Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Hotel Review: Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur - Club Suite

We have fond memories of our stay here a few years back, so we were definitely excited to be at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur again for a family staycation. This time, we stayed in the Club Suite on the 33rd Floor in this 5-star hotel.

The Sheraton Club Suite is spacious (84m²) and is perfect for families. Our suite comes with a city view and comes with a separate living and bedroom area. The bedroom comes with a king-sized bed, sofa, TV and a walk-in closet for storing your luggage and clothing. Although comfortable, the suite interior is rather dated in appearance.

The bathroom is also spacious, with a separate toilet, marble counter tops, a bathtub and two rainforest showerheads. Our kids sure had lots of fun playing in the bathtub.

The living area is equipped with a 40” LED flat screen TV with kids channel as well as DVD player. There is a working desk as well as coffee / tea making facilities in the living area. There is also complimentary high speed WiFi for your surfing needs.

Guests staying in the Club Suite will have access to the Sheraton Club Lounge on the 38th Floor. What I like best about Sheraton is that kids are allowed in to the lounge at all times (including cocktail hour). Hence the whole family can hang out together in the lounge - very family-friendly indeed. Furthermore, service here is exemplary - the staff always greets us with a smile, are efficient and friendly. Guests can enjoy breakfast here in the mornings, coffee, tea, juices and light snacks throughout the day. and complimentary evening cocktails and light bites (from 5pm to 8pm) at the lounge.

The outdoor free-form swimming pool (1.43m deep) is located on Level 5, and comes a great view of the KL Tower. While the kids had fun in the pool with Hubby, I relaxed on one of the lounge chairs under the shade. There is also an outdoor jacuzzi at the pool area.

There is also a jacuzzi as well as a steam room and sauna located in Mandara Spa

The hotel is strategically located with the LRT station just a few minutes walk away; the LRT will bring you to many attractions in the city. There is also a new shopping mall (Quill City Mall) located opposite the hotel, a lifestyle haven with an exciting mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment. For dining options, pay a visit to the refreshed "The Row" for cafes and restaurants.

The hotel also houses five F&B outlets, so you will be definitely be spoilt for choice. Essence is the hotel's all-day dining restaurant, serving breakfast, an a la carte menu as well as an international buffet spread for lunch and dinner. We like coming here for breakfast as they have an extensive spread, including fresh juices (made to order), waffles, mee goreng, noodles, pastries, roti canai and more.

Cod from the a la carte menu at Essence

Our favorite restaurant in the hotel is Celestial Court, where both service and food is excellent. A must-try here is the pork-free dim sum, exquisitely made for your enjoyment. You can also find authentic Cantonese cuisine here in the evenings. They also offer an All-You-Can-Eat dim sum buffet on Sat, Sun and Public Holidays. This includes unlimited servings of dim sum as well as Cantonese a la carte dishes.

Dim sum at Celestial Court - link to detailed review here

Villa Danieli, housed in a free-standing Tuscany-style villa, offers authentic, homely Italian cuisine that is sure to delight. The restaurant features an open kitchen, complete with a custom made wood-fired oven. We had the pleasure of trying the White Asparagus promotion as well as the Italian Sunday Brunch, and we thoroughly enjoyed both our meals here.

Filleto di Manzo - link to detailed review here

At the Italian Sunday Brunch - link to detailed review

Indulge in a spot of afternoon tea at Pavilions Lounge in a beautiful, elegant setting while being entertained by the live pianist.

Afternoon tea at Pavilions Lounge - link to detailed review here

Do check out the Advance Purchase Deal Package by clicking this link, for room rates as low as RM230++ per room per night.

Check-in time 3pm, check-out time 12 noon.

Location: Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur. (Parking rate is RM8.50 per 25 hours for hotel guests)

Tel: 03 -2717 9900

GPS Coordinates: 3.158813, 101.700203

Website: http://www.sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com/

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Eating Out in Seremban - Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snack

One weekend, we went back to Seremban to run some errands. But first, let's feed our stomachs! We had breakfast at Restoran New Haup Huat, located near the wet market.

I have been eating at this particular noodle stall since I was 5-6 years old. I would always have their wantan mee (RM4.50) while my brother would have their Ipoh sar hor fun (RM4.50). The taste of the noodles is still good after all these years. If you come early enough, make sure to order the plump and juicy prawn wantans too - they only sell limited amounts daily.

The char siew served here is the leaner version. Our kids seem to like this a lot!

This noodles stall also shares the same space with our favorite roast duck in Seremban. It'd be silly not to get some duck while we're here. Half a duck costs RM27.50. The man always debones it nicely for us. The meat is tender, flavorful with a beautiful glistening, crispy skin. YUM!

Lunch was at our favorite Seremban dai chow restaurant, TC Keong. Since we were dining with our relatives, we could order many more dishes to try this time around.

One of the signature dishes of the restaurant is the legendary steamed fish head (RM28) - they use "soong yee" (carp) fish head. The cheong ching sauce (a sweet, spicy and sour sauce) is the bomb, absolutely delicious and full of umami flavours. Some of my dad's friends used to drive down from KL to Seremban just to have this over the weekend.

Our favorite, stir fried beef with oyster sauce and spring onions (RM15).

Thai-style tofu (RM10) - deep fried homemade tofu topped with an appetizing concoction of pickled onions, red chillies and cili padi.

Other dishes that we had here: sweet and sour pork (RM15) - one of the best versions you can find in Seremban, kangkung with belacan (RM10), and stir fried lettuce (RM10)

On another visit, we had the deep fried tilapia, stir fried bittergourd and stir fried potato leaves (fan shu yip).

And finally some pulut cendol from Haji Shariff to cool down on a hot afternoon :) (see detailed post here). If I'm not mistaken, the price is RM1.70 per bowl now.

Here is a list of other good eats in Seremban. Feel free to browse the Label: Seremban for more inspirations.

Closed on Mondays.

Location: Restoran Haup Huat, Jalan Tuanku Munawir, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. (a few lanes away from Pasar Besar Seremban)

GPS coordinates: 2.728625, 101.936367


Closed on Sundays.

Location: TC Keong Restaurant, No. 7 Ground Floor, Jalan Seri Rahang 1, Taman Seri Rahang, 70100 Seremban (near Cosway)

Tel: 012-6118286 / 012-6189960

GPS Coordinates: 2.717239, 101.948973


Location: Haji Shariff Cendol & Catering Sdn Bhd, 44 Jalan Yam Tuan, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

Tel: 016-612 8505

GPS Coordinates: 2.726635, 101.940081

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