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Spice Market Cafe,
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, 
Batu Ferringhi,
11100 Penang.

ENHANCED with a ‘6-in-1 + P60’ formula, the popular International Buffet Dinner of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa now abounds with diverse global flavours.

The first part of the equation refers to the six different sections found in the epicurean feast served at the resort’s theatre kitchen-styled, Spice Market Cafe in Batu Ferringhi, Penang.

And though the buffet is available from Sunday to Thursday, on Monday and Tuesday, guests only need to pay 60% of the listed price, allowing them to savour more for less.

According to director of communications Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman, five of the sections are dedicated to Japanese, Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western cuisines while a sixth brims with desserts.

Each section will also feature signature dishes on top of the regular offerings with the buffet’s menu changing fortnightly.

Roasted Lamb Leg is one of the dishes served at the carvery section of the International Buffet Dinner at Spice Market Cafe.

Roasted Lamb Leg is one of the dishes served at the carvery section of the International Buffet Dinner at Spice Market Cafe.

The Japanese corner offers an array of fresh salmon, tuna, white tuna, mackerel, abalone, squid, prawn, and octopus sashimi. On top of that, there are also lobsters, mussels and scallops on ice.

Here, signature items may include Aburi Carpaccio, fish seared with a torch to impart a delicate, smoky flavour.

Complement those with various cold cuts, salads, cheeses and crudites to get your appetite going.

Over at the Asian section, chefs dish up varied offerings showcasing the region’s diversity — from Nyonya delights to Thai temptations, Szechuan specialities and more.

Indigenous flavours take hold at the Malay station, with Kedah and Kelantanese delicacies offering a taste of the country including Laksa, the world-famous street food.

The Indian corner spices things up with delectable Tandoori selections, vegetarian Gujarati fare, rich Goan curries or luxurious Rajastani offerings.

Occasionally, famous guest chefs will also grace the buffet, starting with Seth Shantanu, a native of Jamshedpur, India, from May 25 to 29.

He is currently chef de cuisine of Naan Restaurant at sister property Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Sabah, which was named the Best Indian Restaurant for 2012-13 in the recent Malaysian Tourism Awards.

Shantanu will serve some traditional Indian dishes, in keeping with his belief that ‘cooking is a passion done with heart for the best results, otherwise, no spices in the world can enhance its tastes’.

Venture to the Western world with creations both steeped in classical techniques and modern gastronomy. One might find hearty Italian pastas, aromatic Spanish paellas and stews, French bistro fare or American staples, depending on when they visit.

But there will always be carvery items, normally one meat and one fish, to look forward to. Have the chefs carve up succulent Roasted Lamb Leg, and lather on your choice of sauce.

Life can do with a touch of sweetness, and the dessert station caters to that with sweet treats galore. There are cakes, ice creams and a chocolate fountain to indulge on.

(From L to R) Chocolate, Strawberry and Caramel Eclairs, beckon your sweet tooth at the dessert counter.

(From L to R) Chocolate, Strawberry and Caramel Eclairs, beckon your sweet tooth at the dessert counter.

The International Buffet Dinner is served from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, priced at RM128++ per adult and RM64++ for children. The P60 offer is not valid on the eve of public holidays.

On Friday and Saturday, Spice Market Cafe serves its equally popular Seafood Buffet Dinner, priced at RM148++ for adults and RM74++ for children. For inquiries or reservations, call 04-8888788.

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