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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Good Service Before You Even Step Into The Hotel

Good Service Before You Even Step Into The Hotel

One thing I have to mention about The Pullman, yesterday when my car pulled into the driveway, the valet directed me to a safe & secure parking spot in front of the hotel.

I had provided the hotel with my license plate number beforehand but I never told them what car I was driving but the valet immediately recognized my plates, which I thought was nice.

I’ve never experienced this at any hotel in Kuala Lumpur before and it made me feel very welcome before I had even stepped into the hotel.

Well done.

*UPDATE* The exceptional valet who recognized my car was a lovely man named Ganesh (day time shift) … in stark contrast, the night time valets were terrible. Thank you Ganesh for taking care of my car and being so helpful during my stay.

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Fried Yam w/ Honey

Fried Yam w/ Honey

Bite-sized pieces of yam fried and coated with honey … Deceptively simple but INCREDIBLY delicious … Need I say more?

A must-order dish if you go to Pu Tien Restaurant.

Putien Restaurant
G213A Ground Floor, Promenade
1 Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing)
Bandar Utama 47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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Sweet & Sour Century Egg

Sweet & Sour Century Egg

Holy crap! This has got to be one of the coolest things I’ve eaten in a long time! Century Egg coated in a light batter and sauce that is the same as sweet & sour pork … Very unique and oh so delicious. A must try for those who like century egg.

Putien Restaurant
G213A Ground Floor, Promenade
1 Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing)
Bandar Utama 47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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Shredded Pork w/ Bun

Shredded Pork w/ Bun

Love this shredded pork dish … You cut open the bun and stuff it with as much of the filling you can, put it in your mouth and enjoy a taste explosion.

🙂

Putien Restaurant
G213A Ground Floor, Promenade
1 Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing)
Bandar Utama 47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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Drunk Cockles

Drunk Cockles

Was taken to Pu Tien Restaurant in 1 Utama by a friend the other day and boy did I enjoy myself.

A Singaporean chain, Pu Tien serves Fujian cuisine and it’s a good change from the more traditional Chinese fare available in Malaysia.

I really loved the food and will definitely be going back there the next time I’m in Kuala Lumpur!

Putien Restaurant
G213A Ground Floor, Promenade
1 Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing)
Bandar Utama 47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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Electric Forest

Electric Forest

I’m at the awesome Signature @ The Roof for a late night business meeting.

The Roof is one of my favorite entertainment destinations in Kuala Lumpur as they have everything under one “roof” hehe … There’s a fabulous restaurant, a sports bar, a whisky bar, a club and a champagne bar with an unrestricted 360° panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur.

I really love the Wagyu Rib-Eye (RM138/USD42++) @ Signature and I highly recommend it if you come here!

Signature @ The Roof
Sky Level, 1 First Avenue,
Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya

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CONEMASTERS – MORE INFORMATION! (UPDATED 31 MAY 2011)

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Here is more information regarding the inaugural Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge.

Remember guys – it is an official support race of the Japan Super GT Championship (Malaysian Round)

For those who are interested to compete:

1 ) Entry fee is RM280
2 ) Cars will be split into 3 categoriesFWD, RWD and AWD
3 ) The 18th will be PRACTICE and 19th will be RACE DAY
4 ) Competitors will receive TWO tickets to the Super GT race (worth RM200!)
5 ) There are no restrictions on tyres you can use
6 ) There are no restrictions on engine modifications
7 ) There are very limited entry places as we wish to make it an exclusive event
8 ) Entry deadline is 12 June 2011 (we will NOT be accepting any last minute entries)

A couple of REALLY good drivers have already signed up so I’m looking forward to seeing them in action.

If you have any more questions, please email conemasters@gmail.com or join the Facebook page!

*UPDATED INFORMATION*

A lot of questions have been asked at the Conemasters page on Facebook so I will post the Q&A here too!

1. What are the prizes offered & how many timed runs are there?

Trophies will be given to the top 3 drivers in each categories and we will also have prizes courtesy of our event partners (TBC) … each driver will get 3 timed runs and we will take their fastest time.

2. What time will the event start and what time will it end?

The event will start at 10am and will go on into the afternoon. 18th is practice and 19th is race day. If you have sponsors, you may bring them for taxi-rides on the 18th.

3. Regarding the Super GT tickets included in the entry fee – will they include t-shirts, caps and other promotional items like Super GT is offering?

Entry fee to Conemasters includes 2 Super GT tickets valued at RM200 and does not include other promotional items.

4. Will there be scrutineering for the cars?

Cars will be scrutineered for roadworthiness and safety. We don’t have restrictions on tyres or engine modifications so those won’t be monitored.