Joy…

This place (2.299452,111.830832)…

Le Cafe Sibu

…along Brooke Drive here in Sibu, on your left if you are driving from town, has been around for a while now but somehow, we had never bothered to drop by even though we would drive past all the time on our way home from the town centre. One reason would be the fact that everytime we came by this way, we would have had something to eat in town already so we would be full and would not have any reason to do so. Another reason was that when it first opened, my friend, Rose, who was living in Sibu at the time, did go and check it out but based on her review of the place in her blog, it was not really anything to look forward to plus she did not like the fact that it was rather noisy – and that certainly would put me off as well.

Then, I saw a friend sharing a photograph on Facebook of some beef steak that he had there and I asked him what else was nice. He said he liked the beef rendang

Le Cafe beef rendang

…so off I went the other day with my girl and the mum to give the place a try.

It was a simple place, nice and clean and not very big and despite the name, it did not look like one of those classier fine dining joints to me…

Le Cafe inside

One look at the apple green plastic basket of orange chopsticks on the counter would say it all…but the prices certainly seemed to state otherwise.Β The lady asked us if we wanted something new on their menu, their pork ribs but at RM39.90, we did not think we would be all that keen to give it Β a try.

I steadfastly stuck to what I had come for – their beef rendang with rice (RM16.90) which, indeed, was very nice but unfortunately, it was not spicy at all so I would not say I was all that thrilled by it. Incidentally, what you see in the photograph would be about all that you would get. When it was served, I thought that was really a lot – all that in the claypot, served in a rattan basket but it was kind of shallow so there wasn’t all that much, actually. Still, there was more than enough for me but in my honest opinion, I did feel that the price was rather steep and I sure would think twice about having that again.

My girl opted for the orange pork rice (RM11.90)…

Le Cafe orange pork rice 1

…which was definitely more reasonably priced and yes, they were very generous with the meat too…

Le Cafe orange pork rice 2

…and yes, the meat was very nice and very tender and went absolutely well with the orange sauce.

The mum ordered their chicken with tom yam mayonnaise (RM10.90)…

Le Cafe tom yam mayo chicken

…and it was very good too. We thought that was a strange combination but it did taste pretty good, really – the creamy sauce with a hint of tom yam, something like a very nice and unique variation of the thousand island.

Looking at the prices and also at the fact the rendang was not spicy and not really what would sweep me off my feet, I would think it would make more sense to stick to the pork or chicken…or try something else that they may have on their menu.Β As for the name, I too, like Rose, had been thinking all this while that it was French but according to this blogger, it is actually a transcription of its Chinese name, meaning “joy” or something like that. There was just one other table, a big group of young people, other than us, and though it was quite noisy, it was quite bearable but I cannot imagine what it would be like if the place was full like the time when Rose went there.

Their opening hours are from 11.00 a.m. till 2.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. and they take their weekly break on Tuesdays but not on public holidays. All things considered, I would say this is an option, one place that one may want to stop by for a bite once in a while but based on what we got to sample that day, it take a little more than that to get me to go out of my way just to come here.

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Author: suituapui

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

28 thoughts on “Joy…”

  1. Beef rendang? Let me think about the ones I ate before. I think they are more rich in taste in the kerisik with more sweetness than spiciness to the ones I ate before. Your one here is totally not spicy at all? Not even a tiny bit?

    No, not even a bit. It tasted good, rendang flavours true and true…just not spicy at all. The fault may not be theirs though – the fresh chili here is not spicy at all especially the very big ones and they are bland, not just not spicy (can use your fingers to remove the seeds) but none of the fragrance at all. The seller would just tell you – good for decoration only, for a bit of colour. We would add a bit of cili padi when we use those.

    I’ve had some good ones here and there but tne rendang that has left a lasting impression on me would be this one at a lemang stall at Mid Valley and when I say “a bit spicy”, you can take that to mean very spicy for most people: https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/move-closer/
    Very nice!

    1. I have eaten the beef rendang at Midvalley stall before but don’t quite remember the level of spiciness.

      I remember it was spicy, thought it was good but of course, I can easily handle stuff a lot spicier. Like the Portuguese grilled fish at the food court there:
      https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/good-bad/
      Love it heaps! My missus likes it that way so whenever she cooks, you can expect it to be really very hot. Nice!

  2. i think beef rendang are awesome.. but i’ve been having one too many heart burns recently. Have to start doing food ‘tasting’, and no more food ‘eating’ !

    Maybe you should bring an assistant to do the eating for you? Hint! hint! πŸ˜€

  3. I had a very lush version of beef rendang in Australia recently with the addition of macadamia nuts! Not the original, but a delicious twist.

    Yes, I had the Indonesian version here – very very nice too, just not quite the same as the usual that I have had. That’s what matters most really but I would like it spicy though, the spicier the better. πŸ˜€ Adding the nuts may make it something along the same lines as satay, perhaps. Macadamias cost a bomb here, not a very good idea to try that. 😦

  4. Wow! After many months, you finally give this place a try. Haha. Beef rendang? Now I missed my mil’s beef rendang. Just right consistency to me. ^^

    Yup, remember the shallow pot when I had bak kut teh there. And oh boy! How time flies! That was last year.

    The orange pork rice is reasonably priced considering the portion.

    Oh? They use the same claypot bowls for their bak kut teh, eh? I was going to dig in but oops…it stopped right there. πŸ˜€ Ya, I thought the pork was ok, not so cheap these days actually. The price of the rendang was on the high side like the curry I had the other day, RM20 and that one, they gave a free drink and a very big glass at that. No free drink here. 😦 Hmmm…tapao your MIL’s rendang too, eh? Together with her pansoh. Hehehehehe!!!!!

    1. Why dont you follow me back this year end and stay for a night or two and see what Kapit has to offer?? ^^

      I’ve been to Kapit a number of times before. My missus worked there for a while when she first started in the late 70’s and has not been there since. She has been talking about going back there to look around – perhaps it would be great if all of us could go together. πŸ˜‰

  5. The pot of beef rendang looks so so rich and full of flavour.. This time, I like the mum’s pork+tomyam mayo rice.. Coz I love creamy gravy..

    Oh? Your mum cooks stuff with tom yam mayo too? Perhaps I should give it a try as well. Not bad, quite nice really. Anytime nicer than just…mayo!

  6. Hmm… It does sound a little pricey for that beef rendang, they should add a sunny side up or some greens to provide more value!

    They had two thin slices of tomato and two cucumber. Would be nice to have a bit of lettuce and let the rice sit on it, together with the tomato and cucumber on one side…and then have half that serving of beef rendang on the other side of the plate…and charge around half the price.

    RM8.80 would be good, fatt…fatt… Anything not up to 2 digits would not seem so expensive and I am sure many will come for it…and there will be others who will order and eat their other things on their menu, I’m sure. The bigger turnover would mean more profit, that goes without saying. At the current very high price, I wonder how many would go back for that again – more likely a one-time only kind of thing..

  7. The portion of the orange pork looks huge…

    It was! And surprisingly my girl was able to finish it all by herself…almost. She said she put on 2 kg after the one-week holiday. 2 kg only. 😦

  8. Your girl’s choice certainly wins all… such a large portion and the orange sauce on top makes the dish more ravishing…

    Both good, the pork and the chicken, beef also good…just not spicy and rather pricey. 😦

  9. uiks the opening hours kinda limited…if late then tak dapat makan lo

    Here, by 9 or 10.00 p.m. you will only find ghosts in the streets already…but most places open till 11.00 p.m. Later than that, there may be some 24-hour places – just don’t ask me where because I do not know. My slow boat to China already jalan by 9. That is why people here all sihat-sihat like me one. πŸ˜€

  10. I had a very good rendang when I had lunch with my son the other week, but the centre is closer to his house rather than mine and I wouldn’t go just for that. Re what your other reader said about macadamia nuts, I believe they are sometimes used as substitutes for candlenuts (buah keras) over here.

    This one was very good too, just not spicy so no kick for me. Same here, even though something is nice, I would probably go and try once but would not drive all the way for it again – like the salt-baked tilapia that we had here:
    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/cover-you-in-kisses/
    It was heavenly but the restaurant is so far away, by our Sibu standard that is. I just had it once, much nicer than the one I had in KL:
    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/for-the-first-time-in-my-life/
    …because the fish was fresher and a lot sweeter but I’ve never gone back again for that. So lazy to go all the way. Don’t mind going the distance if I have visitors coming to town though.

    Yes, buah keras or candlenut is a common ingredient in nyonya/peranakan and Malay cooking. Will surely bring the taste to a whole new level.

  11. Orange pork, it looks new to me, usually I heard is black pepper source which I always order also.

    Sauce, you mean? I am not a fan of black pepper – that is why I am not a fan of the seemingly very popular Prosperity Burger at that franchise place, comes out without fail come every Chinese New Year…

  12. That orange pork rice wins my heart. Hugh slab of meat compare to your missus’ choice and a difference of RM1 only.

    Yes, and pork is mighty expensive here these days, a lot more expensive than chicken and almost the same as beef or lamb. 😦

  13. I think I would like the orange pork rice as I love anything citrusy but I’m usually weary of breaded pork chops that have been deep fried lest they be dry on the inside. And they were very generous with the pork…two huge slabs! πŸ˜‰

    Both were nicely done, the pork and the chicken – nice and tender…unlike what we had at another place, quite an effort to eat – post on that coming up day after tomorrow, I think. My only bone to pick would be the rendang – the price and also the fact that it was not spicy. 😦

  14. Did the rendang come with any acar? The tom yam mayonnaise sounds interesting.

    Nope, just two thin slices of tomato and two thin slices of cucumber beside the rice. A bit of acar by the side would surely add to the colour, at least…and will go well with the rendang and the rice instead of those.

  15. ooo, with the name ‘le cafe’ i wouldn’t have quite expected a restaurant that serves asian delights … the beef rendang looks comforting πŸ™‚

    Neither did I. The rendang was very good, if only it had been spicy. 😦

  16. Tom Yam Mayo definitely sounds interesting! And does the Orange pork, reminds me of Lemon chicken which I love.

    More or less the same, I guess. Just substitute the lemon sauce with orange and the chicken with pork.

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