In anticipation of fasting month, I had a preview of what it would be like to Buka Puasa at Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside where a sumptuous “Jom Balik Kampung” spread awaited. I reckon this hotel is one of the more popular venues for corporate functions around the vicinity and the spread had a good variety of kampung favourites.
Mention “buka puasa” spread and lamb (kambing panggang) is almost always a feature. Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside did a pretty good version that night – the lamb was crisp on the outside, tender and rimmed with just enough fat for flavour. If you’re not a fan of lamb, there’s also roast beef with your choice of BBQ, mushroom or mustard sauce.
I’ve always enjoyed the oxtail soup here and this time around, it didn’t disappoint. Also worth checking out is the noodle station – it was asam laksa and mee kari when I went, and both tasted quite authentic.
Do try the Ikan Bakar Corner, where the seafood is freshly cooked and served hot. I loved the squid and ikan pari, barbequed till tender and delicious with sambal cili. The fried squid was also tasty; seasoned with spices and batter fried. I kept going back for more.
As the buffet selection is mostly masakan kampung, expect a very decent rendang ayam, rendang daging, udang masak nenas, ayam masak merah…the whole works. You’ll be spoilt for choice. The rojak pasembor unfortunately didn’t taste as good as it looked. The cucur was soggy and I found the batter too thick. :(
There’s also a pasta station for those who wish to customise their noodles; I enjoyed the linguine carbonara with beef bacon. If memory serves me right, they also do a decent spaghetti Bolognese and seafood marinara. Pity I had no stomach space left for those.
The “Jom Balik Kampung” spread at Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside is priced at RM128+ per person (50% off for children below age 6). For reservations or inquiries, call 03-8890 0000 (ext 6802 / 6804 / 6850) or email [email protected]