Christmas & New Year Buffets At Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre

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Highlights from Hotel Istana KL Christmas Buffet
Highlights from Hotel Istana KL Christmas Buffet

Last night, media and bloggers were invited to a preview of Hotel Istana KL’s Christmas Buffet Dinner at the hotel’s Taman Sari Brasserie. The food definitely had the Christmas theme as there were mince pies (and everything nice!) but the highlight for me were the various cakes and pastries that really made me wish Christmas was nearer.

Creamy Red Seafood Chowder
Creamy Red Seafood Chowder
Classic Butternut Squash Soup
Classic Butternut Squash Soup

The best offering in this buffer dinner has to be the Classic Butternut Squash Soup, it’s sweet, tasty, creamy, concentrated and so good that I had 3 full bowls and wanted a fourth bowl but by the time I got there for the fourth refill, the was nothing left! The best soup I’ve had all year is this. The Creamy Red Seafood Chowder could have tasted more of seafood, it was a bit lacking in more ways than one.

Traditional Roasted Turkey, Sage & Chestnut Filling
Traditional Roasted Turkey, Sage & Chestnut Filling

I might have said it before but I’ll say it again that I’m not a fan of turkey, it is among my least preferred meats because it’s hard to find turkey that isn’t a bit tough and dry. This turkey is fine in moderation but I don’t have that much of a fancy to it. It tastes quite all right with the cranberry sauce. However given that the turkey would probably have been out of the oven hours before the buffet started at 6.30pm, it’s inevitable that the meat may be slightly tough.

Spinach, Feta & Cranberries Quiche
Spinach, Feta & Cranberries Quiche
Spice, salmon & Pepper Quiche
Spice, Salmon & Pepper Quiche
Christmas Mince Pie
Christmas Mince Pie
Vegetable Korma
Vegetable Korma
Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potato
Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potato
Braised Lamb With Dried Fruits
Braised Lamb With Dried Fruits
Cheesy Seafood Gratin
Cheesy Seafood Gratin
Turkey Casserole
Turkey Casserole
Baked Christmas Spice Of Baby Carrot, Brussel Sprouts & Pumpkin
Baked Christmas Spice Of Baby Carrot, Brussel Sprouts & Pumpkin
Slow Cooked Sticky BBQ Ribs With Root Vegetables
Slow Cooked Sticky BBQ Ribs With Root Vegetables
Crusted Salmon Cutlet With Pomegranate Cous Cous And Maitre D'Hotel Butter
Crusted Salmon Cutlet With Pomegranate Cous Cous And Maitre D’Hotel Butter
Apple And Walnut Stuffed Chicken Roulade With Pan Jus
Apple And Walnut Stuffed Chicken Roulade With Pan Jus
Cheesy Stuffed Mushroom With Mix Nuts & Herb Crust
Cheesy Stuffed Mushroom With Mix Nuts & Herb Crust
Seared Tuna, Marinated Brussel Sprouts And Orange Segments
Seared Tuna, Marinated Brussel Sprouts And Orange Segments
Prawn And Salmonterine With Spinach Sauce
Prawn And Salmonterine With Spinach Sauce
Roquefort And Pear With Smoked Salmon And Toasted Walnut
Roquefort And Pear With Smoked Salmon And Toasted Walnut
Aromatic Poached Salmon
Aromatic Poached Salmon

As far as appetisers and main courses are concerned, there are so many to choose from and it’d be impossible to try them all. My heart was willing but my stomach capacity was soon full. The Crusted Salmon Cutlet With Pomegranate Cous Cous And Maitre D’Hotel Butter was very popular as it was going, going, gone!

Chocolate Pudding
Chocolate Pudding

As appetising and presentable as the appetisers and main courses are, the best part of this Christmas buffet dinner for me is the dessert table which is laden with such beautiful and irresistible creations. You just want to take lots of photos of these cakes/pastries and not cut into any of them.

The Croquembouche Tower
The Croquembouche Tower
Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House
Chocolate Fountain
Chocolate Fountain
Green Tea Mousse
Green Tea Mousse
English Trifle
English Trifle
Tangerine Tarts
Tangerine Tarts
Yule Log
Peanut Pumpkin Roll
Yule Log
Yule Log
Pumpkin & Ginger Pie
Pumpkin & Ginger Pie
Black Forest
Black Forest Cake
Ginger Simnel Cake
Ginger Simnel Cake
Berry Trifle Cheese Cake
Berry Trifle Cheese Cake

The best ones were the Tangerine Tarts, Peanut Pumpkin Roll and Berry Trifle Cheese Cake, all superb and exceptional. Just wished I had more room in my stomach. Makes me want to order an entire Peanut Pumpkin Roll or Berry trifle Cheese Cake for Christmas.

Hotel Istana KL’s Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner will be at the hotel’s Songket Lounge, priced at RM138 nett per adult. Guests will be entertained by the hotel’s Christmas Carolers from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm on Christmas Eve. From 9.00 pm onwards, guests can continue to chill out with their favourite drinks and snacks while listening to the beat of the hotel’s live music entertainment from the in-house band.

On Christmas Day, indulge your palate with an extensive Buffet Hi-Tea at Taman Sari Brasserie for only RM90 nett per adult. There’s also the New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner at Taman Sari Brasserie priced at RM138 nett per adult. After dinner on 31 December, guests can proceed to Songket Lounge where the countdown to the New Year will take place with the hotel’s in-house band and live DJ from 9.00 pm onwards. There is no cover charge.

On New Year’s Day, welcome 2019 at Taman Sari Brasserie with a Buffet Hi-Tea priced at RM90 nett per adult.

From 25 November to 15 December 2018, there is an EARLY BIRD SPECIAL promo. Book and pre-pay by 15 December 2018 to be entitled for the Early Bird special prices:

Songket Lounge Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner : RM110 nett (N/P : RM138 nett)

Taman Sari Brasserie New Year’s Eve Buffet dinner : RM110 nett (N/P : RM138 nett)

For bookings, call 03- 2141 9988.

 

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