Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pool Bar & Lounge @ Gaya Island Resort, Malaysia

On our last day at Gaya Island Resort, we visited the Pool Bar & Lounge for a quick lunch before departing the resort. As the name suggests, it overlooks the resort's infinity pool and floating cabanas. 

I like the view a lot!

The menu is mainly made up of light bites such as sandwiches, burgers, pizza, Japanese sushi/maki, as well as tapas.

We ordered the bento box, which included grilled teriyaki fish, sashimi, tempura and sushi. Everything tasted fresh. We also ordered the California maki with avocado, crabmeat, cucumber, tobiko and mayonnaise. In hindsight we would have skipped this if we knew the bento was such a big portion - carbs overload!

We also ordered the Gourmet Burger - a thick Angus beef patty sandwiched between sesame seed buns, lettuce, onion, tomato, cheddar,beef bacon and caramelised onions. Juicy and totally satisfying!

Nice place for an al fresco lunch or simply chilling with a drink

Website: http://www.gayaislandresort.com/

Location: Gaya Island Resort, Malohom Bay, Pulau Gaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Seafood Buffet Dinner @ Gobo Chit Chat, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Seafood lovers should head over to Gobo Chit Chat at Traders Hotel KL and check out their seafood buffet promotion. Priced at RM108++ per person, we thought it was excellent value for money as the seafood is fresh and of high quality. 

Available on Fridays and Saturdays, the seafood buffet dinner features a plethora of fresh seafood. At the cold seafood counter, you can find freshly shucked oysters, poached scallops, blue yabbies, local clams, Alaskan king crabs and several variety of prawns. Definitely an impressive spread!

Alaskan king crabs

Spoilt for choice.... so many to choose from!

Blue yabbies and flower crab

Poached scallops

Local clams

Slipper lobster


Other seafood appetizers include smoked salmon, salmon gravlax, smoked mackarel, pickled herring as well as fresh sashimi (salmon, butterfish, tuna) from the Japanese counter.

Sashimi from the Japanese counter

Grilled shishamo


During our visit, there was also a whole roasted salmon as well as rib of beef. I love the tender and juicy beef. :)

Other than the buffet spread, do visit the live cooking stations - looking at this wonderful spread of seafood makes my heart sing with joy. Large clams, prawns, scallops, crayfish, slipper lobster and several types of fish.... all ready to be grilled by the restaurant's friendly chefs. They're simply grilled with some herb butter, really tasty!

Fill yer boots!

One of the highlights of this seafood buffet is the buttermilk crab. Simply choose between the mud crab or flower crabs, and the chef will prepare it  for you. The crab is cooked in a claypot with butter, condensed milk, curry leaves  (in 7 mins, we were told) at the live cooking station. I really love the sauce, so fragrant and delicious! Not to be missed.

Flower crabs

We went for the mud crabs.... love 'em big claws!

And once you're done with the seafood, check out some of the desserts on offer. The melted cheesecake is highly recommended - rich and smooth.

Rainbow cakes in mini jars... too cute! 

Malaysian kuih


Twin Towers on a rainy evening

The Seafood Buffet Dinner is available at Gobo Chit Chat every Friday and Saturday and is priced at RM108++ per person.

Opening times: 6.30pm-10.30pm (dinner).

Service: Good.

Location: Gobo Chit Chat, Level 5, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2332 9888

GPS Coordinates: 3.154271, 101.715417

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vietnamese Promotion @ Link Restaurant, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

I've always been a huge fan of Vietnamese cuisine, so when we were invited to Link All Day Dining Restaurant in Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar to sample their latest Vietnamese Food Promotion, I had to say YES!

Vietnamese cuisine is known to food lovers as a cuisine featuring the harmonious combination of five elements of taste - spicy to represent metal, sour to represent wood, bitter to represent fire, salty to represent water and sweet to represent Earth. There is so much to love about Vietnamese food, from the abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables to fresh ingredients and pleasing presentation.

In conjunction with Vietnam's National Day on 2 September, Link is having a 10-day Vietnamese Food Promotion from 19-28 September 2014 (except Fri & Sat), with invited chefs from Vietnam, Chef Viet Anh Nguyen and Chef Van Son Nguyen who will prepare an authentic Vietnamese experience for guests. The buffet is priced at RM90 nett per person (includes the international spread available at LINK) and is available for both lunch and dinner.

Iconic Vietnamese dishes such as pho, fresh and deep fried spring rolls as well as bo lu lac (shaking beef) are some of the dishes you may find at this promotion. The Vietnamese items are clearly marked out with a Vietnam flag on the dish label.

On our visit there were 3 Gỏi (Vietnamese salads) available to try - chicken and onion salad (nom ga xe phay), grilled squid with beansprouts and starfruit salad (gui muc nuong khe and gia do), and carrot and green papaya salad (nom du du ca rot rau thom). Appetizing and delicious, great for whetting our appetites.

Chicken and onion salad

Grilled squid with beansprouts and starfruit salad

Carrot and green papaya salad

Next, we visited the live station to watch Chef Viet Anh Nguyen prepare the fresh spring rolls (nem cuon tuoi and nuoc cham chua ngot). The delicate rice paper rolls are softened in water then filling of rice vermicelli, lettuce, chicken and herbs are placed on and then rolled. Dipped in nước chấm, we loved this light salad roll.

The making of.. Vietnamese fresh rice rolls

Hubby's favorite dish of the afternoon was the braised fish and ginger in caramel sauce (ca kho to). The sauce is both salty and sweet, really comforting and yummy.

Chicken & Lotus Vietnamese Soup (Sup Ga Hat Sen Cung Dinh)

Bo luc lac aka shaking beef - French-influenced dish of beef cut into cubes and marinated, served with sautéed onions and peppers

Beef and salted vegetable fried rice (com rang dua bo)

Vietnamese-style vegetables

Chef Van Son Nguyen at the live cooking station, preparing the Vietnamese crepes (banh beo)

The making of... fried spring roll

These two items were my favorite, especially the fried spring roll (cha gio) that has just come off the fryer. Little rolls of deliciousness. Definitely had several helpings of this. :)

And the most famous of them all, the Vietnamese pho - available with traditional beef or chicken broth (on a daily rotation basis). I enjoyed the rich, flavorful, clear broth with lots of freshly chopped coriander.

Vietnamese drip coffee, sweetened with condensed milk (ca phe sua) can be ordered separately for RM18nett.

This Vietnamese Food Promotion runs from 19-28 September 2014 (except Fri & Sat), and is priced at RM90 nett per person. Available for both lunch and dinner.

Opening times: 12.00pm - 3.00pm (Lunch), 6.30pm-10.30pm (Dinner).

Service: Good.

Location: LINK All Day Dining Restaurant, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, No 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2298 1888

GPS Coordinates: 3.115850, 101.6632

Website: http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-7962-pullman-kuala-lumpur-bangsar-/index.shtml

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