Iftar Buffet @ Westin KL

While many celebrated the first day of Ramadhan with their loved ones and friends, I am glad that the folks at The Westin Kuala Lumpur did not forget the less fortunate ones like kids from the orphanages and some souls who stuck in KL's famously painful traffic jams which was aggravated last Wednesday. It was a special breaking fast for the kids from Yayasan Chow Kit and Darul Kifayah (and also myself) as we savoured the delicious spread. As for the motorists, I am sure it was lovely to break fast to a serving of delicious bubuk lambuk.

Westin Kuala Lumpur serves up a feast of delicious dishes with over 101 dishes each night with something to cater for everyone @ The Living Room. A quick glance, you might certainly think that you are in one of the famous Pasar Ramadhan (night market) with all the alluring and mouth watering local dishes but in a comfortable and cool environment. There is also a good selection of Chinese, Indian, Pastas and desserts. Do check out the little room where the desserts are located because there are some really yummy tacos from Qba under the watchful eye of Chef Pearl.

Unlike many places, I was surprised that we were all served Air Zam Zam. Tasting much like mineral water, it is derived from the Zam Zamwell located within the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. This water is scientifically proven to contain healing properties. 

The whole array of offering and experience was amazing. I will share some pics of here and the rest are on my Facebook album Ramadhan 2013: Westin Kuala Lumpur. Do also check out the video by the MalaysiaSaya folks who captured pretty much the whole night of events.

100 packets of bubur lambuk were distributed to motorists who drove pass The Westin Kuala Lumpur
A taxi driver receives his bubur lambuk
Sirap Bandung, Sirap Selasih, Air Tebu, Air Mata Kucing, Air Kacang Soya
Assortment of ulam (salads) and jeruk (pickles)
Pretty little jars filled with my favourite crackers.
Kerabu Kupang Bagan Lalang - 
Tossed Black Mussels, Wing Beans and Spiced Turmeric Coconut
Smoked duck with orange
Nasi Ulam - 
 Herbs and Fragrant Leaves in White Rice 
5 different types of soup daily – Sup Ekor, Braised ‘Sai Yang Choy’ Broth with Fresh Fish (a good soup to cool the body down), Rassam, Singgang Terengganu (Spice Lemongrass Tamarind Seafood Soup) and Cream of Mushroom Soup
A whole assortment of gulai to go with your choice of rice or breads
Tulang Rawan Asam Pedas -
Braised Spiced Beef Ribs with Spice Hot and Sour Ginger Flower Gravy
Ayam Kampong Gulai Nangka - 
Chicken and Young Jack Fruit Curry with Cassava Leaves
Sambal Paru -
Braised Beef Lungs with Spice Chili paste
Daging Gulai kawah - 
Braised Spiced Beef with Spice Curry Coconut milk
Tenggiri “Lemak Cili Api” - 
Braised Fish in Spice Turmeric Coconut gravy
The burgers, hot dog and Roti John were popular with both adults and children.
Lost count of the number of times the children refilled their plates with the burgers and hot dogs.
Popular local fritters including fried banana fritters, jackfruit and crackers.
Freshly made Indian breads.
A popular favourite and I confess to having 2 helpings myself is this Westin Biryani -
Rice briyani with “Mamak” Omelette and served with Braised Spice Pineapple Cucumber Sesame Seed. This is a highly recommended dish as its Chef Hamdan's creation instead of the predictable Nasi Briyani Gam. 
Oven Baked Rib Eye with Thyme Sauce served with Roasted vegetables and Oven Baked Baby Potatoes
Roasted duck. Good on its own or even with some mantou!
Chef Hamdan and his team whips out a lovely kebab which is very similar to the famous kebab place in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. The emat is still juicy, definitely flavourful and sandwiched in The Living Room's own baked bread. Eaten with condiments such as onions and coriander leaves will give this kebab a nice bite and zing.
Not a kebab fan but I actually ate this whole was just too tasty!
Malaysia Noodle Station - 
Mee rebus “Tulang”, Laksa Johor, Duck Broth, Nyonya Curry Laksa Yellow Mee, Spaghetti
with Sweet Potato Spiced Gravy, Spice turmeric Seafood broth and Traditional Condiments
Malacca's satay celup makes its way to The Living Room. This was one of the hubster's fave camp spots that night.
Assorted grilled meats and seafood. I loved this grilled squid marinated with tumeric.
Yummy bubur lambuk with lots of meat and peanuts. 
Tacos! Definitely something unique!
• Beef Taco
• Seafood Taco
• Chicken Taco
• Cheese Taco
• Sweet Taco (my obvious favourite - Grilled Banana Butterscotch)
Hello Chef Pearl! She's the humble and amazing chef who helms Qba.
Dim sum!
Pasta station - I absolutely fell in love with this simple but tasty Spaghetti Aglio Olio.
Popcorn cart! No harm munching on pop corn!
Assorted local desserts
Cendol Coconut Pudding
red velvet
Freshly served Malaysian Fruits - Rambutan, Duku, Langsat, Longan, Watermelon, Jackfruit, Cempedak, Honeydew Melon, Bananas, Mangosteen, Pomegranate, Sour Soup, Buah Salak (snake fruit), Pomelo, Solo Papaya, Mango and Rose Apples

CSR during festive seasons is common. However, what I saw with my own eyes certainly tells a lot about the Westin hospitality. It was a whole night of seeing different Westin employees bond with the children genuinely. Kids aren't stupid. If you're genuine, they know and they will be confidently yakking away with you. Some of my fave moments that I captured that night:
These happy girls with their choice of desserts - ice cream and cotton candy! Happy treats. 
Want an ice cream potong?
Why not? And he beams such a happy smile!
Westin Kuala Lumpur's GM Hratch Khatchanian chatted up the kids.
This chef got along really well with the kids! he wasn't just whipping out a pasta on their demand but he took the initiative to explain the different types of pastas and sauce. He also patiently explained to the kids how to cook a good pasta. And obviously the kids listened to him and even had their own set of questions for him on pasta. I was smitten! 
A picture with Chef! Yes the kds asked if I could take a picture for them and the chef. This only shows how fond the kids were of him.
I asked them if the pasta was yummy to which they said YES unanimously. And that's also why I ordered the spaghetti aglio olio above:D
The kids were entertained by the band and after a good meal, the kids had their own singing session. You can catch a snippit of their singing in the video I embedded above.

Priced at RM128++ per adult and at RM64++ per child (complimentary for children below the age of 6 years old), this irresistible Ramadan buffet spread will be served from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, from 10 – 31 July 2013. Reservations are highly recommended! Discounts are available:
• 20% for group booking with minimum of 10 diners 
• SPG members enjoy 50% from 10 July – 17 July and 30% from 18 July – 5 August 2013 
• SP members enjoy 30% discount

The Living Room
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 2773 8338
GPS: N 3.147794 E 101.714548

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More pics in the album: Ramadhan 2013: Westin Kuala Lumpur