Well, last night’s little sortie turned into a bit of an exploration.
We started off, as intended, at Jeff D’ Corner, home of the best steak in Kota Kinabalu. Unfortunately, due to my greed and wanting quantity instead of quality, I opted for the mixed grill instead, which included a sirloin steak. It was still ok, but it wasn’t the best steak in town, which is what the tenderloin is.
The Oxtail Soup made up for the shortcomings of the mixed grill, and my dinner companions did enjoy their steak and lamb chop respectively. But I should have followed the mantra of Jo and Rich and stuck with tender-loin they introduced me to the first time.
Nothing beats tender-loin.
Jeff D’Corner is one of Kota Kinabalu’s better kept secrets (there’s many of those, KK’ians don’t do much marketing). You’ll find it at the junction coming from Damai heading towards Beverley Hills, but instead of turning right at 90 degrees, you exit the junction at about 45 degrees and you’ll find Jeff D’ Corner on, well, the corner. They always have great steak, regularly flown in from New Zealand, chilled not frozen. On Tuesdays and Thursday Oxtail Soup (could also pass as a broth) is the main attraction and one taste will tell you why. Seriously wicked oxtail.
On weekends they have their legendary lamb BBQ. Everywhere else in KK you’ll pay about RM12 for a lamb chop, but at Jeff D’ Corner the same price will buy you a plate full of boneless lamb, chips and mixed veggies. Of course, the menu also consists of more traditional fair, but the lamb and steak are what they’re famous for.
After gorging ourselves at Jeff D’ Corner, we headed for Kota Kinabalu’s newest, possibly biggest, and certainly most unoccupied mall, City Mall. The name itself, City Mall, is a misnomer to start with, because this is also Kota Kinabalu’s most far-flung-from-the-city mall – until, that is, 1Borneo comes online and then it will rob City Mall of all claims as Kota Kinabalu’s anything (even furthest flung). Until then it can still claim away. And yes, the shops are being occupied one by one, just very slowly – considering they’ve been open for a while already.
We went for a stroll and Kota Kinabalu’s biggest gym (see, I told you), Y Fitness, attracted our attention and demanded a look see.
They’re actually launching tonight and despite the sales person’s claims to the contrary, they seem to be far away from being ready for the opening. But, did she assure us, everything would indeed be ready. I was willing to go back for the launching purely to see if they managed to clean it up in time.
Anyway, Kota Kinabalu’s newest gym is laid out across 3 floors in a seemingly smaller area than the sales girl’s claim of 20,000 square foot. “That’s what they told us,” she said when John, the Engineer, asked her if she was sure. “Who’s they,” I asked “your architects or your marketing department?” I chimed in.
The exercise bikes, treadmills and other fitness equipment are crammed in together in a fashion that didn’t particularly appeal to me, but hey, it might to others. What potential I did see in this gym was that of generating electricity. All they need to do is hook these babies up to a few transformers and they can supplying energy to Kota Kinabalu’s flaky grid. Fantasy, moving on.
Our sales girl also enticed us with features like wi-fi in the lounge area. The lounge area needs a bit of work, as it really is just couches in a corner. There’s also no juice bar, minus points on my score sheet. They have a San Francisco Coffee next door, but no working together deals or special deals yet. Y Fitness has a fitness class which is a mix of Yoga and Pilates and they call it Yogalates, so I suggested they strike a deal with SanFran Coffee to make Yoga Lattes – if that goes through, remember, you read it here first!
The locker rooms carries through the copy-paste approach of design with row upon row of identical lockers. The sauna and steam-room provides two cozy chambers where I can imagine hours of pleasurable fun will be had between several, hot, sweaty male bodies crammed in together. Uhu! And if you had your imagination going on that, wait until I give you some graphic images about the female lockers…
The good about Y Fitness City Mall? Hmmm, well, if you do one of the life-time or near life-time memberships, you do get to use all the outlets across Malaysia. Which, I guess, is a plus, assuming you travel loads. If you do it per month, on the fly with no joining fee, it’s on the high side at RM 300, but if you join long term, how did she explain it, it can go down to as low as RM 120 per month. That requires a lump sum.
After our arduous work on the pre-opening inspection of the gym, we felt coffee was in order. We were walking past San Francisco Coffee and straight to Starbucks when Julia was distracted by a shoe shop. John and I obediently followed for some moral support, but realising what lapdogs we were, we quick dispersed and looked at products in our own line of interest.
John left eventually as he had to go pick up yet another passenger / friend from the airport, possibly his 4th airport run in a week. Julia kept on shopping and I started to notice the Christmas decorations, as sparse as the tenants in the mall, and the trees without decorations at the very top. Surely there should be a star or an angel or something? Perhaps they’re not done yet…