Friday, June 5, 2015

Ramadhan Buffet - Hotel Equatorial Melaka

Believe me you. I drove this far to Melaka. Well, I guess sometimes its worth the drive. Maybe, not daily, I doubt I want to work in Melaka and drive up daily, but I suppose food delightfullness is sincerely a valid reason. Actually, I did two at one go. One earlier in the morning and then I arrived in Hotel Equatorial. My first time ever, never have I stepped foot in this hotel, though I have had a Melaka getaway, up I went to level three where I joined the rest of the invited guests for a first hand and mouth of sampling the array of dishes for ushering the coming soon Ramadhan. 

Of course after the customary Malaysian pride of greeting the people who extended me this invitation, we had an informal chit-chat session on the array of Iftar offerings. The string of local and international culinary delights, available for guests during Ramadhan month to celebrate both Iftar and Sahour with loved ones for a truly memorable dining experience at Phoenix Ballroom.
Executive Chef, Mohamad Sharif presents an enticing combination of extensive range of international dishes with Middle Eastern cuisine, starting from 18 June to 17 July 2015, available for RM88.00 nett per adult and RM44.00 nett per child from 6.60pm to 10.00pm. And mind you, over 200 items being featured in the buffet daily.
Honestly, I really didn't where to start. But the practically is that I can't be sampling all the dishes. Impossible. So I picked some of my favourites. Roasted lamb with Kabsa Rice, juicy and succulent to its core, elevated with 7 Arabian spices and cooked to perfection in rich kabsa rice, garnished with boiled egg, capsicum and raisin. Oh-so-loved. I also made sure I didn't miss out on Nyonya Sambal Belacan, Sambal Mangga and Cincaluk. Are you like going now, what, this Indian lady loving these traditional condiments and dips? Yes, please. Anytime. Always a pleasure on my taste buds. These sambal, mind you, made a tremendous spicy and tangy impact on my mouth, throat and tongue. Next I tackled the Hummus. Thick, creamy and a flavorful spread /dip made with chickpeas and olive oil.

The rest of the Middle Eastern and traditional Malay cuisine are equally tempting as well. You should give a go to -
Classic way mango salad with a combination of crispy yellow mango and squid julienne that's marinated with fish sauce, lemon juice and traditional sambal belacan.
Prawn With Bamboo Sprout that strikes a deep chord with their delicate textures.
Fried marinated prawn with fried bamboo that balanced beautifully with traditional Malay sambal.
Shish Tauk with Saffron Rice. One of the most popular traditional Middle Eastern cuisines. Showcasing plenty of Middle Eastern ingredients such as sumac and paprika, alongside with prime kebabs that offers bite-size sampler of popular dish.
Slow roast lamb, elevated along 7 Arabian spices and paprika, top with Middle Eastern Briyani rice. 

The top recommendation is the Ikan Pari Asam Manga Muda (Braised Stingray with Spicy Young Mango Sauce) with the crispiness of the fish, sauteed with fresh turmeric and homemade assam jawa that is perfectly mixed and full of flavour.

Of course, Ramadhan Buffet must end with our high notes kuih-muih/local delicacies. Aplenty choices too, those I sampled are spectacularly fab.

Grab the early birds special (15 May to 17 June 2015) and receive a 20% discount or purchase the Buka Puasa gift vouchers at RM880.00 nett for 12 vouchers (10 + 2 complimentary.

Thank you Hotel Equatorial Melaka.

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  1. Wow really tempting dishes

  2. everything looks so mouthwatering here...

  3. oh!!!!!!! feeling hungry..tempting pics

  4. what a lovely iftar spread, now i need an invitation to come to your place

  5. Ambiance of the place is really nice, food also looks tasty

  6. Wow.... I've never driven 2 hours for food! :O Max I've done is a about 1.5 hours and that's very rare- but then again, if the food is as good as this I wouldn't mind!! The food looks amazing! You always go to the tastiest looking restaurants! :)

  7. The place and food looks lovely!

  8. Damn delicious!!!
    i will definitely attact the mutton or lamb....
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

  9. Wow.. The place really looks so cool and recipes.. Just wow...

  10. Amazing. Mouth watering dishes... Plus I like how well they are presented :)

  11. Oh, Ramadan is here already? Wow, time to fast again! Look at all those yummy treats :D

  12. This looks like a royal place with great cuisine!! Wow <3
    Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my last post! :)

  13. wow!This hotel is really beautiful.Whenever we try to book this hotel for long weekends,it is always fully booked.We still have a plan to visit Melaka again.Now after seeing all these photos,I will sure book this hotel early.

  14. Omg what a choice of food Nava I am lost cannot choose what I like the most from this.


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