Twilight time…

If you may recall, I did mention in an earlier post that I did not have anything grand for my 60th birthday and that we just went to the Sunday service at the cathedral here and after that, we went for a quiet and simple dinner, just the three of us – Melissa, the mum and I. I told Melissa that we would not plan on exactly where we would want to go and just play by ear…as at times, the place of our choice might be packed or we would not be able to find a parking space and had to go some place else, feeling kinda disappointed. Eventually, we ended up here…

Payung Mahkota

I was here once before in the daytime and this was the first time I had dropped by the place in the evening…

Payung Mahkota by night

The Christmas tree was up and as in the previous year, they had used recycled artificial flowers…

Payung's Christmas tree

– those plastic flowers that people would display in their houses and had seen better times. They would collect all those from both family and friends, wash them clean and arrange them on a conical frame. Pretty innovative and creative and very environment friendly, I would say.

My missus had the tom yam prawns, extra spicy with rice (RM16.00)…

Tom yam prawns with rice

…while Melissa and I decided to try the western fare on their menu.

I had the beef spaghetti (RM17.00)…

Beef spaghetti

…and I had expected the usual bolognese sauce with minced beef, tomato and all but it turned out to be something different – something quite original with a hint of cheese, tomato and herbs and I liked it a lot!!! It certainly was a welcome change from the usual and Melissa did try a bit and she liked it too!

I also ordered the garlic bread with chicken sauce dip (RM8.00)…

Garlic bread with chicken sauce

…to share and we all enjoyed this too! The dip was great though I would prefer it a bit thicker or creamier, not so watery.

Melissa wanted the chicken chop (RM26.00)…

Mel @ Payung Mahkota

…and she loved it!

They were very generous with the chicken, one huge slab of it and whatever it was very marinated with tasted very delicious. At most places, the chicken would be coated with bread crumbs and fried and whatever taste it would have would depend heavily on the meat plus the sauce, but not the one here. As for the sauce, it was a class of its own as well – different from anything one would encounter elsewhere…

Chicken chop

…very creamy, very nice. I was put off by the taste of green peppers in it though, something that I seem to have developed an aversion for but Melissa didn’t mind it one bit so she enjoyed herself and finished off everything on the plate which incidentally was a breakaway from the usual boring  french fries and coleslaw.

For dessert, we had the Mulu ice cream (RM12.00)…

Mulu ice cream

…that Ivan fell head over heels in love with when he was in town…and I could not resist taking a photograph of it and sending it to him via mms. Gee! Am I mean or what? Hehehehehehe!!!!

We also had the banana cake with ice cream (RM10.00)…

Banana cake with ice cream

…which also is a hit among many instead of their very nice durian ice cream as Melissa isn’t exactly a fan of the fruit.

I told the guy there that it was my birthday and he wanted to serve us dessert. He said that it would be their usual practice to give a complimentary dessert to diners celebrating their birthdays but unfortunately, we were all too full already so I had to decline the generous offer. But anyway, I was given a 20% discount on the bill – no, it was not for my birthday but I was told that throughout the month of December, regular customers would be given this special discount each time they dine here.

All in all, it was a delightful dinner that we enjoyed a lot and needless to say, we would love to drop by again…anytime.