Wednesday, October 6, 2010
It's been said too often that where there's a beginning there is an end. I like to think only this chapter has ended and new one is in the works. For some of us, this is like an adventure of a lifetime, others an opportunity to mingle. For whatever reasons it may be, I don't think it could have been done any better.
Ok, that part probably can do without the worst jam in Klang Valley - Taman Tar's traffic jam.
If you must go to this area during peak hours, I advise you to study the alternatives to avoid this mindless traffic jam. If possible, avoid at all cost; especially during Ramadhan.
We were late by 1.5 hours stuck in the jam and headed for the wrong destination. All is well after because as we reached at the lower end of Ampang's lookout point, we were told to make a run and take whichever car to Haven. (Hehe, I like how that sounded)
This particular part, with heavy rain to add, made the whole scene looked like it came from Amazing Race. Just a little bit of thrill to wake our tummies up :)
Yup, you got it right. Our final destination for the grand dinner was at the top of Ampang's Lookout point. The one place where I find solace in at night if there's a need to get away from the city's rush. And also to indulge in the food stalls by the brink of the lookout point.
Despite the many times I've been up here, this was my first time to go to Haven Restaurant. After all, there's always a first for everything right?
The moment we arrived at the entrance, we were embraced by all of Haven's staff! There were photographers taking our pictures too! To this fifth day, I've yet to get used to this sort of treatment.
As we walked further inside, we saw this hanging on the building across us. We were also taken away by their preparations for this Grand Dinner that we were late for. We felt really guilty for holding them back because we were told Haven closes at 10pm.
We arrived at 9pm.
Nonetheless, they were all smiling and receiving us warmly. We signed our name on the guest book and were given (our 6th) goodie bag! This must be what those celebrities go for when there's events around eh?
We came here because of the view too!
I don't think we could asked for more with our seating arrangements strategically facing the city skyline. Even if you're not in a good mood, you won't be for long when you lay your eyes on this majestic view :)
I think there was a good reason why we were late. Had we arrived as scheduled, we would be basking in the coldness of the heavy downpour and would not be able to see the skyline at all.
As part of this grand dinner, Encik Anantharaj Appanan, the Managing Partner for Haven Restaurant gave a welcome speech to all of us. Hey, it was a pretty nice feeling to know that people around have recognised the power of blogging (although where I come from, it's called the dinosaur blog era). It was really good, being here with everyone.
When we arrived, we were given a menu to choose our main course. The entire list sounded so delicious, it made me indecisive for a moment. Not to forget, a long list of drinks to choose from too!
After we ordered our main course, we headed to the buffet appetizer and desserts. When you know there's Lobster Thermidor waiting for you to feast on, you'll do whatever it takes to not delay it. Otherwise, there won't be any left for you.
Ah lobstaaahhh.. how I love you so very much :)
The very dish many who are close to me know I'll go crazy for.
Just as we were picking out the various appetizers on the table, Haven's waiters served our main course as well. So what does this mean? Full speed ahead when eating! My chicken chop was super yummy, that portion alone took me a while to finish. I can't imagine what I'll be like if I had ordered the ribs!
I think even Kings won't be able to finish this! Just look at the portion. It's an amazing race on it's own. Why? Because Sy, Max, Thristhan and Dylan who were sitting on our table decided to have a ribs battle among themselves. You should see how the battle started! Now this is what I call food fest! Heck, Dylan and Thristhan even went for second helping of the ribs. It must have been finger lickin' good for them to feed themselves more even though they were already full.
We were also entertained by One Night Service solo Razlan Saharuddin, Kak Ning, Hafiz and Wen Yi (I didn't get to take your photo!) throughout the night. The best part was when Kak Ning took the mic and took control of her audience. Even Haven stopped in their tracks and listened to her tongue-in-cheek comments. She should be an emcee on the side too.
We laughed, we sang, we smiled, we cheered, we took (a lot of) photos and we celebrated.
Haven couldn't have been any more sporting than to wait for the dinner to end towards midnight. Kudos for that!
We were very fortunate throughout this journey to be able to enjoy what we normally wouldn't have stumbled upon. And here we were, making memories that will forever be embedded in our minds.
Oh, there were more goodies for us to bring home before we left Haven - mooncake by Casahana and an umbrella from Haven :) More reason to hit any strangers who tries to do anything fishy. Hehe. Not to mentioned the vouchers Haven sponsored for the 10 of us too! I'm sure this is not the last time we'll be here.
That night, I think none of us wanted the night to end. We lingered on the deck for so long hoping time would move slower than usual. Alas, everyone will have to go back to reality the day after. Starting with Alid's super early flight. He had to leave us all at 6 AM and we didn't get to say proper goodbye.
The many times I've been to the lookout point, it has always given me good memories. It started of as one and this grand dinner will only add one more into the collection.
It was a very merry MySelangorStory Monday for all of us.
Oh! Before I forget, I'd like to thank Tourism Selangor crew for driving us up and down that night! The things they did for us :) Everyone's just awesome! Wee.
So Day 6 is coming by fast. Let's see how I manage to conclude the week with one single post :)
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