I went to Bei Zhan restaurant for dinner while I was in Melaka. As I was staying in Marvelux hotel, I just walked along the pavement and reached there within 15 minutes. If you are staying elsewhere in Melaka, just booked a cab and most of the cab drivers know the location of this restaurant. The exterior of the restaurant is totally white; a two storey building with a colonial facade. As I was early – I arrived at the restaurant at 6.30pm, the restaurant was quiet and the first impression was that this restaurant was spacious and new. There were lots of staff staying there and most of the tables were still empty. The walls and pillars were white in color, the tables and chairs were white, the window frames were white; and I liked the high ceiling of this building.
An elderly lady came and took my order and surprisingly the food were served within 15 minutes. After tasting the food, I would say that the food was good; just liked home cooked meal but it was not great. The thing I liked about the food here was that the ingredients were definitely fresh. The prawns, mushrooms, fish and vegetables were all very fresh. Overall the dish that I liked the most was the sliced fish in curry gravy. I did not expect that a Chinese restaurant could prepared such a wonderful curry fish dish. The curry gravy was so good that I had to order another bowl of plain rice just to finish up the curry gravy. The Fried Prawns with Macadamia Nut was rather unique and it was very tasty as well. The Macadamia Nut was fresh and crunchy. I ordered a total of 3 dishes in medium size serving and it was sufficient for 2 persons. The desert was free and the Chinese tea that was served in a pot was nice as well.
I was lucky that I arrived at the restaurant early because by the time it was 7.30pm, the restaurant was totally packed with customers; the empty tables were all taken up. The total bill for my dinner was about RM80 ( if I could recall correctly ). The price of this dinner for 2 persons was not cheap but it was worthwhile. Personally, the Bei Zhan restaurant is worth a return trip when I am back in Melaka again. But this time, I will try to go there during the weekdays – so that it would not be so crowded. I would definitely want to order the sliced fish in curry gravy again.
When I was traveling to Melaka, I took a coach from Singapore to Melaka. There were in fact two alternatives – First, take a coach from Singapore and disembarked in a hotel in Melaka; or take a coach which will bring me to Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal. I had decided on the latter, as I wanted to see the Melaka Bus Terminal and also buy my return ticket back to Singapore. I took the coach that departed from Singapore at about 9 in the morning and then arrived in Melaka at about 12-30 pm – just nice to have lunch at the bus terminal. The journey was smooth but this coach that I took did not have a stopover for toilet break. If you do need to have a toilet break in between the journey, then you have to book coach from companies that provides a stopover.
The Melaka Sentral bus terminal was relatively spacious in size. Once the coach reached the station and parked at the bay, I asked the bus driver for the counter number of the company so that I could booked my return ticket. Once I stepped inside the terminal, there were rows of coach companies offering different routes to many places from this bus terminal. It would be advisable to book your ticket for your departure trip early especially during the peak season such as public and school holidays – as booking tickets are sold out quite fast. In fact, the return ticket was sold out for the afternoon slot and I have to book a ticket from another coach company. It was cheaper to buy a coach ticket in Melaka Sentral as I paid for it in Ringgit rather than in Singapore dollars.
The first thing that I had noticed was that the Melaka Sentral was in fact a mini shopping mall itself. There were plenty of shops and small kiosks selling a variety of merchandise and food. Thw whole place was bustling with activities and there were hundreds of travelers just liked me walking and browsing through the mall. There is a area where you can take a cab from Melaka Sentral to the main town or alternatively, you could also take the local bus – the local bus terminal is also located inside the Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal. But I wanted to visit the Tesco Mall just opposite the bus terminal. So I walked to the overhead bridge and crossed over; the Tesco Mall was about 5 minutes walk away. After visiting the Tesco Mall, I walked about 10 minutes to the Jusco Mall; which was quite close to the Tesco Mall. Personally, I prefer the Jusco Mall, as it was new and spacious. After all the shopping, I took a taxi from Jusco Mall to Melaka town.
The thing that I don’t liked about Melaka is the taxi ( cab ) service. Most of the cabs were worn out or old vehicles; and most annoying part was that the cab drivers do not use the cab meters to calculate the exact fare. Everytime I booked a cab, it is always RM$15 or more. Even for a short traveling distance of 5 minutes, it is always RM15. I felt that the Melaka local government should stepped in and addressed this problem. Otherwise, everytime you took a cab, you cannot helped but felt that you have been ripped off. There were many occasions when I choose to walk or alternatively took the local bus. However if there are shopping bags to carry, then I would take a cab.
The Melaka Sentral bus terminal is a convenient transportation hub for traveling to and from Melaka. All the coach companies were located in one convenient place , so it was easy to book a ticket to travel to any destination in Malaysia and Singapore. Just ignore the touts who may try to sell to you their services. If there is an improvement that they could make that could be – to make the local bus service more easily to understand for travelers. Perhaps they could make a large board with the destinations such as tourist spots and hotels and indicate the bus numbers besides it. In that way, the travelers would know which bus to take to reach their destinations in Melaka town.