Stop for a while…

Last Friday, we had to drive to our girl’s school in the jungle to get her as her colleague, the one whom she would hitch a lift back with every week after school, had something on in Sibu so she had to come back a day earlier.

It was already past 1.00 p.m. and we had not had our lunch so we stopped by here

D'Santai Cafe

…for a while. Actually, it is along the way – we would go straight ahead (to the left) along that main road in the background…

D'Santai Cafe road signs

…to get home and if you turn left into Lane 2A1 and left again into Lane 2A, this place is right at the corner on your left.

There were these bananas…

D'Santai Cafe complimentary bananas on Fridays

…on every table and I asked the girl if they were complimentary and she said yes, they would give that every Friday. I am not familiar with this traditional practice and was wondering if I should eat them all. However, I saw those at the other tables eating one each and leaving the rest behind so I just had…two! Hehehehe!!!!

My girl was not with us the previous/first time we were here and since we did enjoy what we had that day, I reckoned she would want to come here and give it a try as well.

I ordered the terung berlado (RM6.00)…

D'Santai Cafe terung berlado

…and yes, I was right – it is something like our sambal terung and if I am not wrong, lado in Indonesian is lada in Malay, chili so this would be brinjal with (sambal) chili. It was very nice just that I thought what we had here was nicer but when I asked my girl, she said that both were nice and added that anything terung would be nice. Duh!!! LOL!!!

I was not surprised at all that my missus wanted something from the bumbu ijo (green chili sambal) section. I had that the last time and the sambal was so very hot and so very nice. It was our no-meat Friday so she asked for the sotong/squid (RM11.50)…

D'Santai Cafe bumbu ijo sotong

…and though they did not seem that generous with the sambal this time around, it was good and my girl liked it as well.

I had the ikan keli bakar, the grilled cat fish (RM9.50)…

D'Santai Cafe ikan keli bakar 1

…and it was very good…

D'Santai Cafe ikan keli bakar 2

We both agreed that it had an edge over the ikan tilapia bakar (RM15.00)…

D'Santai Cafe tilapia bakar

…that my girl had.

My ex-student commented on my post on Facebook that they did not return the 50 sen change when he was here that day. Well, my bill came up to RM49.50 – together with our orders, I had mineral water, my girl loved the honey lemon she had and my missus said that her three-layer tea was so very good, anytime better than the kopi-o-peng we had before…and yes, the boy asked if I had 50 sen or not. Hmmm…I certainly hope this is not a tactic that they use or they just can’t be bothered to get some loose change ready at hand all the time but yes, I had a 50 sen coin so I gave it to him and he gave me the one ringgit change back.

D’SANTAI CAFE (2.305748, 111.863080) is located among the shops to the right of Star Mega Mall, visible from the main road, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (road to Sibu Airport), round the corner from the newly-opened TK Hardware store there.

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Author: suituapui

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

12 thoughts on “Stop for a while…”

  1. It’s looking so lush and green over there!

    Yes, but some of the trees along the roads do need a bit of care and maintenance, the parasitic plants are killing them and they do need some fertilisers.

  2. Hmm. I do hope it is not the practice of not stand by loose change. That is unacceptable. Otherwise dont bother have the cents in the price tag.

    I think I would enjoy the fish as well. Looked so good.

    Otherwise, just write it off, not much and a small gesture like that, like the complimentary bananas, would keep people happy and get them to come back. I would have asked him to keep the change but since he seemed to be trying to do the same as what he did to my ex-student, no way!!! Two can play at this same game.

  3. Can’t believe doing business without loose change. Not logic. Using this trick to shortchange people, by the end of the day, they would have gain a susbstantial amount. Is that pisang emas? I love them.

    Yes, it was pisang emas – my favourite is kayleng chio.

    I heard the owner is/was working at a government office, dunno if she knows of this thing going on…but once I dropped by the office to pay my road tax/driving license and there was 80 sen in the total, the lady at the counter asked if I had change…so I gave her 70 sen plus 10 sen in one sen coins, those days still could be used and she said they would not accept the one sen coins. I told her ini duit keluaran kerajaan, jikalau jabatan kerajaan tak terima, siapa nak terima lagi? She angrily looked in her drawers, her handbag…to look for the 20 sen change. I guess that’s their kebudayaan, the way they function.

  4. What were those yellow bits on top of the fishes?

    Ahhhh!!! Somebody asked the same thing in my previous post on this place. That’s kerisik, probably Indonesian style. Very nice!

  5. Why is the price of the catfish so much lower than the tilapia?

    I was wondering the same thing too – I thought the tilapia would be cheaper…but I guess it was very big, definitely more than twice the size of the catfish.

  6. I am glad you enjoyed it! This is so important, to enjoy a meal.

    Yes, we sure enjoyed what we had and yes, we would definitely want to go back there again.

  7. They are doing business, should have loose change leh…

    Somebody should go and tell them that. Seems that it is not easy to get coins here – I know a few places where they will gladly give you notes in exchange if you bring all the coins you’ve saved to them.

  8. wah, look at how moist and tender the catfish flesh is … kudos to the cooks! 🙂

    Yes, they really do it perfectly well here, same with the chicken we had on our earlier visit…unlike some other places here, so overdone till hard and dry, absolutely ruined.

  9. The bananas …. they don’t look like it’s berangan or tali either. In fact, it resembles like the Australian goldfinger ones. The fish looks fresh – fresher than the ones we’ve had here.

  10. I would have eaten two or maybe 3 of those bananas. I love bananas and so does Ayden and William but not Ethan. That boy will stay far, far away from all fruits >_<

    You love bananas? Hmmmm!!! 😀 😀 Me too! Potassium. But my favourite is what we call kayleng chio. What? Ethan doesn’t eat fruits? Oh dear! I’m not a fan of most either but I do eat bananas and papayas on a very regular basis.

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