Thursday, December 14, 2006

Saujana's Suria Christmas Buffet - will feature 130 items

A veritable feast, indeed

BESIDES the thrill of lighting up the Christmas tree and exchanging gifts, Christmas is a time to gather with family and friends over a sumptuous feast.

Who can resist tucking into perfectly roast lamb in rosemary sauce, delicious pies and puddings with syrup toppings and icing sugar?

These, and more, will be featured at the Suria Café in The Saujana Kuala Lumpur this festive season, when an array of international food will be prettily arranged and presented in the warm glow of decorated mini Christmas trees.

Hotel executive chef James Viney will bring to the table memories of Christmas celebrations back home in Melbourne, Australia, by whipping up a delightful range of dishes that he described as truly international.

“During this time of the year, at Christmas, the climate is hot in Australia - and many other countries - so we have flown in plentiful fresh seafood from Australia, like oysters and prawns.

“Then, we have salads, too, like smoked salmon salad. Also big are the starters and cold items, but definitely, the main emphasis is on seafood, of which I think we have a pretty good range here,” Viney said.

The signature Christmas turkey, however, will be substituted with chicken, duck, roast beef or lamb.

“We are experimenting with different types of meat to feature, but it will cover the basics.

“Of course, we'll have roast beef, which is hugely popular in the UK, and also favourites like Yorkshire pudding,” he added.

Contemporary dishes like sushi and sashimi will also be offered, while salads will be tossed with lots of fruits, like sweet fruits and apricots in the Chicken Apricot Salad.

And, who can resist the dainty and pretty pastries that are synonymous with Christmas?

Viney said he he had come up with traditional European pastries as well as the more “dramatic” type of cookies like the almond gingerbread that are perfect for the Yuletide mood.

“There's a good option on cakes, too which are lighter in approach and not too heavy, such as the fruit-based mousse cake and bread and butter pudding.

“I've incorporated copious amounts of berries like strawberries - which are in season now in Australia - and also nectarines and peaches in the desserts.

“So there's definitely something for everyone. We do not have a specific food theme as our intention is to do things that look attractive and taste good at the same time,” Viney enthused.

“A fantastic new pastry chef is joining us this month so there will be even more things for guests to indulge in!” he added.

The buffet will feature about 130 items, from appetisers to desserts and dressings.
The atmosphere of Christmas dining is further enhanced by soft glow of candles placed beside the cake trays, and the strains of a medley of merry songs in the background.
Several Christmas dishes are already being featured daily in the buffet line alongside local and Western dishes.

Both the festive buffet dinner on Christmas Eve and the festive buffet brunch on Christmas Day are priced at RM70++ per person, while the buffet dinner on Christmas Day is priced at RM52++ per person.
Reservations are recommended.
SURIA CAFÉ, The Saujana Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS, 40150 Shah Alam (Tel: 03-7840 5584 / 83). Business hours: Daily, 6am-11.30pm.

Source : STAR

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