29032019 / Dynasty Restaurant

Dinner yesterday was with Jennifer, CY and King at Dynasty Restaurant located on the lobby floor of The Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong. Parking space was limited as there was a Martin Yan’s culinary event at the Goldstone Ballroom. Thankfully, I managed to grab one of the last few parking spaces but located quite a distance away from the service lift to the hotel.

Without further ado, let me show you what we had for dinner yesterday evening!

Watermelon Juice | B$6.00

Braised Fish Maw Soup with Assorted Seafood | B$9.50 (per bowl)

delicate fish maw stewed with the classic Chinese flavors of black mushrooms, shredded water chestnuts and fresh seafood

This was pretty good to be honest. It was served with a good amount of soft textured fish maw and other ingredients. I liked that the texture of the soup wasn’t thick and glue-y. In fact, it was just nice and bursting with flavors. An extra dose of black vinegar definitely brought the flavors to the next level.

Fragrant Fried Rice with Salted Fish & Anchovies (S) | B$14.00

a robust dish bursting with flavor and textures from crispy fried salted fish, anchovies, spicy bird’s eye chilies, fragrant spices and crunchy shallots

Does this look bursting with flavors to you? This was originally served as an ordinary Fragrant Fried Rice until we prompted the server that it didn’t look like what we ordered. The dish was brought back to the kitchen and it came out with salted fish but not a single anchovy in sight!

If we were to rate it based on what we ordered, this wouldn’t pass our slightest expectation but it definitely makes a good plate of Egg Fried Rice! We ordered in the smallest portion and it fed four of us well.

Fried Boneless Chicken with Mango & Thai Sauce (H) | B$19.00

boneless chicken leg fried, served with shredded green mangoes in a sweet Thai style sauce

We wanted to order their Chef’s Recommendation from the chicken section but it was unavailable. We had this instead, served with battered and deep fried boneless chicken leg, drizzled with shredded mangoes and sliced red onions in a sweet Thai chili sauce. It was an appetizing dish to kick start our dinner but the flour batter was thick hence the dense skin when cooled.

Homemade Beancurd Combination Platter (S) | B$14.00

This had been my highly anticipated dish of all. It was served in two ways – steamed and deep fried. The beancurd didn’t look like homemade to me, especially the steamed one with dried shrimp toppings. Nevertheless, both were good and full of flavors.

Crispy Chinese Pancake in Lotus Paste | B$8.00

flaky crispy pancake filled with a thin layer of deliciously sticky lotus paste

Our last dish for the meal and it was dessert. They were flaky in texture and oily at the same time. The lotus paste was good but the sweetness can be quite overbearing for some.

So, this pretty much summed my food experience at Dynasty Hotel. We ended dinner at around 9:30PM with bursting tummies!

27032019 / Teh Tarik Place

I was craving for some noodles yesterday evening and dinner was sorted out at Teh Tarik Place. This has been my second visit to Teh Tarik Place after their soft opening. We were early for dinner yesterday and the place was only half full at the time.

Nasi Lemak | B$5.50

Served with a piece of deep fried chicken thigh, sambal ikan pusu, deep fried anchovies and peanuts, hard boiled egg and cucumber slices. The deep fried chicken looked as dark as picture in reality. I think it was due to the mixed spices? My friend had this and mentioned that it was good.

Kueh Tiaw Mamak | B$4.00

Served with two pieces of plump prawns (which I didn’t eat and gave them to my friend), egg, cubed potatoes and tomatoes, puffed tofu and some cubed chicken. As I had been reducing wheat consumption, I had requested for Kueh Tiaw (rice noodle) in substitution to yellow noodle.

Taste wise, I think it would do better with chili. It tasted like regular Fried Kueh Tiaw. I felt there was a missing taste and it was lime. I think Mamak dishes are supposed to be served with lime (as what shown on their Instagram profile).

Teh Tarik Place
Ground Floor,
Aman Hill Shopping Centre,
Jalan Aman, Jalan Muara,
BC3315,
Negara Brunei Darussalam

26032019 / Food House Eatery

Food House Eatery is a Halal restaurant serving local delights located right across Pasar Gadong. I had been to Food House Eatery multiple times since it opened its door to the public and I am mostly there for breakfasts.

Their Nasi Lemak Istimewa had been on my bucket list the first time it was introduced. On my previous visit before this, I was told that they were sold out on their coconut milk infused rice but can still serve with plain rice.

So, I messaged Food House Eatery on Instagram to ask if they still have any Nasi Lemak Istimewa left for the day. They do and the owner was kind enough to reserve one for me.

Nasi Lemak Istimewa | B$5.00

Served with a piece of deep fried chicken leg, sambal ikan pusu, deep fried anchovies and peanuts, halved hard boiled egg, crackers and cucumber slices. The rice was coconut milk infused. It wasn’t very strong and suited my palate just fine. However, the grains were wet in texture. Sambal ikan pusu was good but sweet.

My friend and I extremely love the deep fried chicken leg. It was battered and deep fried. The skin was both crunchy and crispy yet retained juiciness on the flesh! If you love a good deep fried chicken, give this Nasi Lemak Istimewa a try. It was finger lickin’ good! My friend mentioned that the crackers were good too.

Nasi Goreng Kampung | B$4.00

Also known as Kampung Fried Rice, served with soy sauce mixed wok fried rice, cubed chicken, eggs, sliced long beans, red onions and garnished with deep fried tiny anchovies. The portion was big and could easily feed two just fine. It was a decent plate of fried rice but the taste of red onions was too overpowering for me. If you wanted something simple and tummy filling, I do recommend their Nasi Goreng Kampung.

Food House Eatery
Unit 6, Ground Floor,
Bangunan Majid Mohammad,
Simpang: 235-7,
Jalan Pasar Gadong,
Bandar Seri Begawan, BE1318,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2450987

03032019 / TWO SONS COFFEE

As I was going through the files in my pendrive, I noticed that I have yet posted about my last visit to TWO SONS COFFEE. It wasn’t a Donut Day so San Diann and I went for their other bakes. Without further ado, let me show you what we had!

Honey Orange | B$3.50

I have a weakness for citrus flavored bakes and I certainly wouldn’t give it a miss when I found out that it was available at TWO SONS COFFEE that day.

It tasted prominent of orange which I love. Cake was spongy on the inside but a bit chewy on the crust. Tasted sweet for me but it was in an acceptable range. I am pretty sure that the sweetness can be dampened with a cup of hot coffee.

Mocha Truffle Cupcake | B$2.80

When TWO SONS COFFEE first introduced their Mocha Truffle Cupcake, I was so intrigued! Don’t you think it looked extremely aesthetic? It was to me though. It was a chocolate filled cupcake with piped mocha flavored frosting on the top. You can even see the tiny coffee granules in the frosting.

It took me N times to get this shot and I am still not very satisfied with the outcome. The cupcake was filled with a good amount of chocolate sauce. The cupcake tasted prominent of chocolate in overall while the frosting gave it a more balance taste of coffee and chocolate together. Despite that it looked aesthetically pleasant to my eyes, I wasn’t a fan of it after trying it.

TWO SONS COFFEE
Unit C8, Block C,
Ground Floor,
Setia Kenangan 2,
Kampung Kiulap, BE1318,
Negara Brunei Darussalam

24032019 / Flour & Butter Cafe

It had been a while since the last time I visited Flour & Butter Cafe for dinner. I had wanted to try some of the Gluten Free (GF) bakes from baked.by.liz at Flour & Butter Cafe but they were sold out.

In case you are new to this blog, here’s a bonus information. I had been trying to go as GF as possible in my daily diet. There’s no particular reason as to why I am doing it but I do feel better both physically and mentally.

Fries | B$5.00

Flour & Butter Cafe is now officially one of my favorite cafes for fries. In all honesty, I wasn’t a fan of their fries previously as they turned soggy when cooled down. I was craving for fries yesterday and I asked if they could fry the fries longer. The waitress told me that she would pass the message to the kitchen staff.

When the fries were placed right in front of me, I thought: “Hmm … The fries looked more golden in color than before and they must be good!” After all the pictures’ snapping, I took one of the fries, dipped it into the chili sauce, popped into my mouth and took the first bite. True to what I believed when I first saw the fries, the kitchen staff got my request right. The fries were crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. The texture maintained even when the fries had cooled down.

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