High Tea Buffet; Doin’ It Thai-Style @ Impiana Hotel, IpohOctober 9, 2012 | 7,226 views
And yeah, you read the title right. This ain’t no mere Thai buffet lunch or dinner. But this promotion runs in tandem with Impiana’s famous weekend high tea buffet. Hence, the Thai-High-Tea fusion! Imagine piping hot Tom Yum Goong, sweet Mango Glutinous Rice with Coconut Milk, the Coffee House’s signature ‘pisang goreng’ (banana fritters) and ‘cucur udang’ (prawn, scallions and onion fritters), and D-I-Y ‘ais kacang’ being featured in the same buffet spread!
The Thai Food Extravaganza runs for only 2 weeks at Impiana Hotel, Ipoh; from 5th until 19th October 2012. Featuring delicious Thai signatures like tom yam goong (Tom Yum Soup with Prawns), massaman nua (beef in massaman curry), gai phad prik tai dum (stir fried chicken in black pepper), gaeng kiew waan goong (prawns in green curry), pla mauk thod kra tiam (deep fried marinated squid with garlic), roasted lamb leg with thyme flavoured garden vegetables and pla saam rod (deep fried fish in 3 taste sauce).
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This promotion ties in with the arrival of Chef Adisak Saephoo from Impiana Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui; after spending an admirable number of years in the hotel industry. Currently, he is the Executive Sous Chef in the aforementioned branch of Impiana in Koh Samui, Thailand. (Curious to know how to win free nights stay at Impiana Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui? Read until the end of this post to find out!)
Since he will be in Ipoh for only 2 weeks; and rumour has it that he will stop by Impiana KLCC before departing back to Koh Samui, you still have 10 more days to savour his delightful rendition of classic Thai fares; beyond the bowl of world-renowned Tom Yum Soup and mango sticky rice. A native of Phuket himself, his cooking style has a myriad of influences; including the Thai-Muslim style of curries – Massaman. (read about my Massaman experience on Ao Nang beach in Krabi).
Under the watchful eyes of Executive Chef Volkmar Ertel, The Coffee House at Impiana Hotel, Ipoh seats more than 150 guests; and is a certified Halal establishment. The weekend High-Tea buffet has always been a signature of Impiana (previously Casuarina) Hotel; a perfect respite for the jaded souls plagued by the heavy workload over the week. And as they proudly proclaim time and again, the High-Tea at Impiana is by all means … no ordinary feat.
This is by far .. the LONGEST High-Tea buffet in Ipoh.
And I’m not relating to the buffet spread or table.
The extended hours for the high-tea buffet session more than sums up the justification; an astounding 4.5 hours from 12.00pm – 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. So this should be renamed to extended Buffet Lunch, in any case. But regardless, this proves to be a popular choice for the late risers on weekends; as we bore witness to families after families sauntering in after 1.30pm and staying on for hours; attacking the buffet spread with gusto.
If food ain’t the universal language, then I don’t know what is. 🙂
Clockwise from top left : Minced Chicken Salad (Larb Gai), Thai Seafood Salad (a revised and more ‘presentable’ version of Thai glass chicken feet salad), Thai grilled beef salad (Yam Nua Yang) and the Thai Mango Salad.
The Malaysian Salads with the deadly condiments; Sambal Belacan and Tempoyak; a pungent concoction of fermented durian with chili paste and salt. Usually, the condiments (three containers in foreground) are eaten with raw vegetables (ulam).
Tom Yum Goong (Tom Yum Soup with Prawns) – Easily the icon that epitomizes Thai cuisine
Now, to be indulging in a full-blown high tea buffet over tea time after a late brunch or early lunch sounds ….erm, decadent enough. Sinful, even. That’s when Impiana Hotel Ipoh offers a more … acceptable solution.
Skip the brunch/lunch on a Sunday. Wake up much earlier for an early and light breakfast, then go crazy at the buffet table for 4.5 hours. There’s no sign stopping you from dozing off or slacking off/watching a movie on your tablet/filing your nails/etc.
Heck, you can even bring your work here and dive deep into your Excel sheets over the hours for all that matters. (But c’mon …. on a lovely Sunday?)
Clockwise from top left : Gai Phad Prik (Stir Fried Chicken with Bell Peppers), Pla Rad Prik (Crispy Battered Fish Fillet with Special Sauce on the side), Roti Jala with Curry Chicken and the signature Cucur Udang and Pisang Goreng.
Clockwise from top left : Thai style Crispy Spring Roll with Chili Sauce, Fried Chicken Mexicana, Vegetable Spring Rolls & Mini Pizzas.
Noodle Soup with Beef Balls & Halal Dim Sum
Although yes, you can request for the fresh fruits on display to be cut up and served to you … but by the time is nigh for desserts, you wouldn’t want to miss their classic ABC (Ais Kacang), cakes and tarts, and not to mention … the 2 weeks only Thai desserts!
ABC (Ais Batu Campur or Ais Kacang) station; whereby you can go crazy with the shaved ice, red syrup or palm sugar syrup, and the many ingredients for you to put to good use. Best of all .. come for repeated servings. Leave the guilt behind.
Thai special desserts – Khao Neow Ma Muang (Mango Sticky Rice), Khanom Sangkaya (Pumpkin Custard) & the bowls of sago in coconut milk. Other varieties in rotation or during full-fledged lunch/dinner – Tako Sa Khu (Sweet tapioca with coconut cream) and Tum Tim Grob (Water Chestnut with Coconut Milk)
And if your stomach still insists on being fed, don’t neglect the other pastries, jellies and cakes to cap off the midday feast with. If you don’t go home bloated after this, I rest my case.
Live demo of fruit-carving skills by Chef Adisak. The intrinsic petals and shapes take immense sum of concentration and skills to master. Eg : The pumpkin in the first picture took more than an hour to carve!
“Impiana Hotel was formerly known as Casuarina Hotel; a proud landmark of Ipoh.“
Saturday & Sunday only
Time: 12.00pm to 4.30pm
RM35 nett per person
RM19 nett per child (6-12 years old)
Monday to Friday
Time : 12.00pm – 2.30pm
RM35 nett per person, 50% off for kids (6-12 years old)
Sunday to Thursday
Time : 7.00pm – 10.30pm
RM46 nett per person, 50% off for kids (6-12 years old)
Friday to Saturday (SEAFOOD GALORE)
Time : 7.00pm – 10.30pm
RM55 nett per person, 50% off for kids (6-12 years old)
*This high tea review was by invitation extended by Impiana Hotel Ipoh.
*Impiana Hotel Ipoh’s Thai Food Extravaganza runs from 5th – 19th October 2012 only.
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