In this blessed month of Ramadan, many places in KL are gearing up to excel and compete with each other to serve amazing dishes to their guests. One that stands out for me is the Ramadan buffet at The Cobalt Room at Ritz-Carlton. Thai food, anyone?!
What immediately caught our eye upon entering the restaurant were the many watermelon creations on display, superbly carved out with the most amazing flowers. A beautiful sight, providing a warm welcome to guests! I also noticed many members of staff walking around, trying their utmost to make sure all dishes looked superb.
The art of a true Thai master chef
We had the pleasure of talking to Thai Master Chef Ms Rasikan, from Shook! at The Starhill Dining. She came up to us and explained about all the dishes. How about breaking the fast this festive season over a stellar showcase of her signatures, comprising of a wide variety of over 50 appetisers, mains and desserts!?
With my very basic knowledge of Thai food – I do know pad thai, but that’s about it – I was stunned to see so many dishes on display, all authentic food from the southern part of Thailand, complimented by Malay food. I had trouble walking around while making my pictures and not actually sampling the food. So after my first round, I quickly got a plate to scoop up all that loveliness!
The best of the buffet
Eating Thai food is a spectacular experience because of its mixture of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty flavours that take you on a gastronomical roller coaster. We sampled amongst others the Yum Pla Duk Foo – crispy catfish with green mango salad -, which was super tasty if you don’t mind the oily bits. The Yum Ma-Keua Yao – grilled eggplant with minced chicken and dried shrimps – is amongst the most tasty dishes I’ve ever tried. I had no more space in my tummy to try Tom Yum Goong (Thailand’s most famous soup) and Phad Tai Goong Sod, but it looked delicious.
Within the Malay section of the food buffet, the wing bean salad and the Kerabu Jantung Pisang – banana blossom marinated salad – both scored a perfect ten for me on the menu. Absolutely fantastic.
Choices for non-spicy food are limited, so this might not be your number one choice if you’re with young(er) kids who may not be into spicy food. Saying that, of course they could dig in straight away in the desserts. Not only do the desserts look mouthwatering good, they taste delicious as well.
Patrons are kindly requested to use a set of plastic gloves before taking food. You will find them in an envelope on your table.
The Cobalt Room is located on the first floor of the Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur. The Ramadan buffet is available till 30 April from 6.30pm – 10pm. It is priced at RM138++ per adult and RM69++ per child (0 – 12 years). For reservations, please email the restaurant here.
We were invited by the Ritz-Carlton. As always, our opinion is honest and our own.