Marhaban Ya Ramadhan Buffet 2018 @ nada lama Hotel Equatorial Penang

For Ramadhan 2018, the halal certified all-day dining outlet – nada lama, presents a scrumptious Iftar feast themed “Marhaban Ya Ramadhan” that offers an exciting array of dishes to whet one’s appetite. The theme this year means – welcome the holy month of Ramadhan – a month full of blessings, mercy and forgiveness.

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018 Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

At the official launch of the Ramadhan Open House, the General Manager of Hotel Equatorial Penang, Mr Andreas Knüssi welcomed guests with his opening speech which was followed by the lighting up of a 18 feet giant lamp centerpiece alongside with decorative cut-out motives and LED fairy lights hanging from the hotel’s signature atrium.

Marhaban Ya Ramadhan 

17 May – 14 June 2018 6.30pm-9.30pm

RM138 Nett (Adult); RM69 Nett (Child); RM108 Nett Senior Citizen (60 years and above)

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL~! Purchase vouchers from 16 April – 16 May 2018 RM108 nett

Valid for Dine In from 17 May – 14 June 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018 Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Kibas Panggang (lamb) served with Arabic Briyani Rice

Diners can look forward to all time favourites including kibas panggang served with Arabic Briyani rice, Murtabak durian, signature chilli crab, chicken shawarma and Hotel Equatorial Penang’s refreshing coconut shake. These are also the dishes specially recommended by the hotel’s Chef Azami Idris who has spent 33 years in the industry specializing in Asian cuisines, leaning specifically on authentic Malay dining.

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Signature Chili Crabs

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Murtabak Durian

(chicken & lamb version also available)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Mongolian BBQ where diners get to pick their preferred seafood/meat and have it cooked on the spot by the chef in their signature Mongolian sauce

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Variety of Dates

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Lemang with serunding daging, ayam & ikan

(my absolute favourite!! I always look forward to lemang during Ramadhan)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Bubur Lambuk

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Array of Acar (spicy pickled vegetables), Jelatah & Ulam

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Tauhu Sumbat (beancurd stuffed with vegetables)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Penang Rojak

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Gado-gado

The splendid buffet spread offers an abundant variety. I personally enjoyed the grilled lamb chops from the Mix Grill station, the kibas panggang and arabic rice, the daging bahmia curry,  the tangy acars, and not forgeting piping hot laksa.
I also enjoyed the lemang which is probably my favourite food to eat during Ramadhan!

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Ayam Rendang Kunyit

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Daging Bahmia

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Sambal Prawns

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Bunga Kobis Berempah (Spiced Cauliflower)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Chicken Shawarma

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Assorted Tempura

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Grilled Seafood, Chicken, Lamb Chop & Sausages (Mix Grill Station)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Grilled Lamb with vegetables Wrap

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Assorted Dim Sum

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Laksa

Dessert lovers are also spoilt for choice, my personal favourite being the walnut tart and the soft serve ice cream which you can dispense on your own for a tinge of nostalgia.

Overall, the spread at nada lama is certainly impressive and would suit most everyones’ palates. Selamat Berbuka Puasa!

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Assorted traditional Malay Kuih

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Soft Serve Ice Cream

Super love the cute ice cream machine! You can choose to dispense the ice cream into a bowl or on a cone

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018 Caramel Pudding

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018 Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Assorted Cakes

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Walnut tart 

(A must try in my books!)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Candy Floss! <3

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang also has recently had their Surau awarded 5 Stars for both their Surau Lelaki & Wanita at LG floor and LG2 floor. All suraus are open for guests to use for praying during Ramadhan.

5 Star Surau (for Men & Women) LG Floor at Hotel Equatorial Penang

5 Star Surau (for Men & Women) LG2 Floor at Hotel Equatorial Penang

The Essentials:-

Marhaban Ya Ramadhan 

nada lama Hotel Equatorial Penang

1 Jalan Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas, 11900 Penang

TEL: 04-632 7000

Hotel Equatorial Penang Facebook Page

Explore Taiwan Travel Fair 2018 [11th-13th May 2018], Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang

Back for the second time after a highly successful inaugural run the previous year, the Taiwan Travel Fair 2018 will be held from 11th-13th May 2018 at Gurney Paragon Mall. Organized by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau Kuala Lumpur office, the Taiwan Travel Fair this year carries the theme of Explore Taiwan – namely flower viewing, enjoying hotspring and dining at the newly awarded Michelin Starred restaurants in Taiwan.  

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Visitors to the fair can once again expect to experience a slice of Taiwan during the travel fair plus lots of attractive travel packages, special deals on air fare and even cruise packages. With the collaboration of 13 local travel agents, China Airlines, Cathay Dragon and Genting Cruise Lines, anyone looking to visit Taiwan in the near future should not miss this exciting travel fair.

Taiwan is a beautiful country that offers plenty to tourists. Enjoy flower viewing during the Spring, or take a rejuvenating dip at the many hot springs around the country. Gourmands are not forsaken for Taiwan offers a huge variety from tantalizing street food to refined food at Michelin starred restaurants.

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Chike Mountain in Hualien County, Yuli Township

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Tung Oil Tree in Tung Lodge at Miaoli County, Gongguan Township

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Da Gangshan cold spring

 

Public Hot Spring at Grand View Resort Beitou Hotel

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Le Palais Chinese Restaurant of Palais de Chine Hotel, Michelin 3-Star restaurant

During the 3 day fair, while browsing attractive travel deals, visitors can expect to taste Signature Taiwanese breakfastChinese Omelette with corn, Scallion pancake and Fried Carrot cake, freshly made and free!

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Scallion Pancake

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Fried Carrot Cake

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Chinese Omelette with Corn

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Zero Four Dance Crew will be at the fair to thrill you with their moves

Visitors to the fair can enjoy special performances all the way from Taiwan. Look forward to sizzling dance performances by “Zero Four Dance Crew” from Taichung, Taiwan who are the World Champions of the Asian Battleground 2017 World Final. Having performed in Germany, France and Vietnam, their moves are set to heat up the stage during the travel fair.

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Liu Sheng Ji Music

To further enthrall fair goers, Liu Sheng Ji Music showcases Taiwanese traditional instruments – namely the dizi, erhu and pipa, with the unexpected twist of fusing with guitar and jazz drums and western musical elements, resulting in contemporary Taiwanese music that marries both Eastern and Western cultures.

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Ceramic Circle Charm Painting Activity

After satisfying the palate with food tasting and feasting the eyes on dance & music performances, visitors can also flex their creative muscle via the Ceramic Circle Charm Painting activity. Participants can finish off their creations with a Chinese knot and keep it as a souvenir or as a gift for family and friends.

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Taiwan Cypress Chopsticks DIY by Carpenter Brother & Sister Technology

Carpenter Brother & Sister Technology from Taichung will also be at the travel fair with their unique line of furniture, stationary and tools with a playful innovative element. Having inherited their father’s 29 year carpentry business, they have put their own creative touch to bring new life to boring old wood.

FREEBIES TIME!

Other than the free snacks, performances and activities for fair goers, plenty of other Freebies await!

EXTRA SPECIAL FREEBIE BEFORE THE TAIWAN TRAVEL FAIR!!

Lingzie.com readers can redeem a FREE REWARDS CARD on May 6th 2018 (SUNDAY) at Gurney Paragon Mall Kelawei Entrance (11am onwards 1st come 1st served basis). This reward card can be used  in order to redeem a free Taiwanese Food or Drink on the spot. Do remember to keep the Rewards Card to redeem a FREE special souvenir from Taiwan during the fair itself on 11th-13th May.  All you have to do is just to share out this post, go to Gurney Paragon Mall on May 6th to redeem the FREE REWARDS CARD!

FREEBIES DURING THE EXPLORE TAIWAN TRAVEL FAIR 2018

Consumers can redeem a “Scratch and Win” card whereby they stand a chance to win exciting prizes with a total value of more than RM35000!!  Prizes include 3 nights SuperStar Aquarius Special cruise from Keelung – Miyakojima – Naha – Keelung, China Airline and Cathay Pacific economy ticket to Taipei/Taichung/Kaohsiung, free accommodations at Taiwan Luxury Hotel or Resorts, Taiwan theme parks entrance tickets, Taipei easy card , airport mrt voucher, Taiwan Souvenir and many more.

Gurney Paragon Mall’s shoppers who spent more than RM500 in single receipt also entitled to redeem a free gift during the travel fair.

A Taiwan stainless steel vacuum bottle will be given free for the purchase of any tour packages, while a Taiwan Luggage Strap & Tag will be given free for the purchase of ground package value RM800 & above!

 

 

PUTIEN One Michelin Star Restaurant @ Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang

We have been waiting with bated breath for the opening of PUTIEN since we saw the posters up on the walls of the outlet a few months ago. After months of anticipation, PUTIEN has officially opened its doors on 1st April at Gurney Paragon Mall. Originating from Singapore, PUTIEN made its way to Malaysian shores with 5 outlets in the Klang Valley. The outlet at Gurney Paragon Mall marks the brand’s 6th outlet in Malaysia.

PUTIEN serves cuisine from the Fujian province in China holding steadfastly to their philosophy of using not only fresh and unique ingredients but also best part of the ingredient for premium taste. They also strive to maintain the original taste, preparing food from the heart using the culinary methods that retain the essence of tradition.

PUTIEN also received  a One-Michelin star award in 2017 in the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 & 2017.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Signature Spice Mum Chili Sauce

Upon stepping into PUTIEN, diners will inadvertently notice a bowl of chili sauce on every table. This is the PUTIEN Signature Spice Mum Chili Sauce which will definitely tantalize your tastebuds. The chili sauce is fiery and spicy but compliments nearly every dish, whetting one’s appetite. I particularly enjoyed pairing this chili sauce with the Fried Hweng Hwa Bee Hoon and PUTIEN Lor  Mee.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

For a start we were treated to an array of appetizers. The Ah Yuan Fragrant Herbal Chicken was a smooth and savoury dish served cold. The tasted was further enhanced with the Signature Spice Mum Chili Sauce.

Meanwhile, the Seaweed & Mini Shrimps dressed with sauce looked rather ordinary but I thoroughly enjoyed the flavour which was not too ‘fishy’. Upon enquiring further, we found the reason for the premium taste – PUTIEN only uses first harvested seaweed which is known for its superior taste.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Ah Yuan Fragrant Herbal Chicken RM16.90

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Seaweed & Mini Shrimps dressed with Sauce RM15.90

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Iced Bitter Gourd RM11.90

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

The Ice Bitter Gourd dish was a really unique dish indeed. The thin slices of chilled bitter gourd were crunchy and juicy, best eaten after dipping in the accompanying honey sauce. It was a very refreshing dish which had me wanting more!

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Iced Nanri Abalone RM33.90/pc

Next up was one of PUTIEN’s signature dish – Iced Nanri Abalone. The seaweed fed abalone is found on the island of Nanri and is only available at PUTIEN. I loved the bouncy texture of the Abalone and its sweet taste.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Braised Pig Intestine RM19.90

Next, I approached the Braised Pig Intestine with slight apprehension for I do not enjoy eating intestine. However, I found the flavour of PUTIEN’s braised pig intestine to be quite pleasant. Best eaten warm.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Style Bian Rou Soup (with Vinegar) RM9.90/pax

The PUTIEN Sytle Bian Rou Soup looks ordinary, but the fun fact is that the skin of the dumpling itself is actually made from meat too! Minced pork is pounded for hours in order to form the thin wrapper used as the skin of the wanton. The vinegar taste is quite apparent in this dish so may not sit too well with diners who do not like the taste of vinegar. I however enjoyed it with the sweet tasting broth.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

“100-Second” Stewed Yellow Croacker Fish RM43.90

The next highlight would be the 100-second stewed yellow croacker fish. Cooked for only 100 seconds in order to maintain the texture of the fish meat, I was pleased by the refreshingly light flavours of the broth and the tender meat.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Deep Fried Pork Trotters with Salt & Pepper RM15.90/pc

Next, we dug into the Deep Fried Pork Trotters with much relish. Crunchy, crispy skin gave way to soft juicy meat and cartilage. Get your collagen fix with this yummy dish! PUTIEN provides a pair of gloves so that diners wont dirty their hands while eating this dish. How thoughtful!

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Stir Fried Yam RM21.90 (Regular)

I’m a big fan of yam so I really looked forward to tasting the Stir Fried Yam dish. Thankfully I was not let down. The stir fried yam had a slightly crunchy outer layer and soft center. Slightly sweet and savoury, I love the flavours of this comforting dish.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees RM22.90(Regular)

Next is a crowd favourite – Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees. I found the taste of the Lychee not that apparent but I suppose the dish gets most of its sweetness from the lychees. Nevertheless, this is a pretty solid rendition of a classic favourite. I would not hesitate to order this again in future.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Spinach with Salted & Century Egg in Supreme Stock RM21.90 (Regular)

PUTIEN’s Spinach with Salted & Centure Egg in Supreme Stock is a must try in my books! I’m already a fan of this dish but PUTIEN’s version comes with a thick, robust & flavourful stock which left me wanting more.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun RM7.90/pc (minimum order 2pcs)

For diners wanting a light snack, the Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun fits the bill. Soft pillowy sesame buns make the perfect accompaniment to the sweet and savoury shredded pork cooked with lots of onions.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon RM21.90 (Regular)

Finally, we move on the the noodle dishes – Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon and PUTIEN Lor Mee

The Heng Hwa Been Hoon texture is fine and silky which I enjoyed, though I personally found to be a bit bland on it’s own. No fear, for the Signature Spice Mum Chili Sauce is here to the rescue!

I preferred the PUTIEN Lor Mee if compared to the Heng Hwa Been Hoon, revelling in its starchy thick sauce which coated the silky noodles perfectly. Again, I found the addition of the Signature Spice Mum Chili Sauce to be most welcomed in order to add more kick to the dish.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Lor Mee RM21.90 (Regular)

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Array of Drinks:- AnXi Tie Guan Yin Tea

Infusion by Mr Qu, a fan of PUTIEN

Barley & Winter Melon

Soursop Juice

Nature’s Goodness

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

*Many thanks to PUTIEN for extending this invitation

The Essentials:-

PUTIEN

Address: Level 6, Gurney Paragon Mall, Georgetown, 10250 Penang

TEL: 04-2260828

Operating Hours: 11.30am-3pm; 5.30pm-9.30pm DAILY

 

Japanese Bento Lunch Set Menu @ Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue

For an affordable lunch featuring fresh, quality ingredients, diners can now look forward to Vino Vino Bistro’s newly launched Japanese Bento lunch set menu. Vino Vino Bistro at Bay Avenue, just a stone’s throw from Queensbay Mall, has been offering delicious Japanese skewered cuisine (kushiyaki) for the past few years and is a firm favourite for grilled meats on sticks.

For their Japanese Bento lunch set menu, diners have 8 different options to choose from including a Higawari Bento (Bento of the Day) priced at RM17.50 nett

Their Bento of the Day changes daily so do be sure to check with the wait staff upon ordering.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Hamburg Steak with Demi Sauce RM21 nett

The chunky hamburg steak would delight meat lovers. Paired with a sweet and salty demi sauce and caramelized onions, it made for a hearty meal with the soft and starchy Japanese rice.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Yakiniku Bento – Stir Fried Pork with Yakiniku Sauce RM23.35 nett

Meanwhile the Yakiniku Bento features tender slices of pork stir fried with vegetables and Vino Vino’s version of Yakiniku sauce. A homely and comforting bento.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Yakiniku Bento

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Salmon Teriyaki Bento RM37.30 nett

(add on RM3 to upgrade to Garlic Fried Rice for all Bentos)

Seafood lovers can opt for the Salmon Teriyaki bento, the sweet teriyaki sauce is likely a crowd pleaser and I found the salmon fish to be quite substantial too.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Sushi & Cold Soba Bento RM37.30 nett

Noodle lovers are not forsaken with the Sushi & Cold Soba bento which features freshly made sushi.

I truly appreciate the variety that is available in these bento sets which cater to a wider range of palates and appetites!

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Fresh plump pieces of sushi <3

Each bento set comes with salad, veggies, pickled ginger and a homemade potato, meat & carrot side dish specially prepared by Vino Vino’s chef. We were told by the Japanese chef that this dish is a popular homecooked dish in Japan and that all women must learn how to cook this before they get married. lol

This side dish was indeed comforting and it did remind me of mom’s home cooking.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Other Bento options include a crowd pleasing Kara Age Fried Chicken Bento, a combination Sashimi & Yakitori Bento, Grilled Mackerel or Pike Fish Bento and a wallet friendly Bento of the Day (Higawari Bento) priced at RM17.50 Nett

For all bentos, there is an option to upgrade to Garlic Fried Rice for an additional RM3

Kara Age Bento – Fried Chicken with You Lin Ji Sauce RM22 nett

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Lunch Set

Sashimi & Yakitori Bento RM39.65 nett

Yakizakana Bento – Grilled Mackerel or Pike Fish Bento RM25.65 nett

Vino Vino’s Japanese Bento Lunch set is available from Monday-Friday during lunch period

Free flow salad, pickles and miso soup is also available for all lunch diners.

We also got to try some items in their Special Lunch Promotion menu mostly consisting of fresh sashimi.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Maguro Bluefin Tuna Sashimi RM23.30 nett

The Maguro was a joy to eat – fresh, succulent pieces of bluefin tuna!

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Ebi Karaage RM18++

These delicious crispy morsels of small prawns make for great beer food. Or as an additional snack to your main meal 🙂

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Tebasaki RM5++ per skewer

I have always loved chicken wings and Vino Vino’s Tebasaki is just right up my alley. Crispy skin, lightly seasoned with salted, juicy tender meat on the inside. One skewer is definitely not enough!

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Aspara Maki RM8++ per skewer

Bacon wrapped asparagus

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Bacon Cheese Kushi RM14++ per skewer

I personally loved this Bacon cheese kushi – the deft grilling skills of the chef rendered a lovely smoky flavour to the bacon which envelopes a piece creamy camembert cheese. Basically, heaven in a bite 🙂

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Wagyu Beef Sushi RM58++

I was in for a treat, for I got to try Vino Vino’s latest dish – Wagyu Beef Sushi <3

The Wagyu beef was lightly grilled and seasoned with salt & pepper. It had a melt in your mouth quality, as one would expect from Wagyu beef. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable platter of sushi especially for beef lovers!

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Vino Vino Bistro Penang Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Vino Vino Bistro Interior

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

*Many thanks to Vino Vino Bistro for extending this invitation

The Essentials:-

Vino Vino Bistro

Address: Block H-10-3 Lorong Bayan Indah 2, Bay Avenue, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

TEL: 04-645 99 22

Opening Hours: 12noon – 12 midnight Mon-Thurs; 12noon-1 a.m. Fri & Sat

(Closed on Sundays)

Vino Vino Facebook Page 

 

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop – Apply Facial Masks Daily @ The Wembley Penang

Women are constantly on the never ending quest of maintaining their youthful looks. And I am no different! hehehe… And so, when the invitation to attend a beauty workshop  by Dr. Morita – Asia’s Top Selling Facial sheet mask brand, dropped in my inbox, I immediately signed up for it!

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

During the 1 day workshop, Dr Jou Jun Xu (CEO of Dr Jou Biotech Co. Ltd) – the company responsible for developing Dr. Morita products, shared with us his beauty tips to aid us in our ‘youth-preserving efforts’.

While Dr. Morita is hugely popular – being the No.1 Best Selling Facial Mask in Asian countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia & Singapore, I must admit that I have personally not tried their face masks! I have tried other face mask brands in the past, but honestly, I am not really a frequent user of facial masks in general. Apparently, this non user habit of mine needs to change, for according to Dr Jou, applying a Dr. Morita facial mask a day, keeps your ageing away!

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang
Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita, with more than 83 years of history, is known as one of the pioneers in facial masks. Incorporating  Japanese technology into their products, Dr. Morita  specializes in facial masks using medical grade natural ingredients, ensuring the best for our skin.

During the workshop, participants first had their skin hydration levels tested. After which, we each got to try Dr. Morita’s star product Hyaluronic Acid Essence Long Lasting Facial Mask 5’s which contains high concentrations of Hyaluronic Acid for long lasting hydration.

According to Dr. Jou, the ideal skin care regime would be

1st Step – Cleanse

2nd Step – Applying Dr. Morita Facial mask

3rd Step – Remove facial mask & massage any remaining essence into skin

4th Step – Apply Dr. Morita moisturizing cream 

The facial mask itself can take the place of traditional toner & serum and provides better absorption of the active ingredients to our skin, as compared to merely patting them on our skin using fingers/hands. This is because the facial mask sheet is placed on our face for 10mins which softens our outer epidermis layer and aids active absorption for deeper permeation of the ingredients into our skin.

Meanwhile, Dr Jou also shared with us why Hyaluronic Acid is hugely popular as a skin brightening ingredient. This is because the HLA helps to lock the moisture in our skin hence making our skin more radiant. Dr Jou stressed that the Hyaluronic Acid used in their products is 100% from  Japan. Their facial mask sheets are also high quality sheets from Japan.

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Testing out the facial mask after removing make up (eek!) lol

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Lots of essence in the facial mask pack which we can use to massage onto our face after removing the mask

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Essence Facial Cream

Participants were encouraged to apply the moisturizing facial cream after the facial mask

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

After applying the face mask for 10mins, we got our skin hydration levels tested again.

My skin’s hydration levels increased by 10.5%

I tested my skin hydration levels again after applying the Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Essence Facial Cream and found that it had increased AGAIN from 52% to 60%

~wow~

All participants expressed their delight when noting a marked increase in their skin’s hydration levels.

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Model getting her skin hydration level tested

Dr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita’s range of high quality facial washDr. Morita Facial Mask Workshop Penang

Dr. Morita’s latest range of functional moisturizing creams

Dr. Morita – “The Doctor Knows Best”

Backed by medicine, boosted by nature;

feel the symbiosis today

Where to get your Dr. Morita facial masks and products? They are easily available at Guardian, Sasa, Aeon Wellness,, Caring Pharmacy & Hermo (online)

Keep up to date with Dr. Morita news & promos on their Facebook page

*Many thanks to Dr. Morita for extending this invitation

Chinese New Year Buffet 2018 @ DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Penang

The sunny island of Penang welcomes the arrival of the first DoubleTree Resort by Hilton. We recently had the opportunity to visit the new resort, high on anticipation. Being a resort, the hotel’s ambiance is more relaxed and inviting.

Plenty of lounging space…

The signature DoubleTree cookie

The glorious pool

After soaking in the relaxing vibes, we made our way to their restaurant Makan Kitchen – where an array of local and international flavours await, as part of the Chinese New Year buffet to usher in the Lunar New Year.

Reunion Buffet Dinner

15th Feb – 17th Feb 2018 (6.30pm-10.30pm)

RM138 per adult 

Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner

18th Feb – 2nd Mac 2018 (6.30pm-10.30pm)

RM118 per adult (weekdays)

Chinese New Year Weekend Hi Tea Buffet

16th Feb – 18th Feb; 24th Feb – 25th Feb (12.30pm-3pm)

RM98 per adult

*Complimentary Prosperity Salmon Yee Sang available in the buffet line

*One child below 12yrs old eats for free with 1 paying adult

* 50% off for children aged 6-12yrs old

We sampled a few of the dishes that would be the highlight of the Chinese New Year buffet. These include the Steamed Fish with fine soy sauce, Slow Braised Duck, Wok Fried Prawns and an auspicious vegetable dish made up of fresh mushrooms, dried oysters, chinese cabbage & sea moss.

Prosperity Salmon Yee Sang for Good Luck!

Emperor Eight Treasure Chinese Broth

Best with a splash of black vinegar to bring out the flavours of the soup

Braised Chinese Cabbage, Fresh Mushrooms, Dried Oyster & Sea Moss in oyster sauce

Wok Fried Prawn (with golden egg yolk & curry leaves)

Steamed Fish with fine soy sauce & ginger olive dressing

My favourite of the night from the savoury dishes was the steamed fish with fine soy sauce. The fish meat was fresh and firm, steamed just right. Soy sauce and ginger is always a winning combination for steamed fish, in my books.

Meanwhile the Wok Fried Prawns were pretty good too.

Slow Braised Duck with Chestnut & Assorted Mushrooms

served with Szechuan Sauce

Meanwhile, the slow braised duck looked promising but I would have preferred a spicier kick to the Szechuan sauce and expected the duck meat to be more tender.

Cream Puff Petit Four

The Cream Puff Petit Four was a delight – both in looks and in taste. Not overly sweet, these bite sized delights were easy on the palate without being too rich or heavy.

Lotus Paste Pancake

Finally, most of us heartily agreed that the Lotus Paste pancake was delicious! Crispy and hot, the ratio of pastry to filling was just right too. Makan Kitchen’s version easily rivals any of the pancakes served in Chinese restaurants in Penang.

You’ll notice that DoubleTree Resort by Hilton serves their drinks with paper straws instead of plastic ones in their efforts to be more environmental friendly. I personally love the cute look of the paper straws and applaud this move!

Comfortable open air seating at Makan Kitchen

Seating in air conditioned space is also available

*Many thanks to DoubleTree Resort by Hilton for extending this invitation

For reservations, do call 04-8928000

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton

56 Jalan Low Yat

11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Facebook Page

Chinese New Year 2018 Steamboat Buffet @ Sarkies Corner, E&O Hotel Penang

Once again, to usher in the year of the Dog, E&O Hotel rolls out their Steamboat Buffet dinner especially for Chinese New Year 2018. This limited edition Steamboat Buffet dinner is available only from 15th – 17th February 2018 (eve of CNY to the 2nd day of CNY)

This steamboat buffet is worth considering for those who prefer the convenience of eating out during reunion dinner.

Each table is provided with a complimentary Yee Sang too!

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Chinese New Year Steamboat Buffet 2018

Sarkies Corner

Available from 15th to 17th Feb 2018 (Thurs-Sun)

7pm – 10.30pm

RM129.60 NETT (ADULT); RM64.80 NETT (CHILD)

Choice of broth include – Chicken broth, Tom yam & Herbal Broth

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Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Seafood galore…

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Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Crab

Salmon & Bamboo Mussels

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Stuffed vegetables with fish paste

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Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Sea Cucumber

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Meats (sliced beef, lamb, chicken & duck) & Eggs

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Assorted vegetables & fish balls

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Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Dipping sauces and condiments

  • Homemade special chilli sauce
  • Coriander oyster garlic sauce
  • White radish spicy sauce
  • Sweet sauce, tomato sauce, chilli sauce, Peanut sauce
  • Garlic oil, cut red chilli & chopped garlic

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Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

An array of desserts are also available including egg tarts, Chinese Tea chiffon Cake, Mango Pudding, Festive Cookies, Semolina almond cake, Red bean glutinous rice ball soup, assorted pastries and fresh tropical fruits to end dinner on a sweet note.

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Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

Chinese New Year 2018, Steamboat Buffet, E&O Hotel Penang, Reunion Dinner, Penang Food Blog

*Many thanks to E&O Hotel for extending this invitation

For reservations, do call 04 – 222 2000

Eastern & Oriental Hotel
10 Lebuh Farquhar
10200 Penang
Malaysia

Connect with Eastern & Oriental Hotel Facebook Page

An Viet Vietnamese Casual Dining @ Gurney Plaza, Penang

Vietnamese restaurants are pretty common in Penang of late and one of the newest places to open on the island – An Viet, a chain restaurant from KL, seeks to vie for a slice of the pie.  An Viet which literally translates to “Eat Viet”, offers authentic Vietnamese food in a casual dining environment.

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Since their opening in November 2017 at the Lower Ground floor of Gurney Plaza, Penang, a steady stream of customers have been patronizing the outlet. An Viet is committed to their food philosophy of using quality ingredients, made-from-scratch stocks, sauces, marinades, drinks etc and cooked-to-order mains.

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Also, perhaps most notable when one dines in An Viet is their vision for minimizing global food wastage.  This ties in well with the traditional methods of Vietnamese cooking where the chef creatively uses every part of the plant or animal to turn into a delicious dish. How does one minimise food wastage at An Viet? For rice and noodle dishes, patrons can choose the grammage of rice/noodle which suits their appetite. If one initially chooses a smaller portion but feel it is not enough, they can opt to top up to the maximum grammage free of charge. In return, for every finished meal, An Viet donates RM0.10 to the Food Aid Foundation. Personally I’m all for this cause as I normally do not eat so much rice/noodles and I always ask for less rice whenever eating out.

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Happiness Yee Sang RM39.90

For a festive touch, An Viet rolls our their Happiness Yee Sang with a delightful Vietnamese touch with the addition of Banana Blossom and Crunchy Lotus Seeds. Other ingredients that make up the refreshingly vibrant yee sang include radish, water apple, pomelo, carrots, green mango and toasted peanuts. Topped off with fresh Salmon sashimi and a specially made Kaffir Lime Leaf dressing, An Viet’s Happiness Yee Sang tastes more like a healthy salad. But I totally loved it! Portion size is hearty too – sufficient for about 4-6 pax.

Don’t miss this delicious Happiness Yee Sang, available now until the end of Chinese New Year 2018.

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Banh Trang Nu’ong (Grilled Rice Paper with Minced Chicken) RM9.90

For appetizers, the Grilled Rice Paper with Minced Chicken managed to whet our appetites. The crispy rice paper encases a slightly spicy and creamy minced chicken filling. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would order it if I’m feeling peckish.

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Canh Chua Ngao Nu’oc Du’a (Clam in Coconut Broth) RM14.90

Next, we tried the Clam in Coconut Broth. We were told that An Viet uses live clams that are brought in daily to ensure freshness. The freshness of the clams were indeed apparent in this hearty, tangy and soothing soup. The use of coconut water in the broth adds an extra sweetness to the soup. I did not expect to like this dish so much, but it easily won me over. I’m happy to note that if you order a set meal with their mains, a small portion of this clam broth is included!

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An Viet, Penang Food Blog, Gurney Plaza, Vietnamese food in Penang, Lingzie Food Blog

Pho Bo Dac Biet (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Special) 

Ala Carte RM23.90

Set Meal RM27.90

Pho is ubiquitous in Vietnamese cuisine, hence it must make its appearance on the menu. We tried An Viet’s Vietnamese Beef Noodle Special which includes raw beef slices, beef brisket, shank, tripe, tendon and their special homemade 100% Pure Beef Ball.  The broth was made from simmering beef bones for long hours with 18 secret herbs & ingredients. It was interesting to note that other than the usual beansprouts, basil & lime, the Pho also comes with a side of fried Chinese Cruellers.

I found the broth to be rich and thick with deep beef-y notes. And I must highlight the homemade Sriraha chilli sauce which gives the dish an exciting spicy kick.

The regular version of Vietnamese Pho is also available, served with Raw beef slices & beef brisket at RM18.90

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An Viet, Penang Food Blog, Gurney Plaza, Vietnamese food in Penang, Lingzie Food Blog

Banh Mi – Ga Nu’ong Xa Ot (Vietnamese Baguette with Grilled Lemongrass Chicken) RM14.90

I’ve been hearing good reviews about the Banh Mi at An Viet. So I was pretty excited to taste this. Our Banh Mi came with Grilled Lemongrass Chicken filling. The baguette had a lovely crisp crust which gave way to a fluffy interior. I happily sank my teeth into the juicy and flavourful lemongrass chicken, while enjoying the crispness of the vegetables and pickles.

Other Banh Mi fillings include:- Grilled Pork Chop & Tofu Patties with Mushroom Pate (vegetarian)

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An Viet, Penang Food Blog, Gurney Plaza, Vietnamese food in Penang, Lingzie Food Blog

Cha Ca La Vong (Hanoian Style Fish with Turmeric & Dill)

Ala Carte: RM23.90

Set Meal: RM27.90

Next, we tried a Hanoian dish that I’m not familiar with – Cha Ca La Vong. This Hanoian style fish is cooked with turmeric and dill. Herbs and spices are used generously in this dish resulting in bold flavours that may be rather overpowering for some. But I found it tasty and the flavours complimented the rice vermicelli well. The fish pieces also had a nice char on the outside which added more flavour.

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An Viet, Penang Food Blog, Gurney Plaza, Vietnamese food in Penang, Lingzie Food Blog

Caramel Pudding RM6.90

To end the meal on a sweet note, we tried An Viet’s caramel pudding. I did not have high expectations for the pudding since they are not a specialty dessert shop. But I was quickly proven wrong. The pudding was silky smooth and well chilled. My tad complaint would be that the caramel sauce could be cooked a lil’ longer for a deeper flavour.

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Lime Juice with Lemongrass Lime Sorbet RM10.90

We managed to try a variety of drinks at An Viet. My favourite would be the Ice Blended Coconut which was refreshing and not too sweet. The lime juice with lemongrass lime sorbet meanwhile is made with freshly squeezed lime juice. A must try for fans of lime juice.

The Vietnamese Drip Coffee with egg was a novelty for me. The egg foam is not too thick in this version so as to prevent the ‘eggy’ flavour being too apparent. Best to drink this while its hot.

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Ice Blended Coconut RM10.90

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Vietnamese Drip Coffee with Egg RM9.90

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*Many thanks to An Viet for extending this invitation

The Essentials:

An Viet

Address: B1-32S, Gurney Plaza, 170, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, Georgetown, Penang
 
Business Hours: 11am-10pm (Mon-Fri)
                              10am-10pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
                              Opens Daily
 
Contact Number: 604- 293 3481

Website: www.anviet.com.my

Facebook Page: An Viet

Plaza Premium First @ Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA

Travelling has become part and parcel of life for most people these days, be it for business or holiday. As the world becomes smaller and more connected, many go on long haul flights spending quite a lot of time at airports either in transit or waiting for flights. And while airports to me are always an exciting place for the promise of new adventures at new destinations, sometimes it can be exhausting looking for a comfortable spot to relax and unwind while waiting to board the aircraft. This is where Plaza Premium Lounge comes in.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Plaza Premium Group‘s founder Malaysian CEO Mr Song recognized a unique business concept after having spent a large amount of time at airports. While travelling on his own, he found it was difficult to work efficiently and comfortably at an airport. Hence, the birth of Plaza Premium Lounge, which has grown to be the world’s largest independent airport lounge network. Plaza Premium Lounge’s concept is to offer comprehensive services and seamless connectivity to the everyday traveller, regardless of airline or class of travel. The Plaza Premium Group seeks to enhance and raise the Airport Service Quality for all travellers via four core businessesAirport Lounge service (Plaza Premiun Lounge & Plaza Premium First), Airport Transit Hotel, Airport Meet & Greet Service and Airport Dining.

On my recent trip overseas, I had a few hours layover at Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA and had the opportunity to visit the new Plaza Premium First – a new addition to the Plaza Premium Group.

KLIA has the privilege of housing the very first Plaza Premium First, with plans to open this premium lounge soon at other airports around the world.  Plaza Premium Group currently operates in more than 150 locations in 36 international airports worldwide.

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Plaza Premium First, KLIA, Plaza Premium Lounge, Lingzie Food Blog

Plaza Premium First offers an exclusive premium experience with a personal touch to the weary traveller. It incorporates A La Carte Dining services in addition to the buffet, lounge seating, relaxation area, beverage and coffee bar, shower and amenities, Wi-Fi and charging stations as well as entertainment and even massage treatments.

Open 24 hours a day, Plaza Premium First’s goal is to ensure that travellers are refreshed and re-energized for their onward journey. Thus, making it an essential pit stop while in transit.

During my visit, I had a long 14-hour journey ahead of me which left me feeling rather drained even before the journey began. Hence I tucked into a warm and hearty meal, having a choice of food from the A La Carte dining menu. And ended with some dessert from the buffet bar.

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Plaza Premium First, KLIA, Plaza Premium Lounge, Lingzie Food Blog

Chicken Teriyaki Don with Chawanmushi

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Plaza Premium First, KLIA, Plaza Premium Lounge, Lingzie Food Blog

Wasabi Chicken – featuring a tender and juicy pan seared sous vide chicken thigh served with a light wasabi sauce

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Lemongrass Chicken with Rice

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Plaza Premium First A La Carte Dining Menu

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From the buffet spread… a variety of appetizers, light snacks, fresh fruit and desserts to choose from

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There were plenty of drinks, alcohol, coffee and tea at the beverage bar to keep one feeling quenched.

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Beverage Bar

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Efficient work stations with plenty of power sockets for all our electronic devices

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Plaza Premium First, KLIA, Plaza Premium Lounge, Lingzie Food Blog

Relaxation area (each plush couch has in built power socket & usb slot to charge our phones/tablets/devices too)

While I was there, there were plenty of travellers who came in to charge their electronic devices while calling home to keep in touch with loved ones, keep abreast on the latest news over newspapers and magazines and overall to relax in a comfortable and cozy environment.

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Shower Facilities

I was looking forward to a hot shower before my long haul flight, and the shower facilities at Plaza Premium First did not disappoint. It left me feeling much more relaxed and rested as I stepped out of the shower and dried off with their thick, fluffy towels!

My few hours at the lounge flew by and pretty soon it was time for me to head to my boarding gate. I walked off in anticipation to catch my flight, feeling invigorated from the warm and friendly service which I had experienced at Plaza Premium First.

Plaza Premium First and Plaza Premium Lounge is open to all travellers (not just those with affiliated credit cards).

Plaza Premium First Lounge Use Packages (per person)

2 hours – RM238

5 hours – RM318

10 hours – RM358

All rates inclusive of 6% GST 

Plaza Premium First is located at the East Zone, Level 2, Mezzanine Floor, Satellite Building of KLIA

To get to Plaza Premium First – Alight from Aerotrain, head for Gate C21-27 (East Zone). Take lift no.3 to Level 2. Step out, turn right and head towards the end of the passageway.

 

Men, Men & Dawgs @ Curtis Crest, The Habitat, Penang Hill

I’ve blogged about the attraction in Penang Hill – The Habitat prior to this. Aside from being a ecotourism attraction, Curtis Crest inside The Habitat is also a lovely venue to host events. We recently had the opportunity to attend a concert performance called Men, Men & Dawgs which is a part of Georgetown Heritage Festival 2017. The party ticket includes tram tickets up the hill, entrance to The Habitat and of course enables the ticket owner to attend the concert performance (with complimentary food & a drink).
To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but we headed up Penang Hill just in time to catch the glorious sunset up on the TreetopWalk at Curtis Crest inside The Habitat 

 

The breathtaking sunset at the Treetop Walk

 After admiring the sunset and the view from the Treetop Walk we headed back down to Curtis Crest where the stage was already lit and ready for the night’s performance.

We also had a complimentary snack and cocktail from Mish Mash.

Complimentary Snack

Shelah – our emcee for the night

Soon the performance started with our emcee for the night Shelah making her grand entrance. The hilariously funny Shelah had everyone in stitches and put us in the right mood to enjoy the rest of the night.

Dina Nadzir

Nikki Palikai

Elvira Arul

Junji Delfino

Bizhu

The crowd having a good time

We were treated to songs from classics  to current hits belted out soulfully by Junji Delfino, Bizhu, Dina Nadzir, Nikki Palikai & Elvira Arul

DJ Mickey McLean

In between sets, the crowday was treated to the beats of DJ Mickey McLean. And of course more jokes and puns by Shelah.

The crowd dancing the night away

The awesome band

Wefies galore

 

I was indeed blown away by their awesome voices. Men, Men & Dawgs had me spending the night singing along to crowd favourites, dancing to the faster more upbeat tunes and chuckling at Shelahs jokes. Coupled with the lovely cool air up in Penang Hill, it was indeed an enjoyable, relaxing and unforgettable night!

*Many thanks to The Habitat for extending this invitation