Kirsten Durward and Monica Tindall
Whether you sit outside in the balmy sea air or prefer a cooler indoor setting, Crow’s Nest provides a lovely relaxed dining experience for your short break or weekend away. With its hight teak wood ceiling and rattan furniture, there is a slight nostalgic air reminiscent of the older Malay era. In keeping with the sense of locality, one of the menus on offer is dedicated to Malay and other Asian cuisine, while the other features fully Western dishes. As an all-day-dining concept, the two menus are also offered poolside, and downstairs in the Village Court Restaurant. We are assured that 24 hour room service is also available for the truly lazy amongst us.
Our delightful host, Avillion Food and Beverage Manager Mark Peter assures us that the Tom Yum King Prawn with Lemongrass (RM42) is one of their signature dishes. It also happens to be a favourite of mine so I wait in anticipation. The presentation does not disappoint. Two generous firm ‘languouste’ poke their fronds out of a veritable bath of broth that I’m eager to dip my spoon into. The flavours are splendid and resonant, plenty fresh lemongrass and chilli, oodles of mushrooms and bamboo shoots, in all I would vote this my dish of the night, and certainly would be more than happy to eat it again.
|Tom Yum Soup|
From the Western Menu we try Linguine in a very flavourful Capsicum and Tomato Basil Sauce (RM36), with strands of green and red capsicum threaded through. The linguine has good texture, slippery and firm. The dish of extra Parmesan on the side is a nice touch and most appreciated.
I’m impressed with the presentation of the Poached Norwegian Salmon (RM52), drawing the eye and also the fork, very quickly. We are both happy with the moistness of the well seasoned, dense fish which flakes easily onto our forks. Teeny diced capsicum gives a welcome change of texture with their tight crunch complementing the sweet quenelle of creamed pumpkin. Monica is oohing how much she loves pumpkin while I enjoy spooning on an extra touch of deep red capsicum sauce to enhance the dish.
Our last dish should only be ordered by the seriously hungry. It is a very pretty styled presentation of some local favourites, Nasi Goreng Kampung (RM38). Break the glorious golden egg yolk into the plentiful rice, packed with small salty crispy fish that locals delight in. You will find the taste and texture quite distinct. This comes with a chicken drumstick, sticky satay, bite size pieces of salted squid and a deliciously cinammony pickled veg concoction. There’s plenty of fresh sambal on the side too.
|Local Delights – Nasi Goreng Kampung|
The Crow’s Nest offers a choice of four wines by the glass (RM24): two white and two red. All are of the basic but decent Lavila range. We try the sauvignon blanc which is slightly on the sweeter side of a sauvignon, quite perfumed, with tropical fruit and peach notes, and the syrah, which also has a sweet finish to its blackcurrant and olive tones, with a slightly spicy hint that goes well with the Asian dishes.
Our desserts again feature both Malaysian and Western cuisines.
After all I have eaten I gaze with respect at the seriously man sized portion of Pisang Goreng (Banana Fritters) (RM18) that appears with a dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream on the side. Where is Caning when you need him? He will be devastated to miss one of his favourite desserts.
Although we feel pretty stuffed we both manage a spoonful or two of this quite sweet chocolatey cream pudding, Orange and Chocolate Bavarian Cream with Fresh Berries (RM18).
|Orange and Chocolate Bavarian Cream with Fresh Berries|
We’ve had lovely service but we feel so full that we decide to take a post dinner constitutional and enjoy the abundant grounds in the soft evening light. A great finish to the day.
Reasons to visit: lovely seaside location, diverse range of freshly prepared food, best Tom Yum I’ve tasted in Malaysia, generous portions.
The Crow’s Nest
Avillion Port Dickson
3rd Mile, Jalan Pantai,
71000 Port Dickson,
Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
Tel: + 606 647 6688
Opening Hours: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Dress Code: no slippers, shorts, singlet or swim wear