Supposedly when you are the birthday person, you would be the one whereby you do not have to fork a single cent for the dinner. But it was the total opposite yesterday evening when I had dinner with some of my closest colleagues of four. The total bill for yesterday’s dinner was split between my other colleague and I.
Her birthday was on the next day after mine. The dinner that we had yesterday was a thank you dinner from the both of us to the other two colleagues who spent a lot for our birthdays. We made a deal to have dinner together outside the workplace on one of the days when we have much more free time. We usually go to Thiam Hock Restaurant but one of my colleagues suggested that we go iLotus instead this time round.
I wasn’t keen with the idea at first coz my first hand experience had not been a good one few years ago. But my colleague claimed that the food quality had improved over the years ever since they replaced the previous head chef. So, I went there with a higher expectation this time round. And thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as it used to be.
At first, we were being given a table for five by the corner but we requested a bigger table. Best with the “wheel” on it. Hahaha … Took us quite some time to decide what to order for dinner.
So, here comes the food pictures that we had yesterday evening.
Coconut Prawn | B$30
This is one of iLotus signature dish. It was printed on a one whole page of the menu and I saw that this dish was on majority Bruneian food blogs when they dine at iLotus. This was more like Curry Prawns housed in a coconut to me. The gravy was flavorful with coconut milk. But unfortunately, the freshness of the prawns were only 50 – 50. Some of them were extremely fresh but some were not. They were probably around 13 – 18 pieces of mediums sized prawns in the coconut and they all had been “de-shelled”. LOL!
Homemade Bean Curd Spring Onion | B$6
The cheapest dish that we had in the entire dinner. The homemade bean curd was good, it was soft and sleek with a slight hint of egg taste. It was topped with generous amount of sweet soy sauce and deep fried dried shrimps. At first, I thought it was deep fried salted fish but my colleagues told me they were dried shrimps instead. This dish was good but the dried shrimps were extremely salty. As salty as a salted fish. You couldn’t blame me for mistaking it as salted fish coz they were that salty! xD
Stir Fried Biling With Sambal | B$12
Not bad but a little bit salty in my opinion. Portion was reasonable to me. I wouldn’t suggest ordering this vegetable dish at a restaurant as it’s sold dirt cheap at the local vegetable market. And restaurants usually charge sky high price for this.
Steamed Seabass Foo Chow Style | B$28
I am not a huge fan of steamed fish but this was good in my opinion. The broth tasted refreshing and not too salty. It was steamed with silken tofu, preserved salted vegetables and sliced mushrooms. The silken tofu tasted a little bit sour though but probably because the gravy was sipped into the silken tofu hence the sour taste.
Chicken With Ham & Vegetables | B$28
Chicken was juicy and tender. Gravy was flavorful to the right taste as well. I expected the ham to be extremely salty but surprisingly, it wasn’t. It practically has no taste. Hahaha …. Loved the presentation of this dish.
Verdict: Ambiance was cozy and the place was pretty spacious in my opinion. Parking spaces had been increased compared to before. Food was served promptly after ordering and customer service was good as well. Food pricing were about the same like Thiam Hock Restaurant but iLotus made bigger effort with food presentation.
No: 20, Simpang: 12-26,
Kampung Rimba, Jalan Tungku Link,