Early this month, The City List was invited to the launch of Hotel Maya’s Ramadan Buffet program, which will run until June 2nd, a few days before Hari Raya Aidilfitri. As part of their CSR, Hotel Maya also invited 30 children and their caregivers from Pertubuhan Kebajikan Al-Firdausi (PKAF) to join in the festivities.
Since it was the fasting month, prayers were read before the official breaking of fast moment at about 7.20pm. Hotel Maya even had a small Gamelan troupe performing traditional tunes to accompany the meal and liven up the atmosphere.
We must say that the spread here is probably the most lavish we’ve seen. In fact, the spread covered almost the entire ground floor and there were at least 8 to 9 sections available for diners to choose from. All the foods here were inspired by local Ramadan bazaar favourites as well as traditional Kampung fare.
To area inside Maya Brasserie had a Mamak corner offering Briyani rice with curry fish head and other curries. There were two ‘stalls’ where chefs prepared fresh Sup Utara and Sotong Kangkong. Aside from that, there was an appetizer corner with dates, keropok and salads from various parts of Malaysia as well as western salads. We were pretty impressed that they had Kerabu Jantung Pisang (banana flower salad), sambal tempe and paru berlada in this section. These well loved village favourites are pretty rare in hotel buffets.
Just adjacent to that, you could smell a hint of delicious barbequed smokiness coming from the satay section, where chicken and beef satay was served, together with about ten warm traditional Malay dishes you could eat with rice. These included things like Labu Masak lamak Iakan Masin ( stewed pumpkin with salted fish), ayam masak keremek (Kelantanese chicken dish), black pepper lamb shoulder and several seafood dishes.
Outside at the common area were booths where fresh food was prepared bazaar style, including fried snacks, Roti John, Roti Canai & Murtabak and Rojak. Beyond that were the drinks and dessert station, featuring a very creative setup. Some of the drinks were housed in a dual plastic container, like those you see at Pasar Malams. Guests will have to use a plastic scoop to fill their cups, which is a fun experience.
The dessert section was filled with colourful traditional kuihs, like kuih lapis, kuih bakar and kuih keria. There were also international desserts like jellies, cakes and puddings. In all, there were about 20 types of dessert items, including ice cream that came with several choices of toppings.
Just when we thought the spread was over, there was a hidden barbeque and grill section outside of the main area, on the hotel’s front portico. This grill section featured a whole lamb, barbecued meats and Japanese style fried fish, octopus and fish roe.
There were so many things to try; we just couldn’t cover them all. It was truly a feast and anyone who wants an introduction to Malay cuisine should drop by as well. The Ramadhan Buffet promotion at Maya Brasserie will be held every day from 6.30pm-10.30pm until June 2nd 2019 and cost RM148 nett per adult, with children 5-12 years old being charged half that price. There will be a 20% discount on the total bill for those who pay with their Maybank, HSBC, Public Bank or BSN credit or debit card. Alternatively, Hotel Maya is also giving 1 free buffet for every 10 paying customers.