Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Japanese Buffet dinner @ Cititel, Penang | 12 comments:


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?

Cititel Penang
66 Jalan Penang
10000 Penang
Main Street Cafe - Japanese Buffet dinner
Every Friday and Saturday

12 comments:

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  1. I've been there a couple of years back. My daughter was only 4 by then. I love everything they served there. So many choices! This is the best place for those food lovers, you know what I mean! haha... You can sit there for hours just for high tea or breakfast!

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  2. I adore a buffet that is loaded with different kinds of seafood!

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  3. The one that caught my eye was Ice Kachang!

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  4. can we dine with you?
    CookNg Sisters

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  5. WOW! The Japanese food looks good except the Tempura. We pay S$19.00/person for Japanese Buffet here with fresh Sashimi and seafood. Next time when you're in Singapore must visit all the buffets here, some even two for the price of one.

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  6. Kristy
    Yes, after the buffet, they served 'Teochew porridge' but only on Fri and Sat.

    Angie
    The seafood was good while the others were average.

    Sonia
    There was variety but the 2 of us couldn't eat that much!

    penny
    The ais kacang was yummy, especially the kidney beans.

    lishapisa
    You are most welcome.

    Anncoo
    Yes, must bear that in mind when I go S'pore next.

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  7. Definitely worth the money, have to pay a fortune to get anything near you had in this country. Will defintely need to make a point to have more seafood and jap buffets the next time Im in M'sia. Im sure you'll pay for my share when we get a chance, wont you mommy?

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  8. Wow.. I am missing out on all these buffet! Will definately eat my heart out when I go back to M'sia! :D

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  9. I love Japanese food but they are sooooooo expensive. There's a new Japanese restaurant just opened in a new shopping complex here. You know, 2 small slices of duck sushi cost 3.80pounds, ie about RM20!!! Isn't it like eating gold?? It's just a little duck meat rolled inside the sushi rice. I better look at your photos here and make my own :P

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  10. WT
    Japanese buffet is much better in S'pore, I heard. But Shogun in KL is also not too bad!

    Mary
    Wah, so expensive in your part of the world. You better check out the restaurants in your hometown when you come back for hols! I didn't take sushi that night because most of it were gone, what was left wasn't much to my liking.

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  11. Chua
    Of course, I'll be glad to pay for your share, Boy!

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