Dining in 137 PILLARS HOUSE, CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

During my stay at the amazing 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai, I had the privilege of sampling some of the remarkable culinary offerings in its restaurants. As detailed in my earlier review, 137 Pillars House is a cosy boutique resort, converted from a grand mansion originally built in the 1880’s. Due to its unique structure, the dining spaces in the resort spell warmth, intimacy and cosiness in almost every corner.

The restaurants and bars are located in the main building and they flow into each other in a very borderless fashion, much like in a residence where the parlour merges into the dining hall adjoining the wine cellar and next to the bar.

 

THE PARLOR

Walking up the steps into the wooden main building, The Parlor greets you with its low comfortable armchairs and sofas propped with blue-themed cushions.

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Overlooking the pristine lawn, The Parlor is a perfect spot for some refreshments or even Afternoon Tea.

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On a cool evening, it’s just bliss to enjoy its “open air” concept, breathing in the fresh air blown in through the rustling leaves all around while relaxing with a drink or two. During the evenings, there’s also a pianist there to entertain guests.

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JACK BAIN’S BAR

Behind The Parlor is the Jack Bain’s Bar – a warm elegant enclave. Rows of wooden shelves line the walls holding books on history, mysteries and culture. There’s also a good selection of DVDs and CDs available or how about a game or two of chess?

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I can’t help lingering in this super comfortable “study-like” charming bar … great place to unwind. The bar also has the flexibility to transform into a private space for group events like a wine-pairing dinner, a family reunion etc. As for me, I found it to be the perfect place for some drinks before heading to The Palette Restaurant for dinner.

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THE PALETTE RESTAURANT

 Just across the bar, The Palette Restaurant beckons. This is where Executive Chef Thiti Thammanatr flexes his creativity on new items to add to the menu. With more than 30 years’ experience under his belt, Chef Thiti just took over the reins in 137 Pillars House’ kitchens

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in July as Executive Chef. Prior to this posting, he has cheffed in Canada, Thailand, Singapore and several years in Kuala Lumpur with Tamarind Springs.

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At The Palette Restaurant, we got to taste some of Chef Thiti’s creations. Describing his food as “global hybrid”, Chef Thiti explained how he loved to combine his broad range of culinary styles to create his dishes using two or more ingredients with different cooking techniques.

“Cooking is like fashion to me. It evolves and changes every season. My creation is based on the forward thinking of food on what the next season is going to be like” – Chef Thiti Thammanatr

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Blow-torched Tiger Prawns & Salmon: Heart of Baby Cos Lettuce, semi-dried Tomatoes & Spicy Thai Chilli Vinaigrette

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Pan-seared Foie Gras on Toasted Brioche, rocket salad, assorted berries & Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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Tuna Tartare & Mango – beetroot compote, avocado, greens and honey-soy-wasabi vinaigrette

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137’s Chowder – assorted seafood in white wine-based essence with white truffle oil

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Pan-roasted Norwegian Salmon, asparagus, mascarpone whipped potatoes topped with spicy tomato salsa

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Veal Angus Beef – Pan-roasted with baby vegetables, white truffle oil-infused whipped potatoes with port wine beef jus

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Chocolate Lava Cake

 

THE DINING ROOM

This is our favourite dining place in 137 Pillars House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Dining Room is stylish, cosy and relaxing. I love those diaphanous drapes hanging from the ceiling that give certain tables a hint of privacy and generally provide a soft and romantic air to the place.

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The diverse and accommodating menu offers a good variety of classic Thai dishes (most of them meant to be shared) prepared with fresh organic ingredients harvested from local farms. It was drizzling the few times we were there or else we would have opted to sit at the al fresco courtyard surrounded by lush greenery.

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The breakfast spread may not be very extensive but the variety featured delicious local Thai fares as well as western favourites. Hot local dishes like stir-fried vegetables, fried rice or noodles, braised chicken, rice congee, dim sum were served side by side with cheeses, salads, cereals, pastries, breads, waffles and the mandatory egg station.

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I loved the beefy soup noodles which were prepared upon order in piping hot tasty broth accompanied with bouncy beef and pork balls. It was so good that I ordered another bowl of just the broth, meatballs and soft sweet daikon.

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I got to indulge more on their Thai specialities at lunch from the a la carte menu. Flavours were generally stronger and richer as Northern Thai food leaned more to Lanna style with generous use of coconut milk. When in Chiang Mai, the must-try item is Kao Soy which is a bowl of yellow egg noodles, half soft and half crispy, soaked in a rich curry broth with meat or seafood. Kao Soy is sold everywhere in Chiang Mai from restaurants to street peddlers.

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Kao Soy – Lanna inspired curry, crispy yellow egg noodles with choice of chicken or seafood

lambshank curry
Gaeng Hung Lay Gae – Northern dry curry, slow-cooked lamb shank with edamame

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Yum Som-o Pou Nim – their secret recipe crispy soft-shell crab salad

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Special Northern Tom-Yum with river prawns

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Deep-fried katafi-wrapped banana and ice cream

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Mango Sticky Rice

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The menu at The Dining Room is pretty extensive but we could only manage to check out the above few as portions were big. Service was impeccable – quick, attentive and ever-smiling.

Whether you stay there as a guest or not, dining at 137 Pillars House is a lovely experience. Besides the variety of food offered, the old-world charming ambience together with the attentive and gracious service from their welcoming staff, a dining experience here is bound to be memorable.

 

137 PILLARS HOUSE
2 soi 1 Nawatgate Road
Tambon Watgate
Muang
Chiang Mai
Thailand 50000

Tel: +66-5324-7788

email: info@137pillarshouse.com
website: www.137pillarshouse.com

137 Pillars House is a member of “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” which groups together 520 smaller hotels across 80 countries – these are like the “Wish List of Special Places”. If you are choosy about staying in more personal type of luxurious boutique hotels where top-notch service and quality is unquestionable, check out the special gems in www.slh.com

 

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SWAADH – enjoy various Indian cuisines under one roof!

With a true blue Kerala executive chef helming the kitchen, Swaadh Restaurant is all set to serve a host of delicious authentic Northern Indian, Kerala and Chettinad dishes. Assisted by a team of trained and qualified chefs from Cochin, Kerala, Executive Chef Rahul Krishnan has whipped up an extensive menu that would please the fussiest aficionado of Indian cuisines.

The word “swaadh” means “taste” or “tasty” in Hindi and Malayalam – Chef Rahul keeps this very much in mind when preparing and serving his delicacies. Subscribing to exacting standards and mindful of the authenticity of the dishes, Chef Rahul does not believe in short cuts and ensures that every marinade is made from scratch using only quality spices and ingredients.

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I was told how Chef Rahul had to appeal to a customer to come back later for his briyani rice simply because he needed time to prepare the spices and there was no way he would resort to pre-packed marinades.

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Fresh Mint Lime Coolers

While waiting for our dishes to be served, we cooled ourselves with Swaadh’s refreshing Fresh Mint Lime Cooler (RM7.80). It’s so good I had to order a second one.

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Onion Pakora

We started off with some snacks of Onion Pakora (RM3.90), Chicken Dry Chilli Fry (RM9.90) and Mutton Coconut Fry (RM16.50). Fresh from the frying pan, all 3 dishes were bursting with flavours. The crispy fragrant pakora was excellent, with tender sweet onions in the centres. The dry-fried chicken and mutton were punchy with spices and worked well to tease our appetites.

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Chicken Dry Chilli Fry

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Mutton Coconut Fry

Next came the Tandoori Chicken (RM15) – delicious tender chicken thigh thoroughly marinated with their special masala and grilled perfectly in their tandoor oven. Gloriously juicy, the chicken was a firm favourite among us that evening.

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Tandoori Chicken

More chicken dishes came our way: Methi Chicken (RM10.20), Butter Chicken Masala (RM12.50) and Hariyali Kebab (RM13.50). A Northern Indian speciality, the Hariyali Kebab had chunks of boneless lean chicken breastmeat grilled in the tandoor and basted with a wonderfully aromatic paste made from green peas, spinach, green chillies and coriander leaves.

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Hariyali Kebab

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Butter Chicken Masala

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Methi Chicken

The Butter Chicken Masala, another northern favourite, won praises all round with its thick velvety sauce that’s flavoursome without being cloyingly rich. The Methi Chicken had a similarly creamy gravy but the spice content was different.

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Palak Paneer & Vegetables Kurma

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Joining the cluster of Northern Indian delights on the table came Palak Paneer (RM10.50) and Vegetables Kurma (RM9). At this point, we had some fresh hot Naans (RM3-RM5.20) served to mop up all the divine curries. The smooth creamy blended spinach with house-made cottage cheese was incredibly good.

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Kerala Fish Curry

Then it was time to indulge in Kerala specialities. The Kerala Fish Curry (RM14.50) was very different from the usual reddish Southern Indian fish curry usually served in Indian restaurants. This Kerala version was yellow, thicker and more aromatic as all the spices used were prepared inhouse. The chunks of ikan tenggiri soaked up the thick curry very well and my only grouse was it wasn’t hot enough. I will have to tell them to add more chillies to the paste – this is something that all diners can request – the level of “hotness” is adjustable!

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Kerala Pratha

The best thing to eat this fish curry with was their Kerala Pratha (RM2.50). Known as “porotta” in true Kerala-style, this roti pratha was one of the best roti I’ve had in a while. According to Chef Rahul, the technique to make this roti was quite different from how the usual roti canai was made. The dough for the paratha was shaped spirally into rounds (instead of being flipped and folded roti canai-style) and cooked perfectly on the griddle. Chef Rahul used sunflower oil in this pratha which made the texture lighter. The pratha had a gorgeous crispy exterior and the dough inside was cooked beautifully resulting in a soft and fluffy texture. OK, I need to go and eat these again soon!

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Prawn Briyani

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Cashew Pulao Rice

For rice lovers, check out their briyanis. The prices are reasonable, starting from RM6.60 for Vegetables Briyani and goes up to RM18 for the Prawn Briyani. The Cashew Pulao Rice (RM6.60) is another milder rice item but with big aromas.

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Fish Pollichathu

Additional Kerala dishes to go with rice are Fish Pollichathu (RM16.50)– tenggiri fish smothered with aromatic spice paste, wrapped with banana leaf and grilled.

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Prawn Ullathriyathu

I liked the spicy Prawn Ullathriyathu (RM18.90) with its sharp piquant spices and kickass chillies.

Swaadh also serves various Thali Meal Sets between 11am to 3pm starting at RM7.50 for the
Vegetarian Thali Meal. There are chicken, mutton, seafood sets with the most luxe Swaadh Special Combo Thali at RM19.50.

Thali Non-Veg Meal

Swaadh is definitely on my list for decent Indian food. As the restaurant is still pretty new, Chef Rahul needs to work on food consistency as on a subsequent visit, there were a couple of shortcomings in the tandoori chicken and we had to send the pratha back for extra browning to make it more “garing” (crispy). Once the consistency rhythm is set, it’s a restaurant that’s worth revisiting time and again, when cravings for good Indian food hit.

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SWAADH
40A Lorong Sanggul 1B
Bandar Puteri
41200 Klang
Selangor
(behind Speedmart)
Tel: 03-5166-2082
Operating hours: 11am-11pm
Closed on Mondays

website: www.swaadh.com.my

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BROLLY @ Menara Felda, Kuala Lumpur

Going into Brolly is like letting oneself loose in a merry-go-round Wonderland of Food. And being the mad glutton that I am, that’s really a very dangerous place to be. Dangerous because one can easily slip into a food coma here simply because there IS just so much food variety here! Blame it on the foodie owners – they just want to tempt the hell out of you with their endless selections, housed under various “kitchen concepts” in this very mod and quirky dining space.

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Obviously “motoring” is very much a passion for the owners – how else do you explain the whole wall tacked with car wheels, truck tyres modified into wash basins, car wing mirrors for guests to check their hair, a vintage car hanging upside-down on the ceiling and a 1970’s red bus at the main entrance with the outlet brands emblazoned across its windows?

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And if you don’t feel a bit apprehensive about a car hanging above you, have fun at the pool table while chilling out with some beergaritas here.

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But let’s get to the food first… (I’m warning you this is a very long post with lots of foodporn!)

 

MOLEY’S OYSTER BAR
As suggested by the name, it’s all about oysters here – have them “au natural” or “dressed up” with various sauces. Have either the French or Irish ones but why not have both?

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Kelly’s Gigas No.4

Harvested from the French Atlantic Coast, the Fine de Claire No.2 Oysters (RM144 per dozen) and flown in fresh, these oysters have a perfect balance of saltiness and sweetness. Kelly’s Gigas No.4 Oysters (RM96 per dozen) – these plump oysters cultivated in the beautiful inlet of Galway Bay, Ireland are well-rounded in taste and texture.

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Fine de Claire No.2

Besides eating them raw, the oysters are also served as Virgin Bloody Mary shooters, topped with spicy sriracha sauce or baked in cheese. What’s your preference?

 

CRAB FACTORY
Being no stranger to Crab Factory where I’ve had many happy crabby meals, it was a bonus for me to see this here in Brolly. What’s special here is that Po’Boys are available here. Po’ Boys are classic Louisiana sandwiches consisting of meat or seafood served in a long baguette-like French bun.

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Fried Prawns Po’Boy (RM22)

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Fried Softshell Crabs Po’Boy (RM22)

PoBoys with fried prawns, fried soft-shell crabs and pulled beef brisket are served on a bed of crispy fries. Trust me, this is a sufficient meal on its own as portions are generous.

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We were lucky there were some huge Spanner Crabs available and we had these in garlic butter sauce and Crab Factory’s signature Southern Bang sauce. The crab meat was really sweet with a bouncy texture and the shells were not too hard so cracking them was quite a breeze. The usual bag buddies, sides and combo sets are all available in Crab Factory.

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Brown Crab @ 1.4kg

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Brown Crab (RM 19 per 100gm) Spanner Crabs (RM 19 per 100gm)

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The sweet meaty Spanner Crab

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RAKSAKSA MIRAI
Literally translated as “Monster” (raksaksa) and “Future” (mirai) and influenced by childhood love of UltraMan, Raksaksa Mirai holds tribute to Japanese curry rice dishes. There are 5 types of flavoured rice to choose from (signature, tobiko, garlic shallot, spicy shijimi & mango), various meats, seafood, omelette and vegetarian accompaniment and finally 2 choices of curry: traditional or coconut.

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Tori Garlic Mayo, Traditional Curry Sauce & Signature Rice (RM25.50)

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Hotate  & Eryngii Omelette, Traditional Curry Sauce with Garlic Shallot Rice (RM26.50)

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Salmon Katsu with Coconut Curry Sauce (RM25)

 

NOVE 9 PIZZERIA
The thin pizza base here takes healthy eating to the next step by incorporating blended spinach in it and that explains the greenish hue. There are 6 savoury pizzas to choose from and our favourites are the Lambogarlic (RM26) and Thai Beef Guava Salad (RM28).

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Lambogarlic Pizza

Minced lamb and lamb sausage flooded with garlic sauce make up the Lambogarlic – the combination of flavours here can best be described as “deliciously heady”.

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Thai Beef Guava Pizza

Personally I prefer the piquant spicy flavours of beef, crunchy guava and tangy mango in the Thai Beef Guava Salad pizza. Interesting flavours and textures, I’d say. There’s even a sweet pizza called Miloreo, a Milo pizza topped with crushed Oreo biscuits – how about that? Definitely something for me to check out in my next visit!

 

MY WING MAN
It’s chicken wings and only chicken wings on this menu. Crunchy oatmeal-coated deep-fried chicken wings are the order of the day, tossed in sauces of your choice. There’s a good variety of interesting sauces to choose from: cencaluk, spicy chocolate, kung po, sambal, Japanese curry and Korean bean paste.

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Chicken Wings – Cencaluk (RM18)

 

VariEATy
If you’re here just to chill-out with drinks, small bites from VariEATy would be perfect. Take your pick of grilled, fried and soup items from the menu. Have some Kushiyaki (3 skewers per serving) – these grilled skewers hold tasty bites of meats, seafood and vegetables. My favourite skewers are the addictive chicken hearts and seafood tofu.

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Onion Flower

A unique conversation piece is the sweet Onion Flower (RM18) served with brown sauce.

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Short Ribs Soup

For something nourishing and comforting, I love the Short Ribs Soup (RM35) served piping hot. It’s a delicious milder version of the local “sup tulang” using quality Australian beef short ribs. The meat was fork-tender yet able to hold its shape on the ribs and the soup was good to its last drop.

fried squidsCalamari Tentacles (RM18) 

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Cajun Escargots (RM24)

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Kushiyaki (3 skewers) – Chicken Softbone and Chicken Hearts

 

SWEET ENDINGS
There are 2 types of desserts here: grilled or bottled. Choose from apples, bananas and pears for the grilled fruit parcels and be careful with the steaming hot fruits when the foil is lifted! Perfumed with melted butter, caramel and a dash of cinnamon, these are quite irresistible.

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The best-seller Chunky Peanut Butter Granola (RM16) is a big hit with us. Everything is there: chunky peanut, buttery granola, cream and ice-cream and a tangy berries coulis topping!

 

BANG BANG BALLER BAR
My favourite drinks at Brolly are the beergaritas (RM30) – a glorious mixture of beer, tequila and real fruit purees, a more macho and spunky version of the margarita. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m dying for a mug of that Passionfruit Beergarita. For a stronger kick, the High-Ballrus (RM26) is recommended: shots of whiskey with their home-made soda served in a mug with large iceballs. For something really cool and refreshing and non-alcoholic, I love their Pu-Er Ice Tea Mocktails (RM15).

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EMBER & BARA BBQ
Cooked over open charcoal stoves, the barbequed delights came piping hot. We started off with a barrel of BBQ Small Yabbies which yielded deliciously sweet meat once we got the tiresome peeling done.

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Ember & Bara is immensely popular as the menu includes a huge variety of meats and seafood to grill. What makes it even more enjoyable is that diners get to choose different sauces to go with the BBQ items. There are 4 types of sauces each for meats and seafood. Their old-fashioned BBQ sauces here are the bomb as they come with coffee and chocolate versions!

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Chilled Sirloin with Old Fashioned BBQ Coffee Sauce (RM34)

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Chilled Ribeye with Tarty Tropicana Sauce (RM60)

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Lamb Frenched Rack with Old Fashioned BBQ Spicy Chocolate Sauce (RM120)

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Seafood goes very well with spicy sambal sauces and Ember & Bara’s are fiery with just the right amount of spices and heat.

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Meat Crab with Tomato Tango Sauce (RM65)

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Meat Crab with E&B Sambal Sauce (RM65)

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Prawns in Fragrant Tamarind Coconut (RM25)

 

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Prawns in Tomato Tango Sauce (RM25)

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To cool off our palate after the sambals, the salads are a godsend. At Ember & Bara, some salads are also grilled for that extra smokey nuance. The Grilled Watermelon & Pineapple Minty Salad (RM15) is my favourite – nothing beats sweet juicy watermelon slices eaten together with cool refreshing mint leaves.

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Grilled Watermelon & Pineapple Minty Sauce

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Grilled Caesar Salad (RM15)

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Spinach & Feta Melon Salad (RM15)

And now, because I love the Ember & Barra offerings and I think you should give this a try, there’s a special 20% discount given for all my readers. Yes, to redeem this 20% discount, all you have to do is just FLASH this blog post on your mobile devices to the good people at Brolly when you order food from the Ember & Barra menu for this whole month of October!  Yes, it’s as easy as that!

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If you like the food at Brolly, I’m sure they would also be very happy for your Likes on their Facebook Page and any feedback from you would be deeply appreciated.

With all these 9 outlets housed under one roof, can you imagine how extensive the food choices are?! Those featured above are just samplings of what’s available at Brolly and believe me, there are many more dishes out there. I need to go back again and again!

 

BROLLY
Ground Floor, Menara Felda
Platinum Park
Persiaran KLCC
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2181-4122

Open: 11.00am-11.00pm

*PORK-FREE

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LIM FRIED CHICKEN @ Hicom Glenmarie, Shah Alam

I first blogged about this well-known Fried Chicken way back in 2008 (read that here). Mr Lim started his business as a stall in Wong Soon Kee Kopitiam in SS14 Subang Jaya and the queues for his fried chicken snaked all the way along the five-foot-way outside. I have been a fan all these years, taking my place in the queue, either to eat in the kopitiam or to “tapau” as takeaway.

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The delicious aroma of the fried chicken coming from the huge wok where Mr Lim stood tirelessly tending to, was quite simply unbearable. Meanwhile, Mrs Lim would be piling food in lightning speed for the hungry crowd.

Recently in June, the Lims decided to take their business to a brand new premise in Glenmarie. I’m so happy for them that their business has flourished although it means I have to go further to indulge in their fried chicken. Oh well, I’m not complaining, especially when the food is worth the extra travelling. While there is also another outlet in SS15 Subang Jaya run by their son, I still prefer to eat at this outlet operated by Mr Lim and his wife.

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The fried chicken is just as good as ever: golden crispy skin and tasty tender juicy meat underneath. Mr Lim has been doing this for more than 30 years and the quality has been consistent.

The LFC outlet is Glenmarie is a simple set-up: the food counter is right at the front and tables are all arranged to fill up the shop. The chicken is fried in the kitchen at the back of the shop and brought out continuously to the counter.

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Customers line-up to order their food at the counter where Mrs Lim will dish everything on their plates. Most of the diners will carry their own plates to their tables but if the order is big, then the service staff will bring the plates over.

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Besides fried chicken, there are the usual Lim signature dishes like sambal sotong, mutton curry, assam fish, stir-fried long beans, cabbage and some fried items like fuchook, sausages and fishcake. Have these with rice or chee cheong fun. My favourite is always the chee cheong fun doused with lots of curry!

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The fried chicken cuts are huge – a whole thigh goes for RM6.50.

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The best thing with this new shop is that I can get to enjoy their fried chicken as early as 8am! Back in the old place in SS14 Subang Jaya, they only start serving this from 2.30pm onwards. Here in Glenmarie, service is until 5pm or until food runs out, whichever comes first.

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LIM FRIED CHICKEN
No.26 Jalan Jurureka U1/40
Seksyen U1, Hicom Glenmarie
40150 Shah Alam
Operation hours: 8am to 5pm (Daily)

*Pork-free

*There is another LFC outlet in SS15 Subang Jaya, run by Lim Jr, located at:

No.47 Jalan SS15/4
47500 Subang Jaya
Operation hours: 10am to 9.30pm (Daily)

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137 PILLARS HOUSE, CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

A stay in 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai is never just a stay.

It is an experience, and not just any experience. It is a memorable experience, a pampered episode, its charm and comfort lingering in memory long after departing from this beautiful award-winning resort.

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Beyond the white walls, stepping into 137 Pillars House is like entering a homestead in the 1880’s era. Its 30 luxurious suites are within the colonial-style teak traditional Lanna homes spread over the sprawling property with perfect lawns and lush greenery everywhere.

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The huge signature ivy-clad wall at one side of the property is truly breath-taking. Flanking all the way down to the infinity swimming pool and adjacent to the smooth green lawn, the majestic ivy wall stands tall and imposing. On a cool day, it would be bliss to laze around on the draped outdoor love-seats.

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It’s hard not to fall in love with this place. 137 Pillars House is built on a rich history. Located in the Wat Gate area of Chiang Mai, the property is close to the Ping River and adjacent to the Wat Gate Khar Rham Temple & Museum. Former house owner, Jack Bain founded the said museum.

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Architectural historians and conservationists took great care to reinforce the integrity of the original 1889 structures of this gorgeous resort. The immaculate landscape and well-lit stone walkways are maintained with great pride by the staff – I could not spot a single stray leaf on the grounds in the few days that I was there! It rained intermittently throughout the days during my stay here and each time the rain stopped, I could see the staff busy cleaning and mopping the outdoor facilities whole-heartedly. I was truly impressed by their commitment and dedication to this grand homestead.

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When the sun begins to set, 137 Pillars House takes on a magical, almost-ethereal appearance…

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I stayed in a Rajah Brooke Suite and was absolutely enthralled by its understated elegance and old-world charm. I had the green-themed suite (some are blue-themed) and the soothing hues were an immediate balm to my tired self (I had flown in on a super-early flight that morning!) when I walked into the lovely airy vintage-style suite.

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P-Rajah Brooke Suite - Green Room Walk-in Closet

Beyond the king bedroom was a vast walk-in closet and the ensuite bathroom was like something out of a glamorous interior-decor magazine. The free-standing white Victorian bath juxtaposed against stunning vintage tiles was conversation-stopping. The dual wash basins, indoor and outdoor garden showers add on to the list of superlatives.

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The outdoor shower

When I sank into the deep comfy bed with its smooth cottony bedlinen, I really didn’t want to get up. For lazing around and resting tired muscles, it was tough choosing between this heavenly bed and the cosy spacious daybed in the veranda. In the cool evenings, it was bliss lounging in the veranda, looking over the tropical gardens, listening to the night symphony, doing nothing at all.

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The Rajah Brooke Suites are actually the smallest (at more than 70sq m) and if you think (like I do) how gorgeous they already are, the other 3 types of larger suites are even more splendid. There are the East Borneo Suites (75sq m), William Bain Terrace Suites (100sq m) and the ultimate Louise Leonowens Pool Suites (135sq m). While they all have their own individual decor themes, the signature nostalgic ambience remains all-enveloping.

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Our balcony – I loved chilling out here on the super-comfy day bed 

While guests may feel they are living in the era of the 1880s, the suites are all equipped with state-of-the-art amenities like Posturepedic Premier Ultra Plush mattresses, multiple choices of pillows, personal in-room music system with iPod connectivity, high-speed wifi, 32” flatscreen HD LCD TV with satellite/cable channels, DVD player with complimentary extensive DVD selections, personal espresso coffee machine (which I never even got to use, just no time!) and books on Thai history, arts, culture, local flora and fauna. See, there’s really plenty to keep you occupied even if you don’t step out of your suite!

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The view from our Rajah Brooke Suite

And if you do step out of your room, there’s the well-equipped gym, swimming pool and yoga sessions on the lawn to keep you well and healthy.

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Swimming pool

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The Spa

As for me, I headed to The Spa for some pampering. The quaint white building next to the reception houses The Spa. I had a relaxing and rejuvenating pampering body scrub and massage by their ever-smiling therapists. From the foot-wash to the invigorating body scrub using a traditional Thai herbal paste to the firm kneading of the massage, I felt the 90-minute session passed by way too quickly!

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Choose your massage oils

137 Pillars House Chiangmai, Thailand 19-1-12

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I’ll be sharing our dining experiences in 137 Pillars House in a separate post – look out for it.

137 Pillars House is located in a lush tropical residential enclave within walking distance to the River Ping riverside restaurants and bars and about 10-15 minutes’ walk to the Night Bazaar. Access-wise, it’s 20 minutes’ drive from the Chiang Mai International Airport and 10 minutes away from the Chiang Mai Railway Station.

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Popular attractions nearby are the Wat Gate Khar Rham Temple and Museum, Huai Kaeo Falls, Royal Winter Palace and Doi Pui Tribal Village.

137 Pillars House is a member of “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” which groups together 520 smaller hotels across 80 countries – these are like the “Wish List of Special Places”.  If you are choosy about staying in more personal type of luxurious boutique hotels where top-notch service and quality is unquestionable, check out the special gems in www.slh.com

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Needless to say, 137 Pillars House has now entrenched itself firmly in my heart and I certainly hope to revisit it in the near future. Its charm and beauty are just irresistible.

 

137 PILLARS HOUSE
2 soi 1 Nawatgate Road
Tambon Watgate
Muang
Chiang Mai
Thailand 50000
Tel: +66-5324-7788
email: info@137pillarshouse.com
website: www.137pillarshouse.com

*Photos without the PureGlutton watermarks are compliments of 137 Pillars House.

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PREZZO @ Telawi, Bangsar

Prezzo, located smack in the middle of one of Bangsar’s busiest streets, has been drawing in a steady stream of diners since it opened its doors more than a month ago. You can’t miss their bright red signboard raised against a green awning along busy Telawi 5. There are several tables arranged on the walkway for a bit of al fresco dining while the inside is furnished with simple but comfortable furniture.

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The menu lists predominantly Italian-style dishes. We munched on some Crab Cakes (RM34) served with garlic mayonnaise while deciding what else to order. The crab cakes were a bit mushy but the flavours were good, with delicate hints of umami-ness from the crabmeat.

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The Flat Bread Salad sounded intriguing, especially when there are 3 choices: with Chicken Caesar, Panzanella or Rare Steak. Feeling adventurous, we chose the rare steak. When it was served, we found it’s exactly what its name suggested: salad of red onions, cherry tomatoes, beetroot, peppers, rocket, parmesan cheese with lemon mustard dressing topped with slices of rare steak. Very rustic and healthy, we enjoyed every bite of it.

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Flat Bread Salad with Rare Steak

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Can’t dine in an Italian restaurant and not have pizza and pasta – so we chose the 2 most popular on their menu. The Wild Mushrooms Pizza (RM29) had shitake, chestnuts, button mushrooms, red onions, parsley, rocket, garlic butter and mozzarella – a combination that gave out the most insane aromas.

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I liked how the Linguine Seafood (RM39) was presented: mixed seafood pasta in light tomato sauce baked in foil. But because the foil retained heat, the pasta came a tad softer than my preferred al dente texture. Still, the seafood was fresh and flavours well balanced.

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At this point, we could manage only one Mains and the Cordero Asado (RM69) Pan-roasted Lamb Cutlets served with aromatic herbs was a good choice. Served on buttery mash and a bunch of my favourite rocket leaves, the lamb was tender with delicate hints of herbs perfuming it.

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Desserts were straightforward – both the Creme Brûlée (RM8) and Pannacotta (RM10) were served with fresh tangy fruits for that refreshing touch.

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For a fuss-free Italian meal where fresh ingredients play a pivot role, Prezzo is worth checking out if you happen to be in that very-busy area.

PREZZO
14 Jalan Telawi 5
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2201-0213

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Dining at THE DATAI, Langkawi

At The Datai, Langkawi, guests are spoiled for choices when it comes to dining. There are 5 F&B outlets in this sprawling rainforest property. The outlets each has its own charm, identity and unique offerings so food is never boring here. Executive Chef Richard Millar ensures that.

Originally from Australia, Richard has spent 15 years travelling and working at numerous luxury resorts in Indonesia, Fiji, Japan and China. I was told that once he joined The Datai last year, he quickly set off exploring the rainforest with the resident naturalist in search of indigenous herbs and spices that would help enhance his culinary creations. I’ve heard his signature 5-course chef tasting menu is quite legendary but unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to try that. I did, however, meet up with Richard at The Dining Room during breakfast and he introduced me to his special and absolutely fabulous Foie Gras Chawan Mushi. Yes, we had that at breakfast! More about this later.

Now let’s re-live our dining experiences at The Datai…

 

THE LOBBY LOUNGE
The Lobby Lounge is usually the first F&B place that guests get acquainted with upon arriving at The Datai. Not surprising as this was where we were served some very refreshing welcome drinks and fluffy “kuih bahulu” (petite sponge cakes) complete with pineapple relish while waiting for the room registration process to complete.

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This was also where I had my first glimpse of the picturesque panoramas of the emerald rainforest canopy merging into the jade-green Andaman Sea. Like me, guests will also be so enamoured by the beautiful lotus pond just beside it, where cute little green frogs frolic among the pretty pink lotus blooms.

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Really love the lotus pond!

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View from the Lobby Lounge

The Lobby Lounge is excellent for all day-snacking, any-time cocktails, and evenings of live music, elegant canapés, refined wines and fine cigars.

 

THE DINING ROOM
We loved hanging out at The Dining Room with its casual relaxed ambience facing the pool and the rainforest beyond. It’s a place that we didn’t get tired of lingering, even when the last breakfast plate was cleared.

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The breakfast spread may not be enormously extensive but what it served was adequate, with premium quality selections. Traditional banana-leaf wrapped nasi lemak, freshly baked croissants, pastries, breads are laid out with cheeses, salads, cereals, smoked meats and other hot dishes, both local and international favourites.

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On one morning we were delighted to see roti canai being freshly made on-the-spot and I must tell you that the dhall curry and sambal were really good.

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Fabulous Roti Canai

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How about some Nasi Lemak?

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Foie Gras Chawan Mushi

What topped our breakfast experience here was the discovery of Chef Millar’s special Foie Gras Chawan Mushi at the eggs station. Served in delicate cut-out egg shells, the smooth silky egg custard was so sublime that I shamelessly had 5 of them!

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Besides the buffet items, guests can also order from a special breakfast a la carte menu. So we had lobster & coriander omelette, eggs benedict with smoked salmon & spinach and The Datai-style French Toast with truffle-whipped butter.

Oh did I mention that wines and bubblies are also served at breakfast here?  Why not – it’s a vacation, after all!

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Croissants and bubblies

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The Dining Room is a versatile venue that transforms each evening into a romantic rendezvous. The illuminated sapphire blue pool reflects the night sky and sets the scene for a fine-dining evening menu of exquisite Malay and European cuisine. But like I said, we didn’t have a chance to check out the dinner menu here as the other F&B outlets beckoned.

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THE BEACH CLUB
Adjacent to the beach and overlooking the azure blue pool, The Beach Club is a casual dining option for lunch or dinner. I could see this was a favourite spot among many of the guests as most of them would just hang out around the pool after breakfast. Food from the Beach Club can also be served by the poolside or in the restaurant itself.

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The Beach Club

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Like the view?

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From light Mediterranean snacks to wood-fire oven pizzas, seafood, local favourites and flavoursome salads, this open-air setting is ideal for casual dining or just chilling out. The bonus is the soothing sounds of waves breaking against the shore as you enjoy your meal. We had lunch here on two days and I still didn’t get tired of their food.

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Our favourites here are their satay, steak, pizza and that Caesar Salad was amazing.

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Thick chunks of tasty tender beef & chicken

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Ribeye – perfectly executed, one of the best I’ve had!

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Drool-worthy Seafood Pizza

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Grilled Tuna

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The Datai Laksa

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Caesar Salad

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Decadent desserts are the order of the day

The adjacent Beach Club Bar is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails and also caters to the nearby double sun-loungers and built-in beach daybeds, for a chilled-out ‘beach picnic’.

 

THE GULAI HOUSE
It’s best to hop onto one of the resort’s buggies to get to The Gulai House because the narrow road leading to it is long and convoluted. Situated in the heart of the rainforest, styled after a traditional Malay Kampung ‘village’ home, The Gulai House is really charming with its rustic, airy ambience and ever-present jungle symphony.

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Warm and welcoming ambience

This award-winning restaurant serves traditional Malay and Indian cuisine amidst its warm wood-themed enclave with traditional lamps casting their golden hues across the teakwood beams.

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Dining in a rustic Malay home

The spacious restaurant offers a range of seating options, from an open-air dining area to secluded alcoves draped in organza featuring traditional low Malay tables and cushion seats on hand-woven pandan mats. Guests can opt to sit on these the “bersila” way (sitting on the floor with folded knees).

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First things first: the moment we were seated, the service staff in traditional Malay dress, brought a small basin of water for us to wash our hands. It’s a ritual thats common among Malay kampung folks.

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Delicious dainty morsels to get the appetite going

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Spicy and tangy appetizers

At the moment the menu at The Gulai House features a good balance of traditional Malay dishes and Indian cuisine. In time to come, more Malay dishes will be showcased.

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We had a scrumptious dinner of ikan bakar (grilled fish), stir-fried prawns with vegetables, seafood in coconut curry, stir-fried kangkong, tandoori lamb and some super crispy roti pratha to mop up the curry.

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Tandoori Lamb Cutlets

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Crispy & addictive Roti Pratha

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Aromatic spicy Crab Soup

Oh we also had this very tasty spicy crab soup with chunks of bouncy crabmeat! We were so full that we absolutely did not have any space for desserts at all.

 

THE PAVILION
When viewed from the poolside, The Pavilion looks like it’s suspended amongst the tropical treetops. Designed to appear floating in the rainforest canopy, The Pavilion is elevated on 30m stilts with far reaching views across the Andaman Sea to Thailand’s Tarutao islands.

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Tables are decorated with orchids and flickering candles – just perfect for the gorgeous greenery provided by Mother Nature all round its wooden structure. There’s a definite “back to nature” feel about the place as all we could see around us were the lush leaves and branches of trees that had stood the test of time.

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Many of the Thai dishes are cooked with freshly harvested herbs – lovely sniffs of lingering lemongrass, galangal and ginger flowers were apparent when the food was served. We shared a platter of appetisers, fried squids, roast duck red curry, fluffy fragrant Thai omelette and a plate of aromatic fried rice.

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Assorted Thai Appetizers

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Roast Duck Red Curry

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Fluffy Seafood Omelette

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Thai Fried Rice – so fragrant and delicately flavoured

Guess what – we could still squeeze some space for the must-have Thai desserts of mango sticky rice and “thab tim krob” (water chestnuts in sweet coconut milk).

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Must-have: Mango Sticky Rice

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I heard that there are plans for an onsite organic garden and greenhouse at The Datai – with these, I can’t wait to see how its future culinary offerings would fare, definitely more deliciously decadent than ever.
For more information or reservation, visit www.thedatai.com, email reservations@dataihotels.com or call +604-9500-500.

 

THE DATAI
Jalan Teluk Datai
07000 Langkawi
Kedah
Tel: +604-9500-500

website: www.thedatai.com

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