Let me try again…

I think I mentioned in a recent post that my daughter and I went to The Ark but it was closed. Well, my friend, Jimmy, from Bintulu was in town again and look at what he brought me… Two different types of tempuyak (fermented durian) and some very nice cincaluk (fermented shrimps)!

STP's tempuyak and cincaluk

So the day he came, we decided to try again and went to The Ark for lunch and to our delight, it was open for business.

Sibu's The Ark cafe gallery

This is the main section where the cashier’s counter is…

Sibu's The Ark main section

…but I prefer the section to the side where I sat the last time I came as it is brighter and airy and you get to enjoy the cool breeze blowing in from the river. I think I had some more photos in that earlier post of mine on the place. Jimmy  was very impressed by the whole place…

Sibu's The Ark Victoria Station clock

…but of course, what matters the most would be the food. I ordered the two items that I had before for the simple reason that they were very nice. The lamb curry (RM11.00) was enough for at least two or three persons…

Sibu's The Ark lamb curry

…and they were also quite generous with their ladies’ fingers with belacan (RM6.00)…

Sibu's The Ark ladies fingers with belacan

…and we also had the Thai-style crispy chicken (RM8.00)…

Sibu's The Ark Thai-style crispy chicken

Unlike other places where they would just use the Thai sauce from the bottle, here they prepare their own and I could detect hints of lemon grass and maybe even bunga kantan. It was good but probably, more of an acquired taste and less adventurous diners may need more time to get used to it. My daughter had their Chicken Cordon Bleu (RM12.50)…

Sibu's The Ark chicken Gordon Bleu

It may not look much in the photo but in reality, it was huge! A quarter chicken, at least…and they had it stuffed with ham and cheese. Ooo…double thumbs up! My friend wanted to try their condensed milk with peanut toast (RM2.50) so we ordered that as well…

Sibu's The Ark c/milk and peanut toast

It was o.k. but I would prefer more peanut (butter) and the condensed milk tasted as if they had opened the can for quite sometime now.

What I like best is the fact that they do not have the plus-plus on the bill (10% service charge and 5% government tax) unlike some other places, including that empty garden. I thought that the government had waived the 5% tax in view of the current economic recession?

All in all, it was no doubt a pleasant dining experience…and I would not mind going there again…and again…and again!