Valentines’ @ Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel, PJ

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my friends and readers!! 🙂

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I have been crazily busy with my house-moving so much so that this post got delayed. So here’s a quick update on Armada’s Valentine Buffet. And yes, you read right, it’s a buffet.

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I got the most surprising email of my blogging life when Armada Hotel sent me an invite to their Valentine Buffet review.
Wow, I thought. That’s something worth checking out. This marks my first visit to Armada Hotel, a hotel that I vaguely remember driving past, but so clouded was that vision that I had sit back & recall carefully the exact location.
There was never a reason to visit Armada. In my media life, there wasn’t any event held there, and there was hardly ever any reviews written about their F & B establishments.
Hence Armada Hotel has never sparked any interest, till now.

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I lou-ed my last yee sang for the year, a refreshing Japanese inspired one, with real vegetables (versus those traditional types with colouring and deep fried fritters) and abundance of seafood.

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For Valentine’s Day, I tossed for LOVE! 🙂

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Executive Chef, Chew Teik Chye is going all out to impress with his repertoire of culinary creations. I was very glad to have met him, a chef who has a balance of both tradition & modern culinary techniques. He knows his traditional food, and he knows when to be funky when the situation requires it.

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Take for instance Armada’s Valentine’s Buffet Dinner. For photography sake, the kind staff has plated some of the dishes.

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Now, the best part of a buffet are the choices and variety right? We started with Japanese inspired sushi, nibbled on adorable heart shaped chicken terrine, sipped on healthy brocolli soup, feasted on numerous mains ranging from traditional Malay to oriental Chinese and Western fusion, all in one sitting.

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Oh, the attention to details… kudos Chef Chew!

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Even these mini buns were wonderful. One has herbs and onions, which was delightfully fragrant!

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Robust and full flavoured broccoli soup that tasted so fresh that it could have been just pureed right before our dinner. I love broccoli soup & this was one of the best I had. Smooth and healthy too!

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I didn’t care much for this Poached Mackerel with Braised Baby Okra, Sundried Tomato and Curry Gravy’. Mackerels in general has a fishy taste that even a fish-lover like me can’t stomach.

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Good deep frying technique is always an admirable trait for any chef. The shells were deep fried to crisp while the flesh remained fleshy (though it’s a small prawn) and sweet.

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Aphrodisiac oysters. It doesn’t get any better for Valentine’s Day right?

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But I kid. Valentine’s is a day to celebrate LOVE, be it for your parents, spouses, friends or special people who have touched our lives.

The myriad of food of different culture and preparation methods in Utara Coffee House at Armada Hotel should please just about anyone.

Durian Roti Canai. Delightfully pungent.

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Prices are reasonable too, at RM70.00++ (Adult), RM55.00++ (Senior citizen) and RM40.00++ (Child & Domestic Help). Yes, couples with kids – you can still have your special day! And show some love for your ever-reliable maid while you’re at it! 🙂

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Besides, you’ll save on roses, (a stalk will be given to every lady), chocolates (pralines courtesy of Armada Hotel included) and wine ( a glass each to every diner). Oh my, what more can you ask for??

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On this special occasion, Armada Hotel will also be offering the Valentine’s Day Room Package. Priced at RM388.00++, the package comes exclusively with 2 day 1 night stay at the Deluxe Room, Romantic Candle Light Buffet Dinner for 2 (at Utara Coffee House), Buffet Breakfast for 2 and an exclusive Hotel Armada Gift.  Check out time will be extended till 4pm and lucky guests will receive a complimentary upgrade to the Premier Deluxe Room (subject to availability) This offer is applicable only for check-ins on 14th February 2012.


Hotel Armada Petaling Jaya
Tel: (03) 7954 6888

Email: [email protected]


All pictures taken with:

Samsung NX11

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Sean

    Whoa.. Most V-Day food promos out there are grossly overpriced, but this one actually looks totally reasonable, especially since they try to add romantic elements into the food to make it an unusual buffet and provide free glasses of wine too! I guess the only minus-point is that the ambiance is not as romantic as many other eateries, but it still seems like a solid B-plus for effort! 😀

    1. rebeccasaw

      Yups! Food is good. Price is reasonable. I think the ambiance can be “adjusted”?
      LOL. Jz ask fr couple seats at the corners! :p

  2. Simple Person

    Durian roti canai ..
    make a perfect kiss for d val’s day …
    Will make it a memorable val’s day.. LOL

  3. Akulah Pak Lan

    Never celebrate my birthday, inikan pula nak sambut v-day even both of them fell on the same week.

    1. rebeccasaw

      Eh your birthday this week? We go celebrate! 😛

  4. Verne

    Seriously Armada never crossed my mind for food. Interesting and super affordable.

    1. rebeccasaw

      Surprising right? I’m looking forward to more meals here! I was tld tat chef chew does great authentic Hainanese too!

  5. Nikel

    Very great with durian roti canai.. Likely.. lol

    1. rebeccasaw

      HEh, I love roti canai and i luv durian! Perfect combo! 😛

  6. June Tan

    Wah.. the cakes in heart shape.. Beautiful.. reluctant to eat.. hehehe.. Happy Valentine’s day to your and family. Cheeerrrsss!!! xD

    1. rebeccasaw

      Thanks June! Yes, good attention to detail by their culinary team right? I love these small touches.
      Happy happy VAl to you and your loved ones too dear! 🙂

  7. Badri

    the food isn’t like for two people celebrating V-day, but buffet-like! 😮

    1. rebeccasaw

      Haha yes! Valentines’ are not just for couples!

  8. The Yum List

    The food looks very colourful. I love that you can the yee sang “for love”. 🙂

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hahaha! We can wish for anything right ? 😛

  9. FoxyReign

    Is this the same restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel?

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