STAYCATION at PULLMAN KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE

The Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre is located in one of the most strategic spots in the city. It’s right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s shopping, dining and business hub … the popular spots are within easy and convenient connection as there’s a sky-bridge linking the hotel to the surrounding go-to areas. Pullman KLCC comprises two distinctive towers housing 450 rooms and suites as well as 157 residences.

We had a chance to check-out the hotel in a recent staycation. To beat the busy traffic, it’s easy to take the MRT and get off at the Pavilion-Bukit Bintang station and from, it’s just a short walk through Pavilion Shopping Mall to the sky-bridge connected to the Pullman KLCC! Stepping into the welcoming reception, we were whisked up to Level 4 for a personalized check-in at the Executive Club Lounge. Checking-in was a breeze by the super-efficient friendly reception personnel and we were given the keycards to our Premium Grand Deluxe Room.

Swiping our access card, we were immediately taken with the lavish corner Premium Grand Deluxe Room that was our abode for the following two nights. The spacious upper-floor 581 sq ft room came with panorama windows giving us bright natural light and a gorgeous sweeping view of the glittering city skyline. With a deco theme of calming shades of grey and violet, we loved the futuristic fittings and ambience of the room.

View from our room!

Besides the usual amenities in the room, we were delighted with these…
2 TVs! 49-inch and 55-inch LED TVs with a wide variety of channels
High speed wifi
Minibar with Nespresso coffee machine
Sexy curved wide work desk

Such a pretty & delicious Welcome Treat!

Guests staying on the Executive Club Floors have access to the hotel’s exclusive Executive Club Lounge where daily breakfast, afternoon tea, all-day refreshments as well as premium wine and cocktails are served. Besides these, 3 pieces of complimentary laundry is provided daily, 1 hour free use of meeting room facilities and late check-out at 4pm (subject to availability) are offered. There’s also 24/7 room service available to ensure no guest ever goes hungry, at any time.

Executive Club Lounge
Once we have unpacked and settled in to our very comfortable room, we went to check out the Executive Club Lounge. We loved the upscale spacious lounge with its stylish contemporary edge, softened with lovely local traditional art pieces. Service and hospitality was faultless. We found ourselves spending quite a lot of time enjoying this exclusive space during our stay – for breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

We enjoyed the exclusive breakfast here which was a combination of buffet and a la carte orders. We had hot cooked-to-order items like noodles, roti jala and piping hot English breakfast platter! In the evenings, we chilled out with handmade signature canapes, speciality coffee & tea, premium wines, craft beers and cocktails.

Wellness Floor
On the wellness floor of the hotel is one of our favourite spas. Vibes Spa is a welcome sanctuary to experience an array of therapeutic remedies carefully selected to suit a high-paced lifestyle. We had the 90-minute Vibes Signature Massage and it’s one of the best sessions we’ve ever had. The therapists were so spot-on with their firm rhythmic strokes that peeled away our muscle fatigue in the most relaxing manner.

On the same level, the Fit Lounge’s cardio and weight machines face the tropical garden – just the perfect landscape for an invigorating workout.

The outdoor pool is open from sunrise until after sunset… use it as you please, whether to wake up or to wind down after a busy day. In fact, the Terrace Poolside Bar & Grill will have you lounging by the pool endless hours with cold beers, house cocktails, fresh juices and if you are hungry, there’s a tasty selection of Western and Asian snacks, sandwiches, salads, main courses and desserts.

The 3 main F&B outlets in Pullman KLCC are Sedap Restaurant, Red Chinese Cuisine, Blu Bar & Cigars and Enju Japanese Restaurant. Enju will be covered in a separate review – look out for it soon!

Deep and comfortable seats in Blu Bar & Cigars lounge! Sink into these deep plush armchairs and enjoy drinks from an extensive wine list and premium whiskies

SEDAP Restaurant
This is the hotel’s all-day dining and home to buffets at breakfast and dinner. The breakfast spread is fabulous and always a busy time for the restaurant. Besides the usual western and local dishes, there are also some live cooking stations set up.

Sedap Restaurant is very popular with guests!

Egg Station and Noodles Station are pretty regular, as in most hotels but what stands out at Pullman KLCC are their Kaya Toast and Roti Canai stalls. The kaya toasts are made from thick fluffy “roti Bengali” toasted-on-the-spot on a charcoal stove! Besides having these smothered with butter and kata, we also ordered some thick toasts which we dunked into the delicious curries from the Indian counter! The chef at the Roti Canai may seem a bit dour but he made some really good roti!

He makes good rotis!

RED Chinese Cuisine
RED Chinese Cuisine is one of the most stunning restaurants in town. As its name suggests, the red theme runs through the restaurant and it’s presented in a modern, stylish and innovative concept. Do read my earlier posts on RED Chinese Cuisine here and here.

The restaurant specialises in modern Chinese cuisine featuring live seafood, dim sum, traditional favourites curated by a team of talented and dynamic team. During this staycation, we indulged on some of the RED’s signature dim sum and special dishes. Dim Sum Brunch is available every weekend as well as on à la carte orders for daily lunch and dinner.

Pullman KLCC is a great choice if you are looking to stay in Kuala Lumpur city centre, close to every shopping, dining and commercial convenience. Whether it’s for business or leisure, the hotel’s service and hospitality are warm and welcoming. And if you choose to spend more time in their elegantly-appointed rooms and enjoy the facilities, there are good dining options in the in-house restaurants.

 

PULLMAN KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE
Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2170-8888
Website

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Satisfy your Shabu-Shabu Cravings at WAGYU MORE, Sunway Pyramid

Following the immense success of its flagship outlet in The Gardens Mall, Wagyu More recently opened another outlet at Sunway Pyramid Mall. Well-known for their money-for-value premium Japanese Shabu-Shabu, this All-You-Can-Eat restaurant is all set to satiate shabu-shabu fans in this part of town.

There’s always a queue outside Wagyu More, a testament to its popularity. The playful theme of its bright and colourful interior is like a magnet to diners. The service crew is really efficient and once guests are seated, recommendations for soups are immediately offered. Wagyu More serves 8 varieties of soup base: Pork Bone, Spicy Pork Bone, Collagen Chicken, Sukiyaki, Kimchi, Kombu, Miso and Tomato. Diners also have the option to upgrade their soup base to Mala Soup and Herbal Soup with additional charge of RM4.80++ per soup. Diners can choose up to 2 soup base as both single and communal pots are available.

Herbal Soup + Mala Soup!

While waiting for the soups to boil, I went over to the condiments counter and made my own concoction of dip. Have fun mixing from the goma sauce, ponzu sauce, red More hot sauce, Wagyu More’s special hot sauce, grated ginger, chopped coriander and much more.

The key to a good shabu-shabu is of course the use of fresh premium quality ingredients and meats. Wagyu More’s offering of well-marbled premium cuts and crisp seasonal vegetables is what diners look for when they dine here. Quality meat cuts are what set them apart from other similar eateries and there’s a good variety of freshly-cut-upon-order meats to choose from: Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef, Australian Wagyu Beef, US Angus Beef, Australian Beef Chuck Roll, Australian Beef Brisket, US Pork Loin, Imported Pork Belly, Imported Pork Collar and more.

Wagyu More’s All-You-Can-Eat Buffet is priced at RM38.80++ per person for Lunch (11.00am-4.00pm) and RM48.80++ per person for Dinner (5.00pm-10.00pm). Additional RM3.00++ is chargeable during weekends and public holidays.

For a more gratifying experience, go for their Premium Buffets as Wagyu More serves 4 types of Premium Buffets (all day):

1. Black Angus Beef Buffet @ RM68.80++ per person – with unlimited Black Angus Beef and all offerings from the standard buffet
2. Spanish Iberico Pork Buffet @ RM98.80++ per person – with unlimited Spanish Iberico Pork, Black Angus Beef and all offerings from the standard buffet
3. Australian Wagyu Buffet @ RM148.80++ per person – with unlimited Australian Wagyu Beef, Spanish Iberico Pork, Black Angus Beef and all offerings from the standard buffet
4. Japanese A5 Wagyu Buffet @ RM388.80++ per person – with unlimited Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef, Australian Wagyu Beef, Spanish Iberico Pork, Black Angus Beef and all offerings from the standard buffet

Platters of meat can also be ordered individually as a la carte items

On the other hand, light eaters can opt for the Weekday Set Lunch with a dining time of 60 minutes – choose from:

1. Buffet Table All-You-Can-Eat @ RM22.80++ per person – enjoy free-flow meatballs, vegetables, drinks, hot dishes, soft serve icecream & desserts from the buffet counters
2. Single Plate Meat @ R28.80++ per person – choice of 1 plate of Pork/Beef/Lamb/Chicken/Fish & enjoy free-flow meatballs, vegetables, drinks, hot dishes, soft serve icecream & desserts from the buffet counters

I’m usually not a fan of buffets but I do love hotpots. Wagyu More shabu-shabu buffets are pretty good value for money. Their soups are well-boiled and tasty; I can get my unlimited flow of fresh vegetables, fuchuk, mushrooms and the hot food and desserts selections are very decent. So, yes – this is one buffet I’d go back again for… especially when I crave for a good bubbling hotpot with family and friends!

 

牛摩 WAGYU MORE Sunway Pyramid
LG1.98C, LG 1 Floor
Sunway Pyramid
No.3 Jalan PJS 11/15
Sunway City
47500 Petaling Jaya

Website: www.wagyumore.com.my
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wagyumoremalaysia
Instagram: www.instagram.com/wagyumoremalaysia

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Christmas Tree Light-up at PULLMAN KLCC

Recently, Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre held its Christmas Tree Light-Up event and celebrated it with a host of activities. The 20-foot Christmas Tree in the main foyer was lit up by the hotel’s General Manager, Mr Wolfgang Eugen Kiesel.

Mr Wolfgang E. Kiesel, General Manager of the hotel, invited to light-up the 20-foot Christmas Tree

Carolling Performance by Beneficiaries of The Salvation Army

Dance Performance by The Salvation Army Ipoh Boys

Soprano-soloist Lauren Yeo, accompanied by The Salvation Army Hopeheaven Centre for Special Children

Right after that, there was a Christmas Carolling Performance by beneficiaries of The Salvation Army, followed by a Dance Performance by The Salvation Army Ipoh Boys. Guests were then enthralled by a lovely rendition of “You Raise Me Up” by Lauren Yeo, a Soprano-soloist who was accompanied by The Salvation Army Hopehaven Centre for Special Children. It was a riveting and touching performance.

After the performances, everyone adjourned to Sedap Restaurant to enjoy the sumptuous Christmas Buffet. The selection of festive dishes was extensive and the crowd did great justice to the delectable dishes.

If you are considering a festive feast this Christmas and New Year, check out the hotel’s offerings:

CHRISTMAS 2019

24 December 2019 – Christmas Eve Buffet
(Dinner, from 6:30pm until 10:30pm)

RM178+ PER PERSON (free-flow of juices and soft drinks)
RM198+ PER PERSON (free-flow of juices, soft drinks, beer and wine)

25 December 2019 – Christmas Buffet
(Lunch, from 12 noon until 3pm)

RM138+ PER PERSON (free-flow of juices and soft drinks)
RM158+ PER PERSON (free-flow of juices, soft drinks, beer and mulled wine)

25 December 2019 – Christmas Buffet
(Dinner, from 6:30pm until 10:30pm)

RM158+ PER PERSON (free-flow of juices and soft drinks)
RM178+ PER PERSON (free-flow of juices, soft drinks, beer and mulled wine)

 

NEW YEAR 2020

31 December 2019 – New Year’s Eve Buffet
(Dinner, from 6:30pm until 10:30pm)

RM178+ PER PERSON (free-flow of juices and soft drinks, an additional 1 drink voucher at Blu Bar)
RM198+ PER PERSON (free-flow of juices, soft drinks, beer and wine, an additional 1 drink voucher at Blu Bar)

1 January 2020 – New Year Buffet
(Lunch, from 12 noon until 3pm)

RM138+ PER PERSON (free-flow of juices and soft drinks)
RM158+ PER PERSON (free-flow of juices, soft drinks, beer and wine)

Do call now to book your spot: +603-2170-8888.

All prices quoted will be subject to an additional 6% sales and service tax.

 

SEDAP RESTAURANT
PULLMAN Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2170-8888

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Belly-good Christmas Feasts at ONE WORLD HOTEL PETALING JAYA

With the festive season already almost in full swing, restaurants and hotels in the city are all gearing up for the celebrations. One World Hotel in Bandar Utama is one of the bigger hotels in this part of town and it’s one of my favourites whenever “festive buffets” is mentioned. You see, the Cinnamon Cafe in this hotel hosts one of the best buffets on any ordinary day, so what more when the festive season beckons?

The culinary team in this hotel goes all out when it comes to festive buffets, regardless of the festival. So, come Hari Raya, Deepavali, Christmas and New Year, the chefs are all geared up to offer the best gastronomic treats to diners.

What’s Christmas without turkey, right? This year, in addition to the traditional Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, there’s another version called Turkey Mandy served at Cinnamon Cafe. The seasonings and marinade for this is more spicy and it’s perfect when eaten together with buttered rice and roasted vegetables.

Some of the special dishes concocted for the festive buffets are Chicken Cordon Bleu, Seafood Au Gratin, Baked Sea Bass with Garlic Paste and Mushroom Vinaigrette, Seared Beef and Oxtail Marmalade with Natural Jus. At the carver table, don’t miss the Crusted Roast Strip Loin.

Besides the festive items, the buffet also serves the regular favourites, both local and international dishes. My favourites are their Hainanese Chicken Rice, the Indian food station (the curry fish head is da bomb!), the Seafood-on-Ice and the Japanese food counter.

The gaiety of the season is best reflected in the amazing range of colourful cakes, pastries, special cookies and a whole lot more at the desserts section. Chocolate & Raspberry Yule Logs, Gingerbread Houses, Mince Pies, Fruit Cakes, Christmas Puddings, Churros with Christollen Spiced Caramel Sauce are just some of the festive sweets to look out for. There’s plenty more, for sure.

’Tis the season to be jolly indeed!

Price

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Buffet Dinner
(24 & 25 December 2019) @ 6.30pm-10.30pm
RM168/adult & RM89/child (6-12 years)

Christmas Day Hi Tea (25 December 2019) @ 12.00pm-4.00pm
RM118/adult & RM64/child (6-12 years)

For reservations & enquiries on discounts/promotions, please call +603-7681-1159 or email cinnamon@oneworldhotel.com.my

 

CINNAMON COFFEE HOUSE
One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya

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CHILLI CRABS at Bucked Out Seafood Buffet, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

To all Crab Lovers: how does a 4-hour free-flow of fresh live mud crabs cooked in sweet spicy chilli sauce sound to you? All that indulgence for RM149 nett per person. Sounds good?

I think it’s a great offer, particularly for crab lovers. Diners can choose their live crabs from a tank and the culinary crew will serve the Chilli Crabs at your table. Deep-fried mantou buns are served together with the sweet meaty crabs – they are so necessary to mop up every drop of that delicious thick chilli sauce. Although disposable gloves are provided, nothing beats eating these succulent crustaceans with bare fingers – gives “finger lickin’ good” a whole new meaning!

And even if you are not dead crazy on crabs but is a seafood lover, this promotion at Gobo Chit Chat in Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur is definitely worth checking out. Their Friday & Saturday night Bucked Out Seafood buffet has been pleasing seafood lovers for months now and with this fresh mud crabs promotion, it’s really time to hit the phone for a reservation!

We’re really impressed with the freshness of the seafood at this buffet. Shelled seafood like prawns, slipper lobsters, langoustines, yabbies, clams, mussels and scallops were amazingly fresh and we lost count of the number of buckets of these we had. We just scooped lots of these into the shiney buckets and had them cooked in various sauces like the fiery Thai-style Coriander Lime, rich and creamy Garlic Cheese and our favourite Salted Eggyolk.

Besides the huge selection of fresh seafood, the buffet also serves the other usual spreads – local and western favourites. Expect to make hard choices (because everything looks good!) for the hot and cold dishes at the Japanese, Chinese, Local and International counters. And desserts, don’t forget the sweets!

So… remember:

Every Friday & Saturday
6.30pm – 10.30pm
RM149 nett per person

There’s a group promotion (5+1) – go in a group of 6, just pay for 5 only – this works out to RM124 per person (instead of RM149)!

 

GOBO CHIT CHAT
Level 5, Traders Hotel
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2332-9905/9888

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DELICIOUS @ St Mary Place, Kuala Lumpur

The last time I dined at Delicious was many years ago. Over time there has been many changes made at their cafes, in terms of management and menu. A recent visit to the Delicious at St Mary Place revealed a menu that’s varied with western choices and local favourites. This particular outlet serves a breakfast buffet and guests staying at the nearby E&O Residences mostly get their breakfast here.  For a more interesting dining experience, we checked out a few of their popular orders from the a la carte menu.

We love their golden roasted slice of sweet pumpkin served with a good portion of fresh crisp spinach and rocket leaves. Adding on more textures are the feta cheese, pine nuts, balsamic pearls and a light refreshing citrusy dressing.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad (RM25)

Fried Fish Skin tossed in salted eggyolk can’t be faulted – I mean, these two ingredients alone would make a very addictive snack! Chilli padi, garlic and curry leaves add on the “shiok” factor here.

Salted Egg Fish Skin (RM17)

The quintessential mamak item is given a luxe treatment here. Yellow noodles fried with chunks of chicken fillet, squid, beancurd, flour fritter (cucur), tomatoes and crowned with tiger prawns makes this an all-time favourite order.

Mee Goreng Mamak (RM28)

We like the simple Baked Salmon with its thin crispy skin and what’s special about this dish is the serving of citrus segment and tantalizing grapefruit reduction

Baked Salmon (RM38) – baked airflown chilled Norwegian salmon

On the other hand, we feel the Hainanese Chicken Chop and Nasi Kerabu are just average. While the fried battered chicken chop is crispy enough, the Hainanese sauce is somewhat lacking. The same goes for the Nasi Kerabu – we feel the ayam percik can be better, with more oomph in the spice department. I think the sambal belacan, salted egg and budu (fermented fish sauce) save the dish.

Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM28) – battered fried Chicken Chop, topped with tangy Hainanese sauce with sides of fries and garden vegetables

Nasi Kerabu with Ayam Percik (RM33) – Nasi kerabu tinted blue with bunga telang served with Ayam Percik and condiments of salted egg, ulam, sambal belacan and keropok

The Classic Cheese Burger is wholesome thanks to the nicely-seared thick US Black Angus beef patty (80% meat + 20% fat). Served on a substantial toasted sesame seed bun with cheddar, lettuce, onions, pickles and a special sauce, it’s definitely tummy-filling as there’s also a generous portion of French fries included.

Classic Cheese Burger (RM35)

Melon had a Blast (RM15.90)


Pomegranate Blueberry Sparkler (RM11.90)

In the past, Delicious has always been well known for their extensive selection of cakes and my favourite was their Coconut Cake. This time round, we tried their Brownie, Pavlova and Onde Onde Cake. The brownie and pavlova are just average and the Onde Onde Cake is too sweet. I wished I had ordered their Coconut Cake to see whether it’s still as good as before.

Brownie with Ice Cream (RM18)


Pavlova (RM18)


Onde Onde Cake (RM15)

On the whole, Delicious does offer a good selection of western cafe items and local favourites to please their diners. However, we feel certain dishes at Delicious can be better executed for more “oomph”.

DELICIOUS
Unit G-7 & G-8
St Mary Place
No.1 Jalan Tengah
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2856-6136

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VIVA ITALIA BRUNCH @ PREGO, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

The year-end festive season is fast approaching and before you get hooked on the celebratory buffets all across town, do check out the Viva Italia Sunday Brunch at Prego, The Westin Kuala Lumpur. It’s one of the most popular Sunday brunches in KL and it’s always a treat to indulge on the sumptuous offering there. With Italian Chef Marco De Cecco helming the kitchen of Prego, I knew I was in for some really wholesome and comforting Italian fares.

Head on to the fresh oysters and chilled seafood counter first – perfect starters to get the Sunday mood going. Then proceed to the long counter facing the open kitchen and you’ll find it hard to resist the wide selections of warm appetizers like Spinach Frittata, Polenta with caramelized onions, Caprese with Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Essence, Grandma’s Meatballs, Black Angus beef carpaccio, Arancini with smoked cheese & truffles and Sicilian Caponata with bread croutons.

Cheese lovers will love the array of Gorgonzola, Taleggio, Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino and Goat Cheeses on the board.

From antipasti to desserts, diners get to try hot/cold dishes on the counters and every now and then, the serving crew goes round the tables offering freshly cooked pasta, pizza and other mains.

Outside at the terrace, there’s a barbecue and carvery station all ready to serve meats and seafood like grilled fish, tender roast chicken and succulent steaks & lamb shoulder accompanied by roasted vegetables and potatoes. We really loved the grilled giant prawns – sweet, bouncy and bursting with roe.

What’s Italian food without the sweets, right? So, do save some tummy space for the delectable selections of Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Croquembouche, Strawberry mouse, Black forest, Pavlova, fruit tarts, lots of Cheesecakes and Creme brulee!

Served every Sunday from 11.30am to 2.30pm, the Viva Italia Sunday Brunch is a great way to spend a lazy indulgent Sunday.


Price
* Viva Italia Sunday Brunch Buffet – RM188 nett per pax
* Add on RM160 for unlimited Prosecco, Wine & Beer
* Or add on RM260 for unlimited Champagne, Prosecco, Wine, Beer & all other drinks
* Up to 30% discount available (RM132 nett) for Marriott Bonvoy members and selected credit cards. For more details on this, do call Westin Dining.

Reservations: Westin Dining @ 03-2773-8495
Time: 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

PREGO
Lobby Level, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2731 8333

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