Nasi Lemak Dinner At Gurney Hotel

I went to Gurney Hotel for dinner yesterday. I tried their nasi lemak, which can be ordered from their a la carte menu. I ordered honeydew juice without ice as well.

 

I took a live video about my meal. Tried out YouTube’s live video. My voice is a bit soft when I see the video playback. I was using earphones when I took the video, so it sounded just nice that time. The video is a bit shaky at certain parts and video movements were also too swift when I took the live video as compared to how I would deliberately slow down for a recorded video for editing. Lighting wise, I wanted the soft lighting, so I turned off the flash but it ended up too yellowish in the video. Can be improved and I’m glad that I tried out something new (YouTube’s live video, apart from trying out the food).

 

 

Food wise, it’s nice of the hotel to change the curry chicken to fried chicken because I have allergies to chilli. I’m not sure how the allergies developed because I wasn’t allergic to chilli or spicy food last time, I just chose not to eat spicy food because it was hot. Now I can’t eat it because I will get inflammation and allergies. However, a small part of the fried chicken was still spicy. I’m not sure if they accidentally touched some chilly spices onto certain parts of the wings. With allergies told to restaurants, people preparing food have to be careful what they serve because like for those with allergies to peanut (which is more common in the US), even if they don’t eat the peanut but touch it, it might cause anaphylactic shock. I’m wondering what happens and what alternative remedy can be used if someone doesn’t carry an epi-pen around when they have anaphylactic shock.

 

All in all, food was alright. Honeydew juice was delicious. Comfortable environment with air conditioning and would have been much better if not for the noisy people running around. Why were they running around the hotel anyway ? I don’t think it’s suitable for people to run and shout about in the hotel, it’s not like it’s a marathon. I know people would rent hotel ballrooms or seminar rooms for team buildings or events that have games but at the open area of a hotel like the lobby and the dining area… just not appropriate. I usually don’t see this at Gurney Hotel. Perhaps you can go on a day when there are no noisy people to enjoy your food.

 

Nasi lemak dinner Gurney Hotel

 

The Gurney Hotel’s Selera Kampungku Ramadhan Buffet

Recently I went to The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences Penang for an event they held in conjunction with Ramadhan 2018. They served their Ramadhan buffet for dinner, which is called “Selera Kampungku”. It translates to English as “My Village’s Appetite”.

 

If you haven’t gone to try their food, you would need to go today as today is the last day for their iftar Ramadan (break fast evening meal). Their sahur set (meal before starting to fast for the day) is until tomorrow, 13 June 2018, so you can still go tomorrow. It is advisable to give them a call to check if they are serving before you go. The hotel’s number is in the flyer I have enclosed below and I have also included at the end of this post.

The Gurney Hotel's Selera Kampungku, Ramadhan 2018 Buffet flyer

 

I have made a video about the dinner that night which shows some of the food they are serving. You will be tempted with their roasted lamb and chicken meat, which was succulent with 3 types of sauces for you to choose from.

 

Their chef made bhatura which was served with dhal curry. This is the first time I’m trying bhatura, which is new to me and it reminded me a bit of naan bread. I had it with dhal. I like their dhal curry which was not spicy at all because I don’t take spicy food and it was just right for my palate. It might not be the favourite of those who like spicy Indian food but to me, it was just perfect. If you want to know more about what bhatura is or how it looks like, watch my video below where the chef will show you how it’s made and he will tell you about bhatura.

 

They had many varieties of local delicacies like rice with dishes, kuih, desserts like ice kacang and drinks suitable to quench your thirst after breaking fast. My ice kacang was cleared after only having a spoonful or so of it as I went away from the table to take pictures and videos. Mana ais kacang saya ni…

 

I would have enjoyed having more of their food but I was busy going round taking pictures and videos plus interacting with some of the people present at the event. Amongst the few outings for blogging these 2 weeks which includes food, at this event I became Miss Cakap Banyak, not Miss Makan Banyak.

 

I want to eat and I want to talk also but if I talk, I eat slower than usual because I don’t like to talk with my mouth full. You know how people talk when their mouth is stuffed full of food and you have no idea what they are talking about ? It’s disgusting especially if they start spewing food from their mouth. So, sometimes I let the other person talk as much as they like and I just listen so that I can happily eat my food. Sometimes I eat in silence and I don’t mind eating on my own because it’s at my own pace without distraction. This blogging is a bit different because they had an event along with the buffet dinner blogging. At events, I became a bit hyper – so many things to see and do, so I go round and around.

 

Here’s the video regarding the dinner : https://youtu.be/pROmYYoLkiA

 

COFFEE HOUSE

The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences

18 Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Georgetown, Penang.

04-3707000

http://www.gurney-hotel.com.my/

Mustika Rasa Buffet Dinner at Lemongrass, Hotel Neo+ Penang

Last week, I went to Lemongrass restaurant at Hotel Neo+ Penang for their Mustika Rasa Buffet Dinner which is for their Ramadhan 2018 buffet.

 

Hotel Neo+ Penang Lemongrass Ramadhan buffet dinner

 

Even though their Ramadhan buffet is going to end on 10 June 2018, which is soon, you can still visit their Lemongrass restaurant for breakfast. It would be best to give their hotel a call before visiting their restaurant in case they are not serving on that day. The hotel number is in the picture of the flyer in this post and also at the end of this post. Their Ramadhan buffet is also available upon prior reservations only so if you are thinking of going there, it’s best to give a call to the hotel before going to check if their buffet is on for that night.

 

Here is a video I made regarding the buffet dinner I went to that night at Lemongrass : https://youtu.be/UtnmAH7YhKY

 

Their nasi briyani kambing (Briyani rice with mutton) was really delicious.  The sauce for the roasted lamb was tangy-lishly tasty. Somehow if you combine the sauce with the briyani and eat it with the lamb, it tastes really good. I’m salivating thinking about their briyani with the lamb sauce. It was so good that I had 2 servings of these even after I had plates of other types of food.

 

No need to tipu-tipu malulah (translation : faked shy). I may be petite size that can fit into dress size 6 but I can eat. Some more this is buffet, so their buffet spread is for people to eat as much as they can. Takkan leave for the plates to display only. The plate can’t eat the food and you wouldn’t want to leave the food there until it gets fermented. Only if busy or not convenient to eat, then I won’t be eating much. If buffet, sila makan lebih, if not the food will be wasted.

 

They recommended their chicken tomyam soup which I included in the video for you to see. I don’t want to eat spicy food, so I tried their sup ayam (chicken soup) instead. Their chicken soup was tasty too and reminded me of the famous sup kambing (mutton soup) that you can find at well-known nasi kandar stores in Penang. Their chicken satay was nicely made and tasted alright.

 

I like how they presented their dessert section which looked fancy with changing colourful lightings shining on them. It’s like you’re at the dance floor. You can do some dance moves while choosing what dessert to eat. They had ice-cream as well at their dessert section. The only problem was that I chose a secluded area to sit at, near the dessert area because I like the privacy but the air-conditioning wasn’t turned on, so it was a bit hot, so I had to change seats. After moving to somewhere in the middle of the restaurant, it was comfortable in terms of temperature as their air-con was turned on but it was a bit noisy as they started re-arranging the place a bit too early before the actual buffet ended.

 

Ambience is as important as food, especially being in events, I understand this concept. While it’s true that some good food can be found in the streets but at this moment with skin condition that can’t stand too warm places, I have limited tolerance for such places which would not let me enjoy my food there. At this Lemongrass’ buffet, you can enjoy the local delicacies in a better setting, which these food would normally be served at stalls or shops that do not have air-con installed or turned on. These few days, Malaysian have been seeing a lot of news in the internet about nasi kandar places being closed down for lack of hygiene reasons. Lemongrass is clean and has no flies at their buffet and seating area, so it’s a better place to have your local dishes.

 

Overall it was good in terms of food where they had a decent choice of food spread for you to choose from, with food suitable for ramadhan (e.g. satay, briyani, lamb, buah kurma) and also suitable as a usual average-sized buffet spread where they have local, Malay dishes, Chinese-style dishes, Indian-style dishes and minimal western food to choose from.

 

LEMONGRASS

Hotel Neo+ Penang

2nd floor, 

68, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Penang.

04-255 1000

Currently opens 6.30a.m. -10a.m.

https://www.neohotels.com/lemongrass