Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Perahu @ Golden Palm Tree Sepang

A nearly ninety-minute drive from KL's city center, the seaside resort of Golden Palm Tree boasts this outdoor restaurant that brims with romantic charm.

On this cool, starless night, a salty breeze washes over Perahu's patrons in a serene, far-from-the-madding-crowd setting; the trip here might be a bit tiring, but it's worth making at least once to escape temporarily from our urban trappings.

Service is as classy as the ambiance, ensuring a meal that's comfortable & pleasant.

Seafood's the undisputed highlight here, well-executed in both Western & Malaysian recipes less expensive than expected. The Sup Ketam (RM20++) is packed with tender crab meat in a broth that's flavorful with spices without being fiery.

Sea bass with yuzu soy sauce, sesame seeds, crispy garlic chips & olive sesame oil (RM28++). The rare occasion when a fish dish deserves to be called "addictive."

Crustacean fit for a carnivore: Blue river prawn tandoori with Kashmiri onion pickle, mint chutney, papadum & briyani (RM68++).

Grilled barramundi with a tasty "pes-pes" marinade of coconut, lemongrass, dried chili, tamarind, shallots & candle nuts. RM52++ for 400 grams.

Local lobster, cooked with mixed herbs, garlic & butter. RM96++ for 400 grams.

Mussels, with coriander, chili, vinegar & fish sauce. RM12++ for 200 grams.

Plenty of fish in the sea & plenty too at Perahu: Patrons can choose from the likes of snapper, salmon, grouper & threadfin ...

... to squid, scallops & stingrays. There's even a small selection of meat specialties that include roast duck, tenderloin steak, lamb cutlets & ayam percik.

Perahu's clientele seems predominantly Muslim, but fortunately, South African wine is available by RM23++ glasses.

Cocktails are OK here: Sweet Palm (rum, green guava juice, monin coconut) & Dragon Martini (dragon fruit, vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice).

There's something of a mid-90s vibe to the music here. Think The Cranberries & Tori Amos.


Perahu,
Golden Palm Tree Resort & Spa,
67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang, Sungai Pelek, Selangor.
Tel: 03-3182-3600

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33 comments:

  1. Anything with yuzu is addictive...for me!...hehe =)

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    1. Hahaha...i have to concur on that!

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    2. Ulric: you can both form a yuzu fan club! (am not so sure if i'd join, but i like the idea) =)

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    1. Cquek: for admirers of seafood! =)

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  3. Looks like its worth the 90minutes drive!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooo, it was a bit of a tiring drive, and we kinda got lost for about two minutes along the way, but i guess it's good that we got a chance to do this =)

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  4. Ooooo...exclusive, high class. Can't afford. A friend stayed there for a few nights a year or two back - loved the place, did not like the food...

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    1. Suituapui: i hope to have the chance to stay here someday too. i think it might be an enjoyable experience =)

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  5. I absolutely love a serene setting! Your night shots are very good, Sean. Mine are so bad. I love the ambiance here!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, i do like places like these, where we can escape briefly from the pressures of the big city =) and thanks, but i think the praise goes to my camera for being able to capture some decent night shots! :D

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  6. Just went there for a site visit but didn't manage to stop by perahu, love the resort tho!

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    1. KY: ooo, the design and layout of the resort is quite cool, ya. i'd like to stay there someday and maybe check out the resort's other restaurants too! :D

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  7. A lot of seafood and looks yummy too! But a bit too far leh.... :P

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, if only we could take a high-speed train to come here! i'm not sure if i will return anytime soon, even though the seafood is good, since the distance is quite difficult :D

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  8. Oooo the seafood here looks competently prepared! I am thinking of staying at this hotel during the next holidays.. looks like a really nice place.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, good seafood done right. and it's great to eat seafood by the sea, heh :D ooo, i think this place could be fun for your kids! the atmosphere is nice and there's a lot of open space for them to explore =)

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  9. Nice seafood dinner! Hmm...I think I would go around 6+pm..so that I can still see the sea :-p

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    1. Melissa: yeah, it was fun to have an entire meal composed of seafood. and yup, this was a last-minute decision ... we left the city at about 630pm and reached the place at 8pm! :D

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  10. wow, those seafood, so nice looking, hope can faster back malaysia~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: heheh, hope you get a great seafood dinner too when you're back ... with lots of prawns perhaps! =)

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  11. By the time you get back to KL after dinner, yourobably will need a snack or teh tarik before going home!

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    1. Wong: heheh, i think this combination of fish, prawns, crabs, lobster and mussels was sufficient to fill our bellies! :D

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  12. Last time I was here was 2 years ago! The food didn't leave an impression. They must have improved since!

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    1. Rebecca: ooh, i think for regular customers, the a la carte menu is quite decent, since they try to create some special recipes! =)

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  13. Absolutely love the night view.... Lovely night shots!

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    1. Sycookies: thanks! yeah, there's a nice feeling to being by the beach at night :D

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  14. Hi could you tell me how the price range is like or the average

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    1. Mun M: to be safe, perhaps RM80 per person

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  15. This restaurant open to public or only for people who stay at the resort?

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    1. Kendall: open to the public

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