It was on a rainy Friday evening when my friend and I went to Wood & Steel in Kota Damansara, an area now regarded as one of Selangor’s currently hip neighbourhood. And if you know the Kota Damansara well, you will certainly be aware of the too many cafes around the area. Some goes the extra length to be innovative, while others remain true to the classic formula: good food, good place. Lately though, I have been hearing a few things about Wood & Steel, comments that usually went like “I eat there all the time,” or “the bruschetta they have is the best,” making me all the more intrigued. It was cold outside, so I was eager to get myself a […]
By Shahida Sakeri on February 20, 2017
It’s hard not to feel nostalgic about instant noodles since many of us in Malaysia, including parts Asia, grew up eating them. They have been part of the dietary staple – we eat them during cold rainy nights at home with family; during our student days, devouring them in between long hours of study at hostels; during tight budgets; and even while travelling across the world for easy, no fuss meal. In Malaysia, 1.3 million packets of instant noodles are reportedly sold every day. It therefore goes without saying that instant noodles are now a part of the Malaysian and Asian culture.
By Shahida Sakeri on February 20, 2017
In the midst of the current craze of over-the-top food presentations, funky interiors and all things hipster, one sometimes forget that eating out, above all else, is essentially about the food – no frills, no nonsense, just simple real good taste to be enjoyed by oneself or with good company. That basic principle has never been lost with Lila Wadi, Kula Cakes and Krim by Kula Cakes, all considered as top notch eateries in Kuantan that have been winning the hearts of connoisseurs and common diners alike. Lila Wadi The song by Gardiner Sisters was playing on the stereo when my friend and I stepped into the dim-lit restaurant. But despite the slow acoustic music in the background, the place was […]
By Shahida Sakeri on February 13, 2017
Kuantan, to the Gaya Travel team, seems to be going on the right direction, providing friendly, laid-back dining spots that serve affordable serious food for both locals and travellers alike. The city is turning into a major culinary centre on Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast through its wide range of eateries in the forms of artsy cafes, classic kopitiams, fine dining and traditional ethnic stalls, so diners will never have any problem in satisfying their palate. For travellers who are new to Kuantan’s gastronomic scene, allow us to introduce you some of the best places to dine, where memorable meals can be enjoyed without having to pay through the nose or drive extra miles to the outskirts. Check out our best 7 spots […]
By Shahida Sakeri on February 6, 2017
Jakarta – being the capital and largest city to a country with the largest economy in Southeast Asia that creates employment opportunity to millions of people – continues to flourish as a tourism hotspot, especially in anticipation of the completion of its new airport, scheduled to be ready by 2017, and the mass rapid transit systems, slated for completion by mid-2018. The following are the places that travellers can choose to explore when being in this sprawling megacity: WEST JAKARTA 1. Kota Tua Jakarta (Jakarta Old Town) Jakarta Old Town is a popular meeting point. It is a historic place developed during the Dutch period, whereby most of its buildings are among the oldest in Jakarta. Travellers may ride colourful bicycles with […]
By Ahmad Furqaan Hod on December 14, 2016
AK Noodles House also takes pride in its popular fish balls and fish cakes made according to the original recipe of the founder, Mr. Tan Ooi Koong, who combines both traditional and modern techniques to achieve their chewy and compact texture.
By Gaya Travel on November 9, 2016
Limoncello-Svago Bistro & Lounge is the place where patrons should abandon their diet and savour a combination of simple homemade dishes and a flavourful unique cuisine that is a blend of Asian and Italian.
By Shahida Sakeri on October 18, 2016
I had a very nice time out with my colleagues that night. We ate, drank coffee, played monopoly and enjoyed each other’s company at a gorgeous spot near the popular Jonker Street called Backlane Coffee. It was a Thursday evening, and the shop was not full unlike during weekends, which was completely fine by us, who appreciate the peace and quiet every now and then. Backlane Coffee is established since late December 2014 by a young lovely lady called Shu Lin whom we heard is a trained barista from Australia. The shop is decorated in a heart-warming colour scheme that feels cosy, inviting and smells oh so good that I had the feeling that not only we were about to savour great cups […]
By Shahida Sakeri on September 28, 2016
Hipster cafes are aplenty in Hong Kong, but the best ones are usually the lesser-known cafes tucked away in the most unexpected places. While tourists flock to the usual coffee chains for a cup of coffee, trendy locals and long-time expat residents park themselves at the mushrooming independent cafes that allow them to spend a quiet yet pleasant afternoon without breaking the bank. Here’s a peek into the top 5 best-kept hipster secrets: Café Hillywood Blink and you might just miss it! This hearty little café is so hidden that only eagle-eyed hipsters would be able to chance upon it. Located just across the street from Hong Kong Bowling Green Club, Café Hillywood quickly became a favourite hangout spot for locals […]
By Gaya Travel on September 20, 2016
Though it is already in the middle of the Muslim fasting month Ramadan, Gaya Travel believes that many Malaysians still look forward to meet and enjoy together the wide selection of buffet spread and cuisines offered by food and beverage outlets to break fast at sunset or to have dinner. The following are a selection of 7 Ramadan buffets that diners can experience when being outside Kuala Lumpur. [iconboxes layout=”icon-inside-left”] [iconbox title=”The Saujana Kuala Lumpur” title_color=”” icon=”cutlery” icon_color=”white” icon_background_color=”purple” link=”” linktext=”” linktarget=”_self” description_color=””][/iconbox] [/iconboxes] Theme: ‘Juadah di bawah Sinaran Bintang’ (Feasting under the stars) Description: 18 live action stalls featuring Roasted Whole Lamb, apam balik (crispy pancake with butter and peanuts filling), tandoori chicken and naan bread, Lemang Bakar (roasted glutinous […]
By Gaya Travel on June 20, 2016
Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from eating or drinking from Suhoor (before dawn or twilight) until Maghrib (sunset). Besides, it is also the month that provides the opportunity for family and friends to get together to break their fast at sunset with refreshing food and beverages, also known as Buka Puasa or Iftar. As such, Gaya Travel has selected 6 buffets that are worth trying out in Kuala Lumpur during Ramadan. Theme: “Selera Desa Nostalgia 60-an” Description: The Ramadan buffet at AnCasa Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur offers palatable menus to satisfy diverse taste buds such as nasi kabsah with kambing bakar (Arabic rice served with grilled lamb) and sambal udang petai (shrimp and stink bean […]
By Gaya Travel on June 17, 2016