Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts
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Thursday, November 10, 2022


Drawing inspiration from ten countries around the world, The Westin KL chefs left no stone unturned in their quest to impress with a lavish spread fit for the festive season.

Taking diners on a whirlwind culinary tour around the globe, the vast Yuletide selection decking The Living Room starts with colourful platters of Santa Devil Eggs, Christmas Antipasto Wreath, Salmon Gravlax, Rainbow Vegetable-Wrapped Feta Terrine, Assorted Seafood and freshly shucked Oysters amongst other temptations.

In line with the Westin’s Eat Well philosophy, a Salad and Cheese Station featuring numerous imported kinds of cheese, fresh lettuce and salad leaves with a variety of condiments, pickles, sauces and dressings is included; to enable diners to rustle up their own salads.

Main highlights to savour range from perennial Roast Turkey, Lamb Leg and Beef Wellington to more distinct European-centric fare such as the well-spiced and aromatic Spanish Paella Seafood, and a surprisingly moist Duck Leg Confit with Cherry, Quinoa and Orange Sauce.

The rustic but flavourful dishes of German-inspired Braised Red Cabbage with Apple, and Swedish-inspired Hasselback Potato with Orange Cheddar Sauce somehow left quite an impression. Possibly because they are meatless; a nice counterpoint to the heavier, protein-laden fare we've been feasting on.

Not to be outdone, newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef Syeriff Hafizal holds his own by proffering a treasure trove of sweet treats. Flanking his showpiece of a giant gingerbread house are an oversized Chocolate "Log" Red Velvet Cake (lauded for its moist fudgy texture), a Croquembouche Tower and assorted Macarons (whimsically decorated as reindeer, santa, snowman and Christmas tree) amongst others.

Some gems await in the bread section: Ginger Bread Loaf inspired by Vienna, Panettone and Christmas Stollen Sweet Bread from Italy, and Walnut Raisin Baguette inspired by France are notable choices. Dial up your festive mood with traditional Christmas cookies if you are so inclined.

Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet (6pm-10pm) at RM258 nett per adult, RM129 nett per 7-12 years old child
Christmas Day Brunch Buffet (12.30pm-3pm) at RM258 nett per adult, RM129 nett per 7-12 years old child
Christmas Day Dinner Buffet (6pm-10pm) at RM258 nett per adult, RM129 nett per 7-12 years old child
New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet (6pm-10pm) at RM258 nett per adult, RM129 nett per 7-12 years old child
New Year’s Day Dinner Buffet (6pm-10pm) at RM258 nett per adult, RM129 nett per 7-12 years old child
Prices above inclusive free flow of soft drinks, fruit punch, sangria, Tiger draught beer and house pour red/white wine.
For reservations, please call Westin Dining at tel: 03-2773 8495 or WhatsApp: +6012 305 1715 or email:

Friday, May 06, 2016



 Sneak peek inside Ashmolean Museum
Our Great Value Britain discovery journey continued with our departure to Oxford - the city of dreaming spires (a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold). It is also home to the world's oldest university in the English speaking world - the renowned University of Oxford. 

We checked out from Premier Inn and took the tube from Bakerloo Underground station to PaddingtonStation to board the train to Oxford. The London Paddington Station is part of the city’s original railway; now modernised with the addition of the HeathrowExpress service.
Spoiled for choice...the wide range of tempting goodies at Pret
Before we boarded our train, we popped into Pret for brekkie. Pret (short for Pret A Manger) sells fresh, ready-to-eat sandwiches and salads for takeaways or dine-in. The informal ambiance is similar to a cafe where customers pop into choose and buy their food and drinks on self-service basis but the team on duty will warm up sandwiches on request in addition to dispensing hot beverages. Light snacks like veggie crisps, biscuits and confectionery are also sold here.
It doesn't cost a lot to eat at Pret and the food is wholesome, hand-made with natural ingredients. Milk and coffee are 100% organic too. I love the almond milk and hot toastie sandwich I ate for breakfast.
Once satiated, we caught the Great Western Railway train to Oxford – the journey took approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. Upon arrival at the Oxford Station, you can buy the “Cotswolds Discoverer” pass. 

It is a great value, hassle-free way to travel around and explore scenic parts of the Cotswolds by bus and by train including gardens, historic buildings, picture-postcard villages and the pastoral English countryside.
From Oxford Station, it’d be easier to take a taxi (approximately £10 one way) for a quick transfer to your hotel. We stayed at the Marlborough House Hotel (321 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 7NY. Tel: +44 1865 311321). If you prefer to take the bus, hop onto number 6, S2 from Magdalen Street (Stop C3) to Osberton Road. A Day Ticket by bus costs £4 per person per day. 
Located in a quiet, leafy North Oxford neighbourhood, The Marlborough House was built in 1990. The homely abode was extended in 1997 to offer comfortably furnished, ensuite bedrooms; each complete with a kitchenette, a refrigerator, microwave, mini-bar, kettle and crockery.

About 1.5 miles north of Oxford City centre, it is a short walking distance from Summertown shopping centre and easily accessible by bus and train. Cooked breakfast is served in-room while cereals, milk and shortbread are available alongside self-serving coffee/tea service in each boudoir.  

Since we had time to kill before lunch, we embarked on a University and Historic Sights Tour. We boarded the bus at Broad Street and once seated on the double-decked, open-topped bus, the hour-long ride gave us plenty of photo-taking opportunities.
Passengers can opt to hop on, hop off at designated stops and attractions along the way. There’s also running commentary in different languages – all you have to do is plug in the earphones and listen to it enroute. With so many breath-taking sights peppered throughout the old university city, we felt the tour ended far too soon.
By now we were famished and succumbed to Jamie’s Italian Super Lunch Deal which offered two courses at only £10.95. I was so ravenous, I scarfed down the hearty portion of Tagliatelle Blognese served with herby breadcrumbs & freshly grated Parmesan.
For once, I found ample tummy space to fit in the scrumptious Orange Blossom Polenta Cake with candied fruit, whipped crème fraîche & pomegranate. It was a superb lunch which left us happily satisfied.
After lunch, we visited Ashmolean Museum - University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. Founded in 1683, the museum houses priceless, diverse collections from the world’s great civilisations. Walk through the different galleries to view Egyptian mummies, Raphael drawings and ancient sculptures to contemporary art.
Our mini walking tour of Oxford also took us to popular landmarks including Martyrs’ Memorial, Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs and Said Business School among others.The best thing about these awe-inspiring sights and heritage buildings with ornate architecture is you don't have to fork out a single penny to admire and view them.
Radcliffe Camera
Bridge of Sighs
After a brief respite back at the hotel, we walked to Portabello Restaurant (7 S Parade, Oxford OX27LJ. Tel: +44 1865 559653) for dinner. Our private dining menu priced at £27 for a 3-course dinner comprised classic British cuisine using seasonal and local farm produce. 

I chose to go with beetroot cured salmon with pickled cucumber as the appetiser. For main, I opted for spinach & pine nut cakes with tomato & olive salsa. Jennifer went for a steak which I couldn't resist taking a photo of and a bite of it.

The refreshing mango-raspberry sorbet was good enough to fill us up; enough for the leisurely stroll back to our abode for the night.

Travelling from Malaysia to the UK on a budget? Book now via or visit CIT Malaysia to plan your VisitBritain itinerary.
COMING SOON! GREAT VALUE BRITAIN Day 4...forays into Enid Blyton's country

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