April 26, 2019
For the month of Ramadan, traditional cuisine remains a firm staple for the breaking of fast. At Cinnamon Coffee House, the focus is on the cuisine of seven States: Penang, Selangor, Johor, Kedah, Malacca, Perak and Negeri Sembilan. There are six rotational menus with over 100 dishes daily.
Customers can also expect cuisine from Chinese, Indian, Japanese and global selections from the Middle East and Western favourites including pizza, Glazed Carrot and Mushroom with Butter, Dory Fish with creamy Capers Sauce, Baked Lamb with Sweet Peas and Mint Jus, Baked Mussel-Shrimp Parmiagiana and Beef-Leek Shepherd’s Pie. Pasta is prepare a la minute and you can even choose your toppings.
|Pizza hot from the oven|
Cold drinks and dates are good start points though if you like hot beverages, there’s coffee machines for cappucino, white coffee, latte, long white etc and a selection of tea, including local teh tarik.
|Ayam Percik with aromatic sauce|
|Ikan bakar or grilled fish including selar, keli and kembung|
Action stations are set up at the entrance and at the side, you’ll find grills all fired up for fish (kembung, selar, keli), ayam percik, fried carrot cake, roasted lamb, roasted duck and more.
|Succulent seafood on ice|
Inside are some 100 dishes set up. Seafood on ice is a draw, with slipper lobster, crab, prawn, mussel, scallops, yabbies and freshly shucked oysters that need only a squeeze of lemon (I prefer a dash of Tabasco though).
|Chests filled with the freshest ulam-ulam|
|Salted egg and salted fish|
|Kerabu sotong, kerabu kepah and kerabu udang|
|Kerabu ayam and kerabu daging|
The kerabu and salad are enough to keep one occupied for a while. Love the crunchy ulam-ulam with the various dips, the kerabu variations (beef, chicken, young papaya, beansprout, fernshoot, prawn, squid, clam, pineapple), stuffed tofu and the salted egg/fish.
|Sambal Udang with petai|
|Ikan Goreng Chili Hijau|
On the other side of this island table are the hot mains, most of which demand helpings of biryani with Ayam Madu or plain rice. Or you may prefer Belacan Fried Rice or Singapore Noodles. Chicken curry, Sambal Udang with petai, Ikan Asam Pedas, Ikan Kuah Kunyit, Ikan Goreng Chili Hijau, Sayur Goreng 4 Musim, Squid Masala and Sayur Lodeh – the hardest part is deciding what to take first. Go slow; second and third trips are recommended.
|Beef, chicken and lamb satay|
|Black glutinous rice lemang, ketupat palas and regular lemang,|
There’s lamb, chicken and beef satay and peanut gravy to accompany black glutinous rice and regular lemang as well as ketupat palas.
Try the different roti – good on their own or with lamb dalca. There’s plain roti as well as Roti Cheese, Roti Egg Fuyung, Beef and Chicken Murtabak, Roti Bom, Roti Canai Burrito Daging/Ayam and two of my favourites, flavoursome Lamb Keema Stuffed Tortilla and the creamy Carbonara Spring Rolls.
|Sushi and maki rolls in the Japanese station|
At the Japanese station, you can get freshly sliced sashimi or sushi, tempura and Seafood Miso as well as cold noodles.
|Nine choices of meat cuts for Gearbox Soup|
While there are soup choices such as mushroom and crab-corn, Gearbox Soup proves to be the most popular. Customers can choose to mix and match different cuts of beef and the chef will ladle hot soup over.
|Zaatar bread, originating from the Middle-East|
|Curry mee with toppings|
At the entrance, get Goreng-goreng with lekor, corn, potato and vegetable fritters. Then there are Spicy Fried Chicken and Quail and Curry Mee with all the condiments.
If you like bread, there are all kinds of pastries, buns and bread, including the aromatic Middle-Eastern Zaatar bread, made with ground spices such as thyme, oregano, marjoram and topped with toasted sesame seeds and salt.
Do keep tummy space for dessert. Local delights include regular and durian Malay Ddodol, Tapai Pulut, Cendol-Red Bean Jelly, all kinds of kuih muih, cakes and the ever-popular durian crepe. Or go for fresh fruit, ice cream potong, apam and cendol with durian puree.
|Just part of the dessert spread|
|Crepes filled with durian are always a crowd-puller|
Cinnamon Coffee House
One World Hotel
Bandar Utama City
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
6.30pm to 10.30pm
April 24 to May 5: RM148 nett; RM78 nett (child aged 6-12)
May 6 to June 4: RM175 nett; RM90 nett (child aged 6-12)