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

Olive Tree Hotel is hosting Christmas-themed buffet sessions during the upcoming Christmas season. In addition to traditional dishes such as meatloaves and stuffed turkey, the yuletide-themed menu also includes salads, soup, carvery, cold cuts, cooked dishes and desserts. Today's preview event at Sukkah Coffee House serves to showcase several signature dishes from the full menu.

Making meatloaf is a tradition in several European countries. To prepare this delicacy, ground meat like beef or lamb is mixed with seasoning. The mixture is baked in a loaf pan so that it takes the shape of a loaf. Similar dishes are Chicken Terrine and Honey-Glazed Turkey Squares. Meanwhile, Chicken Roulade is made by rolling chicken slices with chestnut stuffing.
Another vital dish during Christmas is Roasted Whole Turkey, which is stuffed with raisins and chestnuts. Cranberry and giblet (chicken innards) sauces are used as condiments. Roasted Lamb and Roasted Beef Striploin are other delicacies at the carvery. Meanwhile, non-meat items include Herb-Roasted Potatoes and buttered vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and squash.
Christmas season will be incomplete if not for the presence of Gingerbread House. The model house is assembled from pieces of gingerbread, then intricately glazed with icing sugar of different colors to produce finer details such as doors, windows and roof tiles.
Yule Log (bûche de Noël) is another Christmas-related pastry. As the name implies, the pastry is shaped to resemble an actual Yule log. The main section consists of sponge cake that has been rolled into a roulade. Meanwhile, the frosted surface is "scratched" by a fork to replicate the rough texture of tree bark.
Mixed Fruit Cake is dotted with cranberries, blueberries, raisins, apricots and other types of candied fruits and nuts. Rum is traditionally added to the cake to extend its shelf life and accentuate its sweet taste. However because Sukkah is a halal-compliant restaurant, alcohol is not used in this case.
Gingerbread Man is commonly prepared in conjunction with festive seasons like Christmas. The gingerbread cookie cut into humanoid form, while finer details like facial features are fashioned through clever use of icing sugar. Other bite-size treats during Christmas include fruit tarts, checkerboard cookies, marbled chocolate cookies and chocolate drop cookies.
For something richer in cocoa, the Chocolate Cake is a sound choice. The cake is covered with chocolate fudge and chocolate sprinkles on the side.
Last but not least, the raspberry-flavored Panna Cotta is served in petite glasses. At the top of each dessert is an edible figurine of Santa Claus or Frosty the Snowman.
Sukkah is offering 4 buffet sessions during this upcoming Christmas season:
- Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner (24 December 2016, 6:30pm-10:00pm)
- Christmas Buffet Luncheon (25 December 2016, 12:00pm-3:00pm)
- New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner (31 December 2016, 6:30pm-10:00pm)
- New Year's Buffet Luncheon (1 January 2017, 12:00pm-3:00pm)
For dinner sessions, each adult is served with a complimentary glass of red wine. Guests who prefer non-alcoholic beverages can opt for mocktail instead. Furthermore, each adult guests may top up an additional RM50.00 to enjoy free flow of beer or a bottle of house wine.

Name: Sukkah Coffee House
Address: 76, Jalan Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-637-7856
Business hours: 6:00am-10:00pm
Coordinates: 5.32695 N, 100.27927 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. Parking is complimentary for hotel guests.

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