Get immersed in P Ramlee’s masterpieces at Hilton PJ’s iftar buffet

Aside from buffet, Paya Serai also offers takeaway and delivery options for those who want to break fast in  the comfort of their homes

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic By HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

IFTAR buffets are among the most looked forward to events when Ramadhan is nearing, not just for the food but for the ambience that organisers have built around it.

These buffets are almost never without a special theme, be it a “balik kampung” theme to get diners excited to reunite with their loved ones, or a travel-around-Malaysia theme that features each state’s signature dishes.

For Hilton Petaling Jaya (PJ), this year’s iftar buffet will take diners into the world of a Malaysian icon, Tan Sri P Ramlee, whose artistic career spanned from mid 1940s to the early 1970s.

Born on March 22, 1929, and died on May 29, 1973, the legend spurred a new culture in local entertainment during the 1950s.

He composed a total of 401 songs and was involved in 66 films throughout his career.

Among his popular masterpieces are “Ali Baba Bujang Lapok”, “Do Re Mi”, “Labu Labi” and “Tiga Abdul”, which are timeless films enjoyed by Malaysians of all ages.

From tomorrow to May 12, the hotel’s Paya Serai restaurant offers 300 delicacies, including the celebrity’s favourite dishes and special items which were inspired by his works.

The assisted buffet is expected to focus on the nostalgia of P Ramlee’s films and music, not only through food but also with an exhibition of his mementos, including his typewriter, clothes, trishaw and other antiques, and airing some of his award-winning films and music throughout the dining session.

The chefs will be showing off their skills at live cooking stations, and there will be stalls extended into the hotel’s lobby. Durian lovers would rejoice as the king of fruits will also be served at the buffet.

The stalls are named after P Ramlee’s songs and films like “Simpang Enam Komtar Mamak Corner” which will be serving sizzling stir-fried Penang-style noodles; the “Ali Baba Bujang Lapok” stall offering Middle Eastern delicacies; the “Ayu 20 Sen” stall which will be serving “ice cream potong” and the “Ohh Manisku” stall where diners can get Malaysia’s favourite frothy cup of teh tarik.

As per tradition to break fast with something sweet, each table will have a serving of dates and rose syrup with basil seeds, or as the locals call it, “sirap selasih”.

Paya Serai lets diners whet their appetite with a selection of salad and kerabu, with chickpeas, seafood, their favourite greens, hummus, as well as the various condiments for kerabu, including green mango.

On to the main course, they can choose a variety of traditional delicacies such as daging masak lemak rebung, Portuguese-style clams and ikan bakar asam pedas with an assortment of rice, while those with a penchant for Western food can find some spaghetti with Bolognese sauce.

The legend-inspired buffet is priced at RM141 nett per adult and RM71 nett per child upon reservation made from March 15 to April 15, and from May 9 to 12.

For bookings made between April 16 and May 8, the buffet will be RM188 nett per adult and RM94 nett per child.

The buffet is part of Hilton Hotels’ nationwide promotion called “Chup! Makan Dulu”, taking on the Malaysian slang word “chup” which is synonymous to the word “wait”, to remind Malaysians to take a break from their hectic days and enjoy some quality meal time with their loved ones.

Aside from the buffet, Paya Serai also offers takeaway and delivery options for those who want to breakfast in the comfort of their homes, which is available in sets for five persons.

The takeaway menu will be rotated daily throughout the week with a variety of classic Malay dishes available during the same period for RM180 nett per set, with a 15% discount if ordered via TableApp.

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