Is there a greater joy than looking at arrays of food of various sorts, sizes, shapes and shades, and knowing that we can eat all we want to?
Some of you might think that buffets don’t offer much assortment, and the good ones cost a fortune. But believe me when I say there are plenty of great buffets in KL that cost less than RM100, and you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with the choices!
1. Nook, Aloft Kuala Lumpur
Even though Nook is known for its international buffet, it’s the local cuisine that you should look for first when you’re here. Do try Sarawak laksa, one of their signature dishes, along with the special wagyu rendang!
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From pastas to nasi briyani, they also serve a variety of Western, Chinese and Indian delicacies. On top of that, they have fresh seafood every day and an assortment of mouthwatering patisseries and desserts that will definitely satisfy your sugary cravings, including the good ol’ aiskrim potong!
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Operating hours: 6.30 am – 10 am daily (breakfast), 12 pm – 2.30 pm daily (lunch)
Price: RM58 (breakfast), RM68 (lunch)
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Address: Brickfields Aloft KL Sentral, No. 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
2. Restoran Rebung Chef Ismail
Owned by celebrity chef Ismail Ahmad and Malaysia’s first astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, this restaurant totally lives up to its reputation. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of traditional Negeri Sembilan dishes, including masak tempoyak and asam pedas. If nasi (rice) isn’t quite your thing, the laksa and bihun sup are great alternatives.
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Make sure to keep some space in your tummy for the sweet treats! Restoran Rebung is where you can find delectable kuih-muih, traditional desserts like pengat pisang and pulut durian, as well as ABC and sago gula Melaka.
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BTW, if you’re here for the dinner buffet, look forward to BBQ chicken wings, lamb chops and satays!
Operating hours: 12 pm – 3 pm daily (lunch), 7 pm – 10 pm (dinner)
Price: From RM40+ (lunch), RM50+ (dinner)
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Address: 5-2, Aras 5, Parking Bertingkat Bukit Aman, No 1, Jalan Tanglin, Taman Botani Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
All-you-can-eat shabu-shabu? Count me in! 😍
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There’s nothing to not suki (Japanese for ‘like’) here at Suki-Ya. For starters, choose from 4 soup bases: shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, miso soup and kimuchi (kimchi). Then from the stations, you can take as many vegetables and meat slices as you want, as long as you finish all of them! Suki-Ya hates wastage of food, so you’ll be charged 20% of your total bill if you have leftovers.
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Sushi and a la carte menu is also available if you’re looking for more options. Do note that Suki-Ya is not halal-certified as they serve beer (upon order), but they have stated that their meat supplier is halal certified, and they do not use mirin or alcohol in their soup bases and sauces.
Operating hours: 11.30 am – 5 pm daily (lunch), 5 pm – 10 pm daily (dinner)
Price: RM31.90 (lunch), RM39.80 (dinner), additional RM2 during weekends
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Address: 6.24.04, 6th Floor, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
4. The Ganga Cafe
Bringing a unique buffet experience to the table (literally), The Ganga Cafe offers a special buffet that caters to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The best part is, the food is served at a totally reasonable price!
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Imagine folds of chapati and a variety of curries awaiting you at lunch, with free flow of aromatic masala tea and coffee at that! Fans of Indian food would be delighted to find bhatoora, dudhi chana and many others available at the buffet. It’s the perfect laid-back place to brunch with your friends while catching up with one another.
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Operating hours: 10 am – 3 pm (Sundays only)
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Address: 19, Lorong Kurau, Taman Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
5. Tai Zi Heen, Pullman Hotel
Searching for halal dim sum in KL can be quite tricky, what more a halal dim sum buffet where you can eat to your heart’s content. Worry no more because we’ve got Tai Zi Heen, a classic Chinese restaurant situated in the lavish Pullman Hotel that’s famous for their a la carte halal dim sum and Cantonese cuisine buffet!
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By a la carte buffet, we mean all food are made fresh by order, so there are no first-come-first-serve woes and worries of getting leftovers. From dumplings to deep fried sesame balls and custard tarts, there are 45 menu items to choose from, so just tick off what you want on the order form! Also, free flow complementary tea by Harney & Sons comes with your meal.
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Operating hours: 12 pm – 2.30 pm weekdays / 11.30 am – 2.30 pm weekends and public holidays (lunch), 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm (dinner)
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Address: 4, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
6. Al-Amar Lebanese Restaurant
Spend your Sunday afternoon dining out with your loved ones at Al-Amar, a fancy Lebanese restaurant located at the top floor of Pavilion. Begin your meal with healthy salad like tabbouleh and fattoush, or you can just dive straight to the main course! Most of the ingredients used in their food are imported from a halal-certified supplier in Lebanon in order to deliver the authentic taste.
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Besides the Middle Eastern cuisine, Al-Amar also prepares several Western and Asian dishes like chicken tikka masala and quiche. Baklava is a must have dessert at any Middle Eastern restaurant, and you’ll find great ones right here, alongside some cakes, mousses and fresh fruits!
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Please note that they serve alcohol in their premise, though their food is halal.
7. The Spread, The Gardens Hotel
With an extensive menu consisting of local and international dishes, there’s definitely something for everyone at The Spread, The Gardens Hotel which is located right next to Mid Valley Megamall. At one side, there’s local food like satay and stir-fried dishes. At another, there’s fresh seafood consisting of prawns, oysters and mussels.
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One of The Spread’s most popular dishes is the butter chicken, which always runs out quickly. Don’t miss the chance to taste it! Also available is a Japanese section with all-you-can-eat sashimi and sushi.
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Ice cream after a good meal is like the cherry on top. The Spread offers five different flavours, including the interesting wasabi. Curious how it tastes like? Make your reservation now!
Operating hours: 6 am – 10.30 am (breakfast), 12 pm – 2.30 (lunch), 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm (Friday BBQ dinner), 12 pm – 4 pm (Sunday high tea)
Price: RM55 (breakfast), RM85 (lunch), RM55 (Friday BBQ dinner), RM75 (Sunday high tea)
Address: Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
8. China Treasures, Sime Darby Convention Centre
Can’t get enough of dim sum? We can relate.
Depending on how much (you think) you can eat, you can choose to dine a la carte or buffet here at China Treasures. Of course, buffet is a better deal if you’re in love with dim sum since you can order as much as your heart desires. Keep in mind though that leftovers will be charged at the a la carte pricing, so don’t waste food!
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Do try their charcoal bun with creamy salted egg filling, and specialty baked mini egg tarts. Make sure to reserve your table before coming, however, because it’s always full house here especially on the weekends!
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Operating hours: 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm daily
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Address: Sime Darby Convention Centre, 1A Jalan Bukit Kiara 1, Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
9. Meisan Szechuan Restaurant, Leopacific Hotel (formerly Quality Hotel)
Well, in case you need more options, Meisan Szechuan Restaurant is another place where you can find more all-you-can-eat halal dim sum. Situated in Chow Kit, the restaurant serves authentic Szechuan cuisine daily, because every day is a good day for Chinese food!
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Definitely don’t skip the salted egg yolk bun, chicken char siew pau, and prawn chee chong fun! If you’ve had enough of dim sum, though, they also offer other dishes like fried rice and porridge.
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Since it’s quite a dated hotel, do expect an ’80s Chinese restaurant with faded tablecloth and simple decorations, but still with a warm and laid-back ambiance. You can imagine yourself being in a Wong Kar-wai film, maybe?
Operating hours: 9 am – 3 pm daily
Address: Jalan Raja Laut, Chow Kit, 50350 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
10. Carnaval Churrascaria
Brazilian BBQ is pretty much unheard of in Malaysia, but don’t let the fear of the unknown hinder you. If anything, it’s more reason to make your way to Carnaval Churrascaria.
The bright yellow, blue and green interior decor – the colours of the Brazilian flag – of the restaurant is hard to miss, especially since it’s located at a corner shoplot. Starters and side dishes are all laid out on the buffet counter, offering plenty of choices that aren’t just limited to Brazilian delights. Even sambal belacan is available!
Ohh no. It is meat day again! Jangan cakap tak terliur tengok juicy beef ni. I always come here on selected days i feel like eating Brazilian bbq. There are many types of bbq like beef, lamb, chicken and even pineapple (which is a must try). It is served through their workers Brazilian style. You can basically eat all u want here for a fee though. Hell yes kepada siapa suka makan banyak macam saya. Recommended by me 😀 . #ieydagastroproject #ieydagastrojourney #ieydafoodtravel #ieydalapar #munchies #sapedek #foodmalaysia #laimakan #malaysiafood #malaysiacafe #malaysianfood #malaysiancafe #malaysianfoodie #malaysiafoodporn #malaysianfoodtruck #malaysianblogger #jalanjalancarimakan #makan
Once you’re seated, the waiters will come over to your table to serve you the restaurant’s main stars: juicy lamb shoulders and chicken ham among others, all sliced fresh off the skewers for you! The best part is the servers always make sure that your plates aren’t empty because they’ll come to serve you more meat. Remember to save some space for the restaurant’s famous grilled pineapples, though.
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Operating hours: 7.30 pm – 10 pm
Price: From RM98
Address: 77, Jalan SS 22/19, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Ready for your next food adventure? Despite the rising living cost, treating yourself and your loved ones to a nice buffet session once in a while makes for good memories and quality time together. Share with us your best experiences and favourite places to go for a halal buffet! 🤗