Long overdue…

This was long overdue. When my brother was home from Auckland, New Zealand, I took him here for lunch and my girl saw the photographs that her mum shared with her on whatsapp (yes, she has a smartphone, not me) and that triggered her craving for what she loves a lot here – the very delightful Indian butter chicken (RM18.00 plus RM2.00 for the switch to biryani rice)…

Cafe IND Indian butter chicken with biryani rice

We had been caught up with this and that on the weekends she was home including the long Good Friday/Easter Monday weekend and also the one-week school break around the end of March so we never got round to it until last Saturday and of course, she ordered what she wanted.

The mum, as always, had the Indonesian kalio ayam (RM14.50)…

Cafe IND Indonesian kalio ayam

…and she requested for it to be extra extra spicy and yes, it most certainly was, much to her delight and very much to her liking.

On my part, I would prefer the spiciness to be toned down a little so as to be able to enjoy the very nice Indonesian curry taste in the dish without it being drowned out by all that spiciness…but of course, she’s not me. After all, it is scientifically proven that unlike poles attract, right? LOL!!!

I had the ikan sumbat (RM18.00)…

Cafe IND Indonesian ikan sumbat

…that day, something I had not had for a while now and yes, though the ikan kembong was kind of small, they managed to take all the bones out and stuff the meat back inside with whatever ingredients added – I think I saw what appeared to me like grated coconut…

Ikan sumbat, dissected

…and there was this kerabu


by the side and yes, I did enjoy my order especially the baked and peeled skinless brinjal with the lovely sauce…

Skinless brinjal with sauce

…on top. It was thick and nutty, something like satay sauce, maybe even a little nicer, but I could not see any of the crushed peanut in it and all the while, I was wishing they had given a lot more than that so that I could enjoy it with the rice and everything else. As in the case of the nasi ulam that I cooked the other day, I thought on the whole, the dish was quite dry and I would love a bit of sauce, sambal or gravy and in the end, I helped myself to a bit of what was in my missus’ kalio ayam and my girl’s butter chicken.

Incidentally, if anyone is thinking of going for those dishes on their Indian menu, you’d better hurry because towards the end of this month, that tall and handsome authentic Indian chef will be going home and he will not be back till after Hari Raya – that will be sometime in June, I guess.

In the meantime, all those on their Indonesian menu will be available as usual…and I did hear that the guy has taught the Indonesian chef to cook the biryani rice and the mutton curry and what not so those would also be available but not their tandoori chicken nor their butter chicken (as he uses the tandoori chicken to cook the curry) or the rotis or anything cooked using the traditional oven.

CAFE IND (2.290813, 111.829294) is located along Laichee Lane, right behind one block of shops facing the main road (Jalan Kampung Nyabor) where the Bank Simpanan Nasional, Sibu branch (2.290561, 111.829071), is located.