Ervina from Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel invited me to visit Cafe BLD's Ramadan buffet. Cafe BLD was full house during my visit. Extra tables were set in adjacent areas but every table was taken. We were fortunate that a small table was reserved for us. I suggest making a reservation if you plan to come to Renaissance to break fast. Here's the reservation number +607 381 3252.
Ramadan buffets are all Malaysian affairs - people of every community join in and I spotted quite a few people from overseas too. And, Cafe BLD's Ramadan buffet spread has something for every palate - there are popular international and favourite local fare.
Service is excellent at Cafe BLD. Even though the cafe is full, the food was topped up continuously and our used plates were constantly cleared by the cheerful staff.
There is much more choices than anyone could even taste test, so the following are just some that caught my fancy. You have to come here to try the many more choices that I didn't catch with my camera.
Tandoori chicken is a popular choice for breaking fast, so the action at the in-house tandoor doesn't stop.
Just like at Ramadan bazaars, there is a busy roti canai and murtabak station.
Grilled fish that make some of us longed for home cooked food and couldn't wait to balik kampung to home town flavours.
Everybody loves satay. I saw the cooks grilling satay in huge bundles over flaming charcoal non-stop.
Chef Yap at the popular pizza station. When I was leaving he was still making pizzas with the flaming oven.
When I am dazzled by bewildering range of choices, I often fall back on old familiar, comfort food like this curry bee hoon.
I like buffets that have sashimi and sushi :) Went two rounds on this one :P
We had a lot of fun making our own rojak at the rojak buah (fruit salad) station.
There is like every kind of colourful local sweet desserts and kuih.
Side by side with the local kuih and is a good range of cakes too.
We can make our own ice kacang or ABC (Ais Batu Campur) with the help of the cook at the ABC station. There is a good range of colourful jellies and beans to lose ourselves in making our own icy cool creations.
Child (7-12 years old): 50% discount
Cafe BLD is a very popular break fast choice, so it is best to call +607 381 3252 for reservations.
Restaurant name: Cafe BLD (in Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel)
Address: 2, Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, Masai, Johor
Hours: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 23 Jul 2013