Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Buka Puasa @ Paya Serai, Hilton Hotel PJ

Buka Puasa Series 2010! - Part 1...

First up, just so you know - This was an invited review.
So, as usual, here are my disclaimers:
1) I have not been paid to write this, but neither have I paid a cent for my meal,
2) I will still be as objective as possible re. the food/ restaurant, and
3) If I go back to the restaurant incognito and find that the food/service is horribly different from this experience, I will amend my ratings here...

This time, I was invited (along with the lovely Rokh and Jason and erm, sorry the other blogger I didn't get your name... *blush* My bad!) to try out the Ramadhan Buka Puasa Buffet at Paya Serai, the coffeehouse/restaurant on the Ground Floor of the PJ Hilton:
Inside Paya Serai....

I think the response must be really good so far... because other than the normal area within the restaurant, tables had been extended further out into the main area of the hotel. Still, the setting remained well arranged and classy:
(As would be expected of the Hilton)
The tables arranged outside....

A great thing though, is that no matter how packed it got (and trust me, there were a lot of people there later, around 7.30/ 8pm), the replenishment of the buffet was very good as I hardly saw anything left empty for more than just a moment.

As for the selection of food? Well, first of all there were about 6 "stalls" just outside the main area:
So many stalls!....

Most of the stalls featured freshly made food - ranging from Noodles to Malaysian favourites like Nasi Lemak, Apam Balik, Mi Sup and Putu Mayam to international fare like Japanese Tempura and Middle Eastern Kebab:
Freshly made food prepared by the chefs....

Of course there was also a LOT of choice inside, arranged in the more traditional ready/ pre-prepared buffet format - ranging from Chinese to Indian to Western and Malaysian dishes:
- Chinese food:
(Various meat dishes & veggies & some dim sum at the side too)
Sweet & sour chicken and fried rice....

- Raya favourites like Ketupat and Lemang (with serunding served too):
The epitome of Hari Raya (to me)....

- Freshly made satay!:
Take your pick! Grab a stick!....

- Heaps of fresh seafood:
(Prawns, mussels and oysters)
Seafood galore....

Yup. My head was spinning.
(So much choice!)

In the end I started off with a plate of Nasi Lemak from the stall outside, with a large dollop of sambal sotong, fried chicken, bergedil and the usual accompaniments like sliced cucumber and peanuts:
(I figured since I was indulging in a buffet I might as well go all the way...)
(Oh they also had stuff like fried paru (LUNGS) and gizzards if you want, but I wasn't feeling that adventurous)
My carb laden plate....

About 2 rounds of food later, I decided to attack the dessert table... as something beautiful had caught my eye earlier.

Hello there, gorgeous:
(I love chocolate fountains... and really liked the bouncy little marshmallows they had for you to dip it in...)

There were also a lot of other pastries (cakes, tarts, etc), ice cream and traditional kuih-muih:
(There was also some Pengat Durian that had the durian lovers on the table in a frenzy. Me? I was busy holding my breath. *lol*)
Some of the more traditional options....

... I have to admit though, other than chocolate, one of my favourite-st dessert on earth is the simple agar-agar. :)
(I'm a bit of a kid sometimes, I guess?)
Colourful jelly....

The pricing seems to be tiered (promotion in the first week?) but here's how it works:
- Monday 16th Aug till Sunday 22nd Aug: RM 99++ (adult), RM 59++ (children below 12 y.o.)
- Monday 23rd Aug till end Ramadhan: RM 109++ (adult), RM 69++ (children below 12 y.o)

PS/ Thank you so much to Frat Mustard for extending the invite... and to the beautiful Elaine and Shiuan of the Hilton PJ who were both such warm hosts.

So, it's: CRAZY variety of food (>100 types, they say) that changes every day, good balance of ready made food and freshly made food, good rate of replenishment BUT other than the fact that the price may be a bit steep for many, there's nothing really bad to say - it's the PJ Hilton after all :)....

Summary Information:
Buka Puasa @ Paya Serai, Hilton Hotel PJ

Opening Hours: For the Buka Puasa - 7pm onwards.
Phone: 603-7955 9122 ext. 4260/ 61
Address: Hilton Petaling Jaya, No 2 Jalan Barat, 462000 Petaling Jaya

- PJ Hilton F&B Blog: Click here
- PJ Hilton Main Hotel Website: Click Here


- Tham Jiak
- Frat Mustard
- Jason Mumbles

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  1. Paya Serai is definitely one of the more popular buka puasa buffets around. Mmmmm....freshly made apam balik. Yum.

  2. oh, too many great places for buka puasa! cannot stand it no more... ;)

  3. wow JQ... you are so fast! amazing...

    btw ladies... she had a hunky man as her date... lovely fella too :)

    I enjoyed myself... really good local food.

  4. wow..~ another place with 100 varieties to choose from..

    1 dish eat 1 small bite also very full~

  5. That's plenty of seafood!

  6. You are really fast and efficient. Haha! It was a pleasure meeting you. :)

  7. Yeah! You're fast, efficient and amazing!

    Glad that u enjoy the food! Send our regard to you hunky man :)

    ZestPJ Team

  8. to Lyrical Lemongrass:
    Definitely popular - it was packed to the brim when we were there! :)

    to Ciki:
    It's ok babe. You have all month long still - many places to try! :D

    to Frat & ZestPJ:
    LOL. Wei... you all don't land me in hot soup lah. He is not "my hunk"/ date lerrr.
    (He's my very good friend but I dowan his gf to come n kill me, ok? LOL)

    Anyway, thanks so much for the great hospitality. :)

    to taufulou:
    I don't think I even managed to nibble on half of the food there. So much! :)

    to jason:
    Yeah man. Heaps of seafood...
    (Could see many people attacking the oysters... )

    to Jasonmumbles:
    It was very nice to meet you too. :)
    (Actually, I m usually quite slow to post... but this time I see too many ppl with canggih cameras so I thought I better start first - b4 you all make me look so bad! LOL)

  9. Babe, perhaps you could put www.ZestPJ.com at the "Website" section, so that it connects directly to our F&B blog, instead of going to the hotel main website.

    We also have Halal certificate too :)

    Thank you!!! See you around1

    ZestPJ Team

  10. to ZestPJ:
    No problem. :)
    Done (altho I left the main hotel website there just in case), and done....
    (Anything else? Just tell me, k? Cos I was typing this post late last night....)

    Yes, hope to see you around too. Have a good week!

  11. only in this city can we go from slurping oysters to munching on lemang within five minutes, rite! the variety looks great! :D

  12. Thanks heaps, dear!
    Wow, faster go home and sleep! Cepat-cepat!

  13. argh! I miss buka puasa buffet! I think that the last time I had those was about 7 years ago :P but then, I am not that big eater right now so no more buffet for me or else I will become more plump that I already am

  14. Nice. I havent got to visit any buka puasa buffet yet tis year or any pasar ramadan either. LOL.
    I'm seriously wonderin if I will get to this month!

  15. that's a lot of food and they even have apam balik !!! *V*

  16. When I was there last year, I ate and ate and ate...but could not finish trying everything! =P

  17. wah, this is record speed! but glad we finally get to talk ;)

  18. nice nice....many food variety ...this month really makan buffet a lot for myself...

  19. Hooray! Yet another place to suggest to my company for our buka puasa session. :D

  20. to Sean:
    Yup. That's us (Malaysians)!
    We luv luv luv our food... :)

    to ZestPJ:
    Zzzzzzzzz......... :P
    (hee hee hee. No problem)

    to thule aka leo:
    Wah. 7 years ago is a long time! Just go lah. Once in a while is ok, right? :)

    to thenomadGourmand:
    I've been meaning to go to the Pasar Ramadhans too but all the rain is putting me off. :(

    to ai wei:
    Yaaarrr. Really so so much variety - my head was spinning! :)

    to Bangsar-bAbE:
    Haha... but isn't that a good thing? Plenty of noms to choose from! :D

    to rokh:
    Yeah, was really nice to finally have chatted after all this time. :)

    to vialentino:
    Yeah man, I think maybe they should rename it to Bulan Buffet.... *burp* ;P

    to Life for Beginners:
    Coolness! :)
    Hope you enjoy it if you go there...

  21. wahlao.. i got upgraded to hunk..
    don't let the gf see this, she'll die laughing.. =)

    and it was nice meeting you lot.. my apologies if i didn't seem too.. ermm.. sociable. It was the food I swear. =)

    and jek, nice to meet you. Thanks for the food guide =) It will definitely come in handy. My colleagues saw it and had one comment, how come no pictures.. any response to that?

    and thanks to the zest team for allowing jq to bring along a friend.. =D


    p.s. this is my .. secondary blog =) lest I be judged by this. heh


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