Buffet Galore at Circle Restaurant, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu!

25 July 2013

So. You love food. Lots of it. And trying new stuff is your speciality.
Photo credits to Jorge L. Gazzano
Hello, friend!

Now we all now there are lots of buffets to choose from in town, so what makes one great place stand out from the rest? Variety!

I was recently invited for a buffet dinner at the renowned Circle Restaurant in Le Meridien hotel, famous for it's scrumilicious dessert line.

The theme for the week was Vietnamese, prepared by 2 invited chefs from Vietnam! (I love how they try to mix it up every once in a while with a certain food fest etc!)
One of the guest chefs serving authentic Vietnamese beef noodles - Pho!
Now I dont know much about Vietnamese food, but I do know that it involves a lot of vegetables so I was kind of prepared for that. They also had a lot of the usual popular dishes on the buffet line. This is what greeted us when we entered:
You can just about see it poking out from the middle - gorgeous dried Filipino mango slices!
Assorted breads - Not good when you're keeping your tummy empty for a buffet, but undeniably yummy!
Part of the salad selection
Steamed Fish with Soya Sauce and fresh Vietnamese Herbs
Sautéed Duck with Chillies, Lemon-grass and Sweet Basil Leaves
Deep Friend 'Ha Noi' Spring Rolls
Salmon 'Goi Cuon' - Vietnamese Spring Rolls
More 'Goi Cuon'!
The Pho as mentioned above - freshly prepared in front of your eyes!
A quick search on Google gave me some basic info on Vietnamese food:

Known for its balance of five elements, many Vietnamese dishes include five fundamental taste senses: spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (Earth), corresponding to: five organs: gall bladder, small intestine, large intestine, stomach, and urinary bladder.

Vietnamese dishes also include five types of nutrients: powder, water or liquid, mineral elements, protein and fat. Vietnamese cooks try to have five colours: white (metal), green (wood), yellow (Earth), red (fire) and black (water) in their dishes.

Dishes in Vietnam appeal to gastronomes via five senses: food arrangement attracts eyes, sounds come from crisp ingredients, five spices are detected on the tongue, aromatic ingredients coming mainly from herbs stimulate the nose, and some meals, especially finger food, can be perceived by touching.

Makes sense!

Some of the regular buffet goodness was also ready for its hungry patrons:
Potato Masala
Beef Stew with Potato
Mussels in Kam Heong Sauce
Steamed Mangrove Snapper with Nusantara Sauce
And on to my favourite part:

Chocolate Fondue!
Snow Egg
Vanilla Cupcake
Strawberry Panna Cotta
Pistachio Financier
Fruit Tarts
Kiwi Mousse
Orange Jelly
Coconut Pudding
Coconut Flavoured Vietnamese Caramel Custard
Look at all the pretty desserts!
Yes I filled myself up good that night! Haha.. I'll think about my hips in the morni.. Oh wait. Then I'll be hungry again. Oh well - food makes happy!

You can visit Circle Restaurant yourself at 
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, 
Sabah, Malaysia

Or call+60 88-322 222 for reservations

Now, please excuse me while I bask in the memories -

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Til next time,
Calista xxx


  1. hw much tat d buffet dinner?

    1. Hi! It was
      RM65++ per person (12pm - 2:30pm)
      RM92++ per person (6.30pm - 10pm)
      But it may differ slightly now as this was for the Vietnamese themed buffet.. =)

  2. what do you think about the current price?

    1. I can't really comment, as I haven't been there since they renovated.. Hopefully will drop by soon! =)