Location : Kuala Lumpur
Cuisine : Malay Fine Dining
Savour the taste of Malay cuisine with delightful and enticing concoctions, in a classic, elegant setting. This regal restaurant is housed in a pre-war mansion in the heart of the city. You will be welcomed by wait staff attired in beautiful baju kebaya, complete with cucuk songgul (elaborate chignon pins).
At Ibunda, the dishes all sound so out of the ordinary that you wonder if the introduction of cooking styles and ingredients from outside Asia would ever blend well with traditional Malay cuisine. But they do, and Chef Zabidi Ibrahim is the one who sees to this. He was the award-winning chef at Gulai House, the Malay restaurant in Langkawiâ€™s Andaman.
The dishes are carefully created to suit the taste buds of locals and Westerners. They have adopted the Western style of dining, and the food presentation is exquisite because that is how Western patrons like it. Ibunda’s version of foie gras was delightful. It is served with cubes of chilled ciku, it made a welcome change from the usual apple or pear and, with its natural sweetness, proved to be a very good match indeed.
From the moat, to the refreshing welcome drink of Ginger-lemongrass Juice with Selasih, to the exotic dishes, Ibunda may just mark a new era for Malay cuisine.