21082017 / Sarang Korean Restaurant

As Clara went Labuan over the weekend to visit her fiancé in Labuan, I met up with San Diann and Shew Hiang for lunch. As usual, we are always indecisive when it comes to choosing a venue. We have a few new eateries in town recently but we decided to go for our local favorite. San Diann is always okay with anything we choose. Shew Hiang too but she prefers Western savories this time round.

I on the other hand was craving for Korean cuisine, especially Japchae and fried Mandu. Shew Hiang went for movie in the morning and she arrived slightly past 1PM. The waitress kept on coming back to us to inform that their kitchen will be closing at 1:30PM. So, we decided to order something simple so that we can have extra tummy space for desserts later on.

These were the complimentary Banchan that came with when we ordered a main course. We had bittergourd, beansprouts, chicken hotdog, anchovies, white radish and preserved kimchi. My favorite of them all was the preserved kimchi and we requested for a refill. The hotdog was extremely spicy.

Daebak Chicken Tteok Bbok Gi | B$30

tteok bbok gi, kimbap, noodle, fried boneless chicken and fried mandu

This basically had what we wanted to eat in a plate altogether. However, I find their Kimbap not as good as before. The fried Mandu were as good as I remembered. The main highlight of this dish was of course the Tteok Bbok Gi which the three of us agreed was too sweet to handle. We were expecting a sweet and yet spicy version of Tteok Bbok Gi.

The noodle which came with the dish was presumably instant ramen noodles. Surprisingly enough, we quite like the texture of the ramen noodle. It had a springy and chewy texture. The fried chicken were okay but I am not a fan of chicken breast. It would have been nicer if they used the flesh from the chicken thigh. As the sauce was too sweet, we had to eat it with the preserved kimchi to neutralize the sweetness.

To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend ordering this unless you like having a sweet version of Tteok Bbok Gi. We concluded that this dish had been improvised to cater the local taste and preference. We only managed to finish the sides but not the Tteok Bbok Gi.

Sarang Korean Restaurant had expanded in terms of the size of the restaurant. They had taken up the next unit and therefore are able to cater bigger crowd at a time as compared to before. I think they had also expanded their menu options too as I had seen food dishes which I had never seen on the menu previously.

Sarang Korean Restaurant
Unit 6, Block J,
Batu Bersurat,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8607830

21082017 / Flour & Butter Cafe

I went to Flour & Butter Cafe two days in a row. I was there last Saturday evening after work to meet up with a friend for coffee and yesterday with San Diann, Shew Hiang and Clara for high tea as we were not full from our lunch at Sarang Korean Restaurant. We picked Clara from Muara Ferry Terminal as she went to Labuan over the weekend to visit her fiancé.

It was about 4PM when we arrived Flour & Butter Cafe. The cafe looked extremely packed from the outside but there was a table for four vacant by the window and we took it instantly. Flour & Butter Cafe had recently launched their rendition of Nasi Lemak Burger and we were intrigued to try. So, we ordered one to share along with some cakes.

Without further ado, let me show you what we had yesterday afternoon …

Iced Latte | B$5.50

Iced Hazelnut Latte | B$5.90

Nasi Lemak Burger | B$10.90

Nasi Lemak Burger isn’t new in the market as I remembered Rack & Brew Boutique Cafe having their own rendition as soon as they were open. However, Nasi Lemak Burger became a hit when McDonald’s in Singapore launched it as part of their limited edition menu for National Day.

This Nasi Lemak Burger came with the mandatory condiments of making Nasi Lemak. It consisted of cucumber slices, chicken, sunny side up and sambal chili paste with anchovies. They had fries as sides which you could choose between regular or coffee fries. We went for regular fries as I preferred it over coffee fries.

The deep fried chicken fillet was made with chicken breast. It was crispy and crunchy. Pretty good, I must say but I think my friends did not like it as much as I did. According to them, it lacked flavoring. However, I was rather disappointed with their sambal chili paste as it lacked the spicy kick.

Lava Cheese Tart | B$2.20

One of the latest creation of Flour & Butter Cafe was their rendition of Lava Cheese Tart. They were displayed along with Chicken Pie. They caught my attention when I was coming back from the washroom. I asked the gang if they would like to try it and they instantly agreed. We ordered a piece to share.

It was good and it had the lava flowy texture. The cream cheese filling had the combination of creamy and tangy. Most importantly, the crust was good with a crunchy texture. The four of us liked it and I think it was the best one which I had in Brunei.

Tiramisu Cake | B$5.90

Carrot Cake | B$4.90

I ordered a slice of Carrot Cake to share. I had wanted to order a slice the night before but it was too late for dessert. You must love cinnamon to fully enjoy a Carrot Cake. The cake was sandwiched with generous layers of cream cheese frosting. I usually leave out the cream cheese frosting as they tend to be overwhelming when had too much.

We ended our gathering with a group picture. Instead of doing selfie like we always did, I decided to use the timer setting of my camera so that it wouldn’t blur out some of our faces when focusing. It took me two attempts before I was able to get this shot. The uncles from the next table must be wondering what was I doing. I had to use a tissue dispenser to hold my camera so that I could get the right angle.

Flour & Butter Cafe
No: 29, Ground Floor,
Bangunan Haji Hassan Abdullah,
Menglait, Jalan Gadong,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2422323 

Review: All Time Delights

I had wanted to bring parents for breakfast at All Time Delights this morning but Dad decided that he wanted to stay in. So, he had breakfast at home instead while Mom and I headed out for breakfast.

All Time Delights is one of the latest launch of eatery in Brunei in collaboration with Paddington House of Pancakes. In short, you can enjoy Halal Kolo Mee with Western touch of breakfasts at the same time. If you are wondering where is this All Time Delights, it is located in the same premise as Paddington House of Pancakes of Berakas branch.

Without further ado, let me show you what both Mom and I had for breakfast this morning …

All Time Delights is currently on soft opening stage. I am pretty sure they will come with an extensive menu in due time.

Trio Chiffon Cake | B$3.00

I am not someone who would go for old school cakes whenever having desserts outside. I used to bake chiffon cakes at home but this combination fascinated me. The sponge layers were soft and spongy but sweet. The layers of chiffon cakes were sandwiched with fruit jam, making the entire cake even sweeter.

Nasi Panggang | B$0.70

Nasi Panggang is also known as Pulut Panggang. Pulut in English was glutinous rice. It is a Malay or Nonya cuisine, filled with chili shrimp paste as fillings wrapped in banana leaves and grilled.

I over ordered and we ended up not able to finish. So, we brought this back home as takeaway and I only managed to get a bite. The filling was pretty good but slightly spicy.

Kolo Mee Special | B$5.00

kolo mee, charsiu sauce, minced chicken, charsiu & chicken crackling

This was for Mom. When I first asked her how she likes her Kolo Mee Special, she mentioned that the charsiu and noodle were good. According to her, the charsiu weren’t dry for chicken breast.

When she found out that it was 5 bucks per bowl, she commented that it was ordinary bowl of Kolo Mee. LOL! But all in all, I can say that it was a good as my colleagues said the same thing too.

Kolo Mee Special | B$6.00

kolo mee, original sauce & chicken chop

I on the other hand went for original sauce instead of charsiu sauce with chicken chop as topping. I liked the noodles but maybe not so much for the chicken chop. The chicken chop were okay but I think they were a little bit heavy to go with the noodles. I am very likely to go for their minced chicken next time.

Nasi Lemak | B$6.00

As Dad did not tag along for breakfast, I ordered a Nasi Lemak for him and he had it for lunch. I did managed to have a small spoonful of the rice before heading out to meet San Diann and Shew Hiang for lunch at Sarang Korean Restaurant.

The Nasi Lemak came with a piece of deep fried chicken wing, peanuts, anchovies, crackers, sambal paste, sunny side up, few slices of cucumbers and coconut rice. The crackers weren’t crispy anymore as per Mom and the coconut rice had a distinctive taste of lemongrass.

All Time Delights
Unit 3 & 4, Simpang: 58,
Jalan Berakas, Kampung Serusop,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara 9Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2331668

18082017 / Little Audrey’s Café

After our dinner at BAKE 250°C, Jennifer was saying that she was craving for sweet desserts. We thought of getting our dessert fix at BAKE 250°C but the choice was limited. They had Brownies, Chicken Pie and Chocolate Nutella Cake but none caught our fancy. So, we decided to hop “next door” to Little Audrey’s Café for their Durian Cheese Tart.

Unfortunately, it was sold out but they did have some Fresh Durian Cake. However, I did not feel like having it at the time. Probably because I am not up to desserts with cream frosting? So, I thought why not choose a dessert off their menu? And we ended up having …

Morning Glory | B$9.90

brioche French toast with seasonal fruits, mascarpone, blueberry compote and maple syrup

Our platter was nicely presented and it looked appetizingly good! It came with two slices of thick brioche French toast. Seasonal fruits consisted of fresh mangoes, strawberries and blueberries, sprinkled with granola and some nuts. The brioche French toast was good with tad buttery taste in it.

Little Audrey’s Café
Unit 9, Ground Floor,
Block A, Q-Lap Complex,
Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8910711

Review: BAKE 250°C

We are starting to have new food eateries in town again after slowing down for quite some time. I had just found out that a new cafe – Coco Cafe is soft opening today. I had heard of it from my hairstylist last Sunday. As I am drinking less coffees nowadays, my choices of beverage are limited to hot chocolate and Chai Tea Latte whenever cafe hopping.

Anyways, Jennifer and I tried out BAKE 250°C yesterday evening after our unsuccessful attempt last Sunday afternoon. We intended to go there for high tea after our pampering session at the salon but we changed our mind after the embarrassing incident which Jennifer had earlier. LOL! BAKE 250°C is located on the exact unit as the previous The Frenz Café in Kiulap or the same row as Little Audrey’s Café.

The place looked more spacious in layout as compared to when it was still occupied by The Frenz Café. The place was brightly lit which makes photography easier. Without further ado, let’s get started with the food pictures!

Fresh Orange & Carrot Juice | B$3.50

As I was trying to eat as clean as possible, I resorted to getting myself a fruit juice since it was stated fresh on the menu. I expected their juice to be freshly squeezed kind so I asked if they could get me Orange & Carrot Juice instead. They agreed but at an additional cost of 50 cents which was fine by me.

The moment when I took the first sip of my Fresh Orange & Carrot Juice, I was instantly surprised that it tasted so sweet for a freshly squeezed juice. I thought they must have added some sugar syrup. However, they tasted more like canned fresh orange juice after a few more sips and I did not taste anything carrot in it either. I only had a few sips in total before giving up completely.

Rose Tea | B$3

Grilled Chicken Wrap | B$6.90

Both Jennifer and I agreed that we will each order ourselves a main course so that we can share. She ordered this while I ordered the following. We were contemplating between this or Mexican Chicken Wrap. We resorted to Grilled Chicken Wrap in the end. It was surprisingly good but the filling was slightly wet though. The fries were seasoned but soggy.

Baked Vegetable Pesto Penne | B$8.90

If you had been following my food entries regularly, you might have caught up that I am a fan of pesto dishes. And of course, I would not miss this and moreover it was baked with vegetables. The pesto sauce was strong in taste, unsuitable for those who do not like basil leaves.

The sauce was sautéed with garlic to give more flavoring which I personally thought was customized to local preferences. However, the only downside of this dish was the penne. They were overcooked. The entire dish would be perfect if the penne were not overcooked.

Verdict: The customer service was good in my opinion. However, I do think that their staffs were rather inexperienced with their menu. As mentioned earlier, both Jennifer and I were contemplating between Grilled Chicken Wrap and Mexican Chicken Wrap. So, we asked the waiter who attended to us the difference between both. He was unable to give us a straight answer so he went back to consult his colleagues.

Another guy whom I presumed to be one of their chefs based on his work attire took over our orders from the waiter. We prodded the same question again and only to be left with no answer of the difference between Grilled Chicken Wrap and Mexican Chicken Wrap. To be honest, I have no complaint about their customer service at all. They were polite and friendly. I just thought that they should be well knowledgeable of the food which they have on their menu. However, I do not mind returning to try out their other dishes.

BAKE 250°C
Unit 13, Block A,
Ground Floor, Kiulap Complex,
Simpang: 88,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2233441