29082017 / Little Audrey’s Café

It was Jia‘s birthday couple of weeks ago. We planned a weekend birthday trip to Miri with a group of friends but I could not make it on short notice due to work commitment. So, we made do with a belated birthday dinner this evening. She chose Little Audrey’s Café as she loves their salad options.

I picked her at 5PM from her workplace and we were both hungry at the time. I did not have tea break like I usually do when working. We headed straight to Little Audrey’s Café for dinner and surprised to find that the place was quite packed at such hour.

Without further ado, let me show you what we had for dinner this evening …

Power Salad | B$9.90

grilled chicken breast, poached egg, avocado, green apple, cherry tomatoes, fresh corn kernels and toasted walnuts on a bed of fresh greens; your choice of vinaigrette dressing or roasted sesame dressing

We both agreed that this was good and the portion could easily fill 2 pax. Jia requested for roasted sesame dressing. The grilled chicken breast was one of the good ones which I had tried so far. The texture was tender even for chicken breast. The toasted walnuts added crunch to the salad.

However, we both agreed that the amount of dressing was too overwhelming that it became heavy as we were almost finishing the salad. Jia commented that the dressing was rather thick in texture compared to a regular roasted sesame dressing. Perhaps they added mayonnaise? It would be nicer if the dressing came served separately rather than tossed in the salad.

Hawaiian Katsu | B$14.90

crispy chicken thigh fillet topped with chicken ham, pineapple, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, served with Japanese curry sauce, fragrant buttered rice and a sunny side up egg

I liked that they used chicken thigh to make this. The chicken thigh fillet was bread crumbed and fried to a crispy texture. The fried chicken thigh fillet was later topped with marinara sauce which made the chicken thigh fillet soggy on the crust.

What I loved the most of this dish was the Japanese curry sauce. It had the spicy kick which I absolutely love and it paired extremely well with the fragrant buttered rice. Despite I love their Hawaiian Katsu, I still think the pricing was rather steep.

It had been quite some time since we last took a picture together. As usual, I made do with the timer setting on my camera. One of the staffs was nice enough to come forward and offered to take the picture for us which I declined politely.

I do appreciate his gesture but my camera can be quite “cocky” at times when it refuses to focus. So, timer setting would be my best option and I could take multiple shots until I am perfectly satisfied with what I see. LOL!

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

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29082017 / Buddy’s Kitchen

It was my day off today so I had breakfast with two fellow colleagues at Buddy’s Kitchen this morning. I had been to Buddy’s Kitchen with Jia and Eldie some time last month. We had neutral thoughts about their food. However, I decided to give them another try and brought my colleagues with me.

I skipped ordering beverages as they did not suit my taste bud previously and brought my own instead. Without further ado, let me show you what we had for breakfast this morning …

 凤爪 Chicken Feet | B$1.80

皮蛋卖 Century Egg Siu Mai | B$2.50

Do give their Century Egg Siu Mai a try as they were my favorite among the rest of the dim sum which they were serving. My colleagues too agreed that their Century Egg Siu Mai were good.

鲜竹卷 Beancurd Sheet Roll | B$2.00

糯米香菇鸡饭 Chicken Glutinous Rice with Mushroom | B$2.50

I quite like their Chicken Glutinous Rice with Mushroom but it was tad sweet for my liking. I finished it by myself as my colleagues weren’t so keen about glutinous rice.

手工板面 Handmade Pan Mian | B$4.00

My colleague had this and she gave me a small portion to try. I am not much of a Pan Mian person so I can’t say how much it fared for authenticity but I find the texture of the noodles too thick for my liking.

P/S: They were not serving pickled chilies the last time I went with Jia and Eldie but they have it now. My colleagues tried it and commented that they were good.

Buddy’s Kitchen
No: 6, Simpang: 40-8,
Jalan Sungai Akar,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8883671 / +673-8678558

Of Random Things #114

My usual blog content falling under this category is mostly about the drama series which I am currently watching. However, it is not the case for this one as I am still halfway through with THE K2. Sister mentioned that the storyline for THE K2 was not as good as Healer but I think it was good with humor in between.

This was my breakfast this morning. I intended to eat clean for breakfast but Mom had already prepared this when I woke up. So, I guess clean eating shall wait till tomorrow.

I think my next few blog entries will be about skincare as I think I have quite a few pending. So, stay tune if you are interested to know what I would be reviewing.

Review: COCO Cafe

I finally got to try out COCO Cafe this evening with San Diann and Clara. Both of them were there yesterday evening to celebrate a belated birthday of another friend. They were both nice enough to agree to return to the cafe with me despite they had only been there the night before.

They arrived before me as I got held up in the office trying to finish up some last minute paperwork. They ordered drinks but waited for me to order the main courses. As I mentioned earlier, both San Diann and Clara had been to COCO Cafe the night before and they were both greeted enthusiastically by the staffs as they entered the cafe this evening. LOL!

Without further ado, let me show you what we had for dinner this evening …

We ordered food which San Diann and Clara did not get to try the night before. I was intrigued to try their Apple Cinnamon Chips but San Diann wasn’t so keen about it. I think it was the cinnamon taste which he didn’t like.

Sweet Sunrise | B$6.00

raspberries, orange, banana, mango

Berry Blast | B$6.00

raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, spinach

Green Monster | B$6.00

lemon, banana, pineapple, spinach

I ordered this as it sounded the healthiest among all the smoothies they have on the menu. I chose this as the ingredients contained cleansing and detox components. It was good with a distinctive taste of bananas.

Prawn Guacamole Bites | B$8.90

This was my most anticipated dish of the day. Unfortunately, it turned out to be my least favorite in comparison to the other two which we ordered. I had never tasted any Guacamole before this so I do not know how this fared as compared to the real deal. All I know is that Guacamole is made with mashed up avocados.

The Guacamole tasted salty and tad bit spicy at the same time. The prawns were served on toasted bread with Guacamole sandwiched between the toast and prawn. All in all, this particular dish did not leave me with a favorable impression.

Tuna Kimchi Rice | B$9.90

kimchi fried mixed grains rice with sunny side up

This turned out to be San Diann and Clara’s favorite food of the day. I on the other hand thought that the dish was slightly greasy for my liking. The sunny side-up was nicely done and it well complimented the tuna Kimchi fried rice. The Kimchi fried rice was well seasoned. Instead of the usual white rice, they used mixed grains rice for a healthier touch.

Cuban Baked Salmon | B$14.90

tomato salsa & seasoned pasta

This was my favorite dish as compared to the other two. I liked the baked salmon. It was nicely done and the salmon flesh was tender and juicy at the same time. The baked salmon was topped with tomato salsa which they both didn’t like.

I think it was partly because they didn’t like raw red onions. I on the other hand liked the tomato salsa. So, I got to have the tomato salsa all to myself. The pasta was cooked just fine with well balanced seasoning.

Banoffee Cake | B$5.90

We contemplated whether we should go for dessert but caved in the end. Both left me with the task of cake ordering and I went ahead with this Banoffee Cake instead of Onde-Onde Cake. Banoffee Cake is a combination of banana and coffee as per the Cashier.

I liked the sponge layers. They were soft and spongy. They are detail oriented in handling the cakes. The cakes were wrapped with plastic wrapper around them to prevent them from drying out in the display fridge. As you can see from the picture above, they were not skimpy with the ingredients, especially the frosting.

We had the entire area to ourselves as majority patrons preferred to stay indoor with air-cond. Despite that this is not an air-cond covered area, they installed two huge standing fans so that the place would still be cool even without the air-cond.

And they have this paging device installed on the tables so that it would not be hard for patrons to get the attention of the staff for orders, service and bill.

Verdict: I liked the ambiance of the cafe. It was cozy and spacious. Despite the big size, they only have limited seating. You need to make table reservation prior to arriving if you wish to order hot food off the menu. According to the owner of the cafe, they are currently short staffed in the kitchen. However, no table reservation is required if you only need your coffee or dessert fix.

Customer service was impeccable in my opinion. They were friendly and cheerful with smiles plastered on their faces. Food wise, I think they were hit and miss. A bit of disclaimer here, preferences are entirely subjective to each individual. As you can see above, my choice of favorite dish was different as compared to San Diann and Clara’s. However, we agreed that our least favorite was Prawn Guacamole Bites.

All in all, I personally think COCO Cafe is worth visiting if you wanted to try something different than what we usually get from other cafes and I definitely would not mind returning again.

COCO Cafe
Unit 1, Block E,
Sempurna Complex,
Batu Bersurat,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2424566

Review: Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum

San Diann, Clara and I will be meeting for dinner tonight at Coco Cafe. It is one of the newest eatery that we have here in town. Both San Diann and Clara had been to Coco Cafe for dinner yesterday evening but they were nice enough to go with me tonight as I really wanted to try out the cafe. I think I had my eyes set on what to order.

As tomorrow’s blog entry will definitely be about food, I decided to do a skincare product review today so that you will not be bored of all the food blog entries. Seriously, I think I am quite scared at the rate that I am eating. My tummy seems to be getting bigger in size. Some said I could probably be suffering from bloating but I doubted so. I guess the only thing I could do right now is to cut down on wheat products and snacking as well.

Anyways, let’s not talk about food and concentrate on what I should be blogging for today. I bought myself this product along with Laneige Vitamin Brightening Cleansing Water some months ago when I needed some retail therapy.

My first intention was to get myself a tub of Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream but it was sold out. So, I grabbed this and the cleansing water instead without much convincing from the BA. Impulse purchase can be scary but the product worked well on my skin. So, all is good.

Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum

I had previously tried Laneige Clear-C Effector and it worked wonder on my skin and my instinct told me that this one would too. According to Laneige website, this product is a “daily care serum makes skin smooth and moisturized by removing dead skin cells with plant-derived malic acid and enzyme“. The main highlight of this product is to remove dead skin cells and leaves a smooth and moisturized skin.

The product is housed in a glass bottle with pump dispenser. Texture wise, it is lighter than the previous serum products which I have used. Despite thicker in texture, the consistency is lightweight in my opinion. The product is lightly fragrant. It does not smell like your regular Laneige Water Bank ranges of products but a subtle berry scent.

As this is a serum product, you have to use it after your regular lotion/toner or Laneige Clear C Advanced Effector (if you are using it at the same time). As I am not using the latter, I use this right after Kose Sekkisei Lotion as part of my night time skincare routine. I know that I am supposed to use this product twice a day for maximum efficiency. Despite that I only use this product once per day, I am satisfied of the result it had given me.

What I like about this product is that it gets absorbed onto my skin very quickly to which I could apply my night cream immediately. Having used this product for more than three months, I am extremely pleased with the outcome. I can see that my skin is brighter in complexion and a lot more moisturized as well.

Pros:
1. A little goes a long way.
2. Lightly fragrant.
3. Lightweight, absorbs onto the skin quickly.
4. Skin is brighter in complexion and a lot more moisturized.

Cons:
1. Product is housed in a glass bottle hence must be handled with care.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: B$44.90

Repurchase: Definitely!