Chinoise

Special thanks to Thistle Port Dickson Resort for extending this food review invitation.

Thistle Port Dickson Resort has a Chinese restaurant called Chinoise. The culinary team here is led by veteran Chef Min, who has extensive experience in Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant does not serve pork.
On weekends from 12:30pm to 2:30pm, Chinoise offers Dim Sum Semi-Buffet Lunch to in-house guests and the general public. Customers can order unlimited servings of dim sum during the meal. In addition, there is also a buffet counter with supplemental dishes, soup and desserts.
The restaurant employs a unique serving method where dim sum is served from steam-heated carts, which is wheeled from table to table by the restaurant staff. This way, diners can savor steaming hot dim sum without having to leave their tables.
There are more than 20 types of dim sum available. Prominent ones include Chicken Dim Sum (烧卖), Loh Mai Kai (糯米鸡), Hong Kong BBQ Pau (港式叉烧包), Shanghai Dumpling (上海小笼包) and Teochew Style Dim Sum (潮州粉粿). The selection of dim sum may vary from week to week.
If you are blessed with an adventurous palate, Chef Min has several unconventional dim sum varieties up his sleeve. Shown here are Curry Flavour Deep-Fried Char Gui (香辣油条), Thai-Style Fried Wanton (泰式炸云吞), Braised Kucai Sui Gao (韭菜水饺) and Thai-Style Prawn Roll (泰式虾卷). I love the lemongrass aroma of these dishes!
Diners can also help themselves to hot dishes from the buffet counter. Today's Chicken Meat Ball Porridge comes with condiments like fried anchovies, spring onions, fried shallots and pickled radishes (菜脯).
Meanwhile, cold dishes include Marinated Soya Herb Chicken (豉油鸡) and Wok-Fried Assorted Vegetables With Preserved Radish & Peanuts (菜脯炒花生). The latter is particularly appetizing!
As for chafing dishes, today's menu features Chinese-Style Lo Han Vegetables (罗汉菜), Fried Egg With Onion & Cai Pu (菜脯葱蛋), Chinese Fried Rice (扬州炒饭) and more. Lotus Root Red Dates Soup (莲藕红枣汤) is prepared too.
Ingredients for Nyonya Curry Laksa are yellow noodles, green beans, bean sprouts, chili peppers, tofu and hard-boiled eggs. The curry contains lots of coconut milk, making it rich and creamy.
Bubur Kampiun is a sweet dessert of Minangkabau origin. It comprises of bubur sum-sum (coconut rice porridge), kolak pisang (banana compote), buah candil (glutinous rice nuggets), pulut hitam (black glutinous rice), coconut milk and gula melaka (palm sugar).
Other desserts at the buffet counter include Pulut Bunga Telang, Penjan Ubi Kayu and Deep-Fried Chinese Pancake. Cut fruits are available too.
Last but not least, cleanse your palate with a bowl of Laici Kang (五味汤). The sweet dessert contains snow fungus (雪耳) and longan (龙眼). Laici Kang is best consumed chilled.
The Dim Sum Semi-Buffet Lunch is priced at RM50.00 net per adult and RM28.00 net per child. The meal includes free flow of coffee and Chinese tea. On a side note, Thistle also serves Cita Rasa Gerai Buffet Dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Name: Chinoise
Address: Thistle Port Dickson Resort, KM16, Jalan Pantai, Teluk Kemang, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Contact: 06-648-2907
Business hours: 12:30pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Website: https://www.thistle.com.my/portdickson/restaurants/chinoise
Coordinates: 2.43044 N, 101.85883 E
Directions: Thistle is approximately 16 kilometers south of Port Dickson town center. Turn right as soon as you see the resort's signboard and follow the winding road to the hotel lobby. Chinoise is located at Level 1. The resort provides complimentary parking.

Fresh

Special thanks to Thistle Port Dickson Resort for extending this food review invitation.

Located at Level 1 of Thistle Port Dickson Resort is Fresh, the all-day dining restaurant of the hotel. The eatery serves a range of local and Western dishes to appeal to its cosmopolitan clientele.
Fresh's à la carte menu features several Minangkabau delicacies that reflect the unique cuisine of Negeri Sembilan. These dishes are specially curated by F&B Manager Azlin and Chef Helmy.
Nasi Kukus Wak-Wak Berlada Bersama Terung Pipit is one such dish. Wak-wak, also known as white-breasted waterhen, is commonly found in local marshes. The bird is marinated with flavorful spices like turmeric, and then braised to golden perfection.
The poultry dish is served with steamed rice, terung pipit (turkey berries), jantung pisang (banana blossoms) and steamed fish. During the MAH Negeri Sembilan Food Festival earlier this year, Thistle's recipe received special endorsement from the state's Menteri Besar.
Should you prefer red meat, Nasi Kukus Salai Bersama Cendawan Kukur is the recommended choice. The buffalo meat is marinated, smoked and cut into thin slices. The meat is then cooked with santan (coconut milk), cendawan kukur (splitgill mushrooms) and a special blend of spices.
Nine shoots rendang and steamed rice are served on the side. The former is a savory blend of nine ingredients such as pucuk ubi (cassava shoots) and pucuk paku (fiddleheads).
Bubur Kampiun is a popular dessert from Minangkabau cookbooks. The dessert is primarily made of rice flour, coconut milk and gula melaka (palm sugar). Also present are kolak pisang (banana compote), buah candil (glutinous rice nuggets) and pulut hitam (black glutinous rice).
Bubur Kampiun has a gentle sweetness but not overpowering. I like how the texture of each ingredient contributes to the overall enjoyment of this chilled dessert. If you enjoy Bubur Kampiun, it is occasionally made available in the Dim Sum Semi-Buffet Lunch.
Besides Minangkabau cuisine, Fresh's menu also covers mainstream dishes such as noodles, burgers, pizzas and pastas. In addition, the restaurant serves Cita Rasa Gerai Buffet Dinner every Friday and Saturday.
Name: Fresh
Address: Thistle Port Dickson Resort, KM16, Jalan Pantai, Teluk Kemang, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Contact: 06-648-2907
Business hours: 6:30am-11:00pm
Website: https://www.thistle.com.my/portdickson/restaurants/fresh
Coordinates: 2.43015 N, 101.85867 E
Directions: Thistle is approximately 16 kilometers south of Port Dickson town center. Turn right as soon as you see the resort's signboard and follow the winding road to the hotel lobby. Fresh is located at Level 1. The resort provides complimentary parking.

Fresh

Special thanks to Thistle Port Dickson Resort for extending this food review invitation.

Fresh is the all-day dining outlet in Thistle Port Dickson Resort. Besides serving breakfast to in-house guests, the casual dining restaurant is also open the public for lunch and dinner. Its à la carte menu features a fine selection of local and Western dishes.
The main dining area of the restaurant has air conditioning. Alternatively, customers can also opt for alfresco dining at the adjacent patio.
Thistle Jumbo Burger is among the bestselling dishes here. Diners have a choice between beef and chicken patty. True to its name, Fresh prepares fresh meat patties in the kitchen. This means that the meat is ground, seasoned and shaped from scratch. You can't get fresher patties than that!
Also sandwiched between the sesame buns are fried egg, turkey ham, cheese, fresh tomato, pineapple ring and pickled cucumber. Each burger is served with crinkle-cut fries and coleslaw on the side. Back in 2018, Thistle held a chow-down competition where each team of two had to guzzle an enormous burger with fries within 15 minutes!
Should you prefer local Minangkabau cuisine, Fresh has several authentic dishes such as Nasi Kukus Wak-Wak Berlada Bersama Terung Pipit. The restaurant also serves Cita Rasa Gerai Buffet Dinner every Friday and Saturday evening.
Name: Fresh
Address: Thistle Port Dickson Resort, KM16, Jalan Pantai, Teluk Kemang, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Contact: 06-648-2907
Business hours: 6:30am-11:00pm
Website: https://www.thistle.com.my/portdickson/restaurants/fresh
Coordinates: 2.43015 N, 101.85867 E
Directions: Thistle is approximately 16 kilometers south of Port Dickson town center. Turn right as soon as you see the resort's signboard and follow the winding road to the hotel lobby. Fresh is located at Level 1. The resort provides complimentary parking.

Fresh

Special thanks to Thistle Port Dickson Resort for extending this food review invitation.

Fresh is the all-day dining restaurant in Thistle Port Dickson Resort. The eatery serves traditional Minangkabau delicacies, local Malaysian delights and international favorites like burgers and pizzas.
Besides the à la carte menu, Fresh also serves Cita Rasa Gerai Buffet Dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. The buffet menu revolves around hawker dishes that Malaysians know and love.
Today's menu features a poultry dish called Ayam Ungkep Minangkabau. "Ungkep" is a unique type of marination where the chicken is cooked with a mixture of spices prior to frying. This marination method improves infusion of spices, resulting in rich turmeric taste within the chicken.
Next, Rendang Burung Wak-Wak is one of the signature dishes at Thistle. "Wak-wak" is the local name for the white-breasted waterhen. The bird is slightly smaller than an average chicken, but has pretty similar texture and taste profile.
Rendang Daging and Rendang Ayam are prepared too. These rendang dishes are slow-cooked for several hours, culminating in mouth-watering savory flavors that go well with rice.
Chafing dishes this evening include Butter Prawns With Oat, Kari Kepala Ikan Kacang Bendi, Lamb Kurma Berkentang and more.
Also prepared are several types of Kerabu (Malay-style salad) and Acar (pickled vegetables). Meanwhile, Ulam-Ulaman (raw vegetables) are served with condiments like sambal belacan and cincalok.
The Chicken Rice stall offers roasted chicken and boiled chicken. The chicken goes well with oily rice. Sliced tomato and cucumber are available.
Cucur Ubi Keledek and Cucur Manis serve as snacks. These deep-fried fritters are best consumed while they are still hot from the fryer. Sweet chili sauce serves as the condiment.
The Char Kway Teow here is surprisingly good. Other hawker dishes include Nasi Lemak, Murtabak, Mee Rebus Tulang Rawan, Laksam Pantai Timur and Ais Kacang.
The desserts section features several varieties of cake, tart, jelly and traditional Malay kuih. Cut fruits like honeydew, papaya and watermelon are available too.
Cita Rasa Gerai Buffet Dinner is priced at RM60.00 net for adults and RM38.00 net for children. In addition, the resort also serves Dim Sum Semi-Buffet Lunch every Saturday and Sunday.

Name: Fresh
Address: Thistle Port Dickson Resort, KM16, Jalan Pantai, Teluk Kemang, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Contact: 06-648-2907
Business hours: 6:30am-11:00pm
Website: https://www.thistle.com.my/portdickson/restaurants/fresh
Coordinates: 2.43015 N, 101.85867 E
Directions: Thistle is approximately 16 kilometers south of Port Dickson town center. Turn right as soon as you see the resort's signboard and follow the winding road to the hotel lobby. Fresh is located at Level 1. The resort provides complimentary parking.

Thistle

Special thanks to Thistle Port Dickson Resort for extending this hotel review invitation.

Thistle Port Dickson Resort is approximately 16 kilometers south of the town center. The property is surrounded by a sandy beach and 36 hectares of verdant tropical paradise.
Arriving guests are first welcomed by a huge porch that leads to the reception area. The open-air lobby takes advantage of cooling breeze that seems to blow perpetually.
The 5-star hotel has 251 guestrooms throughout its 6 floors. The rooms are divided into multiple categories to suit the needs of every guest. Sea-facing rooms, especially those at higher floors, afford idyllic views of the Malacca Strait.
This weekend, we are staying in the Deluxe Seafront Room. The size is just perfect for the two of us. Our room comes with modern amenities like television, Wi-Fi connection, minibar, electronic safe and more.
A daybed next to the window serves a vantage point of the resort grounds. Alternatively, the balcony allows us to enjoy the rejuvenating breeze from the sea.
Our ensuite bathroom is fitted with a bathtub, which is a rarity in hotels nowadays. In addition, toiletries like shampoo and toothpaste are provided.
Swimming in the resort's pool is a great way to cool down on a hot sunny day. Do you know that Thistle has the largest free form swimming pool in Port Dickson?
The swimming pool is divided into several sections with varying depths. For instance, the children section is quite shallow and has a water slide that is just right for kids.
Other water features around the swimming pool include a jacuzzi, an artificial waterfall and several water jets. There is even a Pool Bar where swimmers can quench their thirst without leaving the pool.
Thistle Port Dickson Resort is literally one step away from the beach. If you are interested in water sports, the resort offers banana boats for rent. In addition, Thistle will be introducing transparent kayaks and standup paddleboards in the near future.
As for dining, Fresh serves as the resort's all-day dining outlet. The halal-certified restaurant is led by F&B Manager Azlin and Chef Helmy. Their signature Minangkabau dishes have been endorsed by the Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan.
Besides traditional delicacies, Fresh's à la carte menu also covers classic favorites such as noodles, pizzas, pastas and burgers. Craving for food in the middle of the night? Many of these dishes are also offered in the 24-hour room service menu.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, the restaurant serves Cita Rasa Gerai Buffet Dinner. Diners can enjoy a wide variety of hawker fare while watching the lovely sunset.
Fresh is also where in-house guests have breakfast every morning. Worthy of particular mention is the Nasi Lemak counter. Delectable dishes like chicken rendang and beef rendang are prepared. If you love spicy food, make sure you try the signature Thistle sambal too!
Roti Canai is loved by Malaysians from all walks of life. The flatbread is typically eaten with chicken curry and dhall.
As for Noodle Soup, I find the fried wanton to be pretty addictive. The type of soup varies from day to day.
Sliced bread goes well with butter and jam. I prefer to have my bread toasted on both sides. Croissants and Danish pastries are available too.
Other sweet confections include bread & butter pudding, Malay kuih and sliced cakes.
The buffet spread also covers crowd favorites like Fried Noodles, Chicken Sausages, Hash Browns, Chicken Porridge and more.
Next to Fresh is an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant called Glass. The eatery provides indoor and alfresco dining options.
Meanwhile, Chinoise is the Chinese restaurant at the resort. Led by Chef Min at the helm, the eatery specializes in Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine. Chinoise does not serve pork.
Chinoise offers Dim Sum Semi-Buffet Lunch every Saturday and Sunday. Dim sum is served from steam-heated carts that are wheeled around the restaurant. So you can indulge in dim sum to your heart's content without having to leave your seat!
Steps is conveniently located at the hotel lobby. The café serves light snacks like cakes and sandwiches throughout the day. Sip a cup of joe while you enjoy elevated views of the resort grounds.
Interested in having barbecue with your family? The beachfront cabanas here are equipped with grills. Thistle offers several BBQ set meals for 3 to 10 persons. The sunset view here is mesmerizing indeed.
Speaking of tents, Thistle Port Dickson Resort has an enormous marquee tent on the green lawn. The marquee has a capacity of up to 300 people and is an ideal venue for large outdoor gatherings like garden weddings.
With a picturesque view of the sea framed by a heart-shaped arch, it is no wonder that the resort is a popular place for couples to exchange vows. For more details on wedding events, please check out Thistle's wedding brochures and wedding packages.
As for indoor venues, the resort offers 12 meeting rooms of various sizes. The largest of which is the pillarless Seri Menanti Ballroom, which can accommodate 200 round tables in a banquet setting. Thistle's banquet kitchen has halal certification.
The SWAT Camp is where participants can put their physical and mental endurance to the test. Interestingly, the resort has a certified HRD trainer on site who can facilitate all types of team-building events.
Get closer to mother nature by taking a casual stroll through the resort's Eco Park. Along the winding footpath are local plants of different shapes and sizes.
Challenge your buddies to a game of Snake & Ladders or Checkers. But these aren't your usual board games; the playing surface and game pieces are supersized!
At Thistle, there is certainly no shortage of recreation options for families with young children. For instance, the resort has a rabbit enclosure where kids can play with furry animals.
There is also a children's playground that is covered with non-slip mats. In case of inclement weather, the resort also provides indoor entertainment such as video games and movies.
Thistle Port Dickson Resort is within close proximity to many attractions around the area. For example, the historic Cape Rachado Lighthouse is just a 5-minute drive away from the resort.
Thanks to its family-friendly amenities and dining options, Thistle Port Dickson Resort is a popular choice of accommodation in this resort town. To enjoy the best room rates, guests are encouraged to make their booking through the resort's official website at www.thistle.com.my/portdickson.
Name: Thistle Port Dickson Resort
Address: KM16, Jalan Pantai, Teluk Kemang, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Contact: 06-648-2828
Business hours: 24 hours
Website: https://www.thistle.com.my/portdickson
Coordinates: 2.43062 N, 101.85908 E
Directions: Thistle is approximately 16 kilometers south of Port Dickson town center. Turn right as soon as you see the resort's signboard and follow the winding road to the hotel lobby. The resort provides complimentary parking for in-house guests and dine-in customers.