Cinnamon

This article is part of my Christmas 2019 compilation.

Special thanks to One World Hotel for extending this food review invitation.

One World Hotel is a 5-star hotel adjacent to 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Cinnamon Coffee House is the all-day dining restaurant of the hotel. This evening, the eatery is hosting a preview of the upcoming Christmas meals. Today's buffet spread features over 100 dishes that is certain to delight one's palate!
Starting at the carving station, the Roasted Turkey is served with honey, herb and chestnut stuffing. As per tradition, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy are prepared. Another delicacy that takes advantage of the condiments is Herb-Crusted Strip Loin.
Fans of Arab cuisine can savor Turkey Mandi, whose recipe is inspired by the popular Chicken Mandi. The turkey is served with basmati rice that is infused with stock and spices.
Moving from the land to the sea, a large lobster is the centerpiece of the seafood section. Other marine delicacies include smoked salmon, cured mackerel and tuna loin cut.
Seafood on ice are slipper lobsters, yabbies, prawns, crabs, oysters, mussels and scallops. Cocktail sauce, lemon wedges and Tabasco sauce are provided too.
The Japanese section presents several types of maki sushi and tempura. Meanwhile, sashimi lovers may indulge in succulent slices of salmon, tuna and octopus.
As for cold cuts, diners may help themselves with roast beef, lamb pastrami, chicken bologna, duck confit tartlets and pâté. The buffet spread also covers an assortment of tapas and gourmet cheeses.
Several types of German sausages are featured this evening too. Stuffed into casings, the sausages are grilled to perfection. Mashed potatoes are prepared too.
The pizza counter gives diners an opportunity to sample pizzas topped with turkey or seafood. Using thin crust is the right move as this accentuates the taste of toppings.
In line with the yuletide season, the buffet line includes many Western-style chafing dishes. For instance, Roasted Lamb is served with tangy apple and pear chutney. The dish is also flavored with sweet cranberry sauce.
Asian cooking is not neglected too. Some of the chefs' signature dishes are Beef & Potato Gulai, Assam Spicy Fish Head Curry and Opor-Style Lamb.
Christmas confections play a key role in getting into the festive spirit. Shown here are Hazelnut Twisted Bread, Caramel Cinnamon Bun, Berry Crumble Bread and Christmas Stollen.
Also present this evening are Swiss Ring Tea Bread, Apple Custard Chocolate Bread, Panettone, Gingerbread and Pretzels. The pastry team obviously spared no expense in decorating the desserts.
Chocolate Yule Log is another iconic confection during the Christmas season. The cake is decorated to resemble an actual yule log. For instance, the chocolate icing is raked with a fork to mimic the rough texture of bark.
Other mouthwatering desserts that satiate one's sweet tooth are Christmas Fruitcake, Christmas Pudding, Cranberry Cheesecake, Berries Panna Cotta, Vanilla Crème Brûlée Tartlets and Profiteroles.
Last but not least, the hearty Christmas feast concludes on a high note with fresh fruits like apples, bananas, honeydew and watermelon. Jackfruit, rambutan, pitaya (dragon fruit) and longan are available too.
One World Hotel's yuletide-themed buffet dinner is served on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Meanwhile, the hotel also serves festive high tea on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. As for people who prefer to celebrate Christmas at home, One World Hotel offers Roasted Turkey and other delightful goodies for take-away.
Name: Cinnamon Coffee House
Address: One World Hotel, First Avenue, Bandar Utama City Centre, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-7681-1157
Business hours: 6:00am-10:30pm
Website: http://www.oneworldhotel.com.my/restaurants/cinnamon-coffee-house
Coordinates: 3.14786 N, 101.61721 E
Directions: One World Hotel is located at Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya, right next to 1 Utama Shopping Centre. The hotel is accessible from First Avenue off Dataran Bandar Utama. Cinnamon is located at the Concourse Level. The hotel has basement parking.

Chatz Brasserie

This article is part of my Christmas 2019 compilation.

Special thanks to PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur for extending this food review invitation.

PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur is a 5-star hotel in the heart of the capital city. The hotel is managed by Pan Pacific Hotels Group, which also operates PARKROYAL Penang Resort in Batu Ferringhi. The all-day dining restaurant in PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur is called Chatz Brasserie.
This evening, PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur is having an early preview of the upcoming Tropical Christmas Buffet. Held at Chatz Brasserie, the yuletide-themed meal is curated by Executive Chef Joseph Kuan. Today's event highlights signature dishes that he has specially crafted for this holiday season.
Before the meal begins, we are served freshly baked Bengali bread with tapenade, sambal bilis (spicy anchovy relish) and masala curry. The sambal bilis goes surprisingly well with bread.
Chef Joseph is taking a unique approach to the Christmas menu this year. Instead of preparing traditional Christmas dishes, many delicacies are given a familiar touch of Malaysian flavors. This approach is clearly exemplified by the Baba Marinated Roasted Turkey.
As per tradition, the turkey comes with classic condiments like cranberry sauce and giblet sauce. As for diners who prefer flavors closer to home, Nyonya acar and Sarawak citrus pepper sauce are prepared too.
Next, the Turkey Breast Roulade is stuffed with cassava and tapioca leaves instead of the usual chestnuts. The roulade is delightfully succulent despite being made of lean meat.
As for seafood, the Pan-Seared Red Snapper is seasoned with a lovely blend of oriental spices. The fish is meant to be enjoyed with creamy Malaysian curry sauce.
Ikan Pais is one of the major highlights this evening. Marinated with Malay-style spices, the red snapper is grilled in banana leaves to keep the juices intact. Fresh coriander sauce is prepared to complement the heavily seasoned fish.
Johore Prawn Stew is cooked with a creamy sauce that is infused with spices like galangal and turmeric. The crunchy shrimps appeal to my palate.
Moving on, the Crispy Roasted Chicken combines poultry with fish paste. Both constituents are brought together though a layer of almond flakes. The delicacy is flavored with Thai-style condiments such as unripe papaya and sweet chili sauce.
Finally for pastries, the Giant Rainbow Durian Yule Log Cake presents an unconventional take on the popular Christmas dessert. The cake has 4 distinct layers: durian, pandan, coffee and teh tarik. The durian layer has the most prominent flavor.
PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur is serving 3 dinner sessions in total: on Christmas Eve (24 December 2019), Christmas Day (25 December 2019) and New Year's Eve (31 December 2019). Early birds who confirm their bookings by 2 December 2019 enjoy discounted prices.
Name: Chatz Brasserie
Address: PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2147-0088
Business hours: 6:30am-10:30pm
Website: Click here
Coordinates: 3.14424 N, 101.71241 E
Directions: PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur is situated at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Imbi. The hotel is right across the street from Sungei Wang. Chatz Brasserie is one level below the hotel lobby.

The Resort Café

This article is part of my Christmas 2019 compilation.

Special thanks to Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa for extending this food review invitation.

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is a 5-star hotel in Sunway City. The hotel's primary eatery is The Resort Café. The all-day dining restaurant serves a wide range of local delights and international dishes from around the world.
The Resort Café has an enormous dining area. One section of the restaurant affords a panoramic view of Sunway Lagoon. Exotic motifs on the walls reflect the cosmopolitan nature of the restaurant's cuisines.
Today, The Resort Café is giving a sneak peek of the upcoming Christmas-themed buffets. This preview session only covers a subset of the actual buffet spreads, so diners can expect to see substantially more dishes in December.
As per tradition, the yuletide menu revolves around the Traditional Roasted Turkey at the carving station. Cooked to golden perfection, the turkey is paired with the chef's special giblet gravy and cranberry-orange compote. Be sure to savour the cornbread stuffing too!
Diners are spoiled for choice when it comes to red meats. This year, The Resort Café is serving premium wagyu beef, which is prized for its marbled texture. Shown here are Slow Roasted Wagyu Beef Striploin and Oven Roasted Wagyu Beef Karubi. Beef is served with baby potatoes, beetroots, baby carrots and fragrant rosemary sprigs.
Wagyu beef can also be enjoyed as shawarma! The beef is marinated with Middle Eastern spices for several hours, and then roasted on a vertical spit. Cooked beef is shaved off the block and stuffed into pita bread. Other ingredients of Wagyu Beef Shawarma are tomatoes, pickled cucumbers, onions and frisée lettuce.
Risotto is an Italian rice dish which uses a special cultivar of rice. The rice is cooked with broth until it reaches a creamy consistency. Other ingredients of Risotto are beef bacon, smoked duck breast, clams, dried Roma tomatoes, asparagus and mushrooms. A hint of saffron gives the dish a distinctive yellow color.
Speaking of saffron, Seared Salmon Fillets & Mussels are cooked in rich saffron broth. The dish is garnished with asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Another chafing dish which I enjoyed is Slow Cooked Duck Breast On Truffle Jus.
Seafood on ice includes tiger prawns, raw oysters and several types of caviar. The prawns are extremely fresh; I enjoy their sweet taste and crunchy texture.
Yuletide confections play a key role during Christmas celebrations. One of the most iconic Christmas pastries is the Yule Log. Two versions of Yule Log are prepared this evening. The traditional version is coated with chocolate ganache, while the white version is covered with grated coconut.
Dresdner Stollen is a traditional cake-like bread from Germany. The bread is filled with candied fruits and nuts, and has a modestly dense texture. Icing sugar on top gives the illusion of snow.
Christmas Pudding is another essential dessert during the holiday season. The pudding is topped with red berry coulis, and is further garnished with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. I am also fascinated by the dainty Santa Cupcakes with festive icings.
Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread House are simply eye-catching. In case you just want a morsel to nibble on, there are smaller, star-shaped pieces of gingerbread too. Also present this evening is Panettone, an Italian sweet bread that is typically prepared during the Christmas season.
Other mouthwatering desserts that bring out the festive spirit of Christmas are Raspberry Éclairs, Tiramisu, Assorted Macarons, Pecan Tarts, Mango Compote Panna Cotta and Blueberry Compote Panna Cotta.
Last but not least, Pumpkin Bread & Butter Pudding is prepared from buttered bread and a custard mixture made of milk and spices. As the theme is Christmas, the pudding is infused with pumpkins too. Vanilla sauce is provided.
I am thrilled to quaff a refreshing "glass" of virgin Piña Colada, which is interestingly served in a hollowed-out pineapple. The pineapple-flavored drink does a great job in quenching thirst. Its tangy taste is gratifying indeed.
In the days leading up to Christmas, The Resort Café serves "Let The Feasting Begin" buffet lunch from 13 December 2019 to 23 December 2019 (except on Sundays). Meanwhile, dinner is available daily between 13 December 2019 and 21 December 2019.
The Resort Café has more elaborate Christmas menus closer to Christmas. As expected, the most extravagant feast is served in the evening of Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day itself, The Resort Café serves both buffet lunch and dinner. Customers who confirm their bookings before 15 December 2019 enjoy 20% discount on the regular prices.
Name: The Resort Café
Address: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-7495-2009
Business hours: 6:00am-11:00pm
Website: Click here
Coordinates: 3.07087 N, 101.60880 E
Directions: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is located next to Sunway Pyramid. The hotel is accessible from the one-way road on the east of the shopping mall. Sunway Resort provides multilevel parking.