I know I have not blogged in AGES but life has been a bit of a roller coaster lately! During the Christmas break Omar and I met in Bali and enjoyed a month long holiday together. We had the time of our lives! Who would of thought, for instance that a scaredy cat like me would ride on the back of a motorbike?
Unfortunately due to visa arrangements we were forced to go our separate ways. However we both believe that everything happens for a reason. In fact to cut a long story short, we got married in Jordan where I am staying until my dearest Omar is allowed into Australia.
To get back into the swing of blogging I thought I would share with you the lovely buffet dinner we enjoyed on Christmas Eve at The Sofitel Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali. The hotel is absolutely stunning with its high-rise ceilings, sweeping staircase and modern décor. It is one of the more luxurious hotels that Bali has to offer.
As we make our way down to the dining area, a giant glowing Santa brings an extraordinary festive touch. A friendly waiter escorts us to our table and beverages and hot bread rolls are provided. We take a look around and are flabbergasted at the size of the buffet. It is enormous!
Before adventuring off to grab some food we listen to Christmas carols sung by the children’s choir. They were magical!
The buffet is divided into many sections consisting of a cold selection, an Indian, seafood and peking duck station, a live cooking area as well as an array of hot dishes and a dessert room.
We start with a plate of fresh crab claws; mussels and prawns followed by some sushi, a slice of vegetable terrain and pickles. All was simply delicious, particularly the handmade sushi being prepared right in front of us!
Platters of raw seafood sit among the ice, allowing guests to pick and choose. Pan-fried fish and prawns are juicy and cooked to perfection.
A selection of spices and pulses are beautifully arranged, showcasing the Indian spice station. A serving of butter chicken with saffron rice is rich and creamy. We enjoyed taking a piece of garlic naan bread to soak up the remaining sauce. Although it was pretty hard to resist another serving of curry, enticing pieces of fried chicken stuffed with melted cheese and sweet bursts of pomegranates were too hard to resist. I kept going back for more!
An array of roasted vegetables sat alongside the carving station, presenting a leg of lamb, which maintains its temperature under a heat lamp. Slices of lamb drizzled with gravy are tender and full of flavour. A variety of cuts of meat are widely available as well as a selection of pasta dishes.
We wait in anticipation while the Chef’s in the live cooking station prepare our stir-fry’s made with “Bihun Goreng” also known as rice vermicelli noodles. The chef’s worked fast and efficiently and it gave us great pleasure to see them with great big smiles on their faces!
Before we walked back to our table, we passed by a chef assembling peking duck pancakes. They consisted of shredded duck lightly coated with hoisin sauce combined with crunchy stalks of spring onions and wrapped up in a thin pancake. They were pure bliss. I wish I had room for more!
At last it was time for dessert! I gasped in delight as I saw a giant gingerbread house staring right in front of me. It felt like we were in a Christmas wonderland! Sugared Christmas trees were scattered among the desserts and a white chocolate fountain added more cheers of joy. I took a handful of colourful marshmallows, a slice of stolen and a cute little red Santa’s hat filled with chocolate cake. I was simply in heaven!
The buffet was regularly re-filled and service was impeccable. The large number of Chef’s working behind each station clearly did justice to the outstanding presentation, quality and flavour of the food. We had such a beautiful night enjoying each other’s company, eating delicious food and celebrating the Christmas spirit!