Sheraton Utama Hotel’s Tamu Sungkai Buffet by the Poolside

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Lamb Roasted on a Spit.

A group of bloggers were invited for a session of breaking of fast with the staff of Sheraton and the new General Manager, Mr. Alex Riva. We were greeted at the lobby by… Ok, I have to confess I somehow misplaced all the Business Cards that was handed to me, even though I remembered to put it in my memory card wallet. And I’m rather terrible with names. But they did greet us at the lobby and ushered us all to our tables.

Rano invited me, Jim747 and Airbiscuit the night before for this, and we all gladly came. We met Reeda and Yeeman there. Though there was supposed to be a few more from the blogosphere, but it was in all six of us having a delightful night of great company and great food.

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The Pickles and Acar spread.
0009_DSC_0012Rano at the Noodles Station.

I got some photography stuff out of the way first before heading to the food stations, but that lamb roast on a spit was enticing me to say the least. After some photos and some long exposure shots, I was ready for the food. On my first ’round’, I had some rice, veggies with prawns, some satay, and my main target for the night, the roast lamb. Let me tell ya, the nice and tender meat was a delight. Most of the grilled lamb chops I had all this time was quite the opposite. Even the roast at Rizqun I had a hard time to bite with my old man chompers, but last night’s at Sheraton was really, really, delectable. It was so enticing that I digged in without even taking a picture. It was that good.

We chatted for a bit with our two hosts that sat with us on a separate table, and found out that they have done the breaking of fast sessions with other traditional media outlets, such as Radio DJs and Newspaper reporters and editors.

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Reeda from Anakbrunei.org having a chat with the staff of Sheraton.
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Jim747 and Rano with Alex Riva (c.) the new General Manager of Sheraton.

I had to remind myself that I needed to take a picture of the food items for Yeeman so I got up to get a second serving, thoughtfully, but futilely arranging the items so it’d look great on a photo. Fried noodles with satay and pratas and some more roast lamb.

Playing with wireless CLS again with my food, flashing the white tent to give a nice, even, soft lighting to light up the food.

My third serving was some noodles with all the condiments dipped in what I thought was Laksa curry, but turns out it was a thick Tom Yam soup. Thank goodness I tried it, as it was the best Tom Yam I had in months.

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My second serving.
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My third.

There’s no better way to end a good dinner than with a dessert. After Reeda exclaimed it was dessert time, we found our way inside for the dessert table, and I proceeded to snap up some pictures. But once I found the Chocolate Ice Cream Pit, and the accompanying Chocolate Rice Sprinkles beside it, off the camera went, and back to my seat I go, with Ice Cream bowl in hand.

Teh Tarik and Chocolate Ice Cream goes great hand as I’ve found out.

It was a great night, with great company, and not to mention to two lovely ladies with us at our table. And I find the poolside setting only manages to calm my nerves and help me relax some more. And it was not too rushed anyway, and the crowd was not all that much. Great place to have your dinner, Sungkai or not. I totally recommend it.

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I totally missed this on the way in.
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Dessert time.
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Top of the night with a bit of ice cream and teh tarik.

The full set of pictures is here.

3 Comments

  1. Foodie Tales October 10, 2007

    That is one amazing set of photographs. Your skills with the lens are breathtaking. Now that explains the equipment! Good to meet you last night. E.

  2. SoulJah October 11, 2007

    Wow! Thanks so much! I’m flattered that you liked my photos. It was great meeting you again, and if you need someone to take photos of great looking (and tasting) food, I’m your guy!

  3. Foodie Tales October 12, 2007

    Seriously? I will take you up on that one day if I’m cooking something special. And of course, to eat the food after. E. p.s Selamat Hari Raya for tomorrow.

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