Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Buka Puasa, Seenak Sajian Tradisi Desa, Kitchen Art Brasserie, Empire Hotel Subang

Oddly enough, although I have been to Empire Subang many times, where I go to the Fitness First on the 8th floor, to sculpt my svelte, 6 pack barrel body, I have never been to the neighbouring Empire Hotel.

The hotel is actually rather swanky, and the SHOUT Bar, adjoining the Kitchen Art Brasserie, also seemed like a nice place to chill.  But we were obviously not there to "chill" per se, but rather partake in the wonderful Ramadan Buffet spread at Kitchen Art Brasserie.

Going to a buffet to me, is like buying a CD because you know there is at least one song that you like in that album.  (This of course was the days before downloading ...err...Itunes, of course, totally legal, became all the rage and you can buy single songs...which would be like a la carte, but you get the drift), so when you do go for a buffet, and find there's more than one or two items that are really yummy, wow, it's like a bonus.


To start with, already a treat, a large cauldron, and a very well seasoned one at that (probably deliberately knocked into that shape), right at the entrance, containing SOUP GEARBOX, one of my all time favourites.

To the uninformed, SOUP GEARBOX is a bone marrow soup, with seasoning similar to soup ekor, or oxtail soup, but the highlight is the wonderful MARROW.

Breaking into song, (To the Tune of Tomorrow from ANNIE the Musical)
The fun'll come out TO MARROW, So you got to hang on till TO MARROW, came what may! TO MARROW, TO MARROW, I love you, OH MARROW, You're always a bone away.

A wide cornucopia of local dishes tempt the palate.. from the pedestrian to the exotic. 

The curries in the belanga (claypots ) are actually all very good, but one outstanding one is the gulai kampung tulang lembu.  A curry made from beef ribs, but ohhhh so succulent and tender and falling off the bone.  Seriously, very very good, and I even told the beaming chef so. 

There is also an impressive tray of ulams, and fruits and sweets. 

Nasi Kerabu. 
The obligatory lemang, with chicken and beef serunding.

The outdoor area has stalls, with the stuff that requires ventilation, like ...

Roast lamb on a  spit...I guess it's no longer roasting.  Interesting to have the highway backdrop, I thought.

The chef expertly carves the roast lamb.

Rendang Udang Galah, made from giant freshwater prawns, shallots, ginger, lemongrass, fresh turmeric, turmeric leaves, dried chilli, coconut milk, cinnamon, cardamom, star anis, cloves and grated coconut in a one and half hour cooking process.  Just looking at the ingredients is incentive enough for me never to attempt this dish at home. 

Burung Puyuh Balado, Another FAVOURITE of mine, fried QUAIL.  It's like eating chicken, only nicer. 

The claypot yee mee section.  Didn't get to try this, due to the abundance of other more interesting stuff.

What is a buffet without satay?  Like eating nasi lemak without santan. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love my ulams.  Lovely stinky petai that will ensure no one comes to within 3 feet of me, let alone kiss me. 

Another item that was really good, but I don't seem to have a picture of, probably because we whacked it all, is the deep fried cempedak.  Superb.

Ooh, and apparently, you can drop your name card and stand a chance to win a Samsung S4 worth RM2199.

Guests will be entertained with a ghazal performance at Kitchen Art Brasserie daily.  Seenak Sajian Tradisi Desa buffet dinner is available till 7th August, and priced at RM98++ (adults), RM78++( Children 6-12, and Senior citizens above 55).  Buy two and get one free offer available 5-7 August.

To reserve, call 03-55651233.
Kitchen Art Brasserie
Empire Hotel Subang
Jln SS16/1
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

No comments: