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For the two patriotic months of August and September 2019 (1 August 2019 – 30 September 2019), Spice Brasserie @ The Light Hotel, Seberang Jaya, Penang, would be serving Khazanah Sajian Nusantara Buffet Dinner, to commemorate our National Day on 31 August 2019 with the theme “Sayangi Malaysia/Love Malaysia” and Malaysia Day on 16 September 2019 with the theme “Malaysia Bersih/A Clean Malaysia”, from Sundays to Thursdays, 6.30pm until 10.00pm. The “Back by Popular Demand” themed buffer dinner with over 100 favourite Malaysian dishes would be priced at RM116.00nett per pax. Do grab the Early Bird vouchers which are now available for purchase at RM80.00nett (Adult) and RM60.00nett (Children & Senior Citizen). Advanced reservations are encouraged. Terms and conditions apply. For reservations and enquiries, please contact +604-382 1111 or email to info@thelighthotelpg.com

The hotel’s Executive Chef, Chef Halim Mohamad, has infused in the dishes that embodies the essence of being Malaysian and able to fusion the tastes into new pleasing forms and flavors for both the eyes and the palate with favorites such as Nasi Biryani Ayam Wawasan, Nasi Dagang Murni, Nasi Kerabu Sehati, Nasi Kabuli Sejiwa, Nasi Daging Sejati, Nasi Ayam Melaka Gemilang, Kambing Panggang Perwira, Kari Kepala Ikan Semangat Jati, Shawarma Daging Pujangga, Itik Panggang Tuah , Asam Pedas Ikan Pari Harmoni, Sambal Sotong Petai Makmur, Ayam Masak Lemak Warisan, Gulai Nangka Muda & Ikan Bilis Abadi, Murtabak ala Lasagne Muhibbah, Char Koay Teow Sejahtera, Ais Kacang Setinggi Angkasa; Piza Buah Nangka Berkeju Semangat, Piza Quarto Nasi Kandar Sedunia and more. Other selection ranges from wide variety or traditional salads or locally known as ulam accompanied with aromatic spicy Sambal to give it that extra zing. Salad, Appetizer, Soup, Selection of Breads & Rolls including roti benggali, Grill Station, Roast and ‘live’ action station such as carvery, noodles, deep-fry, Indian Station, Chinese Station as well as Western favourites will certainly satisfy your palate.

Diners will not be disappointed as there will be an extensive spread of desserts ranging from local and Western such as Sago Gula Melaka Putra Putri, Serawa Durian Dirgahayu, Aneka Kuih Melayu Jalur Gemilang, and other sweet delicacies to complete the journey of Merdeka gastronomy.

Other promotions would include special treats for Merdeka Babies-Dine-For-Free-Buffet, that is applicable with two accompanying paying adults from 25-29 August 2019, and there would be a draw fortnightly with a minimum spending of RM350nett in a single receipt.

Do also look out for the “Stay & Dine Package” which is inclusive of a “2 Days 1 Night Stay” in Superior Room with Complimentary Buffet Breakfast and Khazanah Sajian Nusantara Buffet Dinner from RM300+ (single). Terms and conditions apply.

The Light Hotel is located along Lebuh Tenggiri 2 at Seberang Jaya, Penang. Upon entering the main entrance of the hotel, just drive around to find your parking space at the front of the premises. Walk into the lobby of the hotel and you can see Spice Brasserie on your left.

SPICE BRASSERIE @ THE LIGHT HOTEL PENANG
Address: Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Bandar Seberang Jaya, 13700 Seberang Jaya, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-382 1111
Business Hours: 7.30am-11.00am (Breakfast), 12.00pm-2.30pm (Set Lunch), 7.00pm – 10.30pm (Set Dinner)
GPS: 5.394646, 100.397951

RATING:
Ambience: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 9/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 9/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

About The Light Hotel: The Light Hotel Penang is wholly owned and managed by The Light Hotel (M) Sdn Bhd. It is located within a fast-developing industrial area of Seberang Jaya, Penang. The 5-star Hotel offers a luxury resort-style experience with a total of 303 rooms of 6 different categories. Its private and fully equipped meeting facilities and boardrooms offer high class stylish business environments which cater to all business needs. Meet your partners or hold your business gatherings in the comfort of our function rooms. Expand the possibilities in fascinating surrounding and ultra-modern interior of The Light Grand Ballroom with 1200 banquet seating or choose from any of the 12 other meeting rooms that caters for a small intimate affair to larger scale events. Opt for a casual all-day dining at Spice Brassiere or an exquisite experience at Flavour@3 that caters for in-door and Al fresco style dining whereas Lumino Lounge serves refined food and beverages as well as fine cigar brands. The beautiful outdoor landscaped swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna room, yoga studio, kid’s playroom, are namely some of the facilities on the 3rd floor, whereas the Spa is located on the Mezzanine floor. The Light Hotel Penang represents the perfect combination of luxurious destination of Delightful Mix of Business and Comfort for a truly unique experience. Visit www.thelighthotelpg.com for more information.

 

To commemorate Malaysia’s Independence Day, Ixora Hotel Penang would be churning out delicious dishes to celebrate our 62nd Merdeka Day 2019 (31 August 2019) and Malaysia Day 2019 (16 September 2019). Ixora Hotel Penang’s Executive Chef, Chef Ong, together with his team, would put together great Malaysia cuisine, as many as 50 dishes, from starters, salads, soups, rice & noodle dishes, main courses and action stalls, to reminisce the flavors of what Malaysia is about the Straits Café & Lounge. Do call in +604-382 8888 to make your reservation today.

The buffet’s selection for Merdeka Day 2019 Buffet Dinner would boast unlimited servings of grilled items including BBQ Whole Australian Baby Lamb, Lamb & Beef Skewers, Garlic BBQ Oyster, Vermicelli Scallops, Ikan Pari & Ikan Nyok Nyok, Prawn Skewers, Cheese Sausage, Assorted Grilled Vegetables and more.

As for Malaysia Day 2019 Buffet Lunch, some of the delicacies would include Traditional Lemang with Chicken Rendang, Penang Char Kuey Teow, Yong Tau Foo, Otak-Otak, Roti John and Satay Celup and more.

Here are some glimpses of the dishes available for both promotions.

Do also check out Ixora Hotel Penang’s exclusive cake collections for purchases or orders for special occasions. Currently, there are 8 options, namely Rose Truffle, Gorgeous Lavender, Carrot & Walnut Torte, Pick Me Up Tiramisu, Miracle Berries Chilled Cheese, Mangolicious Cheese Cake, Lecious Banana and Cioccolato.

Getting to the Straits Café & Lounge @ Ixora Hotel won’t be hard as it’s just located next to the Megamall Shopping Complex at Bandar Perai Jaya. If you are coming from the island via the 1st Penang Bridge, just look out for the second exit on your left upon reaching the mainland. Drive all the way via Jalan Baru until you reach the 1st traffic lights. Turn left into Jalan Perai Jaya 1 and you can see Ixora Hotel at the junction of Jalan Baru/Jalan Perai Jaya 1. Drive straight for about 10m and you can see the basement car park on your left. Park your car and go up Level 1 and you can see the café & lounge there.

Name: STRAITS CAFÉ & LOUNGE @ IXORA HOTEL PENANG
Address: Jalan Baru, Bandar Perai Jaya, 13600 Perai, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 604-382 8888
Business Hours: 6.00am-10.00am (breakfast), 12.00pm-2.30pm (Lunch), 6.00pm-10.00pm (Dinner)
GPS: 5.378357, 100.398322

RATING:
Ambience: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8.5/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

 

With the appointment of Chef Rizal Masir, a chef with more than 25 years of culinary experiences, locally and overseas, as the resort’s Executive Sous Chef, you would get surely get a boosted-up dining experiences at the Golden Sands Resort. You would also get to experience his culinary skills using the freshest ingredients, herbs and spices available to pep up sumptuous local dishes in the current Selera Kampung Buffet Dinner Promotion. The promotion is priced at RM98nett per adult and RM49nett per child from 6.00pm until 10.00pm on every Monday until Saturday, excluding eve of public holidays and public holidays. The good news is, there would be a BUY-ONE-FREE-ONE offer for Monday until Thursday for all adults. Senior citizens would get a 40% off from the actual price on Friday and Saturday. Terms & conditions apply. The hotel would also contribute RM2 per purchase to charity. For reservations, please call +604-886 1911 (Direct Restaurant Line).

You would be expecting Appetizers and Salads such as Ulam-Ulam Tempatan (Petai, Timun, Tomato, Daun Ceylon,Ulam Raja,Terung Pipit, Kacang Botol, Jering, Daun Pegaga ,Ulam Rebus, Terung, Jantung Pisang, Kacang Panjang, Pucuk Ubi, Pucuk Gajus, Nangka dll), Salad Segar dan 3 jenis Dressing), Kerabu Ayam, Kerabu Sotong, Kerabu Taugeh, Chinese Salad, Sides such as Tempeh Sambal, Serunding Kangkung, Paceri Nenas, Acar Buah,Acar Rampai, Jelatah & Mango Chutney, Gado-Gado, Pickles and Condiments such as Jeruk Mangga, Jeruk Betik, Jeruk Kelubi, Jeruk Cermai, Jeruk Pala, Jeruk Halia, Jeruk Kedondong, Jeruk Kundang,Jeruk Jambu Air, Sambal Bajak, Sambal Belacan, Sambal Tomato, Sambal Goreng Berlada, Sambal Tempoyak, Cencaluk, Budu, Various Crackers and Salted Fish such as Keropok Ikan, Keropok Udang, Keropok Sayur, Keropok Lekor, Keropok Melinjau, Ikan Masin Kurau, Ikan Masin Tenggiri Jeruk, Ikan Kembung Masin, Ikan Masin Sepat, Ikan Gelama Kering, Garing-garing, Telur Masin. On top of that, you would also get Lemang, Lemang Pulut Hitam & Ketupat Daun Palas, Serunding Daging dan Rendang Pedas, plus Pasembut (Cucur Sayur, Telor Rebus, Timun, Sengkuang, Kentang, Bebola Ikan, Kepingan Ikan, Sosej, Isi Ketam), Mee Ayam dan Wantan Goreng.

The Main Dishes would include Cili Ketam, Kambing Maisore, Ayam Panggang Bumbu Bali, Beef with Dry Chili and Cashew Nuts, Crispy Catfish in Garlic Soya, Taugeh Goreng Ikan Masin, Dhalca Sayur, Kueh Teow Mamak, Nasi Puspasari, Nasi Jagung, Nasi Kukus Daun Pandan, Sup ‘Gear Box’, Nasi Briyani Tulang Rawan.

There would also be various grills outdoor at the garden, namely Kambing Panggang Bawang Putih with condiments such as Air Assam, Pudina Krim Masam, Acar Bawang Ros, Ayam ‘Pasu’, Panggang Ikan (Kembong, Pari, Selar, Cencaru, Tenggiri, Kerang, Sotong with condiments such as Air Assam, Cili Kicap dan Sambal Mentah.

As for Desserts to end the meal, you would be expecting items such as Tapai Ubi, Kek Pisang, Talam Ubi, Kuih Lapis, Buah Melaka, Ketayap, Onde-Onde, Puteri Ayu, Kuih Gelang, Kuih Bahulu, Sajian Kek dan Manisan Barat, Bubur Sumsum, Pengat Nangka, Buah Kurma, Pilihan Biskut dan Kuih Raya, Jeli Buah-Buahan, Puding Gula Hangus, Buah-Buahan, Ais Batu Campur, Cendol dan Ais Krim (3 perisa), Teh Tarik dan Kopi Tarik, Mata Kucing, Jus Kurma, Sirap Selasih.

The restaurant is just located within the premises of Golden Sands Resort. Drive all the way up towards Batu Ferringhi. When you see the Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa on your right, slow down and watch out for the Golden Sands Resort entrance which is right after the Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa. Park your car at the ample car park there and walk into the main lobby of the resort. Head towards the left side of the lobby and you would see the Garden Café there.

Name: GARDEN CAFE @ GOLDEN SANDS RESORT
Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-886 1911 (Direct Restaurant Line)
Business Hours: 7.00pm-10.00pm (Ala Carte: 6.30am-11.00pm)
GPS: 5.477405, 100.251657

RATING:
Ambience: 9/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

 

About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Group: Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 90 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 37,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.

For the holy month of Ramadan 2019, Spice Brasserie @ The Light Hotel, Seberang Jaya, Penang, would be serving Khazanah Sajian Nusantara Ramadan Buffet Dinner from 8 May 2019 until 4 June 2019 from 7.00pm until 10.00pm. The prices would be at RM110nett per pax (adult) and RM88nett per pax (child & senior citizen). For reservations and enquiries, please contact +604-382 1111 or email to info@thelighthotelpg.com

Note: You would also be entertained by the Ar Rayyan Band with a medley of Arabic, Malay’s oldies and contemporary music nightly. For the convenience of all Muslim guests, The Light Hotel Penang has made conducive arrangements for separate male and female prayer rooms with Imam for Tarawih prayer too.

On top of that, there would also be two more promotions available at Flavor@3, Level 3 of the hotel, such as the Biryani Dome Set, comprises of Biryani Rice, Ayam Bawang, Kambing Kari Pekat, Sambal Sotong, Egg Kurma/Dalca, Sayur Goreng Masala accompanied with a serving of kurma, desserts, a jar of beverage of the day for a minimum of 6 persons at RM50nett per person or the A La Santai Buffet Dinner with a feast of mouth-watering array of our local favourites with stall concept at the air-alfresco dining area of Garden Terrace @ Level 3 at RM88nett per pax (adult) and RM68nett per pax (child & senior citizen).

There are also other customized packages available. Private Ramadan Meeting Package starts from RM90nett per person. Ramadan Room package from RM230+ which is inclusive of breakfast/sahur for 2 persons and from RM380+ which is inclusive of breakfast/sahur and Ramadan Buffet Dinner for 2 persons. Terms & conditions apply. For Group Berbuka Puasa gatherings of 100 persons or more, the hotel could offer specially tailored buffet menus for those interested in organizing private or special get-togethers during the festive month of Ramadan. The Hotel would be able to arrange for events to take place at the pillar-free The Light Grand Ballroom that seats over 1,200 persons, or in any of the other function rooms. Buffet menus are priced from RM90nett onwards depending on the menu selections.

The dishes presented by The Light Hotel Penang during their Ramadan Buffet has always impressed me with their creativity and innovation to come out with something unique yearly to pamper its guests. This year, you would get to savor home-style dishes from the various states in Malaysia with the main highlight being the Minangkabau dishes from Negeri Sembilan. The Kitchen team would arrange more than 170 dishes which would include 6 live action stalls, 2 types of carving, 6 types of Gulai Kawah, up to 20 main dishes, 2 types of savory rice, and more than 15 types of desserts to get your saliva dripping from the minute you stepped into Spice Brasserie.

Let’s have a tour on what are the items available for your Ramadan buffet dinner experiences. We would start off with Salad, Appetizer, Soup, Selection of Breads & Rolls including Roti Benggali, Grill Station, Roast and ‘live’ action station such as carvery, noodles, deep-fry, Indian Station, Chinese Station as well as Western favorites that will certainly satisfy your palate. Perennial favorites of Nasi Impit drizzled with sweet peanut sauce, and Lemang accompanied with Serunding and delicious rendang will be part of the arrays too. Wide variety or traditional salads or locally known as ulam, a popular main dish in traditional Malay villages and a variety of aromatic spicy sambal to give it that extra zing.

The main menu would be rotated daily throughout the Ramadan month with flavourful cuisines comprising of the key highlight such as Lamb ‘Percik Minang” (Kambing Percik Minang), Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin (Daging Lembu Tenderloin Dengan Salutan Kopi Istimewa), Chilli Crab (Ketam Bercili), Field Beans & Drumstick Salted Fish Curry (Kari Ikan Masin Dengan Kacang Bidang & Murunggai), Duck Egg Bird’s Eye Chilli Coconut Gravy (Telur Itik Masak Lemak Cili Padi), Hot & Spicy Assam Stingray (Ikan Pari Asam Pedas), Beef Rendang “Nogori” (Rendang Daging Nogori), Pineapple with Dried Shrimp in Sweet-Spicy Coconut Curry (Pajeri Nenas Udang Kering), Lamb Keema in Pita Bread (Kambing Keema Dengan Roti Pita), Gearbox Soup (Sup Tulang Daging) and special Lamb Char Koay Teow (Koay Teow Kambing). A must-try for Minangkabau dishes among others, Daging Rendang Nogori, Gulai Lemak Nanas Ikan Talang Masin, Sambal Gesek, Gulai Pisang Muda, Gulai Pucuk Ubi Ikan Bilis, Gulai Ikan Sembilang Salai, Gulai Daging Salai Pucuk Ubi & Terung Telunjuk and more.

To completing the Ramadan culinary journey, sink into the sweet stuff, the dessert assortments of more than 50 types, including traditional Malay Kuih-Muih such as Kuih Seri Muka, Karipap Pusing, Lepat Pisang, Tapai Ubi, Apam Kelapa Kuih Bahulu, Kuih Tiram and Jeli kelapa are among some of the desserts along with our famous Bread & Butter Pudding, Warm Apple Crumble, Bubur Durian with Roti Benggali, a host of sliced and whole seasonal local fruits, cakes and cookies. Do not forget to check out their Teh Tarik section, where you would get to savor one of the best beverages in this region.

Moreover, the hotel would also be collaborating with Merry Me, an ice cream parlor with “Malaysian Inspired Ice Cream” since 2016, to have a stall at the lobby to sell their signature ice creams at RM8.90nett per scoop. Do check out two of their signature flavors such as Gula Melaka and Salted Egg Cookies & Cream.

Thanks to the management of The Light Hotel Penang for having us over for the review.

The Light Hotel is located along Lebuh Tenggiri 2 at Seberang Jaya, Penang. Upon entering the main entrance of the hotel, just drive around to find your parking space at the front of the premises. Walk into the lobby of the hotel and you can see Spice Brasserie on your left.

SPICE BRASSERIE @ THE LIGHT HOTEL PENANG
Address: Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Bandar Seberang Jaya, 13700 Seberang Jaya, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-382 1111
Business Hours: 7.30am-11.00am (Breakfast), 12.00pm-2.30pm (Set Lunch), 7.00pm – 10.30pm (Set Dinner)
GPS: 5.394646, 100.397951

RATING:
Ambience: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 9/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 9/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

About The Light Hotel: The Light Hotel Penang is wholly owned and managed by The Light Hotel (M) Sdn Bhd. It is located within a fast-developing industrial area of Seberang Jaya, Penang. The 5-star Hotel offers a luxury resort-style experience with a total of 303 rooms of 6 different categories. Its private and fully equipped meeting facilities and boardrooms offer high class stylish business environments which cater to all business needs. Meet your partners or hold your business gatherings in the comfort of our function rooms. Expand the possibilities in fascinating surrounding and ultra-modern interior of The Light Grand Ballroom with 1200 banquet seating or choose from any of the 12 other meeting rooms that caters for a small intimate affair to larger scale events. Opt for a casual all-day dining at Spice Brassiere or an exquisite experience at Flavour@3 that caters for in-door and Al fresco style dining whereas Lumino Lounge serves refined food and beverages as well as fine cigar brands. The beautiful outdoor landscaped swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna room, yoga studio, kid’s playroom, are namely some of the facilities on the 3rd floor, whereas the Spa is located on the Mezzanine floor. The Light Hotel Penang represents the perfect combination of luxurious destination of Delightful Mix of Business and Comfort for a truly unique experience. Visit www.thelighthotelpg.com for more information.

 

Jazz Feast Restaurant at Jazz Hotel Penang has recently launched its “Jazzy Gump Seafood Buffet Dinner”, a unique and exciting seafood themed buffet dinner with a touch of New Orleans inspired delicacies.

The buffet dinner is only on every Saturday from 7.00pm until 10.00pm, with a price tag of RM108nett (with free flow alcohol) and RM88nett (without alcohol) for adult, while it’s priced at RM68 for senior citizen (65 years old & above) and child (4-11 years old). Child below the age of 3 are entitled for a free dine in. Terms and conditions apply. Prior reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment. For enquiries/reservations, please contact +604-375 3333.

Basically, diners are pampered with great options from Appetizers (with lots of salad choices), Soup, Cold Cuts on the Mirror, Hot Dishes, Live Action Stalls (Chinese, Malay & Western), Carving Trolley as well as Desserts. The main meat highlights would surely be the Auto Sham stall featuring Roasted Marinated Sirloin accompanied with roasted root vegetables & baked potatoes, Roasted Chicken and Duck with various dipping sauces. Other than that, you should check out their variety of sashimi, Japanese unagi, seafood in pails and more. As for the Live Action Counter, “Panggang-panggang dalam Daun Pisang” aka Banana Leaves Wrapped Grill has many choices of seafood and vegetables in their homemade spices. The Hot Dishes section would also offer many international and local dishes such as Roasted Chicken with Percik Sauce, Lamb Chop with Chimichurri Sauce, Grilled Marinated Prawns with Garlic Paprika and Salsa, Seafood Pot Pie, Baked Fish with Capers Butter Sauce, Chili Crab with Deep Fried Mantao, Paella Rice and more. There’s definitely something for everyone.

As for Desserts, you would have a mix and match of local and foreign delicacies with the additional of assorted mix tropical fruits, such as Penang Famous Ais Kacang & Teow Chew Cendol, Sago Gula Melaka, Assorted Mix Tropical Fruits, Baked Cheese Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Matcha Green Tea Cake, 2 Types of Jellies in a Cup, Creme Brulee, Profiterole, Bread and Butter Pudding and 4 Types of Ice Cream with Condiments.

For those who had ordered the package with alcohol at RM108nett per pax, you have additional free-flow access to the alcoholic drinks other than everything else available during the buffet dinner.

Jazz Hotel Penang is located along Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, a stone’s throw away from the opposite Tesco Seri Tanjung Pinang. Though you could reach the hotel by turning right from Jalan Tanjung Tokong at the Tesco’s traffic lights and by making a U-turn in front of Straits Quay Marina Mall, it advisable to turn right at the Island Plaza traffic lights and follow the flow until you reach the hotel entrance on your left. There are ample parking spaces in front of the hotel as well as within the premises. Just walk into the hotel lobby and head on to the hotel’s elevator and press for level 2, where the restaurant is situated. More parking lots are available at Level 3-6A&7 near the Jazz Suites entrance on the left of the building. Parking rate is RM3 for the first 2 hours and RM2 for each subsequent hour.

Name: JAZZ FEAST COFFEE HOUSE @ JAZZ HOTEL PENANG
Address: No. 1, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 604-375 3333
GPS: 5.458091, 100.309252
Business Hours: 6.30am-11.00pm

RATING:
Ambience: 9/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 9/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

About Jazz Hotel Penang: Ideally located in a residential suburb, Jazz Hotel Penang is a leisure stroll to Straits Quay and marina, whilst family attractions, shopping, and dining at Gurney Drive’s famous street food are just minutes away. Stay pampered, in one of the luxurious 255 rooms and suites in the 30 stories hotel; optimized for the tech-savvy traveler with free secure high-speed internet connection and 24-hour security. Experience New Orleans style soul-food @ Jazz Feast, bursting with the flavors of Southern comfort recipes and the ultimate must-eat Penang food. Savor Japanese cuisine @ Kitano, a unique taste of subtle fresh clean flavors and delicate texture. Celebrate smooth jazz, blues, swing, and ragtime @ String & Sax. A perfect jump-start for the fitness-enthusiast, prioritize morning ‘me-time’ with gym and a dip in the infinity pool against a backdrop sea view on the highest floor. Where there is Jazz, there is Life. Jazz is Life!

 

RECOMMENDED RAMADAN BUFFET DINNERS 2018 IN PENANG

Posted by crizlai On May - 15 - 2018

Ramadan, being the 9th month in the Islamic calendar, is the holiest of Islamic months, to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Nabi Muhammad. Muslims throughout Malaysia would attend mosque and start a month of fasting between sunrise and sunset. During the breaking of fast, there are many Ramadan Buffet Dinner Promotions available in Penang. Here are some of the recommended venues to break your fast with your family members and friends.

Name: SPICE BRASSERIE, THE LIGHT HOTEL
Address: Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Bandar Seberang Jaya, 13700 Seberang Jaya, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-382 1111
Business Hours: 7.00pm-10.00pm
GPS: 5.394646, 100.397951
Promotion Period: 18 May 2018 – 14 June 2018
Price: RM110nett (Adults), RM90nett (Child & Senior Citizen)

With the experiences of serving the best with international and local flavors, The Light Hotel has always impressed me with their innovative recipes. They even sent their chefs to various Malaysian states to learn up the trick of the trades of the local culinary scenes. Some of their recommendations would be their signature Kambing Golek Warisan Tok Wan served with delicious Briyani rice, Ayam Bawang, Gulai Udang, Kambing Hitam Manis, Gulai Kepala lkan, Gulai Ketam, Dalca Telur, Sup Gear Box, Ayam Nangka Pucuk Ubi, lkan Patin Gulai Tempoyak, lkan Goreng Achak-Achak, Teluk ltik Lemak Cili Api Belimbing Buluh and more. Don’t miss out their signature Teh Tarik too.

Name: FLAVOUR@3, THE LIGHT HOTEL
Address: Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Bandar Seberang Jaya, 13700 Seberang Jaya, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-382 1111
Business Hours: 7.00pm-10.00pm
GPS: 5.394646, 100.397951
Promotion Period: 21 May 2018 – 13 June 2018
Price: RM90nett (Adults), RM70nett (Child & Senior Citizen)

There’s also the alfresco dining where you would be pampered with a variety of action-packed meat and seafood grills at Flavour@3, Level 3, of the hotel. The options would include sirloin steak, lamb cutlet, fresh prawn, squid, fish wrapped in banana leaf, chicken drumstick, sausages and more.

Name: SPICE BRASSERIE, THE LIGHT HOTEL
Address: Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Bandar Seberang Jaya, 13700 Seberang Jaya, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-382 1111
Business Hours: 7.00pm – 10.00pm
GPS: 5.394646, 100.397951
Promotion Period: 16 May 2018 – 13 June 2018
Price: RM250nett (Juadah Qash’ah Set for 4 pax)

To foster togetherness, goodness and patience with a touch of kampung tradition with a mild twist of Arabian influence during the holy month of Ramadan, The Light Hotel Penang is the only hotel in this region to serve Juadah Qash’ah, a big tray of great signature dish to be shared with a group of 4 persons.

Name: ROSELLE COFFEE HOUSE @ LEXIS SUITES PENANG
Address: 28, Jalan Teluk Kumbar, 11920 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-628 2888
Business Hours: 6.30pm-10.00pm
GPS: 5.287210, 100.232760
Promotion Period: 17 May 2018 – 14 June 2018
Price: RM98nett (Adults), RM70nett (Senior Citizen), RM50nett (Child)

With the years of experiences from the newly appointed Executive Chef, Chef Johnno Fong, you are assured of some unique twists on their food choices. Some of their recommendations would include Kambing Golek served with Nasi Impit, Gulai Udang Galah, Ayam Percik, Siput Sedut Masak Lemak Cili Padi, Daging Kuzi Daun Pudina, Ikan Tenggiri Gulai Kampung, Paru-paru Masak Berlada, Sup Gearbox and many more.

Name: SARKIES @ EASTERN & ORIENTAL HOTEL
Address: 10 Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-222 2000
Business Hours: 7.30pm-10.30pm
GPS: 5.423624, 100.334988
Promotion Period: 17 May 2018 – 14 June 2018
Price: RM166nett (Adults), RM83nett (Child)

Being the oldest boy in the hospitality industry, Sarkies @ E& O Hotel, has a reputation for serving one of the best roasts and grills in Penang. Other than their signature Roasted Duck, Roasted Beef and Lamb, variety of Sushi and Shashimi, some of their Ramadan spread recommendations would consist of BBQ Whole Roast Australian Lamb, Gulai Kawah of the Day, Ikan Bakar, Mongolian BBQ, Daging Rendang Tok, Gulai Ketam Kampung, Ayam Masak Madu, Opor Daging Kambing and more.

Name: SWEZ BRASSERIE @ EASTIN HOTEL PENANG
Address: 1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queens Bay, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-612 1128, +604-612 1138
Business Hours: 7.00pm-10.00pm
GPS: 5.33643, 100.306345
Promotion Period: 16 May 2018 – 13 June 2018
Price: RM120nett (Adults), RM69nett (Senior Citizen), RM60nett (Child)

Swez Brasserie @ Eastin Hotel Penang, has been one of the top hotels on the island to serve many unique dishes during Ramadan. With a former personal chef for royalty at helm, you would surely be pampered even more during this holy month of Ramadan. Some of the recommendations would include Kambing Panggang BBQ, Sup Tulang Rusuk Kambing Berempah, Sup Gearbox Utara, Gulai Kawah Kepala Ikan Salmon, Udang Masak Tempoyak, Daging Kuzi, Sotong Kembang Masak Cili Kering dengan Kekacang, Ketam Masak Cili Ala Temasik, Ekor Lembu Masak Ros, Pajeri Belimbing Buluh, Nasi Minyak Puspawangi and more.

Name: TOP VIEW RESTAURANT & LOUNGE @ THE TOP, PENANG
Address: Level 59 & 60, Komtar, Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-262 5960
Business Hours: 6.30pm-10.00pm
GPS: 5.414741, 100.329771
Promotion Period: 15 May 2018 – 15 June 2018
Price: RM98nett (Adults), RM78nett (Child)

Who could resist dining at the tallest restaurant during this Ramadan while experiencing the best view in Penang? At Top View Restaurant & Lounge, you would be spoiled for choices. Some of the recommendations for this Ramadan would include Roast Whole Lamb ” Kambing Golek ” With Harissa Sauce & Lamb Juz, served with Roasted Vegetables & Potatoes, Tandoori Lamb Chop, Kambing Masak Kurma, Kepah Masak Lemak Chilli Api, Udang Masak Asam, Ikan Masak Masam Manis, Ketam Masak Kari, Ayam Masak Merah and more.

Name: UMI @ THE TOP, PENANG
Address: Level 5, Komtar, Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-262 3800
Business Hours: 6.30pm-10.00pm
GPS: 5.414741, 100.329771
Promotion Period: 15 May 2018 – 15 June 2018
Price: RM48nett (Adults), RM35nett (Child)

Uni @ The Top, is one of the restaurants in Penang serving authentic Malay cuisine. During this Ramadan, there will also be a buffet promotion on top of their usual ala carte order. Some of the recommendations are Ayam Percik, Ayam Masak Kicap Madu, Gulai Kambing Kawah, Assam Pedas Melaka, Udang Petai, Badak Berendam and more.

Name: GROUND FLOOR BALLROOM @ VISTANA HOTEL PENANG
Address: 213 Jalan Bukit Gambir, 11950 Bukit Jambul, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-646 8000
Business Hours: 7.00pm-10.00pm
GPS: 5.336334, 100.291527
Promotion Period: 16 May 2018 – 13 June 2018
Price: RM70nett (Adults), RM30nett (Child)

Vistana Hotel Penang’s Ramadan promotion is one of the more visited venues for breaking fast due to its low pricing as well as its large spreads of dishes. Some of recommended dishes this year would be their Kambing Panggang, Nasi Kerabu, Ayam Goreng Telur Masin, Ayam Panggang Madu, Daging Gulai Pantai Timur, Udang Masak Lemak Batang Keladi, Kambing Masak Kari and more.

Name: 6TH FLOOR CAR PARK @ ICONIC HOTEL PENANG
Address: 71 Jalan Icon City, Bukit Tengah, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-505 9988
Business Hours: 7.00pm-10.00pm
GPS: 5.342106, 100.432846
Promotion Period: 17 May 2018 – 14 June 2018
Price: RM65+ (Adults), RM32.50+ (Child)

With the whole Level 6 car park being converted into a fishing village theme, accompanied by a life size sampan displaying a variety of delicious hot dishes, you are sure to be mesmerized with the whole new experience. Some of their recommendations would be their Kambing Panggang, Ikan Bawal Goreng Berempah, Nasi Hujan Panas, Ayam Percik Kelantan, Ketam Masak Lemak Nenas and more.

Name: STRAITS CAFÉ & LOUNGE @ IXORA HOTEL PENANG
Address: Jalan Baru, Bandar Perai Jaya, 13600 Perai, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-382 8888
Business Hours: 7.00pm-10.00pm
GPS: 5.378357, 100.398322
Promotion Period: 21 May 2018 – 14 June 2018
Price: RM86nett (Adults), RM56nett (Child)

Ixora Hotel Penang has a reputation in providing some of the best food, especially in roasts and grills at a reasonable price. Some of their meat has been marinated for a long period of time to produce the best in taste and texture. Some of recommended dishes this Ramadan would be their signature Kambing Panggang Bergolek, Ayam Kuzi Berempah dengan Kismis, Udang Goreng Nestum Daun Kari, Shawarma Ayam and more.

 

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Ever since my encounter in dining at Starz Diner @ Hard Rock Hotel Penang during Chinese New Year last year, I’ve since felt in love with the culinary skills as well as the uniqueness in flavors that the hotel’s Chinese Sous Chef, Chef Yoong Toy Heng @ Chef Heng and his team had pepped up wondrous spread for the festive season. Do check out their Chinese New Year 2017 Rockin’ Reunion Buffet Dinner (27 January 2017), priced at RM138nett (Adult) and RM69nett (children 6-12 years old) as well as their Rock of Prosperity Seafood Buffet Dinner (28 January 2017), priced at RM128nett (Adult) and RM64nett (children 6-12 years old), at Starz Diner @ Hard Rock Hotel Penang from 6.30pm until 10.30pm this festive season. Please call +604-886 8057 or email fb.penang@hardrockhotels.net to book earlier to avoid disappointment.

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This buffet this year would offer a variety of mouth watering spreads starting from the must-have Yee Sang to traditional desserts and cookies. Here are some of the dishes that you might have during the buffet sessions. From Cold Platter, you might have Marinated Octopus Salad, Jelly Fish Papaya Salad, Chicken Roll with Thai Mango Salad, Pomelo & Mandarin and Shrimp Salad, Yee Sang Platter and more. You should try out the Braised Sliced Chicken and Seafood Treasure Soup as the stock was indeed so rich and nourishing that I had more bowls than I had anticipated.

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For the Main Course of Hot Dishes, you might get to savor their Steamed Glutinous Rice with Dried Oyster & Roasted Mix Meat (Reunion), Crispy Chicken with Prawn Cake and Marmite Chicken (Reunion), Braised Whole Duck with Eight Treasure Style (Day 1), Steamed Fish with “Pat Tong” Style (Day 1), Deep Fried King Prawn with Spicy BBQ Sauce (Reunion), Wok Fried Brown Crab with “Kam Hiong” Sauce (Reunion), Braised Seafood Treasure in Pumpkin and Garden Green (Reunion). Their braised duck has always been my favorite, considering that it had all the ingredients of my liking. The Braised Seafood Treasure in Pumpkin and Garden Green indeed was an eye-opening dish as I’ve yet to see any chef produced such an interesting and flavorful dish before. The combination of the natural sweetness from the added pumpkin puree combined with the rich seafood flavors from the added fresh scallops, dried oysters, sea cucumber, Chinese mushrooms and greens, made up the umani taste of this heavenly dish.

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As for desserts, you could expect to have Soya Bean Milk with Glutinous Ball, Leng Chee Kang, Glutinous Rice Cake, Chinese Cookies and more.

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Overall, both their Chinese New Year buffet spreads had the quality and value worth that no other hotels had ever produced. Moreover, the taste I savor each year had always excelled beyond my expectations. It’s another job well done by the kitchen team.

The Starz Diner is located at the left wing of Hard Rock Hotel Penang. Upon entering, just head to the left side and you will see a little glass door leading to the eatery.

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Name: STARZ DINER @ HARD ROCK HOTEL PENANG
Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 604-881 1711
Business Hours: 6.30am-11.00am, 5.30pm-11.00pm
GPS: 5.467568, 100.241382

RATING:
Ambience: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8.5/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

RESERVATIONS:

Starz Diner/Pizzeria: Call +604-886 6057 or email fb.penang@hardrockhotels.net.
Hard Rock Café Penang: Call +604-886 8050 or email hrc.admin@hardrockhotels.net.
More information: Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s F&B Promotions

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From breakfast, lunch, dinner until supper, Wembley Café at The Wembley Hotel Penang would surely impress any diner with their sumptuous buffet spreads. Wembley Cafe provides accessible and affordable high quality food and service to everyone. Recently, I tried out their Thursday Japanese & Western themed buffet and was blown away by the amount of Japanese inspired dishes rather than being served with just sushi and sashimi. The buffet which would be served from 7.00pm until 10.00pm is priced at RM95nett (adult), RM48nett (child) and RM67nett (senior citizen).

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Let’s take a look at the buffet spreads. From the Salad & Appetizer Sections, you would find the “Make Your Own Salad” with a selection of greens such as Beet Root, Carrot, Cherry Tomato, Capsicum, Zucchini, Cucumber, Corn Kernel and Mix Leaves accompanied by Dressings & Condiments (Thousand Island, Lemon Herb Vinaigrette, Italian dressing, Caesar Dressing, Turkey strips, Grated Parmesan, Olives, Crouton, Pumpkin Seed, Sunflower Seeds & Fruit Pickles), Japanese Potato Salad (Potato, Carrot, Red Onion, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Boiled Egg & Spring Onion), Crabstick Salad (Japanese Cucumber, Salt, Kani & Mayonnaise), Chuka Idako, Chuka Kurage, Vegetable Anti Pasto (Roasted Abalone Mushrooms, Roasted Bell Peppers, Roasted Zucchini, Olives & Artichoke) and Penang Rojak (Young Mango, Jicama, Cucumber, Dough Stick, Rose Apple, Guava, Pineapple, Bean Curd, Pounded Peanut & Rojak Sauce)

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Their Seafood on Ice has always been the crowds’ favorite as they do serve Snow Crab Leg, Half shell oyster, Mussel, Scallop, Flower Crab & Tiger Prawn (with Tabasco, Lemon, Spicy Cocktail Sauce, Chili & Lime Dressings)

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The Sushi & Sashimi Section would include Tuna, Butter Fish, Salmon Sashimi, Nigiri and Rolled Sushi (served with Kikkoman, Wasabi & Pickled Ginger)

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For Cheese, Soups and Bread, you would expect to find some International Cheese (with Crackers, Dried Fruits, Grapes & Honey), Kimchi Soup with Chicken, Miso Soup with Salmon Head & Belly plus Assortment of Rolls, Loaf Bread with Butter. There was also the Bubur Lambuk for the Ramadhan period.

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For Main Course, you would get a mix and match of Japanese and Western cuisine such as Yaki Udon with Seafood, Stir Fried Miso Butter Prawns, Mixed Vegetables (Yasai Itame), Roasted Tenderloin with Mustard & Peppercorn, Miso Honey Lamb Ribs, Chicken Teriyaki, Hasselback Potatoes, Baked Mussels with Ebiko Chili Mayo, Stuffed and BBQ Squid, BBQ Saba Mackerel, Barbecue Chicken with Italian Herbs, Garlic & Chili Flakes, Silver Anchovies XO fried Rice and Steamed Rice.

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At the BBQ, Tempura and Steamer Sections, you would find delicious items such as Chinese BBQ (Roasted Chicken, Roast Duck & Chicken Char Siew, served with Chicken Rice and Condiments, various ad-hoc prepared Tempuras (with Grated Radish, Ginger & Tempura Sauce) plus Chawan Mushi.

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The Asian Tapas Section would consist of Chicken Satay with Condiments and Peanut Sauce, Grilled Sausage with Chili Mayo, Sesame Balls, Corn on Cob, Japanese Okonomiyaki and Korean Pancake (with shoyu, vinegar, onion, garlic & green chili).

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For Fresh Fruits and Desserts, you would get items such as Assorted Fruit Platters, Cakes, French Pastries, Jellies, Tart, Kuih, Omochi, Ice Kacang (Red Beans, Herbed Jelly, Cendol, Cream Corn, Red Jelly & Pickled Nutmeg), Ice Cream (Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Green Tea and Yam with Mango Sauce, Strawberry Sauce, Vanilla Sauce, Chocolate Sauce and Condiments), Chocolate Fondue (Marshmallow, Cookies & Dried Fruits) and Freshly Brewed Coffee & Tea.

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Overall, I like the buffet spreads here as the dishes are of quality and freshness. The differences compared to many other hotels are that most of the dishes served here are in smaller portions and would be replenished freshly from the kitchen. Moreover, the different themes available daily would ensure that diners would get the best dining experiences.

Let’s have a look at the dining promotions for the hotel from July to October 2016 as below. Do click on the photo for a clearer view.

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To get to the Wembley Cafe, just walk into the main entrance of the hotel and head to the elevator to go up to Level 2 of the building. You would see a bunch of friendly staff at your service. Wembley Café has a 24-hours in-room service to cater to in-house guests.

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Name: WEMBLEY CAFE @ THE WEMBLEY HOTEL
Address: 183, Jalan Magazine, 13000 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 604-259 8123
Business Hours: 24 Hours
GPS: 5.413164, 100.330428

RATING:
Ambience: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

About Cititel Hotel Management Sdn Bhd (CHM): Cititel Hotel Management Sdn Bhd (CHM), is an established hotel management company with an inventory of over 4400 rooms and employee strength of over 2300. It is known for its collection of centrally located hotels and continues to actively seek opportunities in key Asian cities to build and expand its portfolio, particularly in the three and four-star categories. CHM is a subsidiary of the renowned IGB Corporation Berhad, a Malaysian property and investment holding company, acknowledged for its excellence in both commercial and residential property development.
About The Wembley, Penang: The Wembley, Penang accommodates 415 well-appointed guestrooms located in the heart of George Town. Furnished with batik-style designs and complementary broadband internet access, The Wembley, Penang, also provides exclusive privileges such as private check in, complimentary broadband internet usage and access to the private lounge on the Executive Floor. The Wembley houses a pillar-less grand ballroom which can accommodate approximately 1,200 persons, 10 meeting rooms, Wembley Café – 24-hours dining restaurant, lobby lounge, a salt-water infinity swimming pool, a gymnasium, a helipad (the first for a Penang hotel and in the Northern Region), Executive Suites and Executive Lounge and the DSRT Sky Room. For more information, please contact +604 259 8000 or visit www.StGiles.com
About Cititel Express, Penang : Adjacent to The Wembley is the 3-star Cititel Express, Penang which is the epitome of a Smart, Clean and Simple hotel has also open its doors for both the business and leisure travellers. Cititel Express accommodates 234 guestrooms and family rooms with all the essential amenities for a refreshing experience with great value. The hotel appeals to busy executives seeking affordable accommodation within a functional environment with a local identity and service that is friendly, attentive and yet unpretentious. Enoshima Japanese Restaurant offers delectable cuisine at the Lobby Level. For more information, please contact +604 259 1188 or visit www.cititelexpress.com

 

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Have you tried the Olive’s Ramadhan Buffet at Sukkah Coffee House @ Olive Tree Hotel, Penang, during the holy month of breaking fast? The buffet has an array of appetizing yet authentic Malay and Middle Eastern dishes coupled with other international selections. The promotion would be from 6 June 2016 until 5 July 2016 from 6.30pm to 10.00pm. It’s priced at RM98+ (adult) and RM50+ (child), where diners could enjoy the delicious iftar dishes until their hearts’ contents. For reservation and enquiries, please contact Sukkah Coffee House at +604-637 7856 to make prior booking to avoid any disappointment.

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The Appetizers and Salads would include Individual Salad (Chicken Salad, Pasta Salad, Seafood Salad & Mushroom Salad), Gado-gado with Peanut Sauce, Ulam-ulaman with Sambal Belacan, Sambal Cincaluk, Sambal Mempelam, Sambal Udang Kering, Sambal Kelapa, Jelatah, Tau Kua, Acar Buah, Acar Rampai, Sambal Ikan Bilis, Ikan Masin, Telur Masin, Jeruk-jeruk, Keropok Lekor, Keropok Ikan, Keropok Udang, Papadum, Ketupat, Lemang with Serunding Ayam, Serunding Daging, Serunding Udang, Hummus, Babaganoush and Tabouleh.

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There would also be a section for Seafood on Ice which would consist of Shrimps, Snow Crab Legs and Fresh Oysters. For seafood lovers, these would be just some basics but it would still be enough to fill up your appetite.

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For Hot Dishes, you would expect to have dishes such as Sayur Campur, Kobis Goreng Kunyit, Ekor Lembu Masak Merah, Kambing Kerutuk Pantai Timur, Ayam Masak Madu, Burung Unta Goreng dengan Halia, Kari Kepala Ikan, Sotong Goreng, Udang Karang Berlada, Otak-Otak, Tandoori Wrap, Koay Teow Goreng, Nasi Hujan Panas and Nasi Puspa Wangi. For a change, it was great to have tried out their garlic stir fried ostrich meat (Burung Unta Goreng dengan Halia) which was indeed juicy and tender. The aromatic toasted and sambal fried dried cuttlefish (Sotong Goreng) was also another great dish to savor especially with fragrantly steamed rice.

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From the Action Stalls, some of the items would include Beef & Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Beef & Chicken Tandoori, Roti Prata with Dhal Curry, Murtabak with Pickled Onion, Pasembur with Condiments, Roasted Lamb, Sheesh Kebab (Mutton & Chicken), Sup Kambing, Koay Teow Soup with Condiments and Bubur Lambuk with Condiments. From my dining experiences savoring all the buffets amongst the hotels, Sukkah Coffee House indeed served the best Chicken Satay with big chunks of well marinated and juicy skews of grilled meat, just with the right flavors to my liking. Surprisingly, these delicious skews were skillet-grilled until perfection.

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For Desserts and Beverages, you would get items such as Ice Cream Potong, Crushed Ice & Tutti Fruiti with Condiments, Leng Chee Kang, Buah Kurma Madu, Local Seasonal Whole Fruits, Assorted Fruit Platter, Assorted French Pastries, Whole Cakes, Cream Caramel Pudding, Cream Brulee, Bubur Kacang, Linzer Torte, Durian Crepe, Fruit Pavlova, Local Kuih-Muih and beverages such as Air Bandung, Soya Milk with Cincau, Mata Kucing, Young Coconut, Teh Tarik and Kopi Tarik. We did try out their Apple Crumble and it was heavenly with just the right amount of added grounded cinnamon and sweetness to my personal liking. Moreover, the fresh pods made Vanilla Sauce had just the right creamily and consistency to boost up the flavors of the lovely dessert.

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Overall, the spreads for the Olive’s Ramadhan Buffet was up to its standard with some dishes outshone many other buffets out there. However, there are still rooms for improvements especially at the dessert section where the jellies were rather “plain” without much uniqueness to my personal liking. They could have come out with some crystal jellies, puddings, etc rather than having some large servings of konnyaku jellies.

More Ramadhan Mubarak Deal below:

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The Sukkah Coffee House @ Olive Tree Hotel Penang is located just opposite the Subterranean Penang International Conference & Exhibition Centre (SPICE – formerly known as PISA aka Penang International Sports Arena) along Jalan Mahsuri. If you are coming from Bukit Jambul via Jalan Tun Dr. Awang towards the Penang International Airport (PIA), turn left into Jalan Mahsuri at the traffic lights immediately after you have passed the SPICE. Keep right and drive up until the traffic lights and make a U-Turn. You can see the hotel on your left. Park your car and use the elevator or escalator to Level 2 and you can see the Sukkah Coffee House there.

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Name: SUKKAH COFFEE HOUSE @ OLIVE TREE HOTEL PENANG
Address: 76, Jalan Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: +604-637 7856
Business Hours:
Breakfast: 6.00am-10.30am
Lunch (Monday to Friday): 12.00noon-2.30pm
Lunch (Saturday & Sunday): 12.00noon-3.00pm
Dinner: 6.30pm-11.00pm
GPS: 5.327101, 100.279070

RATING:
Ambience: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 7.5/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

About Olive Tree Hotel: Nestled along the industrial and corporate corridors of Penang, the Olive Tree Hotel is a Green Building Index (GBI) compliant hotel that boasts easy access to major landmarks and hosts a convenient and conducive environment for business and leisure travelers alike. A 25-storey statement of well profound architecture and hospitality with a choice of 228 rooms and 24 suites, guests can expect not only a functional space that is sure to give the utmost comfort, but also a memorable experience. The Olive Tree Hotel Penang is also built to cater to meetings, conventions, banquets and weddings. It houses a Grand Ballroom with a mezzanine gallery that that can comfortably accommodate up to 720 people and 7 function rooms with various dimensions for various events.

 

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The Eatery @ Four Points by Sheraton Penang has launched a specially designed Selera Warung Buffet Dinner from 13 June 2016 – 26 June 2016 (*Extension of promotion would be advised). The promotion would start from 6.30pm until 10.00pm daily. Diners would get to enjoy their over 30 selections of Malaysian themed enticing buffet spreads for only RM54nett (adult) and RM27nett (child from 4 to 11 years old). All Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG) members would be entitled to an exclusive discount on food. You can check out the dining offers at the hotel’s website. Terms and conditions apply. From the al fresco area until indoor, it would be like going food hunting from one stall to another in a food bazaar with items ranging from snacks, main dishes to desserts. Please call +604-371 8706 or email eatery.03947@fourpoints.com to make your reservation today.

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From Starters and Appetizers, you would get a mix and match of local and Western items such as Pasembur Pulau Mutiara with Spiced Sweet Potato Dips, Ayam Daun Pandan, Masala Ubi Bengala Samosa, Loh Bak Ayam, Kerabu Daging dan Tang Hoon Ala Thai, Kerabu Sotong Limau Bali, Pucuk Paku dan Udang Kapas, Kupang Degang Kerisik, Kacang Botol Dengan Dada Ayam Carik, Kerabu Manga Muda dan Udang Kering, Kerabu Taugeh dengan Kerang, Ulam-Ulaman Kampung (with condiments such as acar buah, sambal belacan, air asam, sambal belacan, kicap bercili, kuah kacang, chutney manga, acar rampai, telur masin & ikan masin), crackers (ikan parang, papadum, lekor, udang & binjau), squid & orange with shaved fennel salad, tuna & potato with green bean salad, Greek salad with Spanish feta & olive and mixed garden salad (with dressings such as thousand island, Caesar dressing, herbs vinaigrette, lemon vinaigrette, balsamic dressing, stuffed olive, shaved parmesans & capers).

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As for soup, you would be served with Sup Ekor Berempah, served with Roti Bengali and Roti Perancis.

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Out from “Mum’s Food Diary” would be some notable home-style main dishes such as Daging Batang Pinang Goreng Halia Muda, Kupang Goreng Cabai Kering, Sambal Tumis Udang, Ayam Masak Merah, Ikan Bawal Hitam Goreng Bercili, Rendang Daging Pahalawan “Temasik”, Kebab Ayam, Kupang Masak Cabai Kering served with steamed rice.

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From the Action Sections, you would be served with some nostalgic dishes such as their Kaki Kambing Bakar Rempah Ratus, Ayam Tandoori, Nasi Briyani, Bombay Onion Pickled, Cucumber Raita, Dhal Tadka, Penang Char Koay Teow and Salmon Laksa. You should not miss out the Salmon Laksa as it was one of the best around as the creamy flavors was just out of this world.

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From fruit cuts, local desserts to cakes and pastries, there would surely some hidden gems for you to savor such as the Penang Rojak (jicama, guava, pineapple, cucumber, water apple, young mango and green apple with rojak sauce), preserved fruits (kedongdong, cermai, betik, api-api, manga, ceri merah & hijau), fresh tropical fruits and whole fruits (watermelon, honey dew, pineapple, papaya & jackfruit, orange & green apple), Assorted Malay Kuih, Lempok Pandan, Creme Caramel, Pudding Jagung, Pudding Manga, Sago Gula Melaka, Pandan Custard Cake, Chocolate & Walnut Brownies, Apple Crumble Tart, Buah Kurma, Pengat Pisang, Bubur Cha Cha, Pengat Labu, Ais Kacang & Chendol with assorted Ice Cream and Ice Cream Potong. Beverages wise was rather unique as they were served chilled in water jars soaked in crushed ice. These include Air Bandung, Jus Kurma, Jus Cincau, Jus Oren and Jus Manga.

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Overall, the Malaysian dishes served here had many delicious options compared to their buffet spreads I had tried earlier throughout the last few years. It was indeed a great value-for-money deal you should not miss out.

The Eatery @ Four Points By Sheraton is located along the main road of Jalan Tanjung Bunga. To get there, just use the road going towards the beaches of Batu Ferringhi. As you reach a curving part of the road, keep to your right after the first traffic lights (Chinese Swimming Club on your right). At the second traffic lights, turn right into the hotel’s premises to find a car park. Walk straight into the lobby and you can find The Eatery located at the ring wing of the hotel.

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Name: THE EATERY @ FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON PENANG
Address: 505 Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 604-371 8888 (General), 604-371 8706 (The Eatery)
Business Hours: 6.30am-11.00pm (Daily), Sunday Brunch: 12.00pm-3.00pm
GPS: 5.463681, 100.301836

RATING:
Ambience: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

About Four Points: Four Points is travel reinvented. With over 200 hotels in nearly 40 countries, Four Points meets the needs of the everyday traveler and offers guests exactly what they need on the road. Four Points combines timeless style and comfort and an authentic sense of the local as well as genuine, always-approachable service, all around the world. To learn more, visit www.fourpoints.com/experience. Stay connected to Four Points on facebook.com/fourpoints.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, element® and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio™. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood recently announced plans to spin off its Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. business, a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands, into a standalone public company by the end of 2015. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

 

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