Unable to provide buffet dine-ins during the Ramadan period, two hotels in Kuala Lumpur have switched to offering food takeaways and delivery options for the breaking of fast.
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel, for instance, offers a wide selection of a la carte dishes, as well as set menus suitable for four to five people, all created by the hotel’s executive sous chef Hazif Ramli and his team.
Mel Hamid, manager, digital & marketing communications at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, shared: “The dishes are specially crafted by our top chefs, using only premium ingredients and we have reduced the prices to reach more customers. With delivery and pick-up services, we are bringing convenience to our guests who are not able to visit their favourite restaurants.”
The property has also forecasted a reduced F&B revenue for this Ramadan, as compared to the previous Ramadan, when revenue was 20 per cent above projection.
Another five-star property in the city, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, offers six curated set menus by executive sous chef Budiman and his team of culinary experts. Delivery and pick-up are also available.
Traditionally, Ramadan buffets make up 30 per cent of the property’s F&B revenues.
However, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur’s general manager, Michael Delargy, said: “The situation is so unique, hence, there are no real revenue expectations, but a desire to allow our chefs to demonstrate their skills, and allow our guests to enjoy their Buka Puasa (breaking of fast).”
“The expectation this year is really about doing our best to allow guests at home to sample the quality and style of dishes that they usually would expect at the hotel,” he added.
Malaysia is still under a strict movement control order (MCO) and there are no dine-ins at least until May 12. It also remains to be seen if the MCO will end as scheduled, or be extended for a fourth time.