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Hard Rock Cafe & Hard Rock Hotel Buka Puasa Sets

Posted by Jason Wong On July - 20 - 20124 COMMENTS

It is the month of the year again when our Muslim brothers and sisters fasts to remember the hardship faced by the poor and unfortunate. Muslims around the world will abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk during the Ramadan month.

In conjunction with this year’s Ramadan month, Hard Rock Cafe & Hard Rock Hotel in Penang will be providing diners an opportunity to taste Malaysian favourites alongside great American flavours that will tantalize your taste buds when fasting ends (buka puasa) for the day.

The festive feasting at Hard Rock Café takes on the form of a special platter designed for just for this “Puasa” month, therefore it is time limited. With the platter, we got to indulge ourselves in favourite authentic American selections like Mini Shrimp Quesadillas, Hickory-Smoked Bar-B-Que Beef Brisket, and Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream alongside with local favourites like Tomato Rice and Chicken Curry with Potatoes.

The menus will rotate weekly and is available all day long beginning from today (21st July 2012) until the 18th of August 2012 at RM60++ per person. The platter also comes with soup of the day, selected local drinks and dates.

Eat’s Platter Set Menu: 21st Jul to 29th Jul & 6th Aug to 12th Aug.

Eat’s Platter Set Menu: 30th Jul to 5th Aug & 13th Aug to 18Aug.

At the Starz Diner, the Buka Puasa Buffet includes a selection ranging from local appetisers like Rojak Buah-buahan, Pasembur and Kerabu followed by an array of main courses like Udang Kering, Ikan Masak Asam Pedas, Ketam Goreng Berempah, Ayam Masak Merah, Beef Rendang, Lamb Kurma, etc., that are filled with local Malaysian flavours.  The buffet line ends with sweets that are sure to satisfy the traditional dessert lovers with their colourful line-up of various types of kuihs, pastries and traditional pudding or Pengat.

The Buka Puasa Buffet with over 30 scrumptious traditional dishes is available from Monday to Thursday, priced at RM60++ per adult and RM30++ each for children under 12 years old.

Come Friday and Saturday evenings, Starz Diner’s popular Great American Buffet would be available for breaking fast instead. It features most significant American favourites, but for this Ramadan month it will also incorporate some Malay fare to please our Muslim friends. The theme buffet priced at RM108++ per adults and RM54++ per child under 12 years old.

And on Sundays, they will be featuring Pizzeria’s Festive Barefoot BBQ that is priced at RM60++ (adults) and RM30++ (kids). This buffet line will showcase amongst others Marinated Lamb Chop, Gill Veal Sausage, Tandoori Sausages, assorted Satays and lots more.

“The idea of our festive offerings this year is to offer greater variety and selections for the enjoyment of our guests. We believe guests will return to Hard Rock Hotel within the fasting month to try the different variety of menus that is on offer,” said hotel general manager John Primmer.

Apart from dining, Hard Rock Hotel is also celebrating this holy month with a “you can’t resist” room package inclusive of suhur (breakfast) and buka puasa (dinner) at either the Hard Rock Cafe or Starz Diner for two persons per night’s stay for only RM399++ per room per night. The offer is valid from 21st Jul until Aug 17. For details or reservations, call 04-8811711.

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Celebrate and indulge with your love ones this Valentines with some of the dinning promotions in Penang hotels & restaurants.

E & O Hotels’ Sarkies’ Valentine Romance Buffet Dinner Romance Buffet Dinner

  • @ RM98++(adult) and RM49++(child)
  • With free flow of wine, beer & soft drinks @ RM138++(adult) and RM68++(child)

E & O Hotel’s 1885 Valentine Candle Light Dinner

  • Set Menu @ RM188++ per person
  • Set Menu with Wine pairing @ RM248++ per person

Shangri-la’s Rasa Sayang Resort Spa

  • Feringgi Grill Valentine Set Dinner @ RM298++ per person
  • Spice Market Cafe Valentine’s Day Buffet @ RM198++(adult) RM99++(child)
  • Pinang Restaurant & Bar ‘s Candle Light Dinner by the beach @ RM159++ per person

Golden Sands Resort’s Sigis Bar & Grill on The Beach

  • 6-Course Romantic Set Dinner @ RM129++ per person
  • Private Caban Dinner on the Beach @ RM2,000++ per couple.

Line Pine Hotel’s Matsu Japanese Restaurant Set Dinner @ RM350++ per couple and RN85++ per child.

Parkroyal Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel’s HRC Dinner Set @ RM155++ per person

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Chinese New Year 2012 Dining Promotions in Penang

Posted by Jason Wong On January - 15 - 20122 COMMENTS

The Chinese New Year of the Golden Dragon is just 7 days away, here are some dining ideas for the traditional “Reunion Dinner” at some of the well known hotels in Penang.

Starz Diner at Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel’s Starz Diner

  •  20 to 24 January 2012
  • Buffet Lunch: RM68++
  • Buffet Dinner: RM88++

Tamarind Brasserie at Parkroyal Hotel

The Bungalow at Line Pine Hotel

Line Pine Hotel’s The Bungalow

Chinese New Year Eve Dinner – 8 course sit down dinner

  •  22 January 2012
  • 7:00pm to 10:30pm
  • RM888++ (menu1) RM1,188++(menu 2)
Chinese New Year Buffet Lunch
  • 23 to 25 January 2012
  • 12:00pm to 3:00pm
  • RM68++ (Adult) RM38++(Child)
Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner
  • 23 to 24 January 2012
  • 7:00pm to 11:00pm
  • RM98++ (Adult) RM48++(Child)

Garden Cafe at Golden Sands Resort

Golden Sands Resort’s Garden Cafe

Chinese New Year Eve Prosperity Buffet Dinner

  • 22 January 2012
  • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • RM108++ (Adult) RM68++ (Teens) RM42++ (Child)

Year of Dragon Buffet Brunch

  • 23 & 24 January 2012
  • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • RM88++ (Adult) RM48++ (Teens) RM38++ (Child)

Chinese New Year Roast & Carvery Buffet

  • 25 January 2012
  • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • RM69++ (Adult) RM29++ (Child)

Shangri-la Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa’s Spice Market Cafe

Reunion Buffet Dinner

  • 22 January 2012
  • 6:30pm to 10:30pm
  • RM198++ (Adult) RM99++ (Child)

Chinese New Year Buffet Brunch

  • 23 & 24 January 2012
  • 12:00pm to 3:00pm
  • RM120++ (Adult) RM60++ (Child)

Chinese New Year Dinner

  • 23 & 24 January 2012
  • 6:30pm to 10:30pm
  • RM198++ (Adult) RM99++ (Child)

 

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa’s Pinang Restaurant & Bar

Prosperity Sunset BBQ Dinner

  • 22 January 2012
  • 6:30pm to 10:30pm
  • RM198++ (Adult) RM99++ (Child)

Sesame & Soy and G Cafe at G Hotel

Sarkies Corner at E&O Hotel

E&O Hotels’s Sarkies Corner

Prosperity Chinese New Year Dinner

  • 20 to 22 January 2012
  • 7:00pm to 10:30pm
  • RM88++ (Adult) RM44++(Child)
Chinese New Year High Tea
  • 21 to 24 January 2012
  • 12:00pm to 3:00pm
  • RM68++ (Adult) RM39++(Child)
Chinese New Year Dinner
  • 23 to 24 January 2012
  • 7:00pm to 10:30pm
  • RM88++ (Adult) RM48++(Child)
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Joget High Tea At The Lobby Lounge

Posted by Jason Wong On December - 22 - 20113 COMMENTS

Again we were invited by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa to attend one of the launching events at their premises last Friday (16th Dec 2011) evening. In conjunction with the visit of the 56 finalist Miss Tourism International World Final 2011, Rasa Sayang’s marketing team took the opportunity to introduce the Malaysian ‘Joget’ dance to the ladies, and at the same time announce their Lobby Lounge’s “Joget High Tea Buffet” that will begin this coming Christmas afternoon.

The Joget is a traditional Malay dance that originated in Malacca with influence from the Portuguese dance, Branyo that was spread to Malacca during the Sultanate era where spice was traded extensively. The joget is a great example how elements from various cultures can merge together into one single form in Malaysia. The dance is of Portuguese roots, the accompanying music is played by an ensemble consisting of; a violin (from Western culture), a knobbed gong of Asia, a flute and at least two rebana or gendang of Malay Archipelago.

The Joget is one of the most popular folk dances in Malaysia and normally performed by couples in cultural festivals, weddings and other social functions. There used to be a Joget house or dance studio in Chowrasta Market many years back, even before discos exists.

As part of the resort’s CSR initiative to support local culture, heritage and traditions, Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa will be introducing the Joget dance to their foreign and local guests through their “Joget High Tea” that will be available every fortnight starting from from this coming 25th December 2011 onward at the resort’s Lobby Lounge from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The Joget High Tea is priced at MYR45++ per person, and guests can choose between the usual English tea set or the traditional Malaysian high tea set. For inquiries and reservations and bookings, please call 04-888 8888 for the F&B service Centre.

OPTION ONE: English Tea Set

Hazelnut scone

Vanilla scone

Whipped cream & strawberries

Linzer tart

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosty

Espresso mousse

Sandwiches:

Poached prawn & avocado

Grilled beef with peppers and onion

Cheddar cheese & peach mango chutney

Coffee or Tea

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OPTION TWO: Malaysian Tea Set

Chicken lorbak & cucumber

Chili dip

Curry puff

Nyonya Kuih:

Cucur badak*

Angkoo*

Kuih lapis*

Coffee or Tea

In attendance at the event other than the finalist from the Miss Tourism International 2011, the “Teruna and Dara” band and the “Red Kebaya Joget Girls” we also present to give the girls the experience of sight and sound of how the Malaysian Joget feels like.

I also got some opportunities to be photographed with some of the pretty lasses.

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Christmas 2011 and New Years Eve 2012 Dining in Penang

Posted by Jason Wong On December - 17 - 20111 COMMENT

Let see what is on offer at some of the more well frequent restaurants, cafes and bistros in Penang for Christmas and New Years’ Eve.

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa’s

Feringgi Gril, Spice market Cafe & Pinang Restaurant & Bar

Golden Sands Resort’s

Sigi’s Bar & Grill By The Beach and Garden Cafe

Hard Rock Hotel’s 

Starz Diner

Weissbräu German Bistro & Bar @ Straits Quay

G Hotel’s 

G Cafe

G Hotel’s

 Sesame & Soy

That Little Wine Bar

SOHO Free House

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On the 1st of March we were invited to a private dinner by the Communication Dept of Golden Sands Resort in Batu Ferringghi to have a taste and experience of their Sigi’s Bar & Grill 1st Anniversary Set Meals that are only available for the whole month of March, except for Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday and Saturday nights has another value promotion namely their “Beachside Barbecue Nights” for only RM59.99++ per head that will run through March to the end of April 2011.

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While doing research for this article I have found some articles regarding this casual yet stylish beach front restaurant that have been written by other bloggers, thus I would spare you the long winded introduction and oversell. I would just share our experience and thoughts of visit.

Even before their renovation work and reopening back in March 2010, we have not step foot into Sigi’s or any other hotel based restaurants in Batu Ferringghi except for Hard Rock Cafe. I guess the bad experience and oversell of certain hotel based restaurants have prevented us to spend our hard earned money on food that will at the end cannot suffice our palates and feel cheated.  If not for the invitation, we would not know that there is still hope now!

Sigi’s is situated at the beach front of Golden Sands Resort with alfresco seating on the beach area and also on their roof top. These two locations will provide you with a view of the evening sun setting with a foreground of waving coconut palms and lapping waves. Occasional breezes from the beach or from the hills would provide some form of natural cooling sensation.

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On the other side of the alfresco dining area, there is an open air BBQ & Gill pit that is often used for functions, buffets and special occasions.

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On the indoor dining area, there is a fussed free dining atmosphere accompanied with the sound of flowing water from the small pool located in the centre of the dining area.

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The invitation to Sigi’s was mainly to sample the 1st Anniversary Set menu and some ala carte dishes that will spice up the existing menu. At the heart (kitchen) of the restaurant and the person behind the menu is John Brock their Executive Sous Chef from New Zealand. The 1st Anniversary set menu is priced at RM100++ per person, but do not fret as it is their anniversary and they are giving out a “1+1” promotion from 1st to 31st of March so that visitor are able to join in their joy and celebration.

The 1st Anniversary menu consists of 3 course plus coffee or tea to end the meal. The entrée has 4 choices, mains have 5 choices and deserts 3 choices. Out of the items listed we had a sample of their Gourmet Flat Bread, Arancini Balls, Sigi’s Signature Fish & Chips and chilled Rice Pudding.

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Gourmet Flat Bread, fluffy toasted bread topped with pieces of savory and tangy sun-dried tomatoes, crumbly salty creamy chunks of feta cheese, nutty pumpkin seeds, olives, herbs and dressed with drizzles of sweet chilli sauce. The toppings provided most of the flavours with acidity, savouriness, nuttiness, creaminess, sweetness and slight heat.

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Arancini Balls, rice risotto with mushroom and peas balled and deep fried until crisp on the surface then dressed with their minted aioli and served with a side of garden greens. The crust was crunchy but not hard and the insides were soft and moist. The aioli dressing although made with garlic and olive oil was not overwhelming with the taste of garlic and had a hint of mint to end.

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Sigi’s Signature Fish & Chips, thick juicy butter fish fillets coated with fluffy beer batter deep fried till golden brown and served with garden greens, hand-cut chips (wedges of potatoes) flavoured with rosemary and garlic cloves, and a dollop of tartar sauce plus a wedge of lemon. The flavours and texture of the dish was well balanced, crisp fluffy salted batter coat with sweet juicy fish fillets and tender chips and creamy aromatic garlic cloves. In our case, we did not have to use the tartar sauce nor the wedge of lemon. All was well with natural tastes and aromas!

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Chilled Rice Pudding, texture filled rice grains, with diary base (may be milk or cream) was served with a bitter sweet and acidic Strawberry Soup and White Chocolate. Definitely there is texture, tastes wise it is light and refreshing to end a meal. But do bear in mind that the combination has more English influence, and thus should not be compare the local Malaysian rice base dessert or puddings. It needs some getting used to.

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Apart from sampling there Anniversary Set meal selections, we also had the chance to try out some new dishes on their newly updated dinner ala carte menu: Beef Cheek & Shallot Pie, Paella for 2, Lobster Pizza and Sticky Date Pudding.

Beef Cheek & Shallot Pie RM60, tender strips of slow cooked beef cheek meat and shallots surrounded by beautifully baked pastry skin and served with John’s special spiced tomato relish and lightly dressed garden greens. The filling was soft, beefy and savoury sweet, and the pastry was firm and crisp. Combined with the tomato relish for some acidity and spice to balance the richness, was a pairing well planned! And the salad gave the dish a shot of freshness.

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Sigi’s Paella for 2 RM70, short grain rice cooked in stock flavored with the sweetness of saffron, the mild heat and sweet taste of Pimentón, the savoury smokiness of chorizo, the sourness of tomatoes and other herbs. The ingredients or toppings are also not to be looked down upon; there were loads of prawns, calamari, mussels and chicken chunks. I guess rice dishes from the West is always a must to get to used to in terms of flavours and texture for most Asians.

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Lobster Pizza RM30 for 12”, wood oven baked thin pizza base topped with lobster chunks, orange flesh, pesto and Parmesan. It looks pretty common but the pesto, orange and rich salty parmesan combined perfectly to produce a light aromatic tasting topping that did not overwhelm the natural flavours of the lobster flesh. Even cold, it still tasted fine to the palate.

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Sticky Date Pudding RM16, chopped pitted dates infused into the rich and sweet tender pudding served with Calvados caramel and garnish with a few halves of fresh Strawberries. The pudding was rich and flavourful but not overwhelmingly sweet. The caramel sauce was also equally appealing and not too taxing on the palate, especially when Calvados or apple brandy was used to enhance the taste of the sauce. Even Gill had a good time savouring this dessert although she is not a desert person. As for me, the warm pudding could do with a scoop of cooling vanilla ice cream, but that would have changed the whole experience of the dessert. So, just go with the flow!

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Taste 4.0/5 (Should Try) Favourites were the Gourmet Flat Bread, Lobster Pizza, Beef Cheek Pie, Fish & Chips and Sticky Date Pudding..
Texture 4.0/5 (Should Try) Wise combination of dishes ordered would deliver good texture experience.
Service NA/5 It was an invited event, thus service would not be in consideration for now.
Cleanliness 4.0/5 (Very Good) Clean and neat dining area and kitchen area.
Atmosphere 4.0/5 (Very Good) Relaxing, cooling and cosy ambiance with a nice view of the seafront depending on location.
Price 3.5/5 (Acceptable) With the existing promotions it is a bargain, but  ala carte wise careful selection is wise so that it does not go beyond your budget. Location must also be a consideration when commenting on their price.
Portion 3.5/5 (Good) The restaurant is not stingy on the portioning; main concern would be ingredient quality and not quantity.
Value 3.5/5 (Good) Includes the consideration of after promotion prices, quality of ingredients, presentation, location, affordability and experience.

SIGI’S BAR & GRILL ON THE BEACH @ GOLDEN SANDS RESORT

Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Penang, Malaysia.

Contact: +60 (4) 886 1852 (Direct Restaurant Line)

Business Hours: 11.00am-6.00pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm (Bar: 11.00am-11.45pm)

Other ongoing promotions at Sigi’s:

  • Extended Happy Hours daily from 5pm to 8pm. Pizzas at 50% off plus discounts on certain selected beverages.
  • Beach Seafood BBQ RM59.90++ per pax from 7pm to 10pm, and from 3rd March to 28th April 2011.

Garden Café Promotions:

  • “1 +1” Sunday International Buffet Lunch RM59.90++ per pax from 12pm to 2:30pm, and from 6th March to 17th April 2011.
  • Easter Sunday Lunch on 24th of April 2011 for RM49.90++ per pax.

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It is a month full of celebrations! After Chinese New Year, it is time again to spend attention to your love ones. “Love ones” doesn’t just have to be your girlfriend or wife, it includes people that you love and care about like best friends, work buddies, etc… Here are the promotions for Valentines from Golden Sands Resort and Hard rock Hotel.

GOLDEN SANDS RESORT
Batu Feringghi Beach
11100 Penang
Malaysia
Phone: 604-886 1911

HARD ROCK HOTEL PENANG
Batu Ferringhi Beach
11100 Penang
Malaysia
Tel:  +60 4 8811711
Fax: +60 4 8812155

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This Chinese New Year is the year of the Rabbit. Many hotels have come up with their own unique packages and promotions to encourage patronage in their respective F&B establishments. Here are some of the promotions that can be found in some of the hotels in Batu Ferrigghi:

RASA SAYANG RESORT & SPA
Batu Feringghi Beach
11100 Penang
Malaysia
Phone:604-888 8888
Fax:604-881 1180

GOLDEN SANDS RESORT
Batu Feringghi Beach
11100 Penang
Malaysia
Phone: 604-886 1911

HARD ROCK HOTEL PENANG
Batu Ferringhi Beach
11100 Penang
Malaysia
Tel:  +60 4 8811711
Fax: +60 4 8812155

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