Let’s continue with another episode of my experience at the breath-taking Pangkor Laut Resort (PLR), shall we? Since I have blogged about how to get to the resort and the beauty of the resort, this post will focus on the dining options at PLR. Many of you have asked how much was the price to stay at PLR. The cheapest option to book the all-inclusive stay here is through the YTL website (either email/call them). There is an all-inclusive package for Malaysian Residents here that costs from RM999nett/person for a 3-day 2-night stay at the Garden Villa with return boat transfer, including 2 breakfast, 2 lunch and 2 dinner.
Dine with a view
The dining options included in the all-inclusive package (per person):
- Breakfast – 2 x buffet at Feast Village
- Lunch – 2 x *2-course meal at Chapman’s Bar or Royal Bay Beach Club
- Dinner – 2 x 3-course meal at Uncle Lim’s Kitchen or Feast Village
*Note: YTL recently revised their lunch to include only 2-course meal. During my visit in November 2011, 3-course meal was provided.
Breakfast at Feast Village
The breakfast is a buffet spread at Feast Village, available from 6 to 10am daily. We were usually there around 9am and managed to get a table facing the sea. That’s the thing about this exclusive resort, one wouldn’t feel that a restaurant is crowded at any one time. There was no sense of rush to get food, everything was moving at a very relaxed pace with the sound of waves in the background.
The breakfast spread was pretty standard – there’s a salad bar, fruits platter, omelette station, variety of pastries and bread, selection of local cuisine (nasi lemak, fried kuey teow, capati, etc), sausages, tomatoes and fresh fruit juices to name a few. What I enjoyed most about the buffet was the juicing station! One could choose from a variety of freshly cut fruits, place them on a plate and pass it to the juicer to create your very own customized juice on the spot. I opted for carrot, green apples, watermelon and celery in a glass and it tasted so good and healthy!
My sunny side up and the healthy fruit juice
Meaty sausage, croissant and nasi lemak
Spacious and airy atmosphere of Feast Village
Lunch at Royal Bay Beach Club
For our first lunch, we opted to dine at the Royal Bay Beach Club, which is located just behind the swimming pool. The environment was airy and windy, with the occasional visits by the peacock and hornbill. We really felt close to nature. 🙂
Dining environment at Royal Bay Beach Club
Complimentary sky juice with lemon
Vinegar and olive oil
For lunch, we were allowed to choose 1 Appetizer, 1 Main course and 1 Dessert each, plus coffee or tea. Saucer chose the Caesar Salad which came in a really huge portion, topped with a generous amount of smoked salmon and beef bacon. These were served on a bowl-shaped pastry filled with a bed of romaine lettuce and drizzled with garlic chips, parmesan and croutons. It was flavourful and wholesome, excellent!
Caesar Salad (RM45)
I had the Mushroom Salad which came with a huge piece of portobello mushroom, with aroma so strong we could smell it from a distance away. Served with arugula and creamy egg dressing, this was another recommended choice of appetizer that was delicious without being too filling.
Mushroom Salad (RM45)
For mains, we chose the Royal Club Sandwich and Spaghetti Marinara. Both of us agreed that the sandwich outshone the pasta by miles! Served with panini bread, it was stuffed with roast beef, cheese, chicken breast slices, a whole egg and tomatoes. Just look at the cross section of the sandwich, such a nice combination of colours and flavours. And it’s so huge that it was big enough to fill two tummies. If you dine here, make sure not to miss out on the Royal Club Sandwich. 🙂
Royal Club Sandwich (RM45)
Spaghetti Marinara (RM45)
The lone hornbill visiting us
As for dessert, there was not much choice except for Sago Gula Melaka, Ice-cream or Malay kuih. We both opted for the ice-cream since we were too full for anything rich. It was such a fulfilling and enjoyable meal that lasted us until past dinner. By the way, weren’t we glad that we went with the all-inclusive package! Otherwise, our bill would come up to about RM200+ just for lunch. 😀
Double scoop of ice-cream (RM25)
Lunch at Chapman’s Bar
On the second day, we had lunch at Chapman’s Bar, which is on the other side of the island at Emerald Beach. We spent the morning at the beach earlier, so when it was time for lunch, we just had to take a short stroll to the restaurant. This was as close to dining at the beach as you could get.
At Chapman’s Bar, our most memorable dishes were the Gado-Gado and Satay. The Gado-gado was actually recommended by the waiter, because it wasn’t something that we would order on our own. The crispy spring rolls were savoury and delicious, plus the salad was generously mixed with a nutty sauce. It was very appetizing and we couldn’t get enough of it.
The Satay came in a really unique presentation! 6 pieces of meat skewers nicely planted into a slice of pineapple. There was a choice of either beef or chicken, but we chose a mixture of both. Both were equally tender, juicy and well-marinated, we were impressed! I mean, who would have thought that a fine resort like this could prepare street food well too? 🙂
As for mains, we chose the Chicken Chop and Sizzling Mongolian Lamb. The chicken chop was breaded and fried to a crispy finish. It was quite nice although I thought the amount of flour used could be less. On the other hand, the Sizzling Mongolian Lamb was rather disappointing. Portion was small and the pancakes looked like they had been left there for quite some time. We saw a few other tables ordering the Ikan Bakar which looked much more appetizing. Perhaps we should order that if we ever return to Chapman’s Bar in the future. 🙂
Sizzling Mongolian lamb with pancakes
For dessert, we opted for the Sago Gula Melaka this time. This was served in a nice glass topped with rich coconut milk and gula Melaka. It was quite rich and sweet so we shared this among ourselves, while ordering another serving of ice-cream. 🙂
Sago with gula Melaka
The rich gula Melaka and coconut milk
As with all other meals, lunch came with complimentary coffee or tea. It was a bliss sipping tea while listening to the sound of waves and getting brushed by the sea breeze.
Lunch at the beach
Dinner at Uncle Lim’s Kitchen
For dinner, we intended to dine at Uncle Lim’s Kitchen on the first night and Feast Village on the second night, but we enjoyed the first dinner so much that we decided to return to the same place on the second night! 🙂 One thing to note, Uncle Lim’s Kitchen is probably the only restaurant that you have to make a reservation before going since it’s quite a small restaurant with limited capacity. Located near the Spa Village, the restaurant looked resplendent when we went there on our first evening.
Uncle Lim’s Kitchen looking gorgeous
The high ceiling of Uncle Lim’s Kitchen
Beautiful plate and tea pot
With our package, we’re allowed to order 3 courses from the menu, typically 1 Appetizer, 1 Main course and 1 Dessert. However, an exception is allowed here in that we could order 2 Main course and 1 Dessert instead if you don’t find anything you fancy from the appetizer list. During our first dinner, we ordered the Peking Duck roll which surprisingly came in a rather sizable portion. Instead of just wrapping duck skin in the crepe, this had plenty of duck meat within too, making each duck roll a mouthful to enjoy.
Peking duck roll
For mains, we had the Calamansi Chicken, which was deep fried chicken topped with sweet and sour calamansi sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds on top. It was also one of the recommended dishes from the menu, and we understood why. The chicken was tender, the sauce was appetizing, and the sesame seeds brought out a nice fragrance that complemented the ensemble very well.
Fish was easily the most expensive item on the menu, costing RM100 each. There were several methods of cooking fish available, but we chose the one with the star – Steamed Fish with Uncle Lim’s Special Sauce. Apparently, Uncle Lim is famous with his nyonya style of cooking, so it came as no surprise when the fish turned out to be redolent with spices, spicy and full of flavour. White rice is a must when eating this dish! 🙂
Steamed fish with Uncle Lim’s special sauce
Since we were in an island, of course we did not miss out on ordering prawns! The Assam Prawns were extremely fresh and succulent, bursting with juices with each bite. I can still remember how they tasted like, and the portion was so generous that we were stuffed to the brim.
Last but not least, dessert! The usual choice of ice-cream and sago with gula Melaka were in the menu, but we opted for something different this time – Banana Fritter with Ice-Cream, and did not regret it at all. The banana fritter was made from a whole banana, sweet and ripe, while the batter coating the banana was superbly crunchy without being oily. Served hot, this was a fantastic combination with the vanilla ice-cream. We finished this in no time even though we were stuffed to the brim by then. This was essentially the dish that sealed our fate, the dish that nudged us to return the next evening. 🙂
Banana fritter with ice-cream
Instead of coffee, we were given free flow of Chinese tea with our meal.
Refillable Chinese tea
On our second night, we opted for a total of 4 main courses between the two of us. As with all the other dishes, the Roast Duck also came in a huge portion, more than enough for the two of us. It was amazingly tender and very flavourful. We could go on and on eating just this alone.
According to the nature walk guide Uncle Yip, if we dine at Uncle Lim’s Kitchen we must not miss out on the Fantasy Prawns. He described the prawns to be incredibly fresh and gigantic, so we couldn’t resist from ordering that ourselves. And true enough, the prawns came out to be huge and very succulent. It’s so huge that it would be impossible to eat the whole prawn with one bite. Each piece was well marinated and tasty, a combination of sour, spicy and savoury, we want to thank Uncle Yip for recommending this dish to us. 🙂
Look at the size of the prawn!
Last but not least, we opted for something a little healthier – Hong Kong Kai Lan with Scallops in XO sauce. When we ordered this, we imagined the scallops to be small and scarce, since they are supposed to be accompaniments for the vegetables. But when the dish arrived, both of us had our eyes wide open, for not only were the scallops big in size, they were also big in portion! We were delighted! Each piece was plump and juicy, bursting with flavour from the XO sauce. Well done!
Hong Kong kai lan with huge scallops
Dining environment at Uncle Lim’s Kitchen
We certainly did not regret choosing Uncle Lim’s Kitchen for dinner twice in a row for their good quality was exceptional and huge in portion. However, I would only recommend you to dine here with the all-inclusive package, because the food here is definitely not cheap. If we were to pay for the ala carte prices, it would have come up to RM400+ per meal! *gasp*
We love Uncle Lim!
After dinner, we walked back to our villa just to be surprised by a little something from the resort staff – they have prepared a lovely flower bath with candle lights for us in view of our second anniversary. How sweet of them! 😉 A nice dinner and a gorgeous bath afterwards, what more could we ask for? 😉
Surprise flower bath awaited us 😉
Pangkor Laut Resort
Pangkor Laut Island
Tel No: +603-2783 1000
GPS Coordinates: N 4° 11′ 58.76″, E 100° 32′ 46.92″