“Seafood Feast” Buffet at Hotel Istana & Upcoming Event – SAMADHI Carnival

[Hotel Happenings]



Headed over to Urban Restaurant in Hotel Istana recently to try out their new “Seafood Feast” buffet. Urban is a contemporary and ultra-modern concept restaurant that fits 120 pax. The outlet’s décor consists of a combination of fashionable chic yet quirky and informal concepts with three different seating styles including the Zen-styled open setting.

The seafood buffet includes Lobster, Oyster, Prawn, Crab and many more produce from the sea. There’s also a (smaller) range of meat and pasta dishes are available. For those who prefer cooked dishes, there is the Striped Bass with Caramelized Onion and Basil Pesto Sauce, Grilled Prawn with Brunoise Carrot and Coriander Sauce, Lobster Tail with Sauté Mushroom and Seafood Sauce. 











There’s a wide variety of starters and appetizers such as the Scallop Ala Plancha with Grilled Zucchini Salad and Balsamic Dressing,  Asparagus with Country Turkey Ham and Pineapple Salsa, and lots of different salads.


Lots of salads!
Lots of salads!
Bread and soup counter
Bread and soup counter


There is also a Japanese corner with a selection of California Maki, Foto Maki and Maki Roll or Mixed Sushi with Shoyu, pink ginger and Wasabi, and a pretty selection of fresh Sashimi.


The pretty sashimi basket
The pretty sashimi basket





Desserts include favourites such as Creme Brulee, Fresh Mango Mousse, Mocha Caramel, and even an ice-cream counter.


To complement the meal, Urban has a wine menu for your selection or you could bring your own bottle of wine, with no corkage charge.




The tinted blue glass cuts the glare from the outside
Ruby with Moon from Hotel Istana's PR Department
Ruby with Moon from Hotel Istana’s PR Department



The ‘Seafood Feast’ Buffet is only available for dinner every Friday, and is priced at RM125.00 nett per person.


Urban is located at

Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre

73, Jalan Raja Chulan,

50200 Kuala Lumpur,




Operating Hours: Mondays to Fridays: Lunch: 12.00 pm – 2.30 pm       Dinner: 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm

Saturdays – Open for Dinner only

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays


Upcoming Event – SAMADHI Carnival

[Upcoming Event]



Food and wine lovers take note! The SAMADHI Carnival in conjunction with the SAMADHI hospitality group’s 16th anniversary will be happening on 29 October 2015 and will feature over 100 wines from around the world, and more than 60 sampling dishes from award-wining SAMADHI restaurants.

The SAMADHI Carnival will play host to a list of attractions starting at 8.00pm. The carnival is themed “The SAMADHI Experience”, and will run until midnight. With a ticket priced at RM100.00, guests will get to taste over 100 wines from 31 wineries and 23 winemakers, and over 60 sampling dishes from SAMADHI’s 6 award-winning executive chefs. Malaysia’s celebrity chef, Chef Wan will also be there to share his passion on a plate.

The event will be held at SAMADHI’s flagship restaurant TAMARIND SPRINGS, located by the edge of the jungle. Its award-winning history promises to transport guests to “somewhere other than here”, with its jungle-luxe ambience and night of gastronomic exploration in signature SAMADHI style.




Guests can look forward to chef demonstrations, live cooking stations, Kronenbourg 1664 booths, DJs on the deck, a charity auction, one-night-only deals and steals from SAMADHI’s resorts and hotels and of plenty of chilling and mingling!

Says Founder and CEO of SAMADHI, Federico Asaro, “Celebrations lie at the heart of SAMADHI’s philosophy. 16 years ago, I started TAMARIND HILL to celebrate the amazing food and culture of Indochina, and now with 5 hotels and 6 restaurants dotted all over Asia, nothing has changed. The party is bigger but we are still celebrating the little luxuries – great food, excellent wine, amazing company, special locations and lasting friendships.”

Tickets cost RM100.00 nett per person, and group discounts apply with RM80.00 nett per person for groups of 10 or more, and RM60.00 nett per person for groups of 20 or more. Tickets may be purchased online at or from any of SAMADHI’s restaurants TAMARIND SPRINGS, NEO TAMARIND, TAMARIND HILL KL and Singapore and CHEONG FATT TZE Restaurant in THE BLUE MANSION, George Town, Penang. Tickets may also be purchased at any of its properties – VILLA SAMADHI Kuala Lumpur, JAPAMALA Tioman Island and THE BLUE MANSION, Penang.

The SAMADHI Carnival is sponsored by Straits Wines Company and Carlsberg. Proceeds of the auction will be given to Ma’ Daerah Turtle Sanctuary in Malaysia and Elephant Parade in Thailand.

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