Malaysians are nothing if not well-known for their enthusiastic and genuine love for food. Much like our culture, which is integrated by many races and traditions, our love for food is as vibrant as it is inclusive, and influenced by many different cuisines.
To us, food is a way of life, and while many restaurants focus specifically on a particular type of cuisine, I think it’s safe to bet that buffets are an excellent alternative when you can’t choose just one.
Whether you’re celebrating a special event, hosting a family lunch, or simply want to experience a spread spanning continents and enjoy a variety of cuisines all under one roof – buffets are the way to go. Here are some of the best-rated locations within the Klang Valley that offer bottomless choices. You may want to put on your most stylish loose dress or pants for this.
1. Cantago at The Majestic Hotel, Tasik Perdana
You have probably heard of the name, and if you haven’t, where have you been? Contango by The Majestic Hotel is often marketed on the radio, but honestly, they don’t need to be because they’re already reputable as one of the best places for buffets in town. Not only for their worldwide buffet offerings but also for their friendly pricing in terms of what you’re getting.
Their seafood spread (fresh and abundant) is one of the most popular parts of their buffet. If you’re not a fan of seafood or simply allergic, there are also Mediterranean and Western dishes to devour. With a small top-up, alcohol enthusiasts can enjoy unlimited refills of beer and wine.
Address: 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Tasik Perdana, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
2. Nook at Aloft KL, KL Sentral
Nook at Aloft KL is one of those reputable hotel coffeehouses in Kuala Lumpur (KL) that aim to provide something unique when it comes to buffet dining. The days of using regular beef are over, as Nook now only serves nothing but the best for their guests – Wagyu.
Not a fan of meat? No big deal, because you can still anticipate a good degree of diversity and flavours that are both explosive and tasty. Give their signature Sarawak Laksa and Assam Pedas or their legendary briyani a go. If you’re in the mood for pizza, they have that too.
Address: 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
3. Essence, Sheraton Imperial Hotel
Essence by Sheraton Imperial Hotel is undoubtedly a treat for the eyes and belly, with the restaurant’s decor offering a pleasing and comfortable ambience. And when it comes to the food selection, everything here is done well and right.
From the fresh appetisers all the way through to the flavourful main courses, you can expect an explosion of flavours from myriad cuisine. There are live cooking stations for you to watch the action go down, and their friendly waitstaff helps guide guests through the array of cuisine offered.
Address: Level 1, Sheraton Imperial, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
4. Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, Jalan Ampang
Samba introduces the churrascaria-style eating to KL with a feast of grilled meat on over 20 different skewers. Who can resist the enticing fragrance of a grill? Not us, that’s for sure! You can expect the servers to move from table to table, slicing big slabs of meat to load your plate with chicken, beef, lamb, and shellfish.
To ensure you receive your daily dose of greens, the salad bar offers a tasty selection of cold salads and cheeses. Samba is unquestionably a South American delight that everyone should sample at least once in their lives!
Address: L3-3 & L3-4A, Level 3, Avenue K, 156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
5. Rocku Yakiniku Japanese Restaurant, Bandar Sunway
Rocku Yakiniku is a relatively new addition to the entertainment scene and considers itself a ‘restaurantainment’ outlet – providing live performances and a delicious barbecue-style buffet.
You can anticipate a wide choice of meat and seafood for grilling and mouth-watering side dishes to accompany your barbecue. You can also choose alcoholic beverages from their menu, with Kirin beer being the most popular. In short, Rocku Yakiniku embodies edgy Japanese pop culture for the modern diner.
Address: LG1, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
6. Atmosphere 360, Kuala Lumpur
The Atmosphere 360, housed in the world’s sixth-highest skyscraper, offers a buffet-style dining experience complemented by a stunning view of KL.
Buffets here are served at two specific times throughout the day: 6:30pm to 8:30pm and 9pm to 11pm, so be sure to make a booking suitable to your dinner time. Along with its main buffet, the restaurant also serves unique dishes such as the Stir-Fried Chilli Crab and Stir-Fried Venison Fillet, which are must-tries during your visit.
Address: TH02, Menara Kuala Lumpur, 2, Jalan Puncak, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
7. Rot Thai Buffet Steamboat & Grill, Kuala Lumpur
If you’re big on Thai cuisine, you don’t want to miss The Rot Thai Buffet Steamboat & Grill. Their ever-so-famous tom yum soup base lends a unique Thai taste you can’t find anywhere in town.
Their extensive collection of Thai sauces and spices allows you to enjoy marinated meats, seafood, and vegetables with the distinct Thai zing that has long defined Thai cuisine – perfect for small family dining.
Address: No 76-0, Block J Platinum Walk, Jalan Langkawi, Setapak, 53000 Kuala Lumpur
8. Warisan Cafe at Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur
The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur’s Warisan Cafe is a Halal-certified restaurant. It features an open kitchen for buffet dining and luxury a la carte meals. The dining selection includes a diversified blend of Malaysian, Japanese, and Italian delicacies and other worldwide cuisines, emphasising global tastes.
The Warisan Cafe’s menu, which includes hi-tea on weekends, greatly outstrips that of other all-day eateries in the area. Another feature of this establishment is the atmosphere, which is relatively calm and has a distinct traditional Malay setting.
Address: Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, 5 Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
9. BBQ Town, Mid Valley City
The restaurant’s unofficial slogan is ‘eat all you can BBQ buffet’. At BBQ Town, you may savour infinite paper-thin slices of top-quality Australian chilled beef and lamb, as well as farmed chicken that is exquisite in its own right. Their concept is a mixture of traditional Thai barbecue with Japanese shabu-shabu style.
Another draw is BBQ TOWN’s vegetable bar, which offers a wide variety of fresh vegetables to provide a nutritious touch to the meal. Soups, fresh sushi, and exquisite sauces are all made from scratch in a kitchen using traditional Japanese and Thai techniques.
Address: S025, 2/F, 59200 Mid Valley Megamall, 1, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 58000 Kuala Lumpur
10. THIRTY8 at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
Strategically situated on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, THIRTY8 is one of the most popular places for a hi-tea buffet paired with a killer view of the KL skyline.
If you’re looking for a place to spend the evening with loved ones over house-made scones, cakes, tiny pastries, and excellent teas, THIRTY8 is the place to go. If a buffet-type meal is too much for your stomach, just opt for their a la carte menu instead. There’s also a bar and lounge area for those looking to end their meal on a high note with a glass of bubbly or wine.
Address: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur