Review: Kapra Coffee

Had my caffeine fix on my own last Sunday morning before I meet Jennifer for lunch. Kaylie intended to join me for coffee but she cancelled me on short notice as she had to bring lil’ Keona over to Kuala Lurah to extend her social visit pass. Despite being cancelled on, I decided to go on my own.

I had my first trial of Kapra Coffee days before my visit last Sunday morning. I went over and ordered takeaways of Cafe Latte for myself and two colleagues. I was rather disappointed with my Cafe Latte back then. But I remembered that the barista asked if I would like strong coffee but I insisted on single shot at the time. So, I thought that could be the reason why my Cafe Latte was lacking coffee taste!

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Cafe Latte | B$5.50

So, I returned and gave this Cafe Latte a second chance. And I went ahead with double shot this time round. It was a lot better than my first trial but it still lack the bitterness taste which I prefer.

According to the barista, the reason why their coffees were not as bitter as some other coffees served in other cafes is that they did not roast their beans dark. The longer the beans are roasted, the bitter the coffees will be. So, that explained why their coffees were not as bitter and sour as compared to some other coffees which I had previously tried.

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Eat Your Greens | B$6.00

Pandan sponge cake paired with cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese

They had quite a few cakes’ selection the other day. There were Bugs Bunny Goes Nuts, Bandung Chiffon, Sweet & Salty Chocolate Cupcakes and Taro Creme Brulee. Kapra Coffee collaborates with two local home bakers – Cake Diem and Mentega Patisserie.

So, Eat Your Greens is layered pandan sponge cake with cream cheese frosting in between layers. In between the layers also came shredded cheddar cheese. The pandan sponge cake came with the right level of sweetness and they were soft and spongy as well. However, I do find the cream cheese frosting slightly lacking in cheese taste. Perhaps I am used to heavy cream cheese frosting in cakes?

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So, this is the menu they have at the moment. It is not as extensive as some of the cafes we have in town but it will suffice if you are into classic coffees instead of fancy pansy coffees. As Kapra Coffee is currently shorthanded, their business hours are limited to a few hours per day but longer hours during weekend.

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Free flow of plain water were provided on the table. There is a large high stool table which could roughly accommodate around 12 persons. And there is also another counter table which could accommodate like 4 persons at the same time.

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Additionally, they also have some coffee related merchandises which patrons can buy if they wished to.

Verdict: All in all, I liked the ambiance of the place. Menu is pretty restricted as as they intended to focus on coffees among others. I do not mind returning to Kapra Coffee next time as I intended to try out their Iced Americano. Gonna bring Sister and Jennifer over the weekend if time permits.

Kapra Coffee
Unit 26, Ground Floor,
Block C,
Simpang: 440,
Jalan Muara,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam

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29052016 / Pho Hoa Restaurant Brunei

Lunch yesterday was at Pho Hoa Restaurant Brunei with Jennifer. Our intended lunch destination was actually a Thai restaurant in Wisma Jaya (same building as AIA) as recommended by Thanis Lim on his blog. But unfortunately, the said restaurant was closed yesterday for Consumer Fair at ICC. If you are wondering what’s the name of the Thai restaurant which Thanis Lim recommended, I think it was called Mayura.

But I will definitely return there again to try out their authentic Thai cuisine. There were not much lunch places around Bandar that I have yet tried. So, I decided on Pho Hoa Restaurant Brunei as Jennifer had yet tried out the place since opening and I was looking forward to their new menu dishes. And oh boy, they were such a disappointment.

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Yin Yang | B$1.20

I had the hot Yin Yang while Jennifer had the iced one. Coffee taste was not strong for me as the tea sort of overpowered the taste of coffee in the beverage. I think I went overdose on caffeine yesterday as I could feel the unease around the chest area. Luckily for me, there was no acid reflux happening yesterday.

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Fresh Spring Rolls (3 pieces) | B$3.80

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Beancurd Eggplant with Rice | B$5.50

Jennifer’s choice of main course as we both decided to order ourselves a main course each and appetizers to share. Though we ended up sharing each other main courses in the end. LOL! This has a bit of sour taste from the broth hence making it appetizing. But it was still rather salty for my liking.

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Mi Xao (Chicken) | B$5.00

Mi Xao is the Vietnamese version of fried noodles. It smelled of century egg when served. However, there was no taste of century egg at all when eaten. However, Jennifer mentioned that the taste was more like fermented beancurd than century egg. I only managed to have a few spoonfuls of this Mi Xao before I decided to give up completely. Reason being, too overly salty!

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Fried Chicken Wings (3 pieces) | B$4.50

Honestly speaking, nothing special about this. Just deep fried chicken wings sprinkled with MSG powder? The chicken wings were tad bit dry for me and I did not like the toppings. They looked so MSG laden to me!

Verdict: All in all, this lunch was a huge disappointment for me as I liked their Pho so much on my first visit. Perhaps I should have just stick with their Pho and Spring Rolls in the first place? My only satisfaction from yesterday’s lunch was the Fresh Spring Rolls. The rest were just plain disappointment.

Pho Hoa Restaurant Brunei
Unit 6, Ground Floor,
Block B,
Bangunan Haji Abdul Rahman,
Simpang: 88, Kampung Kiulap,
BE1518,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2236218

24052016 / Yugo Dessert Cafe

After having our dinner at THE KREMA yesterday evening, both Jennifer and I felt that we did not ate much and up for a second round. We thought of having coffees at Games & Lattes but decided to go Yugo Dessert Cafe after I mentioned that their Shibuya Honey Toast was good.

According to her, she had heard reviews that Yugo Dessert Cafe always ran out of some of their desserts when it is approaching closing time. Lucky for us, we got whatever we ordered for.

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Angel Smoothie | B$4.50

As I just had a cup of Cafe Latte at THE KREMA, I did not feel like having a second cuppa within a night. So, I had this Angel Smoothie instead. I was intrigued when I browsed through their menu. So, I asked the Cashier what was this Angel Smoothie. According to the Cashier, Angel Smoothie is a combination of bananas and strawberries.

So, I guess it was worth a try and went ahead with it. I think the Cashier forgotten to ask me if I wanted whipped cream on my smoothie as I remembered them asking San Diann for his Banana Smoothie on our first visit earlier. Texture wise, this Angel Smoothie was really smooth and you cannot feel the bits of the strawberries at all. On your first sip, you could taste the strawberries but not that distinctive anymore after few sips as the bananas sort of covered the strawberries.

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Cafe Latte | B$4.20

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Shibuya Honey Toast | B$4.00

We were rather disappointed with their Shibuya Honey Toast as it was sprinkled with too much white sugar to the extent that we have to remove them as much as we could before we eat. The toasts were not as soft as I remembered it to be. I don’t think I will be having this again anytime soon as I think I was sugar overdosed yesterday evening.

Yugo Dessert Cafe
E5, Setia Kenangan 2,
Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
BE1518,
Negara Brunei Darussalam

Review: Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Micro Micellar Acne & Makeup Cleansing Water

Woots! Such a lengthy name for a cleansing water. Just in case you don’t know, I am more of cleansing water fan nowadays than cleansing oil or cleansing milk. Reason being, I find cleansing water easier to use and milder on the skin. Anyways, I got this Eucerin Cleansing Water couple of days ago when I was in Limbang with Dad to renew my passport and identity card while he renews his driver’s license.

There is a Watsons store nearby to the Land Transport Department. So, I walked over and I found this Eucerin Cleansing Water while I was browsing through the aisles of products. It took me quite some time before deciding on getting this. Used the price checker machine to make sure that this product is not horrendously price. It was less than RM50 so I decided to buy it.

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Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Micro Micellar Acne & Makeup Cleansing Water

This product claimed not containing alcohol as it was stated “0% Alcohol” on the packaging. Hence, making it suitable for sensitive and acne prone skin. However, I find it weird that my skin feel the slight irritation when I wiped it over my face with a piece of cotton pad. The irritation was not exactly very distinctive but I can feel the slight “burning” feeling on both my cheeks.

On my first usage, I thought it was probably due to my skin condition at the time. However, I still experience the slight irritation on my second usage. So, I thought this is so not right and decided not to use it anymore. I came to realize that my skin would react negatively towards products which claimed to be alcohol free. So, I was thinking could my skin be sensitive towards Glycerin?

Skin sensitivity issue aside, I find this cleansing water worked wonderfully well in terms of removing sunscreen and the dirt which my skin picked up during the day. This product is fragrance free. So, if you would like a fragrance free makeup remover, you could try out this one but do make sure that it suits your skin well as it didn’t on mine.

So, here’s what I think of Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Micro Micellar Acne & Makeup Cleansing Water in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Remove sunscreen and dirt well enough.
2. Fragrance free.
3. 0% alcohol.
4. Affordable.

Cons:
1. Causes slight irritation on my skin during usage.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Price: RM41.65 (Watsons, Limbang)

Repurchase? No

Review: THE KREMA

Just came home from dinner and desserts with Jennifer not long ago. We had our dinner at THE KREMA and desserts at Yugo Dessert Cafe. Dinner supposed to be with Kaylie but she said she cannot make it today as she has some baby errands to run. When you have friends being parents already, you will hear them saying that they need to buy this and that for their babies. LOL!

I thought of having dinner at THE KREMA alone since Kaylie cannot make it. Then Jennifer came in and asked if I wanted to have coffee tonight after our unsuccessful attempt yesterday evening. I said she could join me at THE KREMA for dinner if she doesn’t mind. She agreed and we both met at THE KREMA at half past seven. The place was almost empty apart from a table of patrons when we arrived. The place started to slowly fill up when we were done with our dinner.

Ordering is over the counter. Food will be delivered to you shortly after ordering. They do not have an extensive menu at the moment but it is more than enough if you wanted a nice cup of coffee with some light food to munch on.

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Cafe Latte | B$4.50

Had my usual Cafe Latte. Requested for skimmed milk but they only had regular full cream milk. This Cafe Latte was good and it has the right bitterness. I like Cafe Lattes which are bitter. The more bitter, the better it is. LOL!

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Grilled Chicken Panini | B$5.50

Both Jennifer and I ordered one main course each to share. This Grilled Chicken Panini was good. The grilled chicken was juicy and tender, topped with thousand island dressing if I am not mistaken. I liked that the panini bread was not tough or dry like some others which I had previously tried.

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Fish & Chips | B$7.50

Came with four to five pieces of deep fried battered fish slices, seasoned fries, tartar sauce and a small wedge of lemon. The lemon wedge was so small that it flew off my fingers onto the floor when I tried to squeeze out the juice. The fish was nicely done with the right crunch. The chips were heavily seasoned though. I think I preferred the Grilled Chicken Panini over this.

Verdict: Liked the ambiance at THE KREMA. It was cozy and the lighting was good. I do not mind returning to THE KREMA next time for their coffee. Their food menu is pretty limited at the moment. Hopefully, they will have more to offer in the near future. If you want good coffee and light food to munch on, THE KREMA is a place you could consider.

THE KREMA
Unit 31, Ground Floor,
Bangunan Lim Eng Ming,
Simpang: 88,
Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan, BE1518,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8973600