Friday, August 28, 2009

23rd Birthday @ Prime, Le Meridian

My birthday was about a month ago and I know it's kind of late to blog about this now but now that I have the time, might as well right? Actually I like to blog about food, places to eat and hotel stays. Reason is an avid "researcher" like me would always want to research on a lot of things and places before I go there. I do very extensive research wherever I go :)

Anyway, this year, G was very secretive. He didn't want to reveal where he would be bringing me for my Birthday dinner. The only hint he gave me was the place isn't cheap and it's famous for steaks (though he can't take beef). After asking the orang atasan Lim Eiling, I finally had a clue where he would be bringing me - Prime @ Le Meridian Hotel.

G made a reservation and we were seated as soon as we arrived in a quiet corner.

I thought Prime is a very atasan place and its decor must be very luxurious and extensive but this is nothing like what i've expected.... it's a bit too ..... simple.

Warm towel to wipe whatever you would wanna wipe (can wipe armpit??? haha)

1 very bad thing about me is that I do not know how to appreciate beer and wine hence I only ordered warm water. Seriously, I hate beer and wine. Love cocktails and hard liquor though :)

We were served their complimentery bread. On the left side it was really nice but on the right side, there were some spices or something which I didnt like at all.

The bread was served with 3 choices of butter which i forgotten what were they... inilah akibat tak blog awal awal. However I still prefer the Itallian way with Balsamic Vinegar.

Lamb Shank @ RM 80. The portion is quite big but G managed to finish it alone. I never liked Lamb/ Mutton therefore I didn't try this one.

200 days grain fed Australian Black Angus Ribeye 220g @ RM 120 (without any sides)

I gulped when I looked at the price and feeling the pain for G's wallet, I ordered a 200 days grain fed instead of the 120 days cos it was at RM 150

I ordered it to be Medium but it kind of turned out like Medium rare don't you think?? I find the steak here quite normal.... nothing special nor anything to shout about.

I ordered another side dish of Truffle Mashed Potatoes @ RM 15

As for the sauce, I chose the Porcini Mushroom Sauce to go with which is pretty good. I am very fussy when it comes to mashed potatoes but the ones served here are quite good.

It was my birthday so they prepared a slice of cake for me and sang a Bday song as well

I was so stupid I didnt know it was for me and I was asking G "Eh donno whose birthday leh hoh?" when I saw the waitresses singing the song from a few tables away

To be honest, I loved his initiative and all but the food was only so-so... it doesnt even deserve to be so overrated!

Thanks G! Next time your bday we go TGIF can already ok??

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Food I've Eaten in Krabi

Krabi is not exactly the place you would wanna go in search of good food. The place is actually populaged by international cuisines rather than their local cuisine, such as Pizza place, Itallian dining, Indian cuisine and etc. However, besides their cuisines, they do serve a few dishes of their local Thai Food.

Food isn't exactly cheap plus most of the restaurants are Halal because Krabi is a Muslim place.

Air Asia

Uncle Chin's Rice Chicken, Pak Nassir Nasi Lemak, Chicken Lasagne @ RM 10 each

Honestly speaking, the appearance of Air Asia food sucks. The real thing and the picture is so so so different but somehow I think the food is quite delicious... seriously.

Wang Sai Seafood & Thai Food Restaurant (Halal)

Coconut & Singha Beer @ THB 50 each (RM 5.50)

Seafood Fried Rice, Pineapple Fried Rice, Butter & Garlic Fried Rice @ THB 60 each (RM 6.60) Stir Fried Thai vege with Shrimps @ THB 120 (RM 13)

Forgotten-What's-The-Name Thai Restaurant (Non Halal)

Pork Curry, Stir Fried Vege with Pork, Sweet Sour Fish Slices and Tom Yum Goong (not in picture) @ THB 785 (RM 87). Food portion is really small and only available in 1 size portion.

Lunch Excursion Day #1 @ Emerald Pool

Hot & Sour Vege soup, Stir fried vege, Omelette, Green Curry

Though it was already paid for in the excursion package that we took, the food was really good. Too bad it was served cold or slightly warm instead of Hot!

Indian Cusine Restaurant

Roti Telur (bought from roadside stall), Tom Yum Goong, Omelette with Tomato

Sizzling hot plate with squid, fish and prawns, Stir Fried Vege, Chicken with Tomato

Food wasn't nice plus it was quite expensive... I think it was THB1,000 or something. The portion was small and every single dish was so so salty!!

Oh btw, in Krabi, when you order dishes to eat, they do not come with rice. One plate of rice averagely cost THB 35 (RM 3.80) per plate. Therefore, we spent RM 15.20 on only plain rice every meal! However their Thai rice is really really nice, fluffy and fragrant! VERY VERY DELICIOUS!!

Ala Carte Rice/ Noodles Stall (infront of Mcdonalds) - Halal

Waiting for the food....

Phad Thai Noodle, Fried Rice, Rice with Chicken and Basil Chilli @ THB 40 each

Stall food is a lot nicer!!

Sara Foodstall

Stir fried Mixed Vege, Red Curry, Tom Yum Goong, Stir Fried Chicken Slices + 4 coconuts @ THB 500 (RM 55)

I would have to say this stall serves probably the best meal of all that we had during out 4 nights stay in Krabi, plus the cheapest too. Only thing is that it is operated by a Muslim couple so it's Halal (no pork). All the restaurants serve expensive food with very small portion but this one is almost double their portion!

Krabi is really unlike Bangkok. U can hardly find roadside stalls selling tid bits or sausages and all sorts of snacks. It's almost close to only less than 5 stalls at the whole Ao Nang beach area. Expect to spend more on food more than anything else over there.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pavillion Queen's Bay Hotel @ Krabi, Thailand

Having being absent from my blog for damn long, I find myself dragging myself to update it anymore but from my latest trips to Thailand, I find it really difficult to look for information on hotels there. Apart from the pictures and information from their websites and Trip Advisor, there are no other information and actual pictures available.

And for twice, I stayed in both hotels as stated from the websites and Trip Advisor are incorrect and NOT TRUE at all! It's really disturbing... don't you think? Why can't people stay in hotels, blog about it so that we (visitors to be) can read more about the hotels?!

Anyway, after doing extensive research and all, the four of us settled for Pavillion Queen's Bay as they were running on a 'Stay 3 Nights Get 1 More Night Free' and Free shuttle to and from airport for THB 6,000 (abour RM 660) per room. According to the website and Trip Advisor, the hotel is a little secluded but it takes only 5-10 minutes walk to the Ao Nang Beach ( the populated area), so we gave it a shot! Considering other nearer hotels to the beach, it was beyond our budget.

The driver waiting for us patiently at the Krabi Airport

In Krabi, most hotels and their excursions use Vans like this

At the Hotel Lobby, we were greeted with very Thai-style decoration

The sofa at the lobby while waiting for the check in process

Beach/Pool-Towel Counter @ the lobby

Outside the lobby heading towards the pool

The shower area before entering the pool

The infinity edge pool

The hotel isn't very new therefore some of the paint job is already quite old... but boleh tahan

The three levels of Infinity Edge Pool

Superior Room @ Pavillion Queen's Bay

The Bed

The day bed

My dressing table... hehe

The small little TV and complementery drinking water in glass bottles

The Bathroom

The washing basin, also equipped with hair dryer

The toiletries must-haves - Shampoo, Bath Gel, Lotion

The 'big and small' business cubicle is a little too small.. one may feel suffocated when spending too much time inside

Not many hotels in Krabi offer Bathtubs. This is the most affordable hotel with a bathtub

Shower Area... the water pressure in the shower area is not only strong but the hot water is really HOT!

The Balcony

The balcony is big and spacious

The 'stimmest' place to be is of course the swing @ The balcony ... a place where you can relax and lie down at, or have your friends over for drinks and chit chatting at night

While the room is big, comfy and the service is good, somehow our room has this musky smell. It's like it has been occupied for a long time... but it's bearable. As long as we open up the sliding doors for some fresh air, it's okay....

I would say the 1 and only big thing I dislike about this hotel is the distance to the Ao Nang Beach area. Not only the road is dark and quiet, it's a very long walk... probably 20 minutes per way! (Their so called 5-10 mins walk is from the hotel till the unhappening end of Ao Nang beach only). However, the hotel provides free van shuttle to Ao Nang Beach everyday (I think it's every 1pm, 4 pm and 7pm) and to get back to the hotel, you gotta hail a Tuk-Tuk @ THB 20 (abour RM 2.20) flat rate per person. No matter if you have 2 persons or 4 persons, the rate is still THB 20 per person. We spent most of the money on food and also tuk-tuks to get back to the hotel which is not worth it cos it's flat rate! Btw, food is quite pricey in Krabi as they have a lot of Itallian, Indian and other cuisines as compared to their local thai food.

My biggest discvery in Krabi is that KRABI IS A MUSLIM PLACE with almost 70% of their population are Muslims!! (so Pork is not available everywhere... it's quite scarce)