Whatever your heart desires…

Yes, we’re into the 2nd week of the two-week-long mid-year school holidays and of course, we’ve been going around for whatever my girl desires to let her enjoy everything before she goes back to her school in the jungle when classes resume next week.

Of course, we did stop by here but no, she did not want her usual, the bryani rice with mutton curry – I guess she had had enough of that when we were here a couple of days earlier. Instead, she wanted what her mum had on her last two visits – the ikan kembong sumbat set (RM17.50) with the fish…

Cafe Ind ikan kembong sumbat

…deboned and stuffed with the minced fish and whatever else prior to cooking…and there was this special kerabu kind of thing by the side…

Cafe Ind kerabu

…and the brinjal, grilled and after that, the skin was removed, served with its special sambal

Cafe Ind grilled skinless brinjal with sambal

…and of course, she enjoyed it…especially the brinjal – she absolutely loves that vegetable!

The mum went back to what used to be her favourite, the kalio ayam set (RM14.50)…

Cafe Ind kalio ayam rice set

They certainly were very generous with the mixed vegetables by the side…

Cafe Ind mixed vegetables

…and yes, the curry…

Cafe Ind kalio ayam curry

…with the two huge chinks of chicken was absolutely superb. It used to be served in a “banana boat” and I do think that looked nicer but of course what matters most would be the taste.

My missus made a special request for it to be extra spicy but it wasn’t, not at all. Later in the day, I received an sms from the boss to extend his apologies – the lady chef somehow forgot completely about it. I said it did not matter as it was very nice and we enjoyed it very much. Besides, my missus helped herself to those little fresh chilies in our orders, meant for presentation, and that was good enough for her.

I was not all that keen on mutton curry so instead of the mutton bryani set on their menu, I asked for the mutton masala (RM16.00)…

Cafe Ind mutton masala

…and the bryani rice (RM7.00)…

Cafe Ind bryani rice

…to go with it. I did not think the mutton masala was in any way different from the curry or maybe there was but I could not really tell so it would have been cheaper (RM19.50) if I had ordered the set instead of the two separate orders combined…

Cafe Ind mutton masala & bryani rice

There was a whole lot of lamb in the bowl though and yes, it certainly was very nice indeed.

Then, on another day, we stopped by here because my girl wanted the Norwegian salmon with lemon butter sauce (RM30.90)…

CafeCafe Giant grilled salmon with potato tuna salad

…that I ordered on our previous visit and she sure enjoyed it a lot so she wanted to have a go at it again.

The mum had their tomato kway teow (RM11.90) and the serving was huge enough for at least two or three people. Because of the dim surroundings, the photograph came out blur but it was not all that photogenic, anyway. She liked it and of course, she barely managed to finish half of it. I did try a bit but it was too sour for my liking – I would very much prefer the one I would have time and time again here.

It was around the time of the Gawai Dayak Festival that day and they were offering the traditional ethnic rice wine, the tuak

CafeCafe Giant tuak

…on the house – one just had to request for it and my missus did. I just had a sip and yes, it was very nice tuak indeed.

I had the masak hitam beef rice set once while my missus had their kapitan chicken rice set so this time, I asked for the beef rendang rice set (RM17.90)…

Cafe Cafe Giant beef rendang rice set

…and yes, the beef rendang was very nice and I did enjoy the sides – the dry acar (pickles) on the left and the tempura ladies’ fingers and brinjal on the right and that very small fried mantao (bun, partially hidden in the photograph) right beside them. There you have it – two places, two delightful lunches. Do stick around for more!

CAFE IND (2.290813, 111.829294) is located along Laichee Lane, right behind behind a block of shops facing the main road (Jalan Kampung Nyabor) where the Bank Simpanan Nasional, Sibu branch (2.290561, 111.829071), is located while CAFE CAFE, Giant Hypermart outlet (2.325540, 111.853538), is located on the ground floor of the mega mall located to the left of SMK Bandar Sibu along Jalan Ling Kai Cheng. 

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