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Pullman Waterfront Miri Hotel offers different variety of buffets on different days of the week. Other than the Le Marche Buffet that my family and I tried last week and totally loved, there’s also the Spices of the Orient buffet which is available only on Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm.
Having really love Pullman Kitchen’s Le Marche Buffet previously, I quickly gathered my friends for an impromptu dinner gather to try this buffet as well.
The ‘Orient’ refers to the east, mainly Asia. And in Asia, the use of spices is very common in our way of cooking, no matter which style the dish is prepared in; Malay, Chinese, Indian, even our local native food. This is exactly what the Spices of the Orient buffet aims to treat you with; indulge your taste buds with dishes that are prepared with spices and herbs from all over the Asian region.
I know this is really strange, but I usually start at the heavy meals section first. I know proper meal etiquettes dictates that I should start with the appetizers or salads to get the taste buds going and only then to the main dishes and finally the desserts. For me, I just can’t going straight for my favorite dishes.
Some of my favourites; Steamed Prawns & Snow Crab
Grilled Midin is also nice!
Pee Pea Duck & Lamb Vindaloo
Pee Pea Duck up close with its beautifully roasted crispy brown skin
Pan-fried Salmon with Fennel Cream. Can’t go wrong with salmon!
Kung Pao Beef
Prawn with Black Pepper. These are shy prawns, all hiding under the spring onions.
Broccoli with Fried Tofu
Mussel Masak Lemak
Brinjal with Cauliflower & Tomato Bredie South African Chicken Stewed
Mee Hoon Siam
There’s also the soups; Tom Yam Seafood Soup & Beef Soup
For grilling, these are the other options available that goes well with any of the main dishes.
Chicken Fillet & Beef Fillet
Chicken Sausage & Fish Balls
The different type of noodles and pasta to choose from, together with its toppings.
I tried the laksa broth! Love it!
Fruit Salad & Thai Beef Noodle
Chicken + Cucumber Salad & Thai Beef Salad
Potato with Thousand Island Sauce
Beans Salad & Tomato Salad
Other different dressings that you can choose from; Caesar Dressing, Cocktail Dressing, Vinaigrette, 1000 Islands, French Dressing & Parmesan Cheese
And you have not raised the white flag and still have space for your stomach even after all that, desserts awaits!
Clafoutis & Pumpkin Pie
Orient Cake & Orange Cake
Mango Panacotta. I love this!
Top-down view of Mango Panacotta & Cream Caramel
Honeydew Sago & Red Bean Sago
Apple Crumble Tart & Éclair
I forgot to mention that the juices are freshly squeezed and there is also four different ice-cream with six different toppings.
The Spices of the Orient buffet offers choices of dishes prepared according to the many favourites of the different regions of Asia. On top of the main dishes, the grill section, noodles corner, salad section all makes it more than worthwhile.
The chefs, waiters and waitresses were all very polite. The chefs were always attentive to us and even approached us if we seemed like we needed help with our selections.
One important factor for me that won me over was the ambience and the generous space. Tables were placed far enough from each other to make navigating around the place extremely comfortable. The decorative lights and soft ambient music makes for a lovely place for you and your friends to have a good gathering.
The Spices of the Orient buffet is available only on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday) 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm and it is priced at RM88++ (kids 12 and below is gets half price).
However, if you are in the mood for something different, perhaps a different type of buffet where you get to create your own recipe? Do check out the Le Marche Buffet (click here).
Do try to make reservations beforehand to avoid disappointment. Pullman Miri Waterfront Hotel’s contact number is +60 85-323 888.
My family and I, together with my two friends went to try Pullman Miri Waterfront Hotel’s buffet last weekend. The buffet has a very special name to it: Le Marché. Le Marché is a French word (pronounced as “lay MAR-kay”) which simply means, The Market. True to its name, you can imagine all the different fresh raw food that are available for your choosing!
Ever wanted to be a chef but don’t have the skills with the wok? Ever wondered how certain ingredients, when combined, would taste like? The best part to this buffet is that you get to try out many different recipes of your own choice. Mix and match these raw ingredients to make your own recipe!
Le Marché: How Does It Work?
It’s very simple really!
Step 1 – Grab a plate and pick the raw ingredients of your choice.
Step 2 – Bring your plate to the chef and choose the cooking style of your choice. Here you will be given a number which you should bring with you to your table.
Step 3 – Sit and wait for your new recipe food to be served to you at your table!
See! It’s that easy. Here’s the breakdown of the steps (complete with pictures):
|My first stop was the raw meat section. I’m quite a meat eater!|
|Then choose some vegetable for a balanced meal.|
Gai Choy (Chinese Green Mustard)
Chai Sim (Chinese Flowering Cabbage)
Another variety of Gai Choy
|And then there is the glorious seafood corner! In my opinion, these alone is already well worth the amount I pay for the buffet.|
Beautiful Salmon up close!
Sea bass up close!
|And for the kids, these balls will surely be their choice. My son had a lot of these.|
|To accompany the dishes, there are a few mains to choose from.|
Flat Noodles (Kueh Tiaw)
|Then spice up your dish by adding some spices!|
|There are also some cooked dishes in case you prefer steamed rice, fried rice or kampong fried rice with your dish.|
Kampong Fried Rice
Fried Kueh Tiaw
Next to the grill, there are some ready grilled vegetables; grilled potatoes, grilled carrots and grilled pumpkin.
Overall, this is a buffet I will surely be returning to. At RM68++ (kids 12 & below gets half price), I feel that it is really worth it for the choices that are available and the fact that the food is made to order according to your desire.
Where else do you get an unlimited buffet that allows you to take unlimited amount of raw ingredients to be combined together and then cooked on the spot according to the style that you prefer?
By the way, the Le Marche buffet is only available from Wednesday to Friday from 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm. If you’re looking for their buffet for the weekends (Saturday and Sunday), it’s currently the ‘Spices of the Orient’ buffet. Click here to read about it.
Do try to make reservations beforehand to avoid disappointment. Pullman Miri Waterfront Hotel’s contact number is +60 85-323 888.
When it comes to western food, Modesto Bistro & Grill has certainly made a name for themselves for their delicious food over the years. This Ramadhan, they are offering all their best and crowd-favourite dishes in their Sungkai Buffet, and that is not all! They are also partnering with their sister restaurants to provide you with as much variety of food, more than enough for your picking.
Lof Bakery for their tasty cakes and pastries, TwinklePan for their delicious pretzels, Dapur Penyet for their Indonesian recipes and Hippo & Bees for their famous Korean ice-cream, all available in Modesto’s Sungkai Buffet this year.
Situated at Batu Bersurat, same block as Shabulicious and a few rows behind Happy Star, Modesto Bistro & Grill is equipped with modern & colourful luxury seats and tables that are arranged with generous spacing and plenty of room to ensure their patrons has a comfortable time during their dine-in.
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Modesto’s Sungkai spread is very well organized. There’s a section for the appetizers and main courses, another section for the bread and buns together with the fruits, another ‘hot’ section that serves the carvings such as the roasted chicken and lamb as well as the pasta and another section for all the different types of desserts you could ever want.
I took many pictures during the buffet, too many that I cannot include them all in this post. To view all the pictures, have a look at my FB’s album here:
Here are the appetizers that were available that day. My favourite is the Mini Pizza Cowboy and the Baked Mussels. The Salsa and Chips were also a nice addition to the appetizers.
The Appetizers selections which includes the tasty Chicken Velveteen Soup
Various buns and pastries for your choosing
THE MAIN COURSE
I found myself ‘attacking’ the main course most of the time compared to the other sections. I suppose I’m a meat eater hence this was my favourite section of all, and my favourite dish here was the Grilled Lamb Chops! I have always been a lover of lamb chops, so naturally this is my favourite. Baked Salmon is also my favourite here!
Picture: (Left) Grilled Sirloin Steak in Mushroom Sauce. (Right) Prawn Skewers.
Picture: (Left) Mixed Vegetables. (Right) Pan Roasted Chicken Breast.
Picture: (Left) Creamy Mashed Potato. (Right) Fried Rice.
THE CARVING & PASTA SECTION
The carving section offered their Roasted Lamb Leg and Roasted Chicken, both of which is undeniably delicious. I noticed that pasta section was also ‘hot’ among the crowd. The chef was preparing making the dishes ‘made-to-order’ to ensure the pasta dish is served to you while its fresh and hot!
Picture: (Left) Roasted Lamb Leg. (Right) Roasted Chicken.
Most buffets that I have been to usually offers plenty of main course dishes, but does not provide a similar abundance in choices for their desserts. At Modesto’s Sungkai Buffet, you will be spoilt for choice even at their desserts section; from old fashioned traditional cakes all the way to the modern cakes. Modesto is also reviving the old-school cakes which was the favourites during the yesteryears.
Picture: (Left) Various cupcakes and puddings. (Right) Teh Tarik Cendol.
TIME TO DIG IN!
All that delicious looking food, I could not wait to be able to have a go at it myself.. but sabar.. sabar. As much as I would have loved to dig in together with the rest, being able to capture all these smiling faces enjoying their Sungkai was the most rewarding!
Picture: (Left) The No.1 Brunei Foodie trying his hand at preparing his famous Thanis’ Pasta. (Right) The proud chef presenting his Spicy Cheesy Lamb Pasta. Delicious!
To keep the menu interesting, Modesto has a different menu for each day of the week. Please refer to the menu below to check the dishes being served on the respective days.
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Picture: (Left) Menu for Monday – Wednesday. (Right) Menu for Thursday – Sunday.
You might also be interested to read Brunei’s No.1 Food Blogger’s take on Modesto’s buffet here:
I took many pictures during the buffet, too many that I cannot include them all in this post. To view all the pictures, have a look at my FB’s album here:
Be sure not to miss out Modesto’s Sungkai Buffet this year! For any enquiries or reservation, please call (+673) 233 2000 or (+673) 720 9777.
Honestly speaking, I am not a food expert but I hope to share with you the places that I dined, the food that I tried in Cambodia, specifically in Siem Reap. One thing to note is that Siem Reap’s attraction is not only the temples of Angkor, but also its food choices which seems to be aplenty.
This is the last out of my 3-part article which will be all about the food! If you missed my other two parts of the article, they can be found here:
Scenes of Siem Reap; which shows the different ambience and scenery of Siem Reap, both day and night, in the city and out of the city.
The Temples of Angkor; which tells the exciting story of our visit to the famous temples of Angkor such as Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom and many more!
Before I proceed, let me introduce to you two very common dishes that is Cambodian that you must try; Fish Amok which is a curry dish which is prepared by steaming it in a banana leaf, and the Beef Lok Lak which is a stir-fried marinated beef usually accompanied by lettuce, cucumber and tomato with some house sauce. Basically, the easiest way for me to describe Cambodian cuisine would be; a merge of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines.
You might be interested to read the views of my food blogger friend Thanis’ here.
I have divided this article into two logical sections: RESTAURANTS and CAFES. ‘Restaurants’ in the context of this article refers to places where it would be suitable to have lunch or dinner whereas ‘cafes’ refers to places that are good for having a short rest from the heat of the day.
Please refer to these two maps for the locality of each place being mentioned:
Map: (Left) Detailed view of Siem Riep city’s main town proper. (Right) Location of places further from town. Orange Circles represents restaurants while Green Squares represents cafes.
In the maps above, the restaurants that we dined at are represented by the orange circles. Some of the restaurants are located just within the city limits, so they are just very short tuk-tuk rides which shouldn’t cost you more than USD 1.
1. Little Kroma (84 Wat Dam Nak Street)
Little Kroma is a very humble local coffee shop located at Wat Dam Nak Street, just behind the Wat Dam Nak Primary School.
Picture: (Left) A typical Coffee with Milk, quite thick and sweet compared to our normal Malaysian flavours. Nevertheless, it’s a nice change from the usual. (Right) Nom Pao (steamed pork buns) are also slightly different from the Chinese ‘Pao’ such that the bun’s texture is thicker and dense (personally I prefer our lighter chinese buns) but the fillings were generous with the pork meat, which had a little hint of black pepper. The generous fillings really won it for me.
2. Genevieve’s Restaurant (Sok San Street)
Genevieve’s Restaurant is located in town on Sok San Street which is not too far from the main Pub Street.
3. Mamma Shop (636 Hadgang Street)
Mamma Shop is an Italian restaurant located at Hadgang Street, just opposite of where my favourite café The Little Red Fox Espresso is also located. Mamma Shop is opened by an Italian who has settled down in Siem Reap with the aim of keeping the Italian food and culture alive and at the same time, giving back to the community by contributing to the lives of the less fortunate children.
4. The Square 24 (Street 24, Wat Bo Area)
The Square 24 is a fine dining restaurant that serves Khmer cuisine. They say first impressions always count, which is probably what the owners of this establishment was aiming for. The attention to details put into the whole setup and interior deco is just amazing. Vegetarians will be delighted to see that they have a special section in the menu just for them.
From the moment you walk in, the place gives out an ambience of class and style. The first word that came out of our mouths were ‘Wow’.
Picture: (left) Life-sized statues stands in the middle of the square litted by ever-changing neon coloured lights. (right) My Lime Breeze (Lime, Banana and Pineapple with grenadine syrup) nicely decorated with a purple bougainvillea flower.
Free appetizers before our main meal, elegantly presented.
5. Happy Special Pizza (2 Thnou Street)
Do a google on ‘the best pizza in Cambodia’ and you will be flooded with search results of ‘happy pizza’. Happy Pizza is what Cambodia is famous for. I know, I know, eating pizza is always a happy affair. However, the ‘happy pizza’ in Cambodia doesn’t refer to that kind of happy, but a ‘happy’ of another kind. These ‘happy pizzas’ are topped with ‘extra special seasoning leaves’ which can make you ‘high’, therefore happy! By law, these ‘leaves’ are of course illegal, therefore the menu in Happy Special Pizza are all for the normal pizzas. Just choose the pizza of your choice, and specifically tell them that you want the pizza to be a ‘happy’ one! Oh, and please make sure don’t have anything important planned for the rest of the day in case you get too ‘happy’.
(For obvious reasons, I’m not attaching a picture of the restaurant).
6. The Sugar Palm (Taphul Road)
The Sugar Palm Restaurant is another Khmer cuisine restaurant which serves their dishes with a modern twist. They actually have two branches in Cambodia; one in Phnom Penh which was their first branch since the 1970s and another in Siem Reap which was only opened in 2010 which features a very stylish and wooden themed dining area.
The exterior and interior of the restaurant are all wooden themed, including the tables and chairs and even the bar!
Picture: (left) Sombai, an infused local Cambodian liqour is displayed on a shelf available for purchase. (right) The trademark of Siem Reap and the restaurant is named after it; the Sugar Palm.
7. Kroya @ Shinta Mani (Oum Khun Street)
Shinta Mani is a prestigious upscale boutique hotel located in the heart of Siem Reap. Their fine-dining restaurant was given the name according to the meaning of food in the Khmer Royal language, which is a highly suitable reflection on the setup and ambience of the establishment.
8. Mie Café (Phum Treng Khum Street)
Mie Café is a fine dining gourmet cuisine restaurant which makes me wonder why they label themselves as a ‘café’ in the first place. It is located a bit out of the main town area, which is why we planned our dinner there to coincide with our attending of the play “The Smile of Angkor” (read more about this show in my previous article ‘The Scenes of Siem Reap’ here) which is located not far from there.
Mie Café is nested in a very traditional Khmer house with an outdoor patio and garden, which offers a refreshing place to enjoy our meal.
9. Cuisine Wat Damnak (Wat Damnak Market Street)
Cuisine Wat Damnak is located in an area called Wat Damnak, just a little further from the main town. This is a highly popular restaurant and we made our reservations a few weeks in advanced, even at that time, our initial preferred date was already unavailable and we had to select another date for our dining there. When making a reservation in a restaurant that is in the Asia Top 50 list, it’s not surprising to find an available date!
Apart from the many lovely restaurants in Siem Reap, there are also many very hipster cafes in town which has its own style and theme. However, you will notice one thing in common that most of these places offer; giving back to the community through donation and working closely with the non-profit organizations for the welfare of the local community. Many posters and pamphlets are available in their premises to raise awareness of the visitors.
A. The Little Red Fox (Hap Guan Street)
This is my favourite café among all the others in Siem Reap due to its variety of coffee drinks available which I really love. They serve the best latte in my opinion, and if you feel the need to excite your latte flavours, there’s also the Coconut & Cinnamon Mocha which I love really much! If that is still not exciting enough, they have the Espresso Martini which will blow your mind! It does not end here, other than the casual espresso brewed coffees, they do offer cold pressed coffees as well! Oh by the way, there is a popular hair salon located above the café which is run by the same owners.
B. Common Grounds Coffee (#719-721 Street 14)
Common Grounds Coffee is an American style café located at the end of the street from The Little Red Fox. The café is big enough to cater for plenty of people, and features a Internet Café on its upper level. This café also believes in giving back to the community by giving the locals a working chance and to create an income that helps to sustain the Children’s Home in Siem Reap. More impressively, Common Grounds serves as a vocational training center, teaching English and computer skills!
C. The Hive (#631 Psar Kandal Street)
This is another café located near to The Little Red Fox and Common Grounds Coffee. Using black steel, shiny floor tiles, modern art graffiti on the walls and yellow hanging lights, the place gives out a feel of modern and artistic ambience.
D. Sister Srey (Pokambor Avenue)
Sister Srey is located literally in the heart of the city (right next to the old market) where you would be able to watch people going about their everyday lives by just to sitting there, watching them go by. This café was opened by two sisters to not only to serve coffee, but also to support Khmer students by training them in hospitality, English language skills and personal development. They also have various incentives in place, to name a few, working alongside the Hearts to Harmony Foundation which supports the rural families.
E. Gelato Co (2 Thnou Street / Old Market Street)
Gelato Co is the best place to stop by to get a cone of ice cream while you continue your walk around pub street and market street. The summer heat in Siem Reap will definitely make this an irresistible place even if you accidentally walk by.
F. Blue Pumpkin (2 Thnou Street / Old Market Street)
Blue pumpkin is a french bakery which also serves Ice Cream. They a lot of branches in Cambodia and plenty of branches within Siem Reap itself. The best feature of this place is the very relaxing atmosphere at the first floor of the café. A long row of mattress with big cushions is there for anyone to just lounge on. I could literally fall asleep there after a long and tiring day at the temples.
As far as really local Cambodian, coffee shop style food, the only dish that I’ve managed to try is the Cambodian Noodle. I had the chance to taste this at the village near to Bantaey Srei.
Please take my article here as it is; it is not meant to be a full review on the food places. My friends and I were in Cambodia to see Angkor Wat and the other Angkor temples with our own eyes. Food was only a side pleasure while we were there. Please note also that we did not dine in the local coffee shops (except for one) mostly those proper classy restaurants, therefore I don’t have much to show in terms of the genuine cheap and simple local food around. Also, since I am a Malaysian (another food haven), most of my comments would be based on and comparative to our Malaysian flavours.
But don’t worry, if you get yourself a reliable tuk-tuk driver, they are always more than capable of recommending a local place for you. Please consider Shafie our tuk-tuk driver for the whole duration of our visit. He has proven to be very steadfast and his knowledge of Siem Reap, even the temples of Angkor is comparable to that of a tour guide.
I hope this guide is of help to you! Needless to say, although the variety of food in Cambodia cannot match those in Malaysia, I do find myself missing some of the dishes; namely the Fish Amok from The Sugar Palm, The Fried Rice from Little Kroma and the Coconut & Cinnamon Mocha from The Little Red Fox.
Above all else, I miss the feeling of wondering in the mystical temples of Angkor and discovering something new at every corner!
There’s a new place in town where you can relax by bonding with dogs of different breeds and sizes, while having a nice meal to catch up with your friends. It’s called Furry Fiesta. Come and say hi to the doggies around, have a picture or two taken with them, pat them or even give them a cuddle, share the love!
p.s. please read until the end of this post for some special offers that Furry Fiesta has for you.
The idea of dog cafes is not new in this world, however, most dog cafes are focused on serving good lattes and finger-food, whereas Furry Fiesta offers the full-range of meals for both people and even dishes for their four-legged friends.
The place has a beautiful corner for a photobooth complete with a trishaw with floral backdrop for anyone who would like to take a picture with their furkids, or other furkids that are around. Your furkids can also relax and fall asleep with the air-conditioned surrounding while getting their furs gently caressed by the breeze from the fans. The warm lighting and various cute posters provides a warm and cosy atmosphere for the dog lovers alike.
Sit your furkid on your lap and enjoy the candle light dinner together.
Furry Fiesta’s range of dishes are quite a lot, ranging from asian-styled dishes to the western-styled and even dishes for your fur kids. More importantly, they are all delicious.
Celebrities which I met that day! Romeo (the white pomeranian in red gray stripes) wins my heart.
When it is time to go home, you would probably need to carry your furkid away as they take one last glance of their other friends one last time to say goodbye.
Furry Fiesta strongly encourages you to bring your furkids! Bring your furkids and get a 10% discount on all the Asian & Western food that you order!
Other than that, Furry Fiesta can also organize a special birthday party for your furkid with a free special birthday gift!
Furry Fiesta is located in Miri’s new Marina Bay Commercial area: Lot 2028, Ground Floor Marina Square, Phase 1, Miri. Their opening hours are 10.30 am – 12.00 midnight daily. Please contact Connie should you have any enquiries or bookings at +60 12 7273272.
Let’s face it. Most of us (including myself) hates drinking fruit juices. The more someone tells you “no sugar added… no artificial flavouring added”, the more turned off we are. Sure, it’s healthy. Sure, it’s good for us. But it could take us forever to finish a glass, if we even manage to finish it. Hands up if you’re one of us!
Rejoice! For now comes a fruit juice method guaranteed that anyone will love it… even the little ones who dreads the idea of being given any fruit juice. Trust me, after the first sip, your child will drag you to order again the next time!
Introducing beesket, a very different approach to fruit juices: the latest juice franchise that comes all the way from Korea! More importantly, the juices are all 100% natural ingredients that are prepared fresh and does not add any artificial additives or sugar! Beesket Brunei has recently opened its first outlet in KB Sentral Mall.
Beesket introduces a very different approach to fruit juices.
SO WHAT? WHAT’S SO INTERESTING ABOUT IT?
The first thing to do is to determine what fruit juice you would like to have.
Surely you will find your favourite fruits among the abundant choices available. Choose 3 of your favourite fruits. The choices are available in the different coloured capsules placed in the hive-like shelves (hence the word ‘bees’). Located above the capsules is a guide of common combinations that people normally choose.
These above combination guides were taken from Beesket’s website. I’m so gonna try the combination for ‘bling-bling my skin’ and ‘immunity shield’ the next time I am there!
The capsules that you have chosen will then be placed into the holder (hence the word ‘ket’ which would be short for basket).
Once you are satisfied with your choices, place the beesket (the holder containing the capsules) on the cashier counter.
Just like magic, the system will automatically recognize your fruit choices and display the list of fruits that you have selected on the screen. For those who are concern with the calories intake, the screen conveniently includes the calories(Kcal) associated with your selection!
All fruits are FRESH and you can clearly see this standing anywhere around the counter.
Fresh fruits of your selection are taken and weighted before being placed into the blender.
Watch and drool while your delicious drink is being prepared in front of you.
Taadaa!… and your drink is ready in no time. Together with your drink, there is included a Beesket Score Card. On the card are details of your fruit selections, together with the calories associated as well as the detailed breakdown of each nutrient contained in your drink, such as how much Fiber, Calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. In addition to that, you can also leave your feedback on the card.
By the way, did I mention that Beesket juices are 100% fresh natural ingredient without any artificial additives or sugar? Beesket’s ingenious system makes it possible for you to know your calories and nutritional informations at a glance, even before you confirm your order!
Beesket Brunei is located in KB Sentral Mall, 1st Floor. You will be able to spot it as soon as you step off the escalator from the ground floor to the 1st floor. Personally, I have never been a fan of fruit juices. I don’t remember having any cravings for any fruit juice until I had beesket’s. Now I find myself craving for beesket every so often. Trust me, you will love it too!
Introducing the newest food offering in Brunei: Food Arena’s Jumbo Sungkai Buffet. Food Arena is the consortium of restaurants and bakeries which makes up the whole row of Seri Q-Lap Mall’s ground floor. Rows after rows of big eatery names in Brunei.
This year, these big names are bringing to you one of the biggest buffet offering for Sungkai Buffet in Brunei. Western cuisine, Indonesian cuisine, Arabian cuisine, cakes, pastries, and a whole lot of desserts, all under one roof!
Upon arriving at the Food Arena, my first impression was “So pretty!”. This was my first time to the Food Arena since they took ownership from previous Giant Supermarket and gave the place a whole new makeover.
Chocolate Butter Cake
Pandan Butter Cake
Red Velvet Butter Cake
Marble Butter Cake
Batik Horlick Cake
Premium Prune Lapis Cake
Chocolate Chips Kek Lapis Cake
Red Velvet Lapis Cake
Oreo Roll Cake
Oreo Cheese Cake
Blueberry Cheese Cake
What do you think? See anything you like? For me, they already had me at ‘Hello’. First impressions count, and they have shown that when it comes to the presentation and layout of the whole place, they mean business. Every single dish is decorated with contrasting colours and every corner is well litted with modern LED lights.
After seeing all those delicious food and sweet desserts, I can’t wait to dive in to eat!
My usual routine in a buffet this huge would be to taste each of the dishes on the first round, just one bite of each item and then decide on which dishes will make it to my ROUND TWO. Round two would see more of those dishes until I’m fully satisfied! Yummy in my tummy! Maybe these dishes would be your favourites as well?
Shredded ice is available at the ABC corner together with the varieties of toppings to choose from. Or would you prefer delicately carved fruits such as the watermelon rose, the apple flowers and the pineapple swan? Beautiful.
All in all, the Food Arena’s Jumbo Buffet is definitely a buffet worth going for. At only $29.90 for adult and $15.90 for child, this buffet is priced competitively with other buffets available out there. The choices of the main dishes available from the western, arabian and indonesia are those that are usually popular among the people. One of the biggest strength that this Jumbo Buffet has over others are the overwhelming number of desserts that you are spoilt for choice!
The Jumbo Buffet will only be available until the end of Ramadhan, so do hurry. Food Arena is located at Seri Q-Lap Mall’s ground floor. Park your car behind the mall as that would be the closest to Food Arena’s entrance. You will not miss the Jumbo Buffet’s banner there. Please call +673 7151177 or +673 720 9777 for place your bookings! Don’t just take my word for it, go and see and try for yourself!
Good news to all Belait and even Mirians!
Last year, for the first time ever, Freshco offered their MEGA SUNGKAI BUFFET which is boast the largest buffet spread in the whole of Brunei which comprises of FIVE big names of different themes: Waroeng Penyet (Indonesia cuisine), All-Seasons Restaurant (Chinese cuisine), Pastamania (Italian cuisine), Sushi Tei (Japanese cuisine) and Auntie Anne’s (Pretzels!).
This year, this same team is bringing their buffet spread closer to you, especially for Belait and Miri residents! It is hosted in the newly opened KB Sentral Mall, hence the name KB Sentral Grand Buffet.
Here’s how some of the beautifully arranged spread looks like inside:
Let’s have a look at the MANY offerings of the buffet. WARNING: Since this is Brunei’s largest buffet spread, this is going to be a long list of dishes!
Click on the thumbnails to view the full glory of the food!
NOT IN THE PICTURES: There’s also free-flow ice cream if the above desserts are not to your satisfaction.
What do you think? See anything you like? Brunei’s largest buffet, the GRAND buffet is no-joke. After all that picture taking, I finally started to take my own food. Here’s what I ended up with, three rounds of different themed dishes.
So what are you waiting for, Belait and Mirians! Start making your way to KB Sentral to have this for your Sungkai today! Please call +673 3342337 or +673 8634076 to make a booking as the buffet is usually quite full. As for me, I’m going to have to wait a few more days before all that food is digested. BURP!
It was just by chance that I discovered this little gem of a cafe hidden amongst the many luxury clothing shops in that shopping mall. The new cinema just opened and hot coffee was not yet available from the cinema’s snacks counter. Knowing that there was that famous coffee chain with the mermaid logo on the ground floor I decided to get a quick take-away, an Asian wanting an Americano. As I neared the escalators, the heavenly aroma of roasted coffee lingered in the cold stale air of the mall. Immediately, all my senses were ignited and I realized that the aroma was emanating from a shop, which was easy to miss if it was not for its vividly decorated walls with bright twinkling Christmas lights teasing the eyes. I was greeted by a sweet Barista whose genuine smile and on-the-spot questions to me about how I would like my coffee served, reassured me that I would be getting a perfect take-away cup of coffee. Sure enough, I was not wrong.
Ever since that brief encounter, I told myself that I must revisit this place with my friends to properly enjoy the coffee while enjoying the ambience, an act that I believe would nowadays be referred to as ‘chillin’. Minutes turned into hours, as time seemed to have stood still in that space.
Remember the sweet barista who served the perfect coffee that I mentioned earlier? She was there and was kind enough to share her knowledge of coffee with me.
Meanwhile, while I enjoy my Americano, my friend’s Latte and Cappuccino is getting all the attention.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: (1) It takes great control and a lot of practice to get the latte art right. (2) The making of a cute bear to lighten up anybody’s day. (3) The sprinkling of cinnamon powder on the cappuccino to enhance the aroma. (4) A appetizing cup of cappuccino ready to serve.
Various choices of coffee beans imported from around the world and tea leaves from Taiwan are also available for purchase. Not convinced? Well don’t decide just yet; customers can try out the taste of the different origin coffee beans to choose the taste best suited for the individual so that you can home feeling satisfied.
Unlike most cafes around the world, Brewhouse focuses on BALANCE. For example, some cafes are famous for their extremely strong coffee yet some are famous for their very nice latte art, or some are known for their portion. In Brewhouse, it is their principle that in order to achieve balance, everything must be done right; the right grind type, the right tamp, the right water temperature, the right extraction time, the right milk, … and the list continues on. Every morning when they start operating, they would readjust their grind to make sure that it is the correct fineness. They would also flush the water from inside the espresso machine to make sure that fresh water is used and the water remains at the optimum temperature throughout the operating hours. There are many other steps that they have taken that would be too long to list here. To put it simply, Brewhouse is meticulously making sure every single factor that goes into the making of the coffee is proper before serving that perfect cup of coffee to you.
ONE-STOP CAFE CONSULTANTS
Another interesting fact that makes Brewhouse unique is that not only are they a cafe serving both coffee and tea, they are also a one-stop cafe consultants; from coffee beans all the way to coffee machines that comes with the training of baristas necessary for the establishment of a cafe.
Brewhouse’s main objective is to promote and to create awareness of the coffee and tea culture to the community. Brewhouse has already successfully help with the start-up of various other cafes around town.
Brewhouse is located in the Permaisuri Imperial City Mall, Miri on the 1st Floor. You will be able to spot it going up the escalator. If you’re longing for a perfect cup of coffee, this is it. So what are you waiting for? Bring your friends, enjoy the ambience. Smile. Laugh. LIVE.
With the boom in the number of posh places that serves top-quality coffee nowadays, it would be extremely difficult to break the ‘market’ to offer something different for a change. In my opinion, Black Bean Coffee does just that; stayed away from the usual norm of making the place look so lavish and concentrate on what is important: THE COFFEE.
Unlike all other establishments around who advertise themselves as offering the best Arabica beans from various coffee estates around the world, Black Bean Coffee does just the opposite. Arabica coffees are known for their quality and better taste and can only be grown in very specific high attitude cold climate areas, as opposed to robusta coffee (Read more about arabica vs robusta here). Liberica coffee is a different class of coffee from the arabica and the robusta (different plant characteristic). The liberica coffee originated from Africa and made its way to Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.
Black Bean Coffee introduces Sarawak’s very own coffee called “Sarawak Liberica”, which originates from the hilly southern region of Sarawak from small scale Bidayuh and local chinese plantations. The coffee beans are brought to Kuching and then freshly (and passionately) roasted by the store owner himself, Mr. Chang (He has a roasterie just behind the shop), making Black Bean Coffee the place that serves the most fresh coffee, literally. It is in this context that I feel that labeling them as the Starbucks of Sarawak is only appropriate not to mention deserving. Tasting the flavour from the delicately but well-roasted Sarawak Liberica beans is all you need to agree with me.
Black Bean Coffee offers other coffee types such as the arabic and robusta from different parts of the world. As a first-timer to Black Bean Coffeee, and having never tried Sarawak’s own coffee beans, I was definitely curious and must try the Sarawak Liberica coffee. I ordered the Americano so that I can taste the bean’s natural flavour, without the milk and sugar contaminating the original taste. The first sip was… heavenly. The full aroma as the cup nears the nose was already an obvious indication on how exotic the flavour would be. Indeed it was sharp and strong. My friend who ordered the Ice Mocha using the Sarawak Liberica beans noticed that he was still feeling the effect of the coffee hours after we left!
Picture (left): I was curious about how the Sarawak Liberica taste, so that was my obvious choice of beans. Picture (right): Smooth and silky frothed milk prepared by the skilled ‘barista’ for the Cafe Latte complete with a cookie!
Black Bean Coffee is located at Ewe Hai Street (at the end of Carpenter Street). It’s quite easy to find. Just walk along Carpenter Street towards the temple and you will be able to spot Black Bean Coffee very easily at the end of the street. For the locals who know their way around Carpenter Street, its just opposite Life Cafe. Like any cities, parking is a pain, especially in this area of the city. My recommendation would be to park in Merdeka Mall and just walk down Carpenter Street (it’s a lovely stroll anyway)!
Please take note that Black Bean Coffee only operates during the day time (9.00am-6.00pm) and they do not open at night. They do not open on Sundays as well.
My happiness at Black Bean Coffee was short-lived! We were on quite a tight schedule so I only had the chance to try their Americano using the Sarawak Liberica beans. When I get the chance to go Kuching again, I would definitely want to drop by and savour the other flavours! Why go to those posh establishment and pay a monstrous price when you can have the BEST and MOST FRESH coffee in the Starbucks of Sarawak: Black Bean Coffee!