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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Of Vivo Pizza, Concorde Inn KLIA, and A Syringe?!

Here's more on my KL excursion of sorts .... from the past weekend. Damn I'm still reeling from all the travelling ... yet missing every second of it. Sadistic?


Vivo American Pizza and Panini - Now open for business in Times Square
Before we were 'carted' away to oblivion (read : KLIA) for a good 3 days, we decided to stop by Bukit Bintang area for some grubs. Somehow, painted in our minds was the dreadful prospect of eating pathetic hotel food and trapped in our rooms, and entertained only by endless, tormenting lectures. Yup, it's another one of those 'kursus' thingy ....
Cafe Latte (RM6.80)
Arriving way past our usual lunch hour, we quickly proceeded to hunt for some food. And Vivo situated at the Lower Ground Floor of Times Square was as attractive as light/fire to the moth. Or something like that .....
They exhibit great pride in their coffee, proudly proclaiming its Lavazza's origins. Hence I opted for the frothy, ever-pleasing latte, as I've an aversion to anything with more milk than substance (=P). Hmm, Vivo's coffee may be fragrant, but I still felt something amiss, when my glass of latte though was foamy and frothy with milk, was lacking in the caffeine department.
Iced Mocha (RM7.50)
Tell me the glass of Mocha above does NOT resemble a glass of 3-layered tea (Teh C Special), a popular Sarawak beverage? Shucks .... Now I miss my Teh C Special !!!
Oriental Baked Rice (RM10.90)
Their menu covers mostly pizzas, pastas, salads, some random chops (which I do not put faith in), paninis (Italian toasted sandwich), and baked rice and pasta. I eyed a Chili Icon beside the Oriental Baked Rice, indicating F-I-R-E. Always a good thing to have something spicy for every meal. I highly suspect I might be an Indian/Mexican/Malay in my past life.
Cheesy, creamy and rather filling, the chicken cubes thrown in were not generous, yet the pleasantly fragrant and fluffy butter rice went really well with the spicy sauce. There MIGHT be some mushrooms or such in there, I couldn't be sure. =P
Smoked BBQ Chicken Pizza (RM18.90)
They offer a variety of pizzas, from the meatiest to the bland-est of vegetarian versions. From thick to thin crust, and less or more cheese (+RM4), and etc etc ....
The signature pizza got our attention, a smoked BBQ chicken pizza, 6 big slices of calorie-fied terror, albeit lacking in cheese (oh, so THAT'S why they offer additional cheese top-up for RM4 .... wicked). The smoked chicken was tender but tasteless, the flavour came from the BBQ sauce. The roasted peppers, mushrooms and olives completed the package, a rather fulfilling pizza at a reasonable price.

For a wholesome lunch, but slightly more expensive than the fast food counterparts.

The meal costed RM48 for both of us, a taxing lunch, but rather filling. Will probably return for the pizzas, as they're definitely better than Pizza Hut's. But that's just me.

Location : VIVO TIMES SQUARE @ LG68, Lower Ground Floor, Berjaya Times Square, 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. Tel No : 603-2148 9799.

So .... done with lunch, then off to our destination. The REAL one ... No more side trips. =(

Tranquil surrounding eh?
Destination : Concorde Inn, KLIA
Time Span : 3 days, 2 nights
Room : Twin sharing with 2 single beds, and the usual bells and whistles of a 3-star inn.
Guess what's the 'Welcoming Shock of a Door Gift' ?!
Yup, we discovered a capped needle by the window. Fortunately, it's NOT on our beds. Or in the showers. Could not determine whether it was used, or new. But highly suspicious the needle was NOT for diabetic patients' insulin shots.
Geez .... how inviting.
Guess the Gadget
If that was not strange, imagine finding a mosquito repellent gadget at the power supply. Ahem ... fully air-conditioned room and requiring a mosquito repellent?! What's next? Kelambu (mosq nets) and coil?
Now this .... is..... LIFE.
Minor gripes aside, the food at their cafe aptly named Melting Pot Cafe, was simply marvelous. A lot of variety, and they excelled in the quality department as well. Every meal was thoroughly enjoyable. All buffet spreads, and FOC. For us only, of course ... not all guests. =)
And that somehow ... made our stay a step away from mediocrity.

22 comments:

Life for Beginners said...

Ah the adventures you face! How exciting! And all this just in KL? :)

thenomadGourmand said...

Italian again??

Nic (KHKL) said...

an interesting trip indeed...all the food you ate looked great but the thought of that syringe and the repellent, errr, so scary lar...

why cant they leave behind things like gold bars hor? hehehe...

sc said...

vivo dont sound too good eh? luckily the food in concorde was the saving grace :)

Selba said...

Yay!!! Pizza!!! love pizza!!! Seriously, I can life the rest of my life only by eating pizza!!! LOL

Alamak... a "left over" needle? That's scary...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wah concorde somemore got this kind of nonsense ar?..

J2Kfm said...

Life For Beginners : yeah. all in KL ... to imagine running all around town 2 wkends in a row!

thenomadGourmand : yeah, somehow Italian food never ceases to amaze me.

Nic : GOLD bar?!!! hahaha ... you must be dreaming. had it been a gold bar, I'd be hugging the manager with lurve ...

sc : true. we were gladly served with the spread. yummy stuff.

Selba : rest of life with pizza? hahah ... will double in size one lah ... :)

Joe : it was like a scene in a horror movie .... ;)

worldwindows said...

Did I spot prosciutto? is this place 'halal'?

Tummythoz said...

Unsuspecting syringe on bed. You've just heightened my paranoia.

vkeong said...

Pizza hut's standards can be easily beaten, hehe

J2Kfm said...

worldwindows : nope. none of those porky heavenly slices. :) Vivo SHOULD be halal ... the hotel DEFINITELY is halal though.

Tummythoz : ahem ... if there's one on bed, I'd be the 1st to dash off to the clinic.

vkeong : yeah true. nothing but thick bread.

FBB said...

haha, was it a complete syringe or just the needle?
i am surprised that the food there in melting pot is actually GOOD!!!! some more quite remote hor that place. but got a place nearby there that serves decent tai chow food i remember.

jason said...

Huh... what's a syringe doing there? O.o

And "this is life"? LOL...

J2Kfm said...

FBB : luckily din find the syringe (the body), only the needle. and no drippings of blood.
I know outside there got lots of Malay stalls.

jason : no idea. beats me. highly suspected some shady activities, but cant be sure.

550ml jar of faith said...

That picture of smiling happy people at Vivo = wholesome alright! Who wouldn't want some cheesy top-heavy pizza so we can jump on each other and laugh open-mouthed?! :-P

cariso said...

Soooo envy your kursus.... so high class one! :)

backStreetGluttons said...

Maybe if you had followed the scent of the syringe, it could have led you to something Big ! and a brand new adventure !
So melting pot has been secretly brewing without the rest of the world knowing except for 2 lucky Ipoh 2some?

J2Kfm said...

550ml Jar of Faith : jumping on each other and laughing? heheh .... I'd pass.

cariso : not high class lah ... the accomodation is at an inn only.


backstreetgluttons : hmmm, I wouldn't bet on it. the scent of the syringe? shudder to think. I closed the blinds as tightly as possible. shutting out the possibility of ppl climbing in and reclaim their shot.

Mboy said...

Yer..So envy ur Kursus...Always gt good food one!...Envy all those dessertsssss!!!!!!!!

J2Kfm said...

MBoy : haha, no need envy lah. not ALL got good food you know ...

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