We were having a short weekend holiday in Penang island recently and took the opportunity to check out the Japanese and Carvery buffet dinner @ Cititel. The buffet was from 7pm to 10pm and we arrived shortly after 8pm as there was a traffic jam along the way. Fortunately, I had called up to make a reservation as when we arrived, the place was already fully booked.
The buffet was at this Main Street cafe. One thing that caught my eye was that nearly half of the diners were senior citizens ......... seniors only pay RM35/- nett while it's RM60/- nett for adults and RM30/- nett for children.
Photographing the buffet spread was prohibited so I only managed to snap a few pictures of what we had that night ....... so you can let me know whether it's value for money!
Salmon, tuna sashimi, and a must-have wasabi to go with them, boiled prawns ..... must admit that they were really, really fresh and tasty. I had a few, minus the head, (need to look after my cholesterol), oysters, they were fresh, big and juicy, great with fresh lime and mussels and some radish salad.
Another mouth-watering picture of seafood. No wonder people were queuing up at this place and oysters and prawns were snapped up in no time, although there was a replenishment now and again
Japanese croquette, chicken, steamed razor clam, some vegetable and deep fried soft shelled crab.
Mmmm ..... time for some salad.
Tempura, ....... which was quite a disappointment, these prawns cannot be compared with those above and the sweet potatoes weren't quite cooked through.
This cawan mushi was smooth and silky soft.
Now for some dessert ..... Malaysia's very own 'Ais kacang' ...... loved the kidney beans, attapchi,.....sweet potatoes and yam, green and red agar-agar, black 'leong fun', pineapple cubes, a bit of coconut milk, 'gula melaka' (coconut brown sugar) and finally topped with some vanilla ice cream. I had 2 helpings!
Beside those that you've seen, there was an array of other food like Yakitori chicken, fried pepper udon, cold ramen, seafood platter, roast beef and lamb, oyster omelette and spicy squids. There was also a variety of dessert like the brown glutinous rice kuih, sago pudding, cheesecake, bread pudding and fresh cut fruits.
I had to wait till around closing time and the crowd had thinned out before I obtained permission from the 'captain' to snap the ambience.
So, after going through this 'dinner', is it value for money? But of course, that largely depends on whether you are paying RM35/- or RM60/-, right?
66 Jalan Penang
Main Street Cafe - Japanese Buffet dinner
Every Friday and Saturday