Waking up…

When at home, I always wake up early in the morning and I would have to get the water boiling to make some coffee and then I would prepare breakfast. Thankfully, I did not have to do this during those three mornings in Kuching when we were staying at this hotel. Breakfast for two was inclusive, otherwise we would have to fork out RM35.00 per head if we wanted to enjoy that privilege at the hotel restaurant…

The Eatery 1

The place is big, very very big…

The Eatery 2

This is the main dining area with a counter for cold cuts and salads, another one for breads and buns and also fruits and yet another for porridge with a wide array of condiments plus a counter for fruit juices of various kinds as well.

This whole stretch of counters…

The Eatery 3

…have the Asian delights amongst other things and you can request for eggs done in whichever way you want and also the noodle of your choice served in some clear soup and if you’re into those more western stuff like sausages, hash browns, baked beans and so on, you will get them here at this counter…

The Eatery 4

That first morning we were there, I started off with…

Breakfast 1

…some fried kway teow (I think I can do it a lot better!), their very nice nasi lemak (Loved the sambal tumis!) – the whole works with chicken curry and beef rendang by the side…and I also had one of their fried spring rolls.

After that, I went western…

Breakfast 2

…and had their sausages, chicken ham slices, made-to-order omelette with cheese, baked beans and french toast and pancakes with maple and chocolate syrup.

I saw the vacant table next to ours where the people had just left and there were so many pancakes (and buns and croissants too) on their plates left uneaten. That gave me the impression that they were not good but when I tried the pancakes myself, I found that they were perfectly done – very soft and very fluffy. Really! I wonder why people do things like that – no doubt it was complimentary and they did not threaten to charge RM10.00 for every 100 gm of leftovers, but that was no reason for anybody to be so disgustingly wasteful.

As proof that I loved the pancakes a lot, I had some more the next morning…

Breakfast 3

To my delight, they had sliced beef which I would prefer to chicken ham…and I had some baked beans as well. I requested for scrambled eggs – stating specifically and clearly that I would want it creamy but I’m afraid they failed big time. It turned out like some messed-up omelette, not creamy at all…but it was ok. I used that to stuff the croissants together with the sliced beef and a bit of the baked beans…and it tasted really really great! Ya, the croissants were very nice too…unlike some that I have had elsewhere or those that we can get from our local bakeries.

After that, I went and tried their fried mee (noodles)…

Breakfast 4

…which was good and anytime better than the kway teow I had the morning before and to go with that, I had their chicken curry, some more sliced beef, a sausage and a fried egg – I just took one of those ready-cooked ones, never mind that it had been fried using the metal ring as I did not feel like going through the trouble of asking the chef to fry me one my way – not after the disappointment with the scrambled eggs.

On our 3rd and last morning there, I had their pancakes again – see how much I enjoyed eating them!

Breakfast 5

I also had their french toast, sausages, sliced chicken ham, baked beans and two halves of a hard-boiled egg from the nasi lemak counter.

It seems that they follow a rotation so you will get the same things every alternate day. I did not feel like a second round of the fried kway teow or the rest of what I had on the first morning so I had these instead…

Breakfast 6

…one of their sweet pastries, a slice of banana cake (which wasn’t anything to shout about) and their cupcake (which was soft and light and very much to my liking).

The service at the restaurant was efficient – there was always someone greeting us at the entrance and showing us to a vacant table and all the empty plates were removed promptly. I noticed that when anybody had left, the table would be cleared and cleaned immediately but I wished they would not spray some cleaning or whatever fluid on the next table to give it  a thorough cleaning while there are people still eating right beside it. The coffee was, in my opinion, a bit too weak – I would prefer something stronger and I missed those white ceramic cups and saucers that hotels normally used (those that would match the plates) as somehow I feel that they are classier than the colourful mugs that they use here.

It had been a long time since I had a buffet breakfast while staying in a hotel unlike those days before I retired and I had to go on working trips and stay in hotels for days or even weeks and was fed six meals a day. During those times, the mere smell of hotel food would put me off and at the most, I would just go for the meals for two or three days after which I would sneak out to a nearby coffee shop for some simpler stuff that I would enjoy a lot more. Having retired for 5 years now and since it was only for three days, I would say that I did enjoy what they had in their buffet spread in the morning.

Well, now that I’m back home again, I’m afraid it is back to the usual early morning routine in the kitchen for me… Sigh!!!