Eat like a king again: Hotels introduce new ways to enjoy buffet spreads amid COVID-19

Dim sum spread (left) and a chef cooking (right). Photos: Shangri-La KL and Coconuts KL
Dim sum spread (left) and a chef cooking (right). Photos: Shangri-La KL and Coconuts KL

Dear foodies, do you miss feasting at hotel buffets? Do you yearn that feeling of anticipation as you join long queues with a plate and cutlery in hand? Do you miss thinking of what to have as you gorge down the meal already in front of you? 

COVID-19 may have left a void among buffet-lovers but thanks to “new normal-friendly” concepts, some Kuala Lumpur hotels have figured out ways to satisfy buffet cravings while sticking to safe distancing measures. 

While many of us hope that we can still enjoy buffets like we used to, here are some options that we can turn to in the meantime. 

Eat Lah @ Nook by Aloft Kuala Lumpur

(Clockwise from top left) Steak, a chef prepares food, spicy tamarind dish. Photos: Coconuts KL
(Clockwise from top left) Steak, a chef prepares food, spicy tamarind dish. Photos: Coconuts KL

Instead of joining long buffet queues and poking at foods laid out in the buffet spread, customers at Eat Lah @ Nook can simply order as many foods as possible from the chef for a single price.  

Located at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur hotel, the buffet at Eat Lah @ Nook offers more than fifty different Malaysian and Western dishes, as well as unique desserts.

Guests each pay RM98 (US$23) and the professional chefs will whip up the dishes upon receiving orders at the four-star restaurant.

“So far we’ve had quite a positive response because I think a lot of people have been missing the buffet,” marketing manager Natasha Venner-Pack told Coconuts KL. “This is a nice new normal-friendly way of having a buffet without having to queue up.”

Venner-Pack recommends that guests book a table if they would like to dine on weekends. 

Eat Lah @ Nook by Aloft Kuala Lumpur

Open Thursdays to Sundays, 6pm to 10pm

For reservations, please call +603 2723 1154

Vasco’s at Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Western spread at Vasco’s. Photo: Eatdrinkhilton.com
Western spread at Vasco’s. Photo: Eatdrinkhilton.com

Have as much food prepared in front of you at Vasco’s, including Western, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine. 

Located at the Hilton, guests can place their order and watch professional chefs prepare the dishes at live cooking stations set up next to their tables. 

This special live buffet is available for both lunch and dinner. 

Vasco’s at Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Open daily, 1230pm to 10pm

For reservations, please visit Hilton KL’s website

Food delivery by Shangri-La KL

Local Malaysian delights on Shangri-La’s delivery menu. Photo: Shangri-La Hotel KL /Facebook
Local Malaysian delights on Shangri-La’s delivery menu. Photo: Shangri-La Hotel KL /Facebook

Ever wished you could enjoy hotel-quality food at home? Now you can. 

Once hotspots for family gatherings, the restaurants at Shangri-La KL are now delivering their buffet spreads to homes, which include signature local dishes, cakes, and even healthy food choices like beet, spinach, and kale salads. 

The foods will be sent to your doorstep within an hour of your order being made. 

Delivery by Shangri-La KL

Open daily, 8am to 8pm

Order your spread at Shangri-La KL’s website

Dim sum & steamboat delivery by Concorde Kuala Lumpur

Dim sum at Concorde Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Concorde Kuala Lumpur /Facebook
Dim sum at Concorde Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Concorde Kuala Lumpur /Facebook

Slurp on steamboat and stuff on dim sum with deliveries by Concorde Kuala Lumpur. The hotel’s restaurant offers a package of fresh seafood and mouth-watering dim sum selections, including fan-favorite prawn dumplings and sesame seed balls. 

PS: The steamboat serves a minimum of two diners, but lone eaters are more than welcome to order. 

Dim sum & steamboat delivery by Concorde Kuala Lumpur

Open daily, various hours

Call +603 2144 8750 to place your order 

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