HERE’S the chance to have a merry feast and savour local and Western cuisines set against a Malaysian themed backdrop this Christmas.
An array of dishes will be presented at Pasar Baru in New World Hotel Petaling Jaya this Dec 24 and 25.
Gather the family and savour a variety of dishes on this year’s Christmas menu which includes a line of delicately designed desserts as well as roast meats at the action and carving stations.
With about 100 varieties to choose from, diners will not be disappointed as the buffet spread at Pasar Baru is specially crafted to be a Malaysian-influenced Christmas meal.
Apart from the Western selections, there is a section for Indian, Malay, Chinese and even Japanese dishes.
The Japanese section presents appetising sushi topped with either salmon, tuna, snapper, eel or octopus.
In addition, there is a fresh seafood-on-ice counter strategically placed right beside the Japanese section.
Seafood lovers will be thrilled to see lobsters, mussels, poached prawns, flower crabs, bamboo clams and scallops.
Over at another counter, a chef will be on hand shucking oysters for all to enjoy with a little hot sauce and a squeeze of lemon.
During dinner, we were surprised to see salmon gravlax, which is basically cured salmon belly.
Instead of the more common smoked salmon served, the salmon gravlax was thinly sliced and can be eaten with bread.
We thought that the salmon gravlax was well flavoured and that it went really well with crispy garlic bread, which we could not get enough of.
Now, what is Christmas without roast turkey or lamb?
Well at Pasar Baru, both are available at the carving station along with an assortment of roast vegetables like Brussels sprouts, carrots, beans, asparagus, sweet potato and potato mash.
A local favourite but uncommon on a Christmas buffet is egg or sardine roti canai and roti boom.
These are freshly made to order and can be paired with the many curries and spiced dips at the Malay and Indian counters.
While walking around the restaurant, we were also surprised to find turkey rice in the line-up, where the chefs gave a twist to another local favourite --- chicken rice --- using turkey instead, specially for this festive season.
For noodle lovers, the noodle station has quite a selection where diners can choose either the clear chicken soup, curry laksa or dry-style with soy sauce.
Also displayed are numerous noodle options such as yellow mee, kuey teow and wantan noodles.
We also got to pick the vegetables and other ingredients that we wanted included in our bowl of noodles, from the range of seafood and fish balls.
To end the meal, Pasar Baru serves up beautifully decorated desserts fit for the season, among which are yule log, fruit cake, gingerbread man cookie, cranberry pecan tart and Christmas pudding.
There is also a crepe station where the paper-thin pancakes are made to order and can be topped up with crowd favourites like the hazelnut spread.
There is an early-bird 25% discount for bookings done before Dec 15.
The Christmas Eve buffet dinner is priced at RM148 nett per person and served from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Christmas High Tea buffet, from noon to 4pm, is priced at RM98 nett per person while the dinner is from 7pm to 10.30pm and priced at RM148 nett per person.PASAR BARU, New World Petaling Jaya Hotel, Level 2, Paradigm, 1 Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-7682 0000). Business hours: 6am to 10.30pm daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.
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