>> Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Date: 17 July 2010, Saturday
Venue: Tonka Bean Cafe, Impiana KLCC Hotel
Occasion: Exclusive food review - Southern BBQ Buffet Dinner
Overall comment: Impressive barbecue, especially in fragrance, taste, & the variety of meat was good enough. The friendliness of Impiana KLCC's employees is also commendable ;) Keep up the excellent job!
PerutBesi@The Ruthless Eater was invited to an exclusive food review by Impiana KLCC Hotel (formerly known as Impiana KLCC Hotel & Spa) quite recently.
It was a pleasant surprise & I was honoured to receive the invitation from Miss Sharifah, a Marketing Communications Executive with the hotel. It was rather unfortunate that I am unable to meet her in person as she had another appointment on the evening that I was available for the review, but I was warmly welcomed by her colleague, Jihan, instead. We had a great evening of getting-to-know-you as well as a lovely night to experience the array of food that the Tonka Bean Cafe has to offer.
I had a choice of reviewing one of the many buffets that Tonka Bean Cafe offers:
- Guilty Pleasures Dinner Buffet (Mondays to Thursdays)
- Southern Barbecue Dinner Buffet: Surf's Up (Fridays & Saturdays)
- Carvery Dinner Buffet (Sundays only)
- Weekend High Tea with Baskin's (Saturdays & Sundays)
After looking through what each buffet offers & checking my personal schedule, I decided on the the Southern BBQ Buffet, only available on Fridays & Saturdays for RM78++/pax. The price sounds slightly high, but if you actually get to sink your teeth into the barbecued ribs, lamb, beef, seafood, & meats of sorts, you'll find that it's worth paying the price for what you're offered!
Upon arrival at the Tonka Bean Cafe, we were escorted to the table reserved for us, & Jihan, a Marketing Communications Executive at Impiana KLCC Hotel was our lovely host for the evening. She is a very friendly and fun person to have with us, & it was our pleasure to have her showing us around the cafe. We also spent an hour plus talking with the Head of Tonka Bean Cafe, Tawfeeq Steven Seow, an Executive Chef with Impiana KLCC Hotel, on the food served at Tonka Bean, as well as to listen to his sharing on his work experiences. It was loads of information & packed with excitement! :D
I was at Impiana a few months ago, but I've never stepped foot into the Tonka Bean Cafe. The interior is quite amazing, though the lighting is certainly challenging for a foodie who owns a compact camera...hahaha...
The Southern BBQ Buffet offers more than just the barbecued meat. It also offers the usual variety of cooked dishes, rice, cakes, salads, fruits, and fresh/cold meat. One is really spoiled for choice!
I was quite fascinated with the arrangement of the fruits & snacks for the chocolate fondue. So far, this is the only hotel where I noticed its sticks of fruits are not stacked in a bowl, but are stuck into designated holes on a tile-mat that resembles a chess board. Nice :)
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