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Miyako Japanese Restaurant Bintan

I recently went on a quick trip to Bintan Lagoon Resorts. It was so quick, I left on a Friday afternoon and returned back to Singapore on a Saturday evening! I don’t think anyone missed me, but I sure accomplished a lot while I was there. I will write more about it in the next post, complete with pictures. I took over 300 photos so be prepared for a deluge of pictures. While I sort the rest of the photos out, let me first stuff you with pictures of my lovely lunch at Miyako Japanese Restaurant in Bintan Lagoon Resorts.

Miyako Japanese Restaurant - (1)

Miyako Japanese Restaurant is next to the main hall, just on the left of Kopi-O Restaurant which is where most people will have their buffet breakfast. It’s a bright and cheery place as it’s nearly all glass walls. There’s a huge Teppanyaki station in the middle of the whole restaurant, with tables lined all around it.

I’ll be upfront with you. The food here isn’t cheap, but it is really very fresh tasting and of good quality. Well food in Bintan Lagoon Resort is a little pricey, it’s a holiday resort after all, but I think the Japanese restaurant takes the cake. Therefore, if you’re in for a good pampering, Miyako’s the place you want to go or take your business clients.

Miyako Japanese Restaurant - Ikura Sushi also known as Salmon Roe Sushi $15 (2)

Ikura Sushi also known as Salmon Roe Sushi $15

Eating this was fantastic as the delightful slightly salty liquid from the little voluptuous balls of salmon roe burst in my mouth.

Miyako Japanese Restaurant - Gindara (Cod) in Teriyaki Sauce $25 (1)

 Gindara (Cod) in Teriyaki Sauce $25

One of the best Gindara I have ever tasted. You can see from the picture that the cod was extremely flaky and practically slid down my throat without much effort. The flesh was moist and creamy flavoured. I could have just eaten this cod whole, together with a bowl of steaming rice! That would really make me a very happy person.

Miyako Japanese Restaurant - Wagyu Beef 200gm Teppanyaki $135

Wagyu Beef 200gm Teppanyaki $135

This was the killer dish, in terms of pricing. What you see here is half a portion because my mother took the other half. You have to order the whole 200gms though, but I wouldn’t advise it if you are dining alone. The meat is rather rich, although not extremely so. I believe it’s just a medium level Wagyu beef, forgot to ask the grading. Taste wise, I would actually prefer wagyu beef with more marbling. But if I didn’t know it was Wagyu beef, I would say that it was good beef teppanyaki.

I do think that this is one dish I wouldn’t recommend ordering. It tastes nice, but $135, it just seems a little too much, especially when you consider places like Morton’s charge only $100 for a slab of beef, albeit not Wagyu grade.

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The Olive Restaurant

There were 2 dining establishments during our stay at Resorts World Genting that were particularly memorable. One of them was The Bakery at Maxims Hotel. That was where we withdrew for the day to relax over a cup of coffee and catch up on our social networks via the free WIFI. The other memorable dining establishment was The Olive Restaurant, just a stone’s throw away from The Bakery actually.

Of the entire 3D2N that we spent at Resorts World Genting, The Olive was single-handedly the most memorable restaurant we visited. The Olive is a fine-dining restaurant and without a doubt, the food was impeccable. The service was excellent too. If I were to return to Genting again and had extra cash to spare, I would most definitely visit The Olive.

The Olive - (2)

We were the 1st customers to arrive at the restaurant at 6pm on a Sunday evening. Love the elegant ambience and lighting.

The Olive - Complimentary Hot Bread

The complimentary bread was excellent! The breads were kept nice and warm in the napkin. Don’t be put off by this black bread, cuz it’s squid ink bread! It was absolutely lovely and it’s one of those places where you could just eat loads and loads of bread and be contented.

The Olive - Pan Seared Foie Gras with sweet & savoury brioche, port poached apple, toasted hazelnuts and tangerine caramel sauce RM 128 (3)

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My 3Day2Night Genting Adventure!

As promised, this is the blog post detailing my wild weekend in Resorts World Genting, courtesy of the Resorts World people! Yes, fully paid trip for me and the Partner to spend 3 days in Genting! The Resorts World people were so generous, they even gave us 700 ringgit each, to spend on food! Seriously, the Partner and I had such a great time indulging, we actually found the trip too short! I returned from the trip two weeks ago, and I’m still reeling from the experience. Feel like going on holiday again! Anyone who’s smsed me about the trip would have received a barrage of replies from me detailing every aspect, but I guess I have to write about it here to share it with all of you and also for me to relive the wonderful memories!

To read more about our experiences at various restaurants in Genting, as well as see pictures of the Theme Park itself, click on the respective links.

The Olive Restaurant

The Bakery

The New Orleans BBQ Restaurant

Genting Palace Chinese Restaurant

Genting Outdoor Theme Park

Proposed 3D2N Itinerary at Genting (which won me this trip!)

If not, continue reading about the journey to Genting, the First World Hotel experience and a summary of what we did in Genting!

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New Orleans Barbecue Restaurant

On the 1st evening at Genting Resorts World, we had originally wanted to get our Chinese fix at the Genting Palace Restaurant. Unfortunately, it was full and we couldn’t use our meal card there. Luckily, because I had researched on the places to eat at Genting, I quickly led the Partner to the next restaurant on my to-visit list, ie the New Orleans Barbecue Restaurant. This restaurant is located within the Casino in Maxims Genting Hotel, so kids are not allowed to dine there.

Thanks to our having to traverse half the casino to get to the New Orleans Barbecue Restaurant, I also discovered that there are parts of the Casino that are cordoned off only for non-smoking players. Yes, the rest of the casino area allows for smoking and I really do wonder how non-smokers can stay there for hours on end in the smoke! I don’t actually see many people smoking, but because it’s an enclosed area, the smoke lingers! My heart goes out to the croupiers who have no choice but to stay fixed to their tables.

New Orleans is a casual eatery where you can get your fill of steaks, chops, grills and sausages. As with all the other eateries in Resorts World, prices are slightly inflated. However, on the Saturday evening that we were there, it was nearly a full house. In fact, I have to add that all the hotels in the resort where FULL HOUSE for that evening, most likely thanks to a certain Hacken Lee having a live performance that evening.

New Orleans Barbecue Restaurant - (6)

New Orleans Barbecue Restaurant - (7)

How many times in Asia do you see me wearing a jacket. Feel like going to Cameron Highlands next to enjoy the cool weather again.

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Genting Palace Chinese Restaurant

We originally wanted to try out Genting Palace for dinner on our first night at Genting Resorts World, ie Saturday. However, we were told that our meal card would not be valid because the restaurant was already pretty full! Imagine my disappointment because I was all ready to go try out some abalone and other Chinese favourites! Imagine the effort I had to make when the Partner suggested going to a Western restaurant instead. The Partner doesn’t fancy abalone you see, he thinks it’s tasteless!

Anyway, I managed to check out Genting Palace for dim sum brunch the next day. Just so that we would not be faced with another Full House, we dragged ourselves out of bed at 8am, which for me is considered a substantial feat. I’m not one to jam-pack a gazillion activities during my holidays. I like to take it slow and savour every single moment.

As with most of the eateries in Genting, Genting Palace was priced slightly on the high side, as compared to a similar restaurant in Singapore. Well I guess it’s to be expected for touristy locations.

The dim sum here is quite okay. There are several nice dishes, but also several very unremarkable dishes. An interesting point to note is that most of the dim sum that came in the metallic containers were not piping hot, which would have contributed to the average experience. Those dim sum dishes that were served piping hot were very enjoyable.

Genting Palace - (2)

Genting Palace looks very traditional, like the Chinese restaurants of yore in Singapore.

Genting Palace - Deep Fried Cheese Roll RM10

Deep Fried Cheese Roll RM10

This was one of the best dim sum dishes amongst all the stuff that we ordered. It was packed full of prawns and there was a nice oozy bit of cheese right in the middle. This came piping hot too. It seems that those dim sum served on the white dishes are made to order?

Genting Palace - Sliced Duck Roll

Sliced Duck Roll

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