Mia Boat Noodle (KK FoodieVenture #78)

One of the places that I really wanted to stop by but was unable to so before due to its overwhelming crowd is this Thai inspired restaurant. Man, it’s as if the eatery is giving away free food judging by the crowd daily. But we were quite lucky during our most recent stopover at the food mecca on the lower ground floor of Imago KK shopping mall, as we’d managed to snag a place during said time.

Now if you think that trying to find an available table was already a challenge by itself, similar situations can also be seen upon ordering (as the waiters seemed to be dashing at the speed of light whenever you tried to call them) and while waiting for your food (my partner's dish came earlier than mine; around 35 minutes or so after that). And after all that, you do expect the food to be spectacular right? Well, sadly I found the dishes (especially their staple dish the Signature Noodles) to be very underwhelming, with its one-for-all broth and limited-to-one-per-bowl fish balls. I’m just glad that I didn’t get greedy and ordered more than 5 of those mini soupy 'snacks'. My partner’s Chicken Basil Rice (if I’m not mistaken) was okay at best and a bit salty according to him while our side order the Thai Chicken Wings were just your typical fried food with a so-so taste. I definitely did not expect to be disappointed by my first visit to the restaurant but that might just be my taste buds though since the place seems to be extremely popular with other patrons. The overall menu were also very limited, with more than a few items being labelled ‘coming soon’ (which I guess might not come soon enough judging by their fading & peeling menu).  


Food – 3/5 (just go for the experience of having to eat noodles in tiny bowls)
Price – 3/5 (I would still consider them mid-range)
Service – 2/5 (slow as hell especially during peak hours)
Décor – 4/5 (at least the place is pleasing to the eyes but maybe not too Thailand-ny)
Location – 4/5 (you won’t be able to miss them on the lower ground floor of Imago KK)

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Deco Cafe & Grill (KK FoodieVenture #77)

Since the hotel that me and my partner were staying for our year end holiday has also provided us with free breakfast, it was only fair that I did a feature on their food as well right? Officially named the Deco Café & Grill, the classy and laid-back café is located at the ground floor level of the hotel. There are 3 entrances into the café; one right beside the reception counter while the other two faces the Gaya Street and Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong respectively.

The café itself is reasonably big in terms of size but during the first few days of our stay, the crowd was more than what they’d probably expected. Hence, we were forced to wait outside of the café for any available table which can be a bit annoying. But thankfully, the café staff were attentive and well-trained so our wait was short and a bearable one to boot. I initially forgot to take pictures of the food (as I was too busy enjoying them) and only remembered to do so during the last day of our stay so please don’t mind the less than stellar pictures below. But overall most of the food was very nice and flavourful. Selection were vast but geared more towards the Asian palate, with only a few Western dishes available (that is probably due to the fact that the hotel seems to have quite a number of Chinese and Korean patrons than others). They also seemed to run out of clean plates, glasses and cutleries rather quickly but the staff will quickly replenish them so no worries there. I personally loved the high tables and chairs beside the bar as it was very comfortable and secluded; a good way to enjoy your breakfast peacefully. Other than breakfast, the café also provide mainly Western menu for lunch and dinner. The hotel also has 2 more eateries within the premise (a bakery of sorts & an Asian restaurant) but unfortunately we did not manage to sample their food.

Next we have…

Food – 4/5 (tastes may vary but I do find the selection pretty satisfying)
Price – 4/5 (not too sure about the actual pricing since ours was free)
Service – 5/5 (very prompt and polite – thumbs up to the café staff for their great efforts)
Décor – 4/5 (a typical modern café plus some bar set up)
Location – 4/5 (it’s on the right side of the hotel should you enter from the hotel lobby)

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Outward Vacay: Horizon Hotel

After trying out the new floor at the Klagan Hotel for a few days and were pretty satisfied, me and my partner decided to do our usual hotel-hopping activity and had our eyes set on going to a hotel that is situated right in the heart of Gaya Street, the Horizon Hotel. Mind you, one of the main reasons for our choice was the fact that they have a swimming pool and it’s been ages since we’ve been to one (poor us).

But before I get ahead of myself, there’s one thing that really bothered me about the hotel’s policy. During check in, the receptionist was very adamant for both of us to show our IDs. Although this might not be such a big deal, it does make you feel as if you’re being interrogated and made both of us feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. I have been to many hotels before (big and small) and this is the first time that I’ve encountered such situation. Anyway, we were given a room that was on the highest floor of the hotel and the view was fantastic. Granted, we did get a view of the city but I personally enjoy people-watching so that was actually a plus for me. The spacious room looks modern and sleek but has this manly vibe to it with the almost all black concept (which also made the room looked darker than it was suppose to). And although I do love the slightly higher floor inside the showers, it does annoy me that the faucet actually came off of the handle every time we wanted to use it. Clearly a more thorough maintenance should be done here as the room does look its age. The breakfast was free (more on that later) as well as their parking (again, please have your ticket stamp at the counter before you leave). And yes, we did enjoy their pool even though it might be smaller in size and with limited seats available around the area. Kudos to the pool staff for their friendly and attentive manner.

So I’m rating them…

Type – Superior Room
Room – 4/5 (I reckon that the hotel’s former interior designer must be a male)
Price – 4/5 (still can be considered affordable, although it’s on the high end side)
Service – 4/5 (the staff were very patient & understanding)
Décor – 3/5 (again… obvious ‘male’ touches everywhere but what’s up with the horse décor near the reception area though?)
Facilities – 4/5 (they do provide facilities akin to any 4 star hotels)
Location – 5/5 (they’re the definition of central – the infamous Gaya Street starts at their doorstep, like literally)

*The front side of the hotel

*The reception area (notice the horse statue on the left)

*The lobby area

*Our room on the 13th floor (sorry for the somewhat dark pic)

*The hallway (again, very darkly lit)

*The view from our window (the infamous sunday market at Gaya Street)

*The swimming pool on the 6th floor (opens daily from 7am till 8pm)

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Outward Vacay: The Klagan Hotel (New Floor)

Yup, no excuses. Here are a couple more KK reviews coming your way. What can I say… I just love the city! (and for the fact that I’ve been going to and fro the city like nobody’s business last year). As I was searching for a good place to crash for our year end holiday this time around, I did noticed that one of the hotels that I’ve frequented before has sadly been closed and has now been taken over (and refurbished to my delight) by another bigger hotel next door, the Klagan Hotel (another favourite of mine). So obviously I was curious as to how the place looked like now after its merger and when I saw that they’d also gave good pricing on such rooms, I wasted no time in booking them online.

I purposely booked a room on the 7th floor of the hotel (which was where the Imperial Boutec Hotel previously was) and found out that you can actually access the floor via the hotel’s main lobby now (as oppose to another more public entrance) and both were very secure. Me and my partner were given a room at the far end of the lifts (but nearer to the other public lifts) and were pleasantly surprise to find that our assigned room looked simpler and cleaner than the vibrant style before. I personally don’t mind since I do like the minimalist décor. I’m also glad to find that everything has been replaced with new stuff including the previously unmanageable shower pump (thank goodness for that!). Even though there’s this weirdly placed pillar right in the middle of our room, the room is still pretty spacious. However, they really should do something about the former reception area since it looks too bare and non functional at all. Everything was satisfactory except for a minor complaint that I had with their reception staff. Look, just because I’m a frequent patron that does not mean that I know everything there is to it about the hotel right? This lady receptionist seems to think that is the case and got annoyed with my questions and just half heartedly gave her answers. A little unprofessional now don't you think? But on a more positive note, I like the fact that they still provide free breakfast & free parking (just get your ticket stamped at the reception counter before you leave).  

All in all I say…

Type – Courtyard Room
Room – 4/5 (much better than their predecessor)
Price – 4/5 (still very reasonable with the inclusion of breakfast & free parking)
Service – 3/5 (could have been better)
Décor – 4/5 (I’m a fan of their minimalist concept)
Facilities – 4/5 (they still retained the function rooms on the same floor)
Location – 4/5 (just to recap, they’re situated within the Warisan Square shopping area and right behind Centre Point shopping mall)

*The former reception area of Imperial Boutec Hotel

*The newly carpeted & wide hallway 

*Sorry for an unflattering pic of the bed since there's this pillar blocking some of the space

*Some space-saving amenities within the room

*New stuff on the table (at least the safe is finally working)

*No more of those hard-to-handle shower pumps (yay!)

*Very clean & monochrome looking bathroom

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