Christmas Eve…

My cousin from Sydney, Australia flew into town the night before Christmas Eve and his brother from Miri that morning and I took them to lunch…

Lunch with cousins Alister & Yuk Ping

here. It wasn’t as gaily decorated for Christmas as in previous years

Payung Christmas decor 2016 1

…just a little bit here and there…

Payung Christmas decor 2

…but I like how there are always fresh flowers…

Payung fresh flowers

…here, there and everywhere each time we drop by this place.

Well, my cousin liked the otak-otak (RM13.00 with rice)…

Payung otak otak

…and the mushroom roll (RM8.00)…

Payung mushroom roll

…though they did not seem to get him all that excited. His mum is a Hakka and he had his fill of kacang ma all those times when she was in confinement with lots of ginger and wine so he was not too thrilled by what he had here (RM16.00)…

Payung kacang ma chicken

He felt it was not as strong as he would have loved it to be and besides, it was overshadowed by the stronger tastes of the other dishes. I did notice that there wasn’t any of the fried hair-like/fibrous shredded ginger on top – they would usually have that in the past.

He enjoyed my daughter’s favourite, the Bangladeshi lamb curry (RM19.00)…

Payung Bangladeshi lamb curry

…very much but it was the belimbing prawns (RM17.00)…

Payung belimbing prawns

(we had two servings of this)…and the Payung rojak (RM10.00, small)…

Payung rojak, small

…that won his praises the most. He loved the generous use of the herbs and all the natural ingredients and how every dish was unique in its own right, not anything he could find elsewhere in the world…and he does travel a great deal, I must say.

We shared the durian ice cream, the mango ice cream (which is actually quinee, our local mango) and the Dreamy Nite for dessert and with our drinks, the total came up to RM135.00 for 5 persons. I guess that wasn’t too bad especially when everybody enjoyed what I ordered that day…and besides, it isn’t every day that I can get to meet my cousin from Australia and that sure called for something a little bit more special that the usual.

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Author: suituapui

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

9 thoughts on “Christmas Eve…”

  1. Lovely presentations and beautiful photos! Merry Christmas to you and your family. 🙂

    Thanks, yours is today, I guess – one day later. Hope you have a great day, cheers!!!

  2. The way they arrange the flowers looks like there is a small X’mas tree in the middle, very creative. As always, food looks great at this place. Love them to bits.

    Indeed, they’re always very creative here and yes, that was Christmas tree in their floral arrangement. Nice. You’ve been here before, tried their fare? Of course, that day, I had to ask for the regular, not our usual extra spicy – my cousin has lived abroad most of his life so I was afraid he might not be able to handle anything a bit too hot.

  3. I love that they used fresh flowers. Better and refreshing.

    Love all the dishes you have. They never fail to impress.

    One plus point here. In fact, if those other people want to put those fake flowers, they might as well not have any flowers as well. Such a put off, no class at all.

    Indeed, one can treat oneself to some very impressive stuff here, very very nice.

  4. Ambiance plays a part too when it comes to gathering like this… though the food portion is not big, nevertheless it gives us excuse to order more varieties!

    That’s true, we ordered and shared…and my cousin managed to get to try quite a few in just one visit…and as far as ambiance goes, this place sure beats a whole lot of others here and everywhere else hands down.

  5. The otah, my favourite…

    Well, you’ll never get to try the ones here since you are not bothered to come over, so very nice – real fish flakes, anytime better than the fish cake-like texture of the Singapore or Muar ones.

  6. I don’t know why but from photo 2 I know the restaurant is Payung. Very nice photo of all of you! Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas yesterday.

    Yes, it’s unmistakably Payung, the decor, the food. It was good yesterday, post in my blog coming right up tomorrow.

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