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Merdeka 2022: 8 Seasonal menus to celebrate Malaysia’s 65th Independence Day

In true Malaysian (foodie) fashion


By Natalie Khoo

Merdeka 2022: 8 Seasonal menus to celebrate Malaysia’s 65th Independence Day

Name a better (or more quintessentially Malaysian) way to celebrate our country’s 65th Independence Day than indulging in local dishes. We’ll wait. These restaurants and hotels around the Klang Valley will agree with us that nothing brings Malaysians together like food. In the spirit of Merdeka, here’s what they have cooked up for Malaysians, from a nasi lemak buffet to a menu inspired by local folklore and fairytales.


1. Sunway Resort’s ‘Nasi Lemak Buffet’

How many types of nasi lemak do you know of? Test your knowledge with a Nasi Lemak Buffet feast at the Resort Cafe, featuring a variety of traditional recipes of the national dish. Prepared by Chef De Cuisine Afiq Matkhir and Sous Chef Nora Yusof, the menu includes the classic nasi lemak pandan (Peranakan-style), nasi lemak bunga telang (Kelantan), and nasi lemak kuning royal (Kedah), to name a few options. Moreover, diners can savour a range of slow-cooked sambal and crispy anchovies, and complement their meal with other hot seafood and meat dishes.

Address: The Resort Café at Sunway Resort, Lobby Level, 1, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya

Availability: 15 August to 16 September 2022


  • Buffet Lunch – RM138 nett (Monday to Saturday) | RM168 nett (Sunday)
  • Buffet Dinner – RM198 nett (Friday & Saturday)

Contact: +603 7495 2009 | +6019 381 5568 (WhatsApp)


2. Nobu Kuala Lumpur and Gēn Penang’s Four Hands Omakase

Nobu Kuala Lumpur and Gen Penang will be teaming up to host a Four Hands Omakase dinner at the former’s sophisticated space for three days only this month. Marrying Japanese-Peruvian and Malaysian flavours, the eight-course menu will spotlight local ingredients such as ginger flower and jackfruit through an array of classic Malaysian favourites as well as signature dishes from both establishments. This also marks the first time that Nobu will be joining hands with a local restaurant in the kitchen!

Address: Nobu Kuala Lumpur. L4A-05, Level 4A Shoppes at Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur No, 145, Jln Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Availability: 29 to 31 August | 6pm to 10.30pm

Price: RM750++ per person

Contact: +603 2380 0028 | WhatsApp +6019 289 5085 | [email protected]

READ: 15 Prime spots for an opulent omakase experience in KL


3. Table and Apron’s Merdeka sharing plates

This friendly neighbourhood restaurant in Damansara Kim will be presenting an all-Malaysian menu for two days only, exclusively for the Merdeka period. Among the sharing plates on the Merdeka menu include nasi lemak and nasi kerabu served with fan-favourite pork rendang*, an ulam and tempeh spread with sambal tempoyak, as well as brioche bakar with kaya.

*This restaurant is non-halal

Address: 23, Jalan SS 20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya

Availability: 30 & 31 August 2022 (lunch and dinner)

Contact: +603 7733 4000

To make a reservation, visit Table & Apron’s website.


4. The Brasserie at St. Regis Kuala Lumpur’s Malaysiaku menu

In conjunction with both Merdeka and Malaysia Day, The Brasserie will be offering a six-course menu inspired by local folklore and fairytales. Dubbed Malaysiaku, each course is named after a classic tale such as ‘Puteri Gunung Ledang’, ‘Bawang Putih, Bawang Merah’, and ‘Si Tanggang’—weaving familiar stories into edible delicacies from each state in Malaysia.

Address: No 6, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur

Availability: Selected dates between 19 August to 18 September 2022 (dine in and takeaway)

Price: RM388 per pax

Contact: +603 2727 6696 | +6012 280 1303 (WhatsApp) | [email protected]


5. Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur’s Specialties of the States Buffet

Let your taste buds travel around Malaysia with Quan’s Kitchen Merdeka buffet special, offering unique ‘Specialities of the States’. Highlights to expect include Braised Herbal Beef Short Ribs with Carrot and Daikon from Sabah, Ayam Panggang Kelulut Madu Berlado from Negeri Sembilan, and Kambing Bakar Perap from KL.

Address: 2, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Availability: 31 August 2022 | 12pm to 3pm (lunch) | 6.30pm to 9.30pm (dinner)

Price: RM138+ per adult

Contact: +6012 507 3327 | [email protected]


6. Serena Brasserie at Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur’s Negaraku Buffet

In honour of Merdeka and Malaysia Day, Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur’s all-day dining restaurant will be serving up a hearty buffet incorporating our DYMM Raja Permaisuri Agong’s recipes. Creatively adapted by the hotels’ culinary team, the signature dishes to try include Rendang Ayam Betawi, Masak Lemak Pisang Bakar Ikan Talang, Gulai Lemak Timun Sejuk, and Sambal Udang Belimbing Buluh. The meal also comes with a complimentary Malaysian-inspired mocktail, Pahlawan.

Address: InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, 165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Availability: Every Friday from 5 August to 16 September 2022 | 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Price: RM188+ per adult | RM94+ per child

Contact: +6016202 4623 | [email protected]

To make a reservation, click here.

READ: 7 Modern Malaysian restaurants to check out in KL


7. Li Restaurant’s Merdeka special


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For one night only on Merdeka Day, Li Restaurant will showcase a four-course menu embodying their interpretation of freedom. Inspired by the “cultural tapestry of Malaysia”, the dishes will feature nostalgic, Malaysian flavours including ox tongue, “ice cream roti”, and a trio of local kuih.

Address: 47, Jalan SS 22/23, SS 22, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Availability: 31 August 2022 | 6pm and 8pm seating

Price: RM150++ per pax | Optional drinks pairing at additional RM75++ per pax

Contact: +603 7733 7692 | +6011 2366 5358 (WhatsApp)


8. Nook at Aloft KL Sentral’s ‘Makan Makan’ Malaysia

Paying homage to our country’s melting pot of cultures, Nook presents an extensive buffet spread featuring local favourites include Penang char kuey teow, Sarawak laksa, popiah, ice kacang, and more. Led by executive sous chef Norhanis Nordin and his culinary team, the buffet boasts more than 60 different dishes, which also includes international delights.

Address: 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur

Availability: 2 September to 1 October 2022

Price: RM138 nett per person | Children below 12 years old enjoy 50 per cent off

Contact: +603 2723 1515 | kulal.b&[email protected]


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