Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kampung Style Ramadhan Buffet @ Zende Restaurant Seri Pacific

This is the first time I purchase Groupon for dining option. I had heard some comments regarding purchasing Groupon for dining option isn't that worth as mentioned. For example, saving xx% for RMyy instead of RMzz. However, I will still give a try to purchase the voucher since I were invited by my colleague for breaking fast together (though I weren't fasting).


Zende Restaurant
Address: Jalan Putra, 50350 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4049 4352 / 03-4049 4351 

"Housed within Seri Pacific Hotel—a classy five-star establishment a brisk ten-minute walk away from Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle and a quick three minutes away from the Star LRT Station—Zende Restaurant is a welcome sight for folks seeking respite after enduring a day away from food in Malaysia's humid tropical weather. An establishment that focuses on delivering satisfactory meals to be enjoyed within its contemporary and spacious dining space, the restaurant offers a medley of Asian and international cuisines for all-day dining escapades while its 186 seating capacity accommodates everything from romantic dates to casual group meals to memorials for pet tortoises."

~adapted from Groupon~

I am not fancy with buffet type dining. This is because most of the food is pre-prepared, not all the dishes are their specialties, not environmental friendly (waste food).

Let's take a look to what they have. At first glance, you will be shocked by their limited varieties. However, you shall not feel disappointed since their dishes are above average. Compliments (5 of them order, 5 thumbs up are given to it) are given to their hot dish (spaghetti serve white sauce or tomato based). This is because they make it for you after you drop your order at the station. However, they added chili padi in the cooking, do make sure you're ready for the hot and spicy challenge. Typically, it is not a problem to a Malaysia. (Malaysia Boleh!!!)

Tauhu Sumbat 
Kacang Tanah Goreng Berlada 
Ikan Masin Goreng Belada 
Goreng Ikan Masin (Sepat & Ikan Cekik Leher)
Telur Masin, Sambal Ikan Bilis Dengan Petai 
Gado-Gado, Tempe Goreng Bercili

Kerabu Section
Manga, Taugeh, Perut, Nangka, Nenas, Kacang Botol, Daging, 
Pegaga, Selom, Jelatah

Ulam Station
Daun Kadok, Daun Selom, Ulam Raja, Paku Rawan, Kerdas, Petai, Jering, 
Kacang Botol, Peria Rebus, Pucuk Ubi Rebus, Timun, Tomato, Nangka Rebus, 
Chili Hijau & Merah, Chili Padi

Keropok Station ;
Keropok Udang, Malinja, Sayuran, Ikan, Papadom, Keladi, Ubi Keledek & Pisang 

Local Dip
Sambal Belacan, Cencalok, Budu, Sambal Mangga & Tempoyak Chili, Sambal Belacan,
Sambal Mangga & Sambal Tomato

Jeruk Buah-Buahan
Kelubi, Ceremai, Kedondong, Betik, Mangga, Anggur, Sengkuang, Buah Pala,
Asam Jawa, Bawang, Guava, Kundang

Noodles Corner
Wantan, Laksa Assam, Mee Rebus, Laksa Johor & Curry Laksa

Carving Station
Kambing Panggang Corner
Leg of Lamb

Hot & Sour Soup with Crabmeat
Beef Soup

Serve with breads and butter

Hot Dishes
Stik Daging Ala Portugis
Masak Nenas Lemak Ikan Tenggiri
Tempeh & Tauhu Berlada ikan bilis
Fried Clams with Nyonya Sauce
Lo Hon Vegetable
Stir Fried Beef with onion & capsicum

Dessert Station
Chilled Pudding and Tart
Sago Gula Melaka
Assorted Mini/Sliced Cakes
Aneka Kuih Melayu 
Bread & Butter Pudding
Sauce: Vanilla, Chocolate, Mango & Raspberry

Assorted Fresh Fruits
Honey Dew, Pineapple, Watermelon, Papaya, Guava, Nangka, Star Fruit, Jambu Air & Golden Melon
Dragon Fruit

Bubur Manis Station
Bubur Kacang Hijau Dengan Durian
Bubur Kacang Merah
 Nasi pulut

Ice Cream Station
Ice Cream Condiments

 After first round of breaking fast, we are discussing about the cuisines serve at here. Since this is a themed Kampung Style Ramadhan Buffet, however, we found that it is not that Kampung Style. Why do we said so:

1) No traditional dessert (Kuih Ketayap, Kuih Bakar, Mango Sticky Rice and etc). But, you can find Fondue here!

2) No Satay!!! (We supposed this is a must)

Indeed, I found out that purchasing a voucher from any group purchase website doesn't help out much in saving especially for dining. I would rather to go for the restaurant I wanted to taste, at least I pay what I ate.

I'm curious on how those group purchase such as GrouponLiving Social, etc works. Share with me if you know.

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