Right here waiting…

I had a post on this place sometime ago – Sri Menanti, located in the Sibu bus station commercial area, two doors away from Rasa Sayang Cafe at the corner of that block of shophouses.

We stopped there for brunch on Sunday morning and my missus had their mee mamak (fried noodles, mamak-style)…

Sri Menanti's mee mamak

…which was very nice but a bit pricey at RM3.50 a plate, despite the fact that it was listed at RM3.00 in the menu. If you go for fried noodles (dry) at the Chinese stalls, it costs RM2.80 only but then, I find those rather bland (and heavily msg-laden) and not as nice. I wanted to try the nasi lemak (rice cooked in santan/coconut milk) to see if it was any good, and I got this…

Sri Menanti's nasi lemak

The rice was very well done – very rich with the fragrance of santan (coconut milk) and not hard like in many places around here. But again, I have a bone to pick over the price – RM4.40. If I’m not mistaken, elsewhere it’s only RM2.50 and the nasi lemak special is RM3.50 except at Thomson Corner where it is slightly higher at RM4.70 the last time I was there. Other than that, I was not too happy about the miserable bits of fried chicken at the side and they used canned peanuts instead of the freshly-fried ones, skin and all, that we usually can expect with the dish. All considered, I think the one at Thomson Corner is nicer, albeit its slightly higher price.

I would not say there are no customers but unlike the other eating places in the vicinity which are always filled to the brim, business seems a bit slow here. There are a few people eating at any time of day but so far, I have yet to see them really busy. Perhaps the place serves halal food and the location is not quite right to cater to that category of customers, or maybe people feel that the prices are a bit too steep.

For one thing, I like the tissue paper dispenser…

Sibu's Sri Menanti

In some places, they give you that horrible-looking toilet roll holder and provide you with toilet paper. Well, for the prices you pay, I guess it is only fair that they pamper you a little with a bit a class. The place is nice and very clean and more often than not, my head will start spinning from the commotion at places that are too crowded, so considering that the food isn’t too bad, I may go back there again.

In the meantime, they can just sit there and keep singing, “I’ll be right here waiting for you…” LOL!!!

If you’re a movie buff, you can click the link to the song and see whether you can name all the movies in the clip! Have fun!!!