


 Then diners can enjoy hot soups and porridge like Sup Gearbox, Sup Tulang Rawan, Sup Ekor Lembu, Sup Perut, Seafood Tom Yam and Bubur Lambuk Ayam to warm up the tummy for more goodies.




Besides Malay dishes, there’s also a Thai section filled with Red Curry Beef with Fruits, Thai Fish Cake, Thai Roasted Chicken and Thai Steamed Fish.


From the Chinese section, tuck into luscious looking Tiger Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk & Oats, Lala Kam Heong, Braised Mushroom with Beancurd, Wok-Fried Mixed Vegetable with Oyster Sauce and Chicken Siew Mai. The seafood dishes was irresistibly yummy and finger-licking good!




Not to be missed, the Indian section has diners savoring delectable Fish Head Curry, Lamb Varuval, Vegetable Dhalca, Butter Chicken and Mee Goreng. The Fish Head Curry is delicious with rice and Thosai. Butter Chicken was creamy with a lovely buttery tang.


Another crowd puller is the Seafood Bucket featuring the standard chilled seafood such as prawn, mussel, oyster and Assorted Sushi.


There was also a section where chefs were busy frying up Cucur Udang, Goreng Pisang, Keledek Goreng, Keropok Ikan and Keropok Lekor.

Next to that station, more chefs are meticulously shaping and cooking Onde-Onde and Apam Balik at the dessert station. The Onde-Onde is so good, make sure to grab a few of these lovely soft and chewy balls filled with gula melaka and freshly grated coconut.


And no Iftar spread is complete without an array of kuih! From Kuih Tepung Talam, Kuih Sago, Kuih Bingka Ubi, Kuih Kole Kacang, Kuih Lompang, Kuih Ketayap to Abuk-Abuk, Seri Muka, Pulut Panggang, Bahulu, Dodol, Wajik, Kaswi and Indonesia Layer Cake, the hardest part of this colourful spread is choosing a few kuihs to savor.

There are two hot sweet bubur to try such as the Pengat Durian and Bubur Kacang Hijau. Durian lovers will enjoy the Pengat Durian with some sticky glutinous rice on that unctuous creamy broth.


And the standard international spread of desserts that many of us enjoy such as Assorted cakes, pastries, jellies, Bread Butter Pudding, Ais Krim Potong and fresh fruits along with drinks and maybe a cup of hot Teh Tarik!


Citarasa 6 Sekawan Nightly Buffet (May 6 – June 4)
*Three different buffet menus on daily rotation

RM138.00 nett per person
50% Discount for kids 5 – 12 years old

Early Bird 6 – 10 May & 2 – 4 June
RM118.00 nett per person

Melting Pot Café Business Hours
Time  6.30 pm – 10.30 pm (Dinner)
3.00 am – 5.30 am (Sahur, Sun – Thurs)
11.00 pm – 5.30 am (Sahur, Fri & Sat)

For corporates and group bookings, Ballroom will be available on 20 – 24 May & 27 – 31 May. Buffet will be priced at RM98.00 nett per person.

For reservation, call +603 2717 2233 (Melting Pot Cafe) or +603 2144 2200 /04 /05 (reservation hotline) or email to mpot.kl@concorde.net



MELTING POT CAFE
Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur
2 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
Tel: +603 2717 2233
Fax: +603 2149 2659
Email: fbkl@concorde.net

Website: www.kualalumpur.concordehotelsresorts.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/concordehotelkualalumpur


Monday, April 8, 2019

Prawn Dynasty @ Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras



Seafood Fantasia



A newbie on the block, Prawn Dynasty aims to take crustacean dining to a whole new level of sumptuousness. Barely a few months old since its opening in January 2019, the restaurant is in a bustling area in Cheras.



The ambiance is decent, typical of a Chinese restaurant with no frills. Standard white wash walls, red table cloths and live fish tanks. Bright and not too bad in space wise, Prawn Dynasty opted to focus on their food. There’re also private rooms available for a few tables with karaoke option. Parking is limited inside the restaurant compound, but one can also park just outside the vicinity area.


Needless to say, prawns are their signatures, especially 头虾 or big head prawns. Foodies can get their prawns prepared in various ways and sauces. Fear not if some of your dining companions are not into prawns as there are plenty of other Chinese seafood and meat dishes in the menu.


Rolling of the menu list, there are more than 20 ways of the big head prawns available such as Dynasty Steam Prawns, Baked Prawns with Cheese, Salted Egg Prawn, Milky Prawn, Cantonese Style Garlic Chili Prawn, Braised Claypot Prawn with Special Fish Soup, Curry Prawn Indonesian Style, Stir Fried Prawn Vietnamese Style, Dynasty Salt & Pepper Prawn and more.

Foodies will be glad to know that prices for the freshwater prawn or big head prawn here are very affordable. The restaurant serves one standard size for Big Head Prawns at RM39.90 per portion prepared in your choice of sauces. A plus point so one can opt to order as many portions depending on your number of diners as well as a chance to savor few flavours of the crustaceans without having to burn a hole in your pocket.


We tucked in three flavours of Kam Heong Butter Milk Prawn, Prawn with Salted Egg Sauce and Black Pepper Prawns. Each one has at least three big head prawns cut in half depending on the sizes.


The Kam Heong Butter Milk Prawn was served in a claypot. Bubbling upon arrival, the pot of prawns is deliciously aromatic. A luscious thick orangey sauce with lots of aromatics of curry leaves, onions, dried shrimp and spices paired well with the fresh sweet prawns. Best eaten hot, the kam heong sauce is lip-smacking yum, so much so that you’ll end up sucking the prawn shells for every bit of that sauce.


Prawn Dynasty offers two version of Prawn with Salted Egg with one being saucy and the other being the dry version. Our saucy version looked divine at sight! Generously sauced up, the prawns are drenched in that thick and unctuous salted egg buttermilk sauce with dried chili and curry leaves. Its not a spicy dish but the dried chilies gave the sauce a nice boost of underlying flavour to offset the richness of the salted egg. Also best savored piping hot for best flavours…


The third dish of Black Pepper Prawns had a good dose of black pepper and is great if you are a fan of that hit of pepper. The dish was decent though I personally felt it didn’t let one enjoy the natural sweetness of the big head prawns. For those who enjoy the natural sweetness of the crustaceans, the Dynasty Steamed Prawns would be another good option to consider.


Prawn Dynasty is one of the few restaurants that serves Orange Roughy fish. A deep sea fish, Orange Roughy is said to be a fish that has so much nutritious values and can be hard to find as it is not a common fish. We opted for the Ginger and Spring Onion Steamed Orange Roughy Fish (RM8.80/100g) and was extremely pleased with this choice of cooking and flavours.


The flesh of the fish is gorgeous. Medium firm with a sweet and smooth tenderness that goes so well with the classic soy sauce, ginger and ginger mix. Truly a masterpiece and Prawn Dynasty Chef Mak Kok Bah did justice to the fish… a must order!!


I don’t know what to expect when I read the dish named Claypot Excited Clams (Small- RM20.00). Nevertheless, the pot of well-cooked clams in a buttery pale-yellow broth laced with a good hit of Chinese wine and some chili padi heat was so delicious that we made sure to enjoy all the broth along with the tender clams.



The 3 Cup Chicken (Small – RM20.00) was sufficiently satisfying. A well-cooked dish, though nothing to shout about, had all the passing marks of tender chicken braised in soy sauce, wine and sesame oil along with some basil for aroma.



What was much in favor of everyone at our table that lunch was the Claypot Salted Fish Pork Belly (Small – RM25.00). A faultless pleasure, thin sliced pork belly, utterly juicy and glistening with caramelized glaze of aromatic salted fish with soy sauce and dried chili heat makes one polishes of bowls of steamed rice without a mere thought.



The Saliva Chicken (Small – RM40.00) was mediocre since I am used to the pungent Sichuan chili version more than this non-spicy version. Others enjoyed it for the lovely firm poached chicken meat made more aromatic with a generous dousing of soy sauce and fried garlic bits.


A first pairing for me, the Stir-Fried French Beans with Seaweed (Small – RM18.00) turned out to be so yummy. Even the little ones enjoyed this…


While the Crab Meat Bean Curd (Small – RM18.00) was ordered for the little ones, the house made bean curd was lovely with a crowning glory of crispy fried enoki mushrooms.


Check out Prawn Dynasty, especially if you are a fan of big head prawns and seafood. The place is bound to do well with plenty of choices of seafood and meat dishes to cater to foodies of all ages.



PRAWN DYNASTY
26 Jalan 6/91,
Taman Shamelin Perkasa,
56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-2856 0765


Business Hours:
Lunch          10.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner           5.30pm to 10.30pm


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