I am a huge fan of Italian food but let’s be honest, Italian food is really difficult to get right, especially by restaurants in Kuching. I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences with pasta before so I always shy away from any pasta dishes when I go out to eat. The only place where I really enjoy Italian food is at Bella Italia, a restaurant opposite the Four Points Hotel because it is owned by an European couple (I think). But now, with the Italian Sunday buffet at Beccari, Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites, I don’t have to look very far to enjoy multiple plates of Italian goodness.
The Beccari Italian Buffet Dinner is the only Italian buffet dinner in Kuching and the food is absolutely wonderful. Many hotels in Kuching do not have great reputation for their food, especially buffets so I tried to keep my expectations really low but I was impressed by the food.
The buffet spread consists of a wide range of quality, halal and home-cooked style Italian dishes made by experienced chefs of the hotel. The Beccari restaurant itself has a very cozy and homey setting to it with Italian paintings and fittings. At some point, it did feel very posh with the dim lighting and all.
As soon as you come in the restaurant, you will meet an array of Italian appetizers and cold cuts such as salmon and beef carpaccio, chicken liver pate with toast bread, tomato and mozzarella caprese and more. Some of the main dishes are lasagna bolognese, gratin potatoes, stewed oxtail, Italian meatballs, snapper fillet and lots more. The menu changes every week so you don’t get the same dish every single week, except for a few selected dishes.
When I was there, I had the lasagna bolognese and some grilled potatoes. I’ve heard good things about the lasagna from my Mom and she told me that it was top notch. I would have to agree with her because the lasagna was creamy, cheesy, the pasta was beautifully cooked, the sauce was delicious and the baked cheese on top was absolutely mouth-watering.
Some of the unique things the Beccari buffet brings to the table are live pasta stations and wood oven baked pizzas. The pasta station gives you four types of pasta noodles to choose from, they were spaghetti, linguine, fettuccini and penne with three different sauces. When you choose your pasta, all you have to do is choose the sauce then leave it there for the chef to heat it up for you and wait for someone to send it to your table. It was refreshing to have pasta heated at a buffet because usually, the food at buffets can get warm or even worse, cold.
The wood oven baked pizzas are made from scratch and baked at the buffet. So, it’s not pre-cooked then stacked up in a tray. What they do is they make the pizzas and as soon as it’s done, they lay it out on the counter for you to take. Then, they would make another batch. So, the pizzas are freshly made while you’re there. I’m not used to Italian crust pizzas so I don’t know what’s the actual standard of it. The pizza was thin, the toppings were flavourful and the crust was nice and crispy. The only thing I didn’t like about it is that there are remnants of raw flour which isn’t the nicest thing to taste but like I said, I don’t know the standard of Italian pizzas.
At the buffet, there is also a carving station which serves their signature roasted whole lamb leg with a choice of black pepper or mushroom gravy.
The dessert table is my favourite part of any buffet. I had some blueberry pie, pudding and some cream cheese fruit tartlets. My favourites were the blueberry pie and the tartlets. I love cream cheese and I think having cream cheese in a fruit tartlet is very different and surprisingly good. I’m used to having custard fillings in a fruit tartlet so to have cream cheese was a really nice change. The blueberry pie has a custard filling with blueberries in the middle so there’s not much blueberry in the blueberry pie. And, the crust was a bit dry for my liking but I liked it any way.
There are no drinks at the buffet other than just plain water. So, you have a choice whether to order drinks from the menu or to stick to plain water. The beverage menu consists of a variety of juices, teas, coffees and mocktails. Mocktails are non-alcoholic versions of cocktails so it shares the name of cocktails but it’s totally virgin. There’s no trace of alcohol at all in the drinks. However, I decided to stick to a glass of juice.
Overall, I enjoyed the dinner. The restaurant has a very nice atmosphere and ambience, the food was average with a few standouts, the dessert table was great. It was very eventful.
The buffet is priced at RM76 nett per adult, children of 5-12 years will enjoy a 50% discount. It is only available on every Sunday of every week from 6PM-10PM.
Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites
Tel : 082-258000 ext 8080 (Ristorante Beccari)
Talk again soon,
Disclaimer : This post is sponsored by Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites. All words and photos are of my own, except for a couple of photos taken by Merdeka Palace.