Essence, Sheraton Imperial KL, the Place to Explore Variety

Buffet dining has just gotten more exciting at Essence, Sheraton Imperial KL’s Signature restaurant. Instead of plonking tonnes of food on bain-marie and call it a day, we can now watch their Chefs in action at the various live cooking stations.

Essence's Action Station
Essence’s Action Station

As the saying goes, “we eat with our eyes”, the visual drama and theatrics provides us extra boost of appetite. The interior of Essence is warm and inviting with hues of bright colours and a bold hand-laid mosaic wall. There are over 150 international dishes featuring cuisines from seven countries: Malaysia, India, China, Thailand, Mexico, Japan and Continental Europe, spreading across 9 live cooking stations.

Delectable appetizer corner at Essence
Delectable appetizer corner at Essence

The standard salad bar houses many interesting choices. There is also a “salad of the day” which is actually prepared at the table upon request. We had a Caesar Salad that evening, which was lovely, though pretty high in calories with all that rich dressing.

Cheese Platter
Cheese Platter

Can’t go to a buffet without sampling cheese. Appreciate the unlimied supply of berries for the antioxidant boost.

Seafood & Meat Grill Station
Seafood & Meat Grill Station

It’s nice to see a selection of fresh seafood and meat, just choose what we want and the Chef will grill them straightaway for us, ensuring the freshest taste.

Some slipper lobsters we chose.
Some slipper lobsters we chose.

Juicy lobster flesh, fresh enough to eat without any extra condiments.

Tandoori Station
Tandoori Station

There’s a tandoori station churning out curry dishes such as Kofta Roganjosh as well as a variety of tandoori meat and vegetables. If the cheesy broccoli is available, make sure to make a bee line for it.

Choice of Tom Yam, Rendang Oyster, Oyster Rrockkafella, Oyster Mushroom
Choice of Tom Yam, Rendang Oyster, Oyster Rockafella, Oyster Mushroom

Raw oysters are not available, but they offers baked oysters in different interesting flavours, such as Tom Yam. My favourite would be the classic Rockafella.

Pick your condiments and your noodles, then match with your selection of broth.
Pick your condiments and your noodles, then match with your selection of broth. There’s even a Sarawak Laksa broth.

The Chinese cooking station features a selection of noodles, as well as a very attractive looking Sea Bass, to be steamed upon request.

Steamed Sea Bass
Steamed Sea Bass

I think my favourite would have to be the Japanese station, where we can select from assorted sashimi and sushi, teppanyaki and even fresh ingredients for tempura to be cooked on the spot.

Assorted Sushi
Assorted Sushi
My serving of Tempura: Asparagus, Soft Shell Crab, Mushrooms and Fish
My serving of Tempura: Asparagus, Soft Shell Crab, Mushrooms and Fish. (My photography skill failed me big time that night, and you might have notice the usage of press release images)

Every buffet has a carvery station and we got to enjoy some lovely roast beef.

Roast Beef with all the trimmings
Roast Beef with all the trimmings

It’s rare to see Mexican food at a Buffet, something a little different. Choose between the classic dishes such as Quesadillas, Tacos and even Tostada, and they will make their journey from the live cooking station to the table.

Chef Faizal preparing quesadillas at the Mexican station
Chef Faizal preparing quesadillas at the Mexican station

A giant serving of Tostada was sent to our table, love the vibrant colours and well-seasoned chicken.

Chicken Tostada
Chicken Tostada

Check out the decadent  spiral, featuring local and western desserts, there’s something for everyone.

Dessert counter
Dessert counter

Chef’s specialty includes these very intimidating Durian Puffs, only the brave souls can tackle.

Durian Puffs
Durian Puffs

Durian lovers enjoyed this and I took a bite too, confirming that it is indeed good quality durian, but luckily that was my last few minutes of social interaction, the aroma lingers.

This delicious buffet dinner spread is priced at RM98++ per person (food only) and RM138++ per person for those who would like to enjoy limitless house wine. Meanwhile, each Starwood SPG member can enjoy 30% discount off total food bill at Essence. What’s more, SPG members can enjoy 50% discount off total food bill for 2 diners; 33% for 3 diners; 25% for 4 diners; 20% for 5 diners and more. This promotion is valid till 31 March 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

With a seating capacity of 200 persons, Essence serves buffet breakfast from 6.30am to 10.30am daily, buffet lunch from 12noon to 2.30pm and buffet dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily. For weekend hi-tea at Essence on Saturday, Sundays and public holidays, it is from 12 noon to 4pm

To learn more or to make a reservation, please call 03-2717 9900, email restaurants.imperial@sheraton.com or visit www.sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com/essencerestaurant

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