Driving into or out of Malacca? Here's a convenient pit stop: Cravo Cravo, the main cafe of Philea Resort & Spa, near the North-South Expressway's tollbooth exit.
Philea's a unique place, set on a forest's edge for a tranquil, close-to-nature retreat.
This is a "log resort," which explains the wood-based architecture of these villas & suites.
Get comfy amid trees, streams & rocks without having to pitch a tent.
Cravo Cravo's menu isn't as noteworthy as its setting, though it's still respectable fare.
Pan-fried sea bass, coupled with couscous, sun-dried tomato & lemon reduction.
Oven-baked rib-eye steak with marrow reduction, potato cake & veggies.
Flavorsome, though nowhere near medium rare as requested. Nevertheless, the meat remained reasonably tender, effortless to both cut & chew.
Wine, cocktails & hard liquor are on the menu, but alcohol's only served after 5pm. Something about how only some staff members can dispense it.
Philea Resort & Spa, Jalan Ayer Keroh, Off Jalan Plaza Tol, Melaka.