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“Not for its food!”
Review of Seri Melayu - CLOSED

Seri Melayu
Price range: $10 - $15
Dining options: Dinner, Buffet, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Buffet, Reservations
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Not for its food!”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

This review is strictly for its dinner buffet.

Food - horrible, horrible, horrible. If you want a taste of local food, go somewhere else. Even the simplest dishes were a tragedy. e.g. satay - meat was hard, cold and the sauce tasted like one of those 'instant' once coming out of a packet.

Entertainment - 2 star. It's obvious you're paying for the performances, and guess what - they're not even choreographed by someone with extended knowledge of the art. Sound system ok, not distracting too much from the food.

Looking to charge everything they can - (1) I had my 5-year old daughter with me as there were nowhere else to leave her. Told the lady my daughter will need to accompany me (she rarely eats anything else than her usual food anyway) - unfortunately she asked for half of a "roti bom" (a local delicacy that'd normally cost MYR15 in a 5-star hotel, or MYR0.50 elsewhere) - I was charged a full kids buffet rate of MYR60ish. (2) I wanted mineral water, and in the menu there was San Pallegrino for a reasonable price (can't recall exactly). When the bill came it was more expensive - because they gave me a large bottle instead of the one supposedly referred to in the menu, while it wasn't stated what size it was in the menu, only one item referred to the bottled water.

That was my first and last time there. They could only sell this to tourists who're here for the first time. Not locals. Sorry. Simply one of the worst I've come across.

  • Visited October 2011
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English first
netherlands
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“nice malaysian evening”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

a pleasant evening out nearby our hotel. Good buffet with explanation what things are. Plenty choise of spicy and not spicy food. Entertaining dancing. good price .quality ratio

Visited March 2012
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Sacramento, CA
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Essence of Malay!”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

Hands down the best Malaysian restaurant! It was recc'd to us by 3 locals. Casual attire, no shorts. There's a dance performance every night @ 8:30 pm which was great to see. Food is served buffet style (about 7tables) well labeled, traditional Malaysian dishes (inc desserts) for 72 RM. The restaurant itself is beautiful, reflecting Malaysian architecture. Staff was soo attentive! At the end of the performance, you have an opportunity to dance one stage and take a picture with the dancers. HIGHLY RECC'D! Take a taxi since crossing the streets to get there can be lethal - it's behind the Pavillion mall.

  • Visited July 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“good ramadhan buffet”
Reviewed May 17, 2012 via mobile

been here once for ramadhan buffet held by company but didn't get the chance to watch the show

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Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good food with great entertainment”
Reviewed April 1, 2012

Great food...Excellent dance performances. Beware Men cannot wear shorts to enter this place, they will be made to wear Sarongs..

Visited January 2012
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