OOOOH ... what a romantic evening we had last night. There we were on the sand, with just a stretch of beach between us and the sea, seranaded by the peaceful, relaxing sounds it made as the waves splashed gently on the shore.
Yes, we were at Sigi's, Golden Sands Resort's beach side outlet, where Chef John Brock has just introduced yet another of his innovative ideas: a cabana built specially for two so couples can dine a deux, complete with wispy white curtains which sway gently to the sea breeze, and a bottle of champagne (well, bubbly wine but that will do!) to get you into the mood. Can't get more romantic than that really. It's a bit of a shame he picked yours truly to test it out, because when you've been married for more years than you care to remember, it is that much more difficult to whisper sweet nothings into each other's ear cos apart from the sea and the moon (although there wasn't much of that last night either) there's not much else to see! HOWEVER if you are a young couple who want to cozy up to each other just listening to nature,it really is a wonderful place to go.
To be honest I'm delighted because even for oldies like us it was fantastic cos it gave us some "me" time, something we haven't had much of lately because No.2 Son is back for his summer hols, and of course we want to spend as much time with him as possible. So it was a real treat to be able to sit back and be thoroughly spoilt, because you have almost a full-time serving staff who attends to your every need, replenishing the wine as soon as it evaporates from the glass - honest, I really don't know where it disappeared to ... - and topping up your water.
The package is done as a "Romantic Set Dinner" for two people, with a choice of starters and mains, followed by dessert and tea or coffee. Together with the bubbly wine, it comes to RM450++ which considering we left much too replete to even tackle the last two courses, was quite good value for money. My Cioppino, a spiced fish stew, one of John's specialities, was delightful, piping hot and tasty, and Mac had a Caesar Salad with a lightly poached egg on top.
After that we were presented with a Tasting Plate of Sigi items: Seared Scllops, Moroccan Grilled Prawns, Calamari, Aranchini Balls and all-time favourite Kataifi-Wrapped Prawns, which must be one of the most popular starters on his menu.
As if that's not enough - John believes in giving value for money, methinks - the mains were served then. Salmon in my case and Chicken Breast for Mac, which just about finished us off, because there was a Granite Balloon with fresh fruit sorbet in it to cleanse our palate before our dessert which I have to admit I just didn't have room for. Looking back now I can't believe I gave the Chocolate Tarte a miss, let alone the coffee .. but any more and they would have had to step aside cos I would have exploded!
All in all, a wonderful evening, and something you should seriously consider if you want to go somewhere with just the two of you. A word of warning though - do NOT go in high heels!