Wasn’t day 1 in Medan eventful? The JW Marriott Medan’s complimentary buffet breakfast is usually served at the MARRIOTT CAFE in the ground floor. On Day 2 of our trip we had our first breakfast there and also a quick light lunch after our intense table tennis (ping-pong) session. The verdict and pictures of the food and interiors after the jump.
I found service slow. There are a lot of staff but for some reason there is hardly anyone to assist us in some of the buffet stations. We would have to wave or literally raise our voices to flag someone down for assistance. Quite strange. I liked the wide open space that was filled with ligh., For anyone trying there buffet for the first time, go ahead and explore…there are so many stations that you might miss them if you don’t walk around.
For breakfast I liked the ff: (pictures of my food and TD’s below)
- Cold cuts (salami, chicken ham)
- Bread is fresh
- The Chicken noodle soup (What is this really called – Soto Ayam? Mie sop Ayam? Or Sup Ayam?) though not as good as Phoenix’ Hotel Yogyakarta was pwede na! =)
- Hash browns
- Corn on cob
Tomorrow I will go for the
- hopefully get the better cheeses. Today when I got cheese I only ended up with hardened cheddar
TD’s dish (top) and mine (below). I really miss pork bacon at these buffets. JW Marriott Medan is 100% halal.
Apple juice, water, coffee
My favorite was the waffle.
I had the sushi & sashimi platter (110k) while TD had a ceasar salad (minus the anchovies and with extra parmesan cheese). Both dishes were good. However again service was VERY slow. It seems like they have only one chef because they served one dish every 10 minutes. 10 minutes after ordering, TD’s salad arrived. After 20 minutes my sushi platter arrived. Then we could see in the open kitchen the chef only started to cook the pasta. So 30 mins after our order finally arrived K’s pasta, and 40 mins after was S’ fish and chips. The food was above average and quite good. The ingredients were fresh. The only problem was the service. The waiter sat us down but did not remember to give us table napkins.
Again I love the relaxing modern interiors and clean lines. My favorite were the optical fiber light fixtures that hung from the really high ceilings and dropped in the middle of the tables. They subtly changed color and added whimsy to the entire place!
We also ended up being invited by our hosts for the dinner buffet at the Marriott Cafe. Again a widevariety of cuisines to choose from. I tried a little of everything just so that I could report to you guys! (Valiantly sacrificing my waistline for the sake of a more accurate blog post on this dinner buffet! LOL!). From what my tummy gathered, these were the food stations during our dinner:
- Steak & Pasta Station the minute steak was the best thing + yorkshire pudding + freshly made fettuccine aglio, olio e peperoncino. Don’t order the ready made bolognese
- Indian Food Station everything was spicy! I liked the curry with some pita + chicken tikka masala
- Indonesian Food Station tried the soto medan. It wasn’t my type but was glad to try a local dish.
- Cheese & Bread Station I always love cheese.
- Sushi Station fresh ingredients. Loved the salmon sashimi! It’s not really japanese, but check out the steamed shrimps too!
- Chinese food station with Peking Duck which disappeared fast to TD’s dismay. Sorry sweety you snooze you lose! =P
- Dessert Station
- Indonesian desserts
- Cakes & mousses
- Brownies in white chocolate fondue this was the best thing in the massive dessert station for e
- Ice cream with different toppings
Too bad we weren’t able to check out this Surf and Turf Delight promo during our stay there! TD and I were interested in trying it, but we didn’t end up having time! Sounds yummy doesn’t it?
I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them! More on Medan and the lovely JW Marriott in the following days! Stay tuned!
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