Table for one…

Last Saturday evening, after the sunset service at the cathedral in town, I dropped by Payung Café, thinking that they would have put up their Christmas decorations but unfortunately, they had been too busy to get down to it. Peter, the boss, had been commissioned to make one for the annual Christmas tree display at the town square like what we had last year and every year before this for a number of years now and he was still there that night getting the lights done for the tree…

Christmas in Sibu - tree by Peter of Payung Cafe
*Photo taken by Peter that night*

Now, don’t you think that is absolutely stunning? Peter is always so creative and so good with his hands – that is evident in the uniquely beautiful decor at his café anytime and everytime.

Actually, I was also there with the intention of asking for their help with my rambutan tree…again. This time around, there were a few branches growing over the roof of my house and they were weighed down by the weight of the fruits, touching the roof. I was worried that the ants would come crawling on the branches and get into the house so I wanted to get them cut and thrown away, too bad that I had to sacrifice the fruits. I mentioned it to Andy but I said that if they were too busy, it would be all right – I would have to try and get it done myself…somehow.

To my delight, they showed up at my house the next morning and in no time at all, the job was done…

My rambutan tree

…and those people would not accept any payment whatsoever for their labour. Aren’t they just so wonderful? Thank you so much, everybody, thank you…thank you…thank you!

Well, since I was there, I decided to just have my dinner before heading home and with the ladies out of town at the time, I had it all alone at my table for one.

I ordered their coconut shake (RM9.00)…

Payung Cafe coconut shake

…to try and yes, it was very nice, very strong on the rich taste of coconut and so very refreshing with the vanilla ice cream in it.

I had their very nice, different-from-the-rest mashed potatoes (RM8.00)…

Payung Cafe mashed potatoes

that we just had the other day to go with the beef spaghetti (RM17.00)…

Payung Cafe beef spaghetti

Of course, I enjoyed the dinner and having had my fill, I made my way home…alone.

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.

Author: suituapui

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

12 thoughts on “Table for one…”

  1. That Christmas decor by Peter is amazingly beautiful at night. Again, they are very kind to help you without taking any payment. Your rambutans are growing beautifully and abundantly. Simply lovely.

    You had a wonderful dinner for one. I am really curious how different their mashed potato is.

    Very different. It is cooked, not just boiled and mashed. I could taste the hint of toasted garlic and I am pretty sure they add salt and pepper. No msg used in this cafe.

    We got one big bagful of rambutans from the branches cut but too bad, mostly unripe and some still green. Waiting for them to ripen and I can pluck and send over to them to enjoy, they’re such nice people.

    Yes, the tree is so very nice, very unique and creative. I hope it wins the competition.

  2. The Christmas tree is amazingly beautiful. So unique & different from other Christmas tree I have seen thus far. Thumbs up to Payung & team.

    Thank you on their behalf. I hope they will win but of course, one can never tell. These public competitions, sometimes it depends on whether one has the right connections, often the outcome can be rather disappointing.

  3. Very healthy looking rambutans! You’ll have a feast of them soon. The Christmas tree looks really good.

    Yes, it does, eh? They sure did a great job. I’m waiting for the rambutans to ripen, will ask them to come and pluck, help themselves. I can’t eat more than maybe two or three, sore throat…and at times, even fever. Heaty, same with fruits like durians and our local mango (quinee). 😦

  4. Nice Christmas tree indeed. Peter is really creative and talented.

    Wow! I see snowflakes dropping from your blog. Nice! Very Christmas feel.

    He is indeed! It has been snowing since December 1st. You haven’t dropped back for a while, I guess. Welcome back.

  5. Very impressive and stunning blue Christmas tree!!

    Coconut shake. Reminded me of the banana shake and watermelon shake that I had in Phuket. ^^ very good but filling especially the banana shake. I would like to try the coconut shake. Haha.

    Yes, their durian shake is also very nice but durian season is just starting – they have yet to stock up on their fresh durian cream. Personally, I like this coconut one better.

    The tree is really nice. Fingers crossed, hope it wins.

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