Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Intai-Intai @ Ampang


There's no shortage of "buka puasa" promotions this Ramadan, but Intai-Intai offers one of the biggest bangs for a customer's buck.


The buffet dinner here costs RM48 nett _ a bargain, considering the vast, well-prepared array of Malay and Thai food available.


The idyllic ambiance seals the deal. This is a picturesque restaurant, with tables by a sprawling fish pond amid tall tropical trees. Cool, calm and mosquito-free.


Your first stop should be the grill station; we learned to our dismay that the best parts of the lamb run out early in the evening (and never seem sufficiently replenished). What was left after awhile were mainly cockles and chicken.


But wait, let's rewind to the beginning. The obligatory dates constituted a sweet start to our meal (even if they looked more like prunes to some of us).


After enduring too many buffets where the food made us listless, we were surprised by the superior quality of the offerings here.


No wilted leaves at all. Everything from the salads to the curries seemed freshly and meticulously made. A huge pot of "sup tulang" had been laboriously cooked for hours.


Flavors are pleasantly piquant and satisfyingly spicy.


The "action stands" were crowd-pullers. One featured crisp, piping-hot goreng keledek and goreng pisang; another provided assorted noodles and Thai som tam.


The food on the buffet tables was worthwhile. No insanely chewy beef, for one thing. There's much more available than what these photos show _ nearly two dozen trays laden with meat, seafood and vegetables cooked in numerous ways.


Carb alert! The nasi dagang, laksam and nasi kerabu (with all the possible condiments and ulam) were addictive. I must have eaten two plates of the nasi dagang, which was sinfully scrumptious when bathed with the kari ikan tongkol. Also loved the juicy, flavorsome ayam percik.


Desserts could provide enough fodder for an entire dinner _ choose from the likes of sticky rice with mango or durian, Malay kuih-muih, pulut and tiny cupcakes.


We were stuffed and ready to crawl out after nearly two hours of indulgence. Wouldn't mind returning for their a la carte selection someday.


Reservations are strongly recommended. Ask for a seat beside the water.


Intai-Intai,
Backyard Lot 378,
Jalan Ampang Ulu Klang.
Tel: 4252-2252
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34 comments:

  1. If there is a place to spend my hard earned cash, this is it!
    Though aft readin many reviews of ramadhan buffet, atr strong contender is One World's, the variety is amazing isnt it?

    Hmm.. whr else?
    Saujana's, Sheraton, Nikko, Prince, PJ Hilton all didnt tempt me as much..

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  2. Wow. all that food for RM48? That's a steal! But i can't imagine battling through MRR2 during rush hour to get to here. Was the nasi kerabu naturally blue (with bunga talang as opposed to the artificial blue coloring used in mass production cooking?)

    And was the beef cooked with mango? or potatoes? heheh. trying to imagine fruity flavoured beef but my imagination can't stretch that far. LOL

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  3. tng: oh yeah, the hotels are a better bet for ramadan buffets that include non-malay food with premium ingredients (oysters, sashimi, etc). but then again, hotel buffets can be too predictable, and the ambiance everywhere all seems the same. so this place does offer a refreshing change of scenery, with kampung-style cooking that seems more authentic, at a much cheaper cost!
    elrond: oh yeah, was especially enthusiastic about the lack of service charge and tax. u're right about the weekday traffic ... so that's why we came here on a sunday, heheh. hmmm, i have no idea about the rice coloring ... wonder how much difference that would make in how it tasted. as for the beef, yikes, i can't remember either. i just scooped a spoonful of everything from each tray, and it all mingled together on the plate in the end. :D

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  4. Your post primed me to miss nasi dagang. :(

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  5. I'm salivating over those pictures of salads and vegetables! Such a quaint place. Bald Eagle's been telling me to visit, but we haven't been able to find the time. Wait till I tell him there's nasi dagang. He lives for nasi dagang. So picturesque hor, this place. Love that night picture with the water reflection. So pwetty.

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  6. Such lovely ambience & the food looked terrific. If it's not at the other end of the world from me, I'd be jumping to go there now, today, haha!

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  7. read about this place in some others blogs. This is a nice place for a malay treat.

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  8. michelle: but not nasi kerabu, eh. i'm starting to realize that most ppl seem to prefer nasi dagang to nasi kerabu :D
    lemongrass: hmmm, not sure if they'll still have nasi dagang on their regular menu after ramadan, so that's something to check. yeah, even though i'm not a big fan of nature, it would be nice to have more restaurants like this in kl =)
    pureglutton: oh ya, don't go on weekdays, cos u'll be cursing and weeping because of traffic! but it would be a breeze to get here on weekends :D
    eiling: and also for thai food lovers, since the thai selection is as wide as the malay one! =)

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  9. ah... I have to drive that far along the notorious Jalan Ampang in order to get here!!! Just a thought of the potential jam already demotivate me to go :P

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  10. leo: and u'll also suffer some traffic on the middle ring road too! yeah, even though i work in the city, i wouldn't come here for dinner after work :D

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  11. Where's the pic of the goreng pisang? Just the pisang being goreng-ed does not count! :P

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  12. lfb: look closer! on the far end of that table where the woman is goreng-ing the pisang, u'll see a a plate of orangey phallic objects. guess what they are :P

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  13. Too small. I like them larger. Pictures of goreng pisang, I mean. :)

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  14. lfb: must i trot out the old cliche that size doesn't matter. not only for pictures but for the real thing. after all, i've had some small ones that tasted really sweet :P

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  15. I bet. I think they are called pisang emas, much sweeter than the bigger, 'tanduk' variety. But aren't the bigger, starchier ones better for frying/cooking?

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  16. lfb: wah, since when u became literal again? :D but if u insist, my favorite bananas are actually 'pisang masak hijau.' they're pretty big and they turn soft, ripe and sweet even when they still look green on the outside. probably bad for frying though...

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  17. Never heard of them. Kalo hijau mana bisa masak? :P

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  18. lfb: entah. i guess they're just freaks of nature. maybe that's why i feel like i share an affinity with them :D

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  19. Can't argue with you there. You are pretty freaksome, hehe. (Is that even a word: freaksome?)

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  20. lfb: i don't like the word 'freakish,' so by all means, let's invent a new word. freakful? freakesque? freakilicious? :D

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  21. lfb: infreakidible, that's what you arreeee ... infreakidible, though near or faaaaaaar (feel free to chime in anytime)

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  22. *groans*

    Does your lyrical and lemongrassy companion know you can pun lamely in song too? :P

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  23. lfb: i have enough hidden talents that u could spend two lifetimes with me and still not uncover them all. bwahahahahahahahah :D

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  24. Thank goodness I'm not in the running then. I've already got my hands full doing the spending-my-lifetime-with bit with the Devil Wears Prada. Maybe we can find a Devil Wears G2000 and a Devil Wears Padini for you? Double trouble for double the lifetimes? :P

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  25. lfb: i'd prefer a Devil Wears Nothing, if u please :D

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  26. *guffaws*

    Maybe we should just hire a stripper for you, then. :P

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  27. lfb: can get one in kl ar? a few years ago, i did try searching online for one, as a possibility for someone's birthday celebration. couldn't find!

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  28. One of my good friends found one for her boyfriend's surprise birthday party, more as a gag than anything else, since her boyfriend would have rather had a FEMALE stripper instead. LOL

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  29. lfb: were u present at that party? or should i say, were u THE present at that party? :D

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  30. Haha... fortunately for him, no. :P

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  31. lfb: no to both questions, or just the second one? i wouldn't mind some more juicy details (including contact information for the hired hand) :D

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  32. Haha, no to both questions. I shall ask my friend for the contact details then. Nothing like a referral to pass along some good will and business and make the world a happier place. :)

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  33. lfb: yep, but hopefully this surprise party wasn't like 10 years ago, which means the stripper could be a balding, beer-bellied 38-year-old by now :P

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