The past week had been a crazy busy time at Lexis Hibiscus. Droves of holiday-makers thronged the walkways, clambering all over the leaves, petals and stigmas of the hibiscus – it was the Malaysian school break. Thank goodness there’s now some peace and sanity back at the resort! It isn’t surprising that Lexis Hibiscus is now one of the top resorts for families to head to. Do check out my earlier post here to understand why Lexis Hibiscus is so popular with everyone in the family!
Malaysians love their food and they love it even more when they are on vacation. Now this is something Lexis Hibiscus appreciates – the resort’s F&B outlets do dish out delicious fares to feed its hungry guests. While we were there, we didn’t get to dine in all the outlets – it simply was a case of too much food too little tummy capacity and too little time! Our dining experiences during that visit was limited to only 3 venues but these 3 venues alone left a good variety of memorable eats for us.
ROSELLE COFFEE HOUSE
At the resort’s all-day dining restaurant, it’s busy from breakfast to dinner, every day. For that reason, it’s always lively and vibrant. Buffets are available during breakfast and dinner while lunch is usually served a la carte. During our stay there, we actually ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at Roselle (on different days, of course!)
Food selection at the breakfast buffet ranges from local staples to regular western items. The banana-leaf-wrapped packets of nasi lemak were really good – be prepared to devour more than 1 packet as they were rather petite in size.
On Fridays there’s a BBQ Buffet Dinner and that was like music to our ears. Fresh seafood and marinated meats were all laid out to be grilled on the spot. The lamb chops got the popular vote among us – the tender juicy meaty chops kept appearing at our tables! I must say, the Lexis Hibiscus chefs can cook up some real mean lamb!
You know how physical activities can really build up the appetite. After a whole morning of cycling, shooting arrows and going round the resort endlessly on those Segways, boy – did we work up an appetite! Our growling stomachs directed us quickly back to Roselle where we had a satisfying lunch checking-out some of their signature dishes…
Start with some complimentary crackers with condiments
Fish & Chips
Seared Norwegian Salmon
Grilled Lamb Chop
UMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
As fans of Japanese food, we were delighted that Lexis Hibiscus houses a Japanese restaurant! Umi (meaning “sea” in Japanese – how apt!) serves a comprehensive range of popular Japanese items like tempura, sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki and other seasonal specialties. During weekends, guests get to indulge on their buffet dinner. We checked that out as well as some of the chef’s signature a la carte dishes…
Gyoza Kawa no Kani (Crabmeat Gyoza)
Desserts from the buffet counters
Guests who are booked to stay at Panorama Pool Villas and the suites can do their check-in at the Lighthouse Club, a glass-clad circular building located in the middle of the hibiscus petals. There’s plenty of colourful sofas to chill-out while waiting for the paperwork to be done.
We took the lift up to the highest floor and the Lighthouse Bar greeted us. Our table by the glass windows accorded breathtaking views of the seascape beyond. As it was late afternoon and we were feeling peckish, we tried their Afternoon Cocktails which served their house concoctions and accompanied by platters of snacks and pastries.
On the last day of our stay, we slept in a bit and decided to go for brunch at Wave Dining. This restaurant is dedicated to gastronomic western dining where guests get to indulge the chef’s degustation menu on a romantic and leisurely pace. This time round we only had time to savour their brunch.
The chic contemporary dining space was very inviting and we took our time ordering from the brunch a la carte menu.
Baskets of freshly-baked pastries and freshly-toasted sliced bread made their way to our table. These were followed by miniature bottles of jam and swirls of butter – a lethal combination, honestly. We just couldn’t stop reaching for these goodies while waiting for our hot food.
Hot dishes prepared upon order, for the brunch…
Suitably satiated and with some full happy stomachs, it was time to say adieu to Lexis Hibiscus (but we will be back!), a resort with heart, fun activities and very decent food – perfect for that short getaway from the city.
More information on their website: www.lexishibiscuspd.com