I like food, but I don’t often spend a lot of money on a meal. Especially not in five-star hotels.
So, stepping into Contango at the Majestic Hotel was a bit like stepping into a fantasy; one that is far removed from your everyday life, one that celebrates decadence and beauty, one that makes you feel like you belong in a higher rung of the socioeconomic ladder. In the Majestic Hotel, colonial architecture evokes a romanticised past, a live band entertains in the lobby and waiters in suits attend to you. Now here’s what it was like to live that fantasy for one afternoon.
First, let’s get something out of the way – buffets are not great environments if you are, say, trying to avoid a viral pandemic. They involve crowds of people, shared utensils and lots of strangers breathing onto the food you’re about to eat.
Contango does a good job of managing these risks. There’s a comfortable distance between each seated table, and patrons are required to wear masks when they aren’t seated.
All food is tucked behind see-through displays. For some counters, where the food has already been prepared, servers will help pile them on your plate. For others, you drop the order sticks into little boxes on each counter, and wait for a server to deliver your food in small servings. There was a bit of wait involved when we ordered dishes, especially when the crowd started to trickle in.
At buffets, I usually make a beeline for the seafood and Japanese counters. There were sweet, succulent prawns on ice (three pieces pictured above, but you can take as many as you want at a time), tuna and salmon sashimi, as well as a few assorted sushi.
Here’s where I encountered one of the few downsides of dining in an assisted buffet – going to the same server for seconds, thirds and fourths before asking for an extra plate to sneak in after dessert can make one rather self-conscious about looking like a glutton.
Moving on, the Western food counter had staples like pizza and pasta, but there were also a few interesting dishes like chicken cacciatore, as well as seafood au gratin. The most popular counter was the roast meats counter, where servers carved out slices of roast lamb and chicken.
There’s also a range of local food which includes chicken tikka, ayam percik, prawn sambal, ginger fish, char kuey teow, wantan noodles and dim sum.
Meanwhile, Contango has a nice assortment of dainty desserts. The few we tried were good and not too sweet. There’s also a small selection of grapes, nuts, dried fruit and cheese (camembert and cheddar) – perfect to cap off a meal.
The drinks counter offers coffee, Twinings tea and a variety of juices. There’s free-flow wine and beer to be had too, if you pay for an optional package.
The variety of food at Contango seems a bit smaller compared to its pre-covid days (based on other reviews), but there’s still a decent selection, and the quality of the dishes is generally good. For RM105 for lunch or RM125 for dinner (no taxes charged!), you get to make yourself comfy in a five-star hotel, listen to live jazz and feast for several hours – we think that’s a reasonable price to pay.
Check them out at:
Contango @ Majestic Hotel
Address: 5, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Tasik Perdana, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Lunch (12pm – 2.30pm), Dinner (6.30pm – 10.30pm)
Phone: 03-2785 8000
For more information, visit Contango on the Majestic Hotel’s website