The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a classic hotel under YTL Hotels that has been the talk of town since its opening. There are four dining options at Majestic Hotel – The Bar, Colonial Café, The Tea Lounge and Contango – but I’ve only dined at Contango so far.
Contango is located in the Tower Wing of the hotel and features an open kitchen interactive dining concept. Before entering the restaurant, guests are greeted and ushered to the cashier to make payment for the meal (RM88 per pax, additional RM30 for free-flow wine). Odd, but it didn’t bother me much.
The spread is fairly reasonable, with Asian, Japanese, Western and Grilled dishes. While I liked the spread, most of the dishes were not labeled. The Japanese selection was good.
I helped myself to slices of salmon, butterfish, tuna, mackerel and scallop; all fresh and tasty. Especially noteworthy were the scallops, which unfortunately, wasn’t available during my second visit.
Seafood fans will delight in Contango’s seafood spread of oysters, crabs, mussels and prawns. I only tried the oysters and found them decent. The grilled selection was also commendable. Try the salmon and lamb; I found the beef a bit tough.
If you’re into local delights, give the sambal prawns a try. I quite enjoyed this as the prawns were fresh and the sambal gravy was aromatic and packed quite a kick.
You can also order the pasta of your choice from the live pasta station. I asked for fettuccine carbonara with beef bacon. Not fantastic, but pretty alright for hotel buffet standard.
I also liked the western selection, namely the mushroom risotto, but they could really use the food description. It would be much easier to decide what I wanted on my plate. I don’t like to blindly eat my food as I’m quite particular about flavours.
Desserts are Contango’s forte, making it strong competitor in the KL buffet scene. The chocolate lava cake was delicious with a molten centre and the apple crumble was justly tart with a buttery richness.
And the macarons were good stuff. Crispy and airy with a soft and chewy centre, this is the best macaron I’ve tried in a buffet so far. In terms of consistency, they were better than some popular macaron places in KL.
Ice creams are made in-house and ranges from your regular vanilla to cempedak. I didn’t care much for the latter, for the fruit flavour was very faint. Service (although polite) was disoriented. Our empty plates were swiftly cleared and the more experienced staff were helpful in telling us the names of the dishes.
Let’s hope the food and standard remains this way, because I have a feeling Contango is going to be the place for buffet in Kuala Lumpur.
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Food: 8/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Minor glitches aside, Contango serves one of the best buffets in Kuala Lumpur.
Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin,
50000 Kuala Lumpur,