** This blog post was originally posted at ‘Sinfully Delicious Malaysia’ blog on May 29th, 2017

The famed Kampong Festive Dining Ramadhan buffet 2017 at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur will be presented at Feast Village in Starhill Gallery this year at Shook! and Sentidos Gastrobar & Dining from May 27 to June 24, 2017, featuring 138 delicious authentic Malay delicacies.


Note: This month has got to be the busiest and the most challenging month ever for me. I’ve had so many things happening, going back and forth many times Ipoh-KL-Ipoh in a span of three weeks, dealing with personal issues, emergency cases and so on. Please bear with me as I try to quickly post all reviews as soon as possible.

JW Marriott and Starhill Gallery are located at the vibrant and busy streets of Bukit Bintang, opposite of Pavillion.

If you’ve never been there before, you take the monorail and stop at the Bukit Bintang station. Then you need to do about 5-10 minutes of walking to get to Starhill Gallery. The location of Feast Village can be a bit tricky for people like me who have never stepped foot in Starhill Gallery so you need to ask around.

I saw tin boxes on each table, and I was wondering what it was. To my surprise, it contained 4 pieces of macarons. And what’s special about it? I was told it had dates (kurma) filling.

It wasn’t too sweet. I’ve had macarons before and they were all overly sweet. I’ve never had any desserts with dates before so it was a nice surprise.

The JW Marriott Kampong Festive Ramadhan buffet 2017 was held at Shook! The buffet features a vibrant and exciting Malaysian traditional culinary showcase set in a kampong ambiance. Aside from the creative displays to reminisce the nostalgia of breaking fast in a traditional village setting, the main highlight of the evenings will be the scrumptious menu specially crafted by Executive Chef Zaffar Samad and his culinary team.

Shook! is located in Feast Village, inside Starhill Gallery. The ambiance just screams out elegance and luxury. The place was very cozy, classy, tranquil, and just absolutely beautiful. It’s also quite huge which I did not expect by just looking at the exterior.

With 138 authentic Malay dishes available, I didn’t even know where to start. So many to choose from. It’s like, you want to taste them all but yet you can’t. You end up spending more time looking than doing the actual eating.

Satay was available. A buffet wouldn’t be complete without satay, wouldn’t you agree?

And wouldn’t be complete without roasted lamb, either. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to taste this one.

Local and international salads are available as appetizers. I was happy to see Waldorf salad, and also mango and prawn salad.

And then the main items.

The extensive spread of authentic Malay cuisine includes old-time favorites such as Gulai Daging dengan Nangka, Rendang Daging Tok, Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak, Bubur Lambuk and many more. Traditional bites such as Ulam-ulaman is served alongside Sambal Belacan, Sambal Tempoyak, Sambal Cincaluk, and even Budu, a classic kampong staple from Kelantan.

I was so stoked to see one of my favorite dishes available – Paru Goreng Berlada (Fried Beef Lung in Chilli). Oh gosh, it was so damn good that I regret not eating two plates full of just this. I could. Seriously. It was that damn good and the flavor and seasoning were absolutely perfect for my taste.

A lovely setup that gives out the kampong vibe and ambiance.

The desserts selection made me very happy. There were many local and international desserts to choose from. From cakes, to pudding, to traditional malay ‘kuih‘, they’ve got it all.

I couldn’t express how happy I was to see ‘paru goreng berlada’ dish. It’s my most favorite.

I had a little bit of waldorf salad 😀 And some kerabu or salad – the Mango and Prawn Salad.

The satay was really good. Flavorful, perfectly seasoned, and perfectly cooked. The only thing is I think the sauce was a bit thin, and on the runny side. Would have preferred it to be a little bit thicker and spicier.

My first plates of desserts. They’re so pretty to look at. And of course, they taste great. I loved that sago in a shot glass (?). It’s sago in palm sugar. Overly sweet though, so not recommended for those who couldn’t take sweet stuff.

In that other glass was lychee pudding with the lychee fruit in it, topped with some cream. I loved the red velvet cake too.

I loved the desserts so much that I had a second plate full of them.

Bread pudding with vanilla sauce and chocolate pudding with warm. thick, unsweetened, dark chocolate sauce.


And then I had a good cup of hot Cappuccino to end a good meal.

The event ended at 3 pm and my train back to Ipoh was scheduled at 6.50 pm. I had so much time to kill that I decided to walk around Pavillion. I walked back to the station at 5.50 pm. Here I made a huge mistake.

If you’re rushing to get back to KL Sentral, or anywhere, do not board the monorail during peak hours. I missed 3 trains because it was so packed with people that everyone was squished together like sardines in a can. When I managed to get on, the train was delayed for 10 minutes, causing me to miss my 6.50 pm ETS train.

I was very lucky that the 7.50 pm train had one seat left otherwise I don’t know when I would be able to go back home. But I wasted a ticket and wasted my money on a new ticket. I learned my lesson the hard way.

The JW Marriott Kampong Festive Dining Ramadhan buffet 2017 starts from May 27 to June 24, 2017, from 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm.

Price: RM98 nett per adult and RM50 nett per child 12 years and below.

For reservations, call +603 2782 9099 or email festivebuffetpromotion@ytlhotels.com.my

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JW Marriott @ Feast Village

Feast Village (Feast Floor)
Starhill Gallery
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: (603) 2782 9099
Email: festivebuffetpromotion@ytlhotels.com.my

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