Monday, July 20, 2009

The View - Equatorial Hotel

The View Restaurant at the Equatorial Hotel Penang serves primarily French cuisine in a formal and fine dining setting. Dress code is smart casual to formal so no slippers, shorts, singlets are allowed, as stated on a sign next to the entrance.

Since it was a group function, it was very nice of them to allocate a private room for us.

The glass panel around the room gave us a great view of the Penang island's coastline as claimed by the hotel website.

We have always loved the Executive Express Lunch at The View mostly due to its semi-buffet lunch concept and the abundance and spread of the appetizer, salad and dessert buffet.

It has been more than a year since we were last there as a group and we noticed that the variety of the buffet spread is still there but in smaller portions. This is probably to avoid wastage. Eventhough so, don't fret as the service crew is continuously replenishing the buffet spread which is a good thing.

I particularly enjoyed the appetizer or Hors d'œuvre buffet spread with fresh oysters, smoked salmon, and a variety of canapes served with caviar, cheese, purees etc. Photos to follow.

Three of us had Penne au Canard Fume. We probably set our expectations too high as we were pretty dissapointed with this dish. It was a tad too Oriental for our taste since we were expecting something more "French" ;)

The others who had Tagliatelle Nicoise weren't exactly thrilled about this dish either but those who ordered the Salmon Steak and Fillet of Seabass loved them.

Salmon Steak with Lemon Capers Sauce

Tagliatelle Nicoise Fresh Tagliatelle tossed in Cherry Tomatoes Sauce with Black Olives, Capsicums and Baked Garlic in Olive Oil

Penne au Canard Fume Penne Pasta tossed with Smoked Duck Breast and Glaced Garlic

Fillet of Seabass with Hollandaise Sauce

The service crew were very attentive and even asked if anything wrong with our mains when we returned the plates almost half full. They were very receptive to our feedbacks and the Chef even offered to change our mains for us but we declined since we were almost full by then.

Since we were celebrating a birthday, the crew and Chef were so kind to offer us a complimentary chocolate cake for the birthday girl. I have to salute the restaurant crew for their excellent service and customer focus.

It was definitely a great dining experience albeit the pasta dishes which didn't go very well with our tastebuds. The ambiance was serene and good and the buffet spread was quite commendable.

For Meat Items they recommend either Béarnaise, Maitre D’hotel Butter, Shallot Bordelaise, Black Pepper or Mushroom sauce.
For Fish Items, they recommend either Hollandaise, Lemon Capers Sauce or Garlic Butter sauce.

Price ranges from RM58 to RM92++ per pax depending on the main that you choose, Whole Boston Lobster is RM36.00 Per 100 gm
All prices are subject to 10% Service Charge & 5% Government Tax

1 Jalan Bukit Jambul Bayan Lepas 11900 Penang Malaysia
Tel: +60 4 643 8111
Fax: +60 4 644 8000

Monday - Friday, Lunch 12 noon - 2.30 pm
Monday - Saturday, Dinner 6.30 pm - 10.00 pm
Closed on Public Holidays
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