Monday, May 13, 2019

Simply Malay Buffet, Bijan

Every year, the one Ramadan buffet that I almost never skip, is the one in Bijan.  Considering there are so many varieties of international cuisine iall over town, it's almost ironic that KL has a dearth of places that serve good Malay food in a nice atmosphere.  Fortunately, Bijan is one of them, and their annual buffet during the fasting month is usually quite consistent.

Their new head Chef Razis and assistant Chef Ujang have come up with some hearty traditional items in the theme this year, SIMPLY MALAY.

The buffet starts on 9th May until 31st May, and is priced at RM120++ per person.  Other collaborations include Fave Pay, Buy 5 get 1 free at RM120++, likewise with Tableapp online reservation.

I was looking forward to my favourite Laksam, which sadly they didn't have at the media review, but it looks like it is not in any of the 3 rotational menus, BUT, the Negri Laksa is excellent.  Chef said it was his mother's recipe.  And well, if it's your mother's recipe, it has to be good right.

The broth is interesting and rich, seems to be a mix between laksa Johor and a tinge of assam laksa.  Delicious. Definitely the first item I will be heading for when I dine there.

The various kerabus and salads and ulams are also worth checking out.  The array of condiments including my all time favourite tempoyak (fermented durian) and cincaluk (ferment tiny shrimp) make for a wonderful accompaniment to the ulams, but alas, requires rice as well.

This gorgeous nasi minyak (oil rice) served in a beautiful claypot, screams out for the neighbouring curries.


Can't go wrong with Gado Gado, a refreshing "salad" with peanut sauce as a dressing.  I love the different textures in Gado Gado, from the crunch of the turnip, (or Jicama to make it sound more trendy), the soft chewiness of the tofu, the almost hard long beans.  This is a salad I can eat daily.

An interesting selection of Barbecued stuff as well, although this particular fish looks like something that was on display in the museum's ghost and supernatural exhibition a few years back.  (I swear there was a Toyol or "Mermaid" that looked like this. )

So many things to choose from...

What is a Malay buffet without our iconic national dish... Otak Otak....Kidding, Satay of course.

The desserts hmm, frankly, could have been better, but there was that freshly made appam stall that was excellent.

Bijan Bar & Restaurant
3 Jalan Ceylon
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : Mon - Sun 4.30pm to 11pm.
Tel: 03-20313575 Fax: 03-20313576

Should you require any information, please contact:

Selena Mak
Senior Sales & Marketing Manager
Email :
t: 03-20316568
m: 016-631 2628

Ezah Izzati Othman
(Marketing & Social Media Exec)
t: 03-20316568
m: 0175153439

Friday, May 10, 2019

Buka Puasa Buffet At the Chakri Palace, Skyview, Dorsett Hotel Hartamas

In the blink of an eye , Chakri Palace is 20 Years old, its main outlet at the iconic KLCC, opening back in 1999.  It is one of two remaining F&B outlets in level 4 of Suria KLCC, an achievement indeed.

I have to say that I really admire the owners for their boldness in conquering new frontiers, and this latest venue, Chakri Palace Sky View at the rooftop of the new Dorsett Hotel Hartmas really does afford stunning vistas and views that add to the dining ambience.

For the month of Ramadhan, the theme for the buffet is TANTALIZING TASTES OF THAILAND, and will be available here, Chakri Palaces KLCC & Pavilion, starting from 13th May 2019.

The buffets are priced at RM128++ (Doresett), RM108.80++ (KLCC), RM98.80++ (Pavilion), with discounts for children between 6-10 years and senior citizens above 60.

I was particularly impressed with the Thai Salads. Mango Papaya salad with catfish featured above was crunchy and refreshing and really epitomises Thai cuisine.

My favourite Mieng Keam, fortunately when the media hordes descended like vultures after the welcome address, this dish was largely untouched at the time, giving me the opportunity to savour this lovely do it yourself salad.

Caleen, the lady behind all this, giving her welcome address.....

The comprehensive buffet comprises a mix of Thai and Malay dishes, with the Thai Laksa standing out to me personally.  The rest of the stuff, honestly, are quite standard fare, which I didn't really get to try, but certainly a good variety for a buka puasa buffet.

Special mention for this absolutely delectable dessert, which I hope will be featured in the buffet, but if not, is probably on their ala carte menu.  Years ago, when I was a student in Australia, this Thai chap bunked with us for the summer holidays, and made the most sublime version of this dessert.  Ever since then I have been looking for this, like a long lost love, and was absolutely delighted that it was served here, and I had the good sense to head straight for that dish although it was a dessert.  Luxurious custardy melt in the mouth, with soft steamed pumpkin.

Rooftop Views

Opening hours are daily from 10am – 10pm. The restaurant has an extensive exterior space and a VIP room which is perfect for group parties and events. Reservations can be made at
03- 26021031 (Dorsett Hartamas) /
03-23827788(KLCC) /
03-21431141 (Pavilion).