(Photos by @joehairie)
“Ramadhan is a wonderful example of how we Malaysians come together at every occasion, whilst respectful of each other’s’ religions, beliefs and practices. At Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu we are pleased to showcase this harmony and heritage through the sheer variety of dishes and cuisines at Latest Recipe and to share that with our diners and guests from other countries. On behalf of the management and associates of our hotel, I take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim guests Selamat Berpuasa “-Jammaz Mohd Yassin, Food & Beverage Manager, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
We both recently went to Latest Recipe @ Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu for Iftar/Sungkai/Berbuka puasa and that means to indulge and have a feast in their spectacular buffet for Ramadhan 2016. Having to abstain ourselves from food and drinks during day time, we were actually quite excited to know that there will be some interesting buffet line up at the Latest Recipe.
About Buffet Ramadhan 2016 @ Latest Recipe
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu’s Bazaar Ramadhan, the city’s best-loved and most renowned Berbuka Puasa buffet, continues to engage diners with the introduction of a new perspective at Latest Recipe, the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant. The hotel’s Bazaar Ramadhan buffet at attracted 9,000 diners from all walks of life throughout last year’s Ramadhan month. The buffet draws inspiration from the much-loved Malaysian phenomena of stalls that mushroom collectively in every town during the fasting month of Ramadhan. These stalls are frequented not only by fasting Muslims but also non-Muslims for the sheer variety of dishes, specialties, desserts and beverage choices available only during Ramadhan.
At its busiest, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu catered to sungkai crowds of up to 400 diners and more last year. This year’s Latest Recipe at Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu will showcase its first Berbuka Puasa buffet highlighting the many specialities this venue has to offer. Some of which includes scrumptious dishes from Middle Eastern, Japanese, North Indian, Indonesian, Hong Kong, Singapore and Western cuisines, complemented by Malay, Chinese, Nyonya and native Sabah specialties, whole roast lamb, seafood barbecue, lok-lok, satay and an organic corners.
Diners can also indulge their sweet tooth with a fabulous spread of desserts from cakes, jellies, puddings, ais kacang, white and milk chocolate fountains, fresh fruits, ice creams + sweet condiments, various Malay kueh, a variety of dates, local and western cookies. This year Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu’s Latest Recipe features fruit based sambal, ayam bambangan golek, manuk pansuh, healthy corner, coconut station and sotong tutok. Also the tampatan corner, a signature menu in Latest Recipe, returns with an even bigger offerings such as hinava, bambangan, tuhau, ayam bakakuk, ayam sumpit, pinasakan and more.
Not to be missed are the buffet salad and beverage spreads with a vast array of local and international salads and appetizers, cold cuts, pickled condiments, as well as fruit juices, air sirap, air bandung, teh tarik, kopi tarik, and variety of soft drinks. The buffet is priced at RM158nett per person and children (7 – 12 years old) gets 50% off the normal price, however lucky diners can get special rates with the hotel’s Early Bird vouchers which are available at RM98nett and RM118nett per person.
curiostraveller.com Iftar experience @ Latest Recipe
Honestly, we have to admit that we both were quite ‘lost’ at the Latest Recipe. ‘Lost’ in a good way. ‘Lost’ as we actually did not know which buffet station to go first. There were so many stalls. The minute that we decided to have Sate (Satay), our instinct told us to go for the Grilled Fish. Wait, perhaps the Mongolian Barbecue Station. Nope, maybe the Indian Station as they have this yummy delicious Tandoori Chicken. Let us show you how massive this place is with all the buffet station lining up here and there.
Kurma/Dates are most important for Muslims when breaking fast. We’re definitely happy to see that being readily available on a designated station. Dates are an excellent source of fiber, sugar, magnesium, potassium, and carbohydrates which is good for maintaining health.
In the western culture, dessert is last to be consumed (well, not necessarily). For those who are breaking fast (mostly), the dessert is the second thing that will be consumed after the Dates. We’re amazed to see the dessert line up at the Latest Recipe and we were already thinking of tasting each of em’ later!
This is the station where guests are able to choose their favorite fresh greens and Sambal to go with it. In Malay culture, it’s called Ulam-ulaman where one eat most greens in its raw state by dipping it into the sambal.
You don’t see this at all buffet presentation. This is something unique. Variety of Salted Fish, readily available to be consumed.
The Carving Station: From Lamb to Beef-definitely the place for meat lovers!
Noodles Station-all you need to do is to pick and tell the cooks your cooking preference.
Our favorite station (Tampatan Station), especially for @joehairie. This is the station to sample some Sabah Traditional Food.
Local Hill Rice/Nasi Bukit
Stir Fried Fern Leaf with Shrimp Paste (Tampatan Station)
Chicken with local Magnifera/Ayam Bambangan (Tampatan Station)
Have you ever tried food based on Mongolian Theme? No? Then head to this station.
@curiostraveller favorite station as he adores Indian Food especially Naan Bread and Tandoori Chicken.
Every year, we have to line up at somewhere else to get Bubur Lambuk and the line is always long each year. At the Latest Recipe, we can have that in our preferred quantity, without having to line up.
Appetizers! Look at that Prawns and more are available at this particular station.
This is the station for those who really take cares of their Diet and wish to eat more healthy food such as steamed Fish. Further up is another ‘Green’ station where you can get organic vegetables. Simply pick and tell the cooks.
Steamed Fish..this is healthy but yummy!
A station meant for Sate (Satay) lovers. Most popular station I must say!
A station for Grilled Fish fans!
Sarawakian dish-Manuk Pansuh
Coconut Station! A hit among guests..
@joehairie is a big fan of Ambuyat, so he did get one serving of Ambuyat that came with the Fish Soup. Below is the image of that Ambuyat and the video showing how he consumed it.
Our favorite dessert-Coconut Ice Cream
@curiostraveller most favorite dish-Satay and Serunding.
Sweet moment meeting with Chef Rondi again after few months. Click HERE to read another entry on how we met him for the first time @ Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu.
The Smiling Staffs! We love em!
On behalf of curiostraveller.com, @joehairie wish to thank the Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu for having us for this great Iftar at the Latest Recipe. We wish all Muslim staffs at the Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu ‘Selamat Berpuasa’ and advance ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri'(another 26 days!)
We love the foods and beverages presented to guests at this Ramadhan Buffet 2016 by Latest Recipe. We’re grateful to be able to eat good foods here. We’re more grateful to know that there’s a Surau here where Muslim guests can perform their Solat and continue with the ‘feast’. Thank you so much! In appreciation towards the hospitality, the good foods and everything related especially to the attentive and friendly staffs at the Latest Recipe, we rated this experience for Buka Puasa/Iftar as-Excellent.
Our score/rating? (Modern Cafe Category in a Hotel/Resort)
(Overall Score: 10/10)
Ambiance & Overall Concept: 10/10
Food-Buffet : Menu, Presentation and Taste: 10/10
Beverages-Buffet : Menu, Presentation and Taste: 10/10
Service/WIFI/All other ‘Extras’: 10/10
Price-Worth the experience: 10/10
Date Visited: June 7, 2016 (Tuesday)
We have now believe that Latest Recipe is one of the best place not only for IFTAR but usual all day dining as well. We do recommend this restaurant to those who are looking for high quality products (Food and Beverages) and service. We highly recommend all our readers/followers to visit Latest Recipe and indulge in their spectacular and amazing buffet presentation in conjunction with the Ramadhan Month for 2016. If you happen to miss this opportunity, no worries, we are pretty sure they are planning more exciting Ramadhan Buffet for 2017.
Want to have the same experience? Head to:
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens
Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu
88000 Sabah, Malaysia
Telephone : + 60 88 322238
About Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu showcases compelling views of the city, South China Sea and sunsets. Located in downtown Kota Kinabalu, the hotel lies within easy walking distance of local attractions and a vast selection of historic, cultural and retail centers. Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu’s 306 spacious guestrooms combine contemporary chic and vibrant culture. The hotel’s surrounds are infused in enriching hues and natural textures that enhance the sense of space and luxury. Four innovative restaurants and bars serve unique cuisines and uplifting entertainment. The Latest Recipe All-Day Dining, Favola Italian Restaurant, Latitude 05 and Azure Pool Bar & Cafe showcase a range of specialties from international cuisine in a chic, casual setting to a haven for refreshments, and an ideal place to unwind while watching breathtaking sunsets. Guests with exclusive access to Le Méridien Club Lounge, with its luxurious setting and panoramic views. Complimentary Continental breakfast, all day refreshments and evening drinks with canapés are served. The hotel’s unique city-centre location and spectacular views make the perfect locale for a journey of discovery to Sabah, one of Malaysia’s finest travel destinations.
About Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts
Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by nearly 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) in November 2005. With more than 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood’s then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation as well as redefining its brand strategy. Through creation of the LM100 artist community, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique, interactive and curated experiences to its guests. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts within the next five years, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in Bali, Atlanta, Dallas, Istanbul, Oran (Algeria), Arlington (Virginia, USA), and Coimbatore (India), and will open in the next 12 months in Chicago, Zhengzhou (China), Mahabaleshwar (India), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Cairo (Egypt), Qingdao (China), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Tampa (Florida, USA) and Columbus (Ohio, USA). For more information, please visit www.lemeridien.com or www.facebook.com/lemeridien.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worlwide, Inc
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