Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ramadan Buffet 2018: Selera Aneka Rasa at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Break fast in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with a sumptuous feast steeped in traditional flavours at Serena Brasserie, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Available from 17 May to 14 June 2018, the buffet menu was specially assembled to commemorate the holy month of Ramadan and will include signature offerings such as pit-roasted Thai-style kibas, Lobster laksa, Sambal udang petai, Baked seabass wrapped in turmeric leaf with sambal kerisik, Jitra sup utara with roti Bengali and pan-toasted Roti John with venison meat and melted cheese.

Whet your appetites with a range of salads, kerabu, ulam kampung, seafood on ice such as plump oysters, green lip mussels and king prawns or sashimi and maki sushi. There is also various Asian delights such as nasi mandy, bubur lambuk Pak Yusman, gulai kawah, siput sedut masak lemak, pajeri nenas, Penang's kari kepala ikan, assorted lemang, ketupat and serunding. For desserts, there are local desserts such as Malay kuih, pengat pisang, serawa nangka and ABC stall with classic cendol delights as well as ice-cream, cakes and pastries.



Seafood on ice

According to the Chef, the kibas, better known as Dorper lamb in English, is imported from Australia. The kibas is marinated with lemongrass, ginger and calamansi and then pit roasted, and served with a delicious nasi mandy.

Lemang and ketupat

Sambal Udang Goreng Petai

Kari Ketam Balik Pulau

Satay ayam dan daging

Ikan bakar

One of the highlights of this year's buffet spread is the Lobster Laksa. The broth was rich, creamy and well-spiced - so good, we drank it until the last drop :) The noodles are topped with slipper lobster.


Kurma / dates

The majestic Twin Towers at night

The Selera Aneka Rasa buffet dinner is priced at:
Weekday (Mon-Fri) Adult RM178 nett / Child RM59 nett (6-12 years old)
Weekend (Sat-Sun) Adult RM148 nett / Child RM45 nett (6-12 years old)
*Children below 5 years old dine for FREE.

A special Early Bird discount of 25%  off is offered to all bookings made from now until 7 May 2018. Thereafter, Gourmet Collection members enjoy an exclusive 25% off full price while 20% off full price is offered to CIMB, Citibank, HSBC, Maybank and UOB Credit cardholders.

For more information or reservations, please call Serena Brasserie at 03-2782 6228 or email or visit

Location: Serena Brasserie, Lobby Level, InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


GPS Coordinates: 3.160249, 101.717584

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Friday, April 20, 2018

PJ's Bar & Grill, New World Petaling Jaya Hotel

For good food, delicious cocktails as well as the finest views of Petaling Jaya and the surrounding cityscape, head up to PJ's Bar & Grill, in the recently opened, swanky New World Petaling Jaya Hotel.

Located on the 30th floor of the hotel, guests can opt to dine in the comfort of the air-conditioned, stylish restaurant during the day. Come night, the al fresco dining area by the rooftop pool is the place to be to enjoy a romantic dinner with a 360-degree view of the city (and perhaps a spot of star gazing).

The menu is a mix of Western and Asian grilled items, as well as tapas-style small plates, specially crafted by Executive Chef Alexander Chong and his kitchen team. We had the pleasure of tasting some of the creations which will be making their way into the new menu soon, as well as some of the existing menu items.

Beautifully vibrant, the Seared tuna with avocado and wasabi dressing appetizer ticked all the right boxes. The tuna, lightly seared so it's still rare in the centre, was paired with arugula, edible flowers and creamy avocado. Light and delicious!

For something a little richer, go for the Seafood Chowder, served in a mini cast iron pot. Creamy and laden with treasures of the sea such as tiger prawns, snapper and clams, this would be a lovely, warming soup for a cold rainy evening.

PJ's Bar & Grill embraces local Malaysian cuisine with its rendition of Malaysian Chicken Satay pizza. The pizza contains all the elements of chicken satay, including chunks of marinated chicken, raw onions, cucumber and chilli on a deliciously cheesy pizza base.

For those who prefer the real deal, there is also Beef and Chicken Satay on the menu. We especially loved the beef satay, which features chunky, tender pieces of well-marinated beef, skewered and then grilled for that lovely char. Served with a spicy, peanut sauce.

You can't go wrong with the Beef Burger.. juicy beef patty, layered with tomatoes, lettuce, Cheddar cheese, gherkins, grain mustard, a fried egg - all between two charcoal buns. Comes with crisp steak fries and mayo.

There will also be daily specials, ask one of the staff or check out the daily boards. Loved the piquant tomato sambal which went extremely well with the seared barramundi. This dish reminded me of the Malaysian ikan bakar (grilled fish) dish.

Baramundi with tomato sambal

For dessert, we recommend the Cameron Highland strawberries which comes with two unique ice cream flavours - aged balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The strawberries, balsamic and olive oil combination is a classic and works brilliantly together. We especially enjoyed the smooth, creamy olive oil ice cream.

The Pineapple dessert was also pretty good, featuring grilled, caramelised pineapple with a hint of spiciness from the chilli, complemented with coconut ice cream which helps mellow out the heat.

While you're here, try one of their signature cocktails - we loved the Pineapple Ginger Margarita and Passionfruit Martini. If you prefer something non-alcoholic, order the refreshing Homemade lemonade or Iced hibiscus tea. 

Night view from PJ's Bar & Grill


Opening times: 11.30am to 11pm daily.

Location: PJ's Bar & Grill, Level 30, New World Petaling Jaya Hotel, Paradigm, 1 Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. (Parking: same entrance as Paradigm Mall, follow signs for hotel).

Tel: 03-7682 0000


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