Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Pangeran Beach Hotel Coffee House @ Padang, West Sumatra

We arrived at this hotel after a very long drive from Bukittinggi which took us almost eight hours. As it was a long and exhausting drive, we did not want to venture out for dinner and decided to have dinner at the hotel. We stayed at this beautiful hotel in Padang called Pangeran Beach Hotel.

Lobby at Pangeran Beach Hotel
Once the check in was done, we walked over to the coffee house which is right at the end of the hotel, beside the Indian Ocean. By this time, there were no customers at the Coffee House and all the staffs were busy preparing the cutlery for the next day's breakfast.

Not wanting to have anything heavy, we ordered some light dishes to be shared between the two of us. The staffs here seemed quite blur and surely needed more training.

Waiting For Our Orders

Waiting For Our Orders
It took a while for the orders to arrive. I was not sure what the problem was but the entire group of staffs that were working in the common area all went in to the kitchen to prepare our meals and the first dish came only after 30 minutes.

Spicy Fried Rice With Chicken
This was the first dish to arrive. This dish was very good and it was tasty. I just loved the way they fried the chicken. It was crispy yet soft and infused with the right spices and marination. The rice however was too spicy. I guess that is the norms in Padang but still it was too spicy for me. Both my dad and I could not finish it as we were worried that we may have gastric tomorrow if we continue to eat this spicy stuff.

Fried Banana Fritters With Grated Cheese
Honestly I thought this dish would be much smaller as it was a desert item and when it arrived it seemed bigger than the main course. It was nice however too much for the two of us. I liked the way they had infused a local dish as in Fried Banana Fritters with Honey Syrup and Grated Cottage Cheese which is western tastes. It can surely be shared with at least five people. Otherwise, it was a nice and different dish.

Egg Sandwich
This was the last dish to arrive. I would not rate this very well for a few reasons which I shall mention. Firstly, the bread was not fresh. As such when it was toasted, it had become hard and course. Secondly, we had requested for mashed eggs and told them specifically that we did not want to have fried eggs in the sandwich to which the waiter nodded. However, when served we got the fried eggs version.

There were pros and cons at this restaurant and I believe the management should work on a number of things to improve this Coffee House and the experience that customers would be facing.

Address: Hotel Pangeran Beach Padang,
              Jalan Ir H Juanda 79, Padang 25115,
              West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Opening Hours: 0600 - 2300 Daily

Telephone: 0751-7051333

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