Sun Cafe

Special thanks to Sunway Hotel Georgetown for extending this food review invitation.

Sun Cafe is the main eatery in Sunway Hotel Georgetown. The restaurant serves local and Western dishes throughout the day. Here is also where in-house guests are served breakfast.
For the month of April, Sunway Hotel Georgetown is serving International Buffet Lunch every Sunday. As the name implies, the menu covers dishes from many cuisines. This is reflected by a dozen chafing dishes next to the open kitchen.
Roasted Lamb is served at the carvery. The succulent lamb leg has a pink, juicy center. It comes with assorted vegetables and fries. Barbecue sauce and black pepper sauce are provided.
Diners who enjoy red meat should really get a serving of Roasted Beef. The beef slices are flavored with lovely mushroom sauce. Crunchy pea sprouts on top serve as counterbalance to this savory dish.
As for poultry, Roasted Chicken is cooked with tandoori-style seasoning. Fiery spices give the chicken the distinctive red color. The dish is garnished with lemon wedges and onion rings.
Next, Japanese Bean Curd is served with minced chicken, onions and leek. Meanwhile, Kong Poh Squid is a Chinese-style dish that uses dried chili peppers.
The buffet spread includes several vegetarian dishes like Braised Mixed Vegetables. The colorful ensemble comprises of broccoli, carrots, baby corn, button mushrooms and straw mushrooms.
Two types of noodle soup are available today: Clear Soup and Curry. Customers can choose from three types of noodle: mee, koay teow and rice vermicelli. Condiments like chili paste, fried shallots and spicy soy sauce are provided.
The salad bar allows diners to make their own salads using ingredients like romaine lettuce, red cabbage, onions and cherry tomatoes. Salad dressings like tartar sauce, Thousand Island and vinaigrette are provided. As for readymade salads, Apple Salad, Pineapple Coleslaw and Shredded Beef & Chili are highly recommended.
Ulam-ulaman are local vegetables like yardlong beans and ulam raja (king's salad). The vegetables are typically eaten raw with condiments like budu (fermented anchovies), cincalok (fermented shrimps) and sambal kicap (spicy soy sauce).
Moving to desserts, one can indulge in Crème Brûlée, Coconut Jelly, Honey Dew Pudding, Butter Cake and Carrot Cake. There is also an ice cream section to satisfy one's craving. Should customers prefer something warm, Bubur Kacang Hijau (mung bean soup) is a good choice indeed.
The International Buffet Lunch at Sunway Hotel Georgetown is priced at RM100.00 net per adult, and RM40.00 net per child or senior citizen. For each paying adult, another person's meal is on the house. Every Sunday, a lucky draw is held and each customer stands a chance to win prizes like dining vouchers. As for diners from the other side of Penang Strait, a similar buffet is held at Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya.
Name: Sun Cafe Georgetown
Address: 33, Lorong Baru, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-229-9988
Business hours: 6:30am-11:00pm
Coordinates: 5.41439 N, 100.32567 E
Directions: Sunway Hotel Georgetown is located at New Lane (Lorong Baru). It is accessible from either Macalister Road (Jalan Macalister) or Jalan Dato Keramat, but the former entrance is usually congested by hawker stalls. Sun Cafe is located at the ground level of the hotel. There are parking spaces inside the hotel as well as along New Lane.

Swez Brasserie

This article is part of my Ramadan 2019 compilation.

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

For the upcoming Ramadan season, Eastin Hotel Penang is serving "Sajian Aneka Rasa" buffet dinner every evening from 7 May 2019 to 4 June 2019. The menu is a diverse combination of local dishes and hawker food. Dinner is served at Swez Brasserie. Today's preview covers approximately 80% of the actual buffet spread.
Bubur Lambuk is a must-have dish when breaking fast. This savory porridge goes well with spring onions and fried shallots. Bubur Lambuk is typically cooked in a large amount to be served in a communal setting. As for something spicy, go for Seafood Tom Yum instead.
Sup Gear Box Utara is one of the more popular dishes this evening. The rich broth is prepared from the mutton and a variety of spices. Interestingly, the soup is called "gearbox" because the goat's femur resembles a gear stick. Straws are provided to diners who wish to extract savory marrow from the bones!
Moving to the carvery, Roast Lamb Leg is served this evening. Marinated for several hours, the mutton is roasted until it turns golden brown. The mutton is best enjoyed with rosemary sauce. During the Ramadan, a whole goat will be prepared every evening.
Satay is Malaysia's favorite street food. Two types are prepared today: chicken and beef. The meats are marinated with spices like turmeric, and then grilled over burning charcoal. Satay is typically served with sweet-spicy peanut sauce, ketupat (rice dumplings), sliced cucumber and onions.
Penang Char Koay Teow is the state's most iconic dish. I am satisfied with how well the dish turns out. The fiery aroma imparted to the noodle is simply amazing. Meanwhile, Mee Rebus is a signature dish of Chef Shukri, who is also responsible for crafting many Malay dishes this evening.
Rendang Daging is a Malaysian take on the Minangkabau delicacy. Beef is cooked with coconut milk and spices until most liquid has evaporated. The resulting beef is extremely savory. The Malaysian variant of rendang is not as dark as the original version.
Cili Ketam A'la Singapura, more commonly known as Singapore Chili Crab, is stir-fried with tomato and chili sauces. Despite its name, this dish is sweeter than it is spicy. The traditional recipe uses mud crabs, but in order to comply with halal requirements, flower crabs are used instead.
Kari Telur Ikan is a delicacy that is not commonly encountered. The curry contains fish roe, which has a unique, grainy texture. Unfortunately, the curry does not penetrate the roe deep enough. Perhaps heavier seasoning would have helped.
Ulam-Ulaman comprises of ulam raja (king's salad), daun pegaga (Asiatic pennywort leaves), daun gajus (cashew leaves) and kacang botol (winged beans). These raw vegetables are customarily dipped into condiments like sambal belacan (spicy shrimp paste), budu (fermented anchovies) and cincalok (fermented shrimps).
Today's choices of Malay kuih are kuih talam pandan (pandan cake), kuih talam keladi (sweet potato cake), kuih bingka ubi (tapioca cake) and kuih seri muka (two-layer cake). More Malay kuih will be available during Ramadan dinners. In addition, there are several jars of cookies to satisfy one's sweet tooth.
I am impressed by the assortment of Western confections this evening. Notable items are Citrus Crème Brûlée, Blueberry Cheese Tartlets, Carrot Cake, Pandan Cake, Marble Cheesecake, Banana Cake and Chocolate Moist Cake. Compliments to the in-house pastry team!
Eastin Hotel Penang's "Sajian Aneka Rasa" buffet dinner is priced at RM120.00 net for adults, RM60.00 net for children, and RM70.00 net for senior citizens. Early bird vouchers are available for purchase for RM100.00 net. In addition, the hotel is having a "secret" promotion of vouchers for only RM88.00 net. This special voucher can only be redeemed between 7 May 2019 and 12 May 2019. Check out the hotel's Facebook post for details.
Name: Swez Brasserie
Address: 1, Solok Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-612-1111
Business hours: 6:00am-12:00am
Coordinates: 5.33629 N, 100.30632 E
Directions: Eastin Hotel Penang is located along Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu) and is conveniently next to Queensbay Mall. Swez Brasserie an eatery next to the hotel lobby. There are parking spaces at the basement levels of the hotel.

Lexis Suites

This article is part of my Ramadan 2019 compilation.

Special thanks to Lexis Suites Penang for extending this food review invitation.

For the upcoming Ramadan season, Lexis Suites Penang is serving iftar meals that revolves around classic Malay dishes and Middle Eastern cuisine. The buffet is aptly named "Ramadhan Bazaar". While the actual dinners will be held at the Hibiscus Grand Ballroom, today's preview takes place in Roselle Coffee House.
Kambing Golek is obviously one of the highlights this evening. The goat is marinated for several hours such that the mutton is seasoned thoroughly. Once roasted, the whole goat is elegantly decorated and presented over a large pan of Briyani Rice.
To give Middle Eastern dishes a stamp of authenticity, Lexis Suites Penang has specially hired two chefs (Saudi Arabia and Yemen respectively) to prepare the Arabic delicacies. Among the signature dishes are Chicken Mandi (مندي بالدجاج), Lamb Kabsa (لامب كبسة), Chicken Shawarma (شاورما دجاج), Lamb Shawarma (شاورما لامب), Shish Tawouk (شيش طاووق‎) and Chicken Kebab (كباب دجاج).
Ekor Bakar Beratur Panjang is probably my favorite dish this evening. The oxtail is marinated for several hours, resulting in sweet and savory flavors that gratify my palate. There are a handful of condiments to go with the oxtail; the chef personally recommends barbecue sauce.
Chicken Tandoori is a delicacy from the Punjab region of India. It is traditionally roasted in a tandoor oven. Marinated with flavorful spices from the subcontinent, the chicken attains its distinctive red color. Chicken Tandoori is often paired with cucumber raita, a yogurt-based dipping sauce.
Bubur Lambuk is an essential dish for iftar meals. In the Malay kampung, rice porridge is typically prepared in large pots to be distributed to the community. The congee comes with a variety of condiments like chili flakes, spring onions and fried shallots.
The buffet dinner includes several live action stalls where à la minute dishes are prepared. Today, Lexis Suites Penang presents one of its signature dishes: Mee Udang. The prawns used are surprisingly large! To ensure freshness, the hotel takes delivery of live prawns every morning.
Gulai Anak Udang Galah is prominently presented in an enormous wok called "kawah". Indeed, many kampung dishes are often cooked in large quantities to be served in a communal setting. Today's delicacy uses Australian yabbies. The featured ingredient will be rotated on a daily basis.
The buffet spread includes over a dozen Malay-style hot dishes. Notable ones are Ketam Masak Cili, Daging Rendang, Gulai Ayam Lemak and Sotong Kicap Pedas just to name a few.
Moving on to the salad counter, there are several types of kerabu (Malay salad) to tantalize the taste buds in different ways. Shown here are Kerabu Pucuk Paku, Kerabu Soo Hoon, Kerabu Daging Salai, Kerabu Ayam and Kerabu Sotong.
Popular dishes from Umi Japanese Restaurant are also included in the buffet spread. The platter of Sashimi (刺身) contains fresh slices of salmon, tuna and octopus. Other crowd favorites are Sushi (寿司), Tempura (天麩羅), Oden (おでん) and Negi Stew (ねぎ汁).
Proceeding to the pastry section, diners are spoiled with sweet confections like Red Velvet Cake, Fruitcake, Chocolate Moist Cake, Strawberry Mousse Log, Fruit Jelly and more. The actual Ramadan buffet will also feature more Malay kuih and cookies.
The walk-in price for Lexis Suites Penang's Ramadhan Buffet Dinner is RM98.00 net for adults, and RM68.00 net for children and senior citizens. A lucky draw is held every evening. There is also a grand prize at the end of Ramadan. Early bird vouchers are available for purchase for RM60.00 net from now till 5 May 2019. As part of the hotel's corporate social responsibility, Lexis Suites Penang will donate RM2.00 to selected orphanages for every voucher sold.
Name: Lexis Suites Penang
Address: 28, Jalan Teluk Kumbar, 11920 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-628-2888
Business hours: 7:00pm-11:00pm
Coordinates: 5.28698 N, 100.23265 E
Directions: From Bayan Lepas, drive along Jalan Teluk Kumbar towards the intersection with Jalan Gertak Sanggul. Lexis Suites Penang is the tall building on the left just before the intersection. As the only building more than 3 floors in Teluk Kumbar, it is impossible to overlook this hotel. There are parking spaces inside the hotel.


This article is part of my Ramadan 2019 compilation.

Special thanks to Olive Tree Hotel for extending this food review invitation.

Olive Tree Hotel is rolling out a new buffet menu for Ramadan. Served at Sukkah Coffee House, the buffet's theme is "Selera Nusantara Ramadan". Besides traditional dishes from the Malay Archipelago, the menu also covers Penang street food and Arabic cuisine.
The main highlight during today's preview event is Kambing Bakar. A whole goat is marinated for several hours to ensure that the meat becomes flavorful. The mutton is served with assorted vegetables, onion rings and potato wedges. Black pepper and mint yogurt sauces are prepared too.
Next, Nasi Mandi is a traditional Yemeni rice dish that is also popular throughout the Middle East. Basmati rice is cooked with a special blend of Arabic spices, and then garnished with fried shallots and raisins. The rice is aromatic and flavorful. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Another notable highlight this evening is Gulai Daging, where beef is stewed with coconut milk and spices in a large wok called "kawah". The spicy stew contains pieces of batang pisang (coconut stems); their texture is similar to that of bamboo shoots.
As for poultry, Ayam Kalio is a Minangkabau dish from Padang, Indonesia. Kalio appears somewhat similar to rendang but contains more liquid. Should you prefer red meat, Kambing Kerutuk is a mutton dish of Kelantanese origin.
Speaking of seafood, Ketam Masak Lemak is probably the most prominent dish in this category. The flower crabs are cooked in a sauce that is rich in coconut milk and turmeric. Cili padi (bird's eye chili) is also added. Meanwhile if you fancy stink beans, go for some Sambal Udang Petai.
The Ramadan-themed menu also covers dishes from other cuisines. For instance, Deep-Fried Fish is flavored with Chinese-style lemon sauce. This dish is suitable for children because the fish is deboned.
Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) is prepared at the action counter. There are two choices of fish this evening: ikan keli (catfish) and ikan pari (stingray). Air asam (tamarind sauce) and sambal kicap (spicy soy sauce) serve as condiments.
Satay is well received by most people, which explains why it is depleted quickly. As per tradition, satay is best enjoyed with spicy peanut sauce, shallots and cucumber.
Moving on to the salad counter, Rojak Buah is a mixture of diced fruits like jambu batu (guava), jambu air (rose apple), sengkuang (jicama), belimbing (star fruit) and more. The fruit salad uses a sweet, savory and spicy dressing that is based on shrimp paste (belacan).
I am pleased to see the assortment of Malay kuih in rattan baskets. The kuih choices this evening are Kuih Seri Muka, Kuih Lapis, Kuih Cara, Kuih Ketayap and Abok-Abok.
Sago Gula Melaka is a translucent pudding made from sago pearls. This traditional dessert is nearly tasteless on its own, so it is usually consumed with gula melaka (palm sugar) and coconut milk.
As for Western-style desserts, the pastry team has prepared Fruit Jelly, Crème Caramel, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Moist Cake, Fruit Tarts and Cream Puffs.
Olive Tree Hotel's Ramadan buffet dinner is held every evening from 13 May 2019 to 31 May 2019. The buffet price is RM99.00 net per adult. Children below the age of 12 dine for free. Early birds vouchers are available for discounted prices. The vouchers serve as perfect gifts.

Name: Sukkah Coffee House
Address: 76, Jalan Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-637-7856
Business hours: 6:00am-10:00pm
Coordinates: 5.32692 N, 100.27932 E
Directions: Olive Tree Hotel is located at Bayan Baru, just across the street from SPICE Arena. Sukkah is located at Level 1, just above a flight of elevator from the lobby. The hotel's multi-storey parking charges RM3.00 for the first hour, then RM1.00 for each subsequent hour.