Hearty flavours for Christmas and New Year

Some of the dishes on the christmas buffet at Melting Pot cafe. — Photos: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

WHAT is Christmas without a roast offering? In Malaysia, we are spoiled for choice as we get to enjoy roast turkey and more during this joyful festive season.

Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, for one, is presenting 250 dishes comprising appetisers, soups, main courses and desserts as well as roast turkey at its Melting Pot Cafe. The restaurant is helmed by executive chef Alham Daldiri and his team who have planned buffets featuring festive must-haves.

The Christmas and New Year buffet spread will have dishes such as Seared Tuna Tataki with Sweet Wasabi, Asparagus Head Soup with Sour Cream, Chicken Roulade with Tomato Concasse and Lamb Cannelloni as well as a variety of bread and cheese.

The carving station is another highlight where diners can enjoy roast turkey served with Yorkshire pudding and black pepper sauce.

The turkey also comes with crispy potato wedges and oven-roasted vegetables of broccoli, cauliflower and capsicum.

Alham, who has been with the hotel for five years, said this year the team decided to include Eastern and Western dishes to the buffet.

“Every year, we improvise on the dishes featured for the festive season based on customers’ feedback and demand,” he said.

He assured that customers with allergies should not worry as the chefs were prepared to assist diners with food choices.

“I definitely recommend our Lamb Cannelloni, which is a twist on the Italian classic, and the Christmas cookies as our European customers have complimented

our cookies which are made by our pastry team. More importantly, the buffets are affordably priced,” he said.

Those who enjoy bread can look forward to choices such as cinnamon raisin, cranberry walnut, herbs soft rolls, gourmet bread, cheese sticks and poppy seed lavosh.

Cheese selections include Camembert and Danish Brie which can be enjoyed with vegetable crudites and dried fruits.

For dessert, diners can look forward to a variety of sweet treats as Christmas fruit cake, Christmas cookies and fruit gazpacho.

To usher in the New Year, Melting Pot Cafe will have a New Year’s Eve buffet dinner, New Year high tea and New Year’s Day buffet dinner.

The high tea buffet will focus more on appetisers and desserts while the dinner buffet presents a wider selection of main dishes.

To make it more festive, the hotel’s Batak Band will serenade diners at dinner.

The Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve buffet dinners from 7pm to 10.30pm are priced at RM120 nett per person while the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day buffet dinners are priced at RM80 nett per person.

The Christmas Day and New Year’s Day high tea, served from noon to 4.30pm are tagged at RM70 nett per person.

There will be a countdown to the New Year at Crossroads Lounge with its Retro Nite theme. The buffet dinner, priced at RM80 nett per person (includes a party pack and one round of drinks) is available from 7pm onwards.

There will also be games and lucky draw prizes to be won.

Children aged four to 12 dine at half price.

MELTING POT CAFE, Level 1, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, 3, Jalan Tengku Ampuan Zabedah C9/C, Section 19, Shah Alam, Selangor. (Tel: 03-5520 8000). Business hours: 6am to 2am (Monday to Sunday).

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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