Date of Visit: July 11 2013
Not sure whether I am alone on this – but, do you get a mixed feeling of guilt + depression – when you stay sedentary the whole day, only shuffling between meetings and eating? I often do. And I have been eating sugar-laden food for 2 days in a row! (here and here)
Despite a more than filling lunch at Bangkok Thai Seafood Restaurant less than 5 hours ago, we still have ample time for dinner since our flight back to The Boo is at 8:20pm.
Our meeting concluded at the Hilton, naturally we thought of having a quick bite at the hotel’s cafe. Unfortunately, but the cafe will only open at 6:30pm for the iftar buffet. So we tried our luck at the Steakhouse, upon enquiry the kitchen was willing to accommodate us for an early dinner at 6pm. I am pleasantly surprised to find that Steakhouse has been nominated one of Malaysia’s Best Restaurants for 3 years running, from the displays of their awards near the entrance.
This is a small restaurant modestly done. Clean, no food smell along with attentive service from the wait staff who made sure that our glasses are never empty.
First we were given drinks and then offered complimentary brioche presented in a cup. A perfect break from eating the white spongy ‘mantaos’ from Breadsense which I am getting rather fond of in The Boo.
Speaking of which, I am wanting to cut out all things sweet, white and processed but it is proving to be very hard, especially since sugar creeps up on you – even in their most natural forms in fruits and vegetables.
For my main, I was deciding between a Oven Roasted Barramundi (RM49) or Grilled Salmon (RM57), in the end the fennel salad that was to accompany the salmon won me over. As I was tucking in my perfectly grilled salmon which was still pick inside, I thought that something was amiss, I pondered then remembered that there was supposed to be a fennel salad. I then realised that the kitchen had very cleverly masqueraded bits of celeries as fennels hidden under the orange segments and olives. Not wanting to kick a fuss, I sucked up in finishing my course. The salmon itself was not bad, the bits of oranges, olives and celery imparted a tangy sweetness and earthly taste to the fish.
While waiting for our bill, we were served house-made petit fours made of corn flakes, white chocolate and coconut butter.
The Steakhouse has a good priced $105 4-course set menu which I hope to try in my next visit.
Opposite the hotel is a waterfront esplanade which is perfect for an evening stroll.
Before I sign off this post, this is an aerial shot of Kuching before our plane landed this morning. Kuching is a lovely quaint town, far superior than The Boo in terms of facilities and infrastructure – clean and rather pretty even the lawns by the roadside are manicured! Since Kuching is only 40mins away, I must plan my next getaway to visit the Bako National Park and Damai Beach.