Bintulu has a good choice of places to have Christmas Eve buffet this year, my usual spot has always been Everly Hotel and Promenade Hotel which their food choice has been on par. However over the past few years I do felt that Everly Hotel’s buffet game has dropped a little with food choice variety slipping so I decided to change it up and went to New World Hotel to celebrate Christmas Eve by stuffing my face with turkeys.
First of all, pardon that I did not take much pictures which you will know why later on. The enviroment of New World Hotel restaurant which is known as Paddy’s Coffee House is by all mean very comfortable with the dimmed lighting and the view night view of Bintulu is pretty relaxing and romantic depending who you are with *wink*. However their chair has always been an issue with me, those big sofa like chair which is normally seen in home is being used here. Don’t get me wrong, its super comfy for an afternoon tea but not suitable for dining as the position is just awkward and you need to slouch forward to the table to eat.
Alright back to the food, as advertised for adult is RM88 while children is RM44 featuring Roast Turkey (Grilled / Chilled), prime beef, mini steak, lamb caserole and orea yulelog cake. Honestly if they would just add corn cob, cheese baked penne, roasted chicken, prawn with muscle, fish, mixed vegetable, mushroom soup, salad bar and cakes to the advertisement it would pretty much sums up the whole “buffet” experience.
The food was by all means alright but it was really nothing special and the variety is less than desired considering the price. The carving station served pieces of cut turkey on a bow for you to readily take back which I personally love as I find most places have carving station that you need to wait in line for them to cut although some people might find different experience more enjoyable. I did not however find any choice of chilled or grilled and most carving station served even roasted lamb.
I always find that soup at buffet tasted bad and the soup of the night was mushroom celery soup is no exception. The soup tasted like it was made from powder and the water ratio was not balanced. It did not taste good and somewhat weirdly oily.
Lastly the dessert section which consists of a few types of cake and their main orea yuelog cake. Although I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t any ice cream or abc station. For a cake that is advertised as the main dessert, they sure made it small as I was only able to a get a little piece by the time of 8.30pm. Verdict wise, imagine chocolate roll cake.
Overall, I would give this meal a 6 out of 10 score but don’t get me wrong, their overall food was good but there is just something missing in terms of variety when I have to compare to other buffet that I have been to at this price point. I have heard good things about their past Ramadan Buffet so I will be visiting again in the future.