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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AFTERMEAL DESSERTS, Damansara Uptown (Sweet Vouchers for you!)

This dessert shop is making waves in the Damansara Uptown area. And I can totally understand why. I have also become a fan of this place! This is where people go, after meals, if they want some good desserts. The menu is simple – just a combination of hot and cold desserts, served with sprinkling of Taiwanese, Korean, Chinese and also local styles and flavours. Think shaved ice, boba, jelly, popping pearls, sweet potato and taro balls … sound familiar?

This casual sweet eatery is run by Pei and his team of young entrepreneurs. When we were there, the place was really bustling and very soon, there was a queue outside the shop. The enterprising young folks quickly brought out stools for the waiting guests – really thoughtful and customer-friendly!

First thing to try here is their Kakigori – shaved ice desserts. They have a damn good ice-shaving machine … the shaved ice is bingsu-grade … soft, light and fluffy! The signature item is the Iron Lady Milk Tea Kakigori where premium quality tieguanyin tea is used. The tea flavour is fragrant and discernible, nicely absorbed in the soft fluffy shaved ice. It’s served with a bowl of handcrafted sweet potato and taro balls and boba pearls soaked in a light brown sugar syrup. Other flavours to check out in the kakigori range are Royal Matcha Latte, Dark Milo, Horlicks, White Coffee and Durian & Coconut – flavours that Malaysians love!

Iron Lady Milk Tea Kakigori (RM22)

I love grass jelly and the Classic Grass Jelly here is excellent. The bowl, with shaved ice at the bottom is piled high with wobbly jelly and crowned with red beans and crunchy roasted almond flakes. Like the kakigori items, it’s also served with a bowl of sweet potato and taro balls and boba pearls soaked in a light brown sugar syrup. Fresh milk is served separately which you then pour all over the jelly before digging in!

Classic Grass Jelly (RM16)

We adore the Classic Calamansi Yokan too. It’s so refreshing! The calamansi juice has been added to the ice and that’s how the taste has been intensified. Beneath the thick slices of calamansi yokan, there’s honey sea coconut, white pearls and passionfruit popping pearls – so much to love!

Classic Calamansi Yokan (RM16)

I’m a fan of hot ginger soup and the Bentong Ginger Soup with Black Sesame Rice Balls is right up my alley. 3 levels of “hotness” are offered: Light, Normal or Spicy. Of course my choice is “spicy”!

Bentong Ginger Soup with Black Sesame Rice Balls (RM16)

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AFTERMEAL DESSERTS
52 Jalan SS 21/58
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Tel: +6012-646-7609

Opening Hours:
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1.30pm – 11.30pm.
Friday & Saturday: 1.30pm – 1.00am.
*Closed on Tuesday

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aftermealdesserts/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aftermealdessertcafe/

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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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A Taste of Super Foods at RUYI, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Diners stepping into Ruyi now have a chance to savour the first of Ruyi’s Eat Well Live Well dinners, which is available until 23 December 2019. It’s a collaborative effort with Cabana, KapowBalls and Kintry Artisan Food – all purveyors of healthy food.

Cabana is popular with their Acai Bowls and Smoothies using organic acai berries, freshly blended and free from refined sugars. Kintry is a home-grown Malaysian company specializing in healthy snacks made from scratch. Their top-selling halal artisanal snacks such as salted egg potato crisps, cookies and granolas are well-known in the market. Kapow Balls are guilt-free low-calorie dessert balls made from all-natural ingredients … yummy stuff like chocolates, dates, all kinds of nuts, almond butter, chia seeds, berries etc.

Working with these entities, the culinary team at Ruyi has curated a Chinese 6-course fine dining menu at RM168 per person (without cocktails) / RM198 per pax (with 2 cocktails) for those who would like to try something unique and good for their wellbeing.

Dinner kicks off with a refreshing Gin cocktail served in an earthenware bowl. We love the crunchy honey granola served in it – what a novel touch!

Gin Kiu Blossom with Citrus with Honey Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Winter Melon Noodles look like jellyfish strands but once we bite into this, the burst of sweet refreshing juices tell us otherwise. With a light tangy citrusy dressing, it’s a lovely salad and we eat up every single leaf.

Nutrition Cool Kick-Starter – Winter Melon Noodles Salad in Acai Citrus dressing

Soups at Ruyi is always the bomb … Chef James and his crew brew the most amazing nourishing soups which we always enjoy and can’t have enough. The Collagen Soup is fragrant with ginseng and the fishmaw and sea whelk give it that divine umami taste.

Collagen Soup – Ginseng Broth with Fishmaw Collagen & Sea Whelk

Detox Palate Cleanser – Bird’s Nest Acai Sorbet in Green Apple

Sea cucumber and abalone have all the good nutritious and antioxidant elements for you. Power Protein indeed and when braised with truffle and acai, the good factors just doubled.

Power Protein – Truffle & Acai braised Sea Cucumber and Abalone with Asparagus

Cocktail Palate Cleanser – Acai Gin Coco Loco with Coconut & Starfruit with Pandan Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Fried Rice with Mango and Acai looks so tame but instead of blandness, this bowl of rice is packed with some really nice light flavours.

Anti Oxidant – Fried Rice with Mango and Acai

Dessert is of course the guilt-free Kapow Balls, in Brownie form jived up with crunchy dark chocolate granola by Kintry Food Co

Kapow Balls Acai Berry Brownie with Dark Chocolate Granola

Head on to Ruyi for this superfood journey of delicious stuff. I promise you – you’ll leave the restaurant immensely satiated, yet with a lighter step because these are dishes that can be enjoyed so guilt-free!  Available until 23 December 2019. Make your reservations at +603-2083-0288.

 

RUYI
4th Floor Annexe
Bangsar Shopping Centre
285 Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2083-0288

Website

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A Taste of Super Foods at RUYI, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Diners stepping into Ruyi now have a chance to savour the first of Ruyi’s Eat Well Live Well dinners, which is available until 23 December 2019. It’s a collaborative effort with Cabana, KapowBalls and Kintry Artisan Food – all purveyors of healthy food.

Cabana is popular with their Acai Bowls and Smoothies using organic acai berries, freshly blended and free from refined sugars. Kintry is a home-grown Malaysian company specializing in healthy snacks made from scratch. Their top-selling halal artisanal snacks such as salted egg potato crisps, cookies and granolas are well-known in the market. Kapow Balls are guilt-free low-calorie dessert balls made from all-natural ingredients … yummy stuff like chocolates, dates, all kinds of nuts, almond butter, chia seeds, berries etc.

Working with these entities, the culinary team at Ruyi has curated a Chinese 6-course fine dining menu at RM168 per person (without cocktails) / RM198 per pax (with 2 cocktails) for those who would like to try something unique and good for their wellbeing.

Dinner kicks off with a refreshing Gin cocktail served in an earthenware bowl. We love the crunchy honey granola served in it – what a novel touch!

Gin Kiu Blossom with Citrus with Honey Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Winter Melon Noodles look like jellyfish strands but once we bite into this, the burst of sweet refreshing juices tell us otherwise. With a light tangy citrusy dressing, it’s a lovely salad and we eat up every single leaf.

Nutrition Cool Kick-Starter – Winter Melon Noodles Salad in Acai Citrus dressing

Soups at Ruyi is always the bomb … Chef James and his crew brew the most amazing nourishing soups which we always enjoy and can’t have enough. The Collagen Soup is fragrant with ginseng and the fishmaw and sea whelk give it that divine umami taste.

Collagen Soup – Ginseng Broth with Fishmaw Collagen & Sea Whelk

Detox Palate Cleanser – Bird’s Nest Acai Sorbet in Green Apple

Sea cucumber and abalone have all the good nutritious and antioxidant elements for you. Power Protein indeed and when braised with truffle and acai, the good factors just doubled.

Power Protein – Truffle & Acai braised Sea Cucumber and Abalone with Asparagus

Cocktail Palate Cleanser – Acai Gin Coco Loco with Coconut & Starfruit with Pandan Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Fried Rice with Mango and Acai looks so tame but instead of blandness, this bowl of rice is packed with some really nice light flavours.

Anti Oxidant – Fried Rice with Mango and Acai

Dessert is of course the guilt-free Kapow Balls, in Brownie form jived up with crunchy dark chocolate granola by Kintry Food Co

Kapow Balls Acai Berry Brownie with Dark Chocolate Granola

Head on to Ruyi for this superfood journey of delicious stuff. I promise you – you’ll leave the restaurant immensely satiated, yet with a lighter step because these are dishes that can be enjoyed so guilt-free!  Available until 23 December 2019. Make your reservations at +603-2083-0288.

 

RUYI
4th Floor Annexe
Bangsar Shopping Centre
285 Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2083-0288

Website

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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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