Monday, November 23, 2015

Dinner Buffet @ Cafe Laurel, Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Henry Tan | 8:45 PM | |
Cafe Laurel in Evergreen Laurel Hotel has reopened after the renovation. To be honest, I have only been to Evergreen Laurel Hotel for wedding dinner but not their dinner buffet at the cafe. So I was actually quite excited to try out the "new" place. Cafe Laurel is having their Reopening Promotion which started from 1st of September 2015 to 31st of December 2015, so we went for their Seafood & Japanese buffet dinner on Saturday night. 

REOPENING PROMOTION!

Buy 1 FREE 1 - Buffet Lunch
Buy 2 FREE 1 - Buffet Dinner
Valid from 1 Sept - 31 Dec 2015

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
We both fancy for Seafood and Japanese food a lot, so theme like this suit us the most! So let's start with the main course! The main course in Cafe Laurel is quite standard, from chicken, beef, lamb and fish to different types of vegetables, they have it all. Some of the remarkable ones would be the deep fried baby crab, curry salmon fish head and even balitung (sea snails)

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
It's rare for me to find dinner buffet in hotel serving balitung (sea snails) since it's quite troublesome or even messy as one may be required to suck it out. But I have to admit, this is a major love for me! I don't mind getting my hands dirty just to get a taste of it. Cafe Laurel serves it with masak lemak cili padi (yellow coconut gravy) style which is really appetizing and spicy at the same time, the love-hate-kind of relationship! 

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Beside the main course, there are some cold platters such as Duck Salad, Tuna Salad, Apple Salad and Kanistick Salad as well. But the most attractive one would be the Sashimi since we were there for the Seafood and Japanese food. Cafe Laurel serves salmon, maguro (both red and white tuna) as well as tako (octopus). I like it when they display the whole slab of salmon and maguro and even the whole chunk of tako tentacles. I did not know that the tentacle we eat is so huge! 

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Since our main objective was aiming at those seafood and Japanese food, surely we would take a big full plate of it! Same for the seafood on ice which consists of mussels, prawns and crabs. I love it as they are big in size, sweet and succulent! Normally people would just squeeze some lemon juice on top of it and eat, but I like mine to dip with a mixture of both their mayonnaise and sweet & spicy chili paste. 

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
After the seafood on ice, we continue to try other food at the action counters. I was amazed by Cafe Laurel's Char Koay Teow as we get to choose duck egg and all the other ingredients. Taste wise, it was above par too, but it would be even better if they are generous to give more prawns instead of slicing all their prawn into half. 


The other action counter beside the Char Koay Teow would be the Grill Seafood which consist of prawns, scallops and lobsters. No worry as the friendly chef would help to prepare everything, but be sure to request for those hot-from-pan instead of those that already left waiting in plate for a while. 

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
On the other side, the action counters serve roasted duck, baked oyster with cheese, grilled fish as well as noodle stall. The roasted duck in Cafe Laurel was quite tempting especially when the chef cut it in front of us and we could see the fat oozing out underneath the crispy skin! That's the way I like it, uh huh uh huh! 

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Meanwhile, for our baked oyster with cheese, I thought it could be better if they could bake a little longer until the cheese darkens to a deep golden color instead of just pale yellowish. Of course, if is for my personal liking, I would even want it to be filled with cream cheese and garlic! 

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
For the grilled fish, we chose Siakap (Barramundi) with Sambal (chili paste), which is like those Ikan Bakar. The Sambal was really spicy and gives the "kick" to the dish, but the sweetness from the fish is heavenly tasty! We get to choose the vegetables to go along too and I like mine to go with a lot of onions! These soften onions leave behind a mild sweetness to the dish too! 

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
We did not try the noodle station as we were full already and we have to keep the last part of our stomach would be catered for desserts! Various type of cakes, fruits and puddings are available in Cafe Laurel. We just choose some of the fancy ones to make a sweet ending to our dinner! 

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
The dinner buffet could be quite full especially during Friday and Saturday night! So be sure to make reservation to avoid any disappointment! With the on-going promotion, I certainly think that it is a good time to try out given the affordable price, relatively. 

Cafe Laurel @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel
53 Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
For Reservation: 60 4-226 9988 ext 2819 or 2820

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