Best of both worlds…

I’ve always loved the Indonesian nasi padang…and many of their specialties and I’ve always been a fan of Indian cuisine so you can imagine my delight when I heard that they were going to open this place in town…

CafeInd Sibu 1

They’ve started their business already but it’s just a soft opening and they’re not really in full swing as yet…

CafeInd Sibu 2

Presently, it is open from Thursday to Tuesday from 6.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. In other words, it is closed on Wednesday every week.

The place looks pleasant enough…

CafeInd Sibu 3

…but of course, the most important thing would be the food.

I had the naan (RM4.00)…

CafeInd naan

…which was nice and fragrant but I thought was a bit too thin and it certainly did not come cheap.

The mutton masala (RM12.00)…

CafeInd mutton masala

…wasn’t too bad. There were many pieces of the meat in it but according to reliable sources, they have been instructed to tone down the tastes to suit the general public in Sibu who may not be that accustomed to such exotic fare. Hence, I thought it lacked the aroma of the spices usually present in Indian dishes and I had expected it to have the slight sourish taste of yogurt but there wasn’t any. All in all, it came across like…lamb or mutton curry but a very nice one at that.

My missus picked the ayam penyet (RM12.00) from the Indonesian menu…

CafeInd ayam penyet

…and I must say that they deserved a pat on the back for the presentation.

The chicken was very nice and the sambal too but I prefer the rice wrapped in some kind of leaf like what we had at this place…and the sambal at this one was better as it had a stronger taste of belacan. Here, one major disappointment for us would be the fact that everything was not spicy enough…but we were told that if we would like it to be spicier, we could tell them when ordering and they would attend to our request.

Frankly, I would think that if one wants to open an exclusive, classy cafe, one would have to think about an exclusive, classy menu as well…and not something that is available at every other coffee shop and roadside stall or at least, one should try to make it somewhat different and extra special. And talking about the menu, I do wish they would have something more presentable than those clear folders. Tsk! Tsk! But then again, it’s just their soft opening, so probably that’s only temporary…

I saw a lady having the tandoori chicken and it looked like something worth trying. Unfortunately, that would have to wait till my next visit to the place. For one thing, they had real flowers…

CafeInd 4

…unlike the tacky plastic ones that they had here so I would give them 5 bonus marks for that. LOL!!!

All things considered, the place was all right, the food wasn’t too bad…but I would think it was a bit on the expensive side and there were not many items on the menu to choose from. Perhaps they would have more when they’ve really got the ball rolling, I wouldn’t know…but I understand that they are planning to have some kind of nasi campur or fast food kind of thing for lunch. I would love to drop by then and see what else they may have to offer when that happens…

In the meantime, in case anybody is interested in giving the place a try, it is located at Lai Chee Lane – the first two shops in the block immediately behind the Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) branch in Sibu. Go ahead and see if you like it…