During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims do not eat, drink, engage in sex or even smoke from sunrise to sunset.
Here are five of the best Ramadan buffets at hotels in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, for people breaking their fast after sunset – or those of you simply wishing to enjoy a fine buffet dinner.
1. Barakat & Syukur buffet, The St Regis Kuala Lumpur
It will not just be about the food fare: it will be a true celebration.
The Astor Room will be transformed into a glorious venue complete with tastefully adorned flowers and decorations.
The buffet spread will feature the best of both worlds but with an added twist.
You will have signature dishes, such as chicken and beef rendang, a selection of lemang and ketupat palas, and jenahak fish head curry.
Also on offer will be Middle Eastern dishes such as basmati Moghul mandy rice and leg of lamb bone. And you will also have live cooking stations featuring slow-roasted grass-fed Australian lamb, marinated with Malay spice and served with sweet sambal.
It will be one of the best Ramadan buffet dinners this year.
Highlights: The interactive gourmet sandwich board with a variety of local and international fillings such as beef rendang and chicken kerutuk; the classic French desserts inspired by traditional Malaysian flavours. Think teh tarik crème brûlée, pandan and kaya eclair, and choux chendol Paris cream.
Price: 220 ringgit (US$55) per person
Availability: Until June 13
Time: 6.30pm to 10.30pm, daily
Telephone: 03 2727 6696
2. Majestic Festive Banquet Dinner, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Any classic Malay dish that you can think of, you will probably be able to find it at Level 3 of The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
In fact, the team of chefs will be preparing more than 100 classic Malay recipes with at least a couple of dishes from each state in Malaysia.
The hotel’s signature dish, however, is the kambing percik at the kambing golek counter.
Those with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed either as there will be a selection of local delicacies – from Malay kuih to cendol to bubur pulut hitam.
Highlights: the freshly made dodol and ketam lemak cili padi.
Price: 125 ringgit (US$31) per person
Availability: Until June 14
Telephone: 03 2785 8000
3. The Best of Asia Cuisine by Chef Wan buffet, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia's food ambassador and celebrity chef Redzuawan Ismail – better known simply as Chef Wan – will be presenting a specially curated buffet featuring some of the most popular dishes for the occasion.
From rojak betik terengganu to ikan (fish) bakar Portuguese to rendang udang galah to laksa johor, you will be spoilt for choice.
And since no Ramadan buffet is complete without a live station, the star of the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur’s is the kambing panggang berempah.
Highlights: Chef Wan’s very own recipe of sup ekor istimewa.
Price: 228 ringgit (US$58) per person at Mosaic and Lounge on the Park; 188 ringgit (US$48) per person at the Diamond Ballroom
Availability: Until May 31
Telephone: 03 2179 8797
4. Juadah Iftar Kampung Buffet, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Over at The Westin Kuala Lumpur, the buffet comprises more than 50 exquisite and delicious options, ranging from the signature Westin biryani with roasted whole lamb and lamb curry with kepayang fruit.
Highlights: The Assam pedas claypot fish, served in spicy coconut.
Price: 158 ringgit (US$40) per person
Availability: Until June 12
Telephone: 03 2773 8338
5. Ramadan Chefs Out, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
Imagine the Essence Restaurant. Then imagine a 120-metre (390-foot)-long buffet spread filled with mouth-watering delights, such as the quintessential ayam (chicken) panggang, the heart-warming beef rib stew, the authentic chilli beef sirloin.
Imagine the multitude of live cooking stations to stop by and load up your plate. It sounds more than satisfying, doesn’t it?
Highlight: The chef will personally serve each table with succulent seafood of the day straight from the kitchen.
Price: 158 ringgit (US$40) per adult; 84 ringgit (US$21) per child
Availability: Until June 12
Telephone: 03 2717 9933
This article originally appeared on Buro 24/7.