Monday, September 29, 2008

What do you do on a stranded island?

What should one do when they are "stranded" on an island with their other half? Where although theres wireless internet, you do not want to know what is work or when you have to do work but the only aim is to do nothing and stone like the hours where you had to suffer after a big lunch.

So you decide you shall sleep in the comfortable bed till the latest of hours, but you realise all 3 meals are provided, so how can you skip a meal if it is paid for? Oh, thats too sinful so thou shall eat breakfast and lie on the deckchairs to nap away the morning sun away.

Fancy being classic and western? Theres a variety of cheese and dried fruits to munch on.

If the China man inside you wants to eat something chinese, theres HK chee cheong fun or porridge if you like (items change daily)

How can we leave out the majority of the visitors who are well; foreign? Western breakfast with an egg station cooking eggs any style you like, sausages, croissants and bacon.

How about freshly fried noodles on the teppanyaki station? Chinese style with a hint of mamak.

Fret not if the above doesnt tickle your fancy, thosai or capati anyone, made upon order?

Fancy a sweet breakfast? Crepes or waffles (on the first day)? Done beautifully eventhough it is buffet.

The only regret is not spotting any nasi lemak but by then, breakfast was a fulfulling experience and off we went to the beach.

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You will be amazed how hungry or greedy you can get when all you do is laze at the beach and swimming pool. In fact even without a single clue to the time, we still managed to go over to the Royal Bay Beach Club promptly for lunch.

Another breath taking view before lunch was served

Starting off with a smoked salmon caesar salad. Blame the weather, the croutons were stale and the leaves weren't chilled enough and failed to refreshen us up considering the hot sun.

Going on salad galore, since it was after all an ala carte buffet, we had a grilled prawn mango salad along with smoked salmon. The tangy flavours with a tinge of spiciness from the chilli padis failed to tie in with salty smoked salmon that laid at the bottom, perhaps just give me another of that huge lonely prawn?

The medley of mushrooms was served surprisingly chilled eventhough the mushrooms were cooked, it tasted quite good and was wiped out by the Girlfriend who enjoyed it more then me.

Then to finish things off, a green beef curry served with white rice. As authentic as some Thai restaurants i have tried in KL, this was good as i poured the sauce generously on rice before slurping even more with the doses of beef.

To finish things off, a banana mango roll served with some really thick chocolate fudge/ice-cream. Heavenly.

Cost of that lunch if done ala-carte style? Well not much, just a tad under RM300.

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*Yawns*. Should i go sun tan a tad more, take a swim or a proper nap? By now, the bed would have been made nicely, my bottle of sea salt refilled for my bath tub. Why not have some beer that i bought into the island while soaking in hot water? So it was.

Take a nap after that and before you know, it is time for dinner. How time flies when one is sleeping in bed.

Included in the places for dinner; Feast Village and Uncle Lim Kitchen.

Tough choice? Well not really, there were 2 nights.

Uncle Lim first shall we? Which is closed on Wednesday nights.

For 2 pax, you are entitled to two starters, 3 courses and 2 desserts (well not exactly ala-carte but i am not complaining)

A Sichuan Hot and Spicy Soup with amongst other things; fish maw.

Peking Duck rolls, done using cheong fun instead of the usual egg roll. Just as tantalising, well eating duck somehow does give that feeling.

Salt Baked Prawns that came out like salt n pepper deep fried prawns. Not the first encounter with prawns in the resort, there were juicy and fresh. The texture was not mushy and were really crunchy.

The Asparagus with Scallops or more like Scallops with Asparagus done in a XO sauce. The big scallops played the main role instead of the supporting actor here. Big and juicy again, and came aplenty, no fighting here!

Apparently Uncle Lim Speciality steam fish ala Assam style. Sourish and spicy, we walloped it all quickly when it was served hot.

Fried Banana with Vanilla ice-cream. This reminded me of the kind of desserts that we order in Australia rather then in Malaysia.

Mango Pudding with some fresh chunks of fresh mango.

Desserts definitely cooled us down from all the spicy stuff we ate.

The scary bill i initialled on was a tad under RM600.

After dinner 1, lets run through dinner 2, shall we? I hope you still got place for another meal.

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The Feast Village where we had our breakfast, also serves dinner. With a menu that comprises of local as well as western dishes, my aim personally was to get my money's worth after that heart attack.

So it was, choosing items based on face value (menu's prices) instead of thinking that it was included in my stay.

A Fritto Misto, deep fried seafood done italian style.

An onion soup with big meat balls hidden deep within.

One of the most expensive item on the menu, the chilled Rib Eye (RM 180!!) with a very salty bernaise sauce. Coupled with heavily salted when grilled, this was salty to the max. Then again, just brush away the sauce, and voila, settled.

The Barramundi served in a bed of risotto that was closely second, retailing around RM160. You must give credit to their huge servings, as two slices of fish was piled on top of each other. Taste wise, it was ok, must be the salty bernaise sauce that spoilt my tastebuds.

Clean the taste buds with a scoop of ice-cream. Do note that those signed under the "package" are not entitled to any other desserts then ice-cream, damn!

Still the meal was another ridiculous RM500++.

So after dinner, take a stroll back to your room, proceed for another shower, watch some TV and read a book and rest your head on that pillow.

Blissful holiday, i am still suffering from the hangover.

Bummer.

29 comments:

Kok said...

joe,
give me that rib eye! haha! Gosh! Now you make me crave for steak...

Jun said...

LOL the pisang goreng with ice-cream does remind me of the ones we get in oz.. >.<

Life for Beginners said...

Wah. Wah. Wah.

Me getting jealouser and jealouser of ur lil getaway with ur gf lah. :)

I love the first series of shots, them black tableware definitely create a nice seductive ambiance for a rousing breakfast, no? ;)

550ml jar of faith said...

Totally gratuitous! And envy-inducing! That's not actually pork bacon at breakfast though is it?

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Wah...blissful holiday indeed! I'm so jealous de. o_0

Actually, seeing the good food you ate, the package was good value for money hor?

J2Kfm said...

wah ... RM180 for rib eye steak? can buy Wagyu liao.
indulgence at its best.
luckily you din REALLY have a heart attack the moment you signed your bill. hahaha ....

mh said...

supposedly I "AM" stranded on an island. supposedly the only thing connecting me to the outside world is the INTERNET...and I happened visit your blog....

I think I'll die from the craving for food!!

kekeke..how come you don't look that tanned?? More of pinkish... :P

ling239 said...

well... with so much good food
i dun mind being stranded there hahahaaaa.....:p

Henry Yeo said...

*DROOL OVERLOAD, HOUSE FLOODED*

This is definitely worth every penny, Barramundi, rib eye, the breakfast spread. Can pass me the contact?

Michelle said...

wow.. like double WOW!!~
gosh man.. all those salivating pix..
how could u??!!

breath-taking views, breath-taking food... enough breath ar? where u get all ur breath from har??? hehehe...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: hahah not enough breath wor..thats y 2 nites enuf liao haha..

henry yeo: i think my gf just called the general line of the ytl travel centre..

ling239: hahah 1-2 wks also nvrmind rite

mh: bcoz we lazed out in the beach in the morning sun shaded by trees..go wonder haha..

j2fkm: the prices are catered to the europeans la..i mean wats 50 euros?

bangsar: exactly..so u knw wat to do with ur bf lor hor..

550ml: i think it was..bcoz they were serving char siu cheong fun..

kenny: well u n ur loved 1 can do the same thing too.!

jun: i know!!

kok: haha go get from supermarket and put it on the grill..done!

CUMI & CIKI said...

the answer to that question on para 1 is... have mad, hot, heaving S** !!

hahahaha:D

Cool blog.. you get to eat all the nice food .. not fair!

Christy said...

Whoa....so so much food....I'd definitely get a hangover from such a great vacation too!!~:)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: err i shall refrain from commenting any further on such an obvious statement! hahaha, scared got underage readers hor..

christy: hahah yes alot alot of food..now suffering in the gym..

jasmine said...

haha, i agree with c&c on the answer! burns of the calories of all you ate some more! lol. but what a getaway. and i thought i was blissful in serendah. now i am wondering how much to save for your island vacay. :P

fatboybakes said...

nipps, you mean they serve pork there? cant be la. hey, this the package deal where meals are inclusive right? pretty good value hor.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: i hope i got it wrong..but i was also quite sure it was char siew chee cheong fun..yeah this is the std package..quite good value lor..

jasmine: aiyoh u another 1 ar..yes serendah looks good..want to go stay there too..

Ho Jiak said...

hey, how much is the 2-night stay package? How you got the deal?

Thx

sc said...

wah, looks very good for a beach vacation (i mean the food). aiyo, such glorious weather and you stayed in bed? i'll be out tanning and swimming ler..

xin said...

sinful....everything is sinfully awesome!

mimid3vils said...

joe u ask me show ur post to my hubby but u have to tell me how much is ur package~~ With all those excellent food, I think I'll force him to go, haha!!! lol

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: 750rm with ytl card, 799 without..per pax ar..for 2 nites n food..

xin: i knw!

sc: well i suppose so la..mayb nxt time

hojiak: 750-799 per pax for 2 nites..n food n ferry too

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

yeah yeah, tough choices hor. :-P Food looks amazing, btw. I wanna go.

New Kid on the Blog said...

eh, you didn't go for their spa??? you would have enjoyed their couple spa! it's heavenly enjoy!! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: u shud go!

new kid: rm290 per pax for 50mins..no thanks la..eventhough it is heaven..no money in wallet even more heaven..

Nic (KHKL) said...

woah...looking at the prices of the individual meals, the package's much more value-for-money.

luxury never looked so yummy! :D

Seaqueen said...

Wow. A scrumptious 3 meal and from starters to dessert. Heavenly. Too bad the www has not been updated enough for us to actually smell the food when you take them. Been watching too much sci-fi movies. Heheh!!!

traveleo said...

so much food! so little time!! greetings from frankfurt my dear friend..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

traveleo: haha i await ur greetings when u reach KL la..time to makan..

seaqueen: yes indeed..haha mayb u can take ur dream a lil bit further and create a smelling blog? haha