Archive for December, 2010
Thanks to the holiday season I finally have some time to update on my almost-abandoned Europe trip series. Continued from Rome, this post about Vatican City would be a short one and more on photos because the experience was akin to visiting a humongous musuem.
So there is nothing much I could talk about. Plus, I am not a historian anyway. We spent a total of three nights in Rome and we actually visited Vatican City (it is located within Rome if you didn’t know already) on our second day.
There are a couple of ways you could reach Vatican City but the best way would be taking the metro. I highly recommend you to see the museums first because the queue could get freaking long (see pic above, and that’s only a quarter of the entire queue!) So, wake up early and get there early, by 9am at least.
If you are really desperate to skip the line, you could take up the so-called guided group tour for around €20 a pax if not mistaken. We were glad we did not purchase the guided group tour, as most of them still had to queue at the group line.
Vatican Museums is worth visiting because besides being one of the greatest in the world, it also houses the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church since its foundation in the early 16th century. Millions of tourists throng the museum annually.
Going for a Japanese Buffet nowadays could be a huge headache – there are simply too many choices and new ones are mushrooming like nobody’s business. For important celebrations and occassions I usually stick to the more reputable and established ones. And Komura Japanese Restaurant at Corus Hotel is one of them, which I chose to celebrate my birthday not long ago. Although expensive at RM98++ (easily the priciest) it was a pleasant meal overall. FYI, Komura’s buffet is of those tick-from-a-paper-menu-ala-carte style.
5 types of sashimi available for the buffet: Maguro (Tuna), Shake (Salmon), Mekajiki (Butterfish), Tako (Octopus) and Ika (Cuttlefish) The salmon slices were fresh and delicate, comparable to what I had in Munakata.
Because of that we had many servings of Salmon sashimi. Butterfish was also nice without the frozen taste.
Balik Pulau is famous for two things: durian and laksa. Here, two types of laksa are widely available: assam laksa and lemak laksa, where the latter is also known as Thai/Siam laksa. I seldom venture into Balik Pulau because the drive is quite strenous due to the long, windy road. But for personal satisfaction sake to explore Penang entirely, I took a trip to visit the small, quiet town that is currently experiencing much deserved developments. You will find Balik Pulau still as laid back but at least not that ‘ulu’ as being peddled around in the past.
Assam laksa is a love or hate it to death thing. If you happen to loathe it then you might want to give the lemak version a try. The gravy is prepared with coconut milk giving it the creamy and slightly sweet taste instead of being sourish. Ingredients wise it is similar to assam laksa, still the same ikan kembung, cucumber, pineapple, cili padi etc and still topped with prawn paste (optional) I actually prefer the lemak version, am not a fan of sourish food.
Any carnivorous steak connoisseur would have dined at Prime, popularly voted as the best steak house in KL. If you are as much as a steak lover as I am and still haven’t step foot into Prime because of the expensive menu, I feel you – as it took me more than two years to finally gather money and reasons enough to dine here. Nestled in the 5-star Le Meridien Hotel, they have a wide selection of cow and cuts but price should be the biggest factor when deciding which to order.
Some complimentary home baked bread served along with three different types butter. We preferred the walnut bread more for its nutty taste and crunchiness, goes best with the salted butter.
SL’s Australian Black Angus (200 days grain fed) Ribeye @ RM 120 for 8oz/220g. Accompanying sauces available include the house recommended mushroom, white truffle, bernaise etc. We did not expect a slab of 220g steak to be so big but then again who would complain?
Though not comparable to the highly marbled wagyu or kobe, it was still deliciously well worth the price paid. But if you have the extra buck to spend I reckon you would enjoy the a better cut of fillet mignon for the same weight at RM70 more.