You take my breath away…

On Sunday night, my missus and I took my friend and her hubby and son from New Zealand out for dinner at the restaurant everyone would be so familiar with by now, Ruby…and she loved the food so much that it simply took her breath away!

I ordered the pandan chicken…

Ruby's pandan chicken

…and she said that she was not a fan of pandan chicken but this one was extraordinarily good – so fragrant, so tasty, so much better than any that she had had anywhere else in the world.

She thought the sea cucumber soup was fabulous too…

Ruby's sea cucumber soup

…and although she was not exactly thrilled by the cangkuk manis

Ruby's friend cangkuk manis with egg

…she did say it was very nice and they finished off everything on the plate.

She thought the grilled lamb in lemon sauce was out of this world…but it was this that swept her off her feet – the midin fried with belacan

Ruby's midin fried with belacan

…with a special request for extra belacan that night and they finished everything – even the gravy which they used to drown their rice to savour every drop of it.

She was also spellbound by the butter scotch prawns…

Ruby's butter scotch prawns

…but that night, we had the prawns with the shells removed so that we would not need to do that ourselves. I suppose everybody would have guessed that they licked the plate completely clean as well.

For one thing, I could see why she was so much overwhelmed by the food and she did say it herself that the dishes were not those that she could easily find elsewhere – not in New Zealand, not in the peninsula…or any of the many countries she had been to. If I’m not mistaken, some of the special dishes here were the original creations of the lady boss herself…and of course, the recipes are all closely-guarded secrets.

Well, that dinner, inclusive of rice and drinks for 5 persons, came up to around RM80.00 and considering how much pleasure they derived from it, it certainly was worth every sen!

I have to resort to using recycled pics for this post as I did not take any photographs that night since I was ordering the things that I had had many many times before…and my friend did not snap any either – probably she was shy considering that we had just met and she did not want to be so obtrusive and hold everybody up while waiting for her to finish taking the photographs. Thus, I have dug out some of my old photographs specially to remind her of the wonderful dinner she had and who knows, she may just decide to come to Sibu again…soon. LOL!!!