Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Seaside Barbecue at Pinang Restaurant and Bar @ Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Batu Ferringhi, Penang.

In the need of a charming spot to enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner? Do check out Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa at Batu Ferringhi as the resort rolls out a special Seaside Barbecue feast. The Friday Asian Barbecue By The Sea proffers a wide range of grilled seafood with oriental seasonings and some Asian influence. Apart from the plethora of Seafood and Mains, diners can expect a salad bar and dessert counter, as well as a Char Koay Teow action stall (it will be Fried Ice Cream action stall on Saturdays). Buffet diners may also enjoy their house wines (Chardonnay and Shiraz) at happy-hour-prices to pair with the wonderfully prepared Seafood (not included in the buffet). Having a glass of White and some fresh Seafood in the middle of a stunningly breath-taking sunset view and a sea of glistening stars is indeed a memorable and enjoyable life moment. 

Many Thanks to Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa for extending the invitation.

Prices for the Seafood Barbecue buffets are as follows:

Asian Barbecue By The Sea: Every Friday
From 6:30pm to 10:30pm.
Rm 108++ (Adult), Rm 54++ (Child)

Seafood Barbecue By The Sea: Every Saturday
From 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Rm 108++ (Adult), Rm 54++ (Child)

For inquiries or reservations, kindly contact Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa at +604- 888 8788.

Marinated Chicken with Ginger, Garlic, Lemon Grass, Chilies and Thai Basil

Grilled on the spot, their Grilled Chicken was ethereal. It manages to lock the moisture in, as a result, tender, juicy, beautifully cooked Grilled Chicken with a remarkable depth of flavor. A must-have dish for poultry lovers.

Local Squid with Turmeric Sambal (Sambal Kunyit)

Snapper with Spiced Coconut (Pais Kelapa) served with Assam Sauce

Garlic and Kaffir Lime Prawns

Baked Potatoes with Beef Bacon Bits, Sour Cream and Scallions

Chili and Cumin Lamb Leg Steaks/ Rendang Spiced Minute Steaks

Grilled Slipper Lobsters

Be spoiled for choices at Pinang's Bar's amazing variety of barbecue goodness. Pinang's Bar plays the seasonal card well, I was enamored for their Grilled Slipper Lobsters, it was very fresh and perfectly cooked, pleasingly firm but not hard to the bite. The pristine white Lobster flesh was not needy for any seasonings, just perfect to go on its own. While I was delighted with the gloriously good Slipper Lobster, I was not quite impressed with the Prawns in which I thought it was a misnomer to name it Garlic and Kaffir Lime Prawns. It does not possess the distinctive aroma of Garlic and Kaffir Lime, as though I was having some ordinary Grilled Prawns. Nevertheless, the Prawns were fresh and succulent. 

You are making a terrible mistake if you are not having their Local Squid with Turmeric Sambal, the well-executed Squid was pleasingly firm to the bite but not rubbery, and to my surprise, the combination of Turmeric and Squid worked pretty well for me. The Lamb and Beef, however, were a let down due to the dry and hard texture, I thought they could be a little juicier, probably not the ideal cut for grilling nevertheless. Baked Potatoes, Sour Cream, Beef Bacon Bits, chopped Scallions, the dish has all the boxes ticked to serve a good Baked Potatoes, it may sound simple but many are unable to deliver the quality and I am happy to say that I had my craving satisfied at Pinang's Bar. 

Mediterranean Ratatouille 

Corn On The Cob

Egg Fried Rice with Honey Barbecue Chicken

It may be a sin for some to have Fried Rice in a buffet meal but Pinang's Bar's Egg Fried Rice with Honey Barbecue Chicken worth every single calorie. The flavors were precisely calibrated with the desired "Wok Hei" and ideal texture; not to mention the magical mix of Honey Barbecue Chicken for the hint of smokey sweetness. The Fried Rice was good on its own but even better with the addition of their home-made Sambal Belacan for the extra Chili kick. A dish not to be missed at Pinang's Bar. The Mediterranean Ratatouille on the other hand, was equally worth-trying with its appetizingly refreshing vegetables (Zucchini, Aubergines and Tomatoes).

Penang Char Koay Teow

Well I did not have high expectations on their Char Koay Teow since it was not made-to-order; the wok aroma was present but not as overwhelming as I would have hoped. Of course, you may request the Chef to fry it on the spot for you but I did not find the need since there were aplenty choices for me to choose from for that evening. 

Corn Chowder with Smoked Fish Soup

Various Fresh Bakes

Chicken Salad

Fresh Greens

Start your meal with the hearty Corn Chowder and go with their daily fresh bakes. While you are at the kiosk, do check out their Fresh Greens and assorted Salad. The Chicken Salad should be perfect for the health-conscious in you. I love the copious amount of Chicken Breast added, as well as the sweet Cherry Tomatoes; drizzle some Balsamic Vinegar dressing over the Salad if you would prefer the acidic tilt to kick start the meal. 

Coconut Tart with Cherries

Banana Mille Feuille

Chocolate Dome/ Strawberry Short Cake

End the meal with the carefully selected desserts on the display kiosk, amongst the desserts we had, the French pastry- Banana Milk Feuille stands out with its impressionable quality. It was soft and light on the palate, with a strong aroma of Banana-Milk flavor, yet, not saccharine sweet. Chocolate lovers will definitely fall in love with their Chocolate Dome, the rich and velvety smooth Chocolate makes you feel like as though you are having the real Chocolate instead of a cake. On the other hand, you may wish to try their Mont Blanc, a cake that is not commonly seen in Penang. Smooth Whipped Cream and pureed Chestnuts spread on top of a dense and moist Chocolate Cake, although not mind-blowing, but it is definitely a solid attempt if you are to game for something new. 

The professional strolling band entertaining the guests

Additional Information:
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: Yes 6%
Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100, Penang.
Contact Number: 604- 888 8888