SATURDAY NIGHT VIBES @ SHOOK! in Feast Village, Starhill, Kuala Lumpur

Where in Kuala Lumpur can you find a nice place which serves good food with vibrant entertainment in a cosily posh environment? And pay an affordable value-for-money charge per head of RM168 nett, for a Saturday evening of good food and good fun? Sounds almost too good to be true, right? It’s true. It’s all happening at Shook! every Saturday.

Located in Feast Village Starhill Gallery at the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, Shook! has been setting standards of dining experiences in the city for discerning guests for years. Now with the recent launch of “Saturday Night Vibes”, its Cirque du Culinaire experience is taking diners to the next level.

The unique dining concept of Cirque du Culinaire offers the freshest ingredients from the various show kitchens; with handcrafted desserts served at table side while being entertained by their very own magicians, entertainers and even clowns. All these certainly set very vibrant and fun vibes to the restaurant – I mean, it’s a really happening scene there.

Gorgeous food display!

Now let’s get to the food. Believe me when I say the selections are pretty mind-boggling. I didn’t know where to start because everything looks so inviting and appetizing! The entire spread is a combination of signature dishes from restaurants at Feast Village. These include the critically acclaimed Shook!, Fisherman’s Cove, Luk Yu Tea House, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill and Khushi Spice. So my advice would be: take a slow walk through the entire premise to check everything out first before zooming in to your favourites. That’s the only way to do it. But it’s not easy…because it’s hard to pick out the favourites when everything looks so mouth-watering.

These babies were just irresistible!

The Japanese delicacies are screaming my name so how do you pick among the pile of glistening sashimi, the lightly-battered crispy tempura and freshly-rolled sushi? Right next to these are trays of beef tenderloin & sirloin, chicken wings and quails just waiting to be grilled a la minute. Further down, the platters and pots of fresh and cooked seafood beckon – oysters, prawns, crabs, lobsters, clams – you name it, they have it.

Did I say the food selection was amazing?

Chefs clad in bright satiny mandarin robes keep busy throughout the evening dishing out endless trays of kam-heong clams, spicy prawns and lobsters which are quickly devoured. Just how can you resist Seafood Paella, King Prawn Noodles, freshly shucked Pacific Oysters, Five-Spice Rack of Lamb, Snow White Dancing Prawns, the finest Wagyu beef cheeks as well as Tiger Prawn Skewers Seasoned with Togarashi – I tell you, it’s next to impossible!

I love their Sang Har Meen – noodles cooked with bouncy freshwater prawns and then served at table-side. The whole evening was like that – small individual servings of freshly-cooked delectables are brought to guests at their tables

So what’s a Cirque experience if not for another key element – the music? Every Saturday night there will be a different notable performer taking the stage with original music and mesmerising renditions of well-loved tunes.

The first to join the hand-picked Saturday Night Vibes line-up was FAZZ, a world-class Malaysian band known for its soulful jazz vibes. Taking the stage at Shook!, FAZZ entertained the guests with its own creative versions of Take On Me, Shooting Star and others; and also introduced the audience to an original number from the band, The Game. In the weeks to come, Shook!’s guests can expect to be serenaded by the likes of Evelyn Feroza, Reza Salleh, Jumero, Bihzhu, and Ryot Jones, just to name a few.

Never skip the desserts ya!

Saturday Night Vibes – an amazing evening of good food, fun and music starts from 6pm to 10pm at RM168nett per person. A beverage package is also available at RM88nett (which includes an Aperol Spritz, a light-hearted cocktail of prosecco, Aperol and soda & applies to diners of Saturday Night Vibes only) while the 1-for-1 Happy Hour is available from 9.30pm to 11pm – selected draft beers, house wines and cocktails are served.

Contact Shook! Kuala Lumpur for reservations at +603-2782-3875 or shook@ytlhotels.com.my. Online reservations can also be made on the website as well.

Details of Saturday Night Vibes are available on Feast Village Starhill Gallery’s newly redesigned website, www.feastvillage.com. It’s the most happening dinner buffet in town on Saturdays!

 

 

SHOOK!
Feast Village Starhill Gallery
at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
183, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
website: www.feastvillage.com

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KRISTANG CUISINE – MELBA AT THE MANSION, The Majestic Malcca

In our recent 2nd visit to the lovely YTL resort, The Majestic Malacca, I was delighted to note that the hotel’s main restaurant, The Mansion has now adopted a new concept. It used to serve a mix of western and Peranakan favourites but now has been re-branded as “Melba at The Mansion” serving Malaccan-Portuguese cuisine known as “Kristang” cuisine. It’s helmed by Chef Melba Nunis who’s proud of her Kristang lineage. Born and bred in Malacca, Chef Melba has been exposed to Kristang cuisine since she was a child and learned the intricacies of cooking the dishes from her grandmother and mother.

Owner of “Simply Mel’s” Restaurant and author of award-winning cookbook “A Kristang Family Cookbook”, Chef Melba is very passionate about preserving her cultural legacy. The recipes to the dishes she cooks at The Mansion came from her mother and are kept close to her heart.

A bit of background information about the Kristang people in Malacca. They are descendants of the Dutch and Portuguese settlers who came to the city in the 16th-17th century. What’s interesting is their cuisine which not only has Dutch-Portuguese influences, it is also a mixed merry pot of British and Peranakan cooking with inspiration from local Malay, Indian and Chinese spices and flavours. Hence it’s not surprising that Kristang cuisine is characterised by fiery sambals, fragrant spices, delicate vegetables and aromatic coconut milk.

 

The old-world charm of The Mansion exuded a certain kind of nostalgia for me – it reminded me very much of the old wooden house I used to stay in Ipoh during my childhood days. Those arched wooden doorways and window frames looked so familiar. It’s easy to get lost on those fond memories until I was jolted back to the present with the serving of a variety of Chef Melba’s signature dishes.

The names of the dishes were unfamiliar to me – they are in Kristang, I believe but of course, more was elaborated in the descriptions.

We started off with some appetizers…

Karing Karing Fretu (RM20) crispily-fried Silver Threadfish

Ichimintu Karangezu (RM60) baked stuffed crab with vegetables, chicken and prawns

 

The following dishes were best eaten with some plain rice…

Kari Keluak (RM75) – chicken in nutty keluak curry

Ambiller Kacang (RM50) – simmered beef slices and long beans in tangy curry

Tambrinhyu (RM50) pan-fried prawns in tamarind sauce

Karangezu kung Kambrang (RM35) – omelette with crabmeat and prawns

Kangkung Belacan (RM35)

Sambal Terung (RM35) – aubergine lightly fried with dried prawns sambal

Papa Vincent’s Chorka Pretu (RM130) slow-cooked squid in squid-ink sambal

We couldn’t resist checking out Chef Melba’s special laksa – Kaldu Laksa Malaka and oh my, it turned out to be a very generous portion. Two or three people could easily share that huge bowl of laksa!

Kaldu Laksa Malaka (RM35) rice vermicelli in spicy curry broth with seafood and chicken

Dessert: Pulut kung Kaya (RM25) – steamed glutinous rice in coconut milk served with Chef Melba’s homemade coconut jam (kaya)

 

Savouring the dishes, I could appreciate that they were cooked with a good assortment of spices and herbs from the different cuisine mix. Kristang cuisine, although influenced by other ethnic cuisines, retains its own unique identity and you just have to try it to appreciate its distinctive flavours. Chef Melba’s interpretation came with a lot of heart as after all, these were the dishes well loved by her family.

Melba at The Mansion is open daily for lunch from 12.00pm to 3.00pm and dinner from 7.00pm to 10.30pm.

 
MELBA AT THE MANSION
The Majestic Malacca
188 Jalan Bunga Raya
75100 Melaka
Tel: +606-289-8000
website: majesticmalacca.com

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BRASSERIE 25 @ Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Have you heard? Kuala Lumpur’s latest hotel – Hotel Stripes, an Autograph Collection property has just opened its doors to guests a few days ago. There’s a distinctive vibe about this YTL Luxury Hotel – old-world charm mixed with chic contemporary touches exuding a unique character which is iconic on its own.

We were privileged to be invited to experience one of its F&B outlet – Brasserie 25. This French-style restaurant, located just to the right of the hotel’s reception, impresses with its rustic charm. The red brick arched arcades and dark wood floors light up with a warm glow from the copper sputnik chandeliers hanging elegantly from the ceiling.

Some warm bread & excellent butter to start off

 

The menu is simple, offering simple French fares inspired and prepared with fresh, locally produced ingredients. We started off with some appetisers like Baked Burgundy Escargots and Pâté et Rillettes. I must say those big plump escargots were really good, having been baked with chopped garlic and herbs with a good measure of butter.

Baked Burgundy Escargots (RM40/6 pieces) with garlic herb butter

 

We decided to have chicken and duck and found the perfect choice in the Pâté et Rillettes. The chicken pate was really smooth – it made a great combo with the duck rillette, especially when eaten with some toasted baguette slices. As for the smoked duck breast, it’s best eaten on its own to savour the full delicious smokiness.

Pâté et Rillettes (RM40) -chicken pate, smoked duck breast and duck rillettes

Saumon Fume (RM40) – home-smoked salmon, iceberg lettuce and pommery dressing

 

We knew we wouldn’t quite leave the restaurant without trying the foie gras so we teased our palates with its Foie Gras Poêlé. Perfectly cooked, silky smooth texture, exquisite flavour – I wished the portion was bigger!

Foie Gras Poêlé (RM50) – pan-seared foie gras with warm onion marmalade and spice bread

 

For mains, DL had the Pan-roasted Black Cod Fillet with Ratatouille while I decided to check out the Ribeye. DL made a good choice – the black cod was amazing: fresh sweet flavours oozed from the smooth flaky fillet. The ratatouille was refreshingly tangy and paired well with the delicate cod.

Cabillaud (RM80) Pan-roasted Black Cod Fillet with Ratatouille

 

My medium-cooked ribeye was decent, nicely charred at the edges yet retaining a juicy tenderness within the meat. The brandy cream sauce served with it was delicately flavoured and didn’t overwhelm the steak. While the flavours worked, I was disappointed with the sloppy presentation. I’m not sure if the correct plate was used but it wasn’t appealing at all when everything was crammed onto a too-small plate. The fries were hanging over the rim and the small saucer holding the sauce shouldn’t be placed on the saute’ed mushrooms-mixed-with-zucchini.

L Èntrecôte de Boeuf (RM120) Chargrilled 200-day grain-fed Angus Ribeye with French fries and brandy cream sauce

 

Our desserts of Crêpe Suzette and Grand Marnier Soufflè were just average. Again here I felt the presentation can be improved.

Le Soufflè au Grand Marnier (RM30) with vanilla ice cream

Crêpe Suzette (RM30)

 

Overall, the ambience was lovely, service very attentive and food was decent despite some shortcomings in the plating. Being still so new, I’m sure every feedback will be noted and improved upon.

 
BRASSERIE 25
Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur
Autograph Collection
25 Jalan Kamunting
50300 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2038-0000

They have some great opening promotions – do check out their website for more details!

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CAMERON HIGHLANDS RESORT: PICNIC IN THE HILLS

Cameron Highlands is never boring. Not if you let the Cameron Highlands Resort take care of you. Read my review of this gorgeous place here.

Besides going on the Jim Thompson Mystery Trail and if you get a bit tired of chilling out in the lovely resort (which is really not possible), the Cameron Highlands Resort has something else up its sleeve. It’s nothing too strenuous but you’ll be sure to get plenty of fresh air and sunshine.

We started off from the resort at around 10am and headed up north towards Brinchang. The route took us via Kea Farm Market and because it was a Sunday, there were huge crowds at the market causing us some delay due to the bottleneck traffic. We inched our way up and once we passed Kea Farm Market, it didn’t take us too long before the gorgeous green hills and valleys took over the landscape.

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The road became even narrower and sharp bends and corners became part of the road. We held our breath each time the MPV took those treacherous-looking bends. Up and up we went until the whole horizon was nothing but beautifully-cut terraced tea plantations juxtaposed against the blue sky. The fragrant tea bushes stretched as far as our eyes could see in the never-ending Boh Tea plantations.

Then our MPV slowed down and even before it stopped, we all gasped as we caught sight of this…

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White and checkered cloths laid out on a flat grassy spot overlooking a splendid view of the hills and vales. Pretty floral cushions were arranged neatly around low tables complete with crisp linen tablecloths and cutlery all laid out. There were even pots of flowers to complete the picture (they think of everything!)

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Our two smiling service crew from the resort, looking smart in their white uniforms, were all ready there (they went on ahead of us to do the setting-up). Our drinks were served and when we were ready, the platters of food were brought out. We indulged in cheese & biscuits platter, healthy chicken wraps, pasta and for dessert, assorted cakes (the chocolate cake was divine) and of course, fresh strawberries and cream!

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PICNIC Collage

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After a while, the sun got a bit too strong but worry not, the service crew came with some huge umbrellas! But if the sun is your best friend, then by all means enjoy the sunshine to the max in the cool crisp air and get overdose by the beautiful lush greenery all around.

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When we’ve had the last drop of wine at the picnic, we were taken to the Sg Palas Boh Tea Centre just a few winding slopes below. Perched on top a small hill, it’s owned by Boh Tea. The tea centre is a spacious complex built with some modern architectural touches. A cafe sits at one end on an overhanging platform (perfect for viewing the scenery) while the other end houses the Boh Ria Tea Shop with a gallery in between.

Tea Factory Collage

An old factory for tea production still stands at the back and we got a brief guided tour of it. It was an enlightening experience as we got a better understanding of how tea was processed.

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From the Tea Centre, we were driven back to the Cameron Highlands Resort and we almost dozed off during the journey, thanks to a most healthy dose of sunshine and fresh air and of course, the wine helped too.

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Here’s some information about this special experience:

*RM850 nett per couple inclusive of house wine
*RM950 nett per couple with sparkling wine
*Depart from Reception at 10.00am daily except Monday
*Duration: Approximately 3-4 hours
*Subject to weather conditions
*Advance reservation required

 

CAMERON HIGHLANDS RESORT
By the Golf Course
39000 Tanah Rata
Cameron Highlands
Tel: 05-491-1100
email: chr@ytlhotels.com.my
website: www.cameronhighlandsresort.com

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Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Amical Dinner, CAMERON HIGHLANDS RESORT

In our recent stay at the Cameron Highlands Resort, one of the highlights was the Amical Dinner hosted by the Bailliage de Perak (Perak chapter) of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of eight baillages in Malaysia.

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The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an International Association of Gastronomy, now established in more than 80 countries worldwide. It was founded in Paris in 1950. With more than 25,000 members, the Chaîne brings together like-minded people who are passionate about the pleasures of the table, with appreciation of fine cuisine, wines and the promotion of gastronomy and culinary arts on a broad spectrum.

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By nightfall, the Dining Room of the Cameron Highlands Resort was transformed into an elegant hall with a beautifully-set long table to seat the 20-odd members of the Chaîne that evening. The warm lighting from the walls and ceiling together with the flickering candlelights on the dining table cast a golden romantic hue to the dining hall. Cool crisp air permeated from the half-opened windows as we settled ourselves comfortably at our reserved table. Some members were from neighbouring chapters and came all the way from Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Everyone was dressed in formal wear but what’s interesting to note was that each member wore an elaborate ribbon, all different coloured.

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Members of the Chaîne mingling and having pre-dinner drinks

Dr Elizabeth Lee, the regional president of the Perak chapter explained that members were given ribbons appropriate to their ranks and career, denoting a hospitality professional or a gastronome. Ribbons in orange denote members who are in the hospitality fields. Green, blue, maroon and red ribbons denote officers of the Chaîne, either on a local, national, or international level.

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Dr Elizabeth Lee lighting up the fire at the fireplace

After some welcoming remarks from Dr Lee, the smartly-dressed service crew began to serve the special dishes which had been prepared with great care by Chef Chang Kim Soon and his team. The final menu was only decided upon after a few rounds of discussion with the organizing committee.

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The young Chef Chang spent countless hours hashing and rehashing the dishes before finally coming up with this exquisite menu:

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Cold Starter: Loch Fyne Salmon, Hokkaido Scallop, Pickled Fennel with Ginger Dressing

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Paired with Château Ferthis Premières Cötes de Blaye Sauvignon Blanc

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Soup: Jerusalem Artichoke, Cream, Smoked Garlic Chip

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Warm Starter: Charred Prawn, Pumpkin-yolk Purèe, Cumin Oil

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Paired with Domaine des Poncetys Saint-Véran Cuvée Biologique les Climats 2014

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Palate Cleanser: Calamansi Sorbet

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Main Course: Wagyu Medallion – medium, Sea Urchin Crust

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Paired with Chäteau Grand Baril Reserve 2012 Montagne Saint-Émilion

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Dessert: Highland Strawberries, Marscapone paired with a Digestif

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What’s also intriguing was the critique of the dishes by the members after dinner has ended. Representing the Chaîne, Chef Rodolphe Onno, the technical director of Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia gave his feedback to an anxious-looking Chef Chang who had lined up his entire kitchen crew in front of the diners.

The verdict?

Chef Chang broke into smiles after Chef Onno’s critique and I knew all were good. Amidst enthusiastic and appreciative applause, Chef Chang and his team members were awarded ribbons of acknowledgement. A plaque was also presented to the resort and it’s now displayed proudly in the Reading Room. So yes, the Dining Room at the Cameron Highlands Resort is now a Chaîne des Rôtisseurs-endorsed establishment.

For more information on Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, click here.

The Amical Dinner was hosted at:

THE DINING ROOM
Cameron Highlands Resort
By the Golf Course
39000 Tanah Rata
Cameron Highlands
Pahang
Tel: 05-491-1100
Fax: 05-491-1800
email: chr@ytlhotels.com.my

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CAMERON HIGHLANDS RESORT

Located 1,500m above sea level, the Cameron Highlands Resort sits elegantly on a lush green mountainscape. From afar, its signature black and white facade, made up of tall French windows with black frames stand out in the crisp fresh air and my excited anticipation goes one notch higher. As our MPV swing into the sloped entrance dotted by pretty flowers, my eyes are riveted by the sheer charm and beauty of its design and structure. It looks like some grand mansion from an English countryside.

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I’m told the Cameron Highlands Resort was built as an extension from a 1930s cottage with architecture dating back to the 1070s. Imagine that – the rich history and romance that must have been preserved within its walls!

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The Reception

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Jim Thompson Tea Room

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JT Room

The interior of the Cameron Highlands Resort exudes warmth and a definite air of welcome. Beyond the simple reception, the Jim Thompson Tea Room impresses with its casual elegance and comfort. I love the floral cushions propped on the rattan sofas, the timber-beamed ceilings and polished wooden floors – everything spells “welcome & chill”! The elegant décor breathes an old-world charm reminiscent of a bygone era and playing on this, my travel companions and I had an unhurried lunch here, lounging lazily on the comfortable sofas.

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At the Jim Thompson Tea Room, the à la carte lunch menu offers a variety of starters, classic dishes and tempting desserts.

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Caesar Salad – crisp Romaine lettuce with traditional condiments, grilled prawns and beef bacon

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Tomato Mozzarella Hydroponic Platter – Highland tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil leaves with aglandau dressing, extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic

lunch-mushroom soup

Porcini Mushroom Chowder – scented with truffle oil, morels and crisp chips

lunch-prawn salad

Prawn Cocktail – shelled prawns tossed with melon, lettuce and smoked roe in a marie rose sauce

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lunch-my pie

Shepherd’s Pie – slowcooked thyme-scented minced lamb & vegetables topped with golden oven-baked creamy cheesy mash

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Lamb Cutlets Rack – pan-roasted served with apple cider braised red cabbage, slow-roasted garlic buttered potatoes and balsamic mustard reduction

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Classic Burger – 200g beef patty sandwiched with pineapple fritters served with cheesy fries, homemade slaw, highland chutney

lunch-carbonaraCreamy Linguine – tossed with crabmeat, asparagus, stewed cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and aged brie

And of course our dessert has to be fresh highland strawberries – lots of them, served with clotted cream! They were really big and juicy – I could eat them all day.

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And if you really can’t stand strawberries and want something different…

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Sticky Toffee Pudding – warm moist cake with buttery toffee sauce and banana ice cream

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Jim Thompson Tea Room bathed in romantic lighting at dusk

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Have some drinks at The Bar and check-out the snooker table!

The Jim Thompson Tea Room is so named because it is the perfect place to have an Afternoon Tea treat. Resting a bit after lunch, it’s time to brew some highlands tea and bring out the gorgeous tea set. Cakes, cucumber sandwiches take up the top two tiers but what makes us grin in glee are the just-out-from-oven scones!

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tea set

tea swiches

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Those scones are amazing, quite unlike most others that I have tasted. Most scones I’ve had are crumbly (which is not a bad thing) but the scones here at the Jim Thompson Tea Room maintain a beautiful golden exterior with a light crisp while the insides have a lovely soft and spongey texture with a buttery aroma. Served with fresh strawberry jam, clotted cream, chocolate sauce and strawberries, it’s quintessentially English with a local flair.

tea scones

There are only 56 rooms and suites in the Cameron Highlands Resort so there’s a prevalent ambience of privacy all round. I love the huge four-poster bed in our room, with its comfortable mattress and smooth bed linen. Although some of the furnishings are a bit dated, there’s a general air of timeless comfort and nostalgia in the room set-up.

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With the cool weather, I can spend hours just sitting at my balcony reading, taking occasional long gazes at the beautiful greens of the golf course just across the resort.

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Breakfast is served at The Dining Room. The smells of fresh breads, pastries and coffee waft across my nostrils when I make my way to a table by the window. The cool fresh air further whets my appetite as I wait for my crisp buttery croissants. Cereals, yoghurt, fruits, cheeses, salads and juices are all spread out on the food counters while you can order hot items from the menu.

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BFAST Collage

Apparently the Banana Waffle is awesome!

What’s the best thing for dinner on a chilly evening? Why, steamboat of course! At The Cameron Highlands Resort, their restaurant Gonbei specialises in this. You can be assured of the freshest vegetables, succulent seafood and prime meats to dip into that hotpot.

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steamboat meats

steamboat strawberries

If there’s one experience that should not be missed at this resort, it has to be the Spa Village experience. Just lose yourself in this unique haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. It isn’t any surprise that tea leaves are the foundation of their healing therapies.

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Other plants, herbs and flowers with healing powers play complementary roles when employing age-old practices with modern approaches towards health and well-being. Ancient healing traditions, rituals and knowledge from the Orang Asli are incorporated in the therapeutic practices.

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SPA Collage

I had a wonderful 2-hour “Rose Garden” signature experience at the Spa Village. The first rose garden in Cameron Highlands was cultivated by a Scotsman in the 1950’s and ever since then, roses are a common sight here. My Rose Garden experience started with an “anti-stress” yellow rose tea bath where I got to soak in a whole bathtub filled with roses and tea leaves. That’s followed by a Rose Petals Body Scrub and concluded with a Rose Aroma massage by magic fingers. What bliss. After that, I almost floated back to my room.

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At the Cameron Highlands Resort, you can be as busy & active as you wish or just chill and relax the hours away. Join the resort’s “Jim Thompson Mystery Trail” or work up an appetite at the gym if you are feeling energetic.

There are other special experiences which the resort offers. Stay tuned for my next sharing on the Cameron Highlands Resort’s Private Dining and Organic Culinary Journey – I promise, they are really fun things to do!

 

CAMERON HIGHLANDS RESORT
By the Golf Course
39000 Tanah Rata
Cameron Highlands
Pahang
Tel: 05-491-1100
Fax: 05-491-1800
email: chr@ytlhotels.com.my
website: www.cameronhighlandsresort.com

*Do book directly with the resort to enjoy some exclusive benefits!

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Dining at GAYA ISLAND RESORT, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Gaya Island Resort boasts of several dining options on its premise.  Believe me, guests are quite spoilt for choices when it comes to food at the resort.  Besides the regular offerings at the outlets, guests can also request for private dining should there be any celebration to be held or simply because they want a special dining experience.  How about a Sunrise Breakfast, an Aqua Dinner, a Sinagang Steamboat or a personalised gourmet picnic?  All these can be arranged with a day advance notice to the resort.

We had a special unique dining experience at Gaya Island Resort, too … more about that later.

 

FEAST VILLAGE

Our first meal at the resort was at the Feast Village, YTL’s signature all-day dining outlet.  Feast Village in all the YTL Properties is well-known for its sumptuous array of food, whether it’s on the buffet or on a la carte orders.

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Feast Village

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Al fresco dining  – just step out from Feast Village

Upon arrival at the resort, we went straight for lunch at Feast Village, hosted by James Sutcliffe, the Resort Manager.  The chef cooked up a storm of local dishes for us, using the freshest seafood.  In between laughter and friendly conversations, we dined on a huge seabass with sambal, black pepper beef, sweet & sour chicken, butter prawns and crunchy saute’ed four-angle beans.  It was an immensely satisfying lunch indeed and definitely coma-inducing when we hit the bed in our villa after that.

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The breakfast buffet spread at the Feast Village is something not to be missed.  Being sea-fronting, the view from the restaurant adds on to the total enjoyment of the meal, of course.  There are the usual counters offering salads, breads, cereals, hot dishes (Japanese/Asian/Western), rice congee as well as egg stations but my favourites are the fresh fruit juices and noodles counters.  Get the chefs to fry you a plate of noodles on-the-spot…  they do a darn good job at that! Oh, and also their Pisang Goreng (fried bananas) and Cucur (fried fritters) were amazing!

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Just pick your fruits and they’ll be juiced for you!

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Noodles are always good here!

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Piping hot Pisang Goreng & Cucur , fresh from the wok!

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This Mee Goreng was super sedap!

 

TAVAJUN BAY

We took the boat to Tavajun Bay simply because we were too lazy (and it’s too hot) to track on foot.  It’s just a 5-minute boat ride from the resort jetty to this idyllic spot on the island.

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Let’s take the boat out to our lunch destination!

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This tranquil private beach was perfect to chill and laze around under the shady trees.  Soft powdery sand fringes the shore and the water was cool and crystal clear.  A rustic dining space manned by the resort staff serves lunch and refreshments.

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tavajun cafe

We had a Thai-style set lunch there and the resort’s resident wild boars decided to pay a visit too.

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A spicy tangy soup – gentle version of Tom Yum!

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Spicy Thai salads to start off lunch

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Thai-style Chicken Curry

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Sweet and sour Fish

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Guests are free to hop onto the boat to return to the resort as boat trips are available at every hour.

 

OMAKASE

The Omakase Restaurant was just a slope below our villa.  A short stroll down and we were at the 2-storey eatery with a splendid view of the Malohom Bay and the twinkling lights beyond.

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As the name suggested, this restaurant provides omakase-style dining under one roof ranging from teppanyaki, shabu-shabu and nabe.  On the evening we were there, it was teppanyaki.

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The Starters

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Grilled Seafood

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Chef at work

Food served was simple, nothing too elaborate and everyone had the same dishes.  Even though simple, ingredients used were fresh and the chef was really efficient and systematic in his execution.  We sat at the bar and were privy to all his moves.

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Teppanyaki Beef & Chicken

Omakase is a popular eatery in the resort.  There’s a fast turnover of diners too as the chef was really good at his job!

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Dessert – simple & refreshing!

 

THE BAJAU LAUT BEACH BARBECUE

Now, this was our special private dining experience in Gaya Island Resort.

BBQ table

This experience celebrates the cuisine of the sea-faring Bajau Laut tribe.  Sitting at our private table set up along the beach facing Malohom Bay complete with bamboo lanterns on the sand, we had skewers of the freshest seafood grilled to perfection on hot charcoals accompanied by several local side dishes.

BBQ Collage

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BBQ Seabass

The bambangan (wild mango pickle) and hinava (pickle of raw mackerel) more than awakened our palate with their strong tart flavours.  They complemented the grilled succulent squids, lobsters, prawns and mussels on our plates.  Right after we had our fill of Neptune’s bounty, we were served barbecued beef and chicken as well!

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Paying homage to the nomadic Bajau Laut, there was even a telescope set up for us to gaze at the stars above.  It was a very clear night and we could observe the Southern Cross above in high-definition clarity!

BBQ crew

 

POOL BAR & LOUNGE

For some casual bites and drinks, the Pool Bar & Lounge is the place to be, especially when you are chilling in the swimming pool!

*THE FISHERMAN’S COVE was closed while we were there so that’s one eatery we won’t miss the next time!

 

 

GAYA ISLAND RESORT
Malohom Bay, Pulau Gaya
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
88000 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah
Tel: +6018-939-1100

email:  gir@ytlhotels.com.my
website:  www.gayaislandresort.com

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