Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ramadan @ Bora Ombak, Ampang

With a few days remaining in Ramadan, there's still time for a buka-puasa buffet: Bora Ombak's is a satisfactory way to sample time-honored Malaysian fare in a setting that might seem a little less sterile than hotel restaurants. 

Lots of fresh air in a wide space, with enough of a customer presence on weekdays to keep things lively without turning crowded and chaotic.

Also pleasing: the price of RM55+, reasonable for this range. No sashimi, oysters or pasta, but hey, none of that hits the heart of "buka puasa," right?

Lapping up the ulam, tempeh, pecal, petai, cincalok, salads and snacks ...

... then piling on everything from daging gulai kawah and ikan keli berlado to ayam kacang gajus, petola tumis and nasi kerabu.

Gravy-drenched greatness, with meat, vegetables and rice galore. We had seconds, for sure.

Action stalls are where much of the action is at.

Roast lamb, as tender and flavorsome as we hoped it would be. And no need to rush: there's still leftover meat at the end of the night on this carcass.

Rejoice in the name of cockles! Have them straight from the shell or strewn into char kuey teow.

Skip the roti john and murtabak though. Unessential tummy fillers.

The creamy laksa Kelantan gets a pass; the bland bakso, not so much.

Ais kacang, lacking in gula melaka goodness. But keep a date with sumptuously sweet dates.

Outdoor seating is what most guests get, except for bigger groups. Service is serviceable.

And this'll be our only Ramadan buffet this year. Our stomachs are too stuffed to consider more.

Bora Ombak,
Persiaran Mamanda 1, Near Ampang Point, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4251-6303
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31 comments:

  1. The place looks pretty. And at last you have your ramadhan fare afterall.

    I will sulk if the ais kacang does not have enough gula melaka. I normally skip the sirap and ask them to "tambah gula melaka". But that only works if the gula melaka is fragrant rather than some coloured brown syrup.

    Had any lemang?

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, they put some nice thought and effort into the decor. and phew, yeah, i'm glad i managed to have a buka-puasa spread after all (even though i wasn't fasting, heh). i wonder if they ran out of gula melaka by the time we got there, hahah. and it could have used some extra condensed milk as well =) but noooo, the one thing i've missed this month is lemang. not even managed to have a bite of it :D

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  2. Was it cool enough outside? Water mist fans? One thing I don't really like about dining al fresco in MY is the heat =(

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    1. Timing: oh yeah, it was very thoroughly shaded and there were large fans blowing in the dining area, so it almost felt like dining indoors. but yeah, i'd prefer air-conditioning too if possible =)

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  3. Aww man! the gula melaka is the best part hehe maybe that's why I prefer chendol! :P
    Now I'm really craving something spicy.... i need a huge bowl of kuah!

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    1. Vien: ya, you're right, a good gula-melaka-filled cendol would have more delicious than this gula-melaka-free ais kacang (though usually, i prefer ais kacang). hope you get something gravy-spicy for dinner this evening! =)

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  4. I haven't had any Ramadan buffet yet, sob sob...

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    1. CK: it's not too late yet! there's still today, tomorrow and friday! i hear The Apartment restaurant at KLCC has a nice buka puasa buffet :D

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  5. I didn't know such a place exist. hehe.

    I haven't tried anything ramadan yet.... :(

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    1. Michelle: oh yeah, it's pretty popular with muslim customers in ampang =) maybe you can aim to try something during the hari raya season coming soon :D

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  6. till now have not tried any ramandan buka puasa buffet yet....erm the cendol could do wonder wit addition of just a spoon of gula melaka....

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    1. Cindy: wow, it looks like there are still many of us who haven't really indulged in ramadan goodies this year :D yeah, a spoonful would be nice (or even two!) :D

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  7. Woohoo! The one and only yea? :)
    Well that's good enough! Place looks empty and plenty of food for everyone, ESP if got lamb leftovers. Most buffets I went, nothin but bones on the lamb afterwards!

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    1. TNG: heheh, yeah, i think the chances of me having another buka puasa dinner this year are very slim. but ya, i'm glad this one turned out to be decent. i would have happily eaten more lamb, but it seemed like too much red meat for one evening, heh =)

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  8. I see the Laksa Kelantan looks good! (generous amount of fish) =)

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    1. Melissa: ya, the good thing about this place is that we can actually scoop out our own gravy for the laksa, so i dug in and got the thick, fishy parts of the gravy :D

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    2. LOL!! No wonder lahhh...hahah

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    3. Melissa: i hope other customers after that didn't complain that there wasn't much fish left in the gravy :D

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  9. I must say you are a champion eater to get through all that! Good price and nice to see a mostly local food spread for a change

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    1. YouHadYourLUnch: heh, i almost couldn't walk out of the restaurant after that massive meal. but yeah, we were aiming for a buffet that was reasonably priced and focused on authentic malay food =)

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  10. Festive season is when you usually put on a few pounds =)

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    1. Smitten by Food: i think i've put on a few kilos! :D

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  11. I 've seen signs for this place on the highway and have always wondered where and how it is. Thanks to you, now I know. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, we definitely travel on different highways then, since i've missed those signs. but yeah, even after the ramadan season is over, i think this place might be worth visiting for its a la carte malaysian menu =)

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  12. Hey this is possibly one of the first ramadan buffets that I've seen you blog about! hehe the place does look nice and airy, very open! Ahh look at that roast lamb! hehe

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    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, i'm not sure whether i had a ramadan buffet last year (or the year before!). but yeah, it's very spacious, there's no having to fight with the crowds or queue for too long. and we could take third and fourth helpings of the lamb =)

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  13. ooohh so this is their ampang version... the dishes look so prettily-served, and a lot of our favourite dishes too! would've overloaded on the ikan keli berlado! haha

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    1. Bob and Julie: oh yeah, lots of dishes that I hadnt tasted in a very long time! Now I'm looking forward to next year's Ramadan! :D

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  14. And I'm too late for this! hahhaa

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    1. Eiling: heheh, ramadan has gone by in a flash this year! :D

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  15. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=581891011845464&set=a.141691319198771.20125.118342014867035&type=1&relevant_count=1

    :D This coming Ramadhan offer. Thank u again for your support for last year Ramadhan!

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