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They advertise it on Facebook, and you can see the banner right in front of their café and there is also an A4-sized notice telling you that there will be a buffet dinner starting 1st October on Fridays and Saturdays at RM11.90 per head.

However, when we went there the other night, we were somewhat disappointed when they informed us that there would not be any for the time being as the chef was on holiday or something. Anyway, since we were already there, we decided to go ahead and have dinner there, à la carte.

I ordered the roti canai kosong (RM5.90) to share…

Roti canai kosong

They claim that it is the biggest in town and it actually was big! I think it was about the size for four normal roti canais put together…and it came with curry gravy. It was quite nice…but I prefer the ones that I regularly buy from the Bandong stall with its fragrant ghee smell and the very thick and rich dhall gravy.

I ordered the nasi lemak unik (RM16.90) for myself…

Nasi lemak unik

…with mutton curry by the side. The rice was very nice – not hard and so very lemak that we could actually smell it when it was served. The sambal, unfortunately, failed to impress and came nowhere near that in the RM1.50-a-packet nasi lemak that I usually buy at Bandong. Other than that, what were those nuts? Canned nuts? Packet nuts? I always have nasi lemak with freshly-fried groundnuts, skin and all…and where was the hardboiled egg? At other places, they would at least substitute it with fried egg, sunny side up…or thinly-sliced shreds of omelette. Even the miserable ones that are sold at the wet market in town have those. At that price, I would expect that they would at least put in some effort to get everything right. Tsk! Tsk!

My missus had the nasi ayam penyet (RM16.90)…

Nasi ayam penyet

…which was certainly a good choice. It tasted great…and they gave the whole leg of chicken which was sweet and tender and went superbly well with the sambals that came with it.

Clare (without the “i”), who was home for the weekend for All Souls’ Day and Jarrod (not the ah^kam_koko‘) shared the nasi goreng USA (RM18.50)…

Nasi goreng USA

…and it was pretty obvious that the former did not think very much of it.

I also ordered this sizzling nyonya udang sambal (RM16.90)…

Sizzling udang sambal

…which looked good but unfortunately, it did not taste half as great.

On the whole, it was not bad, albeit a bit expensive but unfortunately, it wasn’t really authentically nyonya and not much different from any other Malay restuarant/coffee shop. Clare said she would prefer Cafécafé while I think Payung would be a much better option for more exotic…or uniquely different cuisine.