Try try try…

My cousin bought these, a lot of them, for me to try…

P & Q

– they were from the Aloha Bakery, next to Upwell at Jalan Song in Kuching, thanks so very much to her for going through the trouble of getting them for me. It is indeed very very much appreciated.

The chicken quiche…

CQ

…was absolutely heavenly and just the right size – not too big and not too small. I always thought that our chicken pies here were the best – I had never come across any that could beat those but now, I have. This is definitely very much nicer.

The beef pie…

BP

…would be best shared as it was too big and would be quite a struggle for one to finish. I would say that it was a disappointment – no, it wasn’t that it did not taste nice. In fact, it tasted great and the pastry was simply perfect! The thing was that I was expecting something darker in its filling – usually I would find beef and some other ingredients in brown or black pepper gravy but this one seemed to have the same chicken pie filling except that there were chunks of beef inside. Therefore, between the two, I would prefer the chicken quiche to the beef pie but I wouldn’t look at a gift horse in its mouth and I would say both are nice and indeed, they were!

On her first morning here, my cousin was free till around 8 or 9 something so I picked her up at the hotel before that to go and try the kampua kosong and beef soup here and true enough, she liked that a lot! She was left to her own devices at lunchtime that day and I came in the evening to take her out for dinner.

I did not think that what I had at an Italian restaurant in Kuching the second time around was all that great and I was told that the quality at the one that we used to frequent at a leading hotel there was going downhill as well so I took her to ours to try some of the stuff that they have on their menu.

We ordered the chef’s recommendation –  the Pizza Prosciutto e Funghi

Pizza 1

…that I had once before and of course, it was good, very good…

Pizza 2

…and its thin crust was absolutely perfect and to everyone’s liking.

My cousin did not want any pasta so we ordered another pizza. I kept insisting that we had one here that was so so very nice and we simply must order that from the menu…

Pizza Quattro Formaggi

…but unfortunately, the Pizza Quattro Formaggi that we asked for was not what I had ordered before. Why, it did not even fall into the white pizza category. Except for one slice that I had, whichever one of the four cheeses that was, I thought on the whole, it was rather bland and nothing like the one we had. It was only after I had gone home and checked my blog that I realised that we had ordered the wrong one. Tsk! Tsk!

We had the Ceasar’s Salad…

CS

…and even though my cousin was not so much into mayo dressing, she quite liked that…probably because they did not drown everything on the plate with the dressing or perhaps, they made their own instead of using the bottled ones plus she loved the fact that the ingredients in the dish were really fresh.

She also liked their panna cotta

PC

…but she said that she would prefer her own as hers would have a subtle hint of vanilla flavour, not the ones here.

All things considered, she thought everything was pretty good or at least, satisfactory and she was impressed that this little town has something of this standard that can rival a number of those elsewhere including the ones in Kuching.

I was kind of put off though by the music that night – they were playing some Chinese songs and that was quite all right by me. The problem arose when it came to a fast number and they turned up the volume full blast. Good grief!!! I would think I was at a club or some discotheque instead of some fine dining Italian restaurant. Of course, I signalled the waitress and conveyed to her via sign language my opinion that the music was too loud and only then did they turn it down a bit…and since we had finished our dinner already at that point in time, we quickly make the exit and left the place. Phewwwww!!!

Whatever it is, they just simply can’t beat this place when it comes to mood and ambiance – it’s simply a class above the rest!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

16 thoughts on “Try try try…”

  1. The wobbly panna cotta seems promising, at least not like something i had yesterday, like some local jelly, they don’t even bother to use vanilla seeds, it costs me around Rm 11+ i reckon?

    Yes, yours sounds like the one I had in Kuching. It was hard!!! Frozen! Double thumbs down! This one’s perfect but could do with a hint of vanilla. It’s only RM8.00 here. 😉

  2. Did you sit beside the speaker??? That’s funny la, maybe those waitress need the loud music to motivate up their working passionate??? But that’s strange mostly for this kind of restaurant they’ll played very smooth song instead!!!

    Didn’t see the speakers. You think I would be so foolish as to sit beside one, if there’s any? If it’s a club, I can understand…and it would be a Canto-pop one at that. Not at a wannabe fine-dining WESTERN a la ITALIAN restaurant. Shows such bad taste, no class at all. I would say that most places here – the music is way too loud. Maybe they’re quite comfortable with it, not me.

    1. Not me also, is hard to speak if the music is too loud!!!

      Yalor…have to shout ti be heard and the place gets so noisy – like a coffee shop, no class at all. I guess some people are quite comfortable with that kind of environment.

  3. Maybe the beef pie size is for those big eater. Chicken quiche is just the right size for me. For pizza I prefer the crispy thin crust. Caesar salad looks good.

    Yes, all good.

  4. Bella Italia does not serve good food. Expensive some more. I been there thrice, rather disappointing as service was slow and food was so so. At least Beccari tasted better the last time I were there last year before moved to Sibu.

    I never try the pastry from Aloha although I passed by the place quite frequently in Kuching. Maybe I will give it a try when I go back.

    The other nicer pastry place is Skycafe in Green Heights. But not all the pastries.

    Bella was good the first time we went but a year later, it was terrible – the pizza crust was so hard, my teeth could have cracked…and the panna cotta was hard, frozen. Only the lasagna was good – the mushroom was nice but so small. 😦 Beccari was good before, I heard not anymore – people had food poisoning, complained but the people very defensive. There’s a new Italian place coming up soon in Kuching – O’some, better than Bistecca, I hear.

    Aloha’s good – or at least the ones I got, dunno Skycafe.

  5. The first pizza and the salad looks good! I love pies but sadly most of those found at the supermarkets and some bakeries are not up to mark.

    Yes, same here. Some may look so very nice, impressive…but are actually not worth the calories. 😦

  6. heheh, i’ve got an alternative title for this blog post: Doughy Delights! 😀 the pies and pizzas sure look great for a hearty lunch 😀

    Great teatime treats too. We had them for dinner though… 😉

  7. The pies indeed look very appetizing and great! But I don’t think I will eat one all by myself, will share and can get to taste more varieties….
    Chinese songs in an Italian restaurant? hahahaa… this is “music fusion”…

    I guess in general, more people here would appreciate it…and I do not really mind if they pick the nice ones. There are some very sweet and pleasant hits…and of course, they should turn it on too loud – never mind what language. It’s a cafe/restaurant – not a club, pub or disco. 😦

  8. I remember you gave me chicken pies that were absolutely fabulous last year! Even my dad loves them! 🙂

    These are a lot nicer…let’s say by at least 25%, so you can imagine how nice they are!

  9. The pie and quiche looks delightful!

    Very very nice! Wouldn’t mind buying more should I hop over to Kuching anytime soon.

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