Andrea and I stayed at Cake Rush for quite a good few hours to catch up despite we only intended to stay for a cuppa and a cake in the first place before continuing our window shopping at Permaisuri Imperial City Mall. It was about 4PM when Mom called to ask our whereabouts and I told her that I left my car at the hotel parking lot.
Andrea then suggested that we book Mom Grab to send her to Pullman Miri Waterfront if I’m not keen about driving, which turns out to be a fantastic idea as I’m just plain lazy to drive in the traffic. Mom was already waiting for me in the lobby when Andrea and I arrived in another Grab. Upon check-in at the hotel, I asked the reception guy what’s the best Chinese restaurant around the area. He recommended me Yu Ha Hai if I’m not mistaken.
It was about 7:40PM when Alan’s car finally pulled into the driveway of the hotel and all three of us were starving at the time. It didn’t help that we kept on smelling food aroma from the restaurants nearby while waiting. LOL! It was drizzling during dinner time so Alan dropped us off at the entrance of the restaurant while he and Emie circled rounds to look for a parking space.
The restaurant was all packed and no one seems to notice us despite we stood next to the staffs. After being treated invisible for about a minute or two, I approached one of the staffs and asked if there’s any available table. We were then ushered to a table nearby the walkway into the restaurant. The wind was pretty strong at the time and our table linen kept on turning upside down at the edges. A middle aged lady came by to take our orders. Shortly after our orders had been placed, the patrons from the next table left and we moved in.
Without further ado, let me show you what we had ordered! Prior to dinner, Andrea told me to stop her if she went overboard with ordering. I assured her that it wouldn’t be a problem as Alan could help us wipe out the excess. LOL! We ordered everything in the smallest portion.
Stir Fry Midin with Red Wine | RM10
Alan ordered this. Despite the vegetables were stir fried with red wine, the taste of red wine wasn’t distinctive at all. The purpose of adding red wine is to eliminate the “coldness” of the vegetable. In short, the alcohol content is very minimal.
Stir Fry Bittergourd with 3 Eggs | RM10
I’m not a fan of bittergourd before but I’m now okay with it. I like it best when it is cooked this way. 3 eggs comprised of century egg, salted egg and egg. I like that they are not skimp with the century egg. I think there was one whole century egg in the dish but sliced. However, I kind of regretted having this and Stir Fry Midin with Red Wine from above as these two dishes triggered the pain on my shoulder blade.
Hotplate Tofu | RM12
Alan ordered this as I think tofu is one of the favorite food of Emie? When placing order for this, I asked the waitress whether they are using Japanese Tofu and she replied me saying all their tofu dishes are served with their signature homemade tofu. The gravy came with quite an amount of minced pork and bits of salted fish.
Sweet & Sour Pork | RM15
This tasted pretty average to me as I have had better. I think they used leaner pork instead of the parts with fatty bits. Price wise, I think it’s affordable given the portion and it fed five of us just fine.
Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables | RM15
When we were done placing orders for the above four, we asked the waitress for other recommendation and this Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables was one of them. Alan had never tried this before so we ordered it.
Mom loves Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables but not this one though. According to Mom, the taste of the pork belly was off which I fully agreed. It tasted as if both the pork belly and preserved vegetables have their own individual taste. Moreover, the dish wasn’t piping hot when served. I only had a bit before giving up as I think Mom cooks this better.
Verdict: Food wise, they were hits and misses. Both the Stir Fry Midin with Red Wine and Stir Fry Bittergourd with 3 Eggs were good. The Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables was a huge disappointment though. The Hotplate Tofu was passable as I quite like their signature homemade tofu despite I find it salty at first due to the salted fish.
Customer service was crap in my opinion. When we first arrived at the restaurant, we stood by the door next to two of their staffs for a minute or so and we were treated as if invisible while they continue on chatting away until I approached them to ask for a vacant table. The middle aged lady who took our orders was even worse, restless throughout the ordering process. Total bill was RM78.35 inclusive of drinks and GST.
Sea Village Seafood Restaurant
Lot 79&85, Ground Floor,
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