Monday, February 27, 2017

CS Cafe @ Cinta Sayang Resort, Kedah

Henry Tan | 9:22 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
During our 3D2N Getaway at Cinta Sayang Resort, we had our dinner, lunch and breakfast at their in-house restaurant, CS Cafe. The newly revamped restaurant was previously known as Sayang Restaurant, now changed to CS Cafe, which serves Western fusion food, homemade cakes and pastries all day long! So, if you are looking for a decent place to dine in Sungai Petani, especially with your loved one, CS Cafe should be your top choice! 

CS Cafe @ Cinta Sayang Resort

CS Cafe located right beside the Cinta Sayang Resort reception lobby. Even though they do not have a signboard indicating CS Cafe, but you can tell just by a look from the outside. They have a wide selection of cakes and like the quote written on the blackboard, "Everything gets better with coffee!". 

The seating at CS Cafe are spacious and comfortable, you can choose the sofa by the wall, normal chair or even the hanging chair, which is like a swing at the playground! CS Cafe is thoughtful enough to attach the sofa mat on top of the wooden plank to save our backside after long hour of sitting. Isn't it fun to enjoy our meal while sitting on the swing? 

Okay, let's have a look at what we had for dinner, lunch and breakfast during these 3 days. Starting with first day dinner...

Dinner at CS Cafe, Cinta Sayang Resort, Sungai Petani, Kedah

Virgin Mojito (RM16) & Signature Oreo Milkshake (RM16)

We had Virgin Mojito (RM16) and Signature Oreo Milkshake (RM16) for our drinks. The Signature Oreo Milkshake was normal as we expect to have more Oreo and less diluted. But the mocktail Virgin Mojito was certainly a good call as it is refreshing, especially when you are going for a big feast. 

Oxtail Soup (RM16)

For our dinner, we ordered from the Ala Carte menu. For soup, baby and I had Oxtail Soup (RM16) and Coconut & Pumpkin Soup (RM8). I have to say that CS Cafe serves everything in huge portion, even for their soups and appetizers! CS Cafe offers really delicious Oxtail Soup with generous amount of ingredients (lots of oxtail, mushroom, tomatoes, carrots, etc) and comes with garlic bread. This can be a main course itself! Definitely a Top-Recommended!

Coconut & Pumpkin Soup (RM8)

Compare to Oxtail Soup, Coconut & Pumpkin Soup became less impressive. Nevertheless, it was still a standard creamy and thick pumpkin soup with big chunk of pumpkin. Too bad Baby prefers her pumpkin chunk to be softer, melt-in-mouth-kind of texture, but luckily thin strips of green bell pepper (capsicum) was being added brilliantly to give different crunchy texture and a refreshing taste. You may want to control on the amount of coconut milk as we over-added and it became coconut milk soup. 😂

Crispy Prawn Salad (RM18)

For salads, we had Crispy Prawn Salad (RM18) and Smoked Salmon & Feta Salad (RM20). Again, the Crispy Prawn Salad surprised us with the huge portion and the number of prawns (10 big prawns!). When it was being served on our table, the crispy aromatic prawns stimulated our appetite right away. The salad consists of coral lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, onion, crispy prawns and even cashew nuts to give the extra texture and sweetness. Another Top-Recommended I would say!  

Smoked Salmon & Feta Salad (RM20)

Smoked Salmon & Feta Salad was very unique too as it was presented in Temaki (hand roll) way. Just that this time it is the other way round, where the salmon is wrapping the lettuce. Lemon, black olive, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, capers and vinaigrette were placed at the side for you to add based on individual's liking. 

Grilled Beef Tenderloin (RM39)

For our main course, we had Grilled Beef Tenderloin (RM39) and Grilled Lamb Rack (RM36). Grilled Beef Tenderloin comes with asparagus, garlic mashed potato and horseradish gravy. I would say that it's up to par and it's good to have horseradish gravy (similar to wasabi), which gives the extra kick from its wicked pungency.  

Grilled Lamb Rack (RM36)

For the Grilled Lamb Rack, both of us were too fascinated as lamb rack is one of our favorite. CS Cafe's Grilled Lamb Rack serves with grilled asparagus, rosemary sauce and mashed potato. The Grilled Lamb Rack was done the way we want and we definitely enjoyed using our hands to pick up the chops to munch around the bones! Certainly our Top-Recommended

Cheese Cake (RM14)

Chocolate Brownie (RM14)

After all the big portion of soups, salads and main courses, we can barely continue with our dessert. We ordered Cheese Cake (RM14) and Chocolate Brownie (RM14), but we had to "Da Pau" (takeaway) as we were too full. According to Nasuha, the Marketing Manager, their chefs actually had a "Cross Learning/Interact Day" with China House Penang, which is famous for their cakes. Looking at the wide selection of cakes in CS Cafe, you can tell that they have similar ambition too!

Lunch at CS Cafe, Cinta Sayang Resort, Sungai Petani, Kedah

On the second day, we had our lunch at CS Cafe, Cinta Sayang Resort as well. We had Smoked Salmon Salad and Tomato & Basil Soup as starter. The Smoked Salmon Salad is similar to the one we had in dinner, except in a smaller portion. Tomato & Basil Soup was okay, great option to kick start your meal with appetizing soup.

Smoked Salmon Salad

Tomato & Basil Soup

For our main courses, we ordered Grilled Lamb Loin and Grilled Salmon. Grilled Lamb Loin was served with tomato & cucumber raita, steamed vegetable roll and almond parsley rice. Grilled Salmon came with turmeric layer potatoes, butter zucchini and passion fruit cream sauce. Both were equally good, we finished it in no time as we were too hungry after the golf session. 😂

Grilled Lamb Loin

Grilled Salmon

Since it was a set lunch, we were given the choice from the cake table and chiller or even from the a la carte menu to choose for our dessert. We had the Chocolate Trio Cake and the Strawberry Cheesecake. The desserts was fulfilling and put a sweet end to our lunch at CS Cafe. 

Breakfast at CS Cafe, Cinta Sayang Resort, Sungai Petani, Kedah

For the breakfast of 2nd day and 3rd day, we had it at CS Cafe as well since it is included in the package. As usual, wide selection buffet style of breakfast, nothing to shout about as it is quite standard. But baby and I enjoyed our breakfast there as we can slowly take a sip on our coffee, enjoy our breakfast while overlooking the view of the golf course

Overall, we were very satisfied with the food and environment in CS Cafe. The staff were very friendly too, but definitely there is room for improvement in term of the speed of services. Given such a decent cafe which located inside Cinta Sayang Resort, I would say that the price is reasonable. So if you are looking for a place to dine in Sungai Petani, I strongly recommend you to try CS Cafe!

CS Cafe
Persiaran Cinta Sayang
08000, Sungai Petani
Kedah, Malaysia

+60 (0) 4 441 4666

Till then.
Happy food hunting! ;)


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cinta Sayang Resort @ Sungai Petani, Kedah

Henry Tan | 9:52 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
After the stop at Pantai Merdeka, we continue our journey to 3D2N Cinta Sayang Resort Getaway. Cinta Sayang Resort located at north of Sungai Petani, whereby it is just few kilometers away from the Sungai Petani (Utara) toll. Since it would be a 3D2N stay in Cinta Sayang Resort, we dropped by Amanjaya Mall, which is just 5 mins away, to pick up some snacks for our own party in room. 😂

Cinta Sayang Resort @ Sungai Petani, Kedah

Cinta Sayang Resort is quite huge given that they have their own 18-holes golf course and driving range. We arrived at the lobby sharp at 2pm to wait for our check-in. The parking space right beside the lobby is huge too, but you may need to walk a little under the sun. Upon check-in, we get our room keys, breakfast tickets as well as welcoming drink and cupcake. 

If you are coming with your car just like me, you can drive yourself to your room which is inside one of the chalet, otherwise, buggy is ready at your service. We got Room 822 at Cinta Sayang Resort, which is a newly renovated Deluxe Room located at the North Wing Chalet. We parked our car right in front of our room, so it is convenient for us to move our luggage. 

New things can always makes us feel good, so we actually felt very comfortable in this newly renovated room. Nothing too fancy, just a big poster of a zebra and a captioned poster of horse. All the basic necessities are available such as individually controlled air conditioning, cable satellite TV, bathrobes and slippers, closet, coffee facilities, safe deposit box, bath amenities, internet access via WiFi and many more. I am very satisfied with the speed of their WiFi access. 

You can enjoy all the facilities in Cinta Sayang Resort too such as the gym and the swimming pool. Convenience store is available right across the gym too in case you need anything else. Carnivall Waterpark, golf course and driving range are available too at attractive price. 

Throughout our 3D2N stay in Cinta Sayang Resort, we saw a lot of golfers were there to enjoy their game. We saw events were held in their function rooms as well, which ranging from those companies events to university event (probably AIMST students). So if you want to organize a talk/seminar, or a university camp, or even wedding, you can put Cinta Sayang Resort into your list! 

3D2N Getaway Package at only RM308! 

Plan your getaway there now!

Persiaran Cinta Sayang
08000, Sungai Petani
Kedah, Malaysia

+60 (0) 4 441 4666


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pantai Merdeka @ Kuala Muda, Kedah

Henry Tan | 9:21 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
During our journey to 3D2N Cinta Sayang Resort Getaway, we went to Pantai Merdeka after our breakfast at Ah Khoon Loh Mee. I used to visit to Pantai Merdeka when I was a little boy with my big family, so just thought it's good to revisit again with baby after such a long time. Pantai Merdeka located in Kuala Muda, Kedah, so it's kinda like one of the exit along the route to Sungai Petani.  

Pantai Merdeka @ Kuala Muda, Kedah

After the breakfast at Ah Khoon Loh Mee at Butterworth, we actually took the old road without toll and highway to get to Sungai Petani. It was kind of spontaneous decision as we wanted to take the road not usually taken and slowly enjoy the scenery through out our journey. It wasn't too bad as Waze shows 1 hour only to get to Sungai Petani using the old road. When we saw "Pantai Merdeka" brown signboard near to Balai Polis Tikam Batu, then only we decided to take the exit. 

According to Wikipedia, Pantai Merdeka is the only sand beach in the mainland Kedah, it is the major attraction for beach goers from all over northern Penang and Kedah State. So that can explains the huge crowds during the weekend that we saw from photos. But again we went on a Friday morning, so not many people at all, which is good! (I hate crowds) 

Unlike my last visit which was long time ago, now there is a big food court with a lot of stalls, but they were not open yet at the point of my arrival. Baby and I just strolled along the beach, while I told her all my childhood memories here, including those time where me and my cousins would be catching small fishes and even harvesting those Siput/Kepah that hidden in the sands. (A lot of digging needed!)

We used to use T-shirt or some clothing to catch those small fishes like ikan bilis (anchovies) or even small prawns right underneath the cement bridge where they love to hide at. But now it seems like it is only possible during high tide. And I don't remember seeing these red rocks all over the beach near to the cement bridge too. 

But these red rocks look unique on the sandy beach, so unique that baby wanted to take photos with it. I did asked baby if she knows why it is called as Pantai Merdeka and I told her because during our Independence Day, there's a bunch of people shouting "Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka!" at here too. 😂 Luckily she's not that naive to believe what I said, but we did have a great laugh there. That's the kind of getaway I would want where both of us get to spend our alone time happily

When we were leaving, I grabbed some of the keropok lekor (fish cracker/fish fritter) from the stall that opened early. I had both lekor, which is long-sausage size and chewy, as well as keping, which is thin and crispy one, both selling at 4 for RM1. Quite delicious I would say, given that I don't eat it often as it is quite sinful to eat fried food. 

If you haven't been to Pantai Merdeka, give it a try during the weekend! Cuti-cuti Malaysia can be fun too, especially when you are with your loved ones. Share with me your experience too in the comment below! 

P/S: if you happen to go Pantai Merdeka, you should consider to go Tanjung Dawai for the seafood as well!

Till then. ;)
Happy sightseeing! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ah Khoon Loh Mee (亚坤卤面) @ Restoran Lucky, Butterworth

Henry Tan | 5:44 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
During our journey to 3D2N Getaway at Cinta Sayang Resort in Sungai Petani, we had our breakfast at the famous Ah Khoon Loh Mee, which is located at Jalan Bagan Luar, Butterworth. Ah Khoon Loh Mee is so famous that you can find blogs or articles about them all over the internet. But, since this is part of our itinerary in 3D2N Getaway, let me add in mine to the pool of information! 😁 

Butterworth Famous Ah Khoon Loh Mee

A quick search in Waze, it would navigate you correctly to Ah Khoon Loh Mee since it has been there for a long while. TM Point or UOB Bank is a good landmark for you to notice as Ah Khoon Loh Mee (Restoran Lucky) just located right opposite. There is ample space of car park behind the tall building of Veenai Hotel, which is just next to Ah Khoon Loh Mee.  

When we walked into Restoran Lucky, we noticed that almost every table had the same bowl of food - Ah Khoon Loh Mee! That's quite rare given that there is other stalls as well inside Restoran Lucky. I wonder how other stalls could survive there? But it can only means that Ah Khoon Loh Mee must be real good and everyone is there just for Ah Khoon Loh Mee. We went on Friday morning around 9am, not crowded as per described in blogs, probably because it's weekday. 

Since we were there purposely for the Ah Khoon Loh Mee, baby and I had the same thing - a bowl of Ah Khoon Loh Mee. Unlike typical Loh Mee in Penang Island, every bowl of Ah Khoon Loh Mee actually comes with generous amount of braised pork. You may also add some side dishes like braised egg and braised chicken feet. Too bad, my favorite braised chicken feet is out of stock! So a bowl of Ah Khoon Braised Pork Loh Mee costs us RM5.30 each. That's quite affordable

The yellow noodles in a black thick starchy gravy is always good to add with chili paste, minced garlic as well as drizzle of black vinegar. Bottle of Chinese Black Vinegar is placed at each of the table so that you can add as per your liking. Chili paste and minced garlic certainly help to erase the smell of pork and the sourish appetizing taste from black vinegar helps to keep you eating! Personally, I think it is quite delicious, especially if you are a braised pork lover. 

Stay tuned for the full post on 3D2N Cinta Sayang Resort Getaway!

Go try it out and let me know how do you think?

Ah Khoon Loh Mee
Restoran Lucky
Lorong Bagan Luar 4, Bagan Luar, 
12000 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang

Till then. ;)
Happy food hunting!
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