Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Villa Subang Xmas & New Year Buffet 2010

Holiday Villa Hotel and Suites Subang is currently having tonnes of gourmet promotion happening. As this is the end of the year and with Christmas and New Year happening within the next 2 weeks, the hotel is gearing for the final dash to end 2010 with a bang!
I took the liberty to consolidate all the great F&B promotion into a simple table with the outlet, dates, prices and special promotion per below. Click on it for a larger printer friendly version to be used as a guide for the promotion at Holiday Villa Subang. 
If you want to pinch this and use this in your blog, please link back to my blog, please :)
As you can see, the choices for the next two weeks are almost limitless. I forgot to mention the currently ongoing promotion where there will be buffet BBQ at the poolside at RM70/pax. They also cater for birthday or any event from as little as RM45/pax (minimum pax of 20).
Yesterday night, Holiday Villa hosted a group of 15 bloggers from Advertlets for a sumptuous treat and a little something to expect for the coming festivities. This will be a "full-dressed rehearsal" for the Poolside New Year's Eve Carnival Buffet Dinner.
The bloggers were welcomed by the management of Holiday Villa lead by their General Manager, En. Azhar Mohammad. We were made to feel like VIP throughout the nite and this is very much in line with the hotel tagline of "Let Us Manja You", or "Let Us Pamper You". Indeed, under the careful hand of the F&B staffs, the night was with good food and better company.
The Poolside New Year's Eve Carnival will happen on the 31st December 2010 at the cost of RM111++ per person. We were shown 85% of what will be available on the real day and i could not manage to eat everything even after FOUR rounds of visiting the buffet table. Here is a "blow by blow" (or rather "munch by munch") of what i ate yesterday night. This might make you HUNGRY if you read this entry near mealtime!
I started off the night with at the salad bar where there was enough of greens to make you envy. The assortment of Mesclum lettuce coupled with grilled beef, chicken, smoked salmon, kurau fillet, mussels, anchovies, pickles, aubergine, feta cheese, olive, sun dried tomatoes, mushroom and choices of four types of dressing, they sure sound like enough to give you a week's worth of fiber and kick-start your appetite. Just don't binge on this as you will need the tummy to fill in more stuffs!
The salad, though looked "basic", is enough to make you want to eat it then and there! See Jason here trying to resist!
Fans of seafood would not be disappointed as the buffet spread offers "Ocean Wave". I got a bit excited to see the oysters, crabs, prawns and mussels being laid out. Usually i do not take anything uncook, more so if they are seafood. I have to give it to them that the oysters was really fresh and i might had lost count how many i had yesterday night!
The other seafood was "a la minute" poached or poached when needed so it retain the freshness and juiciness. I also do not usually eat the flower crabs (due to less meat) but the offering yesterday was good. The mussels was delicious when eaten with a tinge of lemon. Good way to start the meal for the night!

If you are a bread lover, the buffet spread includes a selection of bread that makes you feel like you are in Europe (French baguette, Crusty Italian, Fougasse, Foccacia just to name a few i know) and with a good selection of butter too! Just go easy on these so you do not fill the tummy up too soon!
If you are someone that need soup to go with the bread, they have soup too. What was served yesterday was pumpkin soup that tasted like real soup rather than out of the can type, if you know what i meant.

The buffet line has selection of noodles, which are mainly Asian items. Expect the all time favorite (Malaysian diet) such as Canto-noodle (or known as Kungfu Mee, there is really nothing kungfu about it, rather a misnomer by most non-chinese speaking Malaysian) and more. There are up to five different cooking style, of which i had some Canto-noodle just for taste.
There was also Yong Tau Foo, another must have if you are Malaysian. No one can resist a well stuffed foochok (beancurd sheet) or fishballs! Holiday Villa is really going all out to make your dining experience an unforgettable one!
Nicely tucked at the far corner was the BBQ or Grill section. To maintain the authenticity of how a BBQ should be like, the items such as lamb, minute steak, Cajun chicken, crabs, prawns, Bratwursts sausages and kurau fillet are grilled/BBQ over charcoal fire. I noticed that the fire was really under control as to even out the cooking without burning the offering. I give two thumbs up for the grilled (whole) lamb. It was simply a joy to eat lamb minus the usual olfactory experience. The meat was juicy and tasted right as it should.

Needless to say, i had a good serving of what was offered at the BBQ station. The items was grilled to perfection and no meat i tested was too dry, or burnt. Skillfully done.
Step to the next booth and you have Chef Takashi from the Inn of the Four Season (which also serves Japanese cuisine) expertly making hand roll, fresh. I love Japanese food and i have a certain "standard" when it comes to tasting them.
Chef Takashi and his men preparation and presentation was much better than some (five-stars hotel/resort in Cyberjaya which i last eaten Japanese buffet) places I've eaten. The secret in any Maki roll is the rice and there is no skimping of ingredient here. You get the authentic Japanese pearl rice (short and sticky when cooked) freshly made and melts in your mouth with (did i taste Kewpie mayo???) every bite. I had my hand roll made with extra Tobiko. :D
With my (two) plate full of mixture from the BBQ and Japanese station, i sat and enjoyed the food and actually went for my third round at the same booth!

Yeap, vegetable tempura was also available together with prawn and squid tempura. A mushroom broth was steaming for you to dip it in too!
I am further impressed when the tempura that was made tested light and not in lumps of flour like how some pseudo-Japanese restaurant made them. Simply enjoyable and i (tried, very hard) limit myself to two servings. I am not even half way through the buffet!
While Turkey are traditional during Thanksgiving, there is no stopping it being served for Christmas and New Year. The F&B prepared a whole turkey for us to enjoy and i must say it was done rather well. I am no big fan of this big bird, but have to try to justify it being roasted and serve ain't it?
As seen above, even the Chef is having a great time cutting the Turkey up!. If you are a fan of Turkey and has considered ordering it for Christmas, Holiday Villa is selling them (inclusive of delivery) at a reasonable price of RM55/kg. A typical Turkey weigh about 3kg to 4kg and that would give you a rough idea how much it would cost you. Bear in mind that a turkey could feed up to 10 person, with leftovers for the next day's sandwich!
There was only two drumstick on the Turkey (unless they manage to genetically modify it to four) and Mike Yip and Jason Chan managed to take one each. Lucky fler. I had a cut of it and it was devoid of (again) the olfactory usually associated with turkey. The meat tasted very well marinated and very tender. This Turkey had a good "bath" before it was roasted! Soon enough, a crowd was seen around the Carver's station...
By then, i was actually full and what propel me forward was sheer greed and gluttony. I know i should had ate this much, but i have to do justice to the food. Control was the word as i took small bite size portion of everything.
My fourth round was purely North Indian affair. They setup a Tandoori station with the expected chicken tandoori and Kebabs. Naan was obviously on the menu too, so is a few selection of condiment and curry. Holiday Villa claimed that the chef is from North India - so you can be assured of the authenticity.
Eating the tender tandoori was the confirmation that this is good stuff. Chicken was tender and juicy with the right amount of expected "sourness" from the yogurt that was used to marinate it (as one of the ingredient). Thumbs up!
The naan was crispy and soft. This is expected else the Chef has a lot of explaining to do! This was truly enjoyable after all the BBQ and Japanese i had. The spiciness and sourness brought back some appetite!
Right next to the Tandoor kitchen was a Thai Hot Stuff. I smelt Tom Yam but ended up with a good serving of Mango Salad later on. They too have a good deal of spicy kerabu and if you ever need rice to make your (already full) meal complete, they can fry some rice, Thai style for you! I skipped this...
I was already full by then but with dessert on the table, i had to try at least some sweet stuff to wrap it all up.
There was a good mixture of tartlets, french pastries, cakes and creme caramel on the table. I had a little of everything and as expected, it was enough to satiate my sweet tooth. Don't forget the fruits selection while you at it.
Sinful delights. Soul Food. Call it what you want. There will always be space for dessert. And i end the night with a bowl of Air Batu Campur or ABC. I should had requested for more palm sugar (gula melaka) as i like mine sweet, but it was a joy biting through the ABC as the different texture pretty much sum up my "advanced" New Year's Eve buffet at Holiday Villa Subang.
Put into a few sentences, it was colorful (with the assortment and choices), fresh (oh the Oysters!), delicious (most, if not all of the offerings), authentic (the Japanese and the North Indian spread) and most of all, enjoyable!

And this is WITHOUT life band still! We were informed that the local band Heavy Machine will be performing live while you satisfy your tummy on New Year's Eve! At RM111++, It is a bargain for the buffet spread, the quality and the fact that most places in town will be charging an arm and leg just to be part of the celebration on 31st December 2010! Make your booking early and don't forget the other F&B promotions that the hotel has prepared for the celebration.For the rest of you, make your reservation early to prevent disappointment.

Thank you Holiday Villa Subang and Advertlets for the very good dinner and company! My wish for the New Year is that i win lucky draw like how three bloggers did yesterday night and gotten free night stay in the newly renovated executive suite!
For other Promotion currently Holiday Villa Subang is having, please click HERE for more information.

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