I’m in control…

This used to be a Malaysian franchise outlet

I prefer original 1

…but I heard that one fine day, the franchise owner decided to call it a day so these people here were left to take over control and manage on their own. However, I heard from my friend/ex-classmate, Robert, that the guy still holds the franchise under one of his companies using this new name which I feel is a good thing as I could never understand why the place should be named after that West Malaysian town when it had no connection whatsoever with it.

Other than the change in name, they did do a bit…

I prefer original 2

…here and there…

I prefer original 3

…with the decor of the place.

No, I did not drop by all that often even during those days when it was still a franchise but I do remember having enjoyed some of the stuff they dished out then. I had not been here for a long time though and I could not remember why until I saw this…

10% service charge

On top of the 6% GST, they are charging 10% service charge. I do not mind giving if the food is really great and the service is excellent but I do not fancy the idea of being forced to fork out the money for this.

My missus had their nasi lemak nyonya (RM10.90)…

I prefer original nasi lemak nyonya

…which was in their set lunch menu which meant that she could pick a free drink from the list…

I prefer original set lunch menu

…at the bottom somewhere. I did try a bit of the rice which was not lemak, unfortunately, and the chicken and also the sambal and I would say that I was not impressed – I still prefer the nasi lemak that I can get here but my missus insisted that this was nicer. Ah well! Like I always say, one man’s meat is another man’s poison, to each his own!

I had the nasi ayam penyet (RM11.50)…

I prefer original nasi ayam penyet 1

…which was on their set lunch menu before, going for RM9.90+ with one free drink. I wish they did not give those no-class-at-all mini keropok (prawn crackers) by the side – it would not have been so bad if they had been very nice but they were not, far from it!

The moment I started eating, it dawned on me why we liked it a lot when we had it before. The sambal was super spicy, very very nice and yes, the chicken was good too…

I prefer original nasi ayam penyet 2

…and I did enjoy the pickles by the side. Should I happen to drop by and order this again, I most certainly would ask them to leave out the keropok and give me a bit more of the pickles.

The total, including the kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee), RM3.90, that I had came up to RM26.30 and with the service charge and GST, RM4.37 in total, all in all, I had to fork out RM30.65 altogether. The service was prompt and efficient but considering that I had to pay 10% more for that, I did feel that they could at least smile a bit and make some effort to be more friendly or cordial. Other than that, looking at the general quality of what we had and the prices in general, I may drop by again should I happen to be in the vicinity and I feel like having something here but you will definitely not find me going out of my way for this.

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Author: suituapui

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

5 thoughts on “I’m in control…”

  1. Yes, I also prefer pickles than the mini keropok. Can see that they are generous with the sambal.

    Happy Chap Goh Mei to you & your loved ones.

    Thank you & Happy Chap Goh Meh to you and yours too!!! For an extra 50% of the usual prices at the regular shops and stalls, one would expect a lot more than just extra sambal. Tsk! Tsk!

  2. Cute wall decor. Look like stickers.

    Hope they improve on their food.

    The food is ok, the prices too – that is to be expected of places like this and the 6% GST, no choice – I hear if you make more than half a million in a month, you have to charge that. I do wish they would remove that 10% service charge though especially when I was not really impressed by the ones I encountered that day – not even a smile, not at all friendly, kind of cold and impersonal…unlike those at other places here in Sibu.

  3. Ooo there’s a I Prefer Original too in Subang – prices are predictably higher compared to Sibu’s, but I do like how they try to offer a lot of crowd-pleasers and some interesting dishes that keep the heritage of regional Malaysian cuisines alive 😉

    Oh? It’s a Sarawak franchise or at least the owner is from here, a Tan Sri. All’s all right here, lots of choices and we’ve had some nice stuff time and again, just that with the 10% service charge, they should train their waiting staff to be a whole lot friendlier and more pleasant than the ones I encountered that day.

  4. I know what you mean. Sometimes a place serves good food but I am reluctant to go eat there again because the people working there do not look friendly at all – they look as if they are being forced to work there so the feeling is not nice eating there.

    They were just cold, impersonal, no smiles, no thank you’s, nothing – like robots but they were not as bad as another one I went to – I took a photograph of the workers making the dough for the roti canai and they looked at me so fiercely like they were going to get up and bash me up. I would never go back there again – the food’s expensive and not nice, anyway.

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