For your information, Temasek Hotel is located just a stone's throw away from the famous Portuguese Settlement. In fact, when you are en route to the Christmas Town of Malaysia, you will surely not miss this majestic hotel, standing astutely on your right. Honestly this is not the first time I have been to this hotel, however it is my very first time enjoying their Ramadan Buffet dinner. OMG~I must say that I was really, really impressed after sampling their morsels of mouth-watering dishes. I am positive you will feel the same as well.
Themed as "Nostalgia Sentuhan Desa" or loosely translated to "Village Nostalgic Touch", this Ramadan Buffet will surely rewind your tape and bring you back in time to enjoy food that will remind you of the good old days. Surely a lot of my Malay friends will agree with me the moment they lay their eyes on those fresh "ulam" aka raw vegetables that are usually eaten together with our must have staple rice, right?
Spearheaded by the Executive Chef with 30 years of experience, Mr. Rusli Shuib oversees all the culinary activities which are "cooking" in the open kitchen of the dining area. Rest assured that all the served food and beverages are of course Halal. Interestingly the menu will be changed every day on a rotation basis for your indulgence, so that diners can enjoy different variety of cuisines every single day during the Ramadan month. So you can come over to Temasek Hotel to "buka puasa" every evening. LOL :D Ouh~Did I mention that, the hotel also provides a surau for you to perform your prayers? Talking about courtesy right?
Are you ready for your gastronomy journey, to dive into the melting pot of the cheapest Ramadan Buffet in Melaka? For curtain raiser or appetizer, I went straight to grab my plate of rice. You can either choose plain white rice, rice with raw vegetables or like me-I opted for the chicken briyani rice. Frankly speaking, their chicken briyani rice was really toothsome to say the least. Every grain was so perfectly cooked and flavorful that it melted in my mouth and tasted so savoury. Maybe I was hungry or maybe the aroma and the sight of the dishes here made me even hungrier. :)
Fried Pepper Fish
Salad for health conscious diner.
Mixed vegetables with shitake
Rice with ulam
My beloved wifey making her move. :D
Besides our usual indispensable rice, the other starters include [most will be in Malaysian Language for convenience purposes]: "Ayam Rebus Batang Keladi", "Masak Lemak Tetel & Rebung, Stir-fried Cockles with Petai, Fried Pepper Fish, Gulai Perut Lembu & Nangka Muda and Mixed vegetables with shitake mushrooms. Of all the entrees, yours truly me personally love the Stir-fried Cockles with Petai which I thought was tantalizingly spicy and inviting. Adding it to my rice added so much layer and texture to my meal, which set the course for me to enjoy more delectable food.
After I had whetted my appetite with the starters, I grabbed my plates and wondered towards all the stalls where the main courses were waiting for me. I was SHOCKED to know that they even served Roasted Mutton (Kambing Golek)! WHAT? Yupe~you didn't read this wrongly. For only RM29.90 you get to enjoy limitless amount of freshly roasted mutton. The sight of chef roasting the crispy, golden brown lamb right before my eyes really made me drool. I had a few serving of it of course.
The sliced roasted lamb or "Kambing Golek" was really, really lusciously ambrosial-so succulent, tender and juicy! I literally closed my eyes when I spooned these slices of divine lamb meat into my gaping mouth. Oh my...my taste buds were dancing and my tongue was wagging, I had a mouthgasmic experience for sure! The mushroom soup that was poured onto of the roasted lamb totally added a new layer of composition, to enhance the taste (and experience) even further. Finger-licking good! *thumbs up* :)
Of course the Roasted Lamb was not the only highlight which stole my heart on that day. The banana leaf grilled fish stuffed with "sambal" (chili paste) was in a league of its own as well. I could smell these dainty fish from afar thanks to the sweet-scented burning sensation which was permeating the air and the aroma that was exuded by the combination of fresh fish meat and fragrant banana leaf. After I had unwrapped my fish (like a gift), I walloped them with my second or maybe third plate of rice. Goodness gracious~I cannot stop eating on that day.
Another worthy mention on the menu was the exotic deep-fried quail (burung puyuh). Exotic because I had never ever eaten any quail for my entire life until that very fateful day. "How would it taste like? Would it be more delicious than chickens?" Those were the questions that were holding me back. Nonetheless I steeled myself and grabbed a few of them back to my table. With trepidation *dub dub! dub dub!* I sank my teeth into the flesh of those crispy, caramel-coloured quail...my eyes opened wide in disbelief...the deep-fried quail tasted damn delicious! Why had not I eaten such delightful dish before?
They also served fried banana. :)
Which "colour" do you wanna drink sir?
I prefer coffee. Ha :D
More for you to feast
Mee Soto was really flavourful as well. :)
Just look at it *drooling*
My son loved the mee soto
Right Jordan boy? :)
Yours truly me was a bit full at this point but heck~I was not going to let my slightly bloated stomach stop me from enjoying all the other dishes right? No way and I soldiered on with my plate and fork; Marching towards the other side of the dining hall. There they were, waiting for me gloriously on the plates and bowls *quipped*. There were the must-have Mee Soto, Mango Kerabu, and cucur just to name a few for you to enjoy. Besides, you can also enjoy a plate or two of on-demand Char Kueh Teow.
The executive chef was cooking char kueh teow for us!
30 years of culinary skills!
Here you go~one plate of Char Kueh Teow
If you are still not done at this point like me, you could slowly sample those colourful desserts that will not only delight you visually but will also sweeten your palate, putting a smile on your face. Of course no Ramadan Buffet will be complete without a bowl of delightfully shaved ice, sprinkled with an assortment of beans and condiments as well as syrups of different colours. Then only you could say that you had a feast for your Ramadan Buffet~BUUUUuuuurpppp.
Taste all sorts of kuih (delicacies)
Lusciously smooth pudding. :)
Let's dig in!
This was just part of what I had
Jasmine girl enjoyed her buffet dinner as well. :)
As usual, yours truly me needed a few cups of coffee to help me wind down and digest all the wonderful food that I had wolfed down earlier. Ha :D So all in all, I will highly recommend you to try the Ramadan Buffet Dinner a Temasek Hotel. Besides being the cheapest, it boasts a plethora of food that is fit for a king or well Sultan! By the way, there will be lucky draw every week and FREE parking is provided. If you are interested, do make your reservations so that you will not miss out.
Don't forget to get a bowl of ABC (Ais Batu Kacang) aka Shaved Ice with Beans
Wanna have a spoon?
Gotta make sure we enjoy ourselves to the MAX!
Right Jasmine girl? :)
Of course nothing beats coffee. Ha :D
I will be back to this Kampung House in Temasek Hotel for sure!
Children (5-11 years old) & Senior Citizen-RM24.90
Temasek Hotel Ramadan Buffet
Address: 57, Jalan D'Albuquerque, Portuguese Settlement, 75050 Melaka.
Contact: 06-288 3588 / 017-321 3566 / 012-327 3588 / 012-358 8197
Time: 6p.m. - 9p.m.