Thanks Ipoh, It’s Been Real!

Thanks Ipoh, It's Been Real!

The Peugeot Butterworth x Foodsion Magazine Cari Makan Road Trip was a complete success!

Ate LOADS of INCREDIBLE food and made LOTS of new friends – seriously made me look at Ipoh in a while new light.

1000000x better than all my previous trips to Ipoh combined.

Thank you Bryan, Alvin, Fabian and Win Win from Foodsion for giving me so many taste explosions over the past few days and thank you to Peugeot Butterworth for sponsoring such lovely cars for us to drive!

My favorite restaurant of the whole trip has to have been the SIPET AMAZING Hoong Tho – I already miss the food there so much!


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Awesome Cubano

Awesome Cubano

I’ve had this craving for an authentic Cuban sandwich ever since watching Chef and I finally had time to drop by Grumpiez Green Pepper tonight for an authentic Cubano!

And I wasn’t disappointed. Seriously seriously dope sandwich for RM30/USD9.10 (it’s MASSIVE and I could only eat half)

Grumpiez – best Mexican food in Penang!

Grumpiez Green Pepper
27, Jalan Sungai Kelian
11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang

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The Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

The Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

Had a great stay at the Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar over the past few days and I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone planning a trip to KL.

It’s location is perfect (if you have a car) because it’s about 15 minutes to Pavilion and 15 minutes to Bandar Utama, which is fantastic.

The rooms are great, well-designed and very, very clean. I also love the bathrooms – they have a nice tub and a separate shower cubicle with a rain shower. Every room also has an iPod/iPhone dock on the bedside table, which is a nice touch. Unfortunately, they are the older type and don’t have a Lightning plug, which means anyone with an iPhone 5 onwards won’t be able to use it. The wifi at the hotel is pretty fast (especially at night) so I was super happy with that.

The front office staff are incredibly friendly as are the staff in The Lounge. They really made me feel welcome and handled all of my requests quickly and efficiently. The daytime valets are also wonderful – special mention to Ganesh, who took good care of my car.

I like the pool at the Pullman, its very quiet and the deck chairs are very unique, comfy and made me want to lie there all day!

In terms of F&B at the hotel you must try the Tapastry menu at The Lounge (I highly recommend the Grilled Miso Cod @ RM8/USD2.50)

The only gripes I have about the hotel are:

1) Despite putting the “Do Not Disturb” card on the door outside my room, housekeeping insisted on ringing the fuck out of my doorbell every morning and when I didn’t answer they proceeded to bang on the door. Not cool.

2) The valets working the night shift were not helpful at all and kept ordering me to go park in the carpark despite me explaining that I was already parking in front of the hotel during the daytime. When it’s 4am and you’re drunk/tired the last thing you want is a foreign worker telling you that you can’t park in the space that was reserved for you.

3) The food at La Cucina was a huge disappointment. After the inspiring tapas served at The Lounge I wanted to try the Mediterranean cuisine at the adjoining restaurant but I was so let down. I ordered the Beef Shortrib w/ Pumpkin Gnocchi and the gnocchi was tougher than the beef and looked/tasted like a plastic pellet. As a self-proclaimed gnocchi aficionado, I was horrified. Do Not Eat.

Apart from those three things, the rest of my stay was perfect and I would like to thank Jagdish Pantlia, GM of the Ibis Styles KL, and Cindy Yeoh, hotel manager of the Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, for making all the arrangements for me and the staff of the Pullman for taking such good care of me over the weekend.

I’m now rested, recharged and ready to get back to work!

Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
No.1 Jalan Pantai Jaya Tower 3
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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