What came first…

That evening, when we wanted to go and watch the outdoor performances in conjunction with the Sibu International Dance Festival by the mighty Rajang here…

The Rajang River, Sibu

…we made our way there earlier to stop by here (2.284596,111.831437)…

Le Ark Cafe Sibu

…for dinner first.

We had not been here for a while now after a few disappointments previously when the place was undergoing some change of hands time and time again but I was here a couple of times myself here and here. However, it was a convenient choice for us as the dances would be performed at the Esplanade right beside it and besides, my girl heard from a colleague that they were very generous with the lamb chops that they had and they quite liked the food here.

I have always loved this place for its award-winning architectural design and also their very nice decor…

Le Ark Cafe decor 1

…all throughout the various sections of the cafe…

Le Ark Cafe decor 2

…some indoors, air conditioned and non-smoking…

No smoking

…and some outside on the balconies.

Any place that has fresh natural flowers…

Fresh flowers

…would definitely get the nod of approval from me – either they have those or none at all. Those tacky plastic ones would only make a place look cheap and look, they have tablecloth here too! Another thumbs up for them!

The place was crowded with all the dancers. What we did not know then was that they were sponsoring the dinner for them that evening prior to their performances. It did not matter much as we were shown to a private section of the cafe upstairs, the same one where my ex-students had the 1st birthday party for their son that day…and the service was prompt and very good.

My missus had the faludah (RM8.48, inclusive of GST)…

Le Ark Cafe faludah

…that she and my girl liked very much – something like ais kacang or one of those, they said. My girl had their 100 Plus (RM4.24, inclusive of GST) while I stuck faithfully to my big glass of iced water, free of charge.

The two ladies ordered their grilled pork chop with smoked BBQ sauce (RM26.50 each, including GST)…

Le Ark Cafe prok chop 1

…and boy, they sure were very generous with the meat – two huge slabs of it!

Le Ark Cafe pork chop 2

I went for their pan-grilled lamb chop with rosemary sauce (RM29.68, inclusive of GST)…

Le Ark Cafe lamb chop 1

…that my girl’s colleague liked a lot and yes, like what she said, there was a lot of meat…

Le Ark Cafe lamb chop 2

…in the dish as well.

Both tasted great though we would prefer the meat to be a bit more tender so it would not require as much effort to chew and eat…and I do think that when it comes to lamb, mint would go better with it than rosemary. It certainly was not cheap though – the bill came up to RM95.40 but for the good service and the nice place plus the food was fine too,  I just paid RM100 and asked them to keep the change.