How nice it is…

Last Friday, we went to pick our girl after school to go to the bank to deal with some business there. Once we were done, I insisted on going to some place nice for a really nice lunch so we ended up here at this restaurant that is as nice as its name.

We wanted fish and settled upon snow fish…

Cod

…also known among the people here as Alaska fish or 鱈魚 in Mandarin which is, in fact, cod. My missus said it would be very expensive as one slice at the frozen foods stores would cost over RM20.00 each and we got two slices but as far as I was concerned, I thought it was perfectly all right as we would not be eating it all that often and besides, my girl enjoys it very much, just like how she loves the just-as-expensive salmon.

For our vegetable dish, my girl wanted the fried bitter gourd with egg…

Bitter gourd
*Archive photo*

…but the photo turned out blur as it was not very bright at our table – we did not have much of a choice as there were a lot of people and most of the tables were occupied and we had to take one further inside. Yes, this place is indeed very popular, the favourite of many in town.

We had the ang sio tau hu, their own-made tofu, braised…

Tofu

…too and we asked for the meat to be left out. Usually, there would be some bits of chicken in it.

My girl wanted the salad prawns…

Prawns

…which was just deep fried prawns with mayonnaise but it was nice and she loved it.

No, it was not cheap, our lunch that day but that was because of the two pieces of cod. That dish was, in total, RM56.00!!! The other dishes were pretty usual as far as their prices went and all in all, I paid RM96.00 for the four dishes plus the rice and the drinks.

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

Crust…

My girl loves the stuffed crust of the pizzas here…

Pizza Hut, Sibu

…whereas I, on the other hand, can hardly remember that last time I ate there – I think it was way back in 2010. Well, she asked if we could go there for dinner the other day as she was feeling like having that and of course, I would never say no.

I did enjoy their smoked deli wings before – I thought they tasted really great and I loved the lingering fragrance on the fingers long after one had left the place so of course, I ordered those (RM16.15 for 4 pieces)…

Wings

…but unfortunately, they did not taste like the ones I had before, somewhat disappointing, I would say. They didn’t even look the same and no, there wasn’t any lingering fragrance once I had washed my hands.

We asked for the trio treats weekend (RM64.75) to share and chose the cream of mushroom soup, 2 bowls…

Soup & ice cream

…over their garlic bread. They were out of the moist chocolate cake that we were supposed to get and asked if we would mind having the chocolate ice cream, 2 scoops, instead. I wonder what they would do if we had said no…but no, we did not want to be difficult so we did not make a fuss. I did not fancy the soup all that much – it had that powdery kind of feeling that one would get when eating those powder-form soups that come in packets or boxes.

The meatball spaghetti bolognese, they only had chicken, no beef, was all right…

Spaghetti

…nothing to shout about and nothing to complain about either.

We picked their ceasar salad…

Salad

…and that too was fine – we have had others a whole lot nicer elsewhere.

My girl enjoyed the beef pepperoni pizza…

Pizza

…I did not notice the fine print but looking at the cashier’s receipt, I noted that they charged RM5.50 for stuffed crust. I just had  a slice, the mum had two and my girl sure enjoyed her three.

There were only two complimentary drinks so I ordered a bottle of mineral water (RM3.70) for myself.

I saw on their menu that they had chocolate lava cake and of course, I wanted to try but I had the feeling they did not have it. True enough, when I asked, I was told that it was not available.

Service was great, very prompt and efficient and the total I had to fork out for everything came up to RM74.60, inclusive of 6% SST. Ah well, as long as it made my girl very happy, I was perfectly o.k. with it.

PIZZA HUT, the Sibu town centre outlet is located at Wisma Sanyan (2.290647, 111.825687), ground floor, along Jalan Sanyan, formerly Causeway.

The mother…

…was celebrating her birthday that day, my sister-in-law, so of course, her daughter, my niece working in Singapore, came home to celebrate and yes, we were invited to the dinner here that evening.

There was, as always when it comes to birthdays and other auspicious occasions, the longevity noodles – our mee sua, but fried and served with those golden eggs…

Mee sua and eggs

…and yes, it was very nicely done that night – everyone enjoyed it.

For our meat dishes, we had this claypot pork with dried chilies and salted fish…

Pork

…and the simmering venison on a hot plate…

Venison

We also ordered the lamb with lime sauce…

Lamb

…and I only found out that night that they had mayonnaise in it with the lime. It was nice but I think it was nicer when we had it before – the meat was not grilled that well enough.

My brother-in-law wanted his omelette…

Egg

…and we also had this own-made tofu served with mayo…

Tofu

For our vegetable dish, we had this – the Green Dragon vegetable (青龙菜) or the royale chives …

Royale chives

…which seems to be the current craze, available only by special order and I noticed that every table was having that. I had that before here but I would not say it got me all excited. Personally, I think I would prefer our own local midin or paku or mani chai/cangkok manis.

Needless to say, we had to have a birthday cake from Marcus…

Cake by Marcus

We had half of it, 7 of us altogether, and my niece took the rest back to Singapore to enjoy it slowly there. The sweet girl picked up the tab that night and the total for the food came up to RM165.00 only, around SGD50.00 only.

RUBY RESTAURANT  is located at No. 71, Jalan Kampung Nyabor right next to HOME COOK CORNER  (2.292756, 111.825335) with the AmBank Tunku Osman branch in the very next block.

Stranded…

In the midst of the school holidays last week, we went shopping at a mall here in town and despite the persistent dry weather and resulting haze at the time, by the time we were done and were about to leave, we saw that it was raining cats and dogs outside. It looked like we were stranded there and we had not had our lunch yet so we decided that we might as well go for something to eat in the mall while waiting for the storm to ease instead of venturing some place else in the pouring rain. That was why we ended up at the outlet of this Japanese franchise here.

I had not set foot at the place for a long time, not since our not-so-pleasant experience there when they first opened in 2013. I think my girl did and she also went to the other outlet in town – after all, she is a lot more into Japanese than the rest of us. We did go to the latter not too long ago too and yes, we had a delightful dinner there so give and take a little here and a little there, we certainly have moved on from the initial not-so-impressed impression that we had of the franchise.

While waiting for our individual orders, my girl picked the ebi ten (RM6.00, purple plate)…

tempura prawns

…from the carousel, the one with the tempura prawns.

I had the chuka kurage (RM4.00, pink plate)…

Jellyfish

…the one with the jelly fish – my girl did not want that but she sure helped herself to the cuttlefish with the thin strips of cucumber in the chuka lidako (RM6.00, purple plate)…

Cuttlefish

…that I took.

My missus loves the ones with the bean curd skin, the inari (RM3.00, beige plate)…

beancurd skin

…but she did not want any as she was saving tummy space for what was to come. In the end, I just ate both of them myself and I really liked the taste – nothing in it, just the rice in the skin but I thought it tasted great, slightly sweet and very nice.

My girl picked something from the donburi selections for herself, the yakiniku don (RM15.90)…

Yakiniku don

…and it was very nice – there sure was a lot of beef in the bowl and she was pleased with her choice.

I opted for the bento – I always like the somewhat artistic presentation that I see in other blogs at Japanese restaurants here, there and everywhere but I wish I could say the same about my yakini ebi fry (RM17.90)…

Yakini ebi fry bento

The beef was the same as what my girl had in her bowl and there was a wedge of fake crabstick, something like omelette in the shape of a ball and a teeny-weeny bit of long bean and corn kernel and whatever salad in the bottom right corner. I gave the three strips of tempura long beans to my girl and had the prawns myself – I wouldn’t say I was impressed though. I have had much nicer prawn fritters elsewhere.

My missus’ piri piri chicken set (RM18.90)…

Piri piri chicken set

…was the most impressive of the lot served in that very nice food warmer except that there was neither candle nor lighting fuel of any kind underneath. That came with a bowl of chawnmushi, a bowl of miso soup and rice. Well, not only did it look great, it tasted great too!

The total, inclusive of iced green tea, free flow (RM3.00), came up to RM74.70 but with the 6% SST and the 10% service charge, it was RM86.65 altogether. I used my credit card and I must say that I was pleased that they had the decency and courtesy to ask if I wanted to key in my PIN number or to waive unlike one place here – somehow, I am not all that keen on going back there ever again.

This SUSHI KING outlet is located at the Star Megamall (2.304298, 111.863053) along Lorong Tunku Abdul Rahman 6, off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, the road leading to the Sibu Airport.

Have another go…

I loved it so much the last time around and I was planning to go for it again but even though they actually extended it for another month, I just could not find the time.

Well, the good news is they are having their prawn promotion again this month and of course, I wasted no time in making a beeline to the place…

Cafe Cafe Sibu

…to have another go at it.

They had some nice refreshing drinks currently, their mint lemonade and the cucumber apple (RM10.00 each)…

Drinks

…and like on our previous visit, my girl had their creamy pasta with turkey ham (RM18.90)…

Creamy pasta with turkey ham

…that she enjoyed so much that last time and she sure enjoyed it again this time around too. She said that she did order the same at their other outlet in town but it was not nice, nothing like the one here.

Of course I ordered their absolutely out-of-this-world creamy tom yam prawn noodles served in a young coconut (RM38.90)…

Creamy tom yam prawn noodles

…to share and yes, it was as good as before, with two huge freshwater prawns (udang galah)…

Giant prawns

…and we were given a big bowl of the lovely soup – the girl said that it could not all go into the coconut and that was why they had to serve it separately. Well, there was enough in the coconut to go round so in the end, we asked for it to be packed nicely for us to take home and enjoy it with rice or whatever.

I also ordered their grilled king prawn with Thai green chili dip (RM14.90)…

Grilled king prawn with Thai green chili dip

…to try but I would not say we were thrilled by the prawn because it was just a nicely-grilled prawn, nothing more and nothing less. Having said that, the dip was so very nice and we sure liked it a lot.

There is a difference in their promotion this time around – they gave a 20% discount on the spot previously but that day, they stamped the cashier’s receipt and that would entitle us to a 20% discount on our next visit. They did not mention any deadline so I guess we would not need to hurry back to enjoy the privilege.

The food was great, the place was nice and comfortable and there is no 6% SST on the bill and they do not charge the 10% service tax either…but I happily gave a 10% tip to the girls who were very sweet and friendly, efficient and very obliging too.

CAFE CAFE, Sibu  (2.287387, 111.826487) is located somewhere in the middle of the block of shops along Jalan Chew Geok Lin – the Tua Pek Kong Temple and the Seven-storey Pagoda is to the left, across the road from the bank at the end of the block.

Go back…

We went once after they had moved to their present location, their own premises and were rather disappointed with the food and we felt the prices were kind of steep compared to before when they were at the old place…and then we went again with my in-laws and they too shared those same sentiments. That was why we never went back again.

However, at the dinner that night, my good friend/ex-classmate, Robert, said that I could go back there again as the food would be as good as before and it would not be that expensive, comparable to most of the other places round town.

They have this chap fan (mixed rice) thing now but only on Sundays and it sure looked like most of the people…

Ming Mei Shi Restaurant

…were there for that. No prices were stated in the notice but you can just go to the buffet spread and pick what you want and there is a cashier sitting at the end of the line waiting to calculate for you and collect your payment. I wonder why they have this on Sunday – it probably would be better to have it on weekdays so people in the offices can stop by during lunch hour for a bite before heading back to work.

No, we did not want that as we were out for our weekly Sunday lunchtime special and we were thinking of their  dong po rou (东坡肉)…

Dong po rou

…one of their signature dishes and we had not had that for a long long time. I heard that my girl was chatting with her mum just a few days earlier and she was thinking about having that! She did not tell me though but somehow, sometimes it seems that I can read her mind.

It was inexpensive, RM20.00 only and it came with 5 pieces of mantou (steamed bread) so one can enjoy it sandwiched in the latter like this…

In mantou

We sure enjoyed it to the max and we also loved their Four Heavenly Kings with XO sauce (RM16.00)…

Four Heavenly Kings

…which, according to the lady taking our order, is another of their signature dishes and yes, I would say that it has an edge over the rest around town.

We did not want their fish fillet with cereal as chances are they would be using dory which is not to our liking. We asked for chicken (RM16.00)…

Cereal chicken

…instead and it was so very nice. We could not finish that last dish especially after feasting on the pork and the mantou so we had it packed to be taken home but we did eat all the sliced mango by the side – that was so very nice!

The total came up to RM65.70 only, inclusive of rice and drinks and 6% SST, pretty much the same as the other places like this one around town, some not even half as nice and the service was great and everyone was so very nice and friendly. We certainly would not mind going back there again.

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.

I’ve been waiting for you…

Well, we’ve been waiting for him, the authentic North Indian chef here. He went on leave and flew home in June and when we were at the restaurant the other day, he was not back yet. My girl said she wanted to go there for our weekly Sunday lunchtime special so of course, that wasn’t a problem at all and yes, he’s back in the swing of things already!!!

Of course she wanted the biryani rice…

Cafe Ind biryani rice

…and since we had the mutton curry on our previous visit, she opted for her other favourite here, the butter chicken curry (RM20.00)…

Cafe Ind butter chicken curry

…cooked using freshly traditional Indian oven-cooked tandoori chicken so you can get to enjoy that delightful taste and fragrance of the tandoori chicken in the curry.

The mum ordered the garlic naan (RM5.00)…

Garlic naan

…to share and the chicken masala (RM13.50)…

Cafe Ind chicken masala

…for the gravy to dip the roti in and the meat.

I went for the Indonesian ayam opor (RM14.50)…

Cafe Ind ayam opor 1

…their white curry, something like our korma chicken and I asked for extra potatoes as I love those in the lovely gravy and it sure was a pleasant surprise when I was served that in a big bowl…

Cafe Ind ayam opor

…at no extra charge.

I was glad that they did not add any chili to it – my missus asked for it to be extra-spicy once and it affected the taste somewhat. It was still nice but I prefer its original taste. They did give me the chili paste in a little saucer with the rice so I could eat the meat with it.

It seemed that right now, they’ve resorted to using bougainvilleas instead of the chili cut open to look like a flower for their presentation of their dishes, not that I was impressed by it, the reason being that fact that chilies are getting way too expensive these days to use like that. I do eat them with whatever dishes I am having but I think most people will just put it aside to be thrown away eventually, such a waste. I would be quite happy with just the daun sup (Chinese celery) or nothing at all – what’s most important would be how nice the dishes served are and as far as the ones here are concerned, that goes without saying. That is why we keep coming back for more…

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.