Seafood & Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Penang

Café Laurel in Evergreen Hotel had underwent a revitalization and re-open on 1st September, featuring a wholly new decoration a brighter and modernized environment. The cafe is expected to handle 230 guests at maximum capacity.

Compared to our previous two visits during High Tea and Dinner, more assortment of dishes are available during this round of visit. The significant improvement would be the action counters, where the chefs prepare the food on the spot; and the continuous supply of lobsters at the seafood corner! Furthermore, all kitchens is Evergreen Hotel is certified Halal as well, even the tough Sushi and Sashimi section is certified halal too! 

Currently Evergreen Hotel is doing Café Laurel Re-opening promotion by offering buy 2 Free 1 for Seafood & Japanese Buffet Dinner for RM 118 nett. Promotion valid till 30 September but the management may extend till 30 October 2015.

Remarks: Thanks to Evergreen Laurel Hotel for extending the invitation
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Live grilling lobsters at action counter
The buffet is segmented into a few corners - salad, appetizers, main courses, Japanese, noodles, desserts; and action counters - wok, Portuguese grill seafood, grill seafood, tempura.

Main courses
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

The main dishees offered are circling around seafood - chilli crabs, fried prawns, clams, fried salmons, squid. If you are here, chilli crab is something you should not miss out. The chilli sauce has a acceptable yet great level of spiciness with natural sweetness 

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Chilli crabs
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Fried prawn
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Fried salmon
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Clams
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Chat potatoes
Three vegetarian dishes are offered to cater for those looking for a fibre diet to offset the high iodine and protein seafood dinner. The chat potatoes are well prepared with a redolent of garlic scent.

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

The fried bee hoon and fried rice are not that impressive but it would be a great choice to complement the heavy dishes.

Japanese section
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

The cafe offers fresh sashimi and sushi to its guests by having them ship to the hotel kitchen every morning. The sashimi is not stringy and does not emit the typical fishy smell. Moreover, there is no water accumulation on the tray where the sashimi is served.

Meanwhile, the sushi is not really toward our liking. The sushi rice seem loosely bounded and the sushi vinegar tasted sharp. We were then made understood that the sushi is more altered to Taiwanese style, while the sharp sushi vinegar taste was due to a different brand sushi vinegar being used for Halal certification compliance. Thus the chef has to tweak the preparation process creatively to add the usual luster and aroma emit by the conventional sushi. 

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

The grated ginger is indeed top-notch as the taste is alike explosion upon consumption, effectively neutralises your taste buds and prepare you for the next sashimi.

Seafood
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Assortment of cold seafood - prawns, scallops and mussels are offered
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang


Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang


Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

One great thing about the buffet setting is that they started to serve lobsters, and there will be continuous serving of lobsters throughout the buffet period! I was there at 10pm still and the chef was still busying grilling lobsters. This means you are getting a piping hot lobsters and I saw some guests were voraciously consuming this premium seafood dish. 

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Otak-otak
Action counter - wok
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

One of the Penang most famous dish - Char Koay Teow is served hot in this section. The chef has been busy frying for the whole night. You can request to have different spicy level - normal, extra and super; and option to have chicken or duck egg too. First time seeing these type of options in hotel setting! 

Action counter - Portuguese grill seafood 
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Choose between different type of fishes and mussels for a Portuguese grill style. The condiments for the fish tasted spicy and nice. 

Appetizers and cold appetizers 
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Salad section
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Cold appetizers with various seafood choices 
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Look out for this cheese baked oysters in cold appetizers session. Although it was not the best we have tasted but it is hard to find them being offered nowadays. Calories concern individual beware though. 

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

We really enjoyed savouring this roasted duck. It is one of the best we have tried so far as there is no pungent duck smell, not too oily and the meat is tender. The proportion of fat to lean meat is well balanced, tempted me to savour additional few pieces. 

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Fresh fried tempura
Fruits and desserts 
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Assortment of desserts and fruits are available to provide a nice ending to the dinner. The choices have increased compared to our last visit.

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Ais Kacang Corner
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Self selection of ice cream topped with various condiments
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

     Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Longan soup
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Option to take away the cake
         Others - noodle station, soup and coffee
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Noodle station
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Mushroom soup and seafood soup. The mushroom soup is nice, with a thick and decent mushroom taste. 
Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang


The management has decided to add another 2 mobile machines to serve its guests better.

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang


Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Seafood Japanese Seafood Buffet Dinner Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang


Lastly, a photo with Ms. Natasha (furthest left), F&B Coordinator and Chef Ho, Chief Chef of Cafe Laurel Evergreen Hotel. Chef Ho has been with the hotel for 15 years and it was a nice talking session with them.

Another thing worthy mention about Cafe Laurel is that they will have a slight change on their menu everyday and the dish will be circling around the theme. Do expect surprises if you dine in here. 

The cafe also caters for reservation for groups' functions or parties, and a complimentary cake and ballons will be provided for birthday parties. 

Cafe Laurel Re-Opening Promotion (highlighted in red, 
promotion valid till 30 September, may extend to 31 October 2015)

Buy 1 Free 1
Buffet Lunch @ RM76nett (Monday - Friday) 
12:00pm - 2:30pm

Buy 1 Free 1
Hi-Tea @ RM88nett (Saturday & Sunday)
12:0pm - 3:00pm

Buy 2 Free 1 
International Buffet Dinner @ RM98nett (Sunday - Thursday)
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Buy 2 Free 1
Seafood & Japanese Buffet Dinner @ RM118nett (Friday & Saturday)
6:30pm - 10:00pm


Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
53 Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang, 10250 Malaysia
(604) 226 9988 Ext 2819/2820
Location map refers here.

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