An invite to sample the delectable spread at Dorsett Putrajaya’s Citra Rasa Ramadhan Buffet this year surprised us with a colossal feast of flavours. Judging an eatery’s good food by its meaty bubur lambuk or its creamy spaghetti carbonara would render me bias; so let me take you through some of their exquisite dishes which you ought to sample on your visit to this tasteful contemporary gem, tucked away within the administrative landscape of Putrajaya.
A new benchmark for Ramadhan Buffets to come, this year’s game-changer – the roast venison. Savour a couple of slices of this flavoursome, tender cooked meat on it’s own or ripple it through with a variety of sauces on offer.
On days when you pass through one of KL’s many Ramadhan bazaars there is that want – a want that would like to have a bit of everything including ones that you would not normally cook at home – par example the likes of rendang kepah, pajeri kedondong, sambal udang petai and ayam kalio – a bit of this lauk and that lauk really, but not too much. Get it here at Dorsett Putrajaya. Then there are those little dim sum delights like pau and siu mai, and some Raya teasers like ketupat daun palas, kuah lodeh, lemang and rendang.
Not forgetting the Western Kitchen, which offers a memorable smooth yet wholesome pumpkin soup, tasty lamb in blackpepper sauce and my favourite – Dorsett’s Mushroom Carbonara. I don’t usually order carbonaras, not in Malaysia at least. Simply because they are disappointing. But on this occasion, I was clearly taken by surprise by its sumptuous flavours. Made to order, sautéed mushroom slices and al dente spaghetti with a generous amount of cream splashed into it. Simply scrumptious!
If you’re missing Terengganu’s ICT – Ikan Celup Tepung, then don’t overlook Citra Rasa’s ICT stall offering not just the usual but also fish and squid roe; easily missed as your eyes wander towards their BBQ ‘Shell Out’ fare – lemon pepper clams, heavily pregnant shishamos, tasty salmon fish heads, crabs, prawns and calamari rings, ready to satisfy your salivating taste buds.
As we move away from the coast we head to Melaka for some sugary kuih keria antarabangsa and those of you wanting a durian fix can indulge in a variety of fresh durians brought in specially from neighbouring Negeri Sembilan.
Like most hotel buffets, there is a beautiful selection of Malay kuih which not many in the capital do well. Dorsett on the other hand has succeeded in doing just that. Bravo!
To drink, a personal choice apart from the array offered – just right, spot on sirap bandung. Neither sickly sweet nor heavily diluted.
There are adequate praying amenities – a makeshift function room has been designated as a prayer area on top of the hotel’s Surau facilities.
Dorsett Putrajaya promises over 500 dishes throughout this holy and blessed month. We sampled as much as our tummies could take in one evening. Cooking is a craft. Just like any other creative work a lot of effort goes into the food. Very often we have a desire larger than our hungry bellies can accommodate. Needless to say, less is more. Don’t pile your plates up high and not polish it off down to the last morsel. Take a little at a time and savour every mouthful. Appreciate their craftsmanship.