Have a merrier festive

Chef Lee with his signature roasted turkey during the Xmas Food review at Resort Cafe. — Sunpix by Asyraf Rasid
A yule log cake during the Xmas Food review at Resort Cafe. — Sunpix by Asyraf Rasid
Festive cupcakes during the Xmas Food review at Resort Cafe. — Sunpix by Asyraf Rasid
Lobster and pumpkin soup during the Xmas Food review at Resort Cafe. — Sunpix by Asyraf Rasid
12 Drinks of Christmas during the Xmas Food review at Resort Cafe. — Sunpix by Asyraf Rasid

THE Resort Café at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, will be ringing in the festive season with the theme, 'Together We're Merrier'.

It's Festive Feast into Christmas promotion will feature Tudor-inspired decorations, festive treats, stay packages and much more, starting from Dec 15 to Jan 1, 2018.

The culinary team, led by the hotel's executive chef Peter Lee, will entice diners with an extensive menu of delicious and sumptuous dishes, including three types of roasted turkey.

There is the traditional roast turkey with chestnut stuffing (enjoyed with cranberry or roasted garlic black pepper sauce), smoked turkey served with red chilli sauce, and the chef's special.

The latter is a roast turkey marinated with black garlic and organic bamboo salt that gives the meat a sweet and tangy garlic-undertone, and served with green chilli sauce on the side.

Lee said his special roast turkey was inspired by current food trends.

"We usually use [black garlic] in double-boiled soups. People like it because it gives off a fragrant aroma.

"The bamboo salt is from South Korea, and is an alkaline salt that is not only healthier but also helps tenderise the meat."

Lee added that to help keep the meat succulent, the turkey is first baked before being smoked for 20 to 25 minutes.

The dishes for the festive menu took two months to finalise, and Lee gave us a taste of some of the items that will be served at the buffet.

The winter salad featured baby spinach, berries, and feta cheese, and was drizzled with honey mustard dressing. There was also a hearty lobster and pumpkin soup that really hit the spot.

The freshly baked chicken, beef, and seafood pies were deliciously inviting with their flaky crust and generous amount of fillings.

They were easily the crowd favourite, that is, until the turkeys were carved and served.
The traditional roast lived up to its promise, while the smoked turkey went well with its Asian-inspired sauce.

However, the star was undoubtedly the black garlic and bamboo salt turkey which was succulent, fragrant and delicious.

Other dishes to look out for are the honey roast turkey ham, lamb shoulder roulade stuffed with garlic and chestnut, baked salmon roll on asparagus, and oven-baked prime beef.

Fresh oysters flown in from Ireland will also be available, either served baked with cheese and mushroom, or as sashimi with passion fruit, chilli and Japanese shoyu sauce, or just steamed with garlic, chilli, and plum sauce.

Diners with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed as the dessert bar will feature a wide delectable selection that includes Christmas pudding, a chocolate fountain (with goodies to dip), Christmas cupcakes, and other yummy treats.

You can indulge in this Christmas-themed spread at The Resort Café from Dec 15 to 23, with buffet dinners served daily from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, and priced at RM108 (adults), RM78 (seniors), and RM68 (children between six and 12 years old).

The Christmas eve dinner buffet on Dec 24 is priced at RM138 (adults), RM98 (seniors), and RM68 (children).

On Christmas Day itself, there will be a Christmas lunch from 12.30pm to 3pm at RM98 (adults), RM78 (seniors), and RM68 (children), while the Christmas buffet dinner is RM118 (adult), RM98 (seniors), and RM68 (children).

Meanwhile, the 12 Drinks of Christmas promotion returns to Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa's lobby lounge.

The six cocktails and six mocktails featuring a refreshing variation of fruit-based flavours and with cool names like The Grinch (Midori liquer-based), Starlight (rum-based), Blizzard (asam boi and lemon lime soda) and Jingle Jangle (strawberry and soda).

You can order takeaways of festive favourites such as turkey, duck, chicken, lamb, and beef, as well as sweets such as Christmas yule log cake, Christmas stollen with marzipan and cookies at the Gourmet Counter (opens daily from Nov 24 to Dec 25 from 10am to 10pm) located at Kaffeinate, Sunway Pyramid Hotel.

For more, visit The Resort Café website, or call 03-7495 2009 or email srhs.bookfnb@sunwayhotels.com.