Food

Chatrium Hotel Yangon’s Seafood Dinner Buffet Gets a Makeover

By Lwin Mar Htun 27 May 2019

Chatrium Hotel Yangon has spectacularly updated its fresh seafood dinner buffet featuring a wide array of seafood and chef’s specialties including appetizers, salads, soups and hot dishes from the four corners of the culinary world.

This dinner buffet is available every Friday and Saturday for seafood lovers at the hotel’s The Emporia restaurant.

Over 60 dishes are included in this extravagant buffet. The grill counter is a must for people who are crazy about seafood.

At the entrance, fresh clams, mussels, shrimp, river prawns, lobster, squid, salmon, sea bass, pork, beef, and a variety of skewers and mixed vegetables greet visitors on a bed of ice.

These are not grilled by the chef in front of guests; just select what you want from the counter and give the plate to a waiter, who will give you a number. The chefs will grill your order in the kitchen.

I waited about 15 or 20 minutes for the plate to be returned to the table. I absolutely loved the lobster and I think others will too.

Lobsters

The grilled lobster is served with the shell cut down the middle and opened so that it’s easy to eat; and it was cooked to perfection. The fresh lobster smell really whets the appetite and the taste was sublime, perfectly complemented by the barbecue sauce.

Oysters

I tried the tom yum soup from the Thai cuisine counter. It’s a bit spicy and quite sour—but so good. You can order noodle dishes at this counter as well.

Salmon sashimi

Next I moved to the sushi counter; this one was not included in the old seafood buffet and is a new offering. Maki, sashimi, hand-rolled and other types of sushi are available.

Salmon sashimi is my all-time favorite; as I was ordering it from the chef I knew it would be awesome. Most chefs will tell you to look for orange salmon sashimi—that’s how you know it’s perfect and fresh. And their bright orange salmon didn’t disappoint; it was obviously so fresh and tasted super. The salmon melted on my tongue and was absolutely delicious; I wholeheartedly recommend this one.

A selection of cold cuts

The hot counter included an array of dishes including roast potatoes, chicken confit, roast beef with olive oil and spicy sauce, pan-fried sea bass in butter lime sauce, Myanmar-style prawn curry, baked mussels with cream cheese and more.

Guests select dishes at the Chatrium Hotel Yangon’s all-you-can-eat seafood buffet.

The baked mussel with cream cheese was certainly cheesy, but very tasty; the roast beef is another highlight of the hot dishes.

The food was so delicious that my belly was about to burst my the time I’d finished. So, I moved to the dessert counter, where the staff recommended I try their homemade mango ice cream. The smell was amazing and the mango ice cream went down so smoothly it eased my aching belly.

A chef cooks a soup and noodles at the Thai cuisine counter.

The excellent ice cream ended my journey through this all-you-can eat buffet. I had a great time; the staff was friendly, the restaurant vibe was pleasant and the food delicious.

The Chatrium Hotel Yangon’s revamped all-you-can-eat seafood dinner buffet is USD35 net per person including non-alcoholic drinks. There’s a separate drinks package including free-flow sparkling, white wine and red wine for USD12 net per person.

Children aged 5 to 12 pay half price for the buffet.

I recommend you book in advance, as the restaurant is always busy with tour groups.

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