Friday, February 15, 2013

Renoma Cafe Gallery - Brunch Buffet review

The following post may cause salivating and hunger. Proceed at your own risk.

I first heard about Renoma Cafe Gallery, Bukit Bintang and their Sunday brunch buffet from Rebecca Saw's blog. Unlike most buffet places which have lines of food laid out before you, Renoma's version of buffet is different. At RM85++, you order whatever your palate desires from their special brunch menu with dishes ranging from starters to soups to sandwiches to main courses to desserts between 11am to 3pm.

Foodie galore!
Everything is prepared upon order, comes in smaller-than-usual portions but tastes superb! Of course this brunch offer is worth it if you're a huge eater craving for classy, refined food without having to break the bank.

The menu
Interior of art and food.

I brought two of my ex-college mates there recently and we got there at 11am to fully enjoy the entire afternoon just eating. Ah....bliss....

We started with several appetizers with the more memorable ones being the Tiger Prawn and Candied Pecan Nut, Salted Egg Yolk Soft Shell Crab, Crispy Mozzarella Caprese and the Croque Madame.

Tiger Prawn and Candied Pecan Nut
The Tiger Prawn was super crunchy, juicy and not to mention, fresh. The pecan nuts added in a nice sweet kick.

Salted Egg Yolk Soft Shell Crab
You can’t go wrong with the Salted Egg Yolk Soft Shell Crab especially with the softness of the crab meat.

Crispy Mozzarella Caprese
Crispy Mozzarella Caprese was oozing delicious cheese with a thin deep fried exterior layer.

Croque Madame
The signature Croque Madame comes highly recommended by many food bloggers and I could certainly see why. As soon as you slice it open, you are in for a treat to your palate consisting of beef pastrami, duck breast, chicken salami and black truffle egg.  

To give our tummies breathing space before the mains, we switched over to desserts. The Vanilla Panna Cotta was a real treat with fresh berries to accompany it. I had another helping in round two of desserts. The Orange Vanilla Crème Brulee was a little disappointing due to its tiny size and the super thin burnt crust of sugar on top but the zest of oranges offered an interesting twist. The Carrot Cake came thinly slice but I found the portion perfect for tasting with a nice mix of carrots and walnuts that went well with the smooth cream cheese.  

Forest Mushroom Veloute
Anyway, back to the main courses. The Forest Mushroom Veloute soup (a blend of black trumpet, oyster mushroom, porcini mushroom, crème porcini and white truffle oil) was so good we ordered two helpings of it.

RCG Classic Burger

RCG Signature Burger
My friends had the RCG Classic Burger and Signature Burger which came as half of a normal sized burger. It came with beef patty so my Hindu friend had to forgo it despite how good it looked. My other friend happily gobbled both burgers up, commenting on the patties’ juiciness. As for me, I was saving space for other dishes.

Char-Grilled Sirloin Steak
The Char-Grilled Sirloin Steak (Black Angus) was delicious with a chewy texture with a lot of smoked flavour saturated into the meat. But it was the Confit of Muscovy Duck Leg that made a huge impression on all of us.

Confit of Muscovy Duck Leg
My friend has no love for duck due to its odd taste and texture but she had no issue eating Renoma’s Confit of Duck, remarking on how lovely the texture and taste was. I agreed. The meat simply peels off the bone beautifully while the skin offers a crispy contrast.

Finally, round two of desserts came next and I admit we did abuse the buffet concept here as we ordered all but a few from the dessert menu.

Peach Melba
The Peach Melba was a light treat that offers a brilliant blend of flavours and textures as it comes with caramelised peaches, toasted almonds and raspberry sauce over a scope of vanilla ice cream.

Valrhona Chocolate Fondant
The Valrhona Chocolate Fondant was highly recommended due to its high-quality chocolate balanced out by a wild berries stew.

The Pavlova wasn’t too bad although I would have like more passion fruit sauce and perhaps a chuck of passion fruit to balance out the sweetness of the other fruits and berries.

Peach and Almond Tart
Whilst we had the carrot cake earlier, we now opted for the Peach and Almond Tart which was a good choice due to the juicy sweetness of the peach and the crunchy bite of the almonds.

To wrap up desserts, I ordered every ice-cream flavour on the menu which is of course, never a bad thing. It helped that it came in very small scopes to allow us to fully enjoy this eating experience. The Rum and Raisin and the Cointreau Crème al Orange contained alcohol though.

Coffee to stay awake.
Throughout brunch, we were topped up with an unlimited flow of coffee, tea, soft drinks and juices to help ease down the meal and to wash our palates. The services were fast and prompt although food took a while to reach us. That was understandable as dishes are prepared upon ordering. The ambience was very chilled and relaxed for a nice Sunday afternoon. Overall, I was quite happy with the experience.

To quote one of my friends, “We get to experience a wide variety of high-class dishes without having to pay through our noses.”
My best advice to making the most of this experience is to make full use of the four hours you have there and to pace yourself. Sharing dishes will definitely allow you to make the most of the variety of cuisine there and be adventurous!

Renoma Brunch Buffet is available on Sundays and Public Holidays from 11am to 3pm at RM85++ per person. Reservations are recommended for big groups.

Renoma Cafe Gallery


Anonymous said...

Yummy review! U shud also check out Gobo Upstairs at Traders Hotel. They do sth similar for RM50++. If I'm not mistaken they rotate the menu every week but only during lunch time on weekdays. Not sure if they still do it. Instead of buffet style or u ordering unlimited dishes, they have a 3-course menu consisting of 4 appetizers, 4 mains and 4 desserts which they serve to u in any amount and repeatedly if u so desire.


Tania said...

CW: RM50 isn't too bad! I'll put Gobo Upstairs on my to-check-out-list Thanks!

Kelly Siew said...

Loved our visit to Renoma although there are some hit and misses with the dishes. Only thing is we are not big eaters so couldn't sample as many dishes as we would love to.

Tania said...

kelly: agree with the hits and misses. Apparently the quality hasn't been consistent. i think i got lucky when i went there as most of our dishes were delicious!

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