Classic and Contemporary Flavours for Breaking of Fast at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur

Can you believe another year has passed and another Ramadhan month is just around the corner? That’s right, this is the time where most hotels would be promoting their Ramadhan buffets and I was recently invited to Renaissance to check out what they have to offer.

This year, you can choose to tantalize your tastebuds with Malaysian classics at TEMPTationS or for something a little different, opt for a touch of Cantonese at Dynasty Restaurant (that’s right, they are now pork free).

Discover the diverse cuisine and delicious flavours to break your fast starting from 27th May 2017 at TEMPTationS, Dynasty Restaurant or privately catered to your exclusive needs.

Make your way to TEMPTationS with family and friends after a long day of fasting where experienced Chef Ali Tuwin and his team will engulf your senses with a feast of more than 100 dishes including Malaysian classics enjoyed during the fasting season. Afterwards, be spoilt with an all-you-can-eat tropical fruit fiesta and durian, the king of fruits at their ‘urban tropical oasis’.

The buffet of Malaysian classics inclusive of the tropical fruit fiesta is priced at RM145nett per person and half price for children from 6 to 12 years old. Early birds will enjoy the buffet at RM110nett per person from 27th May to 2 June and 17 June to 24 June 2017.

As with most hotel buffets, the starters include a seafood bar, a variety of salads and there’s also a ulam station featuring plenty of fresh raw vegetables.

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Classic flavours to be savoured include Biryani Gam Ayam, Sup ‘Gearbox’, Ayam masak daun limau purut, the all-time favourite Roasted Whole Lamb with Percik Sauce, Serawa durian with glutinous rice and the must-have beef or chicken Bubur Lambuk that will be available every evening throughout the fasting month.

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 photo IMG_20170418_183445.jpg Sup Gearbox. Check out the size of the bones! The marrow is the best part.

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At the live action stations, their chefs will dish out Kampung style Ikan Bakar accompanied by its hot and spicy sauces and juicy chicken and beef satays.

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The noodles station offers a rotation of noodles every evening, be it Mee Rebus, Laksa Penang, Sup Mee Hoon Utara or Nyonya Laksa.

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Those with a wider palate may opt for the non-local dishes such as baked salmon with fennel (this was good), grilled Mediterranean vegetables, or the pasta station.

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A meal will not be complete without a sweet ending, and the dessert section has a variety of Malay kuih, whole cakes, puddings, ice cream and not forgetting the tropical fruit fiesta.

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For a unique breaking of fast dining experience, go for contemporary Cantonese cuisine at Dynasty Restaurant where Executive Sous Chef Kok Chee Kin awakens your palate with four creatively crafted set menus. His two 8-course menus and priced at RM138nett per person and RM168nett per person for a minimum of 2 persons, a 9-course menu at RM938nett for 5 persons and a 10 course menu at RM888nett for 5 persons. These menus are also inclusive of the tropical fruit fiesta.

Specials from the menus include the Baked Lamb Rack with piquant Mongolian sauce, Casserole of beef with vermicelli in satay sauce, Crispy farm chicken with spicy minced garlic, Baked cod Portuguese style and Stewed oxtail with radish in casserole.

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 photo IMG_20170418_201407.jpg The rest of the platter

 photo IMG_20170418_201443.jpg Baked Cod Portuguese Style

 photo IMG_20170418_201340.jpg Sauteed Prawns with Green Tea Mayonnaise

 photo IMG_20170418_201357.jpg Baked Lamb rack with piguant Mongolian Sauce

 photo IMG_20170418_201331.jpg Cripsy Farm Chicken with Spicy Minced Garlic

Alternatively, should you plan to host private breaking of fast get-togethers or Aidilfitri celebration for a group of 50 persons and more, our catering team is able to customize packages to suit your needs. Catered exclusively for you from 27 May to 23 July 2017 with a 10% discount for bookings made before 22 May, you will enjoy a host of benefits.

For details on customized packages please email rhi.kulrn.sales@renaissancehotels.com or call 03 27169910/03 27169918

For restaurant reservations, please call 03 2771 6692 or email rhi.kulrn.fb@renaissancehotels.com

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Address – Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Double the Dim Sum, Double the Indulgence at Tao, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Dim Sum culture is still very much alive in Klang Valley, and in fact probably in any Chinese community around the world. It’s a great way to bond with family and friends over food and always a decadent experience popping little expertly made morsels in your mouth. Although, most dim sum places are always super packed during the weekends and you might have to wait ages to get a table, which is why the two of us very rarely do it these days. If you want to dine in comfort, why not give hotel dim sum a try?

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Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur houses an award winning Chinese restaurant called Tao; and from now until 27th November, they have a buy one free one promotion for their dim sum items every weekend. Instead of 3 siew mais, for example, you get 6! Of course, there are more than just your run-of-the-mill dim sums. Master Dim Sum Chef Lo Tan Sion has been making dim sum for over 20 years. Having trained in China, Taiwan, Japan and Indonesia, he is recognised for his talent in creating the delicate bite-sized savouries. His secret? Using premium quality ingredients and adaptation to the likes of local diners’ palate with stronger flavours. Better yet, each dim sum here is handmade from scratch and prepared fresh daily.

We were invited to sample some of his creations. First up, a soupy one to whet our appetite.

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We enjoyed the Double-boiled Abalone and Sea Treasure Dumpling in Bouillon, with it delicate flavours.

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The Steamed Diced Prawns, Chicken, Turnip Moneybags with Oyster sauce were well-received, with fun texture and bouncy prawns in each bite.

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The Steamed Smoked Duck “Mo Mo” Skin Rolls with Red oil sauce showcases Chef Lo’s creativity, condensing your typical Peking duck experience into bite-sized enjoyment. Love the slight smokiness mingling with numbing chili oil.

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You won’t get those ordinary rice noodle rolls here (not dissing the original, they are pretty comforting to eat), this one comes with soft shell crabs inside, and sesame sauce on top, inspired by Hong Kong’s “Zha Leong” when they usually use Chinese fried dough sticks (Yao Zhar Gwai). Needless to say, this is pretty decadent. Maybe even a bit too rich for us.

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We loved the Pan-fried Noodle Rolls with Dried Shrimps and Spring Onion. It’s full of umami flavours and the texture is amazing, with super crispy exterior, fluffy soft centre. We ordered a second serving!

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The Deep fried Taro pastry (Yu kok) here is pretty good too. The filling (smoked duck I think) has a wonderful depth of flavours and the Yam itself aromatic.

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I think I have a weakness when it comes to Radish cake, and here they come stir-fried with Tao’s own spicy scallop sauce. Moreish and comforting.

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We also had their Siew Mai, which is pretty decent for a non Pork version.

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The signature dessert here is a medley of Mango puree, Basil seeds, Pomelo and Ice cream. Refreshing after all that savoury indulgence.

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If you are after heavier dessert they also serves Egg tarts in Bamboo charcoal cup, which unfortunately we didn’t get to try. The Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao was not available during our review either (first photo).

Thank you Intercontinental for hosting us!

Tao Chinese Cuisine

Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur

165 Jalan Ampang
Opens daily 11:30am tp 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 10:30pm
For reservation call 03-27826128 or email tao@intercontinental-kl.com.my

Memory Makers at Traders Hotel

Traders Hotel carries a lot of fun memories for me, from the time I was still a tourist til now. And it’s fitting that they have recently launched a selection of new flavours called “Memory Makers”, a series of new dishes and drinks created based on guests preferences over time. The Memory Makers are made to leave a lasting impression in terms of flavours, presentation and the experience the evoke. We were invited to dine at Gobo Upstairs couple of weeks back and safe to say it was a memorable meal indeed.

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First up, let me just say that if you are into theatrical displays, this meal will certainly wow you. Our starter was “Mushroom Tea” (RM35), a slate with a few pieces of salted tempura oyster mushrooms, a glass with mixed mushrooms (let’s pretend my glass was dry for a sec) and a teapot containing the “tea”….

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Which was then poured into the glass. The broth is infused with wild mushrooms, as you can imagine. Despite its light-ish appearance it’s definitely flavourful, and if I hadn’t practised restraint I can easily have that whole pot over the course of the meal. Then again I’m just a sucker for good soup.

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The tempura mushrooms were seasoned perfectly too, and the bits of sea salt, pink peppercorn and herbs help lifted the flavours.

Gobo Upstairs is as meaty as it comes, and it’s nice for them to offer a Three Meat Platter (RM250) for 2 so you get a nice variety of tastes in one meal.

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The steaks and fine cuts are of course the mainstay and here we get a tenderloin served with Pumpkin Puree and chunky fries. Cooked to medium rare, the steak is tasty enough on its own, but who can pass up the wonderfully done Bordelaise sauce, served in a syringe for the fun factor?

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I don’t even normally order Lamb Rack but this cutlet actually won my heart. So tender and flavourful, none of that gamey taste I dislike. That artichoke and coriander pesto is amazing I want to steal the recipe. Of course, it’s accompanying rosemary sauce (also in a syringe) is excellent too.

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Surprisingly, the poultry was really well done too, with juicy flesh and crispy skin which packs plenty of flavours.

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The dish that could really become an icon is the Nasi Lemak 2.0. Sure, you can get nasi lemak anywhere but if you want it fancy this is the place to go. Especially if you want to introduce this to friends from other countries. It’s like the famous Chicken Rice at Chatterbox, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, but even prettier.

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The usual suspects are all present, with an upgrade: Rice steamed with coconut water and milk in the coconut shell itself, which means you can scoop up the coconut flesh as well. You get a choice of Chicken Rendang or Fried Spiced Chicken, Prawn Sambal with succulent prawns, and the usual sides. If I have just one suggestion to improve the dish, I’d prefer to swap the hard-boiled egg to just slightly underdone for that glorious yolkporn. For RM35 nett, I think this is definitely worth the price tag and experience.

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Now we move on to the desserts!

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This is the Cherry Bomm (RM30). I’ve seen a lot of people sharing videos of this, and now we can finally get it in KL!

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The round sphere is made with white chocolate. You pour the dark chocolate over it and viola! The shell melts to reveal the treat within.

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Ours looked more like the crumbling tower of Piza. This is fitting for the most serious chocolate lovers.

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Le Bon Vivant Ice Kepal (RM20) is inspired by the local Ice Kepal treat that many will recall from their childhood days in the 70s and 80s. Topped with raspberries and drenched with syrup, the surprise twist is the ice cream core beneath the layer of shaved ice. I think I might be a little too young to remember this though.

There are also 2 cocktails from SkyBar we tried.

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Sky 33 (RM35), a fruity concoction with fresh apples, kiwi juice, a hint of kaffir lime leaves muddled with vodka on ice. Cubes of kiwi vodka jelly for that added kick. This was delicious in a dangerous way.

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Picking up from the existing signature cocktail, this improved Selangor Sling (RM48) is slung with Tanqueray gin, hibiscus syrup, Elder flower syrup, pineapple juice, a dash of absinthe, shaken and top with a roselle flower. I actually liked this better, though it is rather potent and might send you into a daze pretty quickly. Especially if you manage to finish the whole Memory Makers’ menu.

TRADERS HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2332-9888
Fax: 03-2332-2666
email: thkl@tradershotels.com
website: http://www.tradershotels.com

 

 

Nook’s MIGF 2014 Menu

It’s always a pleasure receiving invitations from Aloft Kuala Lumpur be it a review session, or music event. You might have notice that I am there quite often (several times a month, in fact) and that is because I always enjoyed their great hospitality. A makan session at Nook, especially, is something I won’t miss. This time, it’s the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival at hotel’s signature restaurant. This is the second time Nook is participating in MIGF and you may read about my last year’s gourmet experience here.

The theme for MIGF this year is “Red Hot Chefs” and Nook’s innovative menu is created by Executive Sous Chef Rozaiman and his team. Nook lets its diners to play with their food and this year it’s extra fun! I like how the menu is very much Malaysian, but with modern twist and a little bit of molecular gastronomy.

Our first course definitely looked very pretty and the aroma of the sea hits the nose instantly.

Marinated Sea Conch, Octopus and Sea Urchin Roe in Coconut Kerabu with Fiddlehead Fern.

Not just visually pleasing, this dish has everything done right. The ‘sand’ you see on the plate is a mixture of toasted coconut and blended dried shrimps, the seafood is marinated in chili, lime juice, salt and pepper. To enjoy the dish, toss everything together for the best flavour. Although I would admit I ate the sea urchin before mixing, it’s just too precious!

Next dish is a fun one. At first when I saw Chicken Noodle Soup on the menu, I was a little puzzled. But once this was placed in front of me, all was forgiven.

Chicken Noodle Soup.

Never be surprised to see syringes at Nook, it’s their thing. Here the syringe is filled with  a puree of black chicken which turns solid in contact of water. All we needed to do is squirt the mixture out (tee hee hee). It is indeed ok to play with your food.

Tada! Magic!

I thought this was very well done. The taste of the black chicken is prominent, and the soup is aromatic with some lemongrass and galangal. Very refreshing.

Our first main course was pretty impressive too. Then again Nook has always been good with their beef dishes (you must try their Wagyu beef rendang if you haven’t already).

Sambal Beef Tongue and Tendon served with Percik Sauce and Achar Crudite.

It’s tricky to get beef tongue right and here it’s cooked sous vide style for 12 hours, then cut into smaller pieces and cooked with sambal sauce. I absolutely loved the texture of the tongue as well as tendon. I think I ate this entire dish in silence. The achar balances out the decadent beef and it’s delightful. Loved it!

We were given a palate cleanser before moving on to our fish dish. It did a good job in rounding up the overall menu, the combination of Lemongrass, Lime and Pandan is just perfect.

Lemon Grass, Lime, Pandan Sherbet.

So we moved along to our final savoury course and it’s my favourite fish, Cod.

Cod Fish Assam Pedas served with Garlic Rice, Salted Egg and Tempura Egg Plant.

I’ve had my fair share (read: a lot) of Cod dishes and I gotta say this was the first time I’ve seen a Chef pairing it with Assam Pedas; a seemingly risky move as Cod is extremely delicate and in theory should be kept fairly light. But I think the bold move worked because everyone was waxing lyrical over this. The fish was unquestionably tender, characteristic of this King of fish. The Assam pedas especially goes well with the garlic rice, which is full of wok hei and proven to be rather addictive. The addition of salted egg is an interesting one (apparently a common thing to do in Chef Rozaiman’s kampung), I just wished there were more tempura eggplant as I only got a tiny piece. Yum!

The syringes made another appearance in the form of dessert.

Nook Cendol: Pandan Rice Flour Jelly, Ba’ kelalan Salt, Palm Sugar, Ice, Red Bean and Glutinous Rice

The syringes are filled with propofol coconut milk and palm sugar and you can adjust the amount to your liking. I say bring it on!

Here’s my attempt to anaesthetize my “patient”.

For this MIGF, diners can choose to indulge in a 3-course light menu for RM98 nett per person (RM130 nett with cocktails and wines) or 6-course full festival menu at RM188 nett per person (RM250 nett with cocktails and wine). Hurry as you only have until end of this month to experience this for yourself.

Thank you Aloft for a fabulous meal!

Nook @ Aloft KL Sentral,
No 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603 2723 1154
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AloftKualaLumpurSentral

Shangri-la’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

I’ve never been much of a winner when it comes to contests and lucky draws. But a few months ago, I submitted a few photos for Shangri-La’s My Eat, Play, Shop instagram contest just for fun and imagine my surprise when I found out my photo of special edition Coca Cola can won us a 2-night-stay at Rasa Sayang Resort in Penang.

My Winning Photo (theme was Malaysia)

Frank was super excited because he had stayed in the resort before, while I was just looking forward to a non-work-related weekend away in Penang.. We booked our getaway for January and took the bus up. Batu Ferringhi is another half hour car ride from the Sungai Nibong Bus Station. The weather wasn’t the best when we got there (heavy downpour), but luckily we were blessed with pretty good weather the following days. The standard of service is high, which is not surprising considering it’s Shangri-La. We felt very welcomed throughout our stay at the hotel.

Gorgeous view.

Rasa Sayang is probably the most expensive hotel in Penang and it’s as luxurious as it gets. Located at the Batu Ferringhi Beach, it is a total paradise for one who just wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of a big city like KL. The architecture is distinctively Minangkabau inspired with artfully arranged batik printing moulds, sculpture, traditional jewellery etc. We were allocated the Garden Wing, which is surrounded with lush gardens, century-old trees and equipped with a stunning pool and a beach side bar ala “Cocktail” (missing a cute Tom Cruise as bartender though).

View of the room.
View of the room.

The room we stayed in was pretty spacious with a King sized bed. Once again traditional art can be seen including wood sculpture hanging on the wall. The bathroom has both a bathtub and a separate shower cubicle which I like.

Shower cubicle.
Shower cubicle.

Other things include a work desk, sofas, mini bar with tea & coffee making facility, and a lovely balcony overlooking the garden and pool. Free WiFi also comes in handy.

Even includes Wine Glasses (that bottle of McGuigan was mine)
Even includes Wine Glasses (that bottle of white was mine)

We didn’t stay in the room for long because the bar was calling our name.

Looking back at our room on 5th floor.
Beach bar is such a good idea.
Cheers!
Cheers! When on vacation, it’s ok to drink before sunset – Kelly Siew

We had dinner at a pretty well-known hawker centre named Long Beach a stone throw away from the hotel (about 15 minutes walk) and then spent our evening walking around the night market. The night market stretches out really far and it’s usually quite crowded with plenty of things to see. We even stopped by a random bar for a couple of drinks. It was all very relaxed.

By the way, if you ever go to Long Beach, try this Deep Fried Hainan Spring Roll. So good!

The hotel stay included their very famous breakfast buffet. We are usually really bad at waking up for breakfast, but I was determined not to miss it this time. So we woke at 9am to find the cafe super crowded with hotel guests. I guess everyone had the same idea.

Impressive Buffet Line at Spice Market Cafe.
Impressive Buffet Line at Spice Market Cafe.

We were suitably impressed with that they had to offer. From traditional Malaysian breakfast, Japanese, Chinese, to typical Western breakfast spread with plenty of healthy or sinful options. It will please the most picky eater. There’s even a large pastry section with all sorts of Croissants, Doughnuts etc which I didn’t dare to walk past too many times for fear of temptations.

Yum! Eating the rainbow is the perfect way to start the day.
Yum! Eating the rainbow is the perfect way to start the day.
Couldn't stop at one plate, so here's a more Malaysian platter.
Couldn’t stop at one plate, so here’s a more Malaysian platter. Gave in and grabbed a wholemeal croissant.

Following a heavy breakfast, the best thing to do is to get out of the hotel and walk all day. We took the complimentary shuttle bus to Georgetown (Traders Hotel) and explored the city on foot. The most popular thing to do in Penang apart from eating is to explore the famous street art. My favourite is of course the giant cat.

Meow!
Minions!
Minions!
Snapped this beautiful lotus flower at a random shop.

We went back to the hotel and decided to stay in Batu Ferringhi for dinner. I looked through Tripadvisor and decided to go to an Italian restaurant based on their ratings. The restaurants in this area are mostly catering to tourists and this restaurant reminded us of La Porchetta (popular Italian chain) in Melbourne. It was a pleasant dining experience.

Salmon Linguine at Mario Ristorante. Brings back memories of Melbourne days.

You should be proud of me because we made it to the breakfast buffet again the next day. Happy to report that they do change the dishes everyday to keep it interesting. No wonder it’s so popular.

Mmmm…. so good! The thai minced chicken salad (bottom right) is the bomb!

Unfortunately, time flew when we were having so much fun. It was time for us to leave this beautiful hotel. Our bus wasn’t until later in the afternoon so we chilled out at the Beach bar again before taking the shuttle bus to Georgetown. The perfect vacation for us is one without a lot of activities but superb hospitality. I wouldn’t mind another weekend at the Rasa Sayang Resort. Thank you Shangri-la for a fabulous staycation!

Missing the beach.
Til next time.

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
Address: Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang
Phone:04-888 8888
Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/penang/rasasayangresort/

 

Hotel Review: Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

I’ve always been very fond of Traders Hotel KL. Winding back several years ago when I was still visiting KL as a ‘tourist’, I had my birthday party at Skybar, which at the time was the most trendy bar in KL. Trendy it still is, but Yours truly has aged and do not party as hard anymore. Furthermore, Traders Hotel is blessed with one of the best views in Kuala Lumpur and it’s even more obvious when we stayed over the weekend experiencing it from multiple spots within the hotel. Many thanks to lovely Zhen for pampering us, by the way. It was a much needed break for Frank and I. Some of you might have seen an influx of my instagram posts that weekend, this was in conjunction with the TradersGlam instagram contest too.

We arrived at the hotel on a rainy Friday afternoon to check in, and found out that we were to stay at one of the Traders Club Rooms with Twin Tower view, which also entitles us to enjoy Traders Club services including the Traders Club Lounge. What a way to start the weekend! To make it even better, I found this in our room:

Perfect!
Perfect!

That’s when I know I will probably be nursing a hangover all weekend (and I did).

Hahahaha
Hahahaha

While Frank was suitably impressed with the cupcakes.

The main feature.
The main feature.

The King size bed can fit 3 of us comfortably. And was responsible for us missing breakfast on Saturday morning.

Bathroom
Bathroom

The Bathroom is rather spacious, with a bath tub as well as a separate shower cubicle.

Working space
Working space

The sleek executive writing desk was made full use of. Spot my ancient laptop. And of course, there is free WIFI for all hotel guests, bonus point for them. The basic necessities such as hair dryer, iron (with ironing board), mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, premium toiletries etc are all available. I particularly liked the built-in international adaptor (many of my appliances are from Oz).

Not wasting too much time, we brought ourselves to Traders Club Lounge to enjoy the evening cocktails.

My poison and I.
My poison and I.

Free-flow wine/beer, finger food, hooray!

We then adjourned to Gobo Chit Chat for a festive buffet dinner. And I got to satisfy my craving of raw seafood.

Seafood delights
Seafood delights

The night was still young, plus we bumped into the Mongoose team as they were having their Christmas celebration at the hotel too, so a visit to Skybar was in order.

The bar with the best view.
The bar with the best view.

Yes, the drinking continued and we had a great night chatting away while people watching. It’s always fun to watch people trying to keep their balance while walking along the pool intoxicated.

More food!
More food!

Actually this was the real reason why we missed breakfast. Gotta love their room service menu! I had a Nasi Goreng Kampung and Frank had Vegetarian lasagna, both delicious.

Brilliant view from our room.
Brilliant view from our room.

We woke up to this view. What a beautiful concrete jungle we live in. Lunch was back at Gobo Chit Chat where Frank enjoyed a Pizza before heading off to work.

Girl time!
Girl time!

I reserved the bottle of Moet and Chandon for Poesy who joined me for the rest of the day/evening. We were planning to go to the spa but it was fully booked. So we decided to start drinking early. Kids, please don’t do this at home.

Then it was cocktail time again.

Rooftop cat made an appearance.
Rooftop cat made an appearance.

I brought her to the Traders Club Lounge and we got increasingly loud and obnoxious (haha, sorry!) but she managed to churn out a few cute art pieces, drawn on coasters.

Mad Artist at work.
Mad Artist at work.

By the way, the selection of finger food is quite good. The club lounge serves breakfast from 6:30-10:30am, afternoon tea from 2:30-4:30pm and cocktails from 5-7pm. You’ll never go hungry.

Yum Gluten! lol
Yum Gluten! lol

We also had a dinner reservation at Gobo Upstairs Lounge and Grill. I have heard good things about this restaurant from fellow food bloggers. And I echo the praises. Fabulous steaks!

Tenderloin with King Prawn, Asparagus and Mash
Black Angus Tenderloin with King Prawn, Asparagus and Mash

Food is exquisitely done here. Shame about my food photos, which deteriorated over the night due to increasing blood alcohol level. But the dessert (warm chocolate lava) was quite memorable, considering the circumstances.

We were meant to continue our party at Skybar but both of us fell asleep after our dinner and only woke up in the morning! Epic night I tell ya. I believe Frank was quite amused when he returned from work.

Though the good thing about that (yes I can still find positives) was that we got to enjoy the sunrise and what a view that was.

Good morning KL!
Good morning KL!

It was nearing 6:30am and we decided to go for breakfast. Great decision.

Fusion plate
Fusion plate

The breakfast selection is wide, from general western breakfast items to congee and miso soup. It sure made us feel less sorry about ourselves.

After breakfast, we took a stroll around the hotel (including checking out the health club which is open for 24 hours — there were already people working out at that time… crazy cats), and the pool.

Yes, it's the same pool at Skybar. Looks great during the day!
Yes, it’s the same pool at Skybar. Looks great during the day!

Well we did make it to Skybar albeit a few hours late.

The hungover cats went back to bed for a few hours before checking out of the hotel (and didn’t want to leave). Thank you Traders Hotel for a fabulous weekend. I would so do it again.

Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088, Malaysia
Tel 03 2332 9888
Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/traders/

Hotel Review: Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Ever since Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral opens its door to the public earlier this year, I have been there numerous times for events, dinners, and even work (gigs). Safe to say I have a special soft spot for this hotel. The icing on the cake would be when Amanda extended a Staycation invite for us.

Infused with the DNA of the hip and cool W hotels, Aloft KL Sentral is designed to cater to the modern traveller: the tech savvy Gen Y. One obvious feature is the free WiFi throughout the hotel (the most important factor for me when I book hotels). The decor might take a little time to get used to if you prefer the “Old World” design, as some had pointed out that the lobby looks a little like an airport with the industrial theme. Yet it’s brightened up by vibrant pop-up colours throughout. The location of Aloft hotel is another bonus, as it’s right next to the KL Sentral with the airtrain link to KLIA, it’s perfect for travellers who wants convenience.

"Cool Concierge"
“DJ Booth” Check in counter

Our check in process was smooth and we went up to 25th Floor to check out our room. The elevators are completed with a small screen playing current Top 40s (mostly Katy Perry’s Roar, I think I still have that song stuck in my head)

Aloft's signature platform beds
Aloft’s signature platform beds

I like the cool colour scheme and they injected a touch of humour in the form of local art hanging above the head.

Hehe
Hehe

The room also comes with 42″ LCD TV (no doubt that was Frank’s favourite feature), a working desk (for me to blog), and one other thing that really impressed the night owl in me: black out curtain. Of course I know that’s not new but I specially like the complete black out in the morning.

Bathroom
Bathroom (Spot me in the mirror)

Even though the door of the actual bathroom is of opaque glass (seems to be the trend these days), the whole area can be completed closed as there’s another wooden door. I like how spacious the bathroom is. Opposite the bathroom, there’s tea/coffee making facility, a closet and some relevant magazines. See the music note on the bathroom door? It’s a small reminder for the travellers that there is a live band on Friday nights at the W XYZ bar (I have performed there before too).

Purple, my favourite colour
Purple, my favourite colour

The oversized showerhead packs plenty of water pressure.

w xyz bar with "The Light Fantastic" duo
W XYZ bar with “The Light Fantastic” duo

The live act goes in line with the Aloft hotel theme; this fantastic duo liven up the bar every Friday with Top 40 hits. This was actually taken the week before our stay for the “Live at Aloft Hotels” MTV Asia Collaboration Launch. Aloft hotels is now paired with MTV Asia to promote local up-and-coming music talents who will perform at the “Live at Aloft Hotels” showcase at W XYZ bar across China, India, Malaysia and Thailand. The collaboration will provide an enhanced Aloft guest experience with live music access while on-the-go. Specifically, travellers can access the MTV Asia website to learn about the performers’ bio and check out their photos and videos. Take a look now at http://www.mtvasia.com/aloftlive.

As W XYZ mainly caters for Happy Hours, party goers may consider going up to 30th floor where Tiki Themed Mai Bar is situated. We actually spent our first night away from the hotel so we didn’t get to check it out. However I have actually been there a few times for several events. We did check out Splash (the pool) the next day though.

Infinity Pool
Infinity Pool

Yeah, it was raining rather heavily but there were a couple of brave souls still in the pool. We played safe and went for drinking.

Now, I’m sure you all want to know about food, right? There is Nook, which is the main dining hub for Aloft KL with A la Carte dishes and buffets (breakfast, lunch, dinner). We also utilised the room service well, starting from our first night.

Frank's vegetarian sandwich
Frank’s vegetarian sandwich

I have to say that the food in general is pretty good at Aloft. Frank was definitely a happy boy devouring this rye sandwich. Though as a result of staying up super late, we missed our complimentary breakfast buffet and slept til noon (nothing out of the ordinary for us, however). Eating before noon is abnormal for us! Anyway, we did wander down to Nook for our lunch and decided to go A la Carte.

Salmon "Cocktail"
Salmon “Cocktail”

The menu is sizable with sufficient Vegetarian and Paleo friendly options. My Salmon dish is perfect for a light lunch, though for RM21, I think a little more leaves won’t hurt.

Another vegetarian sandwich for Frank.
Another vegetarian sandwich for Frank.

A Ciabatta version of vegetarian sandwich. Filling but not as tasty as the room service version.

Frank checking out the alcoholic beverages at re:fuel by Aloft.
Frank checking out the alcoholic beverages at re:fuel by Aloft.

The mini bar in the room is actually empty, but there are plenty of food and beverage to purchase from re:fueal by Aloft, and it operates 24/7 too. The selection of food is quite decent, including their signature truffle mac n cheese.

Spot my instagram and twitter postings
Spot my instagram and twitter postings

Another cool feature is the big board by the lounge, next to W XYZ. Jenn of Chasingfooddreams and I had fun spamming the “wall” for sure. Just tag #aloftkls whenever you post a picture at Aloft KL. (Now don’t go spamming the wall, yeah)

Nook, buffet spread.
Nook, buffet spread.

The next day, we forced ourselves to wake up for breakfast. And I decided to make it a cheat day (for Paleo) and had Sarawak Laksa. Breakfast is served buffet-style in Nook between 6.30am to10.30am daily.

Sarawak Laksa sans Prawns.
Sarawak Laksa sans Prawns.

Unfortunately, Kyspeaks took all the prawns before me so mine looks a little sad. But the broth was thick and spicy! Almost a little bit too spicy for breakfast. I still prefer A la Carte option because the toppings are fresher.

Other items I tried.
Other items I tried.

There are also things like yogurts, muesli, dim sum, muffins, nasi lemak, mee goreng, croissants and fresh fruit.I liked the frittata and mini croissant but didn’t bother to pick up any sweet stuff. We went back to the room to nap for a little while more before checking out. Wonderful stay, thank you Aloft Hotel.

It’s relatively easy to get a cab here although we only sticks to MyTeksi app. It would be useful if Aloft is actually listed on the app though because we have to manually type in Jalan Stesen Sentral 5 etc.

Thank you Aloft KL Sentral for a wonderful weekend! Check out my review of Nook and Mai Bar here. For Nook’s MIGF 2013 review click here.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
No 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2723-1188