March 17, 2016

Dining at The Square at Novotel Melaka

Following up from our recent staycation at Novotel Melaka recently, we also dined at their in-house restaurants during our stay. Notovel Melaka has a main all-day-dining restaurant named The Square which features a list of sumptuous buffet spreads for breakfast and dinner as well as hi-tea. The Square’s Jonker’s Kitchen also features a la carte menu for local street food delights as well as international cuisine.

Besides The Square, there is also the Gourmet Bar that is located next to the restaurant. Gourmet Bar is perfect for some relaxation and lounging. When in-between meal times, Gourmet Bar offer diners a menu of Tapas, house special snack platters, light bites such as sandwiches and burger. One can also enjoy lots of fresh juices, cocktails and mocktails, beer and more beverages.

Gourmet Bar ambiance is casual and comfort with lots of sofas and low tables spread all over in a theme of cool grays and light beech tones. We like the groovy curvy wall on one side that really made the bar edgy and modern. The bar is located at the end of the room and is well flag out with lots of lighting to enhance the room d├ęcor.

For Gourmet Bar, we tried their Local Luxuries Platter (RM28) featuring the classic Chicken Satay and Nyonya Pie Tee served with peanut sauce, ketupat, cucumber and onions. Great platter for sharing and sufficient to hold one over while in-between meals.

Other platters include Fried Inchi Kabin, Fresh Nyonya Popiah, Grilled Organic Chicken Kebab with Humus and Lump Crab Cake.

We dined at The Square for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the family during our stay. The Square is gorgeously decorated with lots of space and comfort throughout the large restaurant. Lots of pops of colors are cleverly placed all over the dining space. There is also an outdoor dining area for those who wish to dine alfresco.

There is a long communal dining table in the restaurant that seemed to be a trademark from the AccorHotel Groups. I have been to other AccorHotel hotels and they also seemed to have the communal dining table in their restaurants which I think is such a great concept to bring people closer.

The buffet stations are The Square is also pretty huge and well designed for buffet. I personally really like the theme of the modern lighting panels that echoed from the tree pillar in the lobby.

The Square offers the usual breakfast goodies of eggs, sausages, baked beans, bread and pastry station, waffles, pancakes, local noodles, salad and cold cuts, porridge, fried noodles, fresh fruits and yoghurt, juice bars and lots of coffee and tea.

For lunch, The Square’s Jonker’s Kitchen menu as it features a list of Malacca Nyonya dishes as well as other classic street food and international dishes.

My little one had the Yong Chow Fried Rice (RM18) which was served with a huge prawn. Needless to say, he happily polished off the dish with gusto. We couldn’t help but stole a few bites from him too.

I have the Nasi Lemak Ibunda (RM22) of steamed fragrant coconut rice served with spiced fried chicken, prawn sambal, fried egg and the usual condiments. Super love the fluiffy rice as it was lemak and cooked just right. The fried chicken is very delicious with lots of tasty flavours and juicy too. The sambal had a good balance of savory, sweet and spicy notes.

My other half had the Nyonya Curry Laksa (RM18). Featuring lots of herbs and spices, the laksa was very creamy. It was a generous portion of noodles with large prawn, chicken, egg, fish ball, tau fu pok and more.

Other dishes on the Jonker’s Kitchen a la carte menu that some others had were Ikan Asam Pedas (RM35), Cantonese Fried Hor Fun (RM18), Malaysian Satay (RM22) and more.

We finished our lunch with a sweet ending of Sago Gula Melaka with Diced Mango (RM8).

That evening, we enjoyed The Square’s JOnker’s Kitchen Buffet Dinner as well as the spread for a Sunday Hi-Tea the next day.

From the salad bar of fresh greens and dressing to the various Kerabu salads and Ulams with Sambal, there were also Rojak Buah and Pasembur among the spread. There was live station whipping up Prawn Omelette or Oh Chien to the spread of Roast Lamb, Fish Fillets in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Sotong Sambal, Baked Fish and more.

There was also a Lok Lok station and a Soto Ayam noodle station as well as a Dim Sum corner.

Save room for spread of sweet treats from the Dessert Bar as well as an icy Ice Kacang topped with Ice Cream.

The Hi-Tea Buffet offers more local delights with Roti John, Mee Rebus, Nasi Lemak, Fried Inchi Kabin, Pasta dishes as well as Nyonya kuihs, snacks and more.

Jonker’s Kitchen Buffet Dinner
Available every Friday & Saturday from 7.00pm to 10.30pm
RM55 nett per person
*Kids below 12 years old eat for free
** One child for each paying adult e.g. 2 paying adults has 2 kids’ eat free

The Square Hi-Tea
Available every Sunday from 12noon to 4.00pm
RM45 nett per person
*Kids below 12 years old eat for free
** One child for each paying adult e.g. 2 paying adults has 2 kids’ eat free

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Jalan Melaka Raya 2
75000 Melaka
Tel: +60 6289 8222
Fax: +60 6289 8289

GPS. N 2° 11' 16.44'' E 102° 15' 13.72''


  1. I would choose not to eat at the bar. Wouldn't enjoy eating on those low coffee I don't drink. Wowwwww!!!! That huge prawn in the fried rice and it was only RM18? So very cheap!!!

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