Umbrella…

He was a hair stylist by profession in the early 80’s. I went to him that time when I was getting married…in order that I could, at least, look a bit presentable on my big day. LOL!!! Then, I heard that he had ventured into other business endeavours as well and right now, he’s also in the food business.  I read about his eatery – Payung Cafe, in the papers a few days earlier and decided to drop by and check it out…

Payung Cafe, Sibu 1

Well, I went there on Saturday night with ah^kam_koko’ whom I had not seen for a while now, the last time being the occasion when I, together with my daughter and missus, went out for dinner with him and Nicholas…prior to my daughter’s departure for Wellington, New Zealand.

I was quite impressed by the somewhat ethnic decor…

Payung Cafe, Sibu 2

Though not air-conditioned, it was open and very airy and on the whole, a very nice and cosy place to have a quiet and delightful dinner. The flowers certainly helped add a pleasant touch to it all…

Payung Cafe, Sibu 3

I had the otak-otak rice…

Payung Cafe's otak otak

and though it was not really otak-otak per se because the fish had not been blended till firm like fish cake but it was so very delicious. I absolutely loved it and should I drop by the place again, that would be the first thing I would order, no second thoughts about it! If I remember correctly, that was RM12.00 with the rice.

ah^kam_koko’ had the Bangladeshi lamb curry…

Payung Cafe's Bangladeshi lamb curry

…with rice which was similarly priced but curry being curry, I did not think it was any different from any other curry at any other place. As Shakespeare would say, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

For our side dishes, we ordered this mushroom roll (RM7.00)…

Payung Cafe's mushroom roll

…which was also very nice. My daughter, being a fan of mushrooms, would love this, I’m sure….but I think I may be able to make that myself. Hmmmm…I may just give it a try one of these days.

We also had the guava salad (RM7.00)…

Payung Cafe's guava salad

…and though I’m not a fan of guava, I thought it was very nice and had the lion share of it.

Both of us had the jelly pisang

Payung Cafe's jelly pisang

…but with the vanilla ice cream in place of the shaved ice that we had in the Ban Chuan original, it was not exactly the same. Still, it was quite nice with its cherry-flavoured jelly, slices of bananas and milk…and with the vanilla ice cream, there was no way it could go wrong.

To top it up, we were served this, compliments of the proprietor, Peter…

Payung Cafe's Dreamy Nights

It was called “Dreamy Nights” and though it looked like some kind of cake, if I’m not mistaken, it was made from sago pearls with santan (coconut milk) or at least, that was what it tasted like.  My verdict? Not bad, quite nice…and not sweet.

So far, it did not seem to have received very good overall reviews as you can see here and here (except for a sprinkling of good words for this and that) and obviously, the prices have gone up since the place initially opened sometime in 2008 but then again, what hasn’t? All in all, I honestly think it was a delightful dinner – total damage came up to RM55.00 but considering that the food was exceptionally great and we enjoyed sitting there, chatting and basking in the conducive ambience, I would say that it certainly was worth it…and I wouldn’t mind going there again sometime.

And talking about “Umbrella” reminds me of this Hokkien version of Rihanna’s hit song…

I was so tickled when I first saw it, so I thought I would share it here with all of you hoping that it may bring a smile to your faces and give you a great start to a wonderful week. Cheers, everybody!