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
Petai and ulam
One of the favorite sections for many locals is the seafood on ice, featuring fresh oysters, prawns, mussels and crab.
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
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.
Lala tumis bersantan
Slipper lobster masak lemak belimbing
Black pepper beef from Chinese section
Ikan pari bakar
Pucuk Manis Masak Lemak
Telur Itek Masak Lemak
Some of the gourmet Ramadan bazaar stalls
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).
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.