By Moazan Emran
Capri by Fraser hotel residences is set to add some good competition for visitors to Johor Bahru
As Visit Johor 2020 is just around the corner, a lot of hotels have started prepping for the influx of travellers they are about to receive. Capri by Fraser hotel residences is one such hotel, opened recently in February 2019, they are about to add a solid amount of competition to the more established hotels in Johor Bahru.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to spend the night to experience their hospitality and dining options. I was not disappointed. As soon as I checked in, I was greeted by warm smiles and I was looking forward to check out the rooms and its amenities. As most hotels tend to have small and crampy rooms, such was not the case with Capri as the rooms itself had ample space with a beautiful view.
We started our F&B experience with cocktails at the Club lounge on the 40th floor. With a modern and spacious design, you’ll feel like it’s your own private space where you can enjoy the view with a couple of drinks. They had an ample choice of food and drinks, such Blue cheese Salsa, Egg Mayo Croissant, Deep Fried Dim Sum and many more, but being someone with a sweet tooth my favourite dish from the selection was the Pound Cake Trifle, a decadent layered dessert.
After such a sweet tea session, I was ready for a savoury dinner. I had a friendly conversation with the chef and the service staff, followed by a delightful local dinner consisting of Lamb Rendang and Ayam Percik Pangkor. I’m usually not too impressed with local food served in hotels and have always preferred it at the local stalls, but nevertheless it was a respectable attempt. The Lamb Rendang was well flavoured and very tender but I personally preferred the Ayam Percik Pangkor, which was really well-seasoned with local spices, and grilled perfectly.
After a few hours’ rest, it was time to test out the in-room dining service, I tried not to expect much with in-room dining, but I was pleasantly surprised with the speed of the preparation and quality of food. I ordered a mix and match of different items such as pizzas, soups, and snacks including nachos and sweet potato fries. I really enjoyed the Mushroom soup and nachos as a late night snack.
The next morning, I checked out the gym and the pool before heading down to the breakfast buffet which had a nice mix of local and international dishes, with an egg station and waffle station. I did find the addition of a cheese platter quite refreshing. Guests with access to the Executive lounge may also have their breakfast buffet at the 40th floor.
When it was time for lunch, we had a chance to test out the Business set lunches, which is 3 courses set at RM48++. I really enjoyed this menu as it had some really unique options at good value. I had the Spicy Tomato soup, Roasted Garlic Pasta and Sago Gula Melaka while my partner had Cream of pumpkin soup, Grilled Saba Fish Fillet and Ais Kacang. I was very impressed with the overall set for the price you pay. The spicy tomato soup was nice and mild, not overpowering, and the Roasted Garlic Pasta, while vegetarian, had ample servings of mushrooms and cheese. The pumpkin soup was well flavoured and creamy, just the way it should be. The Saba Fish was moist and grilled to perfection.
As much as I wanted to continue my stay, it had to come to an end. Anyone who is looking for an F&B experience in a quiet place of town with a beautiful view should definitely check out Capri by Fraser, with their friendly staff and amazing dining services, you will not be disappointed. For longer stay, they have one bedroom apartments that has a kitchenette and dining area and there is the Spin & Play laundry service too for convenience. For reservations, call 607 277 0800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org