Travel | Buffet Lunch at Pyramid Tower Hotel

We walked past the Atrium of Pyramid Tower Hotel on the first evening we were there and peered over to see the spread not before checking out the prices.

At RM55++ per person, it was worth a try and also a good way to spend the afternoon and a strategic way minimize our shopping time as we could stay there till about 4pm.  ;)

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The buffet spread has a good selection of local cuisines from Malay to Chinese to Indian and some western dishes.

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PH decided that he still needed a good plate of chicken rice to fill up his stomach before his game.

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There are chefs stationed at various stations to prepare local food of your choice, ranging from Wanton Noodles, to Roti Jala and Lok-lok.

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With delicious cakes and New Zealand ice cream to end the meal and coffee to cleanse the palate, it was a great way for us to spend the afternoon in a relaxed fashion before heading to the mall in the attached building for more retail therapy!

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Travel | Restaurant Fatty Crab, Kuala Lumpur

In this trip to Kuala Lumpur, I stayed on the outer ring of Kuala Lumpur in Bandar Sunway. And when it came to dinner plans, I searched for somewhere where it is more easily accessible from where we stayed as we didn’t want to be caught in some heavy traffic and be faced with parking woes if we drove into Kuala Lumpur city dinner.

Also as we were going to have dinner late, I had to make sure that the place we have our dinner closes rather late too.

So in my hotel room, while waiting for the Beebops’ event to end, I found Restoran Fatty Crab. For the benefit of my readers that are not familiar with the Malay language, Restoran is the Malay spelling for Restaurant.

We arrived at 10pm at night and there was a short queue to be seated with two groups of people ahead of us, we waited about 15 mins for our table. If you arrive at dinner time, I gathered that you could have a pretty long wait of about an hour or more.

Not surprising for a restaurant that has won Best Seafood in Time Out KL’s foor award for four years. (Read about it here)

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Once you are seated, the staff will come up to you and ask you for only the chicken wings order.

For the order for the rest of the food, someone else will come along shortly.

It was a thoughtful move to have us munch away on our chicken wings while waiting for our main dinner course to arrive as it was a wait of another 20mins before our food arrived. But that didn’t feel so long when we were engaged in conversation over wings and drinks.

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To be honest, there isn’t much variety on the menu and everyone was there for the crabs. But we ordered some fried rice to fill up the guys’ stomach.

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The fried rice doesn’t look mouth watering with it’s lack of ingredients but it is surprisingly tasty and has the smokey wok taste, commonly known as Wok Hei. The rice grains are loose and moist making it a perfect texture for fried rice.

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There are only a handful of choices for the methods of cooking the crabs.

At Fatty Crab, their signature dish is sweet and sour which we ordered together with steamed crabs.

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The steamed crabs were a little lack lustre as it was a little cooked leaving the flesh to be dry and not so sweet.

For the sweet and spicy crabs, it was actually a little odd in the first few mouths of the gravy. Maybe it was just a very unfamiliar taste and the taste bud was trying to look for something to identify with but there was none.

But dip the toasted crispy slices of bread into the brownish gravy and you just cant stop!

The taste of the sweet and sour sauce is really addictive and I can see why it is a favorite for many as it is so unique a taste that they keep returning for this indulgence.

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Our bill for 4 people came up to RM174.70.

It is definitely worth a try as I have not tasted anything quite like this sweet and sour crab.  But with a wait of more than an hour, you might just want to consider having it for supper instead.

Address:

No. 2 Jalan SS 24/13, Taman Megah, 47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 47301, Malaysia

Opening times: Tue-Sun, 5.30pm-11.30pm

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Diet | Lunch Boxed

My week got a little busier and I didn’t manage to post daily. And with what little time I have in the night, I made my lunches for the rest of the week. Yippeeee… Daily home cooked lunch is the best!

Wednesday Lunch: Fried Quinoa with Kailan, Portobello Mushrooms and grounded chicken with a sliced hard boil egg.

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Thursday: Baked Salmon with Portobello Mushrooms with Lemon Juice with blanched french beans and baby kailan drizzled with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

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 Colour Splash Marination of Dory Filet: Tumeric, Curry Powder & Cheyenne Pepper.

Use a pinch of salt to make it more flavourful but I am trying to reduce my salt intake so I didn’t add any.

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Friday: Baked Portobello Mushrooms with Mozarella cheese, baked marinated dory fillet and blanched Chinese Spinach drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Diet | Tasty Beefy Dinner

Today I had my lunch with an addition of an omelette from the economic rice stall. I was very busy at work and when I had some time on hand to snack as I was feeling hungry from my hectic afternoon. I reached for my planned snack of edamame and some raisins that was on my desk.

Planning for your meals and snacks help to limit all the likelihood of eating something that is not quite on your plan of clean eating.

And dinner was a meal deliciously prepared by Beano as I over to her place after work.

Home made beef patty with cheese centre, sauteed french beans and mash potatoes with spring onions!

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Lunch for tomorrow has been cooked. But I think my dinner is most probably gonna be taken outside as I will checking out on a friend who just gave birth!

Thanks for dropping by.

Love, Everest

Diet | Sometimes it doesn’t go as planned

Argh.

Lunch was as far as I got with clean eating.

I had whole wheat bread and ham sandwich for breakfast.

Salmon with Brocolli and Quinoa for lunch.

I forgot to take a picture of it.

And the rest is history…. In a bad way.

Chocolate for snacks.

Fried Chicken for Dinner.

Yes I am remorseful and my lunch is prepared.

Slice of Salmon. Fish meat with minced pork balls. Baby Spinach.

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How did you Monday munch turned out? Hope it is better than mine!

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Travel | Dining @ Holiday Inn Resort Batam

Holiday Inn Resort Batam is located about 20mins car ride from the city centre and there aren’t many food options in the near vicinity considering that the nearby Waterfront Ferry Terminal seems abandoned. So it is almost inevitable that you will have another meal there besides breakfast.

Let’s start with the first meal of the day! The breakfast spread is not huge but in my opinion it does have sufficient choices from the Indian, Chinese to Western breakfast choices.

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Muesli and cornflakes mix  & crepe with honey.

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The daily bakes.

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Condiments for your porridge breakfast.

Most of the time, we take the ferry at about 4pm back to Singapore and we usually choose to stay in the hotel and explore the premises like going for a steam bath, sauna, head to the gym or swimming in the pool. This leaves us without much choice but to dine at the hotel eateries during lunch.

The veranda area facing the pool is a nice place to sit down for a meal enjoying the breeze, nicely sheltered from the scorching afternoon sun and possibly a view of some hunk or babe at the pool. ;-p

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I had a Chicken Curry Pizza while Elaine had Ayam Bakar Bumbu Kecap.

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I forgot to take a picture of my pizza so the above picture is as close as you can see the details which does have a generous serving of chicken.

We ended our meal nicely with a cup of coffee each.

In my recent trip, we tried the buffet lunch at the Chinese restaurant in the hotel, Dragon Inn Restaurant.

The buffet was less than SGD18 per pax and we decided to give it a try since it was affordable for a buffet, which was only available on weekends.

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The presentation of the items look pretty alright except that the fillings of the dim sum items are filled with lots of flour making it very starchy and needless to say not very tasty as there isn’t the usual meat nor prawns you can find in any regular dim sum. The individual items were larger than normal sized dim sums and it really make it so hard to eat something which is so starchy and tasteless and have such a hard texture. It is like eating a big hard bland fishball.

I would honestly not suggest you eat at Dragon Inn Restaurant’s buffet unless you don’t care much for taste and you would just want to fill yourself up cos this buffet really fills you up but satisfies none of your dim sum appetite.

There is a dinner BBQ buffet held on weekend nights at the veranda by the poolside which I have not tried, which I should endeavor to try it on my next trip there. Maybe you can let me know how the food is if you have eaten there before!

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Travel | Things to eat in Batam

In a weekend getaway in Batam is almost impossible to miss having these two food choices. With cost of living in Batam being lower, food is more affordable and it is almost impossible to feel hungry with the choice available.

EAT AT AYAM PENYET RIA

 We have Ayam Penyet in Singapore too but what better country to eat it than the country of origin Indonesia! This outlet is located on the second floor of shopping mall Nagoya Hill Mall.

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Between the both of us, we ordered a serving of Ayam Penyet each, mine without rice. ;) A Gado-gado for sharing and an avocado juice for me and teh botol for Elaine.

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And this adds up to IDR57,750 which is approximately SGD6. (1 SGD = IDR 9,500)

Good price for such a filling meal right?

There isn’t much difference in the taste of the food but the chilli was much spicier than the one in Singapore and the serving of chicken is about 30% smaller than that of Singapore’s size but taking into account the price differential, it is still cheaper to order another serving and get more chicken for a cheaper price than in Singapore!

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EAT AT A&W

I love A&W. Curly fries, Root Beer Float, Coney Dog, Fried Chicken and Ice Cream Waffle!

This fast food chain needs no introduction right? Unless if you were born in the late 1990s you would not have much encounter with it in Singapore.  So give it a try the next time you are in Batam! Actually there is A&W in Johor Bahru too. But that is for another post another time. ;)

I never fail to sit down to grab a bit every time I visit Batam. Be it a meal, snack or drink, I will definitely order something just to satisfy myself that I am not missing out on any chance to indulge in this rare A&W opportunity!

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Strangely, despite the number of times I go to A&W, I only have these two pictures in my archives. I will endeavor to take more pictures next time!

The A&W outlet I went to is located on the second floor of Nagoya Hill Mall. If I am not mistaken, there are also outlets at Batam Centre and Mega Mall but I personally have not been to these outlets.

DRINK TEH BOTOL

Translated to English it means Bottled Tea. *duh*

It is a popular Indonesian drink of sweetened Jasmine Tea sold in bottles. The birth of this drink was a rather accidental attempt to transport the tea to different locations for test tasting. The big pots which cooked the tea resulted in spillage along the way and the solution was to bottle the tea in glass bottles.

At first taste, it taste a little weird. In the sense that the Jasmine taste in the tea was very distinct and strong, but halfway through the bottle you will slowly like it and before you realise it, you will be ordering it the next time you need a drink.

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See Elaine is as much in love with this tea as I am!

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If you think you will miss it too much when you return to your home country, fret not! You can get Teh Botol in plastic bottles, in set of 6 tetrapaks or sachets of pre-mix in the supermarkets located in almost all shopping malls. There is even a less sweet version for the calorie conscious. Remember to grab some packets of Indonesian Instant Noodles, Indomie when you are in the supermarkets!

DRINK COCONUT JUICE

After a hot day of sightseeing, what better way to rehydrate with the natural isotonic drink, Coconut Juice! I kid you not! Coconut juice contains electrolytes which hydrates the body better than plain water and works the same as canned isotonic drinks like 100plus or H2O minus all the refined or artificial sugars and other chemicals.

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We were walking along the busy streets heading to Batam City Square and came across this street vendor selling coconut juice and many locals were also there grabbing a quick gulp.

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I am not very familiar on how to choose a coconut which has soft flesh. I attribute it to luck that my coconut had more flesh than Elaine’s!

Each of the coconut costs about SGD1.

Many tourists to Batam have praises for the seafood quality and pricing but for some reasons we just never got to eating a seafood dinner until recently at Barelang. And I would be sharing this experience in another post.

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Dining| Irodori Japanese Restaurant

Irodori Japanese Restaurant, located in River View Hotel, serves Japanese a la carte buffet just like that of Ikoi at Miramar Hotel.

You can read about my previous post of dining at Ikoi here.

 There seems to be slightly more seats available at Irodori but it was packed on a Friday night dinner. Reservations is highly recommended to avoid long waiting times and disappointment.

The selection for the ala carte menu is honestly very similar to that of Ikoi and similarly the quality and taste of the food is very comparable. I will be keeping both restaurants’ contact numbers in case one is fully booked, I have an alternative.

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A quick view of some of the food we ordered.

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Address: Riverview Hotel Singapore, 382 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169629
Phone:6737 2002
Opening hours: 11:30 am–2:30 pm, 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

www.irodorijapaneserestaurant.com.sg

What i wore to work

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| Neoprene Shift dress: Thailand | Necklace: Thailand | Heels: Salvatore Ferragamo |

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy whatever is left of the weekend!

Love, Everest

Dining | Chilli Padi Nyonya Cafe @ Heng Mui Keng Terrace

In the South-Western part of Singapore, lies this quiet cafe, Chilli Padi Nyonya Cafe, nestled at the edge of  the National University’s compounds. It wasn’t that easy to locate it as it was at a small corner of a cluster of school buildings. At Heng Mui Keng Terrace that is.

Simply put, it was hard to find and even harder to imagine that the food here would be any good.

The entrance to the restaurant was rather unimpressive and a little dated. Afterwhich, we had to walk through an area which looked like a huge food preparation area, before we reached the reception area of the restuarant.

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Once at the reception area of Chilli Padi Nyonya Cafe, a familiar spicy and sharp smell of the spices of peranankan cooking greeted us and I began to form an expectation and anticipation for my lunch.

It was a humble spread for buffet but the quality and taste of every individual dish more than makes up for the smaller choice. Every dish on the spread was rich in flavors, tasty and an absolute delight to reach for the second and third helpings.

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The desserts were made up of all the kueh kuehs which were made into bite size portion so that you can try every single one of them without feeling stuffed or guilty. And for a person like myself who doesn’t like eating kuehs normally, I enjoyed every single one of them as they tasted  fresh, authentic and fragrant! It has been a long time since I tasted such authentic flavors perfectly balanced without being too sweet.

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Everyone in my family was singing praises non-stop of the dishes and we were recommending each other to try this and try that dish.

The lunch buffet on weekends & public holidays is at a very reasonable price of $16.80++.


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 Chilli Padi Nyonya Cafe
29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
#06-21 (Ground Level)
Singapore 119620
Tel: (65) 6872 2982  Fax: 6872 3982

Opening Hours and Pricings please visit website below:

CHILLI PADI

Thanks for dropping by! :)

Dining| La Catina in Venezia Italian Restaurant

La Catina is located at the roof deck, the eighth floor, of Changi Village Hotel.

We arrived rather early in the evening and walked right into a solemnization event at the roof deck. It was a mighty hot day but luckily the guests were seated in the shade else I would imagine it would be quite an uncomfortable situation.

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Hopefully the view of the sea for the guests makes up for the heat.
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We didn’t make any reservations and walked into the restaurant, however was told that it was fully booked indoors but the outdoor seats were available, which we took.

However when we sat down and looked at the menu, I couldn’t quite concentrate on the words of the menu as I felt immense heat at my back and alot of glare on the menu! The sun was setting but not just yet.

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In the end we asked if we could get a seat indoors since the restaurant was still empty and also shared that we wouldn’t take too long as we had to leave for another appointment at about 7.30pm.

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The outdoor seatings which had a great view but I guess we were there at the wrong time. It would have been better if we were there after the sun had set.
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They started us with some herb bread which was nothing to shout about.

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The appetizer, Parma Ham with Melon came next. It was a generous serving of Parma Ham on each melon slice and every bite was oozing with the saccharine  juices of the rock melon balanced with the saltiness and gammy taste of the ham.

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Pause for a moment and you can see the glaring rays of the setting sun. Can’t imagine if we were sitting outside, we would have not been able to see our food!
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My main course was the crab meat linguine which was absolutely delish with a generous portion of crab meat and tasty tomato based sauce.

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And Beebops ordered a pizza with crabmeat sprinkled all around. But seriously the linguine was way better in taste and provided a better satisfaction level than the pizza.

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It has been some time since I was last there and doing this post now sure makes me want to head back for some Italian food soon. Just that this time, I think we would go for two pasta dishes instead.

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La Cantina in Venezia
Changi Village Hotel, 1 Netheravon Road
#08/09-02, Singapore 508502

Opening Hours: 
Tue to Fri
11am to 3pm and 6pm till Late
Weekends
11am till Late

Tel: (65) 6546 9190 Fax: (65) 6546 9153

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