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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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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E&O RESIDENCES, Kuala Lumpur

Staying in the suburbs, out of the glare of city lights, I’ve sometimes wondered what it’s like to live right in the centre of a metropolis like Kuala Lumpur. Well, recently I had an opportunity to experience a 2-night stay in the heart of Kuala Lumpur – in the luxurious urban haven of E&O Residences managed by Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O).

Located along a quiet stretch known as Jalan Tengah, which is just a stonethrow from uber-busy Jalan Sultan Ismail, the E&O Residences is a sanctuary. Although it’s smack in the middle of the CBD (Central Business District), the E&O Residences is an oasis of calm, greenery and wide spaces. The 200 exclusive and stylishly appointed suites are housed in two towers fringed by lots of tall palm trees.

The stylish Reception area

Guests can chill-out in this casual lounge area just next to the reception

A charming corner with laptops available for guests to use

Our experience checking in to our 2-room suite was quick and seamless. Within minutes we got our access cards and were immediately whisked up to the 25th floor. The 134 sq m (1,442sq ft) suite is certainly spacious with 2 bedrooms, an open living area, a well-equipped kitchenette and a private study. The little study is intentionally kept spartan so as not to disrupt attention when work is needed to be done.

The master bedroom and guest room are furnished with comfortable king-sized beds with premium bedlinen, wardrobes and spacious bathrooms – complete with glass-walled showers, free standing baths, as well as ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ vanities. We really love the simple chic furniture accentuated by plenty of natural light pouring in from the angled glass walls of the balcony.

For a hassle-free stay, the amenities provided are complete; from the fully-equipped kitchenette to washing machine & dryer, steam iron with ironing board, hairdryer, electronic safe and home entertainment system with iPod docking station. For guests who wish to cook their own meals, we’re told rice cooker and blender are also available on request. And oh, fast wifi internet connectivity is of course available too!

The large swimming pool on the grounds is a welcome spot to chill out, whether it’s just to laze around or for that much-needed round of aqua exercise. Gym bunnies would be pleased to know that there’s also a gym on the premises. Walking around the expansive grounds, we noted there are swings and children’s play area to keep the young ones happy and occupied.

Guests staying at the E&O Residences can choose to have breakfast included and this is served at Delicious Cafe which is just a few steps away, at St Mary Place. Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am daily. The buffet spread is simple but ample enough. Local favourites like nasi lemak and fried noodles together with western-style items are all available at the buffet stations.

One of the plus factors of staying in the E&O Residences is that guests don’t need to venture far for a spot of retail therapy. Right at the doorstep, there’s a 2-storey retail annexe called St Mary Place, an intimate enclave of hip bistros, delis, and restaurants like Glass Tartines & Tipples, Black Market pub and Sushi Hinata.

Whether for long or short term stays, the luxurious and ample-sized city suite is perfect for business guests, small families and young couples.

 

E&O RESIDENCES
No.1 Jalan Tengah
Off Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2023-2188

Website here

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EQ – the iconic Equatorial Hotel is back in Kuala Lumpur!

I can’t believe 7 years can just zip past so fast.

That’s the time taken for the new EQ to reappear on the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Many of us know the Equatorial Hotel which opened back in the 1970’s and had remained very popular until it closed in 2012 for a massive redevelopment. The hotel is now back and rebranded as EQ, as part of the spectacular soaring 52-storey Equatorial Plaza occupying the same prime location along Jalan Sultan Ismail.  Its sleek sparkling facade is impressive – an ingenious play of cascading stainless steel strips set against dark glass wall panels… from afar, it looks like a pattern of shiny falling rain.

Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the rebirth of the 440-room EQ is poised to resume its sterling standard of service and hospitality. It’s back and it’s now bigger, bolder and trendier! Despite it being Kuala Lumpur’s latest vibrant sanctuary, the spanking new premise keeps a dash of the original hotel’s DNA right at the entrance. Three bronze sculptures made by Malaysian artist Nizam Abdullah grace the pathway and the bronze was cast using metal salvaged from the original Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur building.

Besides preserving a bit of history, EQ has also been awarded the Green Building Index accreditation. The hotel recycles its water, conserves energy with natural sunlight in all rooms including meeting rooms and has a highly efficient magnetic chiller.

Welcome to EQ!

Walking towards our room, we noted the doors were recessed behind the corridor, streamlining the decor aesthetics as well as giving it an extra dose of security – a nice thoughtful touch indeed. There’s lots of sunlight pouring in from the huge glass windows in our Deluxe Room equipped with advanced entertainment system (great choice of in-room movies!), complimentary wifi and a very comfortable king-size bed. Little intimate touches like providing a conventional alarm clock at the bedside console adds on the charm. Even the room safe is very canggih – flat horizontal drawer-like device unlike the conventional type.

The spacious bathroom comes with his & hers vanities and rain shower. The rooms are fitted out in stylish contemporary design in cool tropical earth tones, livened up with floral patterns on the carpet. As our room was on the 44th floor, there’s a splendid commanding view from our window!

As Club Room guests, we got to experience EQ’s Equator Club. And what a dizzying experience that was! Perched high on the 50th floor, the Equator Club provides a high level of privilege and exclusivity like express check-in/check-out at the dedicated concierge, buffet breakfast, all-day beverages & snacks, afternoon tea, evening cocktails with canapes… all these enjoyed with a panoramic view of the city! Heck, I can lounge all day here and be completely happy with the lovely ambience and top-notch personalized service!

View from the Equator Club

The entire 29th Floor is called Sanctum Wellness. As befitting any 5-star hotel, recreational facilities like a well-equipped fitness centre and swimming pool are standard installations. EQ’s 25m infinity pool with a large adjoining vitality pool, is partially shaded with pretty frangipani trees and an inspiring view of the KL Tower.

Within the elegant confines of the hotel, the Sanctum Spa on the 29th floor is a calm and soothing sanctuary. I spent a wonderful hour here, pampered by skilled fingers in a relaxing yet invigorating massage.

Choose your oils

With a hotel this size, there are several function rooms and spaces to hold events but special mention must be made for their unique 2-tier Diamond Ballroom, inspired by famous opera halls.  Furthermore there’s landscaped outdoor function lawn – just the place to hold a wedding ceremony!

Let’s talk about dining in EQ.

Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to food, whether it’s Japanese fine dining at Kampachi (read about our Kampachi dining experience here) or local favourites at the all-day dining restaurant Nipah and pastries at the contemporary street café Étoile.

Just like in the old Equatorial Hotel, Nipah showcases pan-Asian cuisine and culinary culture in all its glorious variety in this bright and cheerful restaurant. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet here – there’s a good variety of food at the food stations and the bustling open kitchen.

Nipah dishes up some awesome fares all day!

Besides buffet, must-order a la carte items here are their popular signature Curry Noodles, Mee Mamak, Nasi Goreng and Beef Satay.

The stunning Bottega Lounge at the lobby floor exudes charm and conviviality. It’s stocked with fine wines from around the globe and premium beers, including the world-famous Paulaner beer. We enjoyed a delicious lunch in this cosy and chic lounge. Do try the incredibly fragrant freshly made mushroom soup – it’s insanely good – I had to restrain myself from a 2nd bowl! There’s fresh succulent oysters and the breads are really good.

On the 51st Floor, there’s Sabayon and Blue Bar where fine continental dining and bespoke cocktails are enjoyed with some breath-taking views from the rooftop.

So, yes, EQ is back and what a dazzling return it is.

 

EQ
Equatorial Plaza
alan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 – 2789 7777
info@kul.equatorial.com

Website

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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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