The Noble House: RM59++ Chinese Buffet!! @ Jalan Delima, Imbi
April 8, 2017
Searching for Chinese style buffet for the sake of a mid celebration for new year or special occasions is really challenging. Trust me, if you look for Chinese buffet restaurant in Google, you probably get the following results:
Japanese style buffet (which is usually not cheap too)
Recommending places such as Le Meridien, Westin KL, JW Marriott and other super expensive place that you don't want to spend
For decent RM30-40 buffet meal, you get plenty of choices as well provided that you don't mind the ordinary just-steamboat or BBQ buffet, at a less comfy environment with a little noisy atmosphere. But I wouldn't consider that as an ideal celebration place.
Luckily, there is a hidden gem in the KL area that suit exactly what I'm looking for: "Okay" price (for buffet), suitable for celebration, suitable for Chinese family, comfy and nice environment, good service and of course, great selection of high quality foods. In fact, it's way beyond my satisfaction.
Noble House: The Golden Hidden Gem
The Noble House is part of the Oriental Group of Restaurants, the same company that owns many famous Chinese modern restaurants such as The Han's Room, Tang's Room, The Ming Room... just to name a few.
The Noble House was established since January 2003. Located somewhere near the heart of KL, same with Fukuya & Levain, some of the great food places that I knew.
Despite operating at a location further from the crowded place, The Noble House is not a place you can walk in and expect empty seats. They could be full house, and you must call for booking if you are serious about this noble dining experience.
And of course, about the dining cost, it's RM59+ per person. The cost is much lower than the overall buffet price out there, but the quality assurance is there.
Previously, Noble House allow you to choose RM39 or RM50+ with the difference of one without shark fin soup and another included shark fin soup. Now you can only stick with RM59+ which is included shark fin soup.
Caution: Do note that buffet lunch only available at weekend and public holiday. Noble House also serve elegant gourmet sets for luxury dinner, annual celebration, or any occasions during usual operating hour.
Noble, Elegant, But Not Too Formal
The outside of Noble House doesn't look too attractive. Wait till you go inside.
The lobby area of Noble House has a touch of modern, cozy feeling and grand-looking ambience. There are private rooms located at the same floor, and a cool looking small little pool right below the stair.
If you reach early, there are two 2-3 person seating sofa for diners. But it's probably won't be enough when the crowd got larger before the buffet time start.
What I really like and I think it's really, really thoughtful about Noble House, is that they have a lift located near the entrance from ground floor to first floor, the dining place. This is really convenient for elderly people who have difficulty climbing the stairs.
Just in case if you are wondering, there is no rules saying that you need to wear formal and really nice to dine in here. Most people that I saw just wore t-shirt and short pants, so don't worry too much on deciding what to wear and save those time for going through the usual, horrible KL traffic.
Foods Won't Stop Coming!
While some buffet restaurant give you a little bit of excitement by releasing unique or special food in the middle of the buffet, The Noble House do the same but it a little bit "overwhelm".
Here's an advice: Don't just sit there thinking what you want to eat next, hop around time to time because new foods will keep coming and you might miss out some of them if you remain stagnant at your seat too long.
The food section nearest to the first floor entrance and most probably the first thing that you see is the massive cheesy scallop and oyster. Personally, I think it's just cheese, couldn't taste the scallop or oyster at all... you can try a few but don't get overkill by the cheesy stuffing.
The next section is soup, some pau and dim sum. I don't feel like trying the pau, I only tried some of the dim sum. Not too much of varieties and pretty ordinary.
Here comes the soup: they have shark fin soup and Sichuan (something) soup. As you may have expect, soup section is one of the long queue.
Shark fin soup is pretty good, flavorful, with crab meat roll. The sichuan soup is a little "special", can't beat shark fin soup, it's more like something you gotta take when the shark fin soup is finished.
Be advised, it's also one of the foods that finished most early, so make sure you grab plenty while stock last and don't think about substituting them for dessert.
Various foods are served at a bigger plate or tiny little plate for finger foods. The portion is very generous too, you don't need to worry too much about people finish things up before you got them (except soup).
And remember the advice: the foods will be refilled and the finger foods will not be the same throughout the entire session. So do roam around often to hunt for new things.
Various meats' cuisines cooked in different style.
Salad section located at the very corner place and the bottom right: SUSHI. Just didn't see that coming.
Kinda like the idea of finger foods placed on tiny plates for easy pick-up and consumption.
In overall, the finger foods are pretty nice to increase the satisfaction. Some of them are quite special and tasty, while some are just ordinary.
And some of them are pretty cute and creative.
Finally, one of the long queues and high demand: Peking Duck. You can ask for whole leg or certain parts in the entire plate, or you can self service and choose your desire amount of peking duck pieces with the crispy skin.
This plain-looking almond dessert give me one of the strongest reasons to make a come back to Noble House.
The great flavor of the almond before and after it interact with your tongue, the smooth yet not-too watery texture fulfill my good sweet tongue moment for good.
Not just myself, my father with a picky tongue has good praise for the almond dessert too.
Last but not least, this post can't be completed without some icy cold milky stuff.
Taste pretty ordinary. But surprisingly, not too much of long queue even after I go back-and-forth for a few rounds.
Perhaps Chinese tradition really don't like ice cream for desserts? Good for those who have sweet tooth like me.
There isn't really any similar Chinese buffet restaurant nearby. Unless you want to opt for Japanese dining in a beautiful garden in Fukuya or Levain, another hidden gem for people with sweet tooth.
Otherwise, much more option is only available when you're back to the busy KL city for Bukit Bintang area.
I'm not too much of a Chinese-cuisine type person (I know that I should be ashamed for saying this as a Chinese) so I have to be honest that I can very little knowledge in rating Chinese cuisine.
When comes to food variety, Noble House did a great job in keeping customers entertained by offering new meal time to time and it's a little challenging to say that you had tried everything there.
Foods quality mainly range from excellent to just meh. Can't deny the great quality of peking duck. Judging from the overall experience of dining here, you can expect a good buffet time in a noble environment and so much of noteworthy foods with your friends and family.
Just a reminder: We are talking about buffet here.
Some people may think that RM59++ for a buffet is still an expensive meal, which I have to agree. But we doesn't have many choices of RM60 range of buffet with some decent peking duck, shark fin soup and various special foods to choose from.
After all, this a place suitable for celebration and once-in-a-long-time precious gathering with family and friends for good food quality.
Waiters/waitresses and staffs are mostly Chinese, just in case you are wondering.
Any type of services such as replacing used plates and utensils, asking for additional utensils, enquiry is usually highly available. I can see a very good flow and management of customer service here.
Noble House live up to their very name of a Noble dining place.
Thou I can't say that everything is perfect, especially the view from the outside area. But in overall, the cozy and modern deco and the atmosphere display a great level of awesome-ness in the place itself.
And again, I really, really like the convenience of the lift.
Although I've been repeating once-in-awhile celebration all the time, but I think I will most likely go back again when buffet-craving hits me again.