Pullman Waterfront Miri Buffet: Spices of the Orient

Pullman Waterfront Miri Hotel offers different variety of buffets on different days of the week.  Other than the Le Marche Buffet that my family and I tried last week and totally loved, there’s also the Spices of the Orient buffet which is available only on Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm.

Having really love Pullman Kitchen’s Le Marche Buffet previously, I quickly gathered my friends for an impromptu dinner gather to try this buffet as well.

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I think someone had the same idea and decided to have their birthday party there!

The ‘Orient’ refers to the east, mainly Asia.  And in Asia, the use of spices is very common in our way of cooking, no matter which style the dish is prepared in; Malay, Chinese, Indian, even our local native food.  This is exactly what the Spices of the Orient buffet aims to treat you with; indulge your taste buds with dishes that are prepared with spices and herbs from all over the Asian region.

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All the different spices from Asia available in many different forms; fresh, whole dried and even grounded.

I know this is really strange, but I usually start at the heavy meals section first.  I know proper meal etiquettes dictates that I should start with the appetizers or salads to get the taste buds going and only then to the main dishes and finally the desserts.  For me, I just can’t going straight for my favorite dishes.

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And so, that’s how I ended up going to the grill section first while everyone else went for the lighter dishes.
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At the grill station, there is also the steamed seafood corner which is edible as it is.  Prawns, mussels and snow crab, all the juicy natural goodness taste preserved by way of steaming.  You can also choose to grill these!

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Some of my favourites; Steamed Prawns & Snow Crab

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Grilled Midin is also nice!

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Now making our way to the main dishes, there are so many of my favourites in one buffet, I had to settle for taking just a bit of everything just to satisfy my taste buds.

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Pee Pea Duck & Lamb Vindaloo

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Pee Pea Duck up close with its beautifully roasted crispy brown skin

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Pan-fried Salmon with Fennel Cream.  Can’t go wrong with salmon!

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Kung Pao Beef

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Prawn with Black Pepper.  These are shy prawns, all hiding under the spring onions.

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Broccoli with Fried Tofu

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Sambal Sotong

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Mussel Masak Lemak

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Brinjal with Cauliflower & Tomato Bredie South African Chicken Stewed

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Mee Hoon Siam

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There’s also the soups; Tom Yam Seafood Soup & Beef Soup

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After fulfilling my satisfaction, I’m back at the grill corner!  Can’t have enough of it!
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Looks like my friends have already made their way to the grill corner.  Let the chef know the way you like your grill done, and with what kind of sauce.
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I forgot to mention that there is also the Roast Lamb.  Definitely must have this!
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Roasted crispy skin on the outside yet still succulent and juicily soft in the inside.  Perfection.

For grilling, these are the other options available that goes well with any of the main dishes.

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Sliced Lamb

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Chicken Fillet & Beef Fillet

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Chicken Sausage & Fish Balls

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Behind the grill corner, there is the noodles and pasta corner.  3 different types of noodles and 3 different types of pasta for you to choose from.  For the noodles, there are two different type of broth to accompany.

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The different type of noodles and pasta to choose from, together with its toppings.

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I tried the laksa broth!  Love it!

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For the salad lovers, there are also plenty to choose from.  The salad section is quite an attraction with its use of bright apple green and red plates and colourful chalk written messages on the black wall.

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Fruit Salad & Thai Beef Noodle

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Tuna Salad

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Chicken + Cucumber Salad & Thai Beef Salad

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Potato with Thousand Island Sauce

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Beans Salad & Tomato Salad

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Cold Slices

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Cheese

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Other different dressings that you can choose from; Caesar Dressing, Cocktail Dressing, Vinaigrette, 1000 Islands, French Dressing & Parmesan Cheese

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And you have not raised the white flag and still have space for your stomach even after all that, desserts awaits!

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Clafoutis & Pumpkin Pie

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Orient Cake & Orange Cake

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Mango Panacotta.  I love this!

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Cream Caramel

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Top-down view of Mango Panacotta & Cream Caramel

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Honeydew Sago & Red Bean Sago

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Apple Crumble Tart & Éclair

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Crème Brule

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Assorted Buns

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I forgot to mention that the juices are freshly squeezed and there is also four different ice-cream with six different toppings.

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Most importantly, food tastes the best with good company!  Nothing like good food and quality time with great company to pass the weekend.

CONCLUSION

The Spices of the Orient buffet offers choices of dishes prepared according to the many favourites of the different regions of Asia.  On top of the main dishes, the grill section, noodles corner, salad section all makes it more than worthwhile.

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The chefs, waiters and waitresses were all very polite.  The chefs were always attentive to us and even approached us if we seemed like we needed help with our selections.

One important factor for me that won me over was the ambience and the generous space.  Tables were placed far enough from each other to make navigating around the place extremely comfortable.  The decorative lights and soft ambient music makes for a lovely place for you and your friends to have a good gathering.

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The Spices of the Orient buffet is available only on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday) 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm and it is priced at RM88++ (kids 12 and below is gets half price).

However, if you are in the mood for something different, perhaps a different type of buffet where you get to create your own recipe?  Do check out the Le Marche Buffet (click here).

Do try to make reservations beforehand to avoid disappointment.  Pullman Miri Waterfront Hotel’s contact number is +60 85-323 888.

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