This article is part of my Chinese New Year 2020 compilation.

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

As the Lunar New Year is fast approaching, Olive Tree Hotel is welcoming the Year of the Rat with festive ornaments in the lobby. As for dining, the hotel is serving Festive Buffet Dinner at Sukkah Coffee House on selected days.
As per tradition, the Chinese New Year feast begins with the tossing of yee sang (鱼生). Since the meal is served in a buffet setting, the restaurant provides do-it-yourself Olive Tree Yee Sang. Diners can choose from a variety of ingredients like daikon, carrots, sesame seeds, pomelo, crackers, plum sauce and sesame oil.
As for cooked dishes, Grilled Sea Bass Fillets stand out most prominently. The dish is served with beurre blanc and pineapple salsa, and then garnished with colorful bell peppers and capers.
Squid In Chef's Superior Sauce is another attractive dish. The squid is cut in a criss-cross pattern in order to take full advantage of the savory sauce.
Moving to the action counter, Oriental Crispy Duck is roasted to golden perfection, and then wrapped in steamed mantou. Sweet bean sauce and spring onions are added too.
I am most impressed with the Herbal Chicken Drumstick Soup, which is infused with Chinese herbs like Chinese liquorice (甘草) and scented Solomon's seal (玉竹). The soup is served with choy sum and springy egg noodle.
Diners can help themselves to Japanese delicacies such as maki rolls, inari (fried tofu) and seasoned baby octopus. Fruit rojak, keropok (crackers) and century eggs are available too.
The pastry team has prepared a variety of mouthwatering confections like mandarin orange profiteroles, orange cream cake and koi fish jelly. Traditional Chinese New Year treats like nian gao (年糕) and festive cookies are present too.
End the meal on a sweet note with a bowl of Leng Chee Kang (莲子羹). Diners can add ingredients like lotus seeds, ginkgo nuts, snow fungus and basil seeds. The dessert can be served hot or with shaved ice. The hot version is quite sweet, so you may need to water it down a bit.
Olive Tree Hotel's Festive Buffet Dinner is available on 4 days only: 17, 18, 26 and 31 January 2020. The buffet price is RM98.00+ for adults, RM58.00+ for children and RM78.00+ for senior citizens.
Olive Tree Hotel also serves Chinese New Year Set Menu in The Olive. The 8-course dinner is priced at RM1,088.00+ per table and requires a minimum of 2 tables. This promotion is available between 9 January 2020 and 1 March 2020. Prior reservation is required.
Alternatively, diners can opt for the Steamboat Set Menu which includes yee sang and desserts. In addition, à la carte yee sang (for dine-in or take-away) comes in 4 different versions. These deals are offered from 9 January 2020 to 1 March 2020.
Name: Sukkah Coffee House
Address: 76, Jalan Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-637-7873
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.

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