Food

19022017 / Baotime

Kaylie and I met up at Baotime yesterday for lunch as it had been a while since we last met. As usual, she brought lil” Keona along. Business was extremely slow at Baotime yesterday as there was no other patron aside from us at the time we arrived and slowly followed by a mom and her son.

Menu was like before so there was nothing much for me to choose from. I decided to try out their Farmer Baoger as I was not impressed with their Cuckoo Baoger which I had tried on my first visit.

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Twist Potato | B$4.50

chips on the twist stuffed with chicken sausage

Kaylie ordered this for herself and lil’ Keona and it ended up solely for her daughter as she did not like the mayonnaise dressing on the Twist Potato. Lil’ Keona only managed to finish half of it before surrendering completely.

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Farmer Baoger (V) | B$4.50

seasoned tofu garnished with mushroom and pumpkin

I had this as I do not feel like having meat. First of all, I loved the tofu. It was fresh, fried to perfection and the shape still stays intact. The deep fried tofu was sandwiched in between pureed pumpkin. There was too much mushroom sauce and it was overly salty in my opinion. I think the pumpkin would be better off if in slices and roasted rather than pureed. It makes the Baoger too messy to be handled.

According to a person-in-charge whom I spoke to yesterday, she claimed that the saltiness of the mushroom sauce is used to compensate the unseasoned tofu. Contradicting, I would say when the menu stated “seasoned tofu”.

Verdict: San Diann went Baotime this noon for lunch with his friend and he ordered Farmer Baoger as well. He agreed that the tofu was nice but the mushroom sauce was too little for him. Perhaps the person-in-charge did take note of my opinion on their Farmer Baoger.

Additionally, he added that the customer service at Baotime needed improvement especially the staff who manned the Cashier counter. It was the “no care’ attitude which really puts customers off.

I had been to Baotime twice and I do agree that the customer service needed improvement. I came across a few reviews online commenting about the poor customer service and I do hope that the management would do something about it.

Baotime
Unit 2, Block A,
Little Soho,
Simpang: 73-5-8,
Batu Bersurat,
Gadong, BE3719,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8683333

Food

19022017 / OLDTIME KOPITIAM

The bunch and I had breakfast together yesterday morning as it had been quite some time since the last time we met. We were unable to remember when was the last time the whole lot of us met. So, I guess it was really quite some time ago to the extent that we all lose track. LOL!

Shew Hiang was unable to meet us until 11AM. So, it was only Clara, San Diann and I who went breakfast together and we went for round two in the afternoon with Shew Hiang.

As usual, it is my duty to pick the venue for meetup. I ran out of ideas and I am not sure how keen they are with Western breakfast. So, I decided to pick OLDTOWN KOPITIAM. The said kopitiam underwent major refurbishment during last Puasa. And so did their menu.

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Wet Crispy Mee Prawn & Chicken with Egg Gravy | B$5.50

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Penang Assam Laksa | B$5.50 

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Nasi Lemak Special | B$7.00

I had Nasi Lemak Special for breakfast as I will not be eating rice for lunch since Kaylie and I arranged to meet at Baotime for lunch. Nasi Lemak Special comes with a piece of fried chicken and choices of either beef or chicken rendang.

As I do not eat beef, I chose chicken rendang and they came in three pieces. I shared the chicken rendang with my two friends and both sang praises. The fried chicken was nicely done. The sambal chili paste was good but it would be nicer if spicy.

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Butter Milk Bun | B$0.90

Freshly baked buns are served in the morning whereby the boss will walk around tables promoting their buns. San Diann and Clara ordered one from him while I was away and the three of us shared one bun. The bun was soft and buttermilk filling tasted great.

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Fried Shrimp Popiah (5 PCS) | B$3.50

The three of us loved their Fried Shrimp Popiah. They were generous with the fillings of thinly sliced vegetables and shrimps, served with their homemade blended chili sauce.

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Pie Tee (6 PCS) | B$5.00

I had never tried Pie Tee before this so I had nothing to compare them with. Pie Tee is a deep fried thin and crispy pastry tart, filled with mixture of thinly sliced vegetables. They came with homemade blended chili sauce. These were good but I preferred Fried Shrimp Popiah more.

OLDTIME KOPITIAM
Unit G2, Ground Floor,
Bangunan Haji Ibrahim Bin Awang Othman,
Simpang: 24, Kampung Menglait,
KM3, Jalan Gadong, BE3919,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2448282

Food

Review: ChaTraMue, Brunei

ChaTraMue has been around in Brunei for less than two months. Sister and I tried their Cha Yen the next day we came back from Singapore. Visiting ChaTraMue had not been part of our itinerary. We had extra time to kill before meeting up with parents for dinner at Seri Kemayan Restaurant so we decided to drop by ChaTraMue since we were in the area.

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One of the props that the owner set up for pictures and Sister found a misplaced wallet on the seat. It was a Cath Kidston long wallet and we had surrendered it to one of the staff members.

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Merchandises for sales. I intended to buy a packet of their coffee powder for Mom but was told that it required filtering. I doubt Mom would be pleased to know that she had to filter her coffee before drinking. So, we decided not to get any in the end.

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Cha Yen | B$3.50

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Cha Yen (Hot) | B$2.90

Both Sister and I had Cha Yen, which is one of their bestsellers. I had mine cold while Sister had hers hot. We requested for less sweet but the staff only got mine sugar reduced while Sister’s Cha Yen remained the same sweetness level. We agreed that the Cha Yen were good but would be nicer with reduced sugar level.

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I had mine with “very less sweet” and the sweetness level was just perfect for me. The cup was made with thick plastic hence it is reusable. You can bring them home and use as a tumbler. I brought mine home but I have yet used it to date. LOL!

ChaTraMue
694@Delima,
Unit 8, Simpang: 94,
Kampung Delima,
BB4713,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2344067

Hotel Review

Review: Louis Kienne Serviced Residences Havelock, Singapore

As you all may have known, the family and I had just returned from our weekend vacation to Singapore early last week. It took Sister and I a while to decide which accommodation to pick this time round. Accessibility and location were the main aspect that we put into consideration when choosing our accommodation as we had parents traveling with us this time round.

We thought that it was best to stay in an accommodation whereby it could be easily reached via public transportation. Sister suggested V-Hotel Lavender but I am not sure if parents would be comfortable with the room size as Mom once complained the size of the bathroom at Kingwood Boutique Hotel. The bathroom of V-Hotel Lavender was smaller than that.

While scouting for hotels via Agoda, I decided to try my luck with serviced apartments though I knew they would be expensive than hotel rooms and I came across Louis Kienne Serviced Residences Havelock. Much to my surprise, the price of their two bedroom apartment per night was about the same as what V-Hotel Lavender was offering for two standard rooms. We then decided to pick Louis Kienne Serviced Residences Havelock.

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The hotel lobby is not very spacious but able to accommodate a group of people comfortably. As the service lift is not on the same ground level with the lobby, a ramp was built for disabled guests and convenience for guests when pushing luggage.

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We booked ourselves a two bedroom apartment. We were assigned on the 8th Floor and we got Room 802. It was near to the service lift. The hotel did well with sound proofing as we did not hear much footsteps or voices when guests walked pass by.

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We got a living room, kitchenette and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. There was even a small storage room where you can store your luggage if you do not want them inside the rooms. The sofa in the living can be converted into a sofa bed but chargeable at the rate of S$80+ per night.

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The mini kitchenette was well equipped with induction stove top and microwave. They even provide dish wash detergent. Cooking pots, glassware and cutlery were provided as well. You can find basic kitchen necessities provided. Mom cooked instant noodles for breakfast in the morning we were due for check out.

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The room came with a big wardrobe, equipped with a safe deposit box to safeguard your valuables. Laundry hangers were provided but limited and Sister had to borrow some from parents’ wardrobe. And oh yeah, they have bathrobes too!

Another plus point of the room was that electric sockets are all over the room. Therefore, it would not be a problem if you have many electronic devices which require charging on everyday basis. When we were staying at V-Hotel Lavender previously, both Sister and I had to take turns charging our mobile phones, tablets and camera.

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Bathroom came with the most basic toiletries and freshly laundered towels were replaced on everyday basis. Do remember to bring your own toothbrush, toothpaste and shaver as these three were not provided. I liked that they have ample cabinets for toiletries storage in the bathroom. There was one underneath the wash basin and another one on top encased with a vanity mirror. It came with florescent tubes but unfortunately they were not working.

Verdict: Louis Kienne is rated 4 stars on Agoda which I think they deserved the rating. Location wise, it is subjective to preferences as it depends on which public transport you frequent. If you are used to taking MRT, it is quite a walking distance between the station and hotel. However, Louis Kienne can be easily reached by bus. There are two bus stops located in front of the hotel – Ganges Avenue and Opp Harvest Mans.

On the day of our arrival, we took MRT from the airport and alighted at Outram Park Station. It took us more than 40 minutes to locate the hotel on foot as there were road construction/maintenance along the way. We tried asking for directions to the hotel but majority were unable to direct us as Louis Kienne is a fairly new hotel. If we had alighted at Tiong Bahru Station in the first place, it would have saved us time trying to locate the hotel.

In terms of eateries, I could not say much as we did not attempt to find eatery nearby the hotel on foot but I remembered seeing a food court on our way to the airport. I think the said food court can be reached in within 5 to 10 minutes of walking. Reception is not 24 hours. If you are arriving after reception hours, you will need to inform the hotel early so that late check-in can be arranged.

WiFi was complimentary. Internet speed was fast as I was able to download some drama series episodes rather quickly. However, the downside was that you have to reconnect regularly especially if left idle overnight.

In total, we paid for S$815.01 for our accommodation of three nights. I would say the price was reasonable given the standard room size for hotels in Singapore.

Louis Kienne Serviced Residences Havelock
554 Havelock Road,
169639,
Singapore
Tel: +65- 65919888

Food

07022017 / Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

The next day after we came back from Singapore, Sister and I met up with Jennifer for lunch at Kaizen Sushi Waterfront. I was still craving for Bibimbap at the time but Sister mentioned that she was not keen for Korean cuisine and would rather go for Japanese cuisine at any time. So, what the VIP wants, she gets it. LOL! Lunch was at Kaizen Sushi Waterfront then.

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Spicy Maguro Temaki | B$3.60

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Hiyayako | B$2.70

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Kake Soba (Udon) | B$5.40

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Combi Set B | B$18.00

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Tori Kimcheedon | B$8.10

When you were unable to get your Bibimbap fix, you get your Kimchi fix in a Japanese restaurant. LOL! This Tori Kimcheedon was surprisingly good and it was spicy enough for my liking. Sister found it rather spicy for her liking and yet she helped herself with a few servings.

Kaizen Sushi Waterfront
Block G, First Floor,
Yayasan Complex, Jalan Pretty,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2226336