Where to Eat for Chinese New Year 2015: Utara Coffee House Armada Hotel

If you are looking for a no-nonsense, strictly traditional place to dine with your friends or the elders in your family, you might want to consider dining in Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel Petaling Jaya.

My husband and I went to sample some of their Chinese New Year’s offering for 2015 last week, and we thought that unlike last year where is is plenty of surprises and innovation with this dishes, this year’s Chinese New Year’s offering is strictly traditional. While the younger generation will find the dishes boring, those who prefers authenticity will appreciate what Utara Coffee House have to offer.

Here’s sharing with you what we had:

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Prosperity Yee Sang with Salmon doesn’t disappoint. The ingredients were juicy, crunchy and fresh. Those who appreciate a slight tang would love these

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Shark’s fin soup is rather controversial and many hotels and restaurants in town omits this dish from their Chinese New Year’s menu and replaced it with other offerings to replicate shark’s fins, but Utara Coffee House is still offering this and if you are a fan of this, do make a dash to Utara Coffee House, Armada PJ.

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Chinese Herbal Chicken. Not a big fan of all things herbal. I found that the herbal aroma was rather overwhelming so I gave this a miss.

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Steamed Seabass with Ginger Sauce was all right. It was fresh and flavourful.

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Fried Prawn with Salted Eggs and Butter Flakes was my favourite that night. The prawns are adeptly fried and was bursting with flavour.

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Fried Mixed Vegetable and Fat Choy is another of those must have dishes during Chinese New Year. Nothing was done to make this dish more appealing to the palate for those who doesn’t really likes to eat vegetables. No additional ingredients to modernize it whatsoever, but those who loges vegetables in it’s most basic form would appreciate the natural sweetness which was accentuated by the gravy


Chinese New Year Lotus Rice was fragrant and flavourful enough to tempt me for seconds.


Red Bean Cream was served piping hot. It was just nice and not cloyingly sweet. I took two small bowl of this despite being a fan of the cold version of this dessert.

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Our meal ended with Chinese New Year’s Pancake and Steamed Nian Gao, but I was already full from the dishes earlier and gave this a miss so I can’t really comment on whether I liked it or not.

Overall, what Utara Coffee House is offering for the upcoming Chinese New Year is strictly traditional. It’s a no-nonsense thing. What you see is what you get, and the traditionalist will appreciate this gastronomic charm.

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Chinese New Year’s buffet and menu is available from 19th January to 5th March with the pricing above.

For booking and reservation please contact:

Armada Petaling Jaya
Lot 6, Lorong Utara C, Section 52
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan Malaysia
Tel : (603) 7954 6888
Fax : (603) 7956 8088
Email: [email protected]

One comment

  1. suituapui says:

    Oh dear!!! Save the sharks! I think many are sensitive to the issue these days…so this place would lose out on their business. Best to do without the soup, replace it with something else.

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