Tastefully done to delight diners

1 G Hotel general manager Michael Hanratty (right) and a guest helping themselves to the vast spread of food at Taste Cafe’s themed buffet dinner. (Jeremy Tan / Sept 23, 2015)

REFRESHED with a trendier vibe, G Hotel Gurney’s new Taste Cafe welcomes diners with enhanced culinary offerings, more comfortable furnishings and greener surroundings.

Located on the award-winning Penang establishment’s lobby level, it was formerly the popular G Cafe and has just opened following an extensive RM2.5mil renovation lasting four months.

Hotel director of communications Christina Tan said the new decor blends contemporary style with Asian tradition and touches of vibrant colours. It is also more spacious with seating for 207 pax.

This is split between the air-conditioned interior which sports more comfortable chairs and tables, and the alfresco deck now lined by approximately 370 plants.

“The intention is to create a green lung and give guests a reinvigorating outdoor environment to enjoy their meals.

“We’ve also added more live action stations where food is prepared to order, including the first ever, natural lava stone grill in Penang.

“Meat that is cooked over these stones, imported from Indonesia, better retain their moisture, nutrients and flavour. Compared to charcoal, there are less flare-ups that result in charring and drying out.

“All the glassware, cutlery and buffet settings have also been replaced,” she said after hosting a tasting session for pressmen and bloggers recently.

The all-day dining coffee house is open from 6am to 11pm daily, and serves ala carte dishes alongside daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For the current cycle, the dinner themes from Monday to Sunday are Mediterranean Medley, Asian Cuisine, Under the Lamp - Carvery Night, International, Farm Friday, Deep Sea Barbecue and Around the World respectively.

Diners will find the various delicacies served in more ergonomic utensils, like the new chafing dishes that keep food at optimum temperatures and in smaller portions so they remain fresh longer.

Taste Cafe’s alfresco deck, surrounded by lush greenery is great for those who like dining outdoors.
Taste Cafe’s alfresco deck, surrounded by lush greenery is great for those who like dining outdoors.

The culinary team led by sous chef Ketut Gede Dodi also believes in returning to basics for cooking. Whenever possible, natural ingredients are used to flavour dishes, such as fruits to bring sweetness to savoury items.

G Hotel general manager Michael Hanratty said the eatery’s facelift was part of the hotel’s ongoing RM70mil refurbishment process, which started in March this year and is expected to finish by February 2016.

“You have to constantly evolve andreinvent yourself to keep it exciting for guests.

“The rooms are being worked on in stages, and new ones will have Serta beds, 55-inch TVs and branded toiletries on par with our new G Hotel Kelawai.

“Next up is a facelift for the G Lounge, with new furniture and improved ambience. This should be finished by the end of the year.

“Once everything is complete, it will be like a whole new hotel,” he added.

In conjunction with the opening of Taste Cafe, the hotel is running lucky draws for diners of its themed buffets every night until Sept 30.

Prizes totalling around RM5,000 are up for grabs, including buffet, room stay and spa vouchers, as well as exclusive hotel collectibles. For inquiries or reservations, call 04-2380000.

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