Feel the heat…

Yes, we were trying to get out of the heat and that was why we ended up here again. My missus ordered the braised beef brisket…

Le Cafe braised beef brisket

…with rice (RM18.90) which was nice but nothing fancy – just the meat braised in ragù sauce.

My girl had their chicken chop (13.90)…

Le Cafe chicken chop

…which was fine too but that the serving was somewhat big and she could not finish all the meat. No, I did not help her with what was left as I ordered their baked pork chop (RM41.90)…

Le Cafe baked pork chop
*I forgot to take a photograph of it when it was served and only remembered when I was already halfway through*

…which was supposed to be for two persons and they had this apple and lettuce salad…

Le Cafe apple & lettuce salad

…by the side along with the fries and this macaroni in pasta sauce…

Le Cafe macaroni

At one time, I did see a lot of people sharing photographs of it on Facebook but I never got down to ordering it all this while, not at that price. The slab of meat that I got was really big though but after I had cut away the layer of fat, there was just around two-thirds of it left. It was nice but I wouldn’t think I would want to have a go at it again. I would say that what we had on your previous visit was nicer than this time around.

LE CAFE (2.299452,111.830832) is located along Brooke Drive, on your left if you are driving from town, in a block of shops after you have gone past the building where the Sheraton Restaurant is…before you get to the traffic lights where you turn right to get to the Sibu Medical Centre.

Closed for the season…

My girl wanted the sizzling beef…

Nice House sizzling beef

here but they were not open after the night of the Dragon Boat Festival and stayed closed for the rest of the season, all throughout the Gawai Holidays.

Thankfully, they were back in business…

Open

…the following week so of course, we had to drop by for that, one of their signature dishes.

For one thing, the place is air-conditioned and we were there a little before lunch break so there were not that many people, maybe two or three other tables only, apart from us. We have not been there for dinner for quite a while now and in the past, if you did not make a prior booking, they would just ask you to leave and try some place else. Business was that good!

We also ordered another one of their signature dishes, their honey prawn balls…

Nice House honey prawn balls

…and for our vegetable dish, we asked for their bitter gourd with salted eggs but they did not have the latter so we just had it with egg…

Nice House bitter gourd with egg

…and yes, though it appeared kind of plain and simple, it was really very nice with the much-coveted wok hei fragrance and I loved how they sliced it so very thinly.

We also had yet another signature dish of theirs, their own-made tofu

Nice House own-made tofu

…which was nice but I think my vote would go for the one we had at that other place that we went to a few days earlier. I liked their tofu better.

The total for the food came up to RM48.50 (around USD11.50) for four dishes for three, not all that cheap but we had prawns and also beef so I guess it was only to be expected that I had to fork out a bit more for our lunch. Of course, what mattered most was the fact that we enjoyed ourselves and yes, we certainly would be back.

NICE HOUSE RESTAURANT (2.29201,111.82739) is located in the vicinity of the Tunku Osman shops, opposite Rejang Bookstore.

Much more…

Well, looking at the crowd here…

The Pallet BBQ steamboat & buffet

…either they enjoy having BBQ steamboat, which I do think would be a lot of fun if in a big group, cooking and eating and chatting away, or they do think that more, much more, is better.

We got there quite early but they would not let us sit at the tables by the side where there was a lovely breeze and it did feel quite cool and no, I would not want to sit in this area…

Outdoor seating area

…thank you very much! I can imagine myself perched precariously on the high stool desperately trying to keep my balance lest I would fall to the ground like Humpty Dumpty. LOL!!!

In the end, we sat inside which was quite hot despite the big fans but what put us off the most was the very irritating extremely loud techno music blaring from the speakers above our heads. They do not seem to realise that this is an eating place, not a club or a discotheque.

The charges were as displayed…

Charges

…and they sure were stricter here so I had to produce our MyKads, my missus’ and mine to prove that we were indeed senior citizens. No, they do not allow doggie bags either; you can’t take home anything, not even the bones and if you cannot finish what you’ve helped yourself to, you will be charged…

Don't waste

…accordingly and the digital weighing scale on the counter sure showed that they really meant business, so don’t play-play!

You can have all the drinks you want…

Drinks counter

…but we just stuck to the cooling herbal tea and honey chrysanthemum by the side and no, we did not request for any of the fruit juices…

Fruit juice counter

…available either. There were fresh cut fruits as well…

Fresh fruits

…and these cooling dessert drinks…

Cooling dessert drinks

…and puddings.

There was ice cream…

Ice cream

…too for anyone thus inclined. I did try the soft ice cream from the machine at the side, the strawberry, but no, I did not like it. For a start, I was put off by the colour and it was very strong on whatever essence used in the making.

This is the cake counter…

Cakes & herbal eggs

…and no, I have no idea why they had the herbal eggs here in this section. I did take one to try though; I always saw them outside some Chinese medical stores at the malls and I liked the medicinal fragrance but I never got down to buying one. Well, I would not say that I liked it a lot – I would very much prefer our regular lor nui (stewed eggs), minus the herbal taste.

There was sushi

Sushi

…too but none of us had any but I did try the sandwich from this section…

Sandwiches & the rest

…and no, there was too much mayo in it for my liking.

The Sarawak laksa

Sarawak laksa

…was all right, nothing to get excited about and I think this was supposed to be either some not-very-well-wrapped bak chang (meat dumpling) or lor mai kai

Dumplings

…which was all right, a little on the sweet side which is what I would say about their chicken curry…

Curry

…that was, in my opinion, too sweet and not quite like curry…or maybe it wasn’t curry, I wouldn’t know. They should pay more attention to their labels as you may see something outside and when you open the lid, it was something else.

I did enjoy their honey chicken wings…

Honey chicken wings

…which were a lot nicer than their fried ones – I also took one of those to try.

Yes, they sure had a lot for one to pick and choose – I did not take photographs of everything as I got bored halfway. Hehehehe!!!! For one thing, if one were to eat everything in their buffet spread, I don’t think he or she would have much tummy space left for what they had for their BBQ steamboat.

We did enjoy the chicken…

Chicken

…but not the beef as the black pepper sauce they used to marinade it was way too overpowering.

We’re not all that fond of the sea crabs…

Sea crabs

…but we were ok with the prawns…

Prawns

…and the slipper lobsters…

Slipper lobsters

There were so many things and I was wishing they had more quality instead of quantity. They had cockles and mussels too but they were so so small that there was hardly anything to eat inside. I saw a lot of people helping themselves to the crustaceans, the slipper lobsters especially but I hardly saw anyone taking the yong tofu

Yong tofu

…for instance. We did not take any either as they were stuffed with meat, not fish paste.

I loved the soup…

Nice soup

…towards the end when it had become really very sweet from all that had been cooked in it.

I wouldn’t know if I would ever go back again but I do know that if I do, I would not want to sit inside anymore, not with the horrendous techno music, of that I’m sure. I went to pay the bill and yes, I did show our identity cards, and the total for the three of us came up to RM98.90.

Just as we were about the leave, the ladies manning the counter called me over and refunded my money – they said that my ex-student who was there with his friends that night, Daniel,  had picked up the tab. I think I saw him in Penang in 20i1, and another time in 2012 when he was back in Sibu but I had not seen him since he started working – now he’s a full-fledged doctor at the Sibu General Hospital. That certainly was most thoughtful and generous of you, Daniel, thank you so very much for the treat!

THE PALLET BBQ STEAMBOAT & BUFFET (2.279919, 111.840359) is located at some new blocks of shops along Jalan Aman, on your right if you are coming from Jalan Lanag and your left if you are coming from Jalan Wong King Huo.

Four years…

It has been four years since we last dropped by here for the simple reason that we did not enjoy what we had then. We used to – a lot but probably they had a new chef or something so we never bothered to go back there again. Well, we decided to check it out again that day to see if there was any improvement plus it was a good place to get out of the horrendous heat around here these past few weeks.

My missus had their claypot kway teow (RM12.00)…

Claypot kway teow

…and she said it was good while my girl went for one of the 5 set lunches for the month of June, their tom yam lamb (RM9.00)…

Tom yam lamb

…that came with a bowl of complimentary tofu & salted vegetable soup…

Complimentary soup

…and she liked it a lot too.

I went for their nasi lemak (RM13.00)…

Nasi lemak

…which was not lemak, the rice, that is, but the sambal was good, different from the usual but good.

The last time I had this, there were two sticks of satay – one beef and the other chicken – by the side and I was quite sure I saw beef rendang in the menu but there was none. Ah well!!! At least the fish was nicely done…

Fish

…and the egg yolk…

Egg

…was not overcooked though it was fried using the ring, not really the way I would like it.

I guess just by the look of it, it is nowhere near as nice as what one can get at Nyonya Colours in KL for around that same price…but then again, this is at a hotel coffee house and generally, things are more expensive at such places. Too bad the food is not necessarily nicer than elsewhere less classier and cheaper.

Incidentally, all the aforementioned prices are exclusive of the 6% GST and 10% service tax/charge but all in all, I would say it was a pretty nice lunch and I liked how the place was nice and cool and quiet, a good place to go for drinks and sit and chat all day with friends…and nobody will bat an eyelid.

COFFEE GARDEN is located on the ground floor of the Garden Hotel (2.288920, 111.831052), a stone’s throw away from the Sibu Gateway & Chinese Horoscope Park…

Sibu Gateway & Chinese Horoscope Park

…along Jalan Kampung Nyabor at its junction with Jalan Huo Ping.

The third time…

I’ve mentioned in my previous posts that the weather here has been really hot so we were thinking of some place air-conditioned that we could go to for lunch that day and my girl suggested this place that we have been to twice before – here and also here. Obviously, she likes the place and the food.

I noticed this news article…

Home Cook newspaper article

…on the glass beside the entrance featuring their Foochow fish balls…

Home Cook Foochow fish balls

…so obviously, that would be one of their specialties and since we did not have that on our previous visits, I ordered it…

Home Cook Foochow fish ball soup

…to give it a try. Yes, it was very nice but I felt the soup lacked the fish ball taste. It was kind of mild, somewhat bland but we were fine with it that way since we ourselves do not add much salt and do not use msg in our own cooking at home.

For our vegetable dish, we had the cangkuk manis with egg…

Home Cook cangkuk manis with egg

…and boy, that sure looked like a lot of egg, don’t you think? Well, that was nice and so was this dish of pork with salted fish…

Home Cook pork with salted fish

…minus the soy sauce, the way they would usually do it in other restaurants. I did not miss the soy sauce, not at all, but I was wishing they had added some dried chili – they would have that too, usually.

We had another dish – their own-made tofu

Home Cook own-made tofu

…and yes, it was very good. I think among all that we had that day, we enjoyed this the most.

The best part, of course, was when I went to pay the bill, I was told that it was only RM34.00 for the food plus rice and we had 4 dishes that day. The last time we were here, we had 3 and the bill was just RM31.00. Gee!!! I am pretty sure we can’t get anything this cheap anywhere else in town!

HOME COOK CORNER (2.292756, 111.825335) is located at No. 73, Jalan Kampung Nyabor right next to RUBY RESTAURANT with the AmBank Tunku Osman branch in the very next block.

Thief…

Oh no!!! A thief broke into the café and took away the priceless antique charcoal irons…

Payung antique irons
*Archive photo*

…and  the two angels…

Payung angels
*Archive photo*

…and one half of the pair of wooden carvings…

Payung wooden carvings
*Archive photo*

Poor Peter, the boss, was so distraught over the loss of his prized collection.

We dropped by for lunch that day and the display shelves looked so bare…

Payung empty shelves

…and it sure is kind of sad that a piece of the whole of what Payung is has gone missing.

This is new…

Payung photo display menu

…the display of the photographs of all the dishes they have on their menu and no prize for guessing which mine are…

...including mine

Of course, they did ask for permission to use my photographs and of course, I had no objection whatsoever. At least they had the decency to ask unlike some people who would just google for photographs and take the liberty of using in their publication(s) any that they fancy without giving even a mere mention of the source(s).

My girl wanted the lamb masala (RM19.00 with rice)…

Payung lamb masala

…and the  mum had the kacang ma chicken (RM16.00 with rice)…

Payung kacang ma chicken

…while I had the Bangladeshi lamb curry (RM19.00 with rice)…

Payung Bangladeshi lamb curry

…and we asked for the pomelo salad (RM8.00)…

Payung pomelo salad

…to go with our orders and we also shared the kahlua ice cream ice cream (RM10.00)…

Payung kahlua ice cream

…for dessert. That sure was delightful, as always when it comes to eating here, and on our way home, we stopped by here to buy one whole smoked organic chicken…

Warung BM smoked organic chicken

…for our dinner. It so happened that my ex-student in my English language tuition class, was around – he owns the place (and they now have a branch in Kuching) and everything else affiliated to it like the organic chicken farm, the factory that provides the meat and everything to the supermarkets in town and they even have their own-made sausages – and the nice guy insisted that the chicken was on the house. Now, wasn’t that so very sweet of him? Thank you so much, Richard – rest assured that we would be dropping by again and again for our favourites here.

PAYUNG CAFE (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 and WARUNG BM (2.293351, 111.841755) is located among the shops to the right of the Medan Mall, along Jalan Wong King Huo, back to back with the Italian fusion restaurant there.

Parking lot…

It was a bit quiet around here on the 2nd day of the Gawai Dayak Festival, a public holiday here in Sarawak, and we were driving around trying to think of what to eat for lunch and we saw a parking lot available in this part of town where parking can be such a pain.

So it was, therefore, that we ended up here

Daksemari

…for one of the set lunches available at only RM7.90 each. Out of curiosity (and I think somebody did ask me once what it meant), I asked the girl the meaning of their Korean name. She told me something in Mandarin but unfortunately, I could not get what she said. I did use google translate to find out and the Mandarin characters mean three chickens (probably referring to the three of them running the place) and with the Korean ones, I got “chicken chowder” though I do not see any relevance.

On our previous visit, we noticed that they are serving set lunches now and one can also order from their à la carte list and it seems that they have different sets on different days, two per day. They have this on Fridays…

Daksemari Friday set lunch option 1

…and my missus ordered that…

Daksemari Friday option 1, served

…and it came with this bowl of complimentary corn and egg soup…

Daksemari corn & egg soup

She said it was very nice but I wouldn’t want that as I saw they had chicken nuggets by the side and it was my no-meat Friday.

That, of course, ruled out the other option, the teriyaki chicken…

Daksemari Friday set lunch option 2

My girl ordered their kim chi fried rice (RM9.90)…

Daksemari kim chi fried rice

…and she said it was all right, just that the serving was so huge that she could not finish all of it. Of course, I did not help her lick the  plate clean – I am no fan of kim chi and no, I don’t think I would ever want to order that. There was another bowl of the complimentary soup and it probably was for what I had but I just let her have it – she likes soup to go with what she eats.

So what did I have myself that day? I ordered their golden salted egg fish (RM9.90) and plain rice (RM1.00)…

Daksemari golden salted egg fish & rice

…to go with it. I don’t know what fish they used…

Daksemari golden salted egg fish, inside

…but the coating was so crusty and so delicious that it did not really matter. I loved it!

Yes, lunch was good and yes, we would want to drop by again for more…if we can find a parking lot, that is.

DAKSEMARI KOREAN BBQ (2.287332, 111.826574) is located at No. 8, Jalan Chew Geok Lin (formerly Old Street) that leads straight to the Tua Pek Kong 7-storey Pagoda Temple.