Thursday, May 21, 2015

Main Street Cafe @ Cititel Penang

Henry Tan | 9:46 PM | |
Still remember last month we wrote about the theme buffet of the newest hotel St Giles Wembley Hotel Penang, this time we would like to introduce you the theme buffet promotion at their parent company, Cititel Penang. It is the 4-star hotel strategically located at Upper Penang Road, the heart of the city. Including us, many might not aware that Cititel Penang actually has a 24-hour cafe situated at their lobby level, which known as Main Street Cafe

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe

Main Street Cafe offers theme buffets throughout the weekends specially for Japanese food lovers. Perhaps this is due to the majority of their guests are Japanese (yes, we saw lots of Nihonjin there!). Below is the list of their theme buffet dinner which will be having promotion on the month of June 2015. A complimentary buffet voucher for supper will be given to you when you dine-in for their theme buffet dinner. 

Main Street Cafe theme buffet dinner:
Japanese & Italian Buffet (Every Friday)
Japanese & Western Buffet (Every Saturday)
Japanese & Thai Buffet (Every Sunday)

Availability:
7 pm - 10 pm

Price:
RM79 nett (Adult)
RM40 nett (Child)
RM52 nett (Senior Citizen)


(Note: buffet supper voucher will be valid for 2 months, and the promotion is only applicable for paying adults only)

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe

This was our first time dining in the Main Street Cafe, thanks for the invitation from the management of Cititel Penang, we had the Japanese & Italian Buffet dinner on Friday. As mentioned, their theme buffets are for Japanese food lovers, so I have to start from sushi and sashimi corner! Look at the colourful sushi, there are many choices for you to choose from. 

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Assorted Sushi

Each type of sushi is served in small portion on the tray but not to worry, the friendly chef is always there to refill them :D Besides, assorted tempura is available too, however I personally prefer tempura with more crunchy outer layer. 

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe -  Assorted Sushi & Tempura 

I keep reminding myself not to forget this is buffet dinner, normally I won't eat too much of sushi as it is quite fulfilling, I will opt for the equally tasty sashimi to save more space for more yummy dishes :D Main Street Cafe serves 3 types of sashimi namely Salmon, Red Tuna and Butterfish

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Assorted Sashimi

Unlike those fancy seafood serving in St Giles Wembley Cafe, there are only 4 types of commonly seen seafood in Main Street Cafe, which are Oysters, Scallops, Mussels and fresh Prawns. However, it is not a bad thing to me, as I can have my favourite cold oysters and prawns here, which are not served over there :D

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Seafood on Ice
Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe  - Our Selections

The Action Station is where you could see the Italian element, the chef will be cooking your customized pasta according to your preference. Selection of pastas include spaghetti, fettuccine, and Penne, while sauces you could choose either Bolognese or Carbonara, or maybe you could try to order the combination of both sauces, and tell me whether it tastes good :P (hmm.. maybe it do..)

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Chefs in Action

So this is my Linguine Aglio Olio Pasta! Hahax.. Actually this is Jazz's pasta, and I'm not even sure whether I named it correctly :P The linguine was cooked with olive oil, chili flakes, sauteed chicken salami and a sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese. Anyway, I did tried it and I think it taste good

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Linguine Aglio Olio Pasta 

Main Street Cafe serves several types of Mains, both Italian style and Japanese style. When I had a glance on all these main dishes, Gyoza (Japanese Pan-Fried dumpling), Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie, and Chawanmushi (Japanese Steamed Egg Custard) caught my eyes, this is mainly because of my personal liking and they are not so commonly seen in other buffet style restaurants. Unfortunately, the Gyoza didn't impressed me much, even I ate it together with the black vinegar ginger, I still feel it was flavourless. On the other hand, we are quite fancy their Yaki Udon (Stir-Fried Udon), it was well-seasoned

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang


It is good to balance up your heavy meal with some veggies! Main Street Cafe offers numerous type of salads, which comprising of Chicken Nanbanzuke (Japanese Style Marinated Chicken), Sesame Spinach, Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad), Pasta Salad with Olives and Peppers, and many more. The salad bar is divided into 3 types of salad which are ready-to-eat salads, cocktail salads and make your own salads. Of course I'll always opt for cocktail salads :D

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Salads
Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Cocktail Salad
Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Make Your Own Salad
Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Antipasto and Pickles

The soups for that day were Japanese Salmon Miso Soup and Italian Minestrone Soup. Usually we could only see plain miso soup in Japanese Restaurants or other hotels, but at here, we get to try something different :D This Salmon Miso Soup is a bit oily probably because of the Salmon, but I like it though.

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Salmon Miso Soup | Minestrone Soup

There are wide array of Italian style desserts and Japanese style desserts serving at Main Street Cafe on Friday. To fit the theme, you can find few types of dessert with green tea flavour such as Green Tea Cheese Cake and Green Tea Mousse. Needless to say, there's Tiramisu and bread pudding to fit the Italian theme. We were excited to see Dorayaki (Red Bean Pancake), however it was a big disappointment, as the pancake itself was a bit dry and it was served without red bean paste.

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang

This Omochi looks nothing special but we are impressed by the soft and melt in mouth texture. The green colour Omochi is with kaya filling while the red colour Omochi is with red bean filling, both were not overly sweet. This Omochi is definitely taste better than what I ate in some other Japanese restaurants.

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Omochi (Japanese Rice Cake)

Their Red Bean Puree is my favourite of that night, it was so smooth and the black sesame dumpling was incredibly yummy! The outer layer of the dumpling ball was soft and thin, with black sesame filling bursting out when you bite it in your mouth. I would say this is the best dessert as we know red bean and black sesame are both very good to our health, and at the same time it is heavenly tasty!

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Sweetened Red Bean Puree with Black Sesame Dumpling
Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Assorted Ice Cream

Coffee, tea, and juices are available too. We love their Nutmeg Juice with Lime, it was so refreshing, suit to have a cup after our heavy meal :D

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang


So that's pretty much all for that night at Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang! Do take note on the promotion period mentioned above, don't miss out ya ;)

Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe - Me & Pink Flower
Theme Buffet Dinner, Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang
Main Street Cafe

Main Street Cafe @ Cititel Penang
66, Penang Road,
10000 Penang.

For Reservations:
(+60) 4 370 1188




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