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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ratatouille La Gourmet - Tea room - Bar - Restaurant at Adda Heights, Johor Bahru

Ratatouille La Gourmet (N1.54783 E103.74606) is located at the corner lot of Jalan Adda 3/1 in Adda Heights, Johor Bahru.
Few months ago, Ratatouille was a stall in one of the food court situated in Taman Setia Indah. After several months of hardwork and effort by Chef Brian and the team, they successfully upgraded from a small stall to the well known restaurant in Johor Bahru today.
I admired their achievement!

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Ratatouille La Gourmet

Ratatouille selected the white English theme as one of their attraction of the restaurant, it's also became the 'first' theme's restaurant in my favorite list.
The restaurant provide a clean and tidy outlook which really impressed! On the right side, there are some dining table for those customers who prefer natural air without air-conditioning.

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The natural air corner...

Greeted by the friendly staffs once we stepped into the restaurant. I love the deco very much! The area is spacious which provide a comfort and cozy dining environment.

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Nice deco with comfort dining environment

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The windows at the both side have the white English tudor design, also choices for those diners who like to have window seat.

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Back to back seat of dining tables

There's also a Victoria design's sofa especially for those who enjoy their afternoon tea and scones...

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Afternoon tea area...

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The dining area is comfortable for diner and even a small group of friends gather around...

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The cutlery placed on each table...

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I was impressed by the owner's idea with the well design and the provide different types dining tables for customers to choose their own preference.

Our food served on table pretty fast...let me show you the delicacies one-by-one...

Appetizer :-
Escargot - served in half dozen, with garlic breads side dish.

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Nice cheesy taste and the stuffing was not overly salty, always a good starter for your dinner.

Pepper steak.
Medium doneness, well prepared with pepper and served with mashed potatoes and ratatouille.

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Pepper steak

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Medium doneness

I always like the steak of Ratatouille. Well marinated and the pepper level was just nice! If you are steak lover, you shouldn't miss this!

Oxtail stew.
Whole oxtail being prepared for the dish. Magic cut by the Chef provide the true taste of the savory collagen within. The dish also served with potatoes, tomatoes and the nice beef gravy.

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Oxtail stew

Garlic bread, mashed potatoes and broccoli as side dish for Oxtail stew.

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Beside the delicious chewy bite of the oxtail, we like the beef gravy very much! The collagen was tender and fresh, we're really enjoyed this Oxtail stew from Ratatouille La Gourmet.

Grilled Lamb Rack
Grilled rack of lamb served with broccoli, ratatouille and the mint sauce. (serve in medium doneness)

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Grilled lamb rack

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The combination of the aromatic skin and the tender inside was marvelous! We took our time to taste this yummy lamb rack really slow...

Teriyaki Cod fish
Grilled cod fish bathing with teriyaki sauce, served with broccoli, carrots and mashed potatoes.

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Teriyaki cod fish

The fresh cod fish with the Teriyaki sauce provide a perfect taste. It was juicy and nice to have for our dinner. It was a bit sweet for my personal taste bud.

Dinner won't complete without the desserts...
Ratatouille signature cheese cake

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Signature cheese cake

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The popular tiramisu

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Lemon sugar pancake

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Apple pie

The signature cheese cake was rich with cheese but not overly sweet. Aromatic tiramisu was a favorite dessert for most of the customer in the area. Lemon sugar pancake was a surprise where the pancake doesn't overly sweet and nice to have. According to the owner - Sherman, the Ratatouille Apple pie has a strong demand from the local, the special apple pie really filling after the main course.

The Ratatouille restaurant is also a perfect place for afternoon tea break with some cakes or scones, because of the special assign 'Hi-tea' area.

We will make our effort to drop by Ratatouille La Gourmet every now and then, not just only pass-by Adda Heights area. It is a excellent restaurant for lunch, tea break and dinner, even enjoy some beers in the evening.

Specially thanks to Brian and Sherman for the warm hospitality.

Ratatouille La Gourmet Tea Room · Bar · Restaurant
73, Jalan Adda 3/1, Adda Heights, Johor Bahru
Business hour : 11:00am to 11:00pm daily
GPS coordinates : N1.54783 E103.74606

Location map of Ratatouille La Gourmet at Adda Heights, Johor Bahru.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel at Senggigi beach, Lombok island - Indonesia

Kila Senggigi Beach Resort (S8.49782, E116.04846) is located at the northwest of Lombok island. The resort just situated next to the beautiful beach as the name of it.

The check-in process was smooth and everyone got their keys in less than 15 minutes.

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The lobby of Kila Senggigi Beach Resort

There are many water features at the lobby and beautiful garden surrounding...with beautiful lush tropical gardens and a magnificent view.

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Water features in the garden

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The friendly staffs of the hotel were welcome us, the lobby area was nice with a open concept and well ventilated. Decorated with the Lombok culture design...

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The front counter of Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel

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The high ceiling at the lobby...

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Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel is actually a resort type of hotel, located in Senggigi town, on a 12 acres land along the beach, beautiful.

Most of the rooms are chalet type, basically 8 rooms in one chalet...situated in spacious manicured gardens with plenty of shade trees. The grounds are absolutely immaculate.

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Rooms in Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel

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We had a double beds room, and let me show you around the room...

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The attached bathroom is spacious...

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The room albeit dated, size-wise was adequate with necessary furnishing, satisfied with it especially the cleanness. Every room has its own verandah with comfort sitting area, we were enjoying our beer and chatting session on the first night.
It's advise to choose the 2nd floor if you going for the sea view room, brilliant views from the room and Mt Agung over in Bali is visible.
Remember :-
Don't leave your room door open after six p.m., unless you don't mind a generous spray of insecticide in your room which the hotel graciously offers each evening.

Kila Senggigi beach hotel is an old hotel, first in Lombok, surrounded by greeneries and right at the seafront. Wi-Fi service is available throughout the whole resort with good bandwidth. The Italian restaurant is just sitting on the beach front and you can enjoy the spectacular sunset of Lombok accompany with the house's live band. The SPA also available but too bad we don't have enough time to enjoy it. The breakfast was good, so was the ala carte food served by the friendly and helpful staffs and good service.

If you are photography enthusiast, you can have a chance to take the milky way during the midnight at the dark beach area.

All-in-all, Kila Senggigi beach hotel is a nice and comfortable place to stay with, recommended.

Related post for Lombok island trip :-
Airasia media FAM trip to Lombok Island - Indonesia on July 2014

Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel 
(Formerly Senggigi Beach Hotel)
Jalan Pantai Senggigi, PO Box 1001
Senggigi 83355, Lombok – Indonesia
Email : sbh.reservation@aerowisatahotels.com, sbh.info@aerowisatahotels.com
Web : http://www.senggigibeachhotel.com
Phone : +62 370 693210
Fax     : +62 370 693200

Location map of Kila Senggigi Beach Resort at Lombok island, Indonesia.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Seafood dinner along the Senggigi beach at Lombok island - Indonesia.

Traveling almost about 1 hour 30 minutes (approx. 60km) from Sade Village, passed by Mataram City (Capitol of Lombok)...we finally reached the Senggigi beach of Lombok. All of us agree to have our seafood dinner at Warung Menega (S8.52497 E116.06554) before check in to the resort.

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Warung Menega of Senggigi beach, Lombok

The first scene that caught our attention was the smoky roof of the kitchen...

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Everyone was curious about what happening in the kitchen...then, we discovered the grilling method is using charcoal and coir which resulted the smoky environment...

Let's have a tour in the kitchen before the dining area...

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The seafood prepared for grilling...

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The kitchen of Warung Menega, Lombok

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The 'warung' (common word as a restaurant) had a simple setting, where you have a options of indoor dining area or the outdoor area on the beach. For us, we definitely choose the beach area...

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The outdoor dining area...

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As usual, everyone was busy photographing the surrounding of the restaurant before the foods serve on table...

Next to the restaurant, there were many fishing boats parking around...felt excited because we will going to experience the boat ride tomorrow for island hoping, looking forward about it...

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Fishing boats parking next to the restaurant...

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The seafood served on table pretty fast, most of us had the same package which were the fish, prawns, clams and squids. Some of us chose only fish and some don't take prawns... flexible package.
But all of us had one plate of kang-kong (water spinach) with the local recipe sambal chili, and unlimited rice...

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Kangkong with sambal

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The seafood offered by Warung Menaga, Senggigi beach of Lombok

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The fish...

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The squids...

I like the local sambal very much! It was aromatic and hot!
Believe all the seafood grilled with the same sauce and recipe, the prawns, fish and squids were finger-linking good! And the clams taste the best among all...
All the seafood were perfectly succulent, sweet and spicy. Impressed by the local recipes. But the magical part was the yummy sauces...dark sweet soy sauce, garlic, local sambal and chili with onions. Every sauce provided different taste with the seafood, I love the chili onions and the sambal very much!

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The different types of sauces which made the perfect taste of the seafood

It was a total different experience having our dinner here, while enjoying the seafood in our hands and watching the beautiful sunset...

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The dining area was full...

The outdoor dining area was full after the night fall...

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The cloudy sunset of Senggigi beach of Lombok

Beside the seafood delights and the sunset, I like to concentrate on those fishing boats back to the shores...

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Time to go home...

We were satisfied with the seafood dinner in Warung Menega. As I look into the menu, prices are reasonable too...I guess I'll be back again on my next visit to Lombok.

Related post for Lombok island trip :-
Airasia media FAM trip to Lombok Island - Indonesia on July 2014

Warung Menega Lombok
Jalan Raya Senggigi, Kilometre 6
+62 0 370 692 057.

Location map of Warung Menega at Senggigi Beach of Lombok island, Indonesia.