Sunday buffet lunches are popular as it gives people a chance to relax with their family and friends. Suzanne Morgan tried the Sunday buffet lunch at Nutriland Vegan Health Food Centre and was pleasantly surprised.
I had passed Nutriland Vegan Health Food Centre a few times, but for some reason felt reluctant to go in because it looked dark and uninviting. However, a friend recommended that I give it a try, especially the Sunday buffet. My first visit was during the week and walking into Nutriland, I was surprised that it was in fact large, light and bright.
Only open from 11.30am to 2.00pm, during the week they serve set meals with a choice of at least 6/7 dishes. The cost is RM9.50 for three dishes and RM11 for four dishes, rice and soup.
On a Sunday there is an all-you-can-eat buffet for the very reasonable cost of RM22 for which you get a choice of at least 15 dishes, tea and dessert.
The majority of the food is made from organic ingredients including the rice and noodles. We were very impressed both by the variety of food and the different and distinctive flavours.
On my visit there was a choice of red and brown rice, brown rice beehun, mixed vegetables, greens, arrow head potato, mushroom and tofu, sweet turnip and yam rolls, curry mee, laksa, and raw salads including a delicious beetroot and red cabbage salad.
Both the curry mee and asam laksa were delicious. Not a huge fan of asam laksa, I found this version was nicely spiced and not very sour.
Full from the main course, I still found space to try the desserts. There was fresh papaya, moulded jelly and a most amazing steamed pumpkin and coconut cake. I could have eaten it all of that cake but managed to restrain myself.
What impressed me about the food at Nutriland was that each dish was different and had a distinctive flavour. I also liked the fact that Ms Lim, the owner and cook was happy to explain exactly what was in each dish and how it was made. All the food is vegan or pure vegetarian containing no eggs, dairy or MSG.
Don’t be put off by the dark exterior, because once you walk in you will find a large, bright and light restaurant serving excellent vegan food at reasonable prices.
Cost: Monday to Friday: RM12-RM15. Sunday buffet on the first and third Sundays of the month, RM25.
Location: 11 Rangoon Road, 10400 Penang.
Open: Daily, from 11.30am to 2pm. Closed SATURDAY.
Parking: There is parking in and around Rangoon Road. Rangoon Road is located between Burma Road and Macalister Road. Buses that go up and down Burma and Macalister Road stop nearby.
Recommended: On Wednesdays they have a delivery of sourdough bread from Yin’s Sourdough Bakery.