A La Carte Night – Hotel Mercure Penang Beach All You Can Eat For Seniors RM54 Nett
Whenever I get the opportunity to dine at an All You Can Eat buffet, I people-watch.
After making several cursory walks up and down the buffet line, I’ll generally decide which section I’ll go for first.
Most of us enjoy making multiple trips to the buffet that make visiting a hotel buffet worthwhile indulgence.
Reconnaissance is vital to a well-executed plate or plates.
Walk the entire restaurant if you have to if you intend on saving tummy room for the tastiest morsels.
In my 20s, it was salmon sashimi and cheesecakes.
Some of us keep avoid the fresh vegetables at the Salad Bar, dinner rolls, carbs to make run in our tummies for the most expensive items on the buffet line.
Now I keep tummy space for delicious options, chocolate everything, and a good bread pudding with custard sauce (a love inherited from my father).
Yearning for an All You Can Eat Buffet
During the lockdown, top of my Wishlist was having the dining options of communal dining and eating at a buffet.
I miss feasting at the hotel’s All You Can Eat for the celebratory experience of joining long queues with a plate and cutlery in hand.
I think the lockdown makes all of us miss thinking of what to eat when we are let loose and can eat at all times of day and night.
Some friends tell me they miss the anticipation of queuing and waiting to gorge down the meal repeatedly. It’s like a treasure hunt for food or the tastiest morsels.
COVID-19 pandemic has created social distancing and a huge void in the tummies of buffet-lovers.
Thanks to “new normal-friendly” concepts, hotels have figured out ways to satisfy hungry diners with buffet cravings while sticking to safe distancing measures.
Hotel Mercure Penang Beach has a menu list that you can tick off for your selection.
While many hope that we can still enjoy buffets like we used to – we miss self-service and queuing, we can be a little patient as food is plated before serving.
I think this is a brilliant move, so I don’t need a refresher on eating etiquette.
I don’t have to worry about putting my chocolate pudding next to my gyoza and lamb chops!
All You Can Eat Buffets bring out the not the best of us.
I made many observations that are strangely startling, appalling, and some – downright baffling.
There seems to be something about dining at an all-you-can-eat buffet that brings out the worst of people.
Generally, people go crazy around the amount of readily available food.
We go to expectation versus reality.
Let’s check out the Buffet Menu.
You Get What You Pay For at All You Can Eat Buffets
Some people live in ignorance of market prices – perhaps they don’t even go to the wet market, hypermarket, or even the grocers.
I’m writing this from observations.
If you know the price of raw ingredients and your expectations of what you can purchase uncooked items versus what you pay to eat need some adjustments.
Money has no value until it is traded, either for a product or service.
An All You Can Eat Buffet is both a product and a service.
You pay the price to eat in a friendly, pleasant environment with table service.
I used to joke that I fail at a Seafood Spectacular buffet even with the options to eat my fill of crab legs.
I can’t eat a king crab, a dozen oysters, a kilo of prawns, and pounds of steak, pounds of chicken off the grille at a buffet. No one can.
I wouldn’t be writing this if I wasn’t so surprised at how many Eaters “attack” and gorge themselves at a buffet.
I eat too; else, I wouldn’t be heading for buffets.
Again, the consensus is you get what you pay for at a buffet.
Is the buffet worth your hard-earned money?
Famous American casino buffets cost premium at a Vegas 5-star hotel – believe me, there is a LOT of wide variety of food.
Guests can expect higher quality food like expensive imported seafood.
Guest can expect tons of L sized Alaska King Crab Legs, Tiger Prawns, five kinds of imported raw fish for Sashimi, a whole sizzler lamb on a spit, cheesecake galore, and a wide variety of ice cream!
For someone happy with a rotisserie chicken from a hypermarket, I’m easy to please.
Did anyone say lunch buffet, Dory?
Menu Items at Hotel Mercure Penang Beach All You Can Eat
Even though this is not a Seafood buffet per se, guest can find prawns, salmon, and oyster on the menu.
Timing is essential when you are dining.
Guests like to arrive early and leave late to enjoy their evening out.
Sitting down to well-timed grilled meat from the grill is one of the best experiences.
Chefs need to juggle cooking the meats, get the excellent grill marks, and let the meat rest (long enough) to get mouth-watering, juicy steaks.
The worst experience for many is the red liquid (myoglobin), a protein found in muscle tissue, leach out onto the plate.
Chefs sometimes don’t get to see the look on the guest’s face when they think it is blood!
Not Easy To Find a Good Pastry Chef & Dessert Bar
A good pastry chef is like the icing on the cake of every buffet.
I have been to 5 Star Hotels, where the cakes are a dry and crumbly and smaller hotel with wonderfully made and tastefully decorated cakes.
Finding the right balance is never easy.
The cakes are good, fresh, and not too sweet – perfect for me.
If you have a sweet tooth and love unicorn coloured macaroons – then you will not enjoy these as I did.
Hotel Mercure Penang Beach All You Can Eat Review
Hometown buffets are a great option to eat in a group setting or with family.
Guests pay a fixed amount and get to eat and drink until you burst at the seams – If you so choose to.
I have had many dining experiences at Hotel Mercure Penang Beach since the building was built.
The beach hotel’s location is perfect, a lovely beachfront stretch near enough to head to George Town.
Over the years, I have always enjoyed the small friendly hotel.
I remember my visits with friends, for weddings, reunions at the full-service restaurants.
We enjoyed shared laughter over dinner, buffets, or an afternoon coffee with cakes.
The service is consistently good, with friendly, accommodating staff, clean eating areas, and fast food refills.
I will not hesitate to recommend a meal there if you’re looking for a good average cost of the meal, table service, a friendly environment without driving to Batu Ferringhi.
Cost per person Adults RM78 Nett | Children & Seniors RM54 Nett for Dinner Buffet.
Hotel Mercure Penang Beach
505, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang
Call for Reservations: 04-371 8888