Balik Kampung Buffet at Grand Hyatt KL

Just when I thought I was done with the buffets, I received another invitation from Grand Hyatt KL to sample their Balik Kampung Buffet. Situated right in the heart of KL, Grand Hyatt is a lovely hotel blessed with superb view of the twin towers from the bar (which we got to check out after our dinner). The setup of the hotel is rather unique too, with the lobby located on the top floor, no doubt designed to wow the guests with the panoramic view of KL skyline.

Back to the Balik Kampung Buffet, which is offered by JP Teres, located on the ground floor of the hotel. It specialises in local cuisines, so it’s perfect for the Ramadhan season, or even outside of the season if you like to sample all local cuisines at once. The restaurant itself is elegant, with plenty of sitting areas inside and outside, suitable for all kinds of get-togethers.

Love the open kitchen.

Even though there’s no sign of International cuisines, there are literally hundreds of dishes for us to choose. Starting from various cold dishes such as ulam-ulam, kerabu daging/udang/daun selun, acar jelatah/buah, and various local salads. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

Cold Dishes including a nice selections of Imported Dates.

My favourite from this section would have to be the Sambal Eggplant. The acars are lovely.

Mmmm gorgeous colours.

Moving past the cold section, we see a variety of Indian curries (probably my favourite section of the restaurant). But not before a very tempting popiah station.

Freshly made for your enjoyment.

Let’s take a look at some of the curries.

Lamb Curry
Can’t miss a good Chicken Tikka Masala, my favourite Indian curry.

The vegetarian options are really good too, including this super delicious Paneer (a type of cheese) Makhani.

Paneer Makhani

And of course, anything with Okra will win my heart.

Vindi Do Pyaza (Stir fried okra with onion)

All goes really well with this superbly aromatic Nasi Biryani.

Nasi briyani
Pairing the curries with Murtabak is another lovely option.

In addition, there’s also a Tandoori station serving Roti India, Tandoori Chicken/Prawn, Shish Kebabs, and Talapia Merah.

Look at the fatty chickens!

By the way, JP Teres is famous for their Chicken Rice and it’s a must try here. Just check out how smooth the skin is.


The Malay hot selections are widely popular of course, with dishes such as Deep fried snapper with spices, Duck eggs cooked with sour star fruit and coconut milk (my favourite of the night), Sayur lodeh kering, Chicken with ginger flower etc. Let’s tempt you with some photos:

Ayam goreng berempah Sri Hyatt (Fried chicken with exotic Malay spices)

And of course, can’t have a buffet without the carving station. Roast lamb is pretty standard nowadays and here the lamb is roasted percik style, and paired with biryani rice.

Kambing bakar ala percik (Roast whole lamb percik style on briyani rice)

Last but surely not least, there are many classic Chinese dishes too.

Wok fried Mackerel fish with salted bean
Fried Mee Hoon with plenty of ingredients.
Chicken mayonnaise with Thai sauce, a very Children friendly dish. Especially with the refreshing fruits.
Sweet and Sour Fish… This pleased my inner child.

There’s also freshly made Yong Tau Fu, along with various noodles dishes such as Assam Laksa, Wantan Mee and Curry Laksa for those with more hearty appetite.

Massive pieces of YTF!

Of course, can’t miss out on the lemang/ketupat etc if you are into traditional cuisine.

Some lovely Ketupat

There are many other items I didn’t get to capture with my camera (otherwise this post will be neverending!), but here are some of the things I tried and liked.

Note that gorgeous duck egg on the left corner. Yum!
Mmm the curries were so good!

Moving right along, if you still have space in the stomach (I didn’t except for half piece of Gulab Jamun I couldn’t resist) there is a large selection of desserts too.

Various local and Western sweet treats.

Running from 30 June 2014 to 25 July 2014, the ‘Balik Kampung’ buffet dinner promotion is priced at MYR148.00 per adult and MYR74.00 per child inclusive of unlimited chilled juices, kedondong, barley, teh tarik and other local beverages. This buffet dinner promotion runs daily and starts from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Rejoice as JP teres offers an ‘Early Bird Promotion’ for the ‘Balik Kampung’ buffet dinner promotion. A discount of 20% is offered for early bird booking or dine-in during 30 June 2014 to 6 July 2014.

For reservations or enquiries, please call +603 2182 1234 ext 2333 or email

JP Teres
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12 Jalan Pinang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50450
Tel: +60 3 2182 1234
Fax: +60 3 2182 1288

7 Comments Add yours

  1. doubtless says:

    Give me more cottage cheese curry!

    By the way was good meeting you again there 😀

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yum yum the paneer was good! See you around soon!

  2. suituapui says:

    Yes, so very colourful. That’s Malaysian cuisine for you – not just a feast for the tummy but a feast for the eyes and a feast for the soul as well. I do wish they would not deviate from their balik kampung theme – like one so-called nyonya place here serving ang chao chicken – that’s Foochow and definitely not nyonya. I never went back – not surprised that it has closed down…for good.

    1. kellysiew says:

      I wouldn’t mind if this place served Ang cao chicken hahaha but that’s allowed since it covers Chinese, Malay, Indian food!

  3. Poh Huai Bin says:

    My goodness!

    The chicken rice dish looks really good! I’m a huge fan of chicken rice too (only this kind, I don’t like roasted chicken in chicken rice) and I’m drooling from the shimmering skin and pink meat with the soy and sesame sauce at the bottom. Looks good! 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yes! I regret not trying the rice though because I already filled myself up from the spread. I can’t resist a good chicken rice.

  4. Sherrill says:

    Yes! Finally something about affordable plastic surgery.

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