Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner

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Gingerbread gives everyone that warm fuzzy feeling
Gingerbread gives everyone that warm fuzzy feeling

There’s nothing quite like a good Christmas buffet to celebrate this festive season. For me, there is a heightened sense of anticipation before attending one of these buffets as I look forward to the beautiful Christmas cakes/pastries that are a staple of every Christmas buffet. At the media preview of Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner, the buffet didn’t disappoint. It was in fact much nicer and better than the previous year as this year the pastry creations were nothing short of spectacular.

An exciting spread of Christmas delicacies awaits diners at Songket Lounge. Starting from 6.30 pm until 10.30 pm on 24 December, the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner, priced at RM148 nett per adult, includes a glass of Wine or Santarina Mocktail.

Traditional Roasted Turkey, Chestnut & Sage Stuffing
Traditional Roasted Turkey, Chestnut & Sage Stuffing

Of course every Christmas buffet wouldn’t be complete without roast turkey and there is a scrumptious one at Hotel Istana’s buffet. I am not a huge fan of turkey as I always find the meat too dry for my taste. This turkey was not too dry but I still wasn’t singing its praises. It’s quite okay accompanied by giblets sauce and cranberry jam.

Smoked Beef Brisket
Smoked Beef Brisket

The star of the buffet is undoubtedly Smoked Beef Brisket (newly introduced this year) which surprisingly looks a lot more appetising than at first glance. I was concerned it would be dry but no such thing. It was so tender and tantalising with a choice of BBQ or Mushroom sauce. The slab of beef is from Australia and smoked for 10 hours with hickory wood. It requires hours of preparation including marinade. The hotel’s Executive Chef Al Fithri Shah Al Bakri informed media that it took months to perfect the recipe for this beef brisket. I can tell the chef and his team are especially proud of this creation.

Seafood Station
Seafood Station
Aromatic Poached Salmon Platter
Aromatic Poached Salmon Platter
Seared Tuna, Marinated Brussels Sprouts & Orange Segments
Seared Tuna, Marinated Brussels Sprouts & Orange Segments
Mushroom With Chicken, Crispy Cured Turkey, Chili & Garlic
Mushroom With Chicken, Crispy Cured Turkey, Chili & Garlic
Gravlax
Gravlax
Smoked Mackerel
Smoked Mackerel
Crusted Seared Tuna
Crusted Seared Tuna
Beetroot, Carrot & Sultana Raisin With Sweet Lemon Mustard Dressing
Beetroot, Carrot & Sultana Raisin With Sweet Lemon Mustard Dressing
Roquefort & Pear With Smoked Salmon & Toasted Walnut
Roquefort & Pear With Smoked Salmon & Toasted Walnut
Festive Turkey Salad With Celery, Berries & Cashew Nuts
Festive Turkey Salad With Celery, Berries & Cashew Nuts
Poached Seafood & Pasta Salad With Fresh Tomato & Ricotta
Poached Seafood & Pasta Salad With Fresh Tomato & Ricotta

The cold platters and salads are beautifully presented and there is so much variety. Actually at buffets like this, I regret that I don’t have enough room for these as the main courses take up so much space in my stomach.

With Executive Chef Al Fithri Shah Al Bakri
With Executive Chef Al Fithri Shah Al Bakri at dessert table
Yule Log
Chocolate Decadence Yule Log
Mango Mousse
Mango Mousse
Chocolate Tart
Chocolate Tart
Cream Caramel
Cream Caramel
Fruit Cake
Fruit Cake
Festive Apple Pie
Festive Apple Pie
Chocolate Fudge
Chocolate Fudge
Tofu Cheese
Tofu Cheese
Red Velvet
Red Velvet
English Trifle
English Trifle
Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake
Macaroon
Macaroon
Sea Salt Chocolate Cream
Sea Salt Chocolate Cream

The dessert table was awesome. Everything was lovely to look at and I thought the choice far surpassed what was available in previous years at this hotel’s Christmas buffet. I really wanted to try everything but could only manage a few such as the Tofu Cheese which I recommend.

Guest at the Christmas Buffet on Christmas Eve will be entertained by Christmas Carolers from 8 pm to 9 pm while feasting. From 9 pm onwards, continue to chill out at Songket while listening to the best live music entertainment by the hotel’s in-house band.

Do take advantage of the hotel’s EARLY BIRD SPECIAL, from 25 NOVEMBER TO 10 DECEMBER 2019. Book and pre-pay by 10 December 2019 to be entitled for the Early Bird Special prices.

Songket Lounge:

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner RM120 nett per adult (Normal Price: RM148 nett)

RM50 nett per child (5 to 11 years old)

Taman Sari Brasserie:

New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner RM120 nett per adult (Normal Price: RM148 nett)

RM50 nett per child (5 to 11 years old)

Christmas Goodies are also available for sale at the Hotel Lobby.

For your festive bookings, please call 03 2141 9988 or email to f&b@hotelistana.com.my

 

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