Kocik Kitchen, Melaka

Kocik Kitchen is located next to Jonker Street Melaka. I choose to come here as it was convenient for me and it was pork free. I was here for lunch with my family. The restaurant is easy to find as it is one street away from Jonkers Street.

We had the Nyonya Assam fish, otak-otak, ladies fingers belacan, chicken buah keluak. The chicken was so-so, not really to our liking. The sauce seems diluted. The asam fish was very good but it was not come cheap = RM45.00. To be fair, the staff did clearly inform us when we were ordering the dish. The ladies fingers was ok. It was blanched and topped with the sambal belacan sauce. The belacan sauce is nice but the ladies fingers were ‘old’ hence we ended up not eating much as some of them were very tough to chew. The otak-otak, was just okay. For dessert, we had the durian cendol. Who doesn’t love cendol or durian right! Well, it was not as milky or as sweet as we wanted it to. The durian paste was cooked with brown sugar so the durian was not as nice as I thought it would be. Overall we enjoyed the assam fish. The rest was not up to our expectation.

We ordered all these as it was recommended by them.

Service was decent considering it was lunch hour. Total damage is RM129.00 for 3 people. I find it a bit expensive. Will I come back? I don’t think so. Once is enough.

How would I rate them? The atmosphere 3/5, Service 3/5, F&B 3/5.

Where at? 100 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

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Sheraton Imperial KL

I booked the stay over the phone. Awesome service through the phone. Professional yet friendly service by the reservation team (sorry I can’t recall the names). The nightmare started when I requested for a special arrangement for my stay, I’m celebrating my partner’s birthday. The housekeeping and concierge called me but I gave up talking to them. I dealt with the reservation team who handled my request. The reservation team communicated to the teams accordingly and ‘apparently’ it can be done. Phewww… My initial request with the mentioned teams was not ‘accepted’. How funny is that for a 5 star hotel! A let down if you ask me.

Anyway moving on to actual stay. Check-in was smooth as it was done at the executive floor. We had coffee and finger food while waiting at the executive lounge.

I was very surprised when we got to the room, which is an Executive Club suite. It was fantastic! It’s huge and looks really good. The bed was comfortable and so relaxing. A clear view of KL tower and you can also spot KLCC.  If you wondering what is included in the room; free breakfast, access to executive lounge, evening cocktails, 2 pcs of laundry per day.

They had the bed decorated with rose petals and decorations which were awesome and a nice surprise to my partner.

The executive lounge is a nice place to be. Relaxing set up and perfect to lounge. The staffs are attentive but some of them are just average. Could be better in the delivery of service as some of them don’t look very keen to ‘serve’. The evening cocktail session was nice, from 5-8pm. A variety of finger foods, fruits, yogurt, bread and drinks, basically bottomless. I enjoyed it.

I also had ordered food while staying here via the room service. It was handled well and food was good.

Check out was fast and smooth. Not much personal touch by the staff.

Overall I loved my stay at the hotel and love love the Executive Club Suite. I have stayed in other hotels’ executive room but this one is most outstanding in term on space, room feature and exclusivity which surpassed by expectation. I had stayed here previously (many years ago) and at that time, all facilities looked dated. Only comment is the service rendered by the staff. While it is sufficient it was not that memorable. No personal touch or I would rather say ‘service with an attitude’, good attitude obviously.

Visited in April 2017.

The Spring Garden, Suria KLCC

Who doesn’t fancy dim sum? It is one of my favourite Chinese food to have at any time of the day. The Spring Garden is part of Tai Thong Group. They have a few restaurants which are serves pork-free dishes which is ideal for me. This is not my first visit here as I have been here on numerous occasions.

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On this visit, I have ordered numerous dim sum items. To be honest, I can’t recall the names for each respective items. But it’s safe to say that I have tried nearly 90% of the dim sum menu.

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So what do I think? Well I like the food here as it is not too oily. The ingredients are super fresh, especially when it comes to seafood such as prawns. The portion is decent and for some can be pretty big for some dishes but in all its satisfying.

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The wait time for your food can be a little bit long when it is crowded or during weekend. But so far i have never had any problem as we normally place our dim sum orders in batches, so there’s always food on our table.

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The price is a little bit higher than your typical dim sum restaurant. No issues for me since this is a Chinese restaurant in located KLCC, what do you expect? Will be returning soon! Yummm 🙂

How would I rate them? The atmosphere 4/5, Service 4/5, F&B 4/5.

Where at? Lot 413 & 414, 4th Floor Suria KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

Lexis Resort Port Dickson, Malaysia

This is my first time visiting Lexis Port Dickson which is about one hour drive south from Kuala Lumpur. It is a popular get away location for most people who works in the city.

My stay was in April 2015(I know, apology for the overdue review). I booked an Executive water chalet by contacting their reservation line. The check in was smooth and fast. We were directed to our chalet via buggy ride. The chalets (Balinese inspired) that we had is not that far from main building. The chalet is quite spacious. The bathroom is separated from the bed area hence it is suitable for big family especially those with kids. Our room had a king size bed plus a day bed, balcony, shower, bathtub, mini fridge, TV with cable channels, coffee & tea facility, with air condition.  There is a panel of glass on the bath area which you can view the sea underneath. Nothing much can be seen other than some water.

Overall the room looks dated (apparently they have around since 1994!) however it was generally clean. We had one problem which was the day bed, it had damp smell. I contacted the hotel to inform on this and they send a housekeeping staff to change the linen on the day bed. Although that was done, the damp smell was still lingering. Since it was only two of us and no reason of using the day bed, we didn’t bother to make it a big deal. Nonetheless the hotel housekeeping should have spotted this when making up the room as the smell was apparent. I wonder how did they miss that?

We had our dinner at the coffee house which is at the main block of the hotel. We were the only people dining at the restaurant at that point of time. Actually if you drive out of the resort, there are plenty of seafood and local restaurant which offers decent meal at decent price. We were too lazy to head out. Back to the coffee house, the wait staff was efficient and friendly. We ordered ‘Nasi Tampi’ which cost us RM50 (inclusive of tax). We were told that this dish can be shared with at least 2 person and they were right. No complaints on the food.

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We didn’t use their facilities but they have swimming pool, archery, beach volley ball, bicycle for rent, gym, children playroom, Segway and so on. Since we were here on a weekend, the facilities were occupied by other guests. Do note that some of facilities are shared with Grand Lexis resort which is just next door (newer), under the same management.

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I had arranged for a surprise birthday cake for my partner which they had assisted accordingly. Overall, it is a nice place for some relaxing time with your family away from KL city. I dont think this will be the right choice if you want to have a romantic holiday.

A new beginning in 2016! Hmm really?

How have you fellas been? I am doing great here. I am still thinking on what to focus in 2016, the year of monkey! Personally things has been smooth for me however I can’t say the same about work. It has been a bit rough, especially throughout December 2015.

Moving on, it’s been a while since I posted here so I thought of updating myself here. It has been a tough call in choosing my resolutions for this year, here is the short version of it.

  • Eat healthier (always been an issue, why does it have to be so hard!)
  • Lose weight (would be easier if I can follow the above)
  • Travel more (Dreaming of going to US!)
  • To remain happy and positive
  • To be more active on my blog (I have lots of
  • To be richer to do all the above LOL

I have spoken to few people and not many of them are ‘enthusiastic’ with resolutions. I wonder why. Personally I think it’s good to have some personal targets set to bring you to right course in your life. Or is it too ambitious? Have you decided on your resolutions?

 

 

 

Bubba Gump Citta Mall

So, here I am at Bubba Gump Citta Mall for lunch with colleagues. Surprisingly, there were not many customers on that day, which was on a weekday. The staff looked energetic and lively, and we were attended to, almost immediately.

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After browsing through the menu, we placed our orders for Scampi pasta (RM32.90), fried chicken (RM27.90), boat trash (RM44.90) which is to be shared among the four of us. We ordered their signature drinks – Mango Sparkler, Speckled Strawberry and Speckled Blueberry (RM12.90).

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Our food was served quite fast, and the dishes were hot. Scampi pasta is actually an olio pasta dish with prawns, and comes with a big piece of toasted bread. The pasta tasted good, well-seasoned and cooked well (al dente). The Prawns were cooked just perfect. The boat trash is a combination of pieces of fish fillet, prawns, lobster tail and fries, all of which are deep fried, Bubba Gump style. I have had this dish since the day they started their business here in Malaysia. Somehow, I ‘feel’ that the portion has gone slightly ‘smaller’, perhaps in line with the higher food cost. The other dish we had was the fried chicken served with coleslaw, corn, and a scoop of mash potatoes. Overall, the food tasted good, and is more than sufficient to be shared among the 4 of us.

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The signature drinks are bottomless (that means you can ask for unlimited refills for free). My favorite drink here is still Mango Sparkler, which is refreshing and a real thirst quencher. We had Mud Pie for desserts (RM22.90). It’s a big-sized dessert and can be shared with at least a few people. In my case, it was shared among the 4 of us, and yet we struggled to finish it. Yummy!

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To sum it up, Bubba Gump is a good place to have meals with family and friends. Some of the dishes come in big portions, so do check with the staff before you place your orders. A number of the drinks are bottomless, which is good. The restaurant carries their signature look, which is standard across all other outlets here in Malaysia or internationally too.

How would I rate them? The atmosphere 4/5, Service 3.5/5, F&B 4/5.

Bubba Gump Citta Mall, Lot No. G-11 Ground Floor, Jalan PJU 1A/48, PJU 1A, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.