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286 - Dine Like Royalties at Essence Restaurant @ Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Treat your senses to a gastronomic indulgence as the culinary maestros of Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel bring forth a feast not to be missed! During the Holy month of Ramadan, we invite you to break fast in style as the halal-certified Essence features a delectable spread of imperial specialities from the nine royal states of Malaysia.

Aptly themed ‘Santapan de Raja’, the buffet spread features a variety of authentic and traditional cuisine from the Palaces. Led by the hotel’s three Malay specialty chefs, the buffet spread promises a culinary adventure by Chef Jamsari, Chef Kamaruddin and Chef Razak, all armed with years of experience in preparing authentic and traditional Malay dishes. Guests who dine at Essence this Ramadan are guaranteed a feast not just for their appetites but their taste buds and eyes too!

Often overlooked, Malay cuisine is not as easy to prepare as most people think. “It is an incredible challenge! The spices have to be just right and it takes great skills and patience to cook most of the dishes to perfection, as most of the dishes need to be cooked overnight. The balance is all about preparing it without under or over cooking it,” highlighted Chef Jamsari.  Ever since he started his first job at the age of 21, Malay Chef Jamsari bin Mohamad, has been besotted with food. While he personifies happiness and is chatty amongst his friends, he makes no compromise when it comes to creating authentic and traditional Malay cuisines. Essence’s Chef de Cuisine, Abdul Razak together with Executive Sous Chef, Kamaruddin bin Adnin will be working alongside Chef Jamsari, merging their skills, experience and expertise to provide an exquisite dining experience that will leave you wanting more.

 It's always better to start off with salads... 

Then proceed to the Malay's signature appetizers then the main ones.

This Ramadan, diners at Essence Restaurant are invited to dine like the royalties of yesteryears. In addition to being up close and personal with their three amicable culinary experts, guests have the opportunity to tempt their tastebuds with palace specialities like Lemang, SerundingGrilled Fish with Air Assam and Kicap from Selangor, Nasi Briyani and Roasted Whole Lamb with Briyani from Johor, Traditional Assam Pedas with Vegetables & Seafood and Kuih Gandus from Malacca, Daging Masak Hitam from Kedah, Ayam Madu from Pahang, Nasi Kandar from Penang, Kuih BengkangPais Ikan (baked marinated fish with coconut)Chicken and Beef SatayJala Emas and much more. Additionally, each of these dishes have an interesting tale behind it and why it was chosen as a royalty dish and what better way to learn the history than to experience the cuisine itself, whilst allowing their chefs’ to tell the story behind each dish.

Daging Masak Hitam
 This famous dish normally will serve with white rice and sautéed long bean.
Sultan Kedah (sultan Mudzaffar shah III) 1546 who like this dish so much. This food becomes popular after the Sultan having this food with his people. And it changed a bit the flavor of the dish.

Kambing masak Briyani
Melacca Asam Pedas with vegetables and seafood

Is one of the favorite dish in kesultanan started from Sultan Mansur Shah. This food is been cooking by “dayang dayang” of Sultan for his dinner. Sultan Mansur shah like it so much this Assam pedas.  And now after generation to next generation it’s still a one of the favorite dish for everybody.

Roasted whole lamb basically is famous for Johorian Sultan. It always served with Briyani rice. Mostly this dishes is always served when the Sultan come back from hunting. Now this roasted whole lamb is become popular dish and served when having a royal festival.

Next we have another section of Western and Eastern staple cuisines such as Chinese's dim sum, Spaghetti, and soup-based noodles (laksa, curry mee, mee sup ).

In addition, there is a whole spread of other Ramadan delights served on the buffet counters. Essence aims to bring about a delightful and tantalizing Santapan de Raja experience, boasting more than 100 mouth-watering Ramadan specialities as well as International dishes, including the traditional selection of kerabus, jeruk and ulam-ulam.


And if that is not enough to whet your appetite, do check out the fun-filled action stations whipping up Roti Canai, Murtabak, Roti John  – don’t miss out on the Sushi bar, Steamboat counter, Asian stand, Indian corner and much more.

Chef skillfully tossing and flapping the murtabak.

Garlic Naan and Cheese naan accompanied by different condiments.


An array of fresh seafoods on a bed of ice, all you need to do is pick your favorite and let the chef do it's job.

No buka puasa fare is complete without tempting desserts. You will not be disappointed with the array of sweets the culinary team has created for this special occasion. Tantalise your taste buds with traditional favourites like Seri Muka, Kuih Lapis, Kuih Talam, Bengkang Bunga, Kasui, Bingka Ubi, Pulut Tai Tai, Pulut Inti, Kuih Ketayap, Onde-Onde Buah Melaka, Putu Piring, Putu Bamboo as well as other alluring desserts such as Date cake, Cheese cake, Chocolate pudding, Sago Gula MelakaMango pudding, Panna cotta pistachio, Tapai Pulut Daun GetahTapai Ubi, Dodol, Cream caramel, Fruit jelly and Ais Krim Potong amongst others.

Over at the drinks station, you can quench your thirst with a wide range of beverages such as the all time favourite Teh Tarik, Nescafe Tarik, Milo and other selections of juices, cordials and siraps.

The desserts entree. 
Date cake.
One of the must try items in Essence, I fell in love with this wholesome cake. Loads of dates and enriched with dates. You can also spoil yourself with the luscious traditional Malay desserts over here. 


A varieties of dodols..

To sum up my experience dining like royalties, I am utmost satisfied with the food here and certainly wouldn't mind paying for such prices to get good quality and worth-every-single-penny meals. Not joking, I had sampled every single dish here and all of the dish left me momentarily jubilee. No complaints, at all. 
Only from RM108++ you also get to pamper yourself in such a way , where everyone treats you like a royal person. 
Special Dining room

The buffet is priced at RM108.00++ per person and is available for dinner only from 23 July to 17 August 2012. What’s more, receive a complimentary seat for every 09 paying guests and 30% discount off for dinners from 23 to 29 July 2012 and from 13 to 17 August 2012. Additionally, each guest will receive a golden chocolate egg in an organza bag as a giveaway. Hence, guests can also reward their Ramadan with our famous Briyani Rice for takeaway at Toastina Café & Bar from 16 July to 19 August at RM10 nett per person and is available from 4pm until 6pm.

So hesitate no longer, treat yourself and your loved ones to a special and memorable ‘buka puasa’ gathering only at Essence Restaurant, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel. 

Call :03 2717 9933
 email : to book 

For those who would like to buka puasa in the comfort of their homes or in more exclusive venues, the hotel also extends similar menus for outside catering or in its various function rooms. For cozy company gatherings or private get-togethers,you can reach out to the hotel’s Catering team at 03 2717 9900 or e-mail to find out more about the various Ramadan catering packages they have for you.

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  1. i kinda like the atmosphere :)

  2. Dine like royalties but pay like royalties as well. LOL
    Eaten there before. The food not bad but for that pricing is not really worth it.

    1. hahaha... I think certainly worth it. Everything there , well, was beyond my expectations.

  3. woah so many sultans! :) i can dine like a princess :P haha

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  4. I like your pic of the chef cooking the murtabak. It looks as though he's performing a magic trick :-)

  5. All the pictures look dammmm good! Can't wait to have dinner now, =)

    1. Hahahah! It's really good to hear such 'compliment' from u ! Damn worth it. ;D

  6. The usual Ramadhan buffet fare... I think I'd pass. The time I went to one at a hotel in KL many years ago, I had my 1st gout attack - could not bend my knees, intense pain...and imagine trying to sit on the toilet bowl without bending my knees. I think I learnt my lesson well... Never again.

    1. Ouchh? What happened? Too much meats? sad to hear that. Glad that you're now back to normal and , well, at least get to sit.on.the.toilet.bowl. HAHAHA!

  7. The best buffet line in town for Ramadhan

    1. *nod nod* Le Meridian also not bad, no joke. Memang best. Starwood really has their standard.

  8. I was there few weeks ago...
    Their food is nice but that time they didn't serve any prawns...
    But they serve a lot of raw oyster..

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