Before…

Last Saturday evening, the ladies went to see a special musical performance at the ballroom of a leading hotel in town but I did not go as we did not have enough of the complimentary tickets. It was scheduled to start at 8.30 p.m. so we decided to go for dinner first and of course, it was very convenient to go here as they are, in fact, located back to back to each other.

I spotted this…

Payung Cafe centrepiece

…as soon as I got there. It seemed that they had not had that for a while, probably because they had been rather busy with this and that going on over these past few months or they ran out of those simple local flowers and it appears to me that all the plants here seem to thrive in the current dry weather – you can get to see all kinds in a myriad of colours all over town.

We had the papaya salad…

Payung Cafe papaya salad

…but my sis could not eat that as there was udang kering (dried prawns) in it – we did not know when we decided to order that. The rest of us enjoyed it a lot, a welcome change from the pomelo salad that we would usually have or their very nice Payung rojak.

Owing to her allergy, my sister could not eat the lovely belimbing prawns…

Payung Cafe belimbing prawns

…that Peter, the boss, took upon himself to specially cook for us that night and it was really exceptionally good.

My girl wanted her favourite here, the lamb masala

Payung Cafe lamb masala

…and the mum wanted her kacangma chicken…

Payung Cafe kacangma chicken

…and I also ordered the Payung otak-otak fish…

Payung otak-otak fish

After having had their fill, the ladies went to see the show and they sure enjoyed it very much, very good for a local production, they said but even though the newspaper report said it was a full house, according to them, it wasn’t so and I could have tagged along as well. For one thing, in my humble opinion, the organisers should have made the tickets available at some place more convenient and less obscure/desolate such as the hotel lobby, for instance…or the café where we had dinner before the show.

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