07 August, 2012

Ramadhan Buka Puasa @ Palm Brasserie, Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa, Johor

Palm Brasserie is an all-day dining restaurant located along Pantai Desaru, Johor, Malaysia. I was there for a weekend holiday and to savour some authentic Malay cuisine from the South in conjunction to this holy month of Ramadan.

Complementing the resort’s chic concept, Palm Brasserie is themed purple and white, suitable for casual and family dining. Overlooking the lush greenery and swimming pool, I enjoy both my breakfast and dinner there with tranquility and calmness. 

Apart from dining indoors, the al fresco dining is great during the evening with the gusts of wind near to the seaside.

#1 Buah Kurma

Here the Ramadan spread showcases the best of Malaysian cuisine. Based on the popular feedback, some of the old favourites have made a comeback in the main course list. 

#2 Kerabu

When I reach the salad corner and see the array of Kerabu as well as Western salad waiting to be savoured, I am more than delighted to try them all. Freshly cut vegetables, pickles, sauces and other condiments are neatly presented on the buffet spread.

#3 Keropok

 #4 Assorted Condiments

 #5 Siput Buluh Berlada Ala Pulai

For starters, my favourite is the Bamboo Snail in Chilli Pulai Sauce because it comes in a crunchy texture with mild peppery flavours without overwhelming the natural freshness of the bamboo snails. Since fresh seafood can be easily found here, I head for more at the seafood corner of the buffet spread. 

  #6 Tauhu Masam Manis Pelangi

Next, Sweet and Sour Beancurd is more of Chinese style, which I also tried some to balance up my taste buds after some hot and spicy dishes.

  #7 Deep Fried Squids

  #8 Ikan Pari Asam Pedas Johor

After a whole day of fasting, you may want to ease your way into enjoying the piping hot broth of Sting Ray with Hot and Sour Gravy Johor Style which is so rich and creamy with bursting flavours from coconut milk and fresh seafood.

 #9 Gulai Kawah

Comes with just the right amount of spices, the aromatic chicken is cooked to perfection and best served with sticky Pulut Kuning. Dip it into the curry and allow it going with bursting flavours. 

  #10 Assorted Noodles

For al fresco dining, there are many live cooking stations set up around the garden area, where you can enjoy the freshly prepared food and pick your favourite from the hawker fare assortments.

Watch how the skillful chefs prepare the perennial favourites of yours :)

  #10 Chicken Shawarma

If you find the authentic kampung dishes and quintessential hawker cuisine too bland for you, here the chef also presents you a popular Middle Eastern but localized dish. The tender and juicy chicken is flavourful with perfect blend of spices, blended with chunks of potatoes and onions. 

  #11 Madura Soto Soup

 The broth is so light with some toppings of my choice. The beef boiled in the broth for hours has revealed its goodness into this homely, heartwarming soup.

  #12 Assorted Desserts

Of course no food journey is complete with dessert and Palm Brasserie serves the colorful assortment on a beautiful setting of Malay songket. 

  #13 Sponge Cake 

  #14 Assorted Kuih-Muih

I'd enjoy taking a pick from a variety of Malay kuih, sponge cakes, cupcakes and colorful jellies and the all-time local favourite- Ais Batu Campur (ABC)!

  #15 Chocolate Cupcake

  #16 Colorful Jelly

  #17 Ais Kacang

Sadly, I couldn't spot any chocolate fountain and fruit skewers but I'm pretty satisfied with the Shaved Ice with Condiments which is simply thirst-quenching and perfectly served as an endnote of the sumptuous dinner. 

In Palm Brasserie, good food comes along with music. The live band performance is ready to entertain you with classical songs every weekend during the whole Ramadhan month.

Hari Raya is around the corner, it's time to choose your perfect escapade! 

Ramadhan Buffet at Palm Brasserie
Duration: 22 July to 17 August 2012
Time: 7.00pm to 10.30pm daily
Price: RM42++ (adult) & RM22++ (children)
Reservation: Call 607-822 2222 ext 2 or email reservations@pulaidesaru.com

Verdict:
1. Frankly, the buffet spread isn't as wide but the meal is complete with all the famous local favourite dishes.
2. Recommended: Madura Soto Soup, Gulai Kawah, Ikan Pari Asam Pedas Johor
3. Pricewise, my wallet is very satisfied considering the price is so much lower than in KL city. Surely you'd pay for the value of good food and some quality time with the loved ones and family during the fasting month.

Palm Brasserie
Ground Level
Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa
P.O Box 29,
Bandar Penawar,
81900 Kota Tinggi,
Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: 607-822 2222 
Fax: 607-822 2223
Website: www.pulaigroup.com
Facebook: fb.com/pulaidesaru
Operating Hours: 7.00am - 10.30pm daily

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