There are 3 reasons why I love BIJAN (the fine Malay restaurant and not the sesame seed).
Reason No.1 is for its incredibly lovely ambience; reason No.2 is for its out-of-this-world Chocolate Durian Cake and reason No.3 is for everything served in between the gorgeous walls and the cake!
A restaurant specializing in fine Malay cuisine, Bijan in Jalan Ceylon holds court as purveyor of serving traditional fares with modern day ingredients for a unique dining experience. Locals and visitors love this cosy restaurant with its touches of Malay culture and its delicious traditional dishes from recipes handed down over generations.
This Ramadhan, Sous Chef Mohd Shawal and his culinary team are serving up a range of traditional Malay dishes from the various states of the country. Looking at the wide variety, the range would make even the most fastidious makcik very happy with the selections.
The special buffet spread will be rotated daily with 5 tailored menus. The dishes include grill stations and live cooking stalls that serve various “panggang” items. Recently, I had a preview of some of the buffet items that will be served in their Ramadhan buffet. The photos show tasting portions, so the real servings will be much more substantial.
But first, be ready to choose from appetisers that include keropok lekor, daging bungkus kukus, acar tofu, otak-otak, sukun and keladi goreng. There is also a very decent selection of kerabu like kerabu sotong, kerabu jantung pisang and kerabu daging salai.
Diners will be spoilt for choices as far as main courses are concerned. To go with the nasi ulam, nasi tomato or nasi briyani, there are hot dishes like sotong hitam manis, ayam ketumbar sambal tomato, kambing masak hitam and daging berempah sambal dendeng. Then there’s my favourite rendang udang nogori and pucuk paku goreng tahi minyak to contend with. If you are a fan of tempoyak, you’d definitely be happy with their ketam masak tempoyak.
No Ramadhan buffet is complete without desserts. Bijan’s culinary team are wizards with sweets, so expect to be pampered with a good variety of traditional desserts here and also some which have been given some modern twists. Expect to have manisan putri mandi next to corn brûlée, pandan pudding and pengat durian with glutinous rice.
Oh, and don’t ever leave the restaurant without having some of their signature Durian Chocolate Cake, especially if you are a durian lover. It’s a divine combo of the most luscious chocolate and premium durian on a plate. It’s not in their buffet line-up but is available for a la carte order.
The Ramadhan Buffet is available from now until 12 July 2015, priced at RM90++ per person. The buffet is from 6.45pm till 9.30pm. A la carte orders are available from 9pm onwards.
Monday-Sunday from 4.30pm to 11.00pm
*Photos without watermark are compliments of Bijan