A favourite weekend activity for Penangites is “hunting” down fresh seafood. That’s the time the island dwellers will brave the traffic and head out to the seafood restaurants situated in Bukit Tambun (23.5 km) or Batu Kawan via the second bridge (23.8 km).
Now for a delicious, fresh and affordable seafood dinner, halve the distance and head to Ixora Hotel Prai (11.5 km) instead.
GOOD PRICE, GREAT LOCATION
Ixora Hotel Prai is located next to Megamall Penang and is a mere 5 minutes’ drive as you exit from Penang Bridge.
The Saturday Seafood & BBQ Buffet Dinner is priced at RM78 nett per person. Seniors and children pay RM48 nett per person.
THE STRAITS CAFÉ & LOUNGE
The Lounge has comfortable sofas and TV with sports channel tuned ready. Its looks like a perfect spot to chill; have a couple drinks and hangout with some buddies. We keep the Premier League scores and schedules in mind and drive over to Ixora Hotel Perai.
BUFFET LINE UP
The main courses on the buffet line up include some seriously delicious carbs; Steamed Fragrant Oil Rice, Fried Dumpling Noodles with Big Prawns and Potato Gratin. Braised Vegetable with Scallop & Mushroom, Stewed Duck
GREAT GREENS & CHEESES
Ixora Hotel Prai has two of my absolute favourite ingredients for an awesome salad, Fresh Avocado and Feta Cheese.
I remember making this simple summer salad with just juicy cherry, crunchy cucumber and creamy avocado topped with some salty feta tossed with vinaigrette and some oil from the marinated feta cheese which turns it into something extraordinarily delicious!
A vegan version of this can be made with tomato, cucumber, avocado and kalamata olives instead of feta cheese.
I wished I made this for my starters from the buffet line. Beautiful and satisfying.
Check out the buffet line’s appetizers with beef salami, chicken sliced, smoked salmon, potato salad, mixed fruit salad, marinated cute Japanese baby octopus.
There’s a nice selection of sauces to go with your salad.
CHILLED SEAFOOD ON ICE
The delectable array features shell fish galore, oysters, prawns, mussels, scallops.
All the shellfish are big, juicy and succulent. I had several plump boiled prawns with garlic mayo. Just perfect.
Ixora Hotel Prai serves Slipper Lobster, flower crab, bamboo clams, chicken thigh, beef, lamb, salmon and sausages.
There are three flavourful sauces to make your BBQ sing. Mint sauce for the lamb. Rosemary sauce for Chicken. Black Pepper Sauce for the Beef.
But then I always say this, “You’re the BOSS of your BBQ sauce.”
This means to say, you decided if you want to mix all three, go for ketchup or none at all.
Ixora Hotel Prai’a star dessert has to the Matcha Green Tea with White Chocolate Fountain which sends all green tea lovers into ecstasy. There’s a bowl of iced water to “harden” the coated fruit and marshmallow skewers. The thicker consistency of the white chocolate coats the surface of the condiments beautifully.
The desserts available are Cream Puff, Fruits Tartlet, Cream Brule, Cream Caramel, Panna Cotta, Tiramisu Cake and Mix Tropical Fresh Fruits.
There’s also herbal jelly (Gui Ling Gao) which is cooling for body.
Ixora Hotel Penang serves one of the smoothest coffees on the buffet. The unmistakable taste of Illy coffee is considered by many coffee connoisseurs around the world as the finest coffee.
For a good buffet with fresh seafood, good ingredients and that’s pocket friendly, take that little drive across Penang Bridge.
Saturday Seafood & BBQ Buffet Dinner
Offer: March 18 onwards (Saturdays ONLY)
Venue: The Straits Cafe & Lounge
Time: 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Price: Adult – RM78 (6% GST Inclusive) per person. *Child / Senior Citizen – RM48 (6% GST Inclusive) per person.
*Child- age from 4 to 12 / Senior citizen- age 60 and above
All food served at Ixora Hotel are from our Halal certified kitchen.
Ixora Hotel Penang
3096 Jalan Baru, Bandar Perai Jaya,
13600 Perai, Pulau Pinang.
Call: 04-3828888 (ext. 1403)