Saturday, 20 July 2013

Ramadhan " Buka Puasa " Buffet Review 2013 @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel

As Malaysian Muslims enter into their second and third week of fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan many hotels and restaurant are stepping up their promotions to attract customers to break fast (Iftar) at their venues. Depending if its a five star restaurant or a normal privately owned restaurant,  prices can range from  as low as RM50 to RM160 per person.

Among the truly 5 star establishments that offer a  great buka puasa spread must be the Mosaic restaurant, located at the posh Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.  With over 100 dishes of authentic delicacies and international favourites on offer, its no surprise that the hotel has had to open up their Diamond Ballroom to guest, as the response to their buka puasa offering has been simply overwhelming for the last couple of years. Priced at RM138++, one can expect only the best quality of ingredients and variety of food on offer here. 

Being a Friday night I roped in three friends and headed to the Mandarin Oriental for their buka puasa. As usual they didn't fail to deliver.  The Quality of food was fresh and Excellent!. They had various live cooking stations to suit the palate of every guest. They had Japanese, Indian, Malay, Chinese, Italian, BBQ and Desert stations. Each station a wide variety of food on offer.

We learnt that the food was prepared only from 2pm onwards everyday, so that its served as fresh as possible to guests.

Chinese Section

The bubur & soup station had the delicious bubur lambuk on offer.

Bubur Section

The Indian section was everyone's favourite, the flavours exploded in your mouth with every bite without the food being too spicy. The lamb, chicken, seafood and fish dishes could not be any better. From the curried to the grilled to the tandoori chicken, every bite was followed with oohs! and ahhs! 

Indian Section

A favourite station  of one of my guest was the Japanese section where only the freshest and best Japanese sushi and oysters was on offer. She was happy attacking the Japanese section all night long. The seafoof was so fresh and the sashimi just melted in your mouth.

Japanese Section

Seafood Section

Another favourite of many guest must have been the Grill Station as guests didn't seem to mind to wait patiently as the food they chose was grilled to perfection. Knowing that it was freshly grilled was an added appeal. I could see many coming back for their third and fourth rounds! The satay was my favourite as I must have easily downed a dozen sticks! The lamb carving was very good too.

BBQ & Grill Section

The Grill Section

At the desert section, even though one of my guest mentioned it seemed there was more Western deserts on offer, all the deserts were heavenly.  Creme brulee's were 'fired" in front of guest as they picked up their deserts giving it a very fresh taste to it. It was all presented so beautifully, that i bet many were hesitant to eat it at first. The Mandarin must have the most flavours of macaroon on offer. I noted one guest taking so many macaroons (almost a dozen) that the macaroons alone would have cost RM138 ringgit if  she paid for it!. If you are a chocolate freak, you will be in choco-heaven at the desert station!


Desert Chocolate Fondue Section

The Great thing about the Mandarin Buka Puasa is that every station has a number of chefs on standby to assist you and attend to your every need. The staff are very efficient in clearing the empty plates and very friendly.

Overall it was was a very relaxing experience. Bottom line the food was simply delicious. If there was anything that could have made it better was to have more local deserts on offer and have my favourite "Air Bandung"!

One of the many people working behind the scenes at the Mandarin Oriental, to make sure everything goes according to plan to meet customer satisfaction is F&B Manager Mr. P. Arulchothy. If you need any special arrangement he is the best person to contact.

For Reservations Contact:
Mosaic Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur City Centre 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 (3) 2380 8888

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