Thursday, February 13, 2014

Celebrate Double Happiness with Grand Seasons Hotel

Every year on Valentine's Day, couples head out to fancy restaurants and the men try their best to get "out of this world" presents for their womenfolk to show how much they love them.

Wok Fried prawns with Patong Sauce

So it definitely doesn't help matters that this year's Valentine's Day falls on the very special Chap Goh Meh celebration which signifies the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations, and also is, incidentally, considered the Chinese Valentine's Day! It is a special occasion that only happens once every 19 years, but I have heard other people say that it happens every 80 years, so I'm not really sure which one is the right one, but in essence, it's a celebration that doesn't come along very often! :P

In conjunction with this year's double celebration, Grand Seasons is celebrating double happiness with their patrons with the special and exclusive Chap Goh Meh & Valentine's Day Buffet, happening ONLY on 14th February 2014!

In keeping with the Chinese New year tradition, Grand Seasons also offers the Salmon Yee Sang to patrons shaped in two delicate hearts. Just looking at the Yee Sang makes me feel sorry that I have to eat it cos it's so beautiful.

This Chinese New Year, there are a variety of chinese dishes served up on Friday, and the more famous dishes include the Deep Fried Home Style Garoupa. It comes with a spicy thai style sauce, and the fish is cooked just right.

 Stir Fried Prawn in Shrimp Spicy Paste

The prawns are cooked in a special shrimp paste that is not too spicy and gives off a delicious savoury taste when bitten into. The prawns are not overcooked, making it juicy and tender to the bite. Definitely something you must put on your plate when making your rounds in the buffet line.

Other items on the menu are:
Wok Fried XO Mussel Infused Bird Eye Chilli
Traditional Baked Beggar Chicken
Stew Sea Cucumber Reunion Prow Choy
Fried Ngah Ku with Rainbow Vegetable

To go down the food menu, Grand Seasons offers various mouthwatering appetizers to open up the palate this Valentine's Day. 

Smoked Salmon with Caper on Spoon

This makes a great appetizer for most people cos, who doesn't love salmon? It's also smoked so for those who don't eat sashimi, don't worry, you can still try this out.

Smoked Chicken Breast

The Chicken breast was salty to the taste, and when taken together with the seaweed, they both really complemented each other as the seaweed was not overly seasoned.

 Seafood Cocktail on Glass

This was by far my favourite appetizer for the night as it has all my favourite ingredients in it. There are prawns and some fish roe and mini olives, all on a bed of lettuce, and a very thinly cut slice of orange to give it that tangy taste.

Other appetizers on display include Chinese Cold Cut 4 Types on Dragon Stand, Butcher Palate,  Assorted Maki Roll, Avocado Cheese salad, Herring on Glass, Tomato Kanistick Salad, Bell Pepper Sausage Salad, Potato Mushroom Vinaigrette, Fresh Seafood on Ice, Sashimi, Sushi Assorted, and Jo Ho Char on Local Lettuce

There was also the salad bar where they had many different condiments available for the patrons. Offerings include; fresh Highland mixed Local Lettuce, Asparagus Carrot, Japanese Cucumber, Red Cabbage, Garlic & shallot Confit, Black olive, Green Olive, Sundried Cherry Tomato Shaving - Parmesan, Herb Croton, Bacon Bit, and Kernel Corn Salsa.

One great thing I saw was the Rojak Buah-buahan station, which is a rarity in most hotel chains. The moment I saw this, I knew I had to try it out and I helped myself to a small portion of what was on display.


All in all, the rojak sauce was not too sweet and overpowering. I finished this in only a few minutes. If you were to head over to Grand Seasons this Friday, be sure to check out the rojak station. I assure you, you wouldn't be disappointed :)

Stew Lamb Cutlets with Sauce

Apart from keeping with our Eastern tradition, Grand Seasons also offers us a range of western cuisines, amongst which are Stewed Lamb Cutlets with Sauce. The lamb was very lightly seasoned and when you bit into it, you could taste the slightly burnt charred taste which adds to its appeal :)

There are also other dishes such as:
Grilled Saba Fish Fillet Teriyaki
Assorted Mushroom Baked Cannelloni Gra’tin
Vichy Carrot & Garden Green
Herb Marinated Beef Skewer on Smoked Gravy
Roasted Turned Potatoes with Bean

For the more adventurous, there's a carvery station where they have Roast Duck and Grilled Chicken and Beef that you can carve off to your heart's content.

 Calling all pasta lovers!!!! You will definitely love this station where you can cook your own pasta, and layer them with your favourite sauces! No surprise for me, I took some fusilli and then proceeded to drench them in the mushroom cream sauce. Two-thumbs up from me!

Rendang Hati Lembu Tok Su

For anyone who says that Chap Goh Meh are only for the Chinese, you are sorely mistaken. As we live in a multi-cultural society, we all celebrate festive seasons together, and what better way to do so than through food? In celebration of this, Grand Seasons also prepared various Malay Style dishes, amongst which are:

Curry Ayam Debal
Ikan Tenggiri Asam Manis Berkuah
Rendang Hati Lembu Tok Su
Patelis Terung Seri Rampai
Nasi Putih

Top row: Beef, Chicken, Lamb
Bottom row: Prawns, Squids, Fish

 Healthy eaters are also not left out this time around, as there is a special live-show kitchen 'on-air' over the course of the night which serves a variety of meats and seafood, teppanyaki style.


 Ningko (or Nian Gao) is a very popular dish during the Chinese New Year season, and Grand Seasons offers two different types of Deep Fried Ningko, which is either fried with sweet potato, or Yam. Both are delicious, so be sure to try it!

Variety of Mousse and Jelly in Mini Glass

 There was an Ice Kacang station that we could create our very own version of the beloved local dessert. For me, I have always loved corn, so I went to work just adding on some sea coconuts, evaoprated milk, and some syrup to the mix. The end result? delectable sweetness that is just right for my sweet tooth :)

For the lovers out there, don't worry about not being able to celebrate Valentine's day, because everyday IS Valentine's Day right? *wink* But if you still want to celebrate, then Grand Seasons has got that covered because they have Strawberry Cheese Cakes to enjoy together.

Our last dessert for the evening, intricately designed mandarin oranges, decorated with chocolate coins that were edible! We were all so fascinated with the chocolates that some of us even took them home. When I bit into the chocolate, I was pleasantly surprised that they tasted like really good quality chocolate, and not the overly-sweet ones that you will usually find in other places.

Other delicious offerings that we had that night was the not-to-be-missed Japanese station where there were many assortments of Maki Rolls, Fotomaki, Salads and of course the ever popular Salmon Sashimi :)

You should also try out the different soups that they had, which are the Fish Maw with Five Treasure Soup, and the Roasted Golden Pumpkin Soup. The fish maw soup had a tangy taste to it that reminded me a little bit of the sour and spicy soup that I love so much, and this was definitely something that I would come back for again in the future.

So if you're looking for a place to celebrate with your loved ones this Chap Goh Meh & Valentine's Day, head no further than Seasons Cafe at the Grand Seasons Hotel where you can enjoy all these delectable dishes at only RM78++ per person. It's a good deal to be able to enjoy all these for a reasonable price :)

Seasons Cafe is located at the Ground Floor of the Hotel, and for reservations, kindly contact the friendly hotel staff at 03- 2697 8888 or email them at [email protected].

Grand Season Hotel Kuala Lumpur
72, Jalan Pahang
53000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 1 800 88 7288

Til the next time, stay beautiful!


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