Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ramadan Buffet 2012 @ Hilton Petaling Jaya, Selangor

During the month of Ramadan, Paya Serai in Hilton Petaling Jaya is showcasing an extravagant spread of over 100 local as well as international delights for berbuka puasa (break fast). The buffet menus (a total of 4 different ones) are rotated daily hence there is something new to try everyday.

Paya Serai's brigade of talented chefs led by Chef Noor Hisham has created a range of authentic local "kampung" delights and Malay Ramadan dishes to Indian, Chinese, hawker and a range of International cuisine. Live cooking stations mimicking a gourmet Ramadan bazaar stalls are also set-up such as assam laksa, appam balik, satay, putu piring, roti canai, nasi kandar, Japanese tempura and Chinese lok lok steamboat where you pick the ingredients and watch the chef prepare them a la minute. 

Paya Serai at Hilton PJ

Gourmet Ramadan bazaar-style stalls

The restaurant interior

The food were all very nicely presented and looked absolutely mouthwatering. The cold appetizers that I tried were very good - I particularly liked the kerabu pucuk paku, kerabu soo hoon (glass noodle salad), and kerabu perut (beef tripe salad). There is also an assortment of scrumptious salads, pickles and sambal.

Kerabu pucuk paku

Kerabu soo hoon 

Kerabu perut

Petai and ulam

One of the favorite sections for many locals is the seafood on ice, featuring fresh oysters, prawns, mussels and crab.


Fresh oysters


Fresh prawns

I gave the seafood a miss, since I wanted to concentrate on the local delights - especially this gorgeous roasted lamb. Roasted lamb is commonly found in a Ramadan buffet, where the meat is carved in front of diners. Sometimes, as many as 3-4 lambs can be devoured in a night. I love the tender meat, and if you can get some of the crispy skin too, all the better! I went for several helpings of the roasted lamb.

Chicken wings is also another favourite of mine

Beef satay

I was also happy to see lemang here, which goes well with all the different rendang and curries. I have to say, I was really impressed with the rendang daging - very delicious. I'm pretty sure my mum would have enjoyed the lemang and rendang. There was even slipper lobster, cooked Malay style - slipper lobster masak lemak belimbing - which was good. Another item which we enjoyed very much was the prawn tempura - nice and crisp.


Serunding ayam

Rendang daging

Kari Mutton

Lala tumis bersantan

Slipper lobster masak lemak belimbing

Rendang ayam

Black pepper beef from Chinese section

Ikan pari bakar

Ikan senangin

Pucuk Manis Masak Lemak

Telur Itek Masak Lemak

Nasi briyani

Ketupat palas

Some of the gourmet Ramadan bazaar stalls

Assam laksa


Roti canai

Putu piring

Appam balik

Local fruits galore

Nangka, mangosteen, langsat, rambutan,papaya

The dessert section was pretty impressive, and I helped myself to many of the colorful kuihs. I especially liked the kuih seri muka and kuih lapis pelangi (the irresistible rainbow kuih). There is also a good selection of local fruits such as rambutan, pulasan, mangosteen, langsat, longan, cempedak and nangka. From the hot kettle, there are bubur cha cha, bubur jagung and a serawa durian for the durian lovers out there. Of course there are also Western cakes and desserts such as chocolate strawberry tart, and bread and butter pudding. There is also a chocolate fountain and Turkish ice cream station (with flavours such as yam, durian and chocolate).

Malay kuihs

Kuih lapis pelangi


Turkish ice cream - yam flavour

Bread and butter pudding

Verdict: Excellent spread, good quality buffet. Loved the cold appetizers, roasted lamb, rendang and kuihs the most. 

Full set of photos can be viewed on my Facebook page here.

The Ramadan Buffet at Paya Serai is available from 7pm to 10.30pm. It is priced at RM99++ per adult on the first week, and RM129++ per adult on following days. Children below the age of 12 enjoy 50% discount.

Location: Paya Serai, Lobby Level, Hilton Petaling Jaya, 2 Jalan Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 03-7955 9122


GPS Coordinates: 3.102164, 101.640573

*This is an invited review.


  1. too many good food. I especially like the apam balik.

    1. Hard to find good apam balik nowadays, nice to see a live making station here.

  2. The spread looks good! Paya Serai is famous for its Ramadan buffet. The Malay selection is the best I've tried so far. :)

    1. Yeah huge variety and the food quality is good.

  3. Thought of staying there that day...RM190, 50% discount, on But when I checked again the next day, no more...around RM250 already. So, never mind lah! Stay elsewhere cheaper...far away from the tempting food. Hehehehehe!!!!

    1. Haha so where u staying ah? I should DM you on FB!

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  5. Look at all those desserts! I would love to be there. I am such a dessert fan, I remember when I was younger I used to go for dessert buffets and stuff myself silly with cakes and kuehs and ice cream... - Mich

    1. I'm a big dessert fan too, I helped myself to 2 full plates of desserts... or was it 3? LOL

  6. gosh, it's actually been many years since i last had lemang. i don't go for hotel ramadan buffets very much (or for hotel buffets in general), so i guess i should try to look out for a street stall that might be selling lemang this month and buy some :D

    1. Yeah normally you can find some roadside stalls selling lemang with beef rendang. Or go to one of those Ramadan bazaars. ;)

  7. I have been here for few times for Buka Puasa, they have wide variety of foods especially very good in traditional kampung dishes..

    1. Yeah I wish I had bigger tummy space to try all the delicious food. I esp love the rendang here, very very good.

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    1. I think so. I didn't try wor, cos everyone at my table dont like the smell haha!

  9. What a great spread! I never like the fact they nudge up the price for certain weeks - more money for exactly the same thing, although I suppose everywhere does it... Good choice of nasi kandar

    1. Actually it's the other way round, the first week is usually quieter so they give a discount and the other weeks are charged at their normal buffet rate.

  10. I was just in the Middle East during Ramadan and I can imagine how good this food would taste after not being able to drink or eat for a day :).

    1. I really salute those ppl who fast all day, I guess it's all part of their religion but I don't think I could stand all day without drinking/eating.

  11. I feel like jumping on a plane& fly back to KL straight away! yum yum yum! the yam flavour ice cream is tempting to try

    1. I love Ramadan month, so much nice food to eat.


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