Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekend Surf & Turf BBQ Buffet Dinner @ Nada Lama, Hotel Equatorial Penang.

The previous restaurant- Coffee Garden located on Lower Ground floor of Hotel Equatorial Penang has gone through a major makeover and has since, given a new and fresh look. The just-refurbished restaurant is now known as Nada Lama which translates to "Yesterday's Melody". Inspired by its Colonial and Peranakan origin, the restaurant takes on a modern Peranakan interior decor- simple, spacious and elegant. The harmonised colors excude a casual and relaxed atmosphere. At present, Nada Lame offers a few types of buffet themes at the restaurant:

1) Daily Buffet Breakfast
Time: 6 am to 10: 30 am. 
Price: Rm 52++ (Adult)/ Rm 29++ (Children)

2) Buffet Lunch
Time: 12 pm to 2:30 pm. Every Monday to Saturday.
Price: Rm 65++ (Adult)/ Rm 35++ (Children)

3) International Buffet Dinner
Time: 6:30 pm to 10 pm. Every Sunday to Thursday.
Price: Rm 85++ (Adult)/ Rm 45++ (Children)

4) Surf and Turf BBQ Buffet Dinner
Time: 6:30 pm to 10 pm. Fridays and Saturdays ONLY. (10% discount for CIMB Bank Card Holders)
Price: Rm 98++ (Adult)/ Rm 52++ (Children)

5) Sunday Buffet Lunch
Time: 12 pm to 2:30 pm.
Price: Rm 78++ (Adult)/ Rm 42++ (Children)

*The hotel management reserves the right to change the buffet themes without prior notice, kindly call to confirm.*

Many Thanks to Hotel Equatorial Penang for hosting us that evening.

Chilled Seafood On Ice- Tiger Prawns/ Slipper Lobsters/ Fresh Oysters/ Crayfish/ Snow Crabs/ Scallops

Salmon Sashimi

Country-side Cold Cuts

 Thai Fish Salad with Mangoes

 Thai Chicken Breast Salad

Cous-cous Salad with Apricot and Lemon Zest

Appease all seafood cravings here at Nada Lame as the restaurant proffers a range of voluptuous seafood and Salmon Sashimi. We were very impressed with the freshness of the Sashimi, and every item was being replenished in a glimpse of an eye. The Cold Cuts were nothing special but... Cold Cuts. However, the extra touch of Honey Mustard sauce stood out. The sweet and tangy sauce did the magical part here and was able to lift the overall flavor. Another favorite of mine for the evening was Thai Fish Salad with Mangoes; it was somewhat similar to Kerabu but with bits of Deep Fried Fish added in. Simple, refreshing but palatable.

 Steamed Dim Sum

 Assorted Home-made Rolls

Bread lovers would not want to miss their home-made Rolls- crusty with pillowy soft texture. The culinary team of Nada Lama goes extra mile by offering "heat up" service, where one gets to enjoy their bread warm and fresh. Steamed Dim Sums are also available, though with limited choices but they will be served piping hot, fresh out of the bamboo steamer.

 Sweey & Sour Chicken

 Fish Curry with Okra

 Fish Piccata

Roasted Lamb

 Sze Chuan Style Tofu

 Ayam Masak Merah

 Beef Rendang

 Udang Masala

 Roasted Chicken- Chinese Style

 Chicken Mushroom Pie

Oven Roasted Prime Rib with Gravy

Grilled Satay at the Barbecue Live Station

Expect to see quite an extensive variety of mains at Nada Lama, featuring both Eastern and Western dishes. Amongst the dishes, Fish Curry with Okra and Beef Rendang left us with the deepest impression. The former dish has great flavors, with crispy-resilient Fish Fillet while the latter dish was inundated with rich and aromatic flavors. The Beef could be more tender but the flavors were good enough. To enjoy, we would suggest you to grab a piece of their soft and fluffy bread to mop up the curries. Oven Roasted Prime Rib has got the right flavor but the texture was somewhat too rough at the edges and too rare in the middle (to my liking), probably a better cut might justify the dish more. Sirloin Steak, Beef/ Chicken Satay, Lamb Chop, Cuttle Fish, Prawn Skewers, Sausages and Whole Baby Fish are also available at the Barbecue Live Station right in front of the entrance to the restaurant.

 Bread and Butter Pudding

 Opera Cake

 White Chocolate Mousse

 Chocolate Cherry Strudel

 Blueberry Cheese Cake

 Nutmeg Panna Cotta

Linzer Cake

Fresh Fruits

We were pleased with the aplenty choices of sweet indulgence. The unique feature that steals the spotlight: free flow of New Zealand Natural Ice Cream. Add a scoop of the international premium Ice Cream to the Butter and Bread Pudding and you will get to enjoy the hot and cold sensation, just perfect for your sweet ending to the sumptuous meal. Nutmeg Panna Cotta and Blueberry Cheese Cake were equally good and worth every single calorie. The Nutmeg Panna Cotta has a creamily smooth texture, with a strong Nutmeg flavor. It was sweet but not overly so. Blueberry Cheese Cake stroke us with its fruity and light texture with a sleek of sweetness; perhaps it could be cheesier but it was perfectly okay for us. We had high hopes on the Chocolate Strudel but it did not fare as we would have expected. It lacked of some personalities; could be better with crispier texture. Other desserts that might be available are Pistachio Eclair, Apple Pie, Black Forest Cake, Cheese Tart, Cream Caramel and assorted Macaroons.

Additional Information:
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: 6%
Address: 1, Jalan Bukit Jambul, 11900, Bayan Baru, Penang.
Contact Number: 604- 632 7188

Map of Hotel Equatorial Penang