Stripes Hotel is a relatively new designer hotel in KL. They opened their doors in 2017 in Jalan Kamunting. KL-ites know this area as a rich heritage zone full of pre-war buildings that have now been turned into a hub of restaurants, bars and hotels. The area has a really luxurious yet enjoyable vibe that extends to the Stripes Hotel as well.
We were very fortunate to be invited to the launch of their Festive Celebration buffet at The Snug, their premier in-house restaurant. The hotel itself was decorated in the new minimalist style that’s very chic these days.
This Festive Celebration spread featured several dishes from their neighbors at Jalan Kamunting, which includes Capitol Café’s Asam Pedas and Beef Rendang, as well as MMZ’s sup ekor and sup ayam. The Snug complemented these dishes with a lot of Kampung favorites that will no doubt stir familiar memories among those who come to dine here.
I came without much expectation, but left very impressed with the quality of the food. The Snug may not have served as many dishes as other Ramadhan buffets but they managed to really keep a high quality on all their dishes.
The warm food section featured a flavorful lamb Briyani rice, which cleared out pretty fast ( but was later refilled). There was also classic mee goreng, stewed pucuk ubi, fried Ikan tongkol, ayam masak merah and sambal brinjals. I particularly loved the brinjals which went perfectly with the rice.
There was also Indonesian Gado-Gado, deconstructed and served on a platter so that you can pick what you want to include, and what to leave out. There was tempe, fried tofu, long beans, bean sprouts and crackers, as well as really good peanut sauce to drizzle onto them.
The highlight for me was the baked whole seabass, which was served and freshly carved by the chef. The plump and juicy flesh of the fish really came through beautifully, and didn’t need any additional seasoning. Apart from the fish, this section also featured roasted lamb and fried quail. I appreciated the fact that they also had very good Lontong, which is a dish of nasi impit (compressed rice) served with Sayur Lodeh or vegetables stewed in a spiced coconut milk gravy.
Just when we thought they were done, The Snug sprang a surprise by having some booths outside the restaurant, at the entrance. These booths were made up to look like middle-eastern bazaar stalls and served Satay, waffles, ice kacang, pisang goreng and traditional kuihs. Most of the items like the pisang goreng and waffles are made fresh on the spot.
If that wasn’t enough, there was also ice cream, fresh fruits and several types of cakes for dessert served inside a huge chiller.
Stripes Hotel’s Festive Celebration buffet is being served at The Snug daily from 7pm to 10pm until June 6th 2019 and costs RM88 nett for adults. You can call them in advance in order to make a booking at +603 2038 0000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.