Saturday, August 3, 2013

Buka puasa @ Vistana Hotel, KL

My husband and I got together with a bunch of friends for buka puasa last week. We didn't want to spend a bomb, so we chose Vistana Hotel, KL :)

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Here's a view of the front of the hotel from across the street.

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Vistana serves its buka puasa spread on 2 levels - at their restaurant on the ground floor and around the pool area on level 3. We made reservations a day ahead for a table for 10 and got a spot at the banquet hall next to the pool. Good news is, its near the surau too.

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Ok, enough about the surroundings... on to the food. Well, as you can see, the food was presented in a clean and organised manner. There was lots of local fare, but there was also some western selections too, mainly salads and pastas.

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For starters, murtabak, curry and dalca.

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The kung pao squid caught my eye, although I didn't have much of it.

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The highlight was the roast lamb, which was nice and moist. But the downside was, I had to line up for around 30 minutes just to get the lamb. I didn't even bother with the satay after that.

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The self-service rojak buah counter.

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A selection of kerabu.

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Rojak pasembor and ulam.

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An array of sambal and kampung condiments.

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Salad and dressings.

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Here's where you can make your own tom yam noodle soup.

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Steam your own kerang! There was a long line though, so I didn't have any.

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Sembilang masak lemak tempoyak... yum.. my fave!
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Another of my faves, paru masak cili :)

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I love lemak ikan masin with nenas, but this was way too hot for me.

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Here's what I ate, note that I didn't take any rice, of which there were three varieties - white, tomato and briyani. I did have some spaghetti aglio e olio though. 

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Here's the dessert station.

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Jellies... cakes and fruit.

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Ice kacang and ice cream... I shared a big bowl of mint chocolate chip with the girls...

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I was so busy eating, that I forgot to take a picture of the banquet hall we were seated in :P But, basically, it looks like any other average-sized banquet hall you've ever seen, with big round tables. Here's a picture of their ground-level restaurant though. I snapped this upon our arrival.

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Here's where they serve the food on the ground level.

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And here too...

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So what's the damage, you ask? The buka puasa buffet at Vistana Hotel costs RM55 per adult and RM38 per child. 

Pros: Affordable and, I think, very worth it. The food was good and well presented; the banquet hall was presentable and the seating was comfy.

Cons: Having to line up for quite a while for the lamb and satay; the cramped surau; and the loud Hari Raya tunes that they played prior to Azan Maghrib (My friend had to ask them to turn it down 3-4 times, we couldn't talk and it was giving us a headache. Plus they kept turning it back up). 

Overall though, my friends and I enjoyed ourselves. Good food, great friends, what could be better? We will definitely come back again. Here are some details on Vistana:

9 Jalan Lumut, Off Jalan Ipoh, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel : +60 3 4042 8000
Fax: +60 3 4041 1400

Selamat Hari Raya and Maaf Zahir Batin everyone!

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