Outside it just keeps on raining, but indoors it seems that KL is already gearing up for the next big festival this year, the fasting month and Hari Raya Aidilfitri. We felt excited to receive an invite for a preview of the assisted buffet at Restaurant Vasco’s at Hilton Kuala Lumpur! The hotel presents the ‘Kembara Asia’- themed buffet dinner this Ramadan, featuring signature dishes from 13 Asian countries.
Once we were done admiring the stylish and impressive interior of restaurant Vasco’s, we made a tour around the buffet. It was hard not to run straight for the restaurant’s signature dish, purposely positioned in the middle: a massive roast lamb. But with so many other amazing dishes on offer, we had to check them out one by one.
Appetisers to start with
We decided to behave civilised, skip the desserts table and go for appetisers first. My 13-year-old daughter went straight for the slightly spicy chicken Gochujang from Korea and went back for seconds, and even thirds I believe. And indeed, what is not to like about fried honey-soaked chicken with toasted sesame seeds? I got a taking to the Middle Eastern dolmas, with wine leaves wrapped around tasty sticky rice. And of course a buffet in Malaysia is not complete without satay! Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, just like they should be.
Let’s go for mains
Our first main dish to try was the Middle Eastern style lamb. Carefully, the chef sliced of a bit of meat for us and combined with the sauce, it was very succulent, tasty, and making it instantly my favourite dish of the evening. I could have eaten much more of it, but with so many other dishes around us, we moved on.
We also tried the Portuguese BBQed fish, which was a bit too dry for my liking. The rendang was a bit on the sweet side, but was very succulent. The Indian Prawns in Indian Masala Spice were also a hit, especially with my daughter.
I was happy to see that the vegetables at the salad bar come from the Hilton’s own organic veggies garden. A great way to support more sustainability in today’s world.
Still space left for desserts?
Now we moved on to desserts and what a treat that was! My personal favourite in the desserts corner was the Pulut Panggang Gadong from Brunei, a great combination of spicy and sweet in one bite. For younger kids, the Turkish ice cream or the baklava might be a better choice though.
We left the restaurant content and happy. Those with an appetite for an adventurous tour around the Asian cuisines will love this feast!
When does the buffet start?
The Kembara Asia buffet at Vasco’s will be open from 2 April – 1 May 2022, from 6.30pm – 10.30pm. It is priced at RM208 nett per adult and RM108 nett per child (aged 5 – 11). Prior reservations are required and you can call the hotel at 03 2264 2264 or email them here. For more information, please visit the website of Vasco’s here.
Restaurant Vasco’s at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur is located at the lobby level of the hotel at 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.
If you’re celebrating Aidilfitri, we’ve got an article here about traditions, decorations and food, to get you into that special mood!
We were invited by Hilton Kuala Lumpur. As always, our opinion is honest and our own.