Buffet Lunch @ Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Penang

We went a bit overboard for lunch last Friday. It has been awhile since I last done this, but I drove all the way to Gurney Drive, to come to the Evergreen Laurel Hotel for a buffet lunch. I think they closed their restaurant for renovation and was newly re-launched, so they had Buy 1 Free 1 promotion. To put things in perspective for my fellow KL friends, it is like driving to Klang or Nilai for lunch on a work day.

I am embarrassed to admit that it was my first time setting foot inside this hotel. And I think I quite like this hotel. I don’t know about the rooms, but the lobby looks quite elegant to me.

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But we’re not here to enjoy the lobby. We’re here for the buffet lunch. So we quickly made our way to the restaurant. We were early, so the restaurant was still empty and we got a nice table. And then it was time to get down to business.

I have been to many hotels in Penang for buffets, their restaurants are always so cramped and walking spaces are always limited. SoΒ I am pleasantly surprised by how spacious the restaurant is.

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And you know what’s even better? Nobody tried to stop me from taking photos. In fact, I was trying to be discreet as I go about it when someone who seemed to be the floor manager came up to me and suggested that I take my time to get my shots right since there wasn’t any customers around yet. I was shocked. He then said if we are to share photos of the restaurant in Facebook or Instagram, he’d prefer us to share nice photos rather than lousy photos.

So, for the first time in my buffet blogging life, here’s some food selections on their counters…

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Cold cut platters
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Sashimi and sushi
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More cold cuts
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And of course, there’s this teaser photo that I posted on Instagram, the roast chicken that looked like it was cloned in space.

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Nah, actually, if you see properly, there are chicken in this dish. I guess this is the chef’s unique recipe to roast the chicken with some crabs. I thought the chicken tasted pretty awesome.

In fact, above everything else, I thought the food here was delicious. Of course, I am speaking for myself, but I thought everything here that I had was delicious! No, I am not saying this as a favor for being allowed to take photos, I really think the food here is very nice indeed. Usually the food in hotel buffets are sort of hit and miss, and more often than not, delicious as they are, most of the food are MSG laden.

That’s not the case here. I felt the food here tasted nice in a more natural way. In fact, I felt fine and did not feel too thirsty after my meal. And I think this is great.

Okay, now pictures of what I had…

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Round 1: Roast steak, Roast chicken, Fish fillet in sour plum sauce, Mixed veggies, Chicken in spicy sauce, Another type of mixed veggies

I did not notice I got a piece of steak until I placed it in my plate. But I think that piece of steak tasted like lamb. I don’t remember American steaks tasted like lamb. I guess the kitchen made a mistake with the name tag? I’m convincing myself that that’s the case anyway…

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Round 2: Roast duck, Grilled chicken sausage, Chicken and crab siew mai, Fried stuff

The duck was great! Not so much the sauce, but the duck meat was super tender. Excellent!

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Still Round 2: Sashimi… mostly

I got the tuna sashimi cuts from two different parts of the fish. The part with more stripes (the lower left corner ones) tasted more awesome…

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Round 3: Char kway teow

Char kway teow was passable. If we’re strictly speaking of char kway teow from hotel buffets, the one in E&O probably wins in terms taste, with greater “wok hei”, but this one is pretty decent too. And there are lots of shrimps in this one. I counted more than 5.

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Still Round 3: Mushroom soup

They actually have 4 different type of soup, but I only have 1 stomach, so I can only choose one. And I chose mushroom soup. It was pretty good, lots of mushroom bits in it.

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Round 4: Fruits

Gotta have some fruits to balance out the diet, right? These cake shaped fruits are all very nice. I particularly liked the tiramisu cake flavored fruit, and the cheese tart flavored fruit.

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Still Round 4: I don’t know what this is

I thought it was creme brulee, but this one is denser, and there’s coffee in it I reckon. It was also very nice.

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Last but not least, a cuppa to wash down all the food…

It was a very nice lunch. You know what? I think I’ve eaten as much as I always had in hotel buffets. But I felt fine after this meal. I did not feel especially thirsty, and I did not feel especially bloated. I did not have that feeling of overeating guilt that I always felt on such eating binges. How very interesting…

We paid RM 76 for this meal. Not RM 76++, RM 76 Nett. Since it was a Buy 1 Free 1, that makes it RM 38 per person.

Will I come back again? Not going to tell, in the interest of wanting to remain alive when I go home to KL again later this month…


  1. Yummy Yummy Yummy! You should stay there over the weekend and enjoy their sumptuous buffet spread. The best is to have a darling so that you could walk at night with her in hand and enjoy the sea breeze with a mask on. Muahahaha

    • You’re always encouraging me with ideas. Trust me, if I find someone, I will have loads of my own ideas. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. What a selection of food. It really looks very good. I usually avoid sushi when it comes for buffet, and anything cold for that matter. I sort of wonder how hygienic it is for the food to be exposed like that for a while.

    Your photo taking is very good, lighting in the hotel seemed to be good too. Such a sporting floor manager to let you take photos with your camera πŸ˜€

  3. the foods look fresh…Normally when I go for buffet, the sashimi will look pathetic and I ended up not taking any. They have fresh fried char kuey teow…uh I would be the first to queue for it! RM38 a great bargain!

  4. hah..hah…cake-shaped fruits indeed! You got a good deal at RM76 nett for two. So you did 4 rounds, that’s about the number of rounds that I do too at buffets πŸ˜€

  5. You went on a working day?….that must mean you took advantage of your usual allotted lunch hour…kekeke!….or are you given a longer lunch time on Fridays? πŸ˜€

    Round 4 is to deceive your mom, izzit? Still Round 4 – I don’t what that is either, it’s certainly not crΓ¨me brulee. RM76 for two is a real bargain indeed! πŸ˜‰

    • There is no black and white, but we sometimes go for long lunch on Fridays. We sometimes (on our own discretion) have the same lunch hours as our Malay colleagues who go for their prayers, meaning 2.5 hours. Of course we don’t do that every week. I have been cooped up in the office on 15 minutes lunch for a few weeks already, so… πŸ˜€

      It was more like to deceive myself, I guess… πŸ˜›

  6. Nowadays, i hardly go buffet, as auntie can’t take in a lot of foods, not like many many years back, younger, can eat more…

  7. Fuiyoh, I love buffet food.. Psst, who doesn’t? Especially if got roast beef, roast lamb, sashimis & sushis and cakes !! Wah, as I’m typing also I lau hau sui jor, especially after looking at your cold cuts – ham & cheese, siew mai, oooooo cannot jor, cannot see jor, cannot type jor…zzzzzzzz

  8. I never know how to photograph a buffet. There are too many items. I like what you’ve done with your pics though with Round 1. and so on. I might ‘borrow’ this idea from you next buffet visit πŸ˜‰

  9. I like the floor manager, that’s what they supposed to do, myself very scared to take picture of food or even inside the building, scared someone came to me say we’re not allow to take any pictures…

    • Hahaha, I get stopped all the time. But I never learn my lessons. I keep trying and trying and sometimes I get lucky, like this time. πŸ˜›

  10. wah, looks not bad at all.. lots of varieties too!! but then i think by now i am having a second thought about buffet, Uncle cannot eat much nowadays, usually the third round (about your portion) already got me stuffed till almost my throat and yet being Uncle i thought about how much i’ve paid and whether i’ve eaten enough for an ROI, and that gets me even forcing myself to eat more, muahahahaha!! but i have to confess, i LOVE buffet just that really ζœ‰εΏƒη„‘εŠ› now~~ πŸ™

  11. Worth the 38rm for the lunch buffet!! Never been to Evergreen Laurel, always pass by only.. those days stayed in Gurney Hotel cos they have two rooms which can cater two families at least…

    • I don’t know also how the rooms here are, but I have been to Gurney Hotel’s, and I think that is the most worth room along the stretch. Spacious and with Jacuzzi bathtub.

  12. Whose idea was it to go so far for this deal? How many of you went? I see all the food you ate I also became full to the brim. Hehehehe, the fruits are shaped like cakes – so creative of the chefs. You must be really happy to be given a free reign to take all the photos that you want.

    • Only two of us, me and my usual Friday lunch mate. Of course it wasn’t me who discovered this “kang tao”, I don’t normally pay attention to such things.

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