Melt Cafe, Mandarin Oriental

This year company’s Christmas celebration was held at the Melt Cafe at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. The cafe was chosen by my colleagues with the helpful hands from her husband to do the research and presentation slides to our boss. It was a Christmas month’s menu so we can expect some Christmas’ theme desserts. From their long listed menu, we can find they have included turkey, log cakes and etc in the list on top of their international buffet.

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well.”

For a start, I chose to eat seafood first and concentrated on eating more than the red meats. The seafood is rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals. The first plate before I began to dirty my hand with the food,

I took the cold seafood selection which consists of lobsters, prawns, oysters, snow crab and mussels. There is clams as well but I did not try them. It is fresh, well cooked and smelt seafood. With some lemon sauce, I started my dinner. Then, I continued with second plate of seafood with more lobsters, prawns and crab to fill up my stomach, before I moved on with dishes from the salad bar.

The Prawn Salad was good and finished quite fast when I tried to get some again. Next to the salad bar is the ham section. They offer some pretty good ham. Around this corner, we can get our bread, fruits, aloe vera drink and juices. The pink guava juice is one of it which tasted good. I am not sure whether they are freshly made or from the packed drink.

At the other section, we can have all the cooked food including the roasted pork, chicken and of course turkey. Some vegetables and Indian food as well. Outside, we can get the BBQ-ed salmon, prawn, lamb and beef. All of them were delicious and not over burnt.

I started to feel full and decided to slow down with a little intake of carb from the Japanese section. The sashimi section looked a bit not appetizing so I gave a skip and took the inari, the only one with carb. I tried the deep fried squid which is crispy and crunchy. With this, I moved to cheese and dessert which are something I should limit my intake.

There are four different kind of cheese, I forgot all its names but confirmed one of them was blue cheese. I cut a small slice of cheese and took the crackers. If my stomach can still be filled with food, I would have made a bread with cheese and ham.

Lastly, I took some dessert and a quarter waffle with strawberry ice-cream on top of it. I tried to make it Instagramable picture but the ice-cream was not positioned nicely and the chocolate syrup was a bit too overflowed on the waffle.

We were given some complimentary birthday cakes for birthday babies by the restaurant. I think it is one of the good idea or initiative by the restaurant to give out the birthday cakes to the guests. Five of us received the nice designed birthday cake and we sang them a song and took some group pictures together to wrap up the day.

I could have took the picture from the front view of the restaurant’s entrance against the great views of all the hotel rooms. Overall, this is one of the good international buffets in town one should try. Their menu offers more than what I can eat and I am sure they do have other delicious dishes which I did not try. 

Baja Fresh

Address: 9 Bras Basah Road, #01-03, Singapore 189559.

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill Rendezvous Gallery.

My cousin brought me to try the Mexican food which is located at the Rendezvous Hotel at Bras Basah Road. It is my second try for the Mexican food in Singapore, my first try was sometimes ago at the West side, after my marathon with my running kakis.

I ordered the combo set which comes with two taco of my choice. I chose to try the Baja Style with Baja rice and beans. The taco filled with salsa, onions and cilantro. You can choose between the original or crispy type for the wrap or both. With the combo set, you can add-on for a glass of soft drink.

Each order comes with a pack of nacho and free flow of the sauces and salsa from the counter. Both of the types of the salsa are nice.

I chose the crispy taco for a try and it turned out to be messy. I would recommend you to go for the normal or original wrap. The rice and the beans are good, cooked healthily and generous in portion. Overall taste is pleasing and interesting.

My cousin ordered the Baja Burrito. We were surprised when it was served. It was a fresh hand-made guacamole & pico de gallo wrapped in a warm flour tortilla with spicy chicken. It is nice, delicious and interesting taste of the green paste, the guacamole.

We wrapped our lunch with churros served with chocolate syrup. Sinfully dessert of the day but they are very satisfying dessert. We joked the churros are the Chinese’s yao tiao.

It gives me a chance to try eating healthily and also get to learn some Mexican words:
1. guacamole is an avocado-based dip, spread, or salad.
2. pico de gallo, also called salsa fresca, is made from chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, fresh serranos, salt, and lime juice.

Aqueen Hotel Lavender

Address: 139 Lavender Street, 338739, Singapore.

The hotel’s coffee house often do promotion for set lunch and this visit, it was a buy 4 free 1 offer. And, it has been a while we did not visit this restaurant for lunch. Their menu changed for this visit. They used to serve the coffee and tea, however, right now they serve soft drinks only.

The set lunch comes with a bowl of soup which we can self-service from the counter and a pudding dessert. They have improved their mushroom soup’s quality with additional mushrooms inside the soup. Last time, we always think it their mushroom soup is made directly from the canned soup. At least for now, it made some effort to make the soup better.

My main course for the day is the pan-fried salmon in teriyaki sauce with mashed potatoes and salad with Japanese dressing. It looked pretty well presented. The salmon itself is well-tasted, not over-cooked and if you want extra taste, teriyaki sauce goes well too.

By the way, today is Valentines’ day. Wishing everyone has a great evening on this special day!

Hotel Istana

Hotel Istana – Taman Sari Brasserie, Malaysia.
I was here with my aunt to have lunch together. Instead of going for the hi-tea, we ordered the ala-carte and it took quite some time for it to be served as the waitress informed us before taking our orders.

While waiting for the food to be served, the waitress served us the Mushroom Soup from the hi-tea area with some slices of bread. It is not part of the ala-carte order, so I guess it is their hotel courtesy to their customers who wait for their food to be ready.

Fish & Chips

It is quite surprising to see these Fish and Chips. How come so small fish? I have no idea too, and according to my aunt, her previous visit to the same restaurant and ordering the same Fish and Chips was quite a big piece.

I am not sure what kind of fish was used to cook this Fish and Chips, the fish, vegetables and fries were okay.

Pasta with Bolognese Sauce

I ordered the Pasta with Bolognese sauce and it turned to be a generous portion. It is beef bolognese sauce and the minced beef portion is reasonable.

The reason I updated this blog that dated back in the Year 2016 is that there is news that the Hotel Istana is going to close down this September 2021. For more information, refer to the link.

Tai Ping

Tai Ping, The Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

This is one of my favourite Halal Chinese restaurant in the KL city. It is located at the centre of the KL city, close to Pavilion KL and Prince Hotel.
Tai Ping
The restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of the hotel and it is very quiet, not crowded restaurant as compared to the coffee house at the ground floor. The restaurant is spacious and can accommodate bigger groups of people. It has private rooms too.
Tai Ping
I do not have any idea why there is no crowd at this restaurant for my few visits. I do not think that the food is bad and the price is still reasonable. The service, not to mention, it is best of all because they serve us only!
Tai Ping
Another good point to have lunch or dinner here is the house tea is free. I guess everywhere that you go to, there is a minimal charges for tea or even plain water.

Salted Fish and Silver Anchovies Fried Rice
Tai Ping
It is one of the best fried rice served in hotel. The chef knows how to control the fire and brings the fried rice to its top fragrant. It is enough ‘wok hei’ in Cantonese and it does not look oily. It comes with generous ingredients and the portion for small is good enough for 3 persons.
Tai Ping
Stir Fried Chicken Cubes with Cashew Nuts
Tai Ping
The ingredients include the cubed chicken meat with crunchy cashew nuts and crispy red, yellow and green peppers. The combination is just right. The taste is okay.
Deep fried Grouper Fish with Superior Soy Sauce
Tai Ping
When it is a deep fried fish, the level of freshness of a fish is always a question. As for this dish, I do not have any complaint. I like the sauce.

Location: The Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 5, Jalan Conlay, Malaysia.
Ambiance: Quiet, private and spacious.
Rating: 5/5. I am very satisfied with the food I tried on both of my visits, even the most recent one (as the pictures are taken in Year 2010 and 2012). The chef is really doing a great job to maintain the standard of the good. It is one of the best Halal Chinese restaurant that you must try.

The Verandah

The Verandah

The second buffet lunch that I want to introduce is The Verandah at Federal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The Federal Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Kuala Lumpur. I went there with my aunt’s friends for buffet lunch in February 2014.

They also offered a wide range of food selections. There were a few of dishes tasted quite nice too. Here are they:

Prawn Noodle
You can tell the waiter to put in less noodle or more of the ingredients that you prefer when you are ordering it. So, it was how it looked like when I wanted less meehoon and more ingredients. The prawn noodle’s soup based was great and full of taste.
The Verandah
Chicken Satay
You also can find this all-time-favourite food at their selection. I advised you not to take their ketupat. It is not all ketupat are nicely done.
The Verandah
Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice
Out of curiosity, I tried the chicken and duck rice. I searched a while for the smallest piece of the meats and took a little bit of the rice. The rice was fragrant and tasted very authentic chicken rice.
They also offered good coffee which was also included in the buffet lunch. I was not sure what type of coffee bean was used but the coffee’s aroma was so nice.

Location : The Verandah, Level 1, Federal Hotel, 35 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ambience : Noisy.
Rating : 3/5. Wide range of selections from local food to international food. The restaurant was quite spacious but quite noisy. The waiters or waitresses are friendly.


For the remaining days of April 2014, I would like to introduce some buffet lunch or high tea that I went to try in February 2014. The first one to introduce is The Cinnamon at One World Hotel, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.


I went there for the buffet lunch on one of the weekdays after the Chinese New Year (CNY). They were still offering some CNY dishes for patrons while its main dishes still the International selections such as Italian, Japanese, Indian, Malays and Chinese. All the food tasted average to good.
The restaurant was pretty spacious and it can accommodate a big crowd of people. However, on that day, there was no crowd, maybe because it was still on holidays. They offered CNY delicacies such as CNY biscuits. Most of them are often been seen.

Chicken Rice

For desserts, you may try the chocolate fondue.
I was not too sure how much did it cost per person but it was not a best buffet lunch in town.

Location : Cinnamon Coffee House, One Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Bandar Utama, Malaysia.
Ambiance : Quiet and spacious restaurant. Good for family outing or big group of people for gathering.
Rating : 2/5. The wide selection of food to choose from but to me it was tasted normal.
Rating is between 1-5 with 1, the lowest and 5, the highest. The rating is based on my personal preferences

Paya Serai

Paya Serai – PJ Hilton

It was a lovely Sunday in the month of August. I went out with my aunt to have lunch using the food voucher at PJ Hilton. We planned to go to the Chinese restaurant but it was full house because of the dim sum buffet. So, we went to their coffee house, Paya Serai, for our lunch.We tried to order our food with the worth of the voucher. And, here is what we ate on that day.

Nasi Goreng Kampung
Paya serai
It took quite long to cook and prepare to serve us the dishes. I would say, this Nasi Goreng Kampung is pretty big portion. With a piece of fried chicken, two big prawns, two sticks of satay and a fried egg on top of the fried rice, it was very filling. I quite like their fried rice, it is a little spicy, a truly Kampung style.

Paya serai
I could not remember this Spaghetti’s name. It was pretty long name. It was very generous with ingredients because it has more ingredients than the spaghetti itself. Superb taste with the creamy tomato sauce. Thumb up for this!

Seafood Chowder
Paya serai
We order a Seafood Chowder as well for our starter but it only came to us after all our main meal was served. The soup was very creamy and you can find quite amount of seafood inside the soup. It tasted just right and was not salty.

Overall dining experience here is great as the portion is worth for its price. The food is not oily or salty. The overall ambiance is great and services are fast and good except for serving our meals. According to the waitress, the cook has to prepare those ingredients beforehand as it was not all ready on demand.

Before we left the restaurant, we bought a tiny tiramisu from the counter.
paya Serai

Location: Paya Serai, PJ Hilton Hotel, Jalan Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Mandarin Palace

If you are looking for a place where you can get to eat all-you-can dim sum with cheap price, Mandarin Palace has this brunch’s offer at RM28++. It offers both steamed and fried dim sum together with other delicacies such as roasted chicken, roasted pork, barbecue pork, double boiled soup and etc. It also includes desserts in the menu.

If you are going for quantities, this is one of the good places. If you are going for qualities, you may find other restaurants for it. For services during this peak hours was below average. Dim sum selection were very limited to the dim sum trays on the trolley and the food replenishment was pretty slow.

Chicken & Century Egg Porridge

Dim Sum


Mandarin Palace, Chinese Restaurant, The Federal Hotel, 2nd Floor,, 35 Jalan Bukit Bintang,, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Toh Yuen

I went to this restaurant during the recent Chinese New Year. We ordered few Chinese New Year dishes to try alongside with their signature noodle and fried rice. There is no additional surcharges during this period of time.

For the CNY dishes we chose three dishes. I could not remember its Chinese names.
The Kung Po Chicken with Cashew Nuts is quite nice. It is not very spicy though. It has chicken cubes cooked with dried chillies, cubed capsicum and cashew nuts.
Toh Yuen

It consists of the Japanese beancurd cooked with the “dou pao” and broccoli.
Toh Yuen

Sea Cucumber with broccoli. I think the broccoli is pretty cheap during this period of time, haha, it gave us a lot of this vegetable for these two dishes.
Toh Yuen

Then, we did order a signature noodle, the Signature Seafood Noodle It uses the wanton noodle to cook with the sliced fish, scallops and big prawns. The noodle was not soggy. The taste is good. However, the portion is a little small for this. So, if you want to try, you should order the middle size.
Toh Yuen
Do not be surprise, this is not the portion for small size.

Lastly, we also tried their Yong Chow Fried Rice. I guess this must be a two-person portion, judging by the amount of rice and generous ingredients inside. Although, it is a little oily, the fried rice is well cooked and not salty.
Toh YuenToh Yuen

Address: Toh Yuen, Hilton Petaling Jaya, Jalan Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

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