Sri Tanjung Cafe

Special thanks to Royale Chulan Penang for extending this food review invitation.

This evening, Royale Chulan Penang rolls out a new theme for its Friday buffet dinner, The Asian Mash-Up. This new menu replaces the 7 Continents Buffet Dinner which ran for past 9 months. Held at Sri Tanjung Cafe, the new buffet places more emphasis on Asian cuisines.
The main attraction is the station carvery just outside the Boustead Building. Roast lamb is kept warm on a rotisserie over burning charcoal. Served au jus, the lamb goes well with grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes.
Ayam Masak Madu has a lovely touch of honey sweetness, making the chicken succulent indeed. A sprinkle of sesame seeds not only improves the dish's visual appeal, but also enhances its aroma.
Roast Chicken With Mushroom Sauce is another recommended poultry dish. It comes with baked potato wedges, button mushrooms, bell peppers and black olives.
Malay rice dishes are Nasi Briyani, Nasi Dhall, Nasi Tomato and Nasi Hujan Panas. Since this is an Asian themed buffet, I think this is a good opportunity to introduce other regional rice dishes like Yangzhou Fried Rice (Chinese), Kimchi Fried Rice (Korean) and Chicken Mandi (Arabian).
Sambal Sotong Pasta is an amalgam of Malay and Italian cuisines. Al dente spaghetti is flavored with sweet-spicy cuttlefish, making the pasta quite appetizing. The dish comes with cherry tomatoes, black olives, onions, capsicum and mushrooms too.
Chilled seafood is well received this evening. Diners have the opportunity to savour flower crabs, spanner crabs, prawns, crayfish, mussels and scallops. Several dipping sauces are provided.
The desserts section serves to tantalize the taste buds in different directions. Shown here are Apple Blueberry Pie, Fruit Jelly and Crème Brûlée. I enjoyed the Apple Blueberry Pie very much; hopefully it stays on the regular menu.
Chocolate Mousse is perfect if you appreciate the bold taste of cocoa. The dessert is nicely decorated with crushed chocolate cookies, gooseberries, strawberries and blueberries.
Next, Sago Gula Melaka is a local pudding made of sago. The pudding is nearly tasteless on its own. Therefore, Sago Gula Melaka is almost always eaten with gula melaka (palm sugar) and coconut milk.
Bread & Butter Pudding is a dessert flavored with egg custard, chocolate chips and vanilla sauce. Meanwhile, Pengat Keladi is very similar to Pengat Pisang except for the fact that bananas are replaced with sweet potatoes.
Other notable pastries this evening are Swiss Rolls, Butter Cake, Chocolate Cake, Rainbow Cake, Meringue Tartlets, Fruit Tartlets and Cream Puffs.
For The Asian Mash-Up buffet dinner, there are four menus on weekly rotation. In honor of the elderly, Royale Chulan is launching "Seniors Eat For Free" promotion: For every two paying adults, one senior citizen's meal is on the house! This promotion is also applicable to the Surf & Turf buffet dinner every Saturday.
Name: Sri Tanjung Cafe
Address: 1 & 2, Pengkalan Weld, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-259-8888
Business hours: 6:30am-10:30pm
Coordinates: 5.41700 N, 100.34401 E
Directions: From the ferry terminal at George Town, turn right and drive along Weld Quay (Pengkalan Weld). Royale Chulan Penang is located shortly on the left. There is a small lane right after the hotel, which leads to the main entrance and multi-level car park. Guests who dine in Sri Tanjung Cafe can get their parking tickets validated for a flat rate of RM5.00 per entry.

Café Laurel

Special thanks to Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang for extending this food review invitation.

Café Laurel is the main restaurant in Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang. Located next to the lobby, this eatery is where in-house guests have breakfast each morning. This evening, I am reviewing Café Laurel's newly launched Oriental BBQ Bazaar Buffet Dinner, which is served every Saturday evening.
As the name implies, the buffet centers on the grilling station. There are more than a dozen items to delight everyone's taste buds. For instance, grilled fish choices are salmon, sea bass and stingray.
Meanwhile, grilled shellfishes are tiger prawns, slipper lobsters and black mussels. The slipper lobsters are fresh indeed, making them succulent to the last morsel!
As for meats, the grilling station produces a steady flow of chicken wings, lamb chops and beef steak. Roasted duck and roasted lamb leg are also served upon request. I am particularly impressed by the roasted duck; it goes very well with the accompanying gravy!
Chicken patties and sausages have milder flavors because they are meant to go with condiments. Dipping sauces include mushroom sauce, black pepper sauce, Thai chili sauce and more.
Today's deep-fried items are tempura prawns, money bags and curly fries. In addition, I would personally recommend the Char Koay Teow and Chicken Satay too! On the other hand, I feel that the Oyster Omelette deserves some improvement.
Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and Fried Noodle are best enjoyed while they are hot from the wok. Be sure to check out à la minute pasta too; there are several types of pasta and sauces to select from.
Customers who fancy chilled seafood can help themselves with large prawns, mussels, scallops and flower crabs. The marine delicacies are served over ice to keep them fresh. Tabasco sauce and Thousand Island dressing are provided.
Moving to the salad bar, one's palate is tantalized by niçoise salad, chicken salad and papaya salad. Meanwhile, cold cuts that deserve special mention are chicken slices, smoked tuna and smoked salmon.
If you crave for sashimi, you will be delighted to savor fresh slices of salmon, tuna and butterfish. Other Japanese delicacies are maki rolls and marinated baby octopuses.
Proceeding to the pastry section, I am naturally captivated by the colorful assortment of cakes like carrot cake, cheesecake, opera cake, strawberry sponge cake and Swiss rolls.
Other notable desserts are chocolate brownies, fruit jellies, fruit tartlets and daifuku. Towards the end of the meal, it is nice to cleanse the palate with fresh fruits or ice cream.
Besides Oriental BBQ Bazaar Buffet Dinner, Café Laurel also serves The Land To The Ocean Buffet Dinner on Friday evenings. For both buffets, the price is RM100.00 net per adult. Children and senior citizens enjoy a discounted price of RM65.00 net. For a limited time, Café Laurel is offering 10% discount for adults, or 15% discount for in-house guests.
Name: Café Laurel
Address: 53, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-222-9988
Business hours: 6:30am-10:00pm
Coordinates: 5.43130 N, 100.31779 E
Directions: Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang is located at the eastern end of Gurney Drive (Persiaran Gurney). Café Laurel is located next to the lobby. Evergreen Laurel Hotel has multi-storey parking, which is accessible from Gurney Drive and Kelawai Road (Jalan Kelawai).

Hard Rock Cafe

Special thanks to Hard Rock Hotel for extending this food review invitation.

The newly renovated Hard Rock Cafe in Hard Rock Hotel Penang officially reopened on 14 June 2019. Though I missed the grand reopening, I have the pleasure of checking out the new décor today.
The new design gives the restaurant a touch of modernity while still evoking rock 'n' roll nostalgia from the 1950s. Wood plays a key element in the new ambience. Suspended above the stage, the alluring fiber optic chandelier remains the centerpiece of this popular restaurant.
Moving upstairs, the mezzanine floor features a long countertop along its curved edge. This allows patrons to overlook the musical performance on stage while dining. As for larger parties, dome-shaped dining booths allows diners to socialize in a casual setting.
Beverages are no trivial matter at Hard Rock Cafe. This is evidenced by not one, but two slick-looking bars - one for each level. Like before, the beverage menu covers a wide range of cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine and liquors.
Of course, the most iconic aspect of Hard Rock Cafe is the collection of musical memorabilia on display. The collection takes up residence for several years before being swapped for a new batch.
Given the fact that Hard Rock Cafe has been given an extensive makeover, it seems sensible to revamp the food menu too. For example, the restaurant is rolling out Chicken Mandi (RM40.00) for the months of July and August 2019. Originating in Yemen, this poultry dish has become the standard-bearer for Arabian cuisine.
Basmati rice is cooked with stock and spices, culminating in extremely savory flavors. The dish comes with tandoori chicken (half bird), which is nicely marinated with pungent herbs and roasted to perfection. The meal comes with salata hara (Arabian tomato salsa) on the side. Spicy and savory condiments are provided.
As for drinks, what's my poison today? Rock House Rum Punch (RM48.00) is a new rum-based cocktail on the revised beverage menu. This delightful drink is concocted from Bacardi Superior white rum, Captain Morgan dark rum and a blend of tropical fruit juices. The glass is garnished on the rim with an orange wedge and edible flowers.
During Rock Hours (11:30am-6:00pm), diners enjoy "Buy 1 Free 1" on selected drinks. As for entertainment, a 7-piece band performs every evening from 10:15pm (10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays) to closing. Hotel guests can also enjoy live music from the comfort of their own rooms.

Name: Hard Rock Cafe
Address: Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-886-8050
Business hours: 11:30am-2:00am (Sunday-Thursday), 11:30am-2:30am (Friday-Saturday)
Coordinates: 5.46745 N, 100.24176 E
Directions: From Tanjung Bungah, travel west towards Batu Ferringhi. Hard Rock Hotel is approximately 6 kilometers from Tanjung Bungah's floating mosque, located on the right of the road. Hard Rock Cafe is located on the Ground Floor, with a separate entrance to the right of the hotel lobby. There are parking spaces in front of the hotel.

Flamingo Café

Special thanks to Flamingo Hotel By The Beach, Penang for extending this food review invitation.

Flamingo Café is the all-day dining restaurant of Flamingo Hotel. In case you notice that the restaurant looks different, you are absolutely right: it has been renovated recently! The dining hall is also furnished with new dining tables and chairs.
Meanwhile, customers who prefer al fresco dining can opt to be seated at dining tables next to the swimming pool. The golden sunset over the sea is a mesmerizing view to behold!
This evening, I am reviewing the Barbecue Party Meat & Seafood Buffet. This buffet dinner is held every Saturday from 7:00pm to 10:30pm. Besides barbecued meats and seafood, the buffet menu also includes chafing dishes, finger foods and desserts.
Seafood delicacies like flower crabs, prawns, baby octopus, mussels and scallops are presented over ice in a wooden canoe. These marine delicacies can be enjoyed with condiments like Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, seafood chili sauce, lemon juice and wasabi.
An outdoor barbecue station where meats and seafood are grilled. Lamb, beef, satay and sausages are barbecued over burning charcoal to be blessed with smoky aroma. My personal favorite is tandoori chicken! As for seafood, fish, squids, mussels and clams are cooked on a griddle.
Moving on to hot dishes from the kitchen, Kam Heong Flower Crab is a crowd favorite. The seasoning is an aromatic blend of spices that tantalizes the palate. Eggs Kurma is another noteworthy dish. It goes very well with rice.
I am quite impressed with the Roasted Tandoori Potato Wedges. Red chili powder not only lends its fiery color, but also provides an appreciable degree of spiciness.
Ayam Masak Merah is cooked with tomato and chili sauces. The sweet-tangy gravy is quite satisfying. However if you prefer something mild, Fried Soft Bean Curd is a good choice indeed.
Proceeding to the bread basket, help yourself with country loaves, wholemeal bread and bread rolls. Butter is provided. As for soup, today's choices are Beef Oxtail Soup and Cream Of Pumpkin Soup. Both soups are reasonably tasty.
The salad bar provides healthy salads like Mesclun Salad, Fusilli Salad, and Mushroom & Corn Salad. Alternatively, diners can opt to mix their own salads with dressings like Italian, French and Thousand Island. As for something more local, Penang Rojak is prepared too.
Diners can indulge in cold cuts such as roast beef, chicken terrine, smoked salmon and smoked tuna. Also appealing are gourmet cheeses, deep-fried Chinese snacks and Japanese sushi.
Finally, the desserts counter presents a colorful assortment of cakes, mousses, jellies, puddings and tartlets to delight one's sweet tooth. Be sure to check out local kuih too. Should you prefer soupy desserts, soybean milk and mung bean soup are prepared today.
The Barbecue Party Meat & Seafood Buffet is priced at RM88.00 net per adult. Children and senior citizens enjoy discounted price of RM48.00 net per person. To celebrate Flamingo Hotel's 10th anniversary, the restaurant is offering "Buy 1 Free 1" for adult diners. So the more people you come with, the more money you save!
Other ongoing buffets at Flamingo Hotel are Taste Of Malaysia on Saturday afternoon, and 10th Anniversary Sunday Buffet Lunch. Meanwhile if you are celebrating your birthday this month, Flamingo Café is happy to prepare a birthday cake free of charge! Advance booking is required.
Name: Flamingo Café
Address: Flamingo Hotel, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-892-7167
Business hours: 7:00am-12:00am
Coordinates: 5.46739 N, 100.28891 E
Directions: Traveling westbound on Jalan Tanjung Bungah, drive past the pedestrian bridge near Dalat International School. Make a U-turn at the next traffic light-controlled junction and immediately turn left to Flamingo Hotel. Flamingo Café is one level below the lobby. The hotel provides complimentary outdoor and indoor parking.