Friday, October 31, 2008

Grand Kampar Hotel and my birthday celebration

Who would have thought that in the midst of the small Kampar town, there is a hotel that stands tall (literally), with a 3-star rating to boot? Called the Grand Kampar Hotel (lame, I know), it was completed early of last year and is now a grand landmark in Kampar new town, also known as Taman Bandar Baru. The hotel has 9 storeys, with a swimming pool at the roof top, and a total of 155 rooms. According to the website, the design is Spanish-inspired, I don't know, I haven't been to Spain before. :P

The room rates are pretty reasonable considering the 3-star rank and the facilities provided. It has a newly renovated gymnasium as well!

Room Rate

Room Categories Single / King Double / Twin

Standard Deluxe RM110.00 ++ RM110.00 ++

Executive Deluxe RM140.00 ++ RM140.00 ++

Family Suite RM180.00 ++ RM180.00 ++

Executive Suite RM250.00 ++ RM250.00 ++

Rates are inclusive Breakfast

Now the question is, what is there to do in Kampar that requires you to stay overnight? In my opinion, the hotel was built mainly to cater to the family members of the nearby UTAR (University Tunku Abdul Rahman) and TARC (Tunku Abdul Rahman College) during occassions such as orientation, graduation or holidays. The hotel looks impressive and grand from the outside, because it is still brand new!

Grand Kampar hotel

We went to visit the place early this month, since I was back in my hometown and we were deciding where to go for my birthday dinner celebration. The Grand Kampar Cafe seemed like a nice place to go for a quiet dinner with family members.

Outside the hotel

The hotel lobby was deserted during the time of visit. I liked the shining marble floors though!

Hotel lobby

This was the restaurant in the late morning. On a weekday, there were no patrons at all.

Grand Kampar Cafe

Anyway, after looking at the menu, we decided to give this place a try. After all, we're bored of always going to the same few Chinese restaurants in Kampar. Those places are always noisy with the local crowds, and worst of all, there's always someone singing off-tune karaoke in the background. That is a total earsore!

It's tasty?

We were there at half past 7pm, and there were only 2 tables filled with customers. Coupled with soft music in the background, the ambiance was just perfect for a night out with family members, up for a lively chat.

Celebratory white wine

One of the must-try in the Grand Kampar Cafe is their freshly squeezed fruit juices. At RM4 a glass, the juices are made by order and you could even ask for a combination of fruits. The best part of all? They don't add any water to it! So the juice is purely from the fruits themselves. Isn't that amazing? Very reasonably priced too. The star attraction of this place, I'd say. :)

Orange & carrot juice

A picture with my dear parents.

witch with parents

And we move on to the food! Our party consisted of 9 persons, so it was quite a chaos while we made our orders. :) The first dish that arrived was the chicken wings. The chicken wings came with french fries as well, good combination. My grandma loved the chicken wings which were not done too oily.

Chicken wings

Next up was the spaghetti carbonara with turkey ham, as recommended by the waiter. Do not order this next time! The picture from the menu certainly looked different from the one we saw. The taste was very normal and you couldn't really see much fillings inside. Turkey ham was miniscule!

Carbonara with turkey ham

On the other hand, the spaghetti bolognese with grilled chicken was the total opposite! The sauce was just nice without making the pasta soggy, and the grilled chicken was definitely better than the non-existent turkey ham. If you fancy pasta, this is the dish for you.

Spaghetti bolognese with grilled chicken

My mom ordered the grilled fish, which looked like frozen fish fillet to me. Not a good choice again.

Grilled fish

My brother ordered the lamb chop. Presentation could be a little better eh? But for the price of less than RM15 in a hotel, I guess we really can't ask for more. The lamb was juicy and well-marinated. I wouldn't mind eating this again next time.

Lamb chop

My father and aunty ordered the chicken chop and both gave different reviews. My aunty said it was pretty good and she was impressed. My father, on the other hand, didn't really like it. He said it was sub-standard even. *LOL* I don't know who to trust. Both have different taste buds I guess.

Chicken chop

This was what my grandfather ordered: Chicken chop with sweet and sour sauce. In other words, it's oriental style chicken chop, which is more suitable for more conventional people. He told me it's not bad, and judging from the way he finished the whole thing within minutes, I guess it's either very good or he's just very hungry. :P

Oriental style chicken chop

As for myself, I didn't know what to order, so I chose the mixed grill! It was a combination of everything: sausage, chicken chop, lamb chop, steak and an egg! I liked everything except the lamb, which was a little too fatty.

Mixed grill

Besides Western food, the cafe prepares local delicacy as well, like the fried noodles that my grandmother ordered. She gave two thumbs-up for this and I don't disagree. She just sat opposite me during dinner and her plate of noodles emitted a very aromatic smell the whole time! Definitely a must-try dish.

Oriental fried noodles

Finally, my uncle ordered the mee mamak, and he was impressed! I didn't get the chance to try it out but my uncle was giving really good comments on this dish. I guess for those who love spicy dishes, this would be perfect for you.

Mee mamak

After dinner, it was time for birthday cake cutting. The ice-cream cake was bought from this shop in Kampar, called Justoeat. It was freshly baked and full of ice-cream goodness within, I love!

Birthday cake

Happy birthday to me!

The hotel entrance at night.

Grand Kampar hotel at night

Overall, it was a pretty relaxing and comfortable dinner. It is difficult to find a place with good environment and reasonable food in Kampar, where you could just sit down and talk to each other without shouting. I will definitely go to this restaurant again in the future, if not for the environment, then it would be for the fried noodles. :)

1 comment:

soo sean said...

The hotel lobby looks like someone's house. Haha....