I must say it has been eye opening since all the while, well majority of the times my reviews are done incognito. This time around, i met the manager, the chefs and learnt alot more about this quiet and serene corner of the hotel.I finally realise that all this while my reviews are more like diary entries where i just jog my memory in what i eat and taste whilst writing a proper review is like writing an assignment.
Nevertheless, enjoy my "serious" version of what i would deem as a serious food review.
PS: Learnt some eating habits of some F1 drivers, apparently one of them eats 3 pieces of roti canai with dhal and curry every day when hes down for the annual Sepang race. Roti Canai rocks!
Find yourself once too often succumbing to expensive yet not exactly the best of food while waiting to board a flight in KLIA? Or not looking forward to the meals provided on flight?
Look no further than a 7 minute walk from the Airport to Pan Pacific KLIA, where a range of goodies awaits at Degrees.
Like Lemon Garden is to Shangri La and Melting Pot to Concorde, Degrees is the 24 hour “coffee house” that offers a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a variety of ala-carte items that covers local and international flavours to suit taste buds from all over the world and at any time of the day.
As far as quality control is concerned, Head Chef Alias can be seen walking around with his sous chefs ensuring that everything is in order. We also had the opportunity to shake hands with Executive Chef Rene from Switzerland and got a few tips from Ismail (or Mac as he prefers) the Service Manager on what are the highlights of their daily dinner buffet.
Despite the daily rotating menu, the highlights are the “live” stations where food is cooked on the spot and upon request. Pasta, with three different kinds of pasta and sauces, a variety of ingredients from salmon pieces, mushrooms, coloured peppers, and julienned vegetables is prepared in accordance to your liking and preference.
Freshly deep fried cucur bawang or udang depending on availability is adored by even the Chairman of Malaysian Airlines Berhad and the Royal family. Crispy on the outside with a smooth and soft inside dumpling, it is brilliant with a dip of chilli sauce.
In terms of international flavours, we were greeted by a selection of Japanese sushi rolls with a variety of tuna, prawns and salmon. Freshly made and bite sized, this may not be as good as specialised Japanese restaurants but definitely enough to satisfy the sushi cravings.
Other highlights that we discovered that night include:
Find your children restless while waiting for you to finish up the food? They supply crayons and they can draw on the paper that doubles up as a table cloth.
Fresh oysters and poached prawns, eat as much as you desire
The roast salmon with lemon and caper sauce, request for the belly piece which has a higher fat content and would melt in your mouth.
Going vegetarian? A variety of Northern Indian curries and briyani rice will take care of that.
Local Malaysian flavours that feature your usual fare of rendang and curries.
- The chocolate fondue with marshmallow and grapes.
At the current moment, their hot item on the Ala Carte menu is their cod fish aglio-olio, with chilli padi and fried garlic pieces. Localised for our Malaysian palates, the garlic pieces gives it a kick and the chilli gives a bit of heat. The cod fish is fresh and accompanies the pasta nicely.
Overall, if you find yourself stranded in the airport because of a delayed flight or having to eat your meal in the airport, consider Degrees. The premium you pay is compensated by quality food. The buffet spread offers a bit of everything for everyone to enjoy themselves, to the children right up to the elders. If you find yourself short for time to eat, flying Malaysia airlines and don’t have luggage, you can choose to check-in your flight at the hotel too!
Prices are as follows:
Buffet Breakfast – RM55++
Buffet Lunch – RM75++
Buffet Dinner – RM75++
Family Fun Sunday Brunch – RM55 nett and RM35 nett (children aged 6-12 years)
Ala carte – ranges from anywhere between RM 25 – RM120