Can’t let you go…

Needless to say, I couldn’t let Ivan go, or anyone else who comes to town, for that matter, without taking him here…

Payung Cafe, Sibu by night

…and of course, I ordered for him the best of the best – their uniquely-special otak-otak, the very nice and cheesy mushroom roll, the very exotic sour and spicy belimbing prawns and the Payung rojak.

He wanted to try the Turkish milk shake…

Payung Turkish milk shake

…which we were told was a combination of chocolate, bananas and milk and he loved it very much.

I tried their kacang ma chicken before but was not too impressed but I have read very favourable reviews in other blogs praising it to the skies so that night, I decided to give it a second chance…

Payung kacangma chicken

,..with specific instructions for extra Chinese white wine to be added. I guess that did the trick for it was really very very nice…but I think it would be even better with a bit more of the wine. For one thing, it seemed like they did not add any salt of msg at all to it and one would be able to savour the delightful flavours of the ingredients used in the making of the dish.

The boss served me this bowl of Japanese tomato noodles that he was trying out and was not on the regular menu yet at the time…

Payung Japanese tomato noodles 1

It was quite good, with the nice tomato taste blended with the cheese used in the soup and sprinkled on top. For one thing, it was not rich and creamy so one would not be put off after eating a bit of it…

Payung Japanese tomato noodles 2

Ivan liked it very much but being a meat person, personally, I would very much prefer having some bits ham or bacon in it.

I did ask him for his general opinion on the cafe and he said that THIS is definitely THE place to visit, should anyone happen to drop by this quiet little town for a night or two…

Ivan @ Payung, Sibu

…for the very special dishes/cuisine (that one would not be able to find elsewhere anywhere) plus the very nice and comfortable ambiance and all the enchantingly exotic decor and on top of that, the wonderful and friendly service that one would get while dining here – they are so nice that it really makes one feel at home, he says and so competent and good at their job like they have been working in hotels or in the service industry for a long time…and Ivan rated it a lot higher than the place we went to the previous night which stunned him in a very positive way when we first got there. We got there very early before there was anybody else and he was so impressed by the design and the decor, even the music (Sarawak’s own Zee Avi, no less!!!) but later, he was quite put off by how the diners would talk so loudly in their high-pitched and very shrill voices so much so that it absolutely spoilt it all for what would have been a really very very nice place to dine.

For dessert, I ordered the Mulu ice cream for him…

Payung Mulu ice cream
*recycled pic*

…and that absolutely swept him off his feet. He loved it so much that he was literally craving for more…but unfortunately, he was leaving the very next day so it would have to wait till he comes to town again before he can have another go at it.

I reckon the next time he flies into town, there would be the new Payung Mahkota as well – they have opened another outlet on the ground floor of the Orchid Hotel along Brooke Drive here – its soft opening was two days ago on the 24th instant. I certainly would go and check it out one of these days so do hang around and you’ll surely get to see it right here in my blog sooner and later.