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SANTAPAN SERANTAU WITH INTERCONTINENTAL KUALA LUMPUR CHEFS 

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KUALA LUMPUR, MARCH 2023 – As the blessed month of Ramadan approaches with love and togetherness at its very core, and the anticipation of gathering with friends and family, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur takes the pleasure of dining, gathering and celebrating to a whole new level by artfully blending its latest campaign – The CHEFS (Culinary, Hospitality Experience & Food Showcase) programme with the spirit of Ramadan for a special and heart-warming occasion unlike any other.

Besides featuring ten of the hotel’s main culinary aces forming an eclectic mix of illustrious expertise to create exclusive gastronomic experiences at the hotel, ‘Santapan Serantau with The CHEFS depicts a wholesome lifestyle choice with well-crafted elements of the season and a representation of values and the meaning of Ramadan, while illustrating the excellent services and warm hospitality the hotels stands for at its signature restaurants – Serena Brasserie, Tao and Tatsu.

All set to delight guests looking to berbuka puasa or just to gather and celebrate, Executive Chef Hashrul Sehwan, together with his talented team have skillfully put together a sumptuous buffet spread with more than 200 dishes from all over Malaysia and other Asian countries including China and Japan, promising an exceptional dining experience for all.

“It is of utmost importance that our guests are able to savour their mealtimes and enjoy themselves in absolute confidence and complete satisfaction at our hotel. As it is always the experience that counts, ‘Santapan Serantau’ with The CHEFS heightens the entire dining experience for guests as a whole and makes dining and get-togethers here exceptional,” said Chef Hashrul.

While traditional elements are retained in the preparation of dishes, guest can also find inventive dishes like Sup Kawah Pecah Meletop (Beef Rib Soup with Potato & Carrot), Ayam Panggang Bumbu Bali Barongan (Roasted Chicken with Bali Marination Style), and Sotong Bakar Dengan Sambal Mangga (Grilled Jumbo Squid with Young Mango Paste Sauce) – among many other must-try traditional Malay dishes from the main buffet counter.

There is also a great selection of international favourites, such as Singapore Chili Crab, Tong Seng Kambing (Javanese Braised Lamb Shank in Spicy Sweet Soy Sauce), and a variety of pasta – from penne, tagliatelle, to spaghetti and Linguine to choose from.

Those looking for lighter and healthier options can toss up their own Ulam-Ulam Kampung (Kampung Greens), or savour a variety of Chinese style steamed dishes from our healthy steam corner.  Additionally, diners can pick from the newly introduced and unique Urban Farm @ ICKL section, featuring luscious, nutritious vegetables grown with zero pesticides, chemicals, and additives, sitting in water-filled trays, ready to be harvested at mealtime. This section comes with hearty condiments, dressings and drizzle.

Guests can also make their evening extra sweet with a variety of delicious desserts all beautifully plated at the dessert counter. Choose from Pandan Tiramisu, Jackfruit & Barley Porridge (Bubur Nangka Bali), a selection of Malay Kuih and many other items that are readily available to tempt.

Santapan Serantau buffet also highlights signature dishes from the ten chefs as below:

Chef Hashrul Sehwan (Fusion Cuisine) – ‘Cili Ijo’ Crust Baked Norwegian King Whole Salmon

Chef Elvin Peterson (Western Cuisine) – Golden Crust Beef Wellington

Chef Nazatul Nadzirah Jamaludin (Malaysian Fusion) – Kambing Panggang Bumbu Bali (Balinese Marinated Roasted Whole Lamb)

Chef Syukur Abd Rahman (Malay Cuisine) – Kari Kepala Ikan Merah Berbendi (Fish Head Curry with Lady Finger & Tomato), and ‘Pecal Lele’ Desa Minang (Local Vegetable Salad with Fried Cat Fish)

Chef Tommy Kuan (Japanese Cuisine) – Chicken Karage Salad, La Yu & Goma Dressing

Chef Tommy Choong (Chinese Cuisine) – Stir Fried Tiger Prawn with Crispy Oat

Chef Low Kim Fok (International Cuisine) – ‘Pizza Gua Batu’ (Stone-Oven Pizza)

Chef Lo Tian Sion (Chinese Dim Sums) – Chicken Barbequed Bun & Abalone Siew Mai

Chef Chan Eng Hua (Dessert Master) – Hot Tau Foo Fah with choices of Honey Passion syrup, Gula Melaka or Chrysanthemum syrup

Chef Saiful Chu (Baker) – Tomato Olive Swirl & Rex Milano

“We are delighted to share our trademark dishes and bring out the best flavours to be savoured by all. As the ten of us come from different backgrounds and have different specialty skills, guests can look forward to a fusion of distinct flavours, each unique in its own way,” Chef Hashrul added.

In addition to the array of fresh offerings at the salad bar, cold dishes, soups and appetisers, hot dishes as well as sweet dessert treats, different culinary specials will be prepared for guests on the spot each night at the restaurant’s Live Cooking Stations. Get up-close with the hotel’s culinary personalities and watch first-hand as they serve you their signature hot dishes such as Gorengan Kuali Terbalik, Ikan Bakar Majapahit, Satay, Otak-otak and Pepes, Tawa Tandoor and Murtabak Singapura.

“We have an amazing team of talented chefs here. Being at the core of the acclaimed culinary offerings at our hotel, they most certainly deserve the credit. We are proud to feature the culinary craftsmanship of these experts and use this platform to put them on the map. There is no doubt that our chefs are willingly going the extra mile for guests as they believe in serving only the best.

Santapan Serantau With The CHEFS showcases the talent and passion of our chefs towards food and cooking. It also embraces the values and culture of Ramadan where the emphasis is on togetherness. Our chefs play a role in promoting cross cultural understandings and unity amidst diversity through different types of food,” said Meera Raj, General Manager of InterContinental Kuala Lumpur.

Also featuring live music performances nightly, the Santapan Serantau With The CHEFS at Serena Brasserie is available from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily throughout Ramadan, and is priced at RM258+ per adult and RM155+ for children aged 6 – 12 years.

For a different kind of respite this Ramadan, guests can also gather and bond over a vibrant spread of an oriental Iftar in the comfort of Tao Chinese Cuisine’s cosy ambiance, recently awarded by the Malaysia Tourism Industry Award as the Best Muslim-Friendly Chinese Restaurant for 2022. With its warm and subdued lighting, tasteful décor and friendly staff – like stepping into springtime, this latter-day Cantonese restaurant offers three Santapan Serantau Family Sets – Family Set 1 @ RM1,498nett for 10 persons, Family Set 2 @ RM908nett for 6 persons, and Family Set 3 @ RM618nett for 4 persons.

Another brilliant option for Iftar is the award-winning Tatsu Japanese Cuisine, offering a delicious array of Japanese specialties, prepared by Chef Tommy Kuan and his team of culinary experts. Serving some of the restaurant’s authentic favourites, Santapan Serantau Bento Sets at Tatsu are priced at RM180nett per person for Teppanyaki Beef Bento Set, RM160nett per person for Saba Shioyaki Bento Set, and RM130+ for Teppanyaki Mixed Mushroom Bento Set (vegetarian).

Private dining or gathering options are available if guests prefer to be served in a function room for bigger groups, offering menu selections which include some of the main picks from the extensive list of Santapan Serantau buffet menu, priced at RM238+ per person and RM258+ per person for Santapan Serantau Ramadan Banquet and Raya Banquet respectively.

Aidilfitri is also a time for celebrations and showing gratitude to our dear friends and family. Why not show your appreciation by sending them a care package full of love and treats? Our Aidilfitri Hamper comes in two option bags – the Jute Bag, priced at RM138+, and Suri Bag, priced at RM158+. Suri bag is handcrafted with love by mothers from SURI Inspirasi, a social enterprise that strives to empower single and underprivileged mothers. They use old bed linen materials from InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, incorporating creative design to the up-cycled materials to give them a brand-new look. This collaboration helps single mothers earn a living, where RM40 out of the total price is dedicated to SURI. Items in the bag include Pineapple Tarts, Peanut Cookies, Cashew Nut Cookies, Popiah Simpul, Premium Chocolate Dates, Homemade Sambal Oelek, and Dodol in two different flavours – Kelapa & Pandan.

Guests seeking a place to rest and recover or just a relaxing retreat from the everyday this Ramadan, can discover the ultimate in modern classic comfort at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur with our Stay & Dine package, priced from RM808+ per night, inclusive of Sahur / Breakfast and Santapan Serantau Buffet Dinner at Serena Brasserie for 2 persons.

Enjoy Exclusive savings at 20% for IHG One Rewards & Selected Bank card holders for all Santapan Serantau dining options. All promotions are available from 23 March until 21 April 2023. For reservations, please reach out to us at ‪+60162024623‬, or email fnb.admin@ickualalumpur.com.my. Alternatively, diners may purchase directly on our eShop at https://intercontinentalklshop.com/ to relish the 20% discount.

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