Welcome back…

My friend, the neurosurgeon from Kuching, was back in town and he got in touch with me soon after he arrived. We arranged to meet for dinner the following evening and for that, he would like something exotic like what he had the last timeΒ but he would prefer to go some place else so I took him here for the Indonesian and Indian delights.

We ordered the chicken egg roll (RM11.50)…

Cafe Ind chicken egg roll 1

…from the Indian kitchen to share and yes, it was very good. On the menu, it was stated that it was “roti telur” with chicken and all the rest of the stuff inside but no, it was not in any way like the roti telur that we find at the roti canai stalls. If you look carefully, you will see the filling wrapped in a layer of egg inside with some kind of Indian roti/wrap on the outside…

Cafe Ind chicken egg roll 2

We certainly enjoyed that!

We also had their tandoori chicken (RM12.50)…

Cafe Ind tandoori chicken

…and my friend loved it! He said it was so nice and juicy inside, so succulent unlike some that he had had elsewhere that were dry and hard.

He was bowled over by the seafood curry (RM16.00)…

Cafe Ind seafood curry

…from the Indonesian kitchen – he said it was so very nice and I couldn’t agree more. We tried it once before and loved it so much but the second time around, they had a different presentation and somehow or other, it did not get us all that excited. Like I always say, presentation is very important and does play an important part in whetting up one’s appetite.

The ayam bakar berempah (RM14.00)…

Cafe Ind ayam bakar berempah

…also from the Indonesian kitchen was just so-so. The batter was very nice, very flavourful…and the wings tasted really great but it did not come across as bakar-ed, more like deep-fried, I think. From the word bakar, I had expected something grilled or barbecued, something drier but this was different, probably the result of all the stuff used in the marinating and coating but those, I would say, were actually what made it taste nice. I certainly would, however, deduct a few marks for the fried egg…

Cafe Ind fried egg

I really can’t say they did it the way I like it and how would do it myself…

That's the way I like it

…but it was all right and all was forgiven when the waitress served us this aloo paratha

Cafe Ind aloo paratha

…on the house plus the total added up to RM63.50 and the boss collected RM60.00 only from me and waived the balance. Now, ain’t that nice?

What was more important, of course, was that my friend enjoyed the dinner at the venue of my choice so very much and we certainly were so very full and satisfied at the end of it.

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Author: suituapui

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

26 thoughts on “Welcome back…”

  1. If that is an actual roti telur cost RM11.50, I bet our minister has a share in it! πŸ˜› food looks delicious but the price quite steep eh πŸ™‚

    LOL!!! Good one! πŸ˜€

    Yes, this is one of those classier upscale places, not one of those regular coffee shops or restaurants and hence, the higher prices.

    I don’t mind dropping by once in a while as the food is really very nice plus service is great and you get to dine in a nice environment…plus there is no free wifi so that and the prices will keep the noisy crowd away – those will spoil the ambiance and the dining pleasure like at some of such places in town.

  2. I like the chicken egg roll best in this post. Good to know that you and your friend enjoyed a very nice meal and chit chat time.

    Always great to have friends in town, nice to be able to catch up with what has been going on in each other’s lives since the last time we met.

  3. Double wrap… double the pleasure? πŸ˜‰

    Different…two distinct flavours/tastes to savour…and I love egg! Too bad about the fried one in the Indonesian dish – obviously, the oil was too hot and the egg was overdone. At those prices, perhaps I could have asked them to take it back and fry me another one the way I like it. Tsk! Tsk! 😦

  4. All the food here looks so so good.. I’m attracted to the chicken & egg roll.. Never had that before.. Lots of filling too, I see veggies, I see meat, very balanced.. And oooo, I like tandoori chicken (with nann) and that bowl of yogurt sauce..

    Raita, the yogurt thing – I’ve yet to acquire the taste for that. Not fond of yogurt, me.

  5. Interesting wrap! can’t say I’ve seen it before. So is it Indian style? LOL

    Well, the chef is North Indian so that would be as Indian as it could ever get! I did not notice it at first, but my friend pointed out that actually it was a layer of egg wrapped inside some Indian roti…and when the aloo paratha was served, our general consensus was that it was what was used as a wrap in the chicken egg roll.

    I did read somewhere that roti canai is, in fact, Malaysian and our roti telur is a variation of it so that would make it Malaysian Indian, not quite Indian Indian, I guess…or maybe different parts of the vast Indian sub-continent would have their own versions – like Penang otak-otak…and Muar…and Sibu, all very different.

  6. Though I seldom venture into Indonesian/Indian cuisine, I find that the food looks pretty good. Most important, both of you enjoyed the dinner & company of each other. Much to the delight the kind boss has waived the balance.

    I know there are a few nice Indian places in Kuching but I have never tried any Indonesian – I hear Selera Bunda next to Kuching Park Hotel is very nice. Dunno of any other.

  7. The seafood curry looks thick and creamy! love those thick cut squid!

    It sure was as good as it looked – we did enjoy that very much. I wish they had not used Dory though, not a fan of that. Either use some fresh fish fillet or don’t have any fish at all – more than enough in that platter with all the rest there was. Next time I order I will tell them – no fish!

  8. Alamak….. got deduct marks one ah LOL

    But seafood curry got tambah marks or not? For RM16 only and they give so much seafood leh. Buy fresh and cook will cost more than RM16 lah. So berapa marks?

    No, cut 10 marks for the fish – bland, like frozen fish fillet, Dory! At that price, they can buy fresh fish at the market – the sellers will debone, remove the skin and fillet for you. No need for a lot – two or three thin slices enough already. Like the Foochow fried noodles and tomato kway teow that day. So much fish, the noodles completely buried…RM12 only.

    Other than that, the prawns could have been more firm and succulent – did not think they were all that fresh. But the taste of the curry was so good…and there were mussels, bamboo clams too. So on the whole, we enjoyed that…unlike the one with the miserable looking egg, not something I would want to order again especially when it was not much cheaper in comparison.

  9. Glad to hear your friend like the food that you choose. Great selection. And the taukey so nice and good gesture to give you discount.

    Yes, that’s how to do business – will keep customers coming back…not 10 or 20 sen, still want to wait for people to cough out the measly coins.

  10. The inside of the roti canai thingy looks almost like a Chinese stir fry of char siew and cabbage! πŸ˜‰ I’d love to try that since it’s different and I’ve not had it before.

    It’s their tandoori chicken, no char siew here…not the pork ones, that’s for sure. It’s a certified halal place. It was nice but not really something like wow, can’t wait to eat that again kind of thing!!!! Something that one may consider ordering for a change.

  11. Everything looks so good! Good to know that the Tandoori chicken is moist. The ones I have eaten so far is dry and that is why I don’t order Tandoori chicken anymore 😦

    Yes, I had some in KL or elsewhere – so dry, not nice. I think they use those cast iron cauldrons or the char siew stainless steel drums…and they keep the chicken on the skewers inside to keep them warm – that is probably how they got so dry. Before this, I always thought tandoori chicken was like that, not nice. Love the one here, very nice!

  12. My heart tensed up as I read this post, with marks deducted here and there. LoL! It’s like reading an exam review. Haha. I’ve not seen that kind of roti telor and aloo phrata is definitely new to me but they sure look good πŸ˜€

    You haven’t? Ok…punishment, cut your marks too. Fail liao lor!!! Muahahahahaha!!!!!!

  13. The chicken and egg roll looks like a kati roll to me. It’s very popular in Kolkata india. And aloo paratha is my favorite. So far I have tried the frozen variety only. Didn’t like the texture because it was mushy but the tastewise it was alright. Hope to try it fresh one day. The food looked great πŸ‘

    Kolkata – I would be more used to Calcutta, old school me – is in the north and yes, the Indian chef here is from North India. We have frozen paratha…and canai…but not these aloo ones, they have stuff inside. Yes, the frozen ones aren’t as nice as the fresh ones, I certainly would agree to that.

  14. I’m totally in need of something curry this week! I just might have to make that happen!

    Been wanting to cook some vegetable curry but too lazy to go out and buy a variety to go into it. I am so lazy these days, must be old age. πŸ˜€

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