17 August 2012

Ramadhan Buffet @ Bora Asmara, Sungai Penchala

Price Range : Mid-range
Cuisine : Malay
Recommended For : A family gathering
Catphobia-Friendly? : Relatively. There’s a cat that makes a subdued appearance occasionally

We went to Bora Asmara with lowered expectations, what with the warnings from many a diners telling us that the food really isn’t that great and the place is highly overrated. While we value their concerns, we decided to give their buffet a try anyways. Admittedly, their food is not the best Malay spread we have ever had, but we did have an enjoyable meal nonetheless!

Just a step into the earthen walls of Bora Asmara is enough to jog back all the fond memories we have of Bali. Its set-up is perfect for a laid-back buffet session. What’s really great also is that the restaurant is huge, with ample seating in the separate pavilions that they have. 

Love the open air concept too! Lilting Balinese music accompanies us on our rounds to the whole restaurant as we check out their buffet spread.

Soup counter, offering creamy mushroom soup, sup tulang and tom yam

Have a look at their main spread:

Sticky-sweet, juicy pieces of grilled chicken

Roast lamb

Perut masak lemak


Udang masak lemak 


Kurma ayam 

Fellow Blogger, Elias the Little Chef, is pretty happy with the spread

There’s the noodle station, of which the assam laksa deserves a special mention. The gravy is so thick and flavourful, and it so happens that they have a chef frying crunchy cucur udang at the end of the counter (Julie: for my family, cucur udang is a staple, die-die-must-have thing to have in our bowl of laksa)!

If the roast lamb from the main spread is insufficient to satisfy your need for meat, they also have kambing golek, which you can have with their fluffy-cheesy-buttery mashed potatoes.

The desserts corner is quite grandly displayed, with a pavilion on its own. The selection is pretty standard though, made up of mostly cakes and fruits.

All in all, we would say that Bora Asmara is a pleasantly surprising experience for us, and at the price of RM50 nett per person, it is definitely reasonable.

Bora Asmara
Lot 2933, Kampung Sungai Penchala
Jalan Damansara
60000 Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 7726 0964

3.159957, 101.6214

Roadside parking in front of the shop. 


  1. that's quite a nice range of traditional fare. i managed to check out their sister outlet, bora ombak in ampang, and it was a pretty decent buka puasa spread too :D

    1. yeah we felt it was pretty reasonable for the spread that they offer, and most of the foods were quite tasty! (though, everything tastes better for someone who has been deprived of food since 5am right? haha)

  2. I love outdoor places to dine! This spot looks green and spacious.