Different day…

We had not been here ever since that time when we dropped by on a Sunday and I was put off by the poor service and what we were served that day.

We did drive by frequently though (my house is just round the corner) and we noticed that it was open on Tuesdays which used to be their off day and they were closed on Mondays instead. True enough, when we dropped by the other day, we saw this sign…

Colourful Cafe sign

…there which means that they only open in the morning on Sundays and the shop is closed Sunday night and every Monday. If I am not wrong, I do not think they open the whole day – usually, it is from 7.00 a.m. till 2.00 p.m. and they open again in the evening at around 6.00 p.m. till 10 or 11.

A friend of mine was also grumbling to me that day about their smaller servings…and I thought my experience that Sunday was just an isolated case and it was because of the crowd and they were so busy that the servings were not consistent, not as much as what we would get usually. She said that she used to order one plate of fried kway teow and there was enough for her to share with her kid but when she went recently, there was so little on the plate that she had to let her kid have all of it and order another one for herself.

Well, that morning, both my missus and I ordered their nasi lemak and she wanted hers with beef curry…

Colourful Cafe nasi lemak with beef curry

It looked all right this time around – there was quite a lot of the sambal and even though it did not look like there was a lot of beef, they sure were very generous with the gravy…

Colourful Cafe beef curry

I did wish they were not all that messy though.

I did not want to take the chance of getting just a spoonful of masak hitam beef like the last time so I asked for the chicken wing – after all, a wing is a wing and surely they would not be giving me just the drumette or the rest of it and yes, I did get the whole wing…

Colourful Cafe chicken wing

…and yes, I got a whole lot of the sambal

Colourful Cafe nasi lemak chicken wing

Β …as well. It was a little spicy that day, just the way I like it.

It so happened that my neighbour and his wife were there too that morning for brunch and both of them had the Sarawak laksa – it looked all right, the serving. I did not think they got less than usual so I guess things are pretty much back to normal…so it is all right to drop by here again but maybe, not on a Sunday.

The guy there who was making the drinks, including the horrible coffee that I had, was nowhere to be seen. My guess is they have terminated his service and what I had that morning, my kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) was to me, good enough.

My neighbour and his wife finished eating first and as they were leaving, they told us that they had settled our bill for us. That was so kind and generous of them, thank you, Robert Β and missus. Hopefully, we’ll bump into the two of you again some place someday. Hehehehehe!!!!

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Author: suituapui

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21 thoughts on “Different day…”

  1. Seems like their service and serving sizes are inconsistent. Kind of like a hit and miss, take your risk should you choose to eat there. If the price is not that high, then it is ok to take the risk of eating there. So nice of your neighbour and his wife. Here in the coffee shops, we often pay when our food is served so there is no chance for some other people to quietly pay for us, hehehehe.

    Everything, both service and serving, was good before and the food, I would say, would be among the best in town and prices are reasonable – just that Sunday and in the case of my friend, dunno when she went. Probably best to go when it is not so packed.

    Here too at most, if not all of the Chinese coffee shops – pay when you are served but not this one. Maybe he is following the system when he was at that franchise place – order, served, eat…and pay (I usually go to the counter to do that). However, some generous friends may just leave some money with the waiting staff to pay for their orders and mine before we are served…so those people will deduct all that is due and give them the change.

    1. Here there is no way to leave money with the waiting staff because each individual stall collects their own money from the customers so your generous friends would need to know which stall you have ordered from in order to pay them in advance before the individual stall serves you the food. Furthermore the stalls here are so busy that I don’t think they will want to collect advanced payment for someone else and then have to remember to give back the change to the correct party. They would rather just collect when serving the dish, no need to remember and keep track of anything.

      Ah yes, this is a small one, one owner selling the food, drinks, everything.

      Ahhhh!!! Just spotted this article, shared on Facebook – there is some mention in the last paragraph and “American pay” is the term here meaning going Dutch.
      http://www.sarawakiana.net/2016/06/sarawak-way-bukan-american-pay.html

      1. Hahaha, the Sarawak way is to berebut-rebut untuk bayar. Thanks for the link! πŸ˜€

        The older folks and the Foochows (like me) especially. πŸ˜€

  2. I still remember my first days in Malaysia when I was served with a food even messier than that, I was totally shocked as I was not used to that kind of serving. But well whats important is that the food was great.

    You probably went to one of those nasi kandar shops over in the peninsula side of the country where they literally splash your plate of rice with all the gravy from the different curries and they can make quite a mess. I would just ask for one of my choice, not used to them mixing everything up like that…and I would agree with you – most importantly, the food must taste nice, no point if the presentation is good but the taste does not measure up.

  3. So much gravy!! Too wet to my liking. ^^

    Nice of your neighbours to treat you.

    I don’t mind that as I always mix with the rice and eat but yes, they could have served the curry in a little bowl so people would have the choice to flood their rice with the gravy or not. Hopefully, that extra effort would not translate into extra charge though. Hehehehe!!!

    Yes, I’m so blessed to be surrounded by all the kind and generous people, praise the Lord.

  4. Changing business days and hours seems to be a common practice here too. It can’t be good for business to leave customers wondering if they’re open or not.

    They must have a reason for the change. Probably they found coping with the crowd on Sundays a bit too taxing so they have decided to close starting Sunday night and rest the whole day Monday. The thing is different places close on different days and it gets quite complicated, so hard to remember which days not to go to which one.

  5. I prefer anything with gravy to be served separately instead of drowning onto the rice. So generous with the sambal. Most coffee shop practise the system, pay when food is served, but this one is exceptional.

    The Malay shops and stalls here usually do not – they will just tell you to makan dulu. Some Chinese shops here don’t as well but I think most do, the big ones especially.

    You’re like my father – that is why he will never go to those chap fan places and when he does, he will insist on everything being served in separate bowls and plates, not all dumped on the rice. My girl is the opposite – she will refuse any offer of plates or bowls and insist on having it all in one plate on her rice, gravy and all. I’m fine with both – anything goes.

  6. So nice of your neighbor! We don’t communicate with our neighbor, more like the hi-bye kinda relationship

    City lifestyle, I guess. In the small towns here, everybody knows everybody, not just their immediate neighbours.

  7. They are indeed very generous with The gravy, they are indeed overflowing… I like the dried fried chicken wing to go with nasi lemak… over here in Ipoh, I like one shop they served with drumstick.. the nasi lemak cost around RM8.90 if not mistaken..

    Wowwww!!! But with one thigh/drumstick that is very reasonable. It should be around RM8.00 here. This one with one chicken wing is RM6.00, if I am not wrong.

  8. Not much meat at all for the nasi lemak. Incidentally I had nasi lemak today and the rice tasted like ordinary rice, not lemak at all 😦 Your neighbor is very kind and generous to give you and missus a treat πŸ™‚

    Yes, lovely people.

    Basic nasi lemak no meat – I do not mind that. All I need would be for the rice to be lemak enough and not dry and hard and the sambal to be very spicy and nice. Any meat added is secondary. This one that day, the sambal was very nice and they did give quite a lot of that, the rice was ok…so on the whole, I’d give it a thumbs up.

  9. That’s really kind of your neighbour! I always find that merchants should provide advance notice if they are changing their day offs.

    I guess they did – see the date on that torn notice, just that we did not drop by for a long time so we did not know.

    1. I noticed it. πŸ™‚ It’s just that some of the restaurants I’ve patronised (in KL, I mean) didn’t provide ample notice. =.=

      These days, with the social media, many will inform via Facebook and the like but not the old traditional coffee shops and restaurants, I guess. At best, there would be a notice stuck onto the stall or the door of the shop.

  10. Nasi lemak looks good. I love nasi lemak…you know what, altho I love Japanese food, but as soon as I returned M’sia…nasi lemak was my first meal! hahahaha…

    Same. I was in the UK for three months and on our flight back, everyone was fighting for the nasi lemak…and we all know the MAS nasi lemak is never all that nice but it was like heaven to us. In the end, I did not get any – they ran out of it so I was so so so pissed off. 😦

  11. Glad that this time around the food is satisfactory. I love my rice to be flooded with gravy too. Yums!

    So nice of your neighbour to settle your bill. It is the norm with us Malaysian to do such thing, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

    Hopefully, that’s the way it is – back to normal again, as nice as before. Would be so disappointed otherwise as we do enjoy a lot of the stuff here.

    Yes, and typical Foochow style is to fight over who pays the bill. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  12. Banyaknya curry on that nasi lemak! It could almost pass off as nasi kandar, at first glance, heh πŸ˜‰

    Not really, the rice has been spared from the splashing, no way that will happen at the nasi kandar shops, all flooded. I will just stick to one curry gravy, no mixing and I would stop the guy before the rice grains start swimming, don’t like it too wet. Ummmm…soaking in the gravy, I mean. πŸ˜€

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