I guess it is time for me to finally show you my “free” meals from my most recent work trip, yes?
Fine Dining-esque Dinner
Remember when I mentioned about how stupid it is for the hotel to not do weekdays dinner buffet? The thing is, on my first evening, I have already decided to have dinner inside the hotel so I left my car keys in the hotel room when I came downstairs. Also, I had a really early morning driving down from KL and it was raining that evening so I didn’t feel like going out anyway.
The hotel do have a couple other restaurants, one Chinese and one Japanese, but I was sharing hotel that day with a few bus loads of China tourists and both that restaurants were fully booked for dinner services. What a bummer.
Without much of a choice, I had to go for their rather fine dining looking grill. I think it was called Cocomo Grill. Or was it Comomo? Or Cucumo? 🙄
How things work here is you basically order a main course (basically choose something to be grilled) and a drink, then help yourself at a free flow salad bar (on that red draped table above).
I ordered the second cheapest item on the menu, because the cheapest was chicken and I didn’t feel like it, and the other more expensive options were salmon, beef and stuff that was beyond my meal allowance budget.
If we speak purely in terms of the fish, I found it disappointing, to be honest. It’s got that… I wouldn’t call it nasty, but it’s got that same fishy aftertaste that you would associate with those cheap fish you get from cheapo western food joint.
Except this meal here costs five times as much as what you would pay for a fish dish in said cheapo western food joint.
Well, to be fair, a cheapo western food joint will not serve you free flow salad, nor will they grill your fish directly in your sight, nor will they have such a nice ambiance. Also, a cheapo western joint will serve you frozen peas on the side as opposed to freshly grilled mushrooms.
So… to be fair, well… it was probably alright to pay five times more… 🙄
Luckily they do breakfast buffets like any other decent hotels in Malaysia. I made sure to be as early as possible to beat the crowds (remember who I said I was sharing hotel with?). I was down at the breakfast lounge by 6.15am and bailed by the time the first of those loud, obnoxious laughter approached.
One good bonus of being early was being able to pick my table. I got one with a nice pool view on both mornings…
Also, I guess I have grown
old tired with hotel breakfast buffets. I don’t think I’ve binged on breakfast as much as I did in previous trips.
Wait, what am I talking about?? I have never binged on breakfast buffets, ever! It’s true… it’s true… 🙄
Here’s everything I ate over two breakfasts. In no chronological order.
If I am to be reaaaaallyyyyy honest, the breakfast spread here isn’t the best I’ve had. In fact I think it is decidedly average. Maybe that’s another reason why I didn’t feel like eating more.
Also, I’d like to make one other observation. Look at the picture below…
I wonder if you notice anything that stands out in the picture. Well, this was how my table looked like while I was sipping my coffee. And it was still how my table looked like after I was done sipping my coffee.
During that time, I counted the floor staff walking pass my table at least 3 times, each time smiling at me with a goofy grin plastered on their face. Based on this observation, I’m pretty sure they are well trained. I’m just guessing that maybe their training did not include clearing out any dirty dishes on any occupied tables that they pass by, even when they all are stacked up.
I personally don’t really mind, but I suspect some of the more seasoned travelers and hotel lodgers would notice and feel pissed off. So I am not complaining, but merely making an observation for the benefits of said travelers and lodgers.
Overall though… you know, this was my second time staying here. The first time I vowed not to come back here if I have to spend more than 1 night. This time it was supposed to be 1 night but I got extended, but the thing is, I don’t feel any differently than during my first stay.
I feel it is quite a wasted opportunity for this hotel. As I mentioned in my earlier post, this is a hotel located sort of in the middle of nowhere. But it is very near the airport and the Johor Premium Outlet. And it is a golf resort. So it has got tremendous potential and good… hardware.
Now, if only their level of service can do a bit of justice to these advantages… simple things like… fixing the grainy TV reception, replacing those old sinking-cushion chairs in the rooms, provide adequate food options for guests at all meal times… that kind of things, you know… that would be awesome indeed…
I’m not naming the hotel. But if you’re familiar with Johor, or if you pay very close attention to all my pictures above, you probably know which one I’m talking about. Let’s not let the cat out of the bag, shall we?