It had its humble beginning in the 70’s as The Blue Splendour Restaurant occupying two shoplots on the first floor in the block of shops directly opposite the Sarawak House/Premier Hotel. Many would agree that the food served there was among the best in town, if not THE best. I held my wedding reception there and later, my late parents celebrated their Golden Jubilee there as well.
When the Wisma Sanyan, Sarawak’s tallest building at the time, was completed, it moved there. taking up most of the 5th Floor. Yes, it became really big and was the venue of many grand dinners. I checked my archive and I only have this post on my ex-colleague’s son’s wedding banquet held there and this one where I was invited to my friends’ mum’s 80th birthday bash. The business flourished; any opportunity we had to host a dinner, we would have it there until one day, for some personal reasons, best kept private, the owner decided to call it a day and closed down the place.
I think it was in 2010 when this place was open…
…and much to our delight, the chief chef from the Blue Splendour Restaurant was the one behind it, along with his wife, the very friendly Captain of the waiting staff in the old place and of course, we were delighted that the food served at this new place…
…was just as nice, perhaps even nicer than the old place so just as in the old place, whatever reason I had to host a dinner…
…I would not hesitate to make a reservation…
One of the main attractions here was this irresistible dong po pork belly (东坡肉)…
…served with mantao (steamed dumplings)…
I would definitely order it everytime I had the opportunity, definitely something not to be missed. There are other places serving stewed pork belly with mantao…
…like this too but no, none of them came anywhere near theirs.
I loved this fish dish…
…so much but it was too big to order that everytime we dined there. Of course. whenever we had a dinner for 10, I would not miss this dish, that was for sure!
Their creamy butter prawns…
…were really good too. My girl loved it so much so it was on our must-order list everytime we dropped by.
I think it was in 2016 when they moved to a new place, their own building…
…a stone’s throw away from their former location. Probably it was too big for them to handle but when we went there, twice, we felt that generally, the quality of the food had dropped and the prices were more expensive than before so we stopped going.
It was only in 2019 when my friend told me that I could go there again as the quality of the food was as good as before and the prices were more affordable too that I went back again and yes, it was great – just like before. Why, when my cousin came home from Sydney, Australia that year around Christmas, I took him for lunch there and he loved it!
Unfortunately, our happiness was short-lived because the other day, they announced on social media that they would open till the 30th of June only. That is indeed absolutely tragic!!!
I guess with the pandemic going on and on like it is never going to end, there is really no point in carrying on. Unlike many other people, they would not have to pay rental for the use of their premises since they own the place but for a restaurant this big, they would have a whole lot of cooks and waiting staff working for them. Since dining in is not allowed for so long already, it is really not feasible to keep the place running and paying all their salaries/wages for nothing.
I guess this is where the story ends and to the people at The Blue Splendour and later, the Ming Mei Shi Restaurant, thank you for the years of great food and wonderful memories!
名美食大酒家 Ming Mei Shi Restaurant (2.293896, 111.836528) is located at 25,27,29, Lorong Chew Siik Hiong 1A in the Fortune Commercial Centre, the area of shops behind the Rejang Medical Centre, right beside the Doraemon Supermarket there.
17 thoughts on “Here’s where the story ends…”
The fish and creamy butter prawn for me anytime. Indeed sad to learn that this pandemic has turned almost everyone’s life upside down… 😢😢. Really count our blessing we still have food on the table everyday.
Yes, thank God for small mercies and we must learn to accept the fact that things will never be the same again even if things get better.
So sad to hear this. They have been consistently good. Such long history too. Hope they return one day.
Yes, indeed! I’m very sure it will never be the same again though. I did blog about it the other day about how “ciak chiew” is something of the past, not something we will ever get to enjoy again even if things get better.
So sad to hear good establishment has to call it a day after so long. I have been to the restaurant in Wisma Sanyan. Attended a colleague’s wedding back in 2005. And been to Ming Mei Shi few times. Loved the food. Big portion and reasonably priced too.
Yes. the food was really good when it was under a different name (and owner) and also at the old place. Not really so when they moved until quite recently…but it’s history now.
Anyway, no more “ciak chiew” ever again so it does not really matter – there are other nice restaurants to pick and choose when the time comes and we can eat out again.
So sad to hear this. A lot of restaurants and eateries in Melaka have been forced to end their business as well.
The dong po pork belly looks really good. Too bad…
Except for a time when they moved to their own place (and it became expensive too), the food they served was always good.
So far, this is the only one here that has closed down…or at least, the only one that I know of.
So sad! Many establishments are closing or near closing since the MCO is making it really, really hard to make ends meet. With EMCO in Selangor, I reckon there will be even more casualties over here. I feel quite down but I told myself that I must be thankful for what little I have as there are many people out there with no jobs and money running out.
My sentiments exactly! Like this restaurant, for instance. The kitchen staff and all the waitresses would not have a job once it is closed which would mean that they would have no income whatsoever. So very sad and all this while, many have already been laid off. How on earth are they going to survive? Tragic, absolutely tragic!!!
My sister’s wedding banquet was held at Blue Splendour Restaurant in 1995. My brother and I engagement lunch banquet was held at Wisma Sanyan 5th floor in 2003. I also tried the Ming Mei Shi Seafood Restaurant during CNY 2014 because of your blog kept introducing the dong po pork belly and mantao and lastly in 2019, I had the opportunity to try their food at their own building at the new location. What a sad news to hear their closing for business.
I guess all good things must come to an end. Does not make much of a difference now that things are never going to be the same again. The so-called new normal is going to be so abnormal, nothing will be like the way it used to be.
Closings have become much more common here with extended restrictions.
Sad. We can expect a lot more in the days ahead.