Using the name of the Malay word for sesame, Bijan is a top pick for many KLites when choosing where to take out-of-towners to sample authentic local cuisine. Head chef Zulkifli Razali brings a haute touch to classic Malay dishes, such as rendang daging (a dry meat curry) and kerabu pucuk paku (fiddlehead fern salad). Book a spot on the chef's Saturday morning tours through Chow Kit's markets to discover many of the quintessential ingredients of Malay cooking.
Note that homemade ice cream is served in local flavors, including the "king of fruits," durian, so save room for dessert.
3 Jalan Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur, 50200, Malaysia
Mar 27, 2014
Recently (mid-March, 2014) was an honoured participant at a most satisfactory business dinner at Bijan. One Kuala Lumpur-based business colleague was instrumental in procuring a particularly fine table for our party of four. His close connections with certain Bijan management and staff insured gracious and seamless service throughout the evening. [Will add this latest KL business trip entailed my staying once again at the lovely Mandarin Oriental.
My profile page review of the KL MO still stands; lovely property, perfect for my KL business requirements. And in my estimation, decent value relative to other MO properties I visit for work (and occasional brief holiday) in Bangkok, Hong Kong and London. Indeed, ongoing business commitments will have me staying at a few more MO properties, including a relatively new one from where I am writing - but that's for another review.] Regarding Bijan's cuisine, the KL colleagues were most helpful in guiding me to some of their favourites, including masak lemak ikan and cucur udang. (And I was informed that all of Bijan's dishes are 100% msg free.) A fine, if occasionally reflective and somber evening: our dinner occurred ~ six days after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370; ongoing prayers and thoughts to those souls with MH370. A special time with good friends, before finally flying back home to beloved Singapore. (Had been "on the road" for a few weeks.) Savour your times at a lovely locale.