We're the type of people who plan our journeys to make sure we have time to stop for a meal, if nothing else then to break the monotony of the journey. I remember looking forward to the meal breaks when I was young - time to stretch those legs, get food and if I was lucky, refill the snack stash. We make the Kuantan-Kuala Lumpur trip pretty frequently so it's no surprise that we've found a favourite along that route.
Garden View Restaurant
Just a little way up from the first row of shops that you'll see upon turning into Bukit Tinggi, this Chinese restaurant has a gorgeous view at the back and is surprisingly cool despite its open concept. It's especially nice in the evenings with the setting sun.
We usually go for the typical Chinese fare but once in awhile, we mix it up a little.
Ginger chicken beehoon. Having grown up loving all things that involve steamed chicken and ginger (Hainanese chicken rice, anyone?), I immediately took to this dish. For someone whose all-time favourites include her dad's chicken rice and chicken-ginger soup, this was like having all of that rolled into one. It may be a tad too strong for some, though - I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who isn't wild about ginger.
Black pepper prawn/shellfish glass noodles. Black pepper and ginger - it would appear that I like strong, distinct flavours. The glass noodles had soaked up the gravy quite nicely, like they should have and were soft but not overly mushy of sticky.
While we do get a little adventurous at times, we almost always get the stomach soup. It's a no-fail here with all its peppery goodness. I appreciate that in all the times that we've had the soup there, not once did it have the strong, unpleasant smell that the soup can take on if not properly prepared.
It's a good place to stop for a pleasant journey-filler meal. With ample parking space, fruit stalls surrounding the restaurant, decent prices, a nice view and some pretty friendly staff, we always leave feeling refreshed and ready to hit the road again.