Ever an indispensable figure at whichever company he's attached to, Nigel Gan might seem naggingly familiar to loyal fans of Royal Selangor; after all, he did manage the pewter specialists' global communications portfolio for more than 3 years. Previous stints at The Majestic Hotel KL, Hilton Kuala Lumpur and The Gardens Mall underscore his affinity for marketing and PR in the luxury retail and hospitality industries.
"Perhaps it's because such positions are perfect for personalities who enjoy dining, drinking and smiling—often simultaneously," he jests. Presently the director of marketing communications at The RuMa Hotel and Residences, Gan is smitten by the pork steak at Ante in Publika, Chocha Foodstore in Chinatown and, of course, ATAS Modern Malaysian Eatery at The RuMa Hotel & Residences.
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"When we (my wife and two close friends) decided to visit Berlin a few months ago, I was determined to soak up as much German culture (read: bier) as possible," says Gan. Read on for his favourite food and drink experiences in the capital of Germany.
An Age-Old Institution
We tried to dine as local as possible, and headed to Arema near our hotel in Moabit for breakfast on our first day. *Tip: I wouldn’t recommend staying in Moabit unless raw, old-timey experiences are what you’re after.
After struggling to figure out the menu, which was printed in German, I settled for something called Das English, which turned out to be a typical English fry-up. Halfway through our meal we realised that the restaurant was a popular hang out spot for wasps as well. Wasps in Berlin are akin to flies in KL, except they're thrice as large and equipped with stingers. So I reluctantly shared my butter and marmalade with the local wasps. Fighting off the pests didn’t allow me to take any pictures, but the creepy cover picture on the restaurant's Facebook page speaks for a multigenerational institution (and suggests that the family might haunt you if you speak ill of their food).