MAKAN KITCHEN @ DoubleTree By Hilton Kuala Lumpur: Let “The Love of Seafood” surface!

If you love seafood, and feasting buffet-style in a hotel, then you have to head to Makan Kitchen in DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur.  The all-day dining restaurant is currently showcasing a market-style experience for diners to choose from 10 varieties of made-to-order seafood dishes.  This seafood showcase is served in addition to the lavish buffet spread served in Makan Kitchen.

Using only responsibly-sourced fresh seafood, Executive Chef Eric Siew and Makan Kitchen’s Chinese Chef Chong Wai Kin together with their brigade of chefs are kept busy in their open kitchen dishing out the orders.

To enjoy the cooked-to-order dishes, diners are given numbered clips to place their orders by putting their clips in the bowls bearing the names of the 10 dishes.

Out of the 10 seafood dishes, we picked 7 good ones and 1 truly exceptional dish.  The 7 which we liked – due to the freshness of the seafood and nicely balanced flavours were these…

Steamed Garoupa with Soy Sauce Hong Kong-style

Fried Red Snapper with Pineapples in Sweet & Sour Sauce

Fried Squids with Salted Eggyolks

Chilli Crab

Wok-fried Tiger Prawns with Buttermilk & Curry Leaves

Deep-fried Pomfret with Spiced Salt & Pepper

Steamed Mussels in Ginger Emulsion

The most exceptional dish we had was the Wok-fried Yabbies with Soy King Sauce.  These babies were super fresh and coated with a sweetish-savoury soy sauce which embellished the crustaceans in the best possible way. We had repeated servings of this – they were really very good – sweet bouncy meat and lots of creamy roe.

Wok-fried Yabbies with Soy King Sauce


We found the Steamed Scallops with Garlic & Glass Noodles and Fresh Clams in Superior Broth rather disappointing though.  In both dishes, the shellfish were overcooked, rendering them shrunken and kinda tough in texture.  The small morsels of scallops were practically buried beneath a bunch of glass noodles.  On a positive note, the superior broth used to cook the clams was richly flavoursome, thanks to the generous amount of Chinese herbs added in.

Steamed Scallops with Garlic & Glassnoodles

Fresh Clams in Superior Broth


Based on the All-You-Can-Eat concept, diners can order these dishes as many times as they wish!  And this is in addition to savouring all the other dishes laid out in the buffet counters in Makan Kitchen.

Besides the 10 special dishes, there are also several vegetables dishes available.  If you love your greens, then this definitely will delight you.

4 Heavenly Kings

Bittergourd in Salted Eggyolk

Some of our favourites from the buffet couonters


The price for this indulgence:

RM165nett per person
50% discount for kids 6-12 years of age
Kids below 5 years eat for free

This “For the Love of Seafood” buffet bonanza is available until 25 November 2017 and on:

Friday & Saturday
From 6.30pm till 10.30pm
The buffet comes with free-flow of sirap selasih, lemonade mint and lemongrass pandan juice.

Lemonade Mint

Place your dining reservations by calling +603-2172-7272.


DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur
The Intermark
348 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2172-7272

Indulge in HANA DINING’s WEEKEND BUFFET @ Sunway Pyramid!

I’m not a fan of buffets, unless they are of the Japanese cuisine type.  I’m sure many of you share the same sentiments – a Japanese buffet can be rather hard to resist!  Now there’s another reason to stuff our faces because Hana Dining lays out a sumptuous spread come Saturday and Sunday.

Yes, the weekend is just the perfect time to round up some Japanese food lovers in your circle and head out to Hana Dining in Sunway Pyramid.  The buffet is available for both lunch and dinner at:

Lunch:  11.30am-3.00pm @ RM69 per person
Dinner:  6.30pm -10.30pm @ RM79 per person

Senior citizens get a discount of 20% (age 60 and above, show ID)
Kids, based on their height:
Below 90cm         Free
91-130cm               Half Price
Above 130cm        Full Price


There are more than 80 items on the buffet menu and for the price paid, you even get a once-only serving of fresh Pacific Oysters (2 pieces per person) and one serving of their House Special Dish for the day.


Are drinks included?  Oh yes!  Take your pick from green tea, iced Lemon tea, Americano coffee, latte, cappuccino and hot/cold chocolate!

Now, just to give you an idea of what’s on the eat-all-you-can menu, check these out…

Sashimi – good selections of salmon, tuna, butterfish, amberjack (kampachi) & octopus

Sushi – Salmon Aburi

Maki – Cheese Maki


The “appetisers” selection is wide and varied.  Honestly, to me every dish seemed to be an appetiser – maybe because they are served in manageable dainty portions.  I tried to try almost every dish in the various categories but failed, simply because there was so many items to choose from!  So we just zoomed in to our favourites…

Makimono – Appetisers

Seafood Skewers with Shisho Sauce

Roasted Miso Cod Fish

Olic Tuna – so good that we had repeated servings!

Softshell Crab Tapas

Temaki – Handrolls

Flounder Fin (Engawa), California, Prawn Tempura (Ebiten)



Salmon Head

Chicken & Leek Skewer

Shishamo – perfectly grilled!

Mussels Mentai Mayo



Ikura Chawan Mushi



Prawns and Scallops

Tofu Omelette – don’t miss this!



Beef Sukiyaki



Scallop Karaage


Noodles, Rice Bowls

Australian Beef Soba

Egg Mentaiko Rice Bowl



Besides the usual Ice Cream with matcha and goma flavours and tofu cheesecake, my favourite is the Raindrop Jelly.  I must have eaten 4 pieces of this wobbly clear jelly showered with green bean powder,  It’s just so so good – coming from a jelly lover, of course!

Ice Cream – matcha? goma?

Raindrop Jelly


So, get on the phone and dial:  03-5624-0888 to make your reservation for the coming weekends!


OB2.G.U1 Oasis Boulevard
Ground Floor
Sunway Pyramid
3 Jalan PJS 11/15
Bandar Sunway
47500 Selangor

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SATURDAY NIGHT VIBES @ SHOOK! in Feast Village, Starhill, Kuala Lumpur

Where in Kuala Lumpur can you find a nice place which serves good food with vibrant entertainment in a cosily posh environment? And pay an affordable value-for-money charge per head of RM168 nett, for a Saturday evening of good food and good fun? Sounds almost too good to be true, right? It’s true. It’s all happening at Shook! every Saturday.

Located in Feast Village Starhill Gallery at the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, Shook! has been setting standards of dining experiences in the city for discerning guests for years. Now with the recent launch of “Saturday Night Vibes”, its Cirque du Culinaire experience is taking diners to the next level.

The unique dining concept of Cirque du Culinaire offers the freshest ingredients from the various show kitchens; with handcrafted desserts served at table side while being entertained by their very own magicians, entertainers and even clowns. All these certainly set very vibrant and fun vibes to the restaurant – I mean, it’s a really happening scene there.

Gorgeous food display!

Now let’s get to the food. Believe me when I say the selections are pretty mind-boggling. I didn’t know where to start because everything looks so inviting and appetizing! The entire spread is a combination of signature dishes from restaurants at Feast Village. These include the critically acclaimed Shook!, Fisherman’s Cove, Luk Yu Tea House, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill and Khushi Spice. So my advice would be: take a slow walk through the entire premise to check everything out first before zooming in to your favourites. That’s the only way to do it. But it’s not easy…because it’s hard to pick out the favourites when everything looks so mouth-watering.

These babies were just irresistible!

The Japanese delicacies are screaming my name so how do you pick among the pile of glistening sashimi, the lightly-battered crispy tempura and freshly-rolled sushi? Right next to these are trays of beef tenderloin & sirloin, chicken wings and quails just waiting to be grilled a la minute. Further down, the platters and pots of fresh and cooked seafood beckon – oysters, prawns, crabs, lobsters, clams – you name it, they have it.

Did I say the food selection was amazing?

Chefs clad in bright satiny mandarin robes keep busy throughout the evening dishing out endless trays of kam-heong clams, spicy prawns and lobsters which are quickly devoured. Just how can you resist Seafood Paella, King Prawn Noodles, freshly shucked Pacific Oysters, Five-Spice Rack of Lamb, Snow White Dancing Prawns, the finest Wagyu beef cheeks as well as Tiger Prawn Skewers Seasoned with Togarashi – I tell you, it’s next to impossible!

I love their Sang Har Meen – noodles cooked with bouncy freshwater prawns and then served at table-side. The whole evening was like that – small individual servings of freshly-cooked delectables are brought to guests at their tables

So what’s a Cirque experience if not for another key element – the music? Every Saturday night there will be a different notable performer taking the stage with original music and mesmerising renditions of well-loved tunes.

The first to join the hand-picked Saturday Night Vibes line-up was FAZZ, a world-class Malaysian band known for its soulful jazz vibes. Taking the stage at Shook!, FAZZ entertained the guests with its own creative versions of Take On Me, Shooting Star and others; and also introduced the audience to an original number from the band, The Game. In the weeks to come, Shook!’s guests can expect to be serenaded by the likes of Evelyn Feroza, Reza Salleh, Jumero, Bihzhu, and Ryot Jones, just to name a few.

Never skip the desserts ya!

Saturday Night Vibes – an amazing evening of good food, fun and music starts from 6pm to 10pm at RM168nett per person. A beverage package is also available at RM88nett (which includes an Aperol Spritz, a light-hearted cocktail of prosecco, Aperol and soda & applies to diners of Saturday Night Vibes only) while the 1-for-1 Happy Hour is available from 9.30pm to 11pm – selected draft beers, house wines and cocktails are served.

Contact Shook! Kuala Lumpur for reservations at +603-2782-3875 or Online reservations can also be made on the website as well.

Details of Saturday Night Vibes are available on Feast Village Starhill Gallery’s newly redesigned website, It’s the most happening dinner buffet in town on Saturdays!



Feast Village Starhill Gallery
at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
183, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

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Come Friday and Saturday, the buffet counters light up with fresh catches from the sea.  At the “Treasures of the Sea” dinner buffet, diners get to indulge in a variety of seafood on beds of ice, in soups, noodles and cooked in delicious ways kept nicely warm in crockpots and colorful cast iron pots.  All this happens in Nook, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral’s all-day dining restaurant.

This weekend buffet dinner enhanced with Neptune’s treasures is available on Fridays and Saturdays at RM138nett per person, with free-flow of fruit juices and soft drinks.

Besides regular servings of western and local favourites like Braised Beef with Chilli Teriyaki, Chicken Avongolomelo, Irish Lamb Stew and vegetarian dishes of Palak Paneer and Stuffed Beancurd with Vegetable Paste, seafood lovers get to indulge on tiger prawns, green mussels, scallops, squids, flower crabs and bamboo clams cooked in a variety of ways.

Crab Curry – don’t miss this!

We particularly liked the Baked Seafood Parcels, Braised Giant Garoupa Fish Head, Kam Heong Squids and Poached Tiger Prawns.  Even the very simple Prawn Omelette was executed very well and the spicy Crabs Curry had us going for seconds.  The fiery curry was also perfect for dipping freshly-made roti pratha.  Strange but true, this buffet features one of the best roti canai I’ve ever had – it’s so good I had 2 whole pieces all by myself!

Excellent Roti Canai – eat it hot off the grill!

Sarawak Laksa is one of Nook’s signature items and it’s a permanent item on the buffet.  The broth is deliciously fiery with fragrant spices and a squeeze of lime makes it all the more addictive!  There’s also a grill station where diners can get their selected seafood pieces grilled upon order.  We had some really fresh bouncy tiger prawns grilled to perfection which were polished off very quickly!

Treasures of the Sea Dinner Buffet promotion is priced at RM138nett per pax (adults) and RM69nett/per child (aged 6-12 years old) available on Fridays and Saturdays from 6.30pm.


5 Jalan Stesen Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2723-1188


DIM SUM DELIGHTS at SHANG PALACE, Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Brunch on Saturdays has never been better, not since I found out that now you can indulge in quality dim sum in a posh restaurant in an even posher hotel. Oh, it’s also available for Friday lunch and the place is … the Shang Palace at the Shangri-la Hotel in Kuala Lumpur!

From now until 26 August 2017, you can indulge in an Eat-All-You-Can dim sum experience with over 40 choices of dainty dishes at the Dim Sum Delights promotion happening at the Shang Palace. This amazing feast of steamed, deep-fried and baked dim sum along with rice flour rolls, noodles, rice, vegetables and desserts is served every Friday (between 12 noon to 2.30pm) and Saturday (from 10.30am to 2.30pm).

And the best thing is…it’s RM88 nett per person! Given the quality of the food, the classy ambience and the faultless service, I’d say this is quite a steal! Go on a Saturday – you have 4 solid hours to indulge and that can come to some really good dim sum damage!

First and foremost, Appetisers to rouse your palate!

From the extensive Dim Sum Delights menu, there are 13 varieties of steamed dim sum such as fresh shrimp dumplings, chicken dumplings with fresh scallops, fish balls with garden greens, fresh scallops and mushroom dumplings, glutinous rice with chicken and mushroom (“loh mai kai”), beef balls, chicken claws with spicy Szechuan chilli sauce, steamed chicken wings with black bean sauce, steamed barbecue chicken buns, salted egg custard cream buns, vegetarian yam cake, bean curd rolls with assorted vegetables and chicken porridge. And that’s only the steamed dim sum list!

Fresh Shrimps Dumplings (“Har Kow”)

Chicken Dumplings with Fresh Scallops 

Steamed Chicken Wings with Black Beans Sauce

Steamed Chicken Claws with Spicy Szechuan Sauce

Fluffy Steamed BBQ Chicken Pau


Coming to the deep-fried and baked dim sum selections, check out the spring rolls with vegetables, fish balls, mashed yam dumplings with minced chicken meat (“wu kok”), baked barbecue chicken pastries, pan-fried Cantonese radish cakes, “Hakka’ stuffed bean curd with chicken and prawn filling, fish cakes with prawn paste, prawn dumplings served with mayonnaise, prawn balls coated with cornflakes, wok-fried radish cakes, sesame prawn rolls, baked mini egg tarts and sesame balls.

Pan-fried Cantonese Radish Cakes

Hakka Stuffed Bean Curd Puffs

BBQ Chicken Baked Pastries

Mashed Yam Dumplings (“Wu Kok”)

Fish Cakes with Prawn Paste

Sesame Prawn Rolls

Fried Bean Curd Rolls


I never miss my “chee cheong fun” in a dim sum meal and at the Shang Palace, the steamed riceflour rolls are prepared in four styles: steamed with shrimp, with vegetarian filling, with minced barbecue chicken and Chinese parsley and pan-fried with dried shrimps and supreme spicy sauce.

Steamed Rice Rolls with Fresh Shrimps

Besides dim sum and if you can still spare tummy space, there are also noodles, rice and vegetables on the Dim Sum Delights menu. The Stewed Hong Kong Noodles we tried were deliciously comforting – smooth slippery noodles cooked with mushrooms and chicken slices, simple and satisfying. We also had a huge plate of greens (HK kai lan) for good measure!

Stewed Hong Kong Noodles

HK Kai Lan

Desserts should never be skipped and we had a hard time choosing from the 8 varieties of desserts on the menu. My favourites were the house-made sweet bean curd and chilled lemongrass jelly with lime sorbet. Other choices are chilled mango pudding, red bean cream with lotus seeds, chilled Chinese herbal jelly, black sesame seed dumplings in ginger soup, chilled mango puree with sago and pomelo and chilled water chestnut cakes with osmanthus – pick your favourites!

Chilled Mango Pudding

Crunchy and chewy Sesame Balls

The man behind the deliciousness: Dim Sum Chef Chai Chee Yuan


The Eat-All-You-Can Dim Sum Delights promotion at the Shang Palace is priced at RM88nett per person. This promotion is valid for dine-in only and all guests seated at the same table must order from the Dim Sum Delights menu. Hurry – the promotion is until 26 August 2017 only!

For more information and reservations, please call 03-2074-3900, email or visit



Shangri-La Hotel
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (60 3) 2032 2388
Fax: (60 3) 2031 4927



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Kampong Festive Dining at FEAST VILLAGE, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Let me start by saying the Festive Buffet by JW Marriot Kuala Lumpur happening at Feast Village in Starhill Gallery is one of the best-value-for-money Buka Puasa buffets in town. Priced at only RM98 nett per person, the huge selection of local favourites is unbeatable!

Executive Chef Zaffar Samad and his team have done a brilliant job cooking and serving the traditional dishes that’s so popular with the dining crowd. Besides the main counters laden with local delights, several stalls have also been set up around the spacious dining area to resemble a traditional village.


At the centre of the grill station, the roast whole lamb takes centrestage. Mounted on a rotisserie, the lamb is roasted to a perfect golden crisp on the outside while the meat remains tender and tasty. There’s always a queue at this spot and the whole lamb is gone before very long – so I’d advise you to start from here if you are a lamb fan!

Start queuing here early!

For the rest of the extensive spread, take your time to savour the pots of curries and “lauk” – mostly traditional dishes inspired from grandma’s era and recipes. I really couldn’t decide which to start first, from the old-time favourites like Rendang Tok, Gulai Daging dengan Nangka, Ikan Patin Tempoyak, Ikan Bakar, Ayam Panggang, Sambal Udang Petai, Ikan Tenggiri Asam Pedas and host of others.

Ikan Bakar

The satay here is excellent, especially the beef – so well-marinated & tender!


Then there are the stalls to tackle – all of them offering mouth-watering goodies like ulam-ulaman, rojak, satay, roti canai, nasi ayam, nasi kandar, noodles, vegetarian, BBQ, soups, sweet porridge, ice cream, fruits and endless desserts! These are stations that can’t be missed! Remember to have your ulam with sambal belacan, sambal tempoyak, sambal cincaluk and even Budu, a classic dip from Kelantan.

My favourite is the roti canai station – they make fresh rotis on the spot and I had two, done extra-crispy! Just couldn’t stop at one – the Marriott hotels’ restaurants do some of the best rotis in town, I tell you! And there is such a good selection of delectable curries to go with the roti.

Save some stomach space for the desserts – local and western types, all ever so tempting! Everything looks so inviting that it’s not surprising that plates are always piled high with cakes, pastries, raya cookies and traditional sweets.

Kuihs, cakes, jellies everywhere!

This value-for-money Festive Feast is priced at RM98 nett per person, available till 24 June 2017 from 7.00pm till 10.30pm.

For reservations, please call +603-2782-9099 or


Feast Floor
Starhill Gallery
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

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MAHLIGAI NELAYANKU at CINNAMON, One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

The buffet spread at the Cinnamon Coffee House, One World Hotel has always been impressive, more so now in Ramadhan for the breaking of fast meal. The theme this year is “Mahligai Nelayanku” and Executive Sous Chef Saiful Baharin together with his culinary team are showcasing authentic local dishes.

With more than 100 dishes in the buffet, spread out over countless counters in and outside Cinnamon, believe me when I say you will be most spoiled for choices here! From appetisers to desserts, it’s a delicious journey filled with robust flavours of our national heritage cuisine.

This is the time to indulge in comforting home-style dishes and traditional favourites, reminiscent of the good old times back in the kampung, where life was a lot simpler and a whole lot more delicious!

Traditional dishes and old favourites rule the restaurant here. Check out specialities like Daging Deng Deng, Bubur Lambuk, Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak, Sup Gearbox, Daging Kawah, Ayam Percik, Sup Ekor Lembu Bersantan and Sup GearBox.

The Curry Laksa is pretty awesome!

The regular buffet stalls serving international cuisines are still ongoing, providing more variety to diners.

Live cooking stations for piping hot food!

Desserts are aplenty here – the usual western ones as well as old school kuihs/cookies, specially served only during this holy month.


The Mahligai Nelayanku promotion is available till 26 June 2017 from 6.30pm till 10.30pm at RM160 nett per adult and RM80 nett per child aged 4-12 years old.

For enquiries/reservations, please call +603-7681-1157.


One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7681-1111

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