Saturday, December 3, 2016

Restoran Seoul Korea, Taman Desa, KL

Other than Nak Won, there is another Korean BBQ restaurant in Taman Desa just a stone's throw away - Restoran Seoul Korea. I have heard from my cousins and friends that there is always a queue for this restaurant, some of them queuing for as long as an hour to get a table in this restaurant. So I had to go and see what the fuss was all about - but of course being a person who doesn't like to queue, I opted to go early (opening time is 5.30pm and we ensured we were there by 5.25pm). True enough, there was already a queue forming all the way from the restaurant and down the stairs. Luckily though, we managed to get in the first seating :)

Over here, the restaurant is supervised by the Korean owner. From my observation, he is the only one who takes orders from customers too. As soon as we were seated, the service staff brings over the complimentary ban chan as well as water to our table.




We ordered 3 types of meat - dae ji yang-nem sam-gyoub-sal (RM28 - pork belly marinated in spicy homemade sauce), sam gyoub sal (RM28 - pork belly slices) and mok dung sim (RM28 - pork shoulder slice). They brought the meats to our table to show us and then proceeded to cook it at the cooking station behind us.




While waiting for our meats, we tucked in to the 9 different types of ban chan (side dishes) served to us. I have to say their ban chan is really nice - there was kimchi, cucumber kimchi, dried seaweed, seaweed, thin vermicelli, lotus root, marinated meat, peanuts/anchovies and ladies finger. The ban chans are refillable, so we went back for seconds. They also serve a complimentary seaweed soup (which is often served during birthdays in the Korean series).






Before long, our cooked meats arrive. As usual, lettuce, gochujang, garlic slices and green chillies is served together with the meat. I like the pork belly best, followed closely by the marinated pork belly (the sauce was really flavorful), and lastly, the pork shoulder. I found most of the pork shoulder meat to be slightly tough, however the parts with some fats were tasty enough.






When we left, there was still a long queue waiting to get in, so it is true that there is always a queue to get in here. If you do not like queuing, I do advise you to come early, or go to the nearby Nak Won as an alternative.


Serves pork.

Opening times: 12pm - 2pm, 5.30pm - 10.30pm daily.

Service: Good.

Price: Total bill RM97.95

Location: No 1-1, Plaza Danau 2, 2, Jalan 4/109F, Taman Danau Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Street Parking available).

Tel: +6012 373 1176

GPS Coordinates: 3.098768, 101.686550



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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hotel Review: Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview

Low cost airlines make overseas weekend getaways extremely feasible nowadays. In the last couple of years, we have taken advantage of cheap flights and made trips to neighbouring Singapore for short breaks. However, as we know too well, hotel accommodation, especially if we choose to stay in a 5-star hotel can eat heavily into the travel budget.

What do travellers look for these days when searching for accommodation? Clean, functional, comfortable, good location and affordability are some of the features that travellers would seek and the Four Points brand certainly meets these criteria.

On 1 July 2016, Riverview Hotel, the first hotel that sits along the Singapore River was rebranded to Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview. The hotel underwent major refurbishment (SGD25 million) to meet the Four Points brand international standards. Situated in an enviable location on the banks of Robertson Quay, this newcomer to the Marriott Group offers an affordable, yet excellent hotel experience without comprising on comfort.

I recently had the opportunity to experience the simple comforts that the Four Points by Sheraton brand is known for. This 4-star hotel features 476 modern and stylish guestrooms and suites with contemporary designs, with magnificent city or river views. Rooms on the higher floors have a fantastic view of the iconic Singapore River with the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands.



Check-in was efficient and before long, I was on my way up to my room on the 17th Floor. The Premium King Room was modern, with a classic, timeless design. Looking out, I could catch a glimpse of the Singapore Flyer, as well as the river below. The room is well-equipped with a comfortable king-sized bed, flat screen television, work desk, in-room safe, and coffee / tea making facilities. Complimentary, fast wifi is available throughout the hotel, hence I could stay connected and FaceTime with the kids in the evenings :) The in-room dining menu is available for 24 hours and there are also vending machines near the pool area should you need a snack/drinks. Complimentary bottled water is also provided in the rooms.


Great comfortable bed, ensures a good night's sleep


Welcome amenities - fresh fruit and five stones, one of my favorite childhood games :)


Coffee/tea making facilities


Reading corner


Full length mirror for your OOTD shots :P

 View from the room



Sunrise, viewed from the room


Was here on my birthday and was pleasantly surprised by their warm gesture- delicious chocolate cake :)




There is a spacious standing shower and toilet in the bathroom, along with Four Points amenities. Some rooms also comes with a bathtub. For families travelling with their kids, there are two Family Rooms in the hotel, which can sleep four as it comes with a king bed in the main room and twin beds in the second bedroom.



There is a freeform outdoor pool with cabanas and lounge chairs, a steam room as well as two fitness centres on Level 5 for guests to enjoy. For fitness fanatics, there are scenic, jogging tracks in the vicnity for you to explore. 






Breakfast is served daily at the hotel's all-day dining restaurant, Four Points Eatery. Help yourself to the buffet breakfast spread, which includes pastries, eggs cooked to order, fresh fruits, local specialities, fresh coffee and more. Other than the main dining area, guests also have the option of dining in the sheltered al fresco dining space overlooking the serene river. Do also check out their a la carte menu, which features a wide range of local and international favourites. I tried the signature Slipper Lobster Laksa, and it was amazing! The broth was rich, creamy and full of flavour, and the slipper lobster gives this dish a luxurious touch. Guests can also find other local favorites such as Hainanese Chicken Rice and Old-Time Bak Kut Teh here at Four Points Eatery.




Loved the eggs benedict as well as cinnamon rolls and croissants here.


Hainanese chicken rice (S$16.80)


Slipper Lobster Laksa (S$20.80)




In the evenings, unwind and chill at The Best Brew, also with a fantastic view of the Singapore River. A must-try is the Tall Tale Pale Ale, Four Points Singapore's exclusive craft beer which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The beer is light and easy to drink. We had the opportunity to visit the brewery and witness how the beer is made - look out for my blogpost on this!




At the lobby area, a giant structure of a ship, handcrafted from jade can be seen. This structure has been around for 30 years from Riverview Hotel days and symbolises smooth sailing. Another unique, historic feature of the hotel is the bubble lift (the first bubble lift in Singapore, we were told).
The hotel location is fantastic - be it culture, food or entertainment, you can find it all right at the hotel's doorstep or just a stone's throw away. Robertson Quay and its vicinity features an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes, art houses and vibrant nightlife. The famed shopping enclave in Singapore, Orchard Road is a mere 5 minutes away. Complimentary shuttle buses are provided from the hotel for guests at selected times to Orchard Road, Chinatown and Clarke Quay MRT station. Changi airport is a 25-minute ride away and the hotel can arrange airport transfers for you. 

We went on the River Cruise, which departs right outside the hotel. Will blog about river cruise experience too!


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Thank you to the Four Points Singapore team for their warm hospitality :)


Room rates start from SGD175. Check-in time 2pm, check-out time 12pm.

Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay.

Location: Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview, 382 Havelock Road, Singapore 169629.

Tel: +65 6732 9922

Website: http://www.fourpointssingaporeriverview.com/


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