Monday, March 27, 2017

The Tolbooth Restaurant, Stonehaven, Scotland

Stonehaven is one of our favorite places to visit when we're in Scotland. It was a beautiful day, so we took the kids for a stroll on Stonehaven Harbour. We decided to have lunch at Tolbooth Restaurant (a restaurant we visit at least once everytime we're in Scotland).

Our kids love this place!

They offer a 3-course set lunch for £20. We decided to go for 2 set lunches as well a mussel dish from the Specials menu.

First to arrive was the Steamed Shetland mussels with white wine, shallots, garlic and herbs. I went for the starter portion (£7.95) and was pleasantly surprised by the large, generous portion. The mussels were fresh and plump, both mussel lovers (Baby D and I) enjoyed this very much.

From the set lunch menu, I chose the Cullen Skink. The soup was served with chopped chives, croutons and herb oil - delicious and not cloyingly rich. For those interested in trying to make cullen skink at home, you can check out the recipe here.

Hubby had the 'hot smoked' local mackarel fillet for his starters. This was served with baby gem salad, pickled red onions, and orange dressing.

For mains, diners get a choice between Thai prawn curry, grilled fillet of sea bream, and char grilled rib eye. We went for the latter two.

Two pieces of sea bream fillets were grilled, and served with crushed ratte potato, chargrilled courgette and spicy tomato sauce. Simple and good - the skin was crispy and the natural sweetness of the fish can be enjoyed.

Though this is essentially a seafood restaurant, the steak was beautifully done. Tender and juicy, it was cooked to medium rare as requested. The steak was accompanied by hasselback potatoes, glazed carrots, roasted cherry tomatoes and red wine jus.

Dessert was a choice between local Castleton strawberries (with vanilla meringue, chantilly cream and strawberry coulis) or dark chocolate mousse (with honeycomb and salted peanut brittle).

Tolbooth Museum, directly underneath Tolbooth Restaurant - click here to see inside the museum.

Baby C takes a photo with the mangle (vintage hand-cranked clothes dryer)

BabySumoKids with the fishing creels

Click here and here to read about our previous experience at Tolbooth Restaurant.

Opening times: May - Sept Tues- Sun, lunch & dinner;
Oct - April Wed - Sat, lunch & dinner; Sunday, lunch only
Lunch 12 - 2pm; Dinner 6 - 9.30pm; Sunday:Lunch 12 - 3pm

Location: Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant, Old Pier, Stonehaven Harbour, AB39 2JU, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 1569 762287


GPS Coordinates: 56.960759, -2.202161

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ramadan Buffet 2017 @ Carousel International Coffeehouse, Palace of the Golden Horses

This Ramadan, Carousel International Coffeehouse at Palace of the Golden Horses will be featuring a very special Ramadan Buffet Menu. Available from 22 May to 24 June 2017, the "Seindah Ramadhan" buffet spread  will be focusing on Middle Eastern Arabic cuisine with camel meat being the main attraction.

The Seindah Ramadan buffet dinner is priced at RM178 per adult and RM89 for children and senior citiens. Prepared by the Halal kitchen, there will be 16 action stalls in total and over 150 break fast favorites on offer (5 menus on rotation).

For starters, there is a wide selection of appetizers and salads such as Ayam Dara Goreng Berkunyit, Kerabu Lidah Lembu, Kerabu Udang Celon, Acar Betik Muda, Ulam-Ulam Melayu, Acar Rampai and Acar Buah.

Tauhu sumbat


Imported dates

An assortment of coconut-based drinks such as coconut bandung, coconut chocolate, coconut coffee and more.

We love the Sup Gearbox, the bone marrow broth served in a coconut. The soup was warming and invigorating. There are also other soups such as sup ekor berempah, and clam chowder.

Bubur lambuk is a dish commonly found during the Ramadan period. Try Carousel's version with chicken / beef floss, fried shallots, salted egg and coriander.

You will find mains such as Udang Masak Pedas Malinja, Ayam Masak Kapitan Penang, Sambal Sotong Berpetai, Pajeri Nenas and more.

Indoors, you will also find the Fisherman Estuary and Satay Riang stall. Pick from seafood such as Spanish mackerel, sting ray, prawns, squid, cockles and kupang, as well as marinated chicken and beef skewers. The chefs will cook and then deliver it to your table. We had the grilled squid and satays.... delicious!

Head on outdoors and you will find most of the live action stalls. We love the fluffy, flavorful biryani - choose from chicken, lamb or beef biryani.

At the Masjid India stall, you will find Tandoori chicken, lamb varuval and chicken paratel. The lamb varuval was tender and flavorful.. yums!

 Roti John at Lido Beach stall

Chicken or Beef Murtabak, with lentils stew and sambal

One of the highlights at Carousel's Ramadan buffet is the Palace Barbeque Pit Stall. You will pit-roasted whole lamb, roast beef, as well as roasted camel meat. There will also be other camel specialities such as sup unta berempah, rendang daging unta, and nasi kerabu daging unta salai.

Camel meat 

Another must-try is the Gulai Kawah, the signature beef stew. Over here, they use beef short ribs and braise it for several hours until tender.

 Chulia Street Stall, for  stir fried radish cake with beansprouts or pan-fried or chien (oyster omelette). 

The king of fruit, durian will be featured at this year's Ramadan buffet, along with a selection of tropical fruits such as mangosteen, rambutan and langsat. There will also be a variety of deep fried seasoned fruits such as lychee goreng, pineapple goreng, rambutan goreng, and cempedak goreng.

Indulge in local desserts such as kuih lapis, onde-onde, pengat pisang bersago, cendol, serawa durian and homemade Raya cookies. There will also be a variety of international desserts such as bread and butter pudding, ice cream and cakes.

An early bird promotion is available from 1 March until 21 May, whereby all paid bookings will be entitled to a 15% discount.

For more information or reservations, please contact Palace of the Golden Horses at 03-8946 4888 ext 3781 or email

Opening times:  Breakfast 6.30am - 10.30am; Lunch 12 noon - 2.30pm; Dinner 6.30pm - 10.30pm.

Parking rate RM8 per entry (first 2 hours free)

Location: Carousel International Coffehouse, Lower Ground Level, Jalan Kuda Emas, MINES Resort City, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-8946 4888 ext 3781


GPS Coordinates: 3.046915, 101.709155

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