Leaving town…

After the wedding and the grand banquet, my girl’s friend/coursemate and hubby from Miri left town the very next day and on Monday, another coursemate of hers and a college mate, their junior in college, who were here too, were taking the evening flight back to KL and Bentong, Pahang respectively.

They were so busy the previous few days, caught up with everything that was going on but we managed to take them here…

Payung Cafe
*Archive photo*

…for lunch after they had checked out of the hotel.

Of course, this is one place not to be missed, anyone who comes to town and besides, one of them is a vegetarian so I thought this would be a good choice as there were some things on their menu that she could enjoy.

Later, I asked her what she liked best and she singled out the mushroom roll (RM16.00, RM8.00 each)…

Payung Cafe mushroom roll

…and their unique version of the mashed potatoes (RM8.00)…

Payung Cafe mashed potatoes

…that is quite different from any elsewhere.

She also enjoyed the pomelo salad (RM8.00)…

Payung Cafe pomelo salad

…and the Payung rojak (RM12.00, large)…

Payung rojak

I guess everyone knows that theirs is different from the fruit rojak elsewhere including the celebrated one here in Bintangor but I was quite surprised to find out that there is no prawn paste in it, just gula apong (nipah palm sugar) and whatever ingredients there are in their special recipe. One thing I do know is that the special sambal is cooked, the same thing with their mashed potatoes, something that is not done usually.

The newly-weds were able to join us too and of course, I ordered a few of our favourites here to share like this huge plate of their belimbing prawn spaghetti (RM17.00)…

Payung Cafe belimbing prawn spaghetti

…for instance, and we had their mango (our local quinee, actually) ice cream and their lovely banana cake with ice cream for dessert.

While we were enjoying the desserts, Andy came and served everyone a glass of water each even though we did not ask for it and that sure impressed the ladies and prompted one of them to remark, “Such good service here!”

The two girls had to check out of the hotel by noon and their flight was not until 7.00 p.m. and since they had been busy and did not have much time to go sightseeing, I drove them around to see some of the places of interest here…and much to our surprise, at the Permai Lake Gardens, we met the junior in the teacher-training institute of one of the girls and her family who came all the way from Sungai Petani, Kedah on a visit. Gee!!! I sure am glad that there actually are people who would want to come here and they said they loved it here, so very nice and different from the way things are back home!

We got to the airport before 6.00 p.m. and very soon, they were on board their flight on their way to home sweet home.

PAYUNG CAFÉ (2.284049, 111.833014) is located at No.20F, Lanang Road, Sibu, Malaysia, back to back with the multi-storey car park of the Kingwood Hotel which faces the majestic Rejang River.