February 1, 2020

Plaza Premium First Lounge @ KLIA

Refresh in Comfort

Travelers will agree that waiting for their flights can be rather tiring and daunting, especially for business travelers who consistently travels for work. Hence those who can get access to business lounges will be able to at least wait in comfort with some good food and drinks or even a quick shower to freshen up.

On my recent travel, I had the chance to experience the Plaza Premium First Lounge at KLIA while waiting for my red-eye flight. At KLIA, the lounge is located at the Sateline Terminal at Level 2, Mezzanine Floor at East Zone. After taking the Aerotrain to the Sateline Terminal, make your way to Gate C21 – C27, East Zone.

There are several options in entering the lounge. The easiest of course is to make a payment per entry. Else the lounge is also accessible with selected credit cards or travel passes. Do check here for the list of credit cards and travel passes.

Guests are greeted with a smile the moment you enter the main entrance to the lounge. The next sight would be an open kitchen view along with some bar table and stools for casual lounging. One can view the buffet spread available around this area. Flight information is also available here as well as further inside the lounge.

A waitstaff will certainly lead you into the main dining area. As soon as I sat down, I was handed a la carte and drink menus. Since the mocktail of the month was Wildcat Cooler and it also came highly recommended, I opted to try it.

The exotic dark purplish mocktail, served in a glass tumbler, was a concoction of blue berry puree, lemon and soda water. It is refreshing with a fruity and citrusy tang. Easy to enjoy if you’re looking for a thirst-quencher.

Of course, there are plenty of other beverages such as coffee and tea, juices, beer and sodas from the self-service bar or wine or liquor from the menu.

There’s a solid selection of food from snacks to light bites, sandwiches, salads and dessert on the buffet bar or simply order from the menu for hot dishes such as Malaysian Chicken Satay, BBQ Chicken Rice, Barramundi with Nyonya Sauce, Malaysian Curry Noodles, Porridge and more. They also offer international choices such as Wasabi Chicken, Beef Bacon Aglio, Mushroom Aglio, Scrambled Egg and more. Vegetarian options are also available.

I opted for Malaysian Chicken Satay for a light bite since it was quite late. The skewers were nicely grilled and served with the classic peanut sauce. Decent appetizer if you are feeling peckish for a small supper snack.

A few children knick-knacks to keep them occupied…

What I really like was that the lounge offers an area for those who needed to get some work done. This area is sectioned off but is just next to the main dining area. The long worktable has plenty of electrical sockets and charging station, free wifi and even a flat screen tv.

I had a meeting to attend prior to my flight and found that it was easy to connect and carry on with my meeting. Wifi was strong so the meeting went on without a glitch…

There are few sectioned areas in the lounge to chill. If one is just looking for a place to relax, head on to more comfort seating in the lounge bay inside to rest at the many sofa chairs.

For those seeking some refresh, the lounge also offers shower facilities.

Plaza Premium First Lounge offers a solid list of lounge facilities to allow travelers to seek some R&R. My overall experience was very satisfactory from the service to the facilities of comfort. If you’re looking for a lounge while travelling, do check the Plaza Premium First Lounge as it operates 24 hours a day at KLIA.

East Zone, Level 2, Mezzanine Floor,
Satellite Building (head for Gate C21-C27, take lift No.3),
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
Email: klia@plazapremiumfirst.com
Phone: +603 8776 2338

January 12, 2020

CNY Menu 2020 @ The Oriental Group of Restaurants

Noble Offerings for New Lunar Year

The Oriental Group of Restaurants is out to make headlines again this New Lunar Year! Executive Chef Justin Hor and his culinary team never fails to curate sumptuous Chinese New Year menus every year. Diners can expect nothing but the very best of ingredients coupled with the talents of the Chef Hor and his culinary brigade.

We caught up with Chef Hor at Noble Mansion for a sneak preview of this year’s finest Chinese New Year menu to usher in the Year of the Rat. Noble Mansion, the exclusive Chinese mansion inspired restaurant, serves delicacies of Shunde, the renowned food province in Guangzhou. Expect premium and fresh ingredients prepared with fine culinary methods, served in an elegant and grandeur ambiance. Diners can opt to dine in the main dining room or any of their large private rooms available.

Executive Chef Justin Hor and his Noble Mansion team

Going all out, this year’s prosperity Yee Sang takes on the King of Crab in Alaskan Spider Crab Vegetable Yee Sang (RM198 – medium | RM298 – large). It may just be the dish of year if one is set out to impress your dining companions!

January 8, 2020

CNY Menu 2020 @ Zuan Yuan, One World Hotel Petaling Jaya

Merriment of Spring

Usher in the Year of the Rat with a Merriment of Spring Feast at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant at One World Hotel Petaling Jaya. Zuan Yuan has been a constant favorite Chinese restaurant for authentic Cantonese specialties as well as dainty morsels of dim sum.

The beautiful grandeur interior is perfect for fine dining entertainment and offers a seating capacity of 380 pax. The main dining room is spacious, and all decked out in a gold and black theme with majestic chandeliers and even includes a stage as well as sights of open kitchen. There are quite a few private rooms available as well.

For this year’s festive menu, Executive Chinese Chef Tommy Choong Chan Hoo and his culinary brigade has curated three festive set menus as well as a la carte dishes and dim sum for diners to choose from. Using the finest local ingredients for the festivity along with premium ingredients, the festive menus are filled with glorious dishes that represents the joyous New Lunar Year celebrations with family, friends and business acquaintances.

This year’s Full of Cheer Yee Sang menu offers six variations of the obligatory dish. One that particularly stood out was the Yee Sang with Alaskan Scallop, Crispy Fish Skin, Black Truffle Paste & Crystal Pear.

January 7, 2020

CNY Menu 2020 @ The Emperor Restaurant, Dorsett Grand Subang

Eat Your Way to A Yummy New Year

A new Lunar year of celebration begins with feasting! To usher is the Year of the Rat, Dorsett Grand Subang serves up a banquet feast fit for royalty at The Emperor Chinese Restaurant. The acclaimed Muslim-friendly Chinese Restaurant is helmed by award-winning Chinese Executive Chef Bryan Teh whose repertoire consist authentic Chinese aged-old dishes and contemporary creations.

Chef Bryan Teh most recent acclaimed accomplishments include a Gold Medal from the Shanghai International Top Chefs Invitation competition; Gold with Distinction Medal from the 2019 Malaysia World Elite Chefs Championship for Individual Hot Dish, Gold Medal from 2019 Asian Culinary Exchange competition in Japan and a Silver Medal from the 2019 World Master Chefs competition for Cantonese Cuisine held in Macau. Along with his culinary team, diners are in for a sumptuous Chinese New Year treat with 3 festive menus of Prosperity, Wealthy and Happiness for a table of 10 pax.

January 6, 2020

CNY Menu 2020 @ Still Waters, Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

Ushering in Lunar New Year with Chinese and Japanese Cuisine

Located on one of the busiest streets in the city, Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur is joining in the festive Chinese New Year cheer with offerings of Chinese set menus and Festive Yee Sang menu at their contemporary dining venue at Still Waters.

This pork free eatery features Japanese cuisine fused with European and Asian flavours as well as contemporary Cantonese inspired cuisine by their talented Chef Meng, Chef Zainurin bin Mohd Salleh and culinary team. Set is a modern contemporary design; Still Waters also has a private dining area available in addition to their main dining area flanked by the serene sounds of waterfall backdrop.

For the festive CNY set menu, reservations are a must. Still Waters offer three CNY Set Menus starting from RM888nett to RM1388nett per table of 10 persons. CNY Yee Sang menu is also available with 5 options of yee sang with assorted seafood.

We had a sneak preview of various dishes from the three set menus. The dishes are generous in portions and beautifully presented.

First up, a Japanese Yee Sang with Condiments to usher in the festive season with a Japanese twist. The bountiful platter is filled with salmon slices, salmon roes, fish roes, seasoned baby octopus,  jelly fish, Japanese seasoned seaweed salad, Japanese fish cake, Japanese crab stick, cucumber, pickled radish, crisp greens, pickled ginger, crushed nuts and crunchy pok chui. The yee sang sauce is Chef Zainurin’s own concoction of plum sauce along with Japanese sesame sauce.