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Ikea Restaurant & Cafe

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Visiting Ikea is more than just great home shopping experience. It's filling the apetite too. A trip to the swedish home store is not complete without dining at its popular restaurant and cafe. I, for one, had developed my own craving for its baked salmon dish that it's always the top of mind the moment I hit the usual long queue at the restarant. The food offerings are simply enticing and it's not difficult to find a favorite. For us, we usually go for these ones...       If there's one thing that I would like to see improved on my next visit, it would be the dessert choices. Some pastries are just too plain and short in taste delivery. Like for instance this raspberry cheesecake which tasted too sour. Also, the cream cheese didn't complement the base well. Hence, the overall taste balance is highly compromised. Other than that, Ikea's Restaurant remains to be one good gastronomic stop to replenish that much needed shopping energy.

Breakfast Buffet at Traders Hotel Orchard

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I always look forward to great bonding weekend with my family everytime I return home from a business trip overseas. Hence fresh from the KL trip, last weekend was started with a good buffet brunch at Traders Hotel in Orchard Road. Boy, this was far better than Marriot Hotel's. The entire spread is just enough for filling choices. The food sections are divided into bread, salads, cold cuts and cheeses, noodles & soups, fresh fruits & juices, cereals, dimsum, meat and comminuted products (e.g. sausages and hotdogs) as well as local viands (vegetable curry, fish, fried rice etc.). For a S$30 worth of breakfast buffet, this is good value for money compared to other less appealing buffets around town. The ambiance is likewise serene so you get to enjoy your food at a relaxing pace. 


Good Eats in Kuala Lumpur : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Revisited) Part 2 of 2

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It was my second time to visit KL and it was indeed lovelier this time around. Largely because I have enjoyed the local food more. I owe it to my colleagues for their hospitality and for having a well travelled taste buds. They just know where the good foods are.
Our first stop was La la Chong Seafood Restaurant which happens to be the most popular seafood village in Malaysia for its wonderful repertoire of seafood cuisine. It's a household name made famous for its version of La la Soup (Clam Soup). The soup was really good. It's refreshing with just the right amount of ginger and spicy notes. I won't be surprised if it will be called by the locals as their comfort food. Apart from this signature dish, there are other equally delicious fare available.





  

The next stop was at Shiang Hai Vegetarian Restaurant. It offers vegetarian foods that are creatively thought of and well executed. Look at these delectable sushis made of vegetables, fruits and her…

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Revisited) Part 1 of 2

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I took an early morning flight to KL for a short business trip via Tiger Airways. It's my first time to try the airline and the Singapore Budget Terminal. Checking in was a breeze and things were uneventful until boarding time. Contrary to some unfavorable comments about the budget terminal, my experience will state otherwise and I'm quite satisfied with what's on offer service and ambiance wise. In fact, Singapore's budget terminal might even be better than the infamous NAIA Terminal 1 in Manila.
I stayed at Sunway Pyramid Hotel, a 4 star hotel in Subang area. Although it's not located in the city center of KL, the hotel is surrounded with commercial establishments and shopping center. The rate per night is reasonable and the room is generally acceptable. However, I'm not really impressed with the breakfast buffet offering at their cafe. Cititel MidValley Hotel has an even better selection.





My malaysian colleagues brought me to Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh Re…

Father's Day 2011 @ Rise, Marina Bay Sands Hotel

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Due to the not so good buffet experiences we had recently, we were not in the mood to take chances for a place to dine on Father's day. Hence, we decided to go somewhere safe. This is our third time to visit The Rise Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands Hotel. From the lunch repertoire, we initially noted that the food spread was not as extensive as that of dinner time. Nonetheless, it's good enough for lunch. After trying this buffet for 3 times in a row, I won't rave much on the food's quality. However, the dessert choices are quite extensive. Generally, The Rise offers a mid range value buffet. There's none in particular that you would severely crave to come back for but definitely you'll get your money's worth.

Desserts... 










Breads...


Cold Dishes - Ham & Cheese Wrap, Prawn with Horse Radish Tomato, Orange Vodka, Marinated Seafoods (Prawn, Mussel, Baby Octopus, Cuttle Fish, Hotatae)




Fruits galore!..




Cold Cuts & Fish Market - Pastrami, Pancetta, Salmon, Yello…