House of Buffet (HOB) @ Bukit Bintang
House of Buffet (HOB)
The name says it all. House of Buffet, or HOB for short. This restaurant is tucked away next to Plaza Low Yat on Bukit Bintang in the heart of the city. With almost 300 dishes in the spread, you are guaranteed to find something that will satisfy your pallate.
HOB seats up to 350 people at one time, and serves lunch, dinner and a late night supper. It’s very new, open less than 3 months, and the fit out is sleek, stylish yet welcoming. The concept is simple. A buffet, a la carte style. Most of the dishes in the line are made to order. You browse, you choose, skilled chefs cook, and you eat. Simple, and very effective.
Terry (Red FM Drive), Hazim (Red Weekends) and I were greeted by Manager Daniel Teg, who showed us to our table in the private room. The room is available for private parties at no extra charge, and can accommodate up to 60 people.
Daniel took us on a tour of HOB, starting off with the Japanese Counter. Fresh crabs, mussels, clams and prawns sat on a bed of ice.
Gleaming oysters imported from the US and Korea shone brightly at us.
Around the corner was a variety of sushi, sashimi and various Japanese canapés.
In charge of this section was Chef Sam Wong. With a cheeky grin on his face and a sense of humour to match, he gestured for us to try HOB’s signature Oyster Shot, a fresh oyster swimming in salsa. “Drink that and you will Cha-cha!” he laughed. Chef Sam spent several years in San Antonio, Texas, and many years travelling the United States. “Yee-har!” he calls, Cowboy style, and it becomes clear why some of his Japanese dishes have a Texan influence.
We browsed around the BBQ counter and drooled over lamb, corn, and squid. We scoped out the Syabu-syabu, a healthy range of freshly cooked vegetables in a Green Tea broth. We marveled at the Fried-food section, with an abundance of seafood rolls and the house specialty Yam Ball.
Tuck into Asian delights like chilli crabs.
You could also try clams in ginger and soya sauce, and even curry prawns.
HOB also has a Flexible Counter, that changes on a weekly basis. It could be Thai one week, Indian the next or maybe Mexican the week after.
The Teppanyaki Counter allows you to pick your meats, vegetables and fish, and pass it over the counter to a trained chef who will stir-fry it in a flash and serve it up to you on a plate.
The Chinese Section was extensive,and you can help yourself to a slice or two of the whole large raw fish on ice.
Hand it to one of the chefs, choose the style you wish it to be cooked in and Voila! A delectable dish cooked for you before your very eyes. Terry went crazy for the fish cooked in a savoury ginger sauce. I went crazy for the little baskets of dim sum.
The Western Section is headed up by KL boy Chef Yen. You can indulge in a variety of steaks grilled to your liking, salads, soups and so much more. We completed our tour at the Dessert Section that offers fresh fruit, homemade waffles, and even a popcorn maker!
Wash it all down with inventive cocktails from the Cocktail Bar.
We sat back down at our table and watched Chef Sam and Chef Yen roll in the food, dish by dish, until we could hardly see the table top!
We had a selection of sushi, and the soft shell crab roll was incredibly tasty.
The sashimi was fresh, and skillfully prepared.
Of course, if you’re an oyster fan, there is an abundance of that.
Another winner was the Sweet and Sour Fish with Potato Balls.
Crispy and moorish, Hazim could not keep his hands off the light and fluffy potato balls. Don ‘t miss out on HOB’s signature Lobster Salad, with chunks of lobster flesh, honeydew and dragonfruit, tossed in Japanese Mayo and sweet and spicy Thai dressing.
Chef Yen presented us with a serving of tender Striploin steak and HOB’s unusual Fruit Pizza.
Of course, a selection of grilled seafood was a must.
I loved the Chicken in Creamy Green Curry, and the Laksa Pasta is apparently a favourite of the Sultan of Johor.
For dessert, we were offered and light and creamy Orange Sponge, and homemade ice cream.
With so much to choose from, we really got our fill of good food at HOB, with special thanks to Chef Sam and Chef Yen for stuffing us to the brim.
Astounding variety and fresh produce cooked to your liking at very affordable prices. What you’ll get at HOB is quality food, and incredible value for money. We had some difficulty walking to our cars, due to the fact our bellies were weighing us down. It was worth it though. What’s in a name? Everything. House of Buffet – does what it says.
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HOUSE OF BUFFET
Ground Flr, Federal Bowl
Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Bukit Bintang Central, 55100 KL
(next to Plaza Low Yat)
03 2142 8111