This town…

I received my water bill for the month and according to it, I had not paid the charges for the previous month. Thus, I would not be able to pay at the post office like what I would usually do and I would have to go to the Sibu Water Board office to pay – and their office is on the other side of town, so very far away…along the road to Durin/Kanowit. On the way back, I stopped by the hotel to make the bookings for those blogger-friends of mine who will be coming next month…and as I was driving home, I saw this place…

Ipoh Town Kopitiam Sibu
*Now! Now! Isn’t that a grammatical error in the “sign”?*

Hey! It was just opened for business that very day so I made a u-turn and stopped by to check the place out.

Word was going round when the mega-malls in Sibu opened that somebody would be opening an Old Town outlet in Sibu but to date, there is still no sign of it…and now we have Ipoh Town instead. The place looks pretty presentable and is located at the new shops near UOB Bank and the Sweet Family Restaurant in the vicinity of the Li Hua (Sibu Bus Terminal) Commercial Centre.

This is the counter and straight ahead is the open kitchen…

Ipoh Town counter & kitchen

…and here, behind those wooden panels is the air-conditioned section…

Ipoh Town aircon section

I guess should the need arise, they can always put out more tables all along the pavement – seeing that there are fans all along the ceiling. On the floor, you can see the debris left behind by the firecrackers that they had let off earlier to officially declare the place open – on the 9th Day of the Chinese Lunar New Year or what people say was the Hokkien New Year. Perhaps it was an auspicious date or maybe the builders could not get it done in time – otherwise, if they had opened before Chinese New Year, they would have enjoyed bustling  business over the week-long holidays.

The service was good. The waitress who took my order was very sweet and friendly and she courteously made some suggestions to help me make up my mind…and the best part was she could speak English – something that is becoming very rare even in those more expensive cafes and restaurants in town.

I had their celebrated Ipoh Town white coffee (RM2.60)…

Ipoh Town white coffee

…which was all right but I have never been a fan of coffee with milk. Somehow, it makes me sleepy so usually I would have my coffee very strong and black…and personally, I think the coffee at Choon Seng in Sungai Merah here is a whole lot nicer.

I was not feeling hungry so I wanted something light for tea and in the end, I chose their ham and cheese toast sandwich (RM4.50)…

Ipoh Town ham & cheese toast sandwich

I thought it was very nice and would not say it was expensive considering the price of those cheese slices these days – around RM1 a slice and they used two – for four slices of bread, toasted and cut into halves…and we must add the cost of the ham as well. Be forewarned, however, that there is an additional 10% service tax…unlike at some other places in town. Tsk!!! Tsk!!!!

I did not really check out what other things they have on the menu as I do intend to go back there again and try whatever that they may have that may be nice…and I certainly will blog about it when the time comes.