Nasi Pandang Pariaman - Ramadhan Buffet
I am not a big fan of restaurant reviews. Its very subjective and every person's palette is different. But I will make an exception here - some bird (Rima) requested me (the hb" as I am affectionately known) to do a review :)
Last night I had planned to have the normal buffet dinner spread at the Concorde KL's "Melting Pot" restaurant. Unknown to us, yesterday was the "teaser" for the Melting Pot's ramadhan iftar buffet.
The theme this year is: Nasi Padang Pariaman. This spread of Padang flavor is brought to you by two culinary maestros, Irwan Arifin and Sambasri Harun 'imported' from their hometown Pariaman.
Dishes in this sumptuous spread range from daging dendeng bakar, opor ayam to sotong berlado and ikan sambal lado hijau. (Yes; I know I look really handsome in the picture above - no need to comment - I hear men with receding hairline are better in... I mean better in.. eating hehe)
Two dishes that 'hit' me the most are the opor ayam and the ikan sambal lado hijau. I am always weary of chicken dishes in buffets since they are often dry - not in this case, the moistness of the chicken infused with the "power" of the opor blew my mind away. The ikan lado hijau destroyed all this mat-salleh's tastebuds (positively)
The whole buffet is really nicely presented. Every dish has its uniqueness and brings out the flavors of Pariaman. The chefs have done a great job in sticking the authenticity and taking you on a sensory experience.
What: Nasi Padang Pariaman - Ramadhan Buffet
Where: Concorde KL - Melting Pot
When: August 1 - 29
How much: RM89.00++ per person
20% discount during 1st and 4th week of Ramadhan
Note: This buffet is Halal of course
If you have the time, drop in and try the buffet. For a real picky and difficult to please mat salleh with an even more picky wife (with Javanese origins), we both agree that this is one of the best buffets we have had in a long time. (if only we had known we wouldn't have had lunch!)
OK.... I'm tired. Even with my presence, Rima managed to talk away for almost two hours with Ms Yani (KG) and Ms Shidah (Sizuka) in the lobby. If I had not been there I think they would have spoken till their throats went dry. Women.... hehe.. Thanks Yani for the serunding daging and achar buah! I like! thanks Shidah for the carrot cake... I will 'test' it tomorrow!