Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Another Year, Another Ramadhan is nigh, Iftar at Nook, Aloft

SUMMARY: RM110 nett per person
PERIOD: 22nd June - 16th July

Time just flies, and in the blink of an eye, the holy month of Ramadhan begins this week.  Whilst the faithful fast and contemplate, and traffic in Kuala Lumpur miraculously clears after 7.30pm, a whole slew of buffet options become available to cater for the hungry.  Of course it's arguable if this goes against the very spirit of fasting, and there is numerous discourse, but we are not here to discuss the theological aspects, suffice to say, it is a time when friends and family do make a concerted effort across the board to get together for that meaningful meal upon the breaking of a long day of fasting.

To the un-informed, (I'm very presumptuously assuming that I have readers from around the globe), the fasting month, Ramadhan, is observed by Muslims all around the world, and for one month, they fast, abstaining from food AND drink, from dawn to dusk.  The muezzin call at dusk, Maghrib, is the call to break the fast, and people everywhere will stop for a moment to break their fast, be it they are in the car, in a jam, or wherever.  After prayers, they usually partake in a meal.  This year, Ramadhan is expected to start on 18th of June.

My first taste of these Ramadhan buffets is at Nook, Aloft, KL Sentral, where they are featuring Chef’s A-List Malaysian Feast.

Chef Adri and team  are offering Chef’s star dishes such as Roasted Whole Lamb,  Stuffed Whole Lamb Kuzi served with Nasi Briyani, Beef Shin Rendang, Sambal Udang Petai, Nook’s steamed chicken rice with condiments, Turmeric Nasi Lemak, Sarawak Laksa and not forgetting, Nook’s fun Ice Kacang.

The beef shin rendang was particularly outstanding, falling off the bone melt in the mouth, with all that lovely flavours of rendang.  Actually the non- fancy normal rendang was also very good.  I loved their spread of ulam ulamans, and the various combinations of salads and rojak.

There's also a wide array of premarinaded seafood which is barbequed.  More curries that should satisfy even the most fussy curry eater.

This was the rendang I was talking about.... lovely moist and succulent.

Definitely one of the highlights, although some people asked if this was a CAMEL?!!! when I posted it on facebook.  Duhhh...it's LAMB!

Another section that I liked was the noodle section, as they have the option of a SARAWAK LAKSA broth.

A wide selection of traditional Malay kuihs, and ice kacang.

My dining companions for the night, the famous Kelly Siew and Partner, the famous Chyuan Tiffin guy.

A-list Malaysian Feast buffet is priced at RM110nett per person and early bird is available from 1 May until 21 June at RM90nett for 30 vouchers and below and RM80nett for 31 vouchers and above! Chef’s A-List Malaysian Feast is available from 22 June till 16 July 2015.

Nook is located at Level 1, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral and is open daily from 6.30am to 12am. For more information, please call +603 2723 1154 or zip an email to nook.03758@alofthotels.com

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