Ramadhan Buffet @ Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL | Kites Restaurant [2012]

This Buka Puasa Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie is offering its patrons an array of delectable international cuisines ranging from Mughal to Chinese-Muslim, from Arabian to authentic Malaysian. Come to this all day dining international restaurant Kites to break the fast this entire holy month, commencing 18 July until 18 August 2012. An extensive and luxurious buffet awaits you with over 150 local and international dishes prepared to create a memorable Ramadhan experience.

An exotic combination of International cuisines for Ramadhan Celebration 2012
at Kites Restaurant at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie

Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet Review 2012
Usual delicious food being served at Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL

The highlights of  this promotion this year are their group of guest chefs from across the globe with a wealth of experience in their specialty. Chef Ebrahim Mohd brings 25 years of experience in Arabic delicacies all the way from Damascus, Syria. Middle Eastern food is a complex and spice driven cuisine, commonly using black pepper, garlic, cinnamon, clove, cumin and coriander to create a delightful mix of meat based dishes, with lamb and mutton being the most popular. Chef Ebrahim will be preparing a selection of his specialty grilled meats, kebabs, and koftas throughout the celebration along with another Middle Eastern favourite, Hummus, a dip or spread eaten with pita bread made from cooked and mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic which origins date back to ancient Egypt.

Below are the special menu available during Ramadhan Season @ Kites Restaurant:
Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet Review 2012
Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet 2012

Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet Review 2012
Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet 2012

Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet Review 2012
Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet 2012

Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet Review 2012
Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet 2012

Holiday Inn's Indian guest chef is Santosh Chaniyal who hails from Nainitaal, India and specializes in Mughlai cooking, a cuisine with a rich history dating back to the 16th century kitchens of the Mughal Emperors who occupied Northern India. Influenced by a mixture of Indian, Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine, Mughlai cuisine uses ingredients like exotic aromatic spices, nuts, raisins, cream, yoghurt and milk to create rich and spicy dishes with a unique aroma. With a considerable influence from Muslim cooking we are proud to showcase this wonderful cuisine for our valued guests for the auspicious occasion of Ramadhan.

Chef Santosh will be bringing a collection of his favourite recipes to town for you special guests to enjoy; for a special and unique taste, try the Kashmiri Rogan Josh made with goat or lamb meat cooked with intensely fragrant spices that deliver a mild and rewarding curry. Another dish that should not be missed is the Chicken Biryani. This dish is particularly known for its many layers of flavours and is cooked over a longer period of time to allow the flavours to blend together. The spices used in making the dish are typically not used in everyday cooking, making it a very special dish for guests of Kites Restaurant to sample. Another must try item will be the Jhinga Til Tinka; King prawns marinated with fresh aromatic spices, dipped in a butter made from eggs, green chillies, ginger, garlic & cardamom and cooked with breadcrumbs and sesame seeds. Dum Ka Murgh is another special and popular dish, generally eaten with roti or paratha that uses yoghurt and exotic spices to create a rich and complex meal.

Vegetarians will love to try Quasar-E-Pukhtan, otherwise known as Shahi Paneer. With the name embodying royalty, this dish is fit for kings and is made with the richest of ingredients available. One should not miss out on other vegetarian dishes such as Tarkari Tawa Masala, Dal Bukhar, Dal Dhabe Wali. Other items on the Mughlai menu are Biryani (Gosht ,Murgh , Jhinga), Qurma-E-Firdaus (Hyderabadi Muttom qurma), Khade Masale Ka Gosht, Mahi Sarsom Wali, Tawa-E-Jalpari, and Avadhi Gulnar pari.

One of the other delights that one can expect at the Ramadhan feast is brought to you by Chef Charles Huang from Zhengzhou, China. His special talent, to prepare hand pulled noodle is a complex craft that produces a wonderful spectacle, and just as importantly, incredible noodles. Made from plain dough that requires incredible dexterity to transform them into beautiful noodles, they are fascinating to watch being created by our food artist Chef Charles Huang as he works feverishly to twist the dough then stretches them delicately by waving the arms and body. Next, the dough is untwisted, looped to double the strands, and then repeated. When stretching, these highly skilled chefs coordinate waving their torso and arms to increase the potential length of the noodle beyond that of the puller's arm span.

Chef Huang is bringing other Chinese Muslim cuisine delicacies such as mutton noodles, mushroom and chicken noodles, homemade mutton soup, steamed buns and pan-fried egg dumplings during the Puasa month.

Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet 2012

Apart from the specialties on offer from Holiday Inn's three special guest chefs, Kites restaurant will be maintaining the many popular dishes that were so well received last year. Some of the popular dishes making a comeback this year will be Gearbox Soup - braised beef knee together with a traditional mix of spices, served with condiments such as fried shallots and fresh lime. When mentioning the hot and popular dishes from last year I must mention the Kambing Mamak, a spicy and fragrant lamb curry. This special (and secret!) recipe is one that you won’t get any other day as Executive Chef, Francis Lau has kept this dish only for the Ramadhan celebration.

If you have any room left, why not try Holiday Inn's resident Malay Cuisine expert Chef Haniff’s signature dish – Udang Galah Masak Kalio, king prawns cooked in coconut milk with chili padi (chili), lemon grass and turmeric leaves.

Other Specialty Dishes:
  • Gulai Ikan Sembilang Tempoyak - Catfish braised with fermented durian paste which is then cooked using turmeric leaves and other spices. The specialty of the states of Pahang and Perak.
  • Tulang Rawan Masak Lemak Cili Api - Short rib braised with turmeric leaves chili and coconut milk

Other items include Mutton Varuve, Udang Galah Masak Kalio, Pucuk Paku Masak Lemak, Kum Heong Fried Squid, Daging Rendang, Kambing Kurma, Ayam Percik Sri Menanti, Minced Chicken Patties with Scallops Sambal, along with authentic Malay desserts to complete your dining experience.

This year Holiday Inn's remarkable buffet will be extended to the poolside and Gazebo, adjacent to Kites Restaurant which will be decorated into a setting of a conventional Ramadhan feast combined with a contemporary backdrop. At Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie you can break your fast under the evening sky, decorated with black canopies and a myriad of food stalls. There will be areas designated for the Mughlai, the Arabic and the Chinese-Muslim cuisines alongside the lavish Malay buffet inside the Kites Restaurant.

Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet 2012
My creation of ice-cream! Looks nice or not? =)

My personal experience regarding the Ramadhan Food being served:
If you like curry and spicy food as your buka puasa dishes, you should consider buka puasa here as they do offer a lot of varieties during the puasa month @ Kites Restaurant. Their signature dishes are maintained and will be served as well, which means you can have goods from both world.

I personally like the Nasi Briyani with the special sauces provided by the chef. It added up more flavors to the rice and you can always spice it up with the mutton curry. Just make sure you have enough fruits too to ease your digestion =)

Thank you Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL for this luxurious Ramadhan Buffet. You guys did well in providing delicious food.

The buffet dinner at Kites is priced at RM 94++ for adults while for children and senior citizens it is priced at RM 55++. There is a special price from 18th – 24th July where the buffet dinner is priced at RM 84++ for adults and RM 45++ for children and senior citizens.

The hotel also accepts group or company bookings for ‘Buka Puasa’. Surau facilities with an ‘Imam’ for ‘Sembahyang’ are available at the hotel.

Book early before 10 July for substantial discounts - terms and conditions apply.

For booking and reservations please call 03- 7802 524 (9am – 5pm) and 03- 7802 5200 (after 5 pm) or email us at ramadhan@holidayinnkl.com.my 

On a side note, here's me with bunch of blogger friends who attended the food review as well. This time I am featuring the happy family Merryn and husband , and the cheeky son Ethan.

Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet Review 2012
Merryn Happy Family =)
Ethan was naughty but good at posing with cheeky face haha

Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant Ramadhan Buffet Review 2012
Glad to meet you all bloggers! Jom makan sama-sama lagi!

Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL Kites Restaurant 
Ramadhan Buffet 2012
Here's Wern, Bella and me
Sorry for 'mengepit' you between us Bella ;p

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