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SELAMAT HARI RAYA to all Muslim friends!

Not much action since I joined a company and responsible for opening up new international markets. The brain is tired from all those country and market research plus business visit arrangements. The weekend and Raya holidays gave me the opportunity to prepare and author a recent and 1 or 2 outstanding posts that I have place a mental note to get done.

Two weeks ago we were invited by Hard Rock Hotel Penang to review their annual “Bintang Rock Buffet” designed to cater to the Muslim Fasting Month (bulan puasa). This year is the third consecutive year of being hosted by their Starz Diner and Hard Rock Cafe to taste their customized buffet line that showcases and adopts the many local cuisines that makes Malaysian food unique. Year on year their dishes and variety keep getting better, and this year they have made the buffet dish selection a true Malaysian potpourri; the buffet line up includes the exotic Malay salads (kerabus and ulams), Indian Masala to Chinese fried noodles crafted by their well skilled chefs.

The Bintang Rock Buffet at Starz Diner for this year (2014) was a limited time offer theme buffet  from the 29th June to 29th July 2014, with 4 individually unique selection of drinks and dishes menus to satisfy the desire for variety during the holy fasting month. The buffet would have only set you back RM70++ per adult and RM35++ per child of 6 to 12years old.

To breakfast after a day of abstaining from drinking and eating, it is advisable to start slow and light, the best choice is to have a hot drink and some nutrition packed dates.  We did not need to warm up our digestive system, thus we headed straight to their appetizers and salads were section to sample some of the not usually available dishes in hotels or local restaurants. There were (clockwise from top right) ‘keropok lekor’ or fish crackers, pickled mix fruits/vegetables, variety of ‘Cincaluk’ or preserved shrimps and ‘nasi ulam’ or mixed vegetable rice and ‘serunding’ or meat floss. In the centre we have a plate filled with the appetizers ready to go.

This year’s salad selection were seasoned raw fish salad, chicken and young jackfruit salad, cuttlefish salad, tomato salad, ‘kerabu kacang campur’ or mixed bean salad and ‘kerabu udang’ or prawn salad.

In their line up, they also had ‘Bubur Lambuk’ or mixed vegetable congee (on the left) and ‘Sup Kambing ala Mydin’ or lamb soup (on the right). This year’s bubur lambuk was a much creamier and spiced as compared to previous years, it had more ‘santan’ or coconut milk and heavier touch of spices, more flavourful and tasty.

Moving to the main courses, (clockwise from top right) there were ‘Gulai Ikan Tenggiri Bendi’ or Mackerel Curry with Ladies Fingers,  ‘Sambal Tumis Udang & Petai’ or Sambal Prawns with Bitter/Stink Beans, Steamed Patin Fish with Ginger Soy and ‘Ketam Masak Lemak Nenas’ or Braised Blue Crab in Turmeric & Coconut Gravy.

(Clockwise from top right) ‘Gulai Ayam’ or Chicken Curry, ‘Kari Daging Kentang ‘ or Beef & Potato Curry and Mutton Kheema.

(Clockwise from top right) Fried E Foo Mee with Chicken, Chicken & Lamb Satay, Chicken Masala, Lamb Shawarma and Roast Strip Loin with Grilled Vegetables.

After finishing with the appetizers and main courses, there were the traditional Malaysian sweet cakes or ‘Kuih-Muih’.

Apart from the traditional, there were also Continental desserts like White Chocolate Creme Caramel, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Coffee Walnut Mousse, Strawberry Streusel, and more.

Before we could finish the Bintang Rock Buffet, Hard Rock Cafe sent in their “The Rock Platter” for this year’s Puasa month. The platter was priced at RM140++ for 2 persons’ and RM210++ for 3 persons’ 3 Course Meal with Drinks! It was monstrous platter for us Asians and we definitely had dig in deep to try to finish it, especially we had already gone through the buffet line.

For the Rock Platter, there were two separate menus to choose from, we had menu ‘A’  which had Onion Rings, Chicken Briyani, Spaghetti Marinara, Chicken Portuguese, Vegetable Spring Roll, Grilled Mini Shrimp Quesadilla, Hickory-Smoked BBQ Beef Ribs and Mini Beef Burgers with Rendang Sauce.

Overall experience for Starz Diner’s Bintang Rock Buffet and Hard Rock Cafe’s Rock Platter:

Taste
  • 4.0/5 (Good)
  • On average the dishes served were on the bland side due to the reduction of salt and pepper in their cooking after their guests’ feedbacks on health concerns, but they have prepared individual bottles of salt and pepper to add taste.
  • They were not stingy on the spices and herbs used in their recipes, though.
Texture
  • 3.5/5 (Averagely Good)
  • Anything served and consumed at the appropriate time is always the best in terms of texture and taste.
  • The Rock Platter’s Chicken Portuguese, beef rib and burger patty were all tender and moist although it was sitting idle for a short while before we began to dig in.
Service
  • N/A as it is an invited review event, but the staffs at hand were quite attentive, friendly and helpful.
Cleanliness
  • 4.5/5 (Very Good)
  • The dining area was neat and clean.
Atmosphere
  • 3.5/5 (Averagely Good)
  • Comfortable seats, bright dining area and clean cutlery and plates.
Price
  • 3.5/5 (Averagely Good)
  • If compared to last year’s prices, there weren’t much increase for the Bintang Rock Buffet, but there was a slight increase for the Rock platter.
Portion
  • N/A for Bintang Rock Buffet.
  • It was a monstrosity for the Rock Platter, 2 persons would have some difficulty to finish the whole platter set.
Value
  • 3.5/5 (Averagely Good)
  • There were more variety of choices, more mixture of local cuisines and showcase of traditional dishes.
  • The qualities of ingredients were improved, e.g. the Blue Crab was fresh and still had their distinctive sweetness.
  • There was also quantity in the condiments and raw material utilised for preparing their dishes, e.g. their Spicy Prawn noodles had also used crab for the making of their soup base.
Consistency
  • 4.5/5 (Very Good)
  • After having been hosted for their buka puasa buffet and rock platter for 3 consecutive years, we could see their changes and improvements.

For enquiry, call 04-886 8057 or email to fb.penang@hardrockhotels.net.

Many  thanks to Hard Rock Hotel Penang for extending the invitation and hosting our visit.

 

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Weekend Sausage Sizzle By G Pool Bar At G Hotel Penang

Posted by Jason Wong On April - 7 - 20143 COMMENTS

A few weeks ago in March 2014, G Hotel launched its “Saturday Sunday Sausage Sizzle” offering a variety of specially crafted hotdogs at its own G Pool Bar. Set in an urban rooftop pool setting, the Saturday Sunday Sausage Sizzle encourages hotel guests, Penangites, shoppers from the adjacent Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon to step out into the sunny weekend afternoon to soak up the sun while enjoying cook to order jumbo hotdogs and a glasses of ice cold beer or an interesting cocktail mixed and shaken by their in-house bartender.

Two weekends (23 March 2014) ago we were invited by G Hotel’s MARCOM and F&B department for a sampling of their Saturday Sunday Sausage Sizzle. There were plenty of varieties to choose from their current menu offering in addition to the choice of either a beef or chicken sausages. Currently in season are their “G Town Sizzle”, “Chillin’ Sizzle”, “Guac-A-Sizzle”, “Sloppy Slaw Sizzle” and “Sunshine Sizzle”. Each sausage sizzle ordered at RM25++ comes with accompanying sides of a light salad and a choice of chips from potato chips, spiced cassava chips or nachos. The order also comes with a free glass of cold soda, but if sodas do not quench your thirst, upgrade to a beer or milkshake for just an additional RM10.

G Town Sizzle, a jumbo sausage smothered in G Hotel’s house pickled sweet relish, tomato & gherkin slices laid on a bed of iceberg lettuce and topped cheddar cheese in a toasted sesame bun. All condiments harmonizes each other perfectly, savory, sweet and tangy with some richness.

Chillin’ Sizzle, the jumbo sausage is crowned with pickled jalapenos, diced onion, Dijon mustard and lollo rossa lettuce. The flavours are brighten up by the tangy and spicy pickled jalapenos, sweet diced raw onion and sharp house-made Dijon mustard squiggles that give the Chillin’ Sizzle its zing.

Guac-A-Sizzle, open flame grilled jumbo sausage topped with a gorgeous mosaic of avocado chunks, tomatoes, diced onion, green cilantro leaves and dill cucumber salsa. It is a rich and refreshing combination.

Sloppy Slaw Sizzle, the jumbo hotdog is topped with apple-horseradish slaw, whole grain mustard and gruyere cheese. An unusual combination but once tasted, the flavours do jive together.

Sunshine Sizzle, cream cheese, mayonnaise, pickled red onions and fresh dill relish makes up the toppings for this light yet refreshingly tasteful hotdog.

If hotdogs are not your cup of tea, there are options like G Club Sandwich, Steak Sandwich, Southwestern Slider, Fish Fillet Burger and Pizzas. If milkshakes, draft beers or sodas do not water down your thirst, G Pool bar also serves their signature Slush which comes with strawberry or mango flavours. Even their cocktails are also good enough to kill the heat.

Apart from enjoying an ice cold drink, a good hotdog or whatever you favor on a sunny weekend afternoon, patrons will be able to enjoy a dip in their stunning infinity swimming pool, chill out with your family and loved ones at the comfy poolside couches. Their poolside staffs will also be ever ready to assist and pamper you, up to a point to even help you clean your sunglasses.

For reservations, please call 04-238 0000 or email food.beverage@ghotel.com.my

G Hotel
Address: 168A Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Penang
Grilling hours starts from 12pm till 6pm.
 
* Thanks to the gracious invitation by G Hotel and appreciate the company and explanation given by their Marcom and F&B staffs.
 
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