27122016 / Games & Lattes

After our dinner at Sate House, the three of us moved to Games & Lattes for coffees and desserts while we waited for CY to arrive. It had been Sister’s intention to go Games & Lattes as she had been bugging both Jennifer and I to join her for some board games.

We are both working full time during the day and board games are definitely not what we define as relaxation. I am fine with board games like Scrabble or Monopoly but it turned out that the cafe is not carrying either one. Even the most basic games that they offer in house were brain consuming for us.

Do take note that you have to pay an “entrance” fee to have access to the board games. It is fared at B$3 for members and B$4 for non-members. We were lucky that “entrance” fee was waived off yesterday with a minimum spending of B$5 per receipt as it was their first year anniversary.

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Rocky Road Waffle | B$6.00

We did not order much, just the usual coffees and this Rocky Road Waffle. I liked the texture of the waffle. It was slightly crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. The waffle came with toppings of chunky peanut butter, chocolate ice-cream, marshmallow and chocolate sauce.

Games & Lattes
E9, Setia Kenangan 2,
Simpang: 150-5-13-18,
Kampung Kiulap, BE1518,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darusssalam
Tel: +673-2235200

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Review: Sate House

Finally got to try Sate House yesterday evening. I intended to try out the said restaurant with Kaylie few Sundays ago but she could not make it due to some last minute family obligations. It was bonus payday for the civil servants yesterday so I expected a large crowd in the food industry. Surprisingly, it was not as much as I expected. Perhaps majority population had crossed borders to either Miri or Sabah?

Called in to make a reservation beforehand as it was stated on their Instagram profile that they are only taking reservation at the moment. Unoccupied tables were placed with RESERVED notice when we arrived. I reserved a table for four in case CY can make it for dinner and it was only the three of us in the end – Jennifer, Sister and I.

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To be honest, I had been wondering if Sate House is a franchise business but there was no such information on the Internet. So, I can only assume that Sate House is truly made in Brunei.

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 (Top) Sate Kambing | B$4.20 & Sate Ayam | B$3.80 (Bottom)

Sate is literally meat skewers in English. Steeply priced for 6 sticks but it was pretty good. We agreed that the Sate Kambing (lamb satay) were good as the meat was well marinated. Both Sate came with different dips. Chicken Sate came with peanut sauce while Sate Kambing came with an almost similar dip of soy sauce with chili dip.

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Tahu Telur | B$6.50

textured wok fried egg, contrasted with silky soft white tofu complemented by our homemade robust soy sauce and peanut sauce

I ordered this as the name appealed to me and one of my friends posted this on her Instagram profile. She mentioned that it was good. It was okay for me but nothing much to hype about.

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Ayam Goreng Penyet | B$6.90

flattened deep fried chicken with rice and condiments

Sister ordered this for herself as she was craving for Nasi Lemak. According to her, the flattened deep fried chicken was slightly too dry for her but she got her craving fixed. I am not a tempe person but their tempe was good enough for my liking.

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Soto Ayam with Tanghoon | B$6.20

an Indonesian version of yellow chicken soup in a clear herbal broth, brightened by fresh turmeric and herbs served with chicken, boiled egg, fried shallots, bean sprouts, celery leaves, herbs and rice vermicelli (also known as mie hoon)

Jennifer and I shared this bowl of noodle as we did want to order another rice dish. The soup base was pretty good but slightly salty with a distinctive taste of turmeric. If you are not keen about turmeric, this Soto Ayam will not be your cup of tea.

Verdict: Food wise, the Sate were good but steeply priced. Food were served promptly after ordering. Customer service was good as they were all polite and courteous. I do not mind returning again some time in the near future to try their other dishes.

Do take note that they are only taking reservation at the moment. So, do call in to book in advance to avoid any disappointment.

Sate House
Unit B9, Block B,
Setia Kenangan II,
Simpang: 150, Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2231017

Review: Alter Ego

Christmas lunch was at one of the newly established cafes – Alter Ego located at Setia Kenangan 2. The said cafe is located on the same block as The Potters and just right next to The Letterbox if my memory serves me well enough. LOL!

Jennifer and I waited until Sister comes home for Christmas holiday before we try out Alter Ego. We arrived Alter Ego without any reservation beforehand 15 minutes to 1PM and the cafe was only partially filled. I considered calling in for reservation since I was being told that the cafe had always been full most of the time since opening. The cafe was all packed when it was nearing 2:30PM.

Without any further ado, let’s get started with some pictures of the cafe followed by the food pictures.

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This is a display of the different types of tea leaves they are serving in the cafe. However, they have unique names for their tea blends and one of which was The Moon Represents My Heart.

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I wanted to be seated by the wall where the grand poster is but the seat was taken at the time we arrived. I think that spot will make good pictures. There were quite a number of high tables and stools, not recommendable if you are wearing short dresses or skirts. LOL!

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Fortune Cookie Chai | B$5.00

Alter Ego offers quite a unique range of tea blends. One of which I mentioned earlier was The Moon Represents My Heart and some others like Pandan Chiffon Tea if I am not wrong. Sister had Fortune Cookie Chai and she mentioned that it did not have much taste of Chai but Vanilla.

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Buckwheat Soba Salad | B$10.90

buckwheat soba, cherry tomatoes, carrots, red cabbages, shimeji mushrooms, edamame, pine nuts, sesame seeds

The three of us did not order much, just an appetizer and a main course each to share as we wanted to save tummy spaces for desserts later on. Most importantly, both Jennifer and I had a wedding dinner to attend in the evening.

Jennifer went for healthier option and ordered this to share. It was pretty good but rather too salty. I liked the flavoring. It was good of sesame aroma and taste.

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Chicken Charsiew Ricebowl | B$12.00

all ricebowls come with poached egg, pickle radish, Japanese cucumbers, furikake, bonito flakes, japanese seasoned rice

The Japanese seasoned rice tasted rather bland but it went well with the grilled chicken charsiew. The chicken charsiew was tender, juicy and well marinated. I only had a small portion to taste and I did not get to try the poached egg but it sure looked good to me.

We did not manage to order our coffees at the time of ordering. So, we ordered them when placing orders for desserts after we were done with our appetizer and main course. They did not have an extensive menu for coffees so we resorted to the basics only.

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Cappuccino | B$5.50

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Latte | B$5.50

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Macha Choux | B$3.50

I am a sucker for Matcha flavored desserts and obviously I could not miss this. LOL! Honestly speaking, I do not think that there is anything special about this Macha Choux. The taste of Matcha is not very distinctive and too much Matcha cream for me. However, I do have to agree that the presentation was indeed very appealing.

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Petit Antoine | B$8.00

Steep pricing but it was good. Both Sister and I agreed that it tasted extremely alike Ferrero Rocher. The base was made with chocolate rice puffs, followed by a layer of sponge alike cake and a thick layer of dark chocolate.

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Gula Melaka Cake | B$7.00

I think I loved this the most among all three desserts that we had the other day. This was butter sponge layers topped with gula melaka syrup in between layers. It was sweet but I liked the aroma and taste of gula melaka. It tasted exceptionally well with a cup of hot coffee.

Verdict: Food wise, I think they were good enough but subjective to personal preference. I wish to try their other rice dishes but some of them were rated spicy. Sister is not a spicy eater as compared to me so I will always play safe when ordering if we were to share our food. Food pricing is steep but their menu options are different compared to other cafes.

Customer service requires improvement. I am not saying that their staffs are rude. They were not rude. However, it took quite an effort to gain the attention of the staffs when you require something. You do not often see their staffs around the cafe unless they are serving food. They should have at least a staff or two on standby by the dining area in case patrons require assistance. I had to approach the staff by the barista counter myself for requests.

Alter Ego
Unit 2 & 3, Block E,
Ground Floor,
Setia Kenangan 2,
Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan, BB1518,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2230388

25122016 / Myown Restaurant

Christmas morning was spent having breakfast at Myown Restaurant (面馆) with the family since Sister is home for Christmas holiday. Two colleagues of mine brought me to try out this restaurant some time last week and I liked their Kolo Mee. It was a lot nicer than the one my family and I usually frequented.

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Sister ordered some local delicacies to share. She had both steamed and pan fried version of radish cakes, tapioca cake topped with desiccated coconut and steamed layer glutinous cake. The cakes were so so for me as I had tasted better ones before.

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Wantan Kolo Mee Pok

Standard Kolo Mee Pok comes with the usual fare of minced pork with Char Siu but I requested for Wantan as well.  Portion was just perfect for me and I liked the texture of the noodles. They were cooked al dente, very much to my liking.

23122016 / Flour & Butter Cafe

Sister flew home from Shanghai yesterday evening. Mom and I went to the airport to pick her up and off we went for late dinner at Flour & Butter Cafe. Mom had her dinner at home while Sister had hers on board. I ordered myself a Fish & Chips as I am craving for something fried. However, I was rather disappointed with the quality this time round as I expected a crunchy batter like what I had previously.

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Having frequented Flour & Butter Cafe multiple times since their opening, this is the first picture I had of the cafe.

Without further ado, let me show you what the three of us had …

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Chai Tea Latte | B$3.80

Sister had Chai Tea Latte while I resorted to having plain water. I did not feel like having coffee at the time since I am having fried food. I love their Cranberry Cookie while Sister mentioned that the Chocolate Almond Cookie was rather dry for her liking.

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Fish & Chips | B$13.50

Battered Seabass with chili crab OR salted yolk dip, served along with regular OR coffee fries and coleslaw

Having tried both dips previously, I decided to go for chili crab dip this time round as I did not like the creamy taste of the salted egg yolk dip. It is solely my own personal preference. I have friends who loved both dips. As mentioned earlier in this blog entry, I was rather disappointed with their Fish & Chips this time round.

The battered seabass was too soggy for me. So, I ended up only finishing the seabass while leaving behind half of the fried batter. Mom loved the fries but she mentioned that it was heavily seasoned with salt. The saltiness was okay for me as I dipped the fries in ketchup.

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“D24” Durian Cake | B$7.50

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Blueberry Cheesecake | B$4.50 & Chewy Custard | B$2.80

Sister wanted to try their Salted Caramel Cheesecake but I decided to go for Blueberry Cheesecake as I feared that the former will be too sweet for my liking. Sister expected a salty cheese base and was surprised that it tasted sweet instead. To be honest, nothing much to rave about this particular Blueberry Cheesecake for me.

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The three of us shared this Chewy Custard. It was pretty good. It came filled with creamy custard filling. The texture was rather different to what we expected. Sister expected a chewy filling which consisted of mochi alike filling but it turned out that it was the “body” which has a chewy texture of bread alike.

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