Miri Food Hunts / Cake Rush

On my last Miri weekend overnight trip, I brought Ing, Clara and San Diann to try out Cake Rush as it is located nearby Kingwood Boutique Hotel. As a matter of fact, I brought them to Cake Rush twice. LOL! Once was when both Clara and San Diann have yet had proper lunch, so we went Cake Rush to have some desserts before dinner. Second was when I needed to collect my cake order to bring back to Bandar.

Without further ado, let me show you what we had in both of our visits. It was not easy for Ing to agree with my food taste and vice versa. So, it was good to know that she agreed that the desserts served at Cake Rush were good!

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Vanilla Latte | RM9.50

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Ice Rose Latte | RM10.50

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Rose Latte | RM9.50

Tried Rose Latte the other day after having tried Green Tea Latte on my first visit. I should have went ahead with full cream milk instead of skimmed milk. As skimmed milk has a lighter taste, the taste of rose syrup overpowered the taste of coffee. I think I am going to stick to my usual Green Tea Latte next time.

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Chocolate Cake | RM8.00

If you are a big fan of chocolate cakes, do try out Cake Rush. I am sure their Chocolate Cake will not disappoint you. A lot of my friends and colleagues had tried this and all of them sang praises. Ing even went back the second time for it. I loved that the chocolate cake layers were moist and the chocolate ganache had the right sweetness!

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Japanese Baked Cheesecake | RM6.50

To be honest, I am no longer a Japanese Cotton Cheesecake person compared to before. I prefer flavored Japanese Cotton Cheesecake nowadays. However, the texture of this cheesecake was extremely fine and delicate.

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Matcha Cheesecake | B$7.50

I preferred this Matcha Cheesecake more than Japanese Baked Cheesecake. Not saying the latter was not nice. As I mentioned previously, I preferred flavored version more than plain. LOL!

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Pate a Choux | RM8

Ing ordered this when she arrived after us. This is Pate a Choux which Cake Rush is selling RM8 for three pieces. The one with green colored top crust had matcha filling while the brown colored top crust had chocolate filling. They were good!

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Lemon Cheesecake | RM9.90

I was keen on trying their Fraisier again but no such luck. According to the owner, they ran out of strawberries so Fraisier is temporarily unavailable until two weeks later. Both Fruit Tart and Lemon were sold out. So, I resorted to this Lemon Cheesecake. It was good and Clara mentioned that the strawberry was sweet.

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If you wish to order cakes for birthdays or anniversaries, here’s the contact numbers which you can contact for orders.

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And social media platforms where you can have a look at their previous bakes and works.

Cake Rush
Lot 862, Ground Floor,
Jalan Permaisuri,
Miri, Sarawak.
East Malaysia

Miri Food Hunts / Meet D’Brown

This was my second visit to Meet D’Brown. My first visit was some time last month when I was in Miri for a day trip for some errands running. Meet D’Brown was not our first intention for dinner on that evening. We intended to try out a home based restaurant around Pujut residential area but the said restaurant was closed for the weekend.

As Meet D’Brown was just nearby the area, Ing suggested that we headed there for dinner. Both Clara and San Diann were okay with the suggestion since both have yet been to Meet D’Brown. Took us quite some time to decide what to eat and we all settled with pastas in the end except for Ing.

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Citrus Detox | RM7

San Diann actually wanted to order Lemon & Mint Detox Water like I did last time but I told him not to as there was nothing special about the said detox water. I personally think this Citrus Detox would be better as it contained both cucumber and lemon slices which are good for his flu and cough.

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Aglio Olio | RM15

Beef bacon or chicken ham or shiitake mushroom (v) or sausage, pressed garlic, parmesan, chili flakes (optional)

This was Clara’s choice of dinner which I did not try. According to Clara, this pasta was too dry for her liking. She chose chicken ham but without the chili flake. The flavoring was okay for her in overall.

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Gym Junkies Aglio Olio | RM18

Boneless chicken breast, pressed garlic, parmesan, chili flakes (optional)

San Diann’s choice of dinner. The waitress recommended him Farmer’s Pancake when he asked her what’s chef recommendation. I guess he was not keen of having breakfast for dinner. LOL! Tried a little bit of his pasta and it was rather spicy due to the chili flakes.

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Pesto Pasta (V) | RM17

Shiitake mushroom, broccoli and cauliflower

This was what I had for dinner the other night. The pesto flavoring was okay but the pasta was overcooked in my opinion. To be honest, I find San Diann’s pasta overcooked as well.

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Pan Fried Chicken Breast | RM18

Boneless chicken breast, sunny side up, broccoli and cauliflower

Ing’s choice of dinner. The dish may look pale in comparison to the pasta dishes which the three of us ordered but this was a healthy dinner option with good source of protein and less calories. The main highlight of this dish was the pan fried boneless chicken breast. The fillet was well marinated and cooked. The meat was soft and tender with juice flowing out when you sliced in.

Meet D’Brown
Lot 2991, Ground Floor,
Block 2, MCLD,
Jalan Pujut 5/7C,
98000, Miri,
Sarawak
Tel: +6-0148822148

Review: The Classic, Kingwood Boutique Hotel

Just came back from an overnight trip to Miri yesterday evening. The three of us – San Diann, Clara and I stayed at Kingwood Boutique Hotel this time round. We booked ourselves each a room as the bathroom looked pretty see through to me from the pictures displayed on Agoda. But it turned out to be not that see through afterall.

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I arrived at Kingwood Boutique Hotel earlier than the two of us as they both only departed after noon time while I departed early in the morning. Left my luggage at the concierge counter and inquired about the earliest check-in time. According to the receptionist, earliest check-in is around noon time. That was one of the good things about Kingwood Boutique Hotel as some of the hotels in Miri only allow check-in after 2PM.

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So, this is the lobby area of the hotel. A little background story here. Kingwood Boutique Hotel was first known as Rinwood Inn back in the 80’s. It was then renamed as Kingwood Inn years later. The hotel later underwent major renovation around 2015 and re-branded as Kingwood Boutique Hotel.

I used to stay at Kingwood Inn once couple of years ago and the state of the hotel was pretty bad. It was rundown and badly needed some renovation and repairs. Hotel rate was a lot cheaper than the well-known hotels nearby. I tried to persuade Mom to stay at Imperial Hotel but she insisted on Kingwood Inn due to the price tag.

I was extremely impressed with the brand new Kingwood Boutique Hotel as it looked like the hotel underwent an extreme major “facial plastic surgery”. It was as if you walked into a 5-stars chain hotel but smaller in size. Without further ado, let me show you some of the pictures of the hotel.

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Upon entering the room, there is a big closet on your left equipped with ironing board, iron, hair dryer, bathrobes, in-room slippers and safe deposit box. The shower room area is what I loved the most in the room. It looked like a walk-in vanity area with a huge vanity mirror! The shower room and toilets are in both separate cubicles.

The shower room came with both overhead and hand held power shower. However, I do have to agree with some of the reviewers on Agoda that there is no place to place toiletries inside the shower cubicle. Perhaps the hotel management can do something about it like installing a holder or something similar?

They even provided a weighing scale and also a bottle hand wash liquid. The doors to the cubicles were frosted. So, there is no need to worry of being seen naked when showering if you are sharing the room. You can even pull down the blinds if you are feeling uneasy about it. I did albeit being alone myself. LOL!

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Majority hotels which I had been to recently are going green to conserve our mother nature. So, it is good to see that Kingwood Boutique Hotel is doing the same thing too.

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The bed, which is a queen sized bed with four plush pillows. The duvet was too thin for me as I am used to thick comforter at home. I felt extremely cold in the middle of the night albeit I wrapped myself up like a cocoon with the duvet.

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You see the arrow thingy button on top of the triple switch? That is the controller for the window’s curtain.

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I liked that the room came equipped with quite a number of socket plugs. One each on both sides of the bed.

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The room was installed with a 42″ SHARP LED TV which you could play your own favorite drama series or movies out of your external hard disk or even flash drive. I did not know about it at first until Clara told us over our Whatsapp group chat. I brought my laptop with me so that I can do regular blog update and Internet connection was strong albeit I got the corner room.

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The refreshment counter. There is a mini bar fridge stored inside the cabinet under the counter. Two complimentary bottles of drinking water were provided with some instant coffee and tea bags. Cups with teaspoons were provided too. However, I think it would have been better if the housekeepers placed the cups upside down for hygiene reason.

Verdict: Loved my stay this time round at Kingwood Boutique Hotel as the hotel was designed to look like a posh 5-stars hotel. Customer service was good as the staffs were friendly and courteous. Loved the design of the room as it looked as if I am staying in a posh hotel. The lighting inside the room was good as well and bonus point for the huge vanity mirror which I could make do for OOTD shots.

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Location was ideal as major shopping malls are within walking distance. Lots of dining options nearby so you do not have to worry about food. Internet connection was strong when connected but it got cut off multiple times though.

A lot complained about the limited parking spaces in the area as the hotel does not have an allocated parking area for hotel guests. Some even mentioned that you have to be lucky to find one. Fortunately for us, it was not the case when we were staying at Kingwood Boutique Hotel. Both Ing and San Diann managed to get parking spaces right in front of the hotel on multiple times.

A deposit of RM100 in the form of cash or authorization hold of credit card will be required. If paid in cash, the deposit will be refunded back to you during check-out once the receptionist confirmed the state of room with the housekeepers.

As I booked my room via Agoda, the rate was a lot cheaper compared to reserving directly via the hotel website. I paid B$64.23 inclusive of tax and service charge. Walk-in rate for The Classic was RM240 if I remembered correctly. 232323

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A shout out to cafe-branded keepcuppers! You can now enjoy RM1 off from the cafes mentioned – The Ruffles and Brewhouse. I cannot identify the last one. Sorry!

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Kingwood Boutique Hotel
Lot 826, Jalan Yu Sheng Utara,
PO BOX 1838, 98008,
Miri, Sarawak,
Malaysia
Tel: +6-085415888
Website: http://kingwoodmiri.com.my

Review: Beanery & Co.

On our way back to Bandar from our overnight trip to Miri, we stopped by Kuala Belait (KB) for some food. We actually wanted to have rice dishes as we had been eating gluten products since yesterday. Asked both Jia and King for recommendation and both suggested Cottage Restaurant. San Diann turned around KB town and we settled with Beanery & Co. instead.

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It took us a few turns before we could find the location of Beanery & Co. The said cafe is located opposite Chung Hua Middle School, KB or a stone throw away from Ding Tea. 

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The cafe is not big in size but able to accomodate quite a number of patrons at a time. The lighting in the cafe was good. Seatings are comfortable too. We took the corner seat and it was sofa cushioned with big size plush pillows.

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Tried taking flat lay shot of the food that we ordered and I sucked big time. Can’t seem to find the creative angle for my flat lays most of the time.

Anyways, a bit of disclaimer here before I proceed further. I cannot exactly remember which beverages below are which and what but I will do my best in remembering. So, if you do find my mistakes in identifying them, please do let me know!

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Chocolate Mint Latte | B$5.50

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Green Tea Latte | B$5.50

This I remembered for sure as this was what I had. It had a distinctive green tea taste but it was overly sweet for my liking. I only managed half the cup before giving up completely.

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Vanilla Latte | B$5.50

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Salmon Quiche | B$5.50

I intended to try out their Water Melon Cake at first but the apperance of the cake did not appeal to me so I went ahead with ordering this Salmon Quiche and it was the best decision ever. The quiche was loaded with super generous portion of spinach. Salmon, I don’t think so. Both San Diann and Clara agreed that this Salmon Quiche was good too!

Verdict: Beanery & Co. offers quite a wide selection of hot food based on the menu provided. Quite a range of sandwiches as well when I was browsing through the menu on their iPad. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed with their Green Tea Latte as I heard good coffees’ reviews of 2212Beanery & Co.

Beanery & Co.
No: 81 A/1, Ground Floor,
Jalan Bunga Rambai,
Kuala Belait,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-3347772

Miri Food Hunts / Korea Heritage Restaurant

After our clothes shopping at Imperial Permaisuri City Mall, Ing and I headed out for lunch. We intended to try out Nara Korean BBQ in Pujut area but we were not too keen of having our hair stained with BBQ smell as we had just been to the salon this morning.

Ing suggested that we drive to Marina Square to check out if any cafe or restaurant caught our fancies? And we ended up at Korea Heritage Restaurant since our first intention was Korean cuisine anyways. There were only two tables occupied when we arrived. I kind of went slightly overboard with the ordering and we ended up with a large portion of Kimchi Jon left.

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Complimentary condiments to go with our orders. I tried their preserved kimchi and cucumbers. The preserved kimchi was good and the preserved cucumbers were tad bit sweet than sour. The condiment in the centre was coleslaw if I am not mistaken.

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Kimchi Jon | RM22

I only had a slice of this Kimchi Jon while Ing had like two slices. She liked this Kimchi Jon more than I did. I personally find it too flour-y for my liking. I preferred a more ingredients compact Kimchi Jon like the one served at Koryo Restaurant in Brunei. We could not finish the remaining slices and requested takeaway for San Diann and Clara who had yet eaten lunch. Both mentioned the Kimchi Jon was nice when dipped with the dipping sauce.

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Bibimbap | RM25

Loved this Bibimbap as it came with generous portion of vegetables – beansprouts, seaweed, spinach, shiitake mushroom, shredded cabbage and minced pork. There was an egg yolk on top of the spicy paste. Managed to finish this with Ing but I think I had more of this than her. The Bibimbap was even nicer when paired with preserved kimchi.

Korea Heritage
Lot 2064, Ground Floor,
Marina Square,
98000, Miri,
Sarawak