Harwicke House has always been an urge for me to drop by for dinner after work. In fact this place is so near to my office by walking distance. However, I was not so sure about the taste and the price of this place until now. Thanks to Jason and Gill from Gourmet Garden for organizing this fantastic review.
Hardwicke House is always the perfect location for social functions, reunion dinners, press conferences, weddings, wedding engagements and parties. The look from outside this building is elegant with high-rise tower resounding this heritage building.
Most people will be attracted to reasonably-priced buffets.
The salad bar serves a wide array of salad, it is a haven for vegans.
Other than the salads, there are so many main dishes offered by the restaurant:
- Mashed potato
- Corn kernels with BBQ sauce/ mushroom sauce / black pepper sauce.
- Naan, tandoori chicken.
- Fried rice and mee goreng.
- Cabbage poriel
- Brinjal sambal
- Lamb Rogan Josh
- Chicken Curry
- Roast Beef
- Baked Cured Salmon with cheese
- Chicken lobak
- Crispy Vietnam prawn roll
- Spaghetti with Bolognaise Sauce
- Fresh Parmesan cheese
- Cream of Asparagus with buns.
The BBQ corner is an added point for this buffet.
Self-service coffee maker for caffeine lovers.
The variety of coffee are listed as below:
Flat White @ RM 4.80
Cafe Latte @ RM 6.50
Espresso @ RM 3.80
Cappuccino @ RM 5.50
Regular Black @ RM 3.80
Other than the coffee, those who have a sweet-tooth would be delighted to find the many desserts nicely displayed on the counter for the customers to choose from.
For wine lover, there are var options of wine in their storage.
I was told that the method to taste a good wine is via the below few methods:
- Color – For red wine, if the color of the wine is more transparent, meaning that the wine is older
- Aroma – If the smell of the wine is stronger the better it is for the wine
- Taste – It is very variance for this subject to affect everyone. Generally, Carbonate Merlot will have stronger taste while Shiraz will have lighter taste.
- Finishing – The finishing is also marking a lot of points for wine tasting as the finishing are very different from the taste when it just touch down the tongue.
Friulvini Verduzzo (Fizzy) @ RM 55.00. Sparkling like taste for this white wine. For ladies this is their preference. However, for me I felt that this wine is slightly too sweet instead.
This is straw yellow with greenish reflections. Delicate, slightly fruity, pleasantly aromatic. Full-bodied with slightly acidulous flavor. This aperitif wine goes well with first course, with confectionery or fruit.
TerraNoble Sauvignon Blanc 2005 @ RM 63.00
This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is yellow colour with some greenish tones. It has intense fruity aroma in tropical fruits, especially pineapples. It’s a very fresh wine, not bubbling, dry and well balanced. It has a good structure and a nice natural acidity which has a long permanence in mouth. Ideal as an aperitif too, with seafood and fish. This wine is drunk best at 7C -8C.
Schubert “Hardwicke Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (Recommended Retail Price is RM 118.00. Promotion Price now is RM 60.00)
Schubert is a new winery in New Zealand. This deeply coloured wine exhibits an intense nose of blackberries, plum and dark chocolate with notes of walnut and spices. Full bodied and extremely well structured with layers of super ripe tannins complemented by a long, sweet and dark fruit filled finish.
For those who enjoy a quieter ambience, this is the great place to be as there are a few private rooms and VIP rooms in this restaurant.
Mon to Sat = Lunch buffet @ 18++. Dinner buffet (including BBQ) @ 38++. No ala carte.
From December 2009 till Jan 2010 is the promotion period to enjoy free flow of non-alcoholic beverages on all buffets.
Overall, the food here is good and reasonably-priced. For wine lovers, this will be like a wine paradise. If only this place has some signature dishes to offer, it will definitely attract more people to visit this place again.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 6:00pm – 10:30pm BBQ Dinner Buffet (Monday to Saturday)
Contact: 04-226 4998
Address:67, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 Penang.
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