Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel Brings The Nostalgic Heritage Buffet To You

Celebrate the fasting month with a Malay-style feast spread from Cafe BLD

Ketupat and special lemang daun lerek, steaming hot in the bamboo tray

Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel’s Cafe BLD brings nostalgia to this year’s fasting month’s buffet which is apparent in its theme, ‘Sajian Tradisi Ramadan Iftar Buffet’.

During the media preview, I was drawn to the outside area, which was bustling with activity, much like a ‘kenduri,’ or Malay feast. A line of freshly prepared dishes on the big wok atop the simple drum as a stand transports me back to the kampung I left years ago. Countres serving hot from the cooker charred carrot cake, grilled seafood, satay, and, of course, the star of every buffet, a massive lamb, are directly opposite the traditional dishes. A stall dedicated to Malaysia’s absolute favourite beverage, teh tarik, is located near the end of the line.

Lines of tasty, kenduri-like dishes served hot on the wok

I get plate after plate of food, just like at a traditional feast, and my favourite is the lovely baked Portuguese giant fish, which surprisingly complements my serving of roast lamb slices and Middle Eastern-inspired rice. Feeling a little guilty about my carbohydrate intake, I get myself some vegetables by making pasembor to my liking and pick up some fresh fruits in the dessert section. 

Pick up your favourite satays right after its done

Of course, I just had to have the sensational Sarawakian layered cakes, some sweet local cakes served in the bamboo tray and my favourite pastry, the cream puffs, to end my fun, flavorful feast. 

Want to share the same experience as mine this upcoming holy month? Early Bird voucher is available for purchase until 21 March 2023. 

Various Sarawak layered cakes

Buffet starts on 23 March 2023 – 21 April 2023 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The price is RM188nett per adult and RM94nett per child aged 6 to 12 years old.

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