Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant, FantaSea Cultural Theme Park, Phuket

Continue from my recent Phuket trip back in August 2010, we were lucky to be picked by Laguna Resort’s sales person to visit the Laguna Resort (and listen to a membership sales presentation after that) at Jungceylon, the biggest shopping mall in Phuket. Lucky, you say? Because we’ll get two free tickets to visit FantaSea, the night time cultural theme park worth 790Baht each, inclusive of international buffet dinner, stage show and transportation after the tour!

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The ticket consists the portion for the buffet dinner and a mini map as well. There are a few attractions here, the Safari (can see white tigers here), arcade, Palace of the Elephant (which is the theater) and some shops. But we found the most interesting part was the toilet!

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Buffalo hand dryer! Buffalo head-shaped washing basins! The water will come out from the nose! Hahaha.. so cute. We were really amused with the decorations of the toilet, we were rather hesitant to leave LOL. We were standing outside the toilet for a while and whenever visitors came out, they would laughed to themselves. Hehe.

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Buffet dinner starts at 7pm. Tables and chairs are arranged in rows in the enormous hall, similar like those in canteen, but much grand-er with numbers. The ladies at the entrance will guide you to your table based on the number printed on your ticket. There is a section separated only for the Muslims (halal section), but we did not see anyone sitting there though. There are counters all around the hall, with a few stand-alone ones dishing stuff like roast duck, sushi, sashimi, Vietnamese beef noodle and so on. There is also a section for vegetarians as well. You do not have to get the drinks from the counters though, as there will be waitress coming over to take your order. For your info, drinks are not included in the ticket price, you would have to pay them separately.

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Here are some of the items I had. Clockwise from top left: Bolognaise spaghetti with Hawaiian salad (spaghetti so so, but the salad was ok with a special dressing), cucumber maki and salmon sashimi (maki was too mushy, sashimi was ok), some Thai chilli chicken and dried shrimp salad (very crispy dried shrimp but the chicken was a bit hard to chew), honeydew with pandan dessert (refreshing!) and rice with grilled snapper fillet, fries and tomato beef (fish was dry and beef were tough). Verdict: Go for the desserts instead!

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Oh, and don’t miss out their milkshake. That was a very thick and creamy but not too sweet strawberry milkshake. Good stuff!

After the dinner, all guests will proceed to the Palace of The Elephants at 9pm. It is a cultural stage performance, depicting the legend of Kamala (Prince Kamala with his magical elephant) with some acrobatic moves and illusion projection. If you’re tired of the beach activities in Phuket, or has no plan at night, try FantaSea for a change, you might love it.

Official Web: http://www.phuket-fantasea.com/eng/index.php

DU Project: Fat Spoon

Have you notice that there are more and more eateries with vintage-retro theme appearing in the Klang Valley food scene? First, we have Otak-Otak Place, followed by The Wok Cafe and recently, I found out that Spring Valley (under the Tai Thong group) in Mid Valley has closed down and gave way to three new eateries, Pao Xiang Bah Kut Teh, Reminisce and the third one, I’ve forgotten the name.

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Fat Spoon jumped into the trend and opened its door to the public in August 2010, right smacked next to Hon Kee Porridge (yet to blog about that one, coming soon). If you ask me which would be my favourite out of the four (Otak-Otak Place, The Wok Cafe, Reminisce and Fat Spoon), I would choose Fat Spoon as it is different from the other three. Instead of displaying memorabilias all around the place like OOP or Reminisce, they mix and match the furnitures and somehow, it exudes a harmonious blend of rustic, charming and cosy feel to the humble little cafe. I love the design of the main door, while Pig Girl and Janise were really amused on how they make the menu out of children storybooks. Click here to read on how the concept came about.

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“My grandma used to have that cabinet to keep her plates and bowls!” And Fat spoon used this to keep their sauces and condiments.

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Fat Spoon is a pork free cafe and claimed to serve Asian & Nyonya cuisine with a twist, prepared using grandma’s recipes. They have set lunch, which they rotate on a daily basis and a ala carte. Most of their recommendations are wrote on the big blackboard for easy reference. Set lunch (RM9.90) comes with a main and a drink, such as the Chicken Basil Rice – Janise’s comment: Not too bad, the minced chicken were flavourful.

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Pig Girl is a big fan of beef and detest spicy food the most. Unfortunately for her, the Beef Macaroni Soup is spicy, so she went for Fat Spoon Tangy Beef Noodle (RM11.90). A big bowl of rice vermicelli drenched with tangy soup, minced beef, beef slices, beef balls, tomatoes and bean sprouts. I like the soup, not too sour and spicy but Pig Girl claimed that it was too spicy for her!

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The Ulam Fried Rice (RM11.90) has sufficient adequacy of the fire (wok hei), with separate, fluffy grains and pleasant smell from the mixture of herbs and vegetables. The accompanied fried chicken; I could taste the spices used to marinate the chicken (turmeric and perhaps, curry powder?), however it could be better though, I personally feel that the meat was a little bit tough.

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I wouldn’t mind to come again, as I think that they did a pretty good job during this two months since their opening, thanks to the people behind it: Nurvia Ooi and Michelle aka Chelle (I think they’re cousins). Would love to try their Perut Ikan, Nyonya curry and desserts on my next visit.

Fat Spoon
No. 73, Jalan SS21/1A,
Damansara Uptown,
47400 PJ.

Tel: 03-7728 3323
Email: fatspooncafe@gmail.com
Closed on every Saturday.
Pork free. Wifi available.

It’s A Noodle Bar, Bangsar Village 2

*Updates: It’s A Noodle Bar changed its name to Canoodling in between end of year 2010 to early 2011. Its interior remained the same with an expanded menu.

*Pardon the grainy pictures as these were taken with my Lumix.

It was back in July, after the first day of my BODYPUMP training, my friend came over to Bangsar Village to have dinner with me. We were walking around and spotted this place called For Goodness Sake, with an interesting entrance decor; a tall cabinet filled with kitchen utensils and crockeries such as mortar and pestle, stainless steel sieves, claypots, glass jars, metal trays, mini woks and so on. A quick study on the menu reveals that it’s a modern Japanese restaurant.

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We skipped that and continue walking. Then we saw another shop with the same decor and colour again, but with a different name. CK, already feeling hungry, suggested to try the food here.

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As the name implies, It’s A Noodle Bar serves noodle dishes from around the Asia region as well as some starters and desserts. The decor is very much industrial alike, with some creativity injected here and there (such as the cabinet at the entrance, desk lamps suspending from the ceiling and a really, really huge blackboard on the wall). A quick check reveals that they are the sister restaurant with For Goodness Sake next door, and patrons can order the food from both sides if they wanted a wider range of choices.

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Eventhough he was the one who suggested to eat here, CK still stay at the safe side by having their Pan Mee (RM9.50) that comes with loads of minced pork, a soft-boiled egg, home-fried anchovies, chilli flakes and a side bowl of soup with some veggies and fish balls. He did not commented much on his noodle and since he was really hungry, I decided not to “steal” a bite… guess it was decent. I ordered the Indonesian Baba Noodles (RM9.50), which looked like a dry curry noodle with big chunks of tender, succulent chickens and brinjals (eggplant). The sauce was spicy, however, it would be better if the spice flavour is more intense.

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Pandan Chicken (RM7.00) was surprisingly good. It was well-marinated and one could really smell the sweet aroma of the pandan (screwpine) leaves from it and not too greasy. Serving size may looked small, but definitely enough for two person to share. Lip-smackingly delicious.

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Dessert wise, CK had the Todu Fah (RM4.00), which was okay, nothing spectacular, while I had Dumpling Tofu Fah (RM5.50). The dumpling refers to the Chinese “tong yuen“. It came with only one (yes, one only, if I’m not mistaken!) black sesame filling dumpling, which I personally feels that it was rather pricey. The filling was good though, and the tofu fah was not too sweet.

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It’s A Noodle Bar
2F-29, Bangsar Village 2,
Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru,
59100 KL.
Tel: 03-2287 1566

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