This is an extension of my earlier post on the 360 Hotel at Hock Lee Centre in Kuching.
When I phoned in to make my reservation, I was informed that the government rate was RM135 nett per room, inclusive of continental breakfast for two. “Continental?” I thought…and I imagined a cup of coffee and two pieces of toast to eat with butter and jam. An American breakfast would, at least, be a more decent meal to start one’s day.
That day when I checked in, they told me again and added that it would be at no, not the Lost Horizon (I wonder if the disco, thus named, at the Shangri La, Singapore is still there or not?)…
…but the Horizon Cafe on the 18th floor from 6.30 till 10.00 a.m. The 18th Floor? Now, that would be very high up, so I decided that I would drop by the following morning just to check out the place and have a cuppa.
That was exactly what I did the next morning…and was not disappointed at all with it. The glass walls all around provided a bird’s eye view of much of Kuching city…
…and they did not just serve some miserable continental breakfast!
It was not a full-scale buffet like at many hotels…but there was a porridge counter with all kinds of yummy condiments including hard-boiled egg. I would think that if one is having porridge, omelette would have been more appropriate. Then there was a bread and bun and muffin counter, a cereal counter and you can help yourself to the half-boiled eggs by the side and there was a fruit section too. On top of all that, you can also have a choice of fried rice, fried mihun, fried cocktail sausages and wedges.
We would be heading to my sister-in-law’s place in a jiffy and she specifically said that she would want us to have breakfast there, so I just had a light one to sample some of the stuff…
It seemed that the hotel itself was not running its own restaurant…so the food for breakfast was catered from this place called “Little Lebanon”. I noticed that the waiters were wearing the uniform, so being the busybody that I was, I asked. According to the sweet young lady “captain” (who doubled as the receptionist at the hotel), after 10, hotel guests would be free to spend their leisure at the place just to sit around, enjoy the view or read the newspapers and magazines and help themselves to the tea and coffee. She did not say anything, so I reckoned those would be on the house.
Well, whatever it was, it certainly was much better than what I had expected – a continental breakfast!