Aug 08

The breaking of fast is a time when one enjoys a meal after a day abstaining from food & drink. In this month of Ramadan, breaking of fast or as known locally; ‘bersungkei’ sees families congregating to enjoy the meal together.

While you source for the next destination for breaking or simply just to enjoy the buffet dinner tailored for Ramadan, why not five Sungkei Ria a shot? Held every evening at Blue Lagoon, this Ramadan buffet dinner offers not just great varieties of food at over 100 selections but also an unparalleled ambience as it overlooked the magnificent city and river view of Kuching, graced by wisps of evening breeze. Along the terrace, buffet lines traced the walls of Blue Lagoon where the hotel chefs are also ready to cook up their specialty ala minute delights.

This year’s Sungei Ria features, among many others, authentic Indian food. According to Executive Sous Chef Partick Chew, an invited chef who specialized in Indian delicacies will be helming the Authentic India Food Station every night, reay to fulfill your orders. Diners can also look forward to unlimited sushi, maki and sashimi from the hotel’s trademark Japanese Buffet. Indulge in the goodness of the Japanese delicacies as you move along the buffet line.

On the buffet line up, Chef Patrick Chew, the Executive Sous Chef mentioned that the wide varieties would cater to the different preferences of each diner. Diners who crave for traditional malay cuisines, he recommends trying the different varieties of kerabu available as well as the choices of ulam-ulam and pickled fruits for starters. Do not miss the chance to try the Sarawak specialty Bubur Pedas and Laksa Sarawak as well. Over at the carving station, Roasted Lamb and Boneless Chicken with Trimming are served daily with potatoes and a selection of vegetables.

Sungkei Ria also feature the Thai food corner where diners will get to enjoy steamboat with the choice of tom yam or chicken broth soup base with 19 different types of dips from beef, squid, and dish fillet to fresh oyster mushroom and tofu. Our Japanese chef, Chef Gu will also be serving up fresh sashimis and different varieties of sushis and makes for Japanese food lovers dining at Sungkei Ria this Ramadhan.

For BBQ lover do not forget to try out the Otak-Otak and the selections of Satay, served hot with spicy peanut sauce. Among other BBQ goods are Beef Rib Eye Steak, Lamb Shoulder, Prawns, Cuttlefish, Mackerel, Chicken Frank and Chicken Kebab. If you prefer a light dinner, head on to the Bubur & Soup corner and help yourself to a bowl of hot Sup Ekor or Sup Tulang. If soup is not fulfilling, then make sure to grab some Tori Canai, Roti Tissue or Murtabak from the Indian Stall. There’s also a variety of traditional dessert such as Kek Lapis Sarawak, Bingka Jagung, Cucur Keria, Pisang Kepok and Sago Gula Melaka apart from the selections of cakes, pastries and fruits available. Two types of buah kurma are provided daily especially for the Ramadhan diners.

Priced at RM79++ per person, the buffet is available daily at the Blue Lagoon from 1st – 29th August 2011. Surau is also provided on the same floor for the convenience of Muslim patrons. For further enquiries or reservations. please call the hotel’s Food & Beverage Department at 082-247 777 ext 4412. Early bookings are advised, to avoid disappointments. All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 6% government tax.

Apart from the glorious buffet spread of Sungkei Ria, Riverside Majestic Hotel is having the ‘Ramadhan Stay In’ room package. Relax and unwind this August with an attractive offer of RM190++ inclusive of 2 days and 1 night accommodation, buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, and a complimentary signature dish at the River Palace Restaurant. The Ramadan Stay In offer is valid from 30th July till 5th September 2011. For enquiries on Ramadhan Stay In, please call 082-418911.

Aug 06

The Original Macam-Macam Ramadan Mega Buffet returns as we welcome the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Dubbed the biggest buffet in town, this mega buffet which is held at Grand Margherita Hotel has earned its reputation with its never ending rows of buffet items. This year, the buffet boasts over 200 choices of food including the authentic flavours of Indochina and Middle East, adding to selection of Japanese, Malaysian as well as Western cuisines available at the buffet.

This year, the launching of the Original Macam Macam Ada Ramadan Mega Buffet is officiated by the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Sarawak, YB Datuk Haji Talib Zulpilip, who is also the chairman of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation Sarawak (SEDC). The Ministry of Tourism & Heritage is also having a “Majlis Berbuka Puasa” at the hotel on Sunday, 7th August 2011 which will be attended by YB Datuk Amar Abang Zohari, Minister of Housing & Urban Development. Invited guests will be dining amidst the relaxing ambiance of the Poolside Pavilion that overlooks the Sarawak River as they enjoy the many varieties of the Original Macam Macam Ada Ramadan Mega Buffet.

Diners of the buffet can start off their memorable culinary experience with the red dates which is an important part of the breaking fast ritual. Do not miss out on the Ramadhan specialties such as Bubur Pedas. Ikan Terubok, Assam Pedas, Lemang and plus a number of local delicacies, served fresh and hot. Live cooking stations which feature the Indo-China specialties are the Thai Station, Cambodia Station, Vietnamese Station and Khmer-Charcoal Station, Indo-China Corner and Thai Corner.

Highlights from the invited Cambodian chefs include delicacies such as Pad Thai, Banh Choo, Phobo, Som Tam, Moan Ang, Nom Dong Dot, and many more. Not forgetting the Penang Hawker speciaties such as Penang Assam Laksa, Penang Char Kway Teow, Loh Bah Penang, Hokkien Prawn Mee Soup, Ju Hu Eng Chai and Penang Fruit Rojak.

According to the hotel’s Executive Chef Ricky Kong, the invited Indochina chefs are from established hotels in Cambodia, namely Angkor Palace Hotel & Ree Hotel while the Penang chefs hailed from well known dining spots in Penang.

Macam-Macam Ada Mega Buffet caters the needs of all diners as the selection in the massive spread rangers from Malaysian, Western, Chinese, Japanese, Indian to Middle Eastern delicacies. The buffet also features all-time favourites complete its host of appetizers, soups, hot dishes, desserts and beverages.

Diners who would like to give Middle Eastern cuisine a try may opt for tantalizing choices such as Spring Lamb on the Spit with Rice, chicken or Lamb Shawerma (kebab), Dajaj Lafat (Baked Stuffed Chicken) and Kofta Bil-Tahina (Lamb Ball in Tahina).

One of the major highlight of this year;s Macam-Macam Ada are the Indo-China delicacies, with a wide variety of appetizers, flavourful choices of soups, ravishing spread of main dishes and mega buffet of desserts. With twenty one beautifully prepared cold dish and appetizers, such as Kong Phak Cher (Prawn Salad with Bittergourd) and Ma-Kak fruit salad (Kedondong with Smoked Fish), it will be no surprise if you are done too soon. So, save more room and make sure to try out the main dish too like Moan Ang (Marinated Chicken on Bamboo Skewer), Tear Tim (Steamed Duck with Vegetables Stuffing) plus more than forty different dishes for you to choose from. All this selections, and add in thirty five more choices of sweet desserts, all originated from Indo-China countries.

Enjoy daily selections of Chinese Cold Cuts and other appetizers such as Ikan Terubok Goreng, Houmus, Moutabil, Tabolah, in addition to a wide variety of Salads such as Kerabu Salai, Kerabu Kacang Botol, Kerabu Assam Mango, Ulam-ulaman, Gado Gado, Karedok, Urap and many more.

Bubur Pedas, Paru Goreng Rempah, Daging Rendang with Lemang, and are just some of the local Ramadan specialties available at Macam-Macam Ada. Popular Indonesian dishes like Ikan Goreng Sans Cabek, Pendeng Balado, Pepes Ikan Mas, Ayam Plecing, Daging Balado, Opor Ayam Keluwak, plus twenty four more hot selling items are made available especially for Macam-Macam Ada.

A delicious selection of soups and broths includes Sup Rawa, Soto Ayam, Sup Buntut, Soto Ayam, and Soto Madura, served fresh and steaming hot. BBQ lovers can choose to have their dishes barbequed ala Chinese, Western. or local style with selections such as “Meisan” Roasted Chicken. Braised Duck with Brown Sauce, Sirloin Steak, Seafood Panggang and Satay Ayam, Daging and Lamb.

Macam-Macam Ada also caters for the vegetarians with selections such as Potato Samosa, Vegetarian Spring Roll, Wok Fried Lo Han, Changkuk Manis Masak Lemak & Labu, Tumis Sayuran, and a selections of Steamed Pau. Indulge in the wonderful flavours of Indian cuisine like the all-time favourites, Briyani Rice with Condiments, Tandoori Murg, Roti Naan, Garlic Naan, Papadom, Aloo Gobhi, and Dhal Vegetables.

An abundance of attractive desserts are just waiting to be picked and savoured, ranging from international to local delights such as Creme Caramel, Ais Kacang, Sago Gula Melaka, Bubur Pulut, Pastries, as well as a host of local and Nyonya kuih-muih.

Attractive prizes are up for grabs when you dine at “The Original Macam Macam Ada”. Stand a chance to win the grand prize, a 42 inch LCD Television plus a fantastic holiday package, inclusive of return tickets for two and accommodations. Simply drop off your gift certificate stub into out Lucky Draw Box at the main lobby. Weekly draws are done every Monday while the Grand Draw will be on 29th August. Priced at RM80++ per person, the buffet is available daily the Poolside Pavilion from 1st – 29th August 2011.

Apart from the glorious Macam-Macam Ada Ramadan Mega Buffet, the hotel is also offering the ‘Ramadhan Stay In’ room package as well as a Ramadan Meetings Package. The Ramadan Stay in Package starts at RM180++ for 2 days 1 night accommodation, buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, and a complimentary signature dish at the Meisan Restaurant. For the Ramadan Meetings Package, a half day meetings package starts at RM20++ per pax while a full day package is from RM80++ onwards. With considerations to the fasting Muslim guest, those who did not utilize their high tea will be entitled to a complimentary The Original Macam Macam Ada Ramadan Mega Buffet dinner voucher. The Ramadan Stay in package is valid from now till 5th September 2011 while the Ramadan Meetings Package is valid till 31st August 2011.

Bookings for The Original Macam Macam Ada as well as the Ramadan Meetings Package can be made by calling the hotel at 082-42 3111 while those interested to take up the attractive Ramadan Stay In Package can contact their Central Reservations Team at 082-418911.

Jul 22

Always heard of the famous noodle from Vietnam but never had the chance to try it out. I don’t think it’s available in Kuching. There’s not much Vietnamese cuisine available in Kuching I guess…  Aside from spring roll. Do share if you know any available in Kuching.

Had the opportunity to try it out last week. The shop is called Pho Minh, located at Mansfield Park.

Ordered the noodle for sure! These are what you’ll be eating with the noodle, very generous portion! This is for 3 people.

Here’s the famous beef soup noodle from the Vietnamese community. Ordered Combination Beef (small-$10.00, medium-$11.00, large-$12.00). The one here is small but portion is big enough, can share with another person if you’re a small eater. The combination consists of Rare Beef, Rib, Tendon, Tripe, Beef Ball, and Intercostal meat.

It’s very different from our beef noodle in Kuching. This is on the sweeter side. Definitely very interesting to finally get to try something different.

Contact information:
Address: Shop 7/86 Wilson Street, MANSFIELD PARK, SA 5012.
Phone/Fax: 8244 6288

May 24

May is coming to its end giving way for June to finally shine. The time when all farmers around Sarawak jumps around with joy, the Gawai Festival is a celebration for all. Grand Margherita Hotel will be having the ‘Harvest Festival’ promotion come this end of May. With a selection of local authentic dishes of the Sarawak natives, diners will get to enjoy the food of their childhood at the comfort of the hotel.

:: Culinary celebration of a bountiful harvest.

From the famous Pansuh selections to the exotic Kasam delicacies, Grand Margherita Hotel caters to this promotion especially for Gawai Festival. Pansuh Manok (Chicken Cooked in Bamboo) and Pansuh Ikien (Fresh Fish Cooked in Bamboo), are cooked with water and seasoned with ingredients such as lemongrass and tapioca leaves in a bamboo. The Pansuh dishes are the main delicacies on Gawai day as everyone gather and celebrate the bountiful harvest season. Diners would be able to enjoy the rich and natural flavours of both chicken and fish just like the original homemade Pansoh food. If you are up to the challenge, then why not try the exotic taste of Kasam Ikien Bekuk (Preserved Cat Fish with Wild Rice) and Kasam Jerak (Preserved Venison with Wild Rice). Kasam dishes are prepared by preserving the main ingredient in salt. The locals usually preserve the ingredients for a month and it was said that the duration of preservation affects the taste of the dishes.

One of the Sarawak’s popular dish, Sup Ikan Tilapia Terung Assam Dayak is also the highlight of their promotion. The combination of fresh fish and the Sarawak’s vegetable is just superb. The hot and aromatic soup will surely make you come back for more. Diners would be able to enjoy any of the dishes mentioned above with Sungkoi Tumpi; special rice in an aromatic Marun leaves or simply white rice. For sweet treats, diners will be treated to some of the best Sarawak desserts available. Kueh Tebeduk is rice pudding; flour, coconut milk, and rice flour, mixed and battered with Palm Sugar (Gula Apong), while Sukui Bandung is tapioca topped with shredded coconut.

Sarawak Cultural Village is again hosting the 7th World Harvest Festival on the 28th and 29th May 2011. The activities laid out through out the two day events are the Iron Man Contest, Ethnic Beauty Pageant Contest, Food and Craft Fiesta and also the International Concert and Workshops. In conjunction with this joyous occasion, Grand Margherita Hotel is collaborating with Sarawak Cultural Village by having a special Flavour of Native Harvest package. Diners who get the package will be entitled to one main course and one dessert plus a one day pass to the World Harvest Festival for only RM70++. This promotion is only available on the 27th till 29th May 2011.

Harvest Festival will be available for lunch and dinner from 27th May till 19th June 2011 at Orchid Garden Coffee House. For bookings and reservations, call 082-423111 ext 1109/1158.

Apr 09

Alex Eating House is located at Beach Road in Bugis.

They seem to be specialized in roast duck.

Decided to had our lunch here… When you’re there, definitely you’ll order the duck dish.

Roasted Duck and Char Siew Rice (SGD4).

Char Siew Wan Ton Noodle (SGD4).

Roasted Duck Noodle (SGD4).

I don’t guarantee that it’s nice. It’s up to individual taste but personally I think that there’s better ones out there. However, the pricing and portion wasn’t that bad.

Jan 30

I don’t think you will be in time to get the RM1/piece chicken now. It’s Sunday, I’m sure it’s gone in no time at all branches. Don’t worry… You can try to join the craze this coming 2nd February! Be sure to go early, limited pieces available.

This photo was taken at 1.17pm on 28th January.

Here’s something to take note, it’s for dine-in only and only 5 pieces per bill. So do not expect to take away unless you can’t finish your fried chickens, you know what I mean… I don’t have to make it sound so obvious right? You all are very smart to figure it out hehehe…

Have fun!

Oct 10

Exclusive for readers of the blog, get 10% off for the Xao Luck Fest & Steak Your Claim when you quote the following code: OCTPROMO10

Grand Margherita Hotel is having special treat you this October. For an entire month, starting from 1st October onwards, step out in style and dine in an ambiance of exclusivity with Steak Your Claim, happening for both lunch & dinner from Monday to Thursday at the Orchid Garden Coffee House. First, it’s “Steak Your Claim” that is happening at Orchid Garden Coffee House. You can choose to dine here from Monday to Thursday for lunch or dinner. It’s a wonderful opportunity to savour air-flown steaks, freshly flown in after being aged for at least 60 days. Executive Chef, Ricky Kong explained that while we are accustomed to having steaks ‘as it is’, a steak, when aging, dry and wet with the later being more prevalent. When beef is aged, enzyme action relaxes muscle tissue, resulting in meat that is both tender and juicy.

Char-Broiled Elephant Rib – RM28.50++

Char-Broiled T-Bone – RM35.50++, if you need more flavours, you can opt for various sauces available:

Sarawak Black Pepper Sauce, Homemade BBQ Sauce, Mushroom Sauce, Dijon Mustard or English Mustard. Each portion comes with French fries, baked potatoes, onion ring and either the option of garden vegetables or salad bowl.

Char-Broiled Fillet Steak – RM38.50++

Next, it’s the Xao Luck Fest. Meisan Restaurant delivers its own package of culinary surprise this October. Titled “Xao Luck” Fest or Chinese Barbeque Fest, Chinese Barbeque Chef, John Lee will be presenting his version of Asian Gourmet, showcasing his specialty of assorted Chinese barbeque recipes.

Among the dishes to order include the Meisan Twin Barbeque Combination that allows you to have the best of both worlds with a selection of 2 types of meat in a single order. Chef John had also specially designed a few exciting dishes worth trying for this promotion. One of the dishes is the Combination of Honey Glazed Chicken Charcoal & Roasted Duck as well as the Roasted Chicken Fillet Top with Tuna Mantau. There’s also the Diced Beef Marinated with Aged Tangerine Peel as well as the Crispy Roasted Chicken with Fragrant Spicy Sauce. Chef John also recommends diners to try the Chilled Chicken Cutlet Sauteed with Spicy Garlic Sauce as well as the Roasted Duck Fillet & Duck Floss ‘Cantonese’ Style. With his specialization in Chinese barbeque, Chef John’s exciting line up of ‘xao luck’ recipes is a promotion not-to-be-missed as it happens this whole month for lunch & dinner at Meisan Restaurant.

Oven Baked Honey Glazzed Chicken Roll RM 10(small) | RM 20(medium) | RM 30(large)

Combination of Honey Glazed Chicken Charcoal & Roasted Duck RM 28(small) | RM 36(medium) | RM 68(large)

Roasted Chicken Fillet on Prawn Crackers RM 36(half)| RM 60(whole)

Please call  Grand Margherita Hotel at 082-423 111 extension 1109/1158。 For more enquiries about the October promotion, the hotel’s F&B department can be reached at ext 1109/1158.

May 13

The Club Lobby Lounge is located in Riverside Majestic Hotel. It’s just right next to the main entrance of the Riverside Shopping Complex. Currently, it’s only accessible via the side entrance just outside of the Hotel’s lobby, The Club Lobby Lounge opens up to a vibrant and inviting space. Upon completion of the Hotel Lobby due in June, guests of the hotel would be able to enter to the lounge via a large sliding door from within the hotel lobby itself.

It has unique and distinctive choice of decoration and ambience. Upon entering, one would surely notice the hard-to-be-missed centrepiece which consists of 2 sets of 2-pieces wood artefact. The artefact, made from local Belian wood is actually 2 individual wood forms being stacked on one another in such a way that it is both a creative masterpiece yet also a functional lounge table.

For those who prefer to see the baristas and bar tenders in action, the high chairs lining the bar area would give you the exclusive seat to all the actions as well as front row seat to the in-house live entertainment. The whole lounge follows a concept of natural timber tone with contrasting black granite.

There’s also the ceiling piece: a dark mahogany coloured native pattern illuminated with soft cove lights which is also widely used throughout the whole lobby lounge to add to its soft and cozy ambience. Around its circular outer walls, comfortable pastel-coloured sofas with throw cushions form clusters of lovely seating bays, perfect for privacy or just a casual get together with friends and business associates.

Just want to have a drink? The beverage menu starts from full range red and white wines, house pouring brands, hot drinks to health drinks.

The Club also serves a wide selection of cakes and pastries, including pies, pastries, cookies and even chocolate pralines, displayed in illuminated counters.

This suits the different appetites of its guests that come in from as early as 9am when it opens in the morning or those who stayed till as late as The Club’s closing time at 1am.

In conjunction of the opening, The Club Lobby Lounge is having its Happy Hour Deal from 12pm till 9pm daily. During this period, guests are entitled to the Buy 1 and get 1 Free offer for all house pouring brands, inclusive of beer, house wine and cocktails.

It’s a pleasure to be invited to the cocktail reception two nights ago. Here’s some food that we had.

The oysters were a hit among those who attended.

One of the desserts available.

Small in size but packed with freshness and flavours.

While you are at the lounge, do not miss the chance to sign up for the FREE Privilege Card that would entitle you to a 10% discount off the total food & beverage bill at the lounge.

The same card also carries identical privileges when used at Riverside Majestic’s sister hotel Grand Margherita’s Rajang Lobby Lounge.

According to the hotel’s spokesperson, holders of the privilege card could look forward to more upcoming promotions, made exclusive to them which are already in the planning.

Is this going to be the new hang out place for Kuchingites?

Contact information:
Riverside Majestic Hotel
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman,
P.O Box 2928, 93756 Kuching,
Tel: 082 247 777
Fax: 082 425 858

Jan 11

My Privilege Book 2010 is selling at RM35 this year. You got yours already?

If not, you still have the chance to get it at tHe Spring from 13th-17th January 2010, 10am-10pm daily.

There are many coupons available in there that allow you to save. You can save up to RM5000 with this book that only cost RM35.

At the same time, you get to redeem a FREE game of bowling, cash vouchers and more when you purchase a copy of My Privilege Book 2010.

You can find Tian Sian Steamboat and Sharing Planet in My Privilege Book 2010. Enjoy savings with My Privilege Book when you dine at these places.

Happy saving and happy dining!

Dec 18

Wonder where to go for dinner this coming Christmas? Why don’t you check the following offer out at Sharing Planet.

Christmas 2009 Special Set!

Choice 1 : Lamp chop with salsa sauce together with aglio Spaghetti

Choice 2 : Quarter chicken wing with potato salad

Choice 3 : Salmon with mango sauce with baked potato and green bean

All sets served with
Soup: Cream of Carrot or Cream of Chicken with Corn

Appetizer: Spicy French loaf with roasted chicken topping.

Drinks: Coffee or Tea

Only RM39.80 per set, book now to avoid disappointment!

For reservation, please contact:
Kenneth 016 863 5151
Kent 01 6864 6864

Location map:

Operating Hours:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (6pm-11pm)
Friday-Saturday, public holiday (6pm-11.30pm)
Wednesday off