Live cooking stations add zest to newly renovated coffee house

Date 2009/2/16 15:20:00 | Topic: Cyberjaya News & Articles

Monday February 16, 2009
Story and photos by GEETHA KRISHNAN

FOR the past 12 months, visitors and guests of a five-star resort in Cyberjaya cast curious glances at a boarded up structure while strolling the grounds.

Well, now they can find out what it is.
The Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa recently unveiled its newly renovated coffee house, the Verandah Restaurant. By the looks of it, the duration and cost that has gone into renovating the coffee house was worth the wait.


Ikan bakar: A chef preparing grilled fish behind a glass window.

Matching the lush setting of the resort styled as a luxurious home away from home, the Verandah is both comfortable and trendy. True to its name, the establishment has also retained the charm of a patio that takes in the resortís greenery, undulating landscaping and fish pond from many angles.

Hotel general manager Shaheen Shah said the previous seating capacity was increased to 260 within the main dining area, including the smoking and al fresco sections. More space for 40 guests is available in two private rooms which can be turned into one if the need arises for a more intimate gathering.


Malay fare: Nasi Dagang (top) and Sambal Udang to whet your appetite at the Verandah.

Designed along the theme of a Pan-Asian coffee house, the Verandah is now equipped with a high roof, timber flooring and clear pane glass windows.

The ambience aims for a tropical rustic look with outstanding contemporary touches. A grand bronze chandelier with spiralling leaves and floral accents lights the room and casts a warm glow on dark wood finishing as guests have their fill of food, especially during buffet lunches.

Besides a good spread of food, the Verandah now features several live action stations helmed by an equal number of chefs including one chap from Bangalore, India. Keeping a close eye on the team is the resortís executive chef Abdul Rahman Haron.

The stalls offer Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay and Western cuisine, catering to diverse appetites. Fancy ikan bakar? The chef will smack a fish wrapped in silver foil on the grill and douse it in a quick fire as you watch behind the safety of a glass window. It is a similar setup for the teppanyaki counter with a red and black checkered wall where an array of colourful vegetables and meats await their turn on the hotplate.

The Chinese section offers treats like steamed dumplings and sweet and savoury pau, alongside fried mee and other delights from the hawkerís wok.


Hot from the teppan: A chef whipping up an order for teppanyaki vegetables at the Japanese live action cooking station.

The Indian section lures diners with piping hot dishes like Fish Amritsari and Chicken Pakora, to name a few. Naan and tandoori chicken is available in the evening from the a la carte menu.

It would be difficult to resist the chocolate fountain, ais kacang and ice cream counters. The chefs here whip up teppan ice cream and you can choose from a myriad of colourful toppings, spanning the range from M&Ms, macadamia nuts, crushed peanuts, marshmellows to jellybeans, preserved fruit and rice crispies, for the confectionery and the ais kacang.

Verandahís Pan-Asian Buffet Lunch is available Monday to Friday (noon to 2.30pm) and is priced at RM52++ per person.

The BBQ Dinner from Friday to Saturday (6.30pm to 10.30pm) is priced at RM55++ while the high-tea on Sunday and public holidays (noon to 5pm) is at RM38++.

VERANDAH COFFEE HOUSE Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyberjaya, Selangor (Tel: 03-8312 7000). Business Hours: Daily, 6.30am to 10.30pm.

----- Source: The Star Online





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